Read a chapter from my novel SOLEMN in Deep South Magazine.



Among many other things, my latest novel-length work concerns a troubling circumstance largely elbowed out of the #BlackLivesMatter conversation: assaulted and/or missing Black American women. Women who look like me are never the Fairy Tale heroines the world becomes trained to root for in Hollywood movies. We are never portrayed as prototypical damsels in distress. Very few media or cinematic opportunities exist for us to imagine and visualize Black women as being attacked or hurt, in danger and in violence, in need of heroes and spaceships and SWAT teams and operations to rescue us. We are more often looked at as the “strong” ones all others depend on to take everything over and down. This lack of visualization and imagination of our vulnerabilities in popular culture trickles down to everyday life, and it is something I am passionate about addressing in my work.

I owe deep thanks to Deep South Magazine’s editor Erin Bass for…

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