Patrice Gaines is an author, motivational speaker, spiritual counselor and intuitive. She is the author of two books, Laughing In The Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color— A Journey from Prison to Power and the self-help Moments of Grace—Meeting the Challenge to Change. She has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was featured on a segment of NBC Dateline. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Essence, the New York Times Magazine and BlackAmericaweb.com. She has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Blues and Notes”.