Crystal L. Bass


Crystal L. Bass is an American author, playwright, freelance writer, and motivational speaker. Her life’s work is rooted in the desire to raise awareness and inspire people to fulfill their true purpose. Throughout her career, Bass has used her platform to uncover and illuminate issues that are important to young women, to ultimately empower and strengthen them.

In September 2010, Bass wrote and published her first novel, "Dark Clouds: A Charm City Family's Struggle”, chronicling the life of four siblings, the relationship with their mom, and the many incidents that took place during her childhood. After the release of her first-book, Bass teamed up with the “God-Father of Urban Theater”, Mr. Shelly Garrett to fulfill her dream of turning her novel into a stage play. With Garrett’s twenty-seven years of experience and Bass’ remarkable story, Crystal L. Bass Entertainment produced and toured nationally her hit stage play titled, "Ain't No Love Like A Mother's Love.”

As Bass toured around the country with her stage play, she was compelled and inspired to provide an outlet that would encourage, equip and empower young girls all over the world. As a result, she launched the Precious Gems Campaign; a self-affirming program designed to teach young women that regardless of life's struggles, they are equipped with power to overcome obstacles and circumstances. The campaign promotes healthy parent-child relationships, encourages open communication within families, aids to reduce the rate of abuse and molestation of children, and cultivates high self-esteem and self-worth of young girls. A graduate of an all girls public high school, Bass has experienced firsthand the issues and struggles associated with the life of an inner city youth.

As a child, Crystal discovered that she had the gifts of writing, storytelling, and performing. She developed these gifts at community events, plays and recitals as an actress, performer and choreographer. Later in life, Bass moved to Los Angeles, California where she would transform the personal struggles of her life to create depth in her performances and in her writing. She had the opportunity to work on independent projects as well as big budget films. Bass was cast as a body double for Regina King in the movie “Enemy of the State” starring Will Smith, and as a result, she successfully earned her Screen Actors Guild membership. Working with Regina King was a dream. Crystal later doubled and performed some of King’s stunts in the action thriller “Truth Be Told” starring Regina King and Blair Underwood. Bass also worked on a host of TV shows and commercials as a wardrobe assistant.

In 2010, Crystal L. Bass founded Crystal Clear Publications. A publishing house where she could self-publish her work and tell her stories in a fashion that would showcase her unique storytelling style. Crystal Clear Publications boasts of a creative team of artists, editors, professors, and producers that work to assist her in transforming her works into published manuscripts, plays and films. Bass’ goal is to expand her publishing company and publish other talented writers who share her desire to inspire through their stories.

Community advocate, mentor and role model, Crystal overcame the plight and stigma placed on life-style of the “single mother”. Bass soared above the socio-economic statistics, educational downfalls and personal-drama issues. Bass admits that her infectious smile, positive attitude, indomitable will to succeed; along with her results-oriented, approach gives her the power to achieve success in every area of her life. In the final stage, at the curtain call, when the encore beckons, let the script share, that Crystal L. Bass overcame every obstacle, circumstance and situation in her life that was designed to make her quit and used them as stepping stones toward a successful triumphant win.

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Dark Clouds: A Charm City Family's Struggle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,530. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Overwhelmed by depression and fear, Ruby seems ready for a breakdown. It’s that secret, which if it comes to light could destroy her family. But if she doesn't speak out, she may be in danger. What is Ruby to do? Dark clouds seem to permanently hover over the dysfunctional family, as they crazily yet lovingly struggle through enough family drama to last two lifetimes.
Whirlwind, The Sequel
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 129,300. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Bass has a sequel that is guaranteed to keep readers fixated — laughing, crying, praying, and yearning for more — as Ruby, fam and friends navigate their way through the back alleys of Baltimore to five-star hotels, from drug drop-offs to movie sets, passing along the way through strip clubs, college campuses, and lockdown in state prison, doing their best to survive in a hard-knock world.

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