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Johnny Bodley has many nick names "Little Man," "Eyes," "JB," "Green Eyes," and "Guitar Man." Sometimes when people can't remember his name they just call him "eyes," JB likes'em all!

Background Information

Born and raised in the segregated south back during the times when blacks weren't allowed to dream, or expect miracles to happen, Johnny Bodley as a result of some of the horrific, impoverished and poor conditions surrounding him back in the day, became a thug child. He spent many of his childhood days and years in the county jail in Selma, Alabama.

But yet, he always believed that God put him on earth not just to be a poor child, but for a major reason. One that has taken him nearly his entire lifetime to figure out. And during the course of his troubled childhood life he never abandoned that belief, and because of the many life ending situations that he found himself in and survived, he knows for sure now that his every step was being ordered by God. He was  asked once what changed him and why did he become a writer?

His answer: God! Mr. Bodley has always believed that God gave him the strength and ability to change himself. During the course of his travels he feels that God led him to a place where he was so desperately needed. A place where there were thousands of young people that were in many of the same horrible situations that he'd been in. He believe that God made him wise enough to realize that he had a story to tell, a testamony, and that it could save a life, or bring a soul to Him.

And understanding this Johnny realized that he'd been truly blessed with many talents, and that just maybe writing was one of them. So with a little encouragement from an incarcerated (locked up) teenager back in nineteen ninety four he started out on this journey of being a writer. Mrs. Eula Mae Bodley, (Ma'dear) his Mother, has had the biggest influence on his life and all that he has and will achieve. She is the most wonderful and loving person that he knows. On December 16, 2000 she took that flight to heaven.

He truly realizes that one never really knows just how precious a Mother is until she's gone. He will always and forever love and cherish the memory of his loving Mother and will always devote much of his writing experience, as well as the rest of his life honoring that very beautiful, precious and wonderful woman. And even though she's not physically here with him anymore, he knows she's with him at all times and will be with him always in spirit.

He realize now that he could have never loved or appreciated her enough. "Rest in peace ma'dear, my Queen! You are greatly missed even more as time goes by." PS,"Your only boy is a published author now, and the music career is looking bright! It's happening!" "And no matter how high I get I'll still be looking up to you, and will never ever forget that little old house on Franklin Street in Selma, where we began in poverty but grew in riches." Love you!

Birth Place
Selma, AL Dallas

Johnny Bodley/Eyes JB, has published his first book "These Eyes" The Autobiography of A Once Notorious "Po' Bad Boy", As well as a second piece,"Saving Gray." He has appeared on the "Trinity Broadcast Network" (TBN) The Praise The Lord program, and the Kip Tyner television show. A book of short stories "If I Should Die Tonight" (The Untold Stories)has recently been published. It includes the highly acclaimed "Lil' Flick", "Bad Girls", "Happy Birthday To Me", "Prom Night Diva's", and the very personal and touching teen tear jerker "Good Bye Lonely Girl" (The Genell Swoops Story). It is currently available at your favorite book stores and can be ordered online at,,, and, and other online sites everywhere.

