My journey with writing began when I was approximately sixteen years of age. To that end, my first book was entitled, Black Butterfly: The Journey, the Victory. Initially, I did not publish the book because in the 1980s the content was viewed as too deep. In fact, a principal told me that the poetry that I wrote could be used in a discriminatory manner to block hiring or promotions. So, when the seed of fear was planted, I listened to the principal, and I didn’t publish the poetry until 2014. Today, I regret that decision because so many people have told me that my poetry is so authentic and relatable and that it could have really helped others back then. So, I share my story to encourage anyone out there who has stories in their soul to release them. Don’t wait for someone to validate your work. God will validate it! The literary art that dwells on the inside is not just for us. It is for others who are waiting for someone to articulate what they are trying to say or perhaps what they need to hear. To that end, Spillwords has published my signature poem, Black Butterfly on their beautifully crafted platform. It is from my book, Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory! https://spillwords.com/black-butterfly/ #Amazon
Synopsis: In a systemic era where the nation seemed to have forgotten the biblical standards set forth by Father God, tensions were high. Families struggled to maintain normalcy amid immorality and injustice. Seth and Gloria Echols were no exception. Like other families that stood on the Word of God, they purposed to do the same. Yet, as the nation began to tear away from the very heart of God, they faced yet another crisis; their marriage was falling apart. With battlegrounds both at home and nationally, how would they sustain the normalcy that modeled the definition of Christianity in the face of a national crisis? Corruption had crept its way into nearly every facet of government and legislation. The media filled the airwaves with misleading propaganda. Someone had to take a stand! Something had to be done to turn the hearts of people back to Father God. As Seth and Gloria began to stand in agreement with the church, i.e., the Ekklesia, there was a shift in their posture of prayer. Yet how would the Ekklesia dispel the rising trend of gross darkness in cultural norms and how would their marriage be restored? This Means War is founded on Matthew 11:12 AMP “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize].”
Why Should We Celebrate Black Authors During Black History Month? The voices of Black Storytellers have historically been excluded from mainstream media. By celebrating and supporting Black authors and publishers, we can enable more authentic storytelling that reflects Black experiences, identities, and voices!