Williams was born in June of 1981, in Brooklyn,
New York. Known
by many as “Shai,” she was always supported by a host of family and
close friends. Shai was raised by her mother, Sharon and her father,
Lloyd. LaShai has the “distinct pleasure” of having a brother, Bijan
Williams and also her dog, a toy poodle. Walking in the path that her
grandmother laid for her, Shai wanted for nothing.
She grew up in
New Jersey, surrounded by well known sports players, world-renowned
individuals and celebrities. Growing up in a world where she had
everything a child could want: love, family, friends and material
things—Shai still had to grapple with the twists and turns of life in
childhood and throughout early adult hood.
The death of
Shai’s beloved grandmother, Jessie Banks, was the one experience that
triggered her unlived talent: writing. As she scribes in one of her
riveting pieces: “Watching my grandmother die was like watching a fire
and not being able to put it out” you can feel the love and bond between
a loving Grandmother and Granddaughter. Her collection found in this
book is a direct correlation of feelings we all possess and express!
Shai just wants to help others learn how to cope, to laugh, or cry and
to find peace within oneself.
Shai began to
express her feelings and emotions of these experiences through her
writing. Although, many could complain that she had it all,
Shai was able to relate to those without, because of her
own experiences and the experiences of her ancestors. She has put to
print the complexities of life, not only of her peers, colleagues, and
associates, but of people everywhere.
the Dwight-Englewood High School in Englewood, New Jersey. After
graduating, she decided to continue her education at Boston University,
which proved to be one of the most influential experiences of her life.
After graduating with a psychology degree, she decided to pursue a
temporary career in early education. She loved working with children at
such an innocent, worry free stage. This intrigued her interests
at the time; however she has returned to her passion of writing and
touching the lives of others in addition to being a young socialite.
At the young
age of 21, heading to new endeavors, Shai established a production
company called Shai-la Productions geared toward young adults and the
livelihood of their being. Its motto, “Only the bold and the beautiful.”
The company focused primarily on social events and “whats hott,” in
dining, fashion and nightlife. Shai always knew the “hott” spots in
nightlife and was always surrounded by a host of “social butterflies.”
These gatherings were where her passion for music, dance, beauty and
Always in the
glimmer of the limelight, being able to travel and live, seemingly to
some, extravagantly, her parents and grandparents only wanted the best
for her and her brother. At the age of 24, Shai has traveled to many
countries and places people only dream of. She has basked in the sun all
over the Virgin Islands, France, Italy, Africa, Spain and even
commandeered the rainy days in London as well. At such a young age this
only built on her character. Wherever the journey, she was always
inspired by the beauty around her!
Just a mere
thought or conversation would evoke so much passion, meaning and true
concern for an individual, thus provoking her to describe these common
experiences, feelings and emotions. At such a young age, Shai has a
great gift of insight. She has extracts information from a myriad of
life’s experiences positive or negative and passionately describes them.
Shai finds it
imperative for people to appreciate the adventure of one’s life and to
her work and feeling whatever the mood may be, you will truly feel her
passion. She says,“The journey is ours—we make it what we want it to
In the zest of
her work one can really feel the excitement and worthiness of living,
while also depicting many of life’s emotional waves.
conveys the everyday quest and conquests of our journey through life!