Additional Information

For seventeen years Johnny Bodley has been involved in the health field, especially HIV/AIDS. For nine years he was with Whatley Health Services “HOPE Clinic” an AIDS outreach facility in West Alabama as an HIV prevention educator and outreach worker. For three years he was employed in Selma, Alabama at Selma AIR (AIDS Information and Referral) as an HIV prevention educator, and for three years he was with West Alabama AIDS Outreach (WAAO) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as a prevention educator. In less than 13 years he presented more than 15,000 presentations on HIV/AIDS, as well as his miraculous life change in 42 counties across Alabama, and the State of Mississippi to grades 4 through 12, 9 major Universities, including 5 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He also speaks at jails and prisons where he taught an HIV/AIDS faith based prevention class weekly at the Bibb County Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama for three years, as well as classes at the Perry County Correctional Center in Uniontown, Alabama. He also speaks at detention centers, boot camps, radio stations, television programs, including appearances on the Trinity Broadcast Network’s “Praise the Lord,” and the Kip Tyner show. A very well known German network have taken interest in his HIV/AIDS work with prisoners and have decided to portray his life and life’s work. Mr. Bodley also speaks at houses of worship across the state, and in 2004 served as an HIV/AIDS consultant to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa with DR. Susan Gaskins PHD. Due to the many cards and letters that he receives from people, he believes that he’s reaching thousands, many of which are teenagers and small children. In 2004 he presented his HIV program to the entire Walker County school system and have been invited back every year since. His presentations are also being taught at schools in Lamar, Pickens, Perry, Hale and Fayette counties also. He is the only presenter in all of the classes. Because of his ongoing drive to be successful at all that he does he has achieved the titles of Author, Motivational Speaker, professional Musician, Singer/Songwriter, and Certified HIV/AIDS Prevention Specialist and Educator. He is a certified HIV Oral Sure screener also. He is certified by the American Red Cross in HIV/AIDS educationing and has devoted most of his time educating people on the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Because of his longevity in the field of health he has come to know quite a few people who are living with HIV/AIDS, and quite a few who are deceased. For fifteen years prior to returning to Selma, he was employed as a youth worker in the state of Massachusetts, at Project Concern a group home for troubled youth, and at Boston Secure Treatment Unit, a Department of Youth Service/Direct Care Secure Treatment Unit (lock up)where he was voted staff of the year often. At the tender age of six years old he was an inmate himself at the Dallas County Jail in Selma, Alabama his birthplace, because of his very bad behavior. At eleven he was placed in a foster home by the state for four years in the small town of Safford, Alabama. At fifteen he eventually ended up spending nearly two years at the reformatory school at Mount Meigs. Later, at age nineteen, he received a High school diploma while attending night school at Flagler Jr. College while an inmate at the Saint John’s county jail, in Saint Augustine Florida. He eventually graduated from the world famous John Robert Powers School of Modeling and Fashion design in Boston, Massachusetts. There he earned many honors and awards. These unusual experiences inspired him to write a book on his troubled childhood life. These Eyes: The Autobiography of A Once Notorious “Po’ Bad Boy” ISBN#1-59129-120-8. These Eyes take the reader on a journey back through time to when Johnny was a very troubled child growing up on Alabama’s segregated streets. It also brings to the forefront some of the extremely racist conditions and situations he had to deal with and accept back in the day. He explains why for him the jaws of racism had a much more deadlier grip, and why Jim Crows’ wrath created a more racist and hostile environment than it did for some of the others who were involved in the movement. Simply because he was a very bad and most of the time incarcerated child. These Eyes is a “can change despite your past” book that every young person throughout the world should get the opportunity to read. It is also a “how–to” book with a “yes you can” attitude. It motivate readers to challenge themselves to overcome their adversities. It teaches that no matter how many curve balls life throws, if one keeps swinging in the right direction, never giving up, the home run ball is destined to come along. It encourages people and gives them hope. Mr. Bodleys main objective with his book is to change the lives of troubled youth, as well as encourage and uplift those who are poor. He strongly believe that by telling them his life story he will reach some troubled child or adult who are going down some of the same dangerous roads that he’s traveled. He believes that his HIV/AIDS ministry is truly a Godsend due to the fact that he never became infected with the virus himself, as bad as he was. His inspirational way of connecting and relating to youth while teaching them the facts about the virus, as well as many other life situations that are very high risk and dangerous is quite unique. His seminars are filled with true personal awareness stories and situations. Seeing people, many of whom were friends die from this devastating disease has made him a front line soldier for life in the war against AIDS. His goal is to defeat this monster with information, education, and dedication. He has vowed to try and save our youth especially. His promise is to always be at the forefront with a helping hand and a strong shoulder. That is his mission. His pledge is to always keep God first in his life, as well as staying dedicated to the struggle by spreading the word everywhere he goes. He is a very motivational and caring person and it shows in his style of delivering his message, which is compassionate, filled wit’ humor, friendly/spirited and touching, as well as challenging and uplifting. Mr. Bodley is the minister of music at several houses of worship, one of which is The Little Zion Baptist Church in Faunsdale, Alabama where he's been the minister of music for nearly ten years. “I really enjoy playing for Little Zion. They are real and like family,” he says, meaning the members. “I have never been associated with any other church where the members have actually made me a part of their family, they make me feel very appreciated, and I really appreciate that. I believe that God has placed me where I suppose to be.” On April 30th, 2007 Mr. Bodley was given a full pardon by the state of Alabama for all the crimes he committed as a very troubled child and teenager. Mr. Bodley's next book "If I Should Die Tonight" has been published and is in stores everywhere and online.

Contact Information
EYES....JB***** Production
771 County RD 46 
Selma AL 36701   U.S.A.
Contact Author: Johnny R Bodley
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ITUNES Johnny Bodley
To Hear or purchase Johnny Bodley's new CD "The Guitar Man" go to itunes and search under Johnny Bodley. To schedule author JR Bodley to conduct a workshop or to present a inspirational presentation visit or contact him at for fee information, or email him at or speak with him at 1-334-509-9210 and visit him at and leave a comment or message. A Yo! You are achieveing your dream right now. EYES...JB
"The Guitar Man, Johnny Bodley's new CD can be ordered directly from or
Order "If I Should Die Tonight,:The Untold Stories(ISBN# 978-1-4797-1694-4 on line at,,,, and google search under Eyes JB Xlibris. Also, ask for it at your local Public Library today.

Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Books-A Million, and Walden book stores
Order "These Eyes" (ISBN# 1-59129-120-8) on line at www.barnes and www.books-a

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