I firmly believe that the ability to tell our stories is the beginning of managing our narratives. For me, I come from a long line of people who understand this at the soul level. Black and Indigenous people (and the myriad of smaller cultures that comprise these groups) have always had strong oral traditions. In… Continue reading Blood Memory: When Story Finds its Way Back
I’m curious about love. Like, how does it show up for the little brown girl from Kentucky who lives inside this worldly urban renaissance woman I liken myself to be nowadays? Is it just a mirage? A fictional oasis that I desire to drink from but doesn’t really exist on the plane in which I… Continue reading An Experimental Contemplation: God’s Black Love?
I’m fairly sure that it’s cliche to say that becoming a great writer requires one to be a voracious reader. Nevertheless, I believe it’s true. I’ve loved books since forever. The way a writer strings words together has been known to make me fill up with so much emotion I just knew I’d eventually burst into… Continue reading Words Matter: My Fav Reads of 2015
It’s simple. Believe God. Believe in Yourself. I know, I know. It’s not that easy to believe in yourself when you carry baggage from past hurts and rejections and insecurities. Trust me. I know this better than most. But you just HAVE to, you know? It’s human to want validation. I get it. But when… Continue reading You and I Will Be Okay–No Matter What
*waves at you* *big cheesy grin* So yes, it’s been a while since I last posted…for a VERY good reason! Check out this latest video promo on the release of my next book. Woo-Hoo! Super excited!
Back in 2009, right after the release of my second novel, Interruption: The Gospel According to Crystal Justine, I was prompted to write a mission statement as part of a writing exercise. It was a way for me to define who I am–my purpose–as a writer, particularly in a publishing industry that loves to do… Continue reading My Mission/Vision as a Writer
Sis. Toni and me. (My apologies for the graininess of these photos. Between the lighting and a cracked iPhone…well, this is what you get. 🙂 ) The three legendary laureates. A Selfie with Sonia (What?!) Yesterday evening was a defining moment for me as I had the wonderful opportunity to have dinner with Toni Morrison,… Continue reading Dinner with Greatness