“I was once a little girl that sat on carpeted floor surrounded by my cousins and all of the adults in my family. I don’t remember saying anything but I do remember laughing. To this day I can still see my grandmother, Ms. Helen, laughing so hard that she had to grab a tissue out of her pocket, to catch the joyful tears coming from her eyes.
You wouldn’t know this, but hours before that moment that I cherish to this day, I would silently protest going to my family’s house, in the country of North Carolina. Because going there meant I couldn’t hangout with my friends, or just sit on the floor playing my Atari 6400 in front of the floor model TV. Going down there meant I was doing what my Mother and Father wanted me to do.
Back then I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but now as an adult, I wish I could go back and be the kid on the floor again. I wish my nephews and nieces knew the teenage pain of being made to go to the family’s house. To have to sit on the floor, like I did as a kid, without an iPhone or an iPad to keep them otherwise engaged. I wish they could be in the house when it was overflowing with family, and the only space for them was to sit on the floor in their name brand clothes.
As our family has grown, and as our elders have passed away, I wish I could remember all of their stories. I would force my family to hear about the past, as we move too quickly into the future. Don’t get me wrong, my family still has gatherings, on occasions, and I’ve been living 3,000 miles away for a long time now.
I finally learned what I wanted to be when I grew up. A STORYTELLER…
I love telling stories about my life, the lessons I’ve learned, and the things I’ve observed with a hope that I will reach at least one person that can relate to my experiences.
This little girl from North Carolina who used to sit on the floor and listen, now shares her stories through poetry, short stories, film, theatre and any other genre. Because she is grown up and no longer sits on the floor. Instead she steps boldly into the light to share stories from her heart.”
Some of my affiliations:
Executive Director, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
Seattle Arts Commissioner
Trustee Board, Cornish College of the Arts
Board Member, FEED Worldwide Inc.
Adult Advisory Board, Creative Justice
Graduate of Seattle University, Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership
Graduate of Delaware State University, Bachelor of Arts in Television Production and Masters of Business Administration
Teaching Artist, Freehold Theatre Residency Program for the WA Correctional Facility for Women
4 Culture – Artists Roster
2014-2015 Arts Support Fellowship, Jack Straw Cultural Center
The Consciousness of Love (Poetry/Stories with music CD)
2014/2015 Jack Straw Productions Artists Support Program
Humanity (Poetry/Stories with music CD)
Circles of Life (Playwright/Solo Performer)
What About Us? (Producer short film)
End of the Rainbow (Inspired by Trayvon Martin)
(Playwright 10 minute short play)
Plight: I am my brother's keeper (Playwright/Solo Performer)
Wilmington, DE Fringe Festival
Homelessness: Driven - Spirited - Broken (Playwright/Solo Performer)
Urban Annual Poverty Forum
My Experience (Playwright)
The Mahogany Project Who Are We Festival (Reading)
National Black Theatre Festival (Reading)
D.O.I (Declaration of Independents, African Americans breaking the chains in theatre and film)
The American Dream (Poet)
From the Heart (Short Film)
Addicted (Producer Short film)
Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner
Dating at the Speed of Life (Actor Short film)
Anchorage Alaska Film Festival
Swipe (Producer Short Film)
Urbanworld Film Festival
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"
--- Dr. Maya Angelou
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