Creative Writing

Mercy Ships Senegal Arrival

As often as we come, we arrive. The latter is no known, recorded proverb, but it seems appropriate for my inspiration to finally chronicle the Mercy Ships Africa Mercy arrival ceremony in Senegal on August 14, 2019. The Africa Mercy crew is still hyped, so this is the arrival that keeps on giving! Many of […]

“Thank you” Cancer Today Magazine!

Thank you immensely to Cancer Today Magazine (cancertodaymagazine.com) for featuring me in a triumphant section that illuminates both the survival and current pursuits of cancer survivors. You can view “In the Moment” on page 64. For those outside of the editorial realm, magazines work three months in advance, so when I was sent the questions […]

Interview with Sonia Sanchez: Truth to Power

Click link to read full interview on EBONY.com http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/sonia-sanchez-speaks-truth-to-power-999#axzz303gQy0U3 Sonia Sanchez Speaks Truth to Power, Poetically [INTERVIEW] The legendary poetic icon speaks on the Black Arts Movement and the ancestor voices of African-American letters By Penny Dickerson Related Tags amiri baraka sonia sanchez black arts movement Sonia Sanchez, great voice of the Black Arts Movement […]

Merging cultures: Africa, Lazarus, and liver & onions

  Exhaustion has overtaken me this week, but I would be remiss if I didn’t pause to pen the joy I recently experienced with the beautiful soul in the snapshot I captured above. She’s an academic scholar from Florida State University who  lives in Tallahassee, where I, too, currently reside. She is from Jacksonville which […]

Mercy Ships: Visiting the House of Hussein

Experiencing Africa extends far beyond the depth and reach of island tours, fabrique markets, and the more sophisticate relaxation modes that I’ve partaken in like a spa weekend at the Radisson’s “Buddatude” Spa. During my time in Dakar, Senegal, I’ve been blessed to indulge in a wide array of cross-cultural excursions, but none have blessed […]

Mercy Ships: The Gangway Descend

The relevance of ships in the context of race is not a subject I am ignorant of or prone to avoid. Yet, I have withheld the pen. Yes, I am on a ship, in Africa, and I endured a brief sea-sail to arrive that was a full insult to the dreadful length of the middle-passage. […]