I have gotten such highs, and lows, and nights where I cannot believe this is currently my own life! Over the next few days, I get to refocus, publish, post and bring you beloved people up to speed, as I regain strength, stamina, belief…and organization.
There are so many things happening and coming, dearest ones!
And I have missed you all so much!
Here is to the second (or third) round of catching up!
Family, I must tell you that I know I have to catch things up. Bare with me while I do! There are pieces I scheduled and didn’t complete, poetry I have to post, and things I have to do for sanity and business sake.
The inundating of posted work and think pieces is coming.
If you haven’t already, follow @whatjayesaid2.0 on TikTok.
In the year that I have been on TikTok, I have been a part of this social justice, pro-Black, womanism, and anti-racism.
I love it here. Sometimes.
But, it was when I got embroiled in relationship/Pick Me TikTok? Oh, baby! The talk of how bad women are, how we (as women) don’t love men, and how we (as women) need to be more ‘traditional’.
Hmph. Then, I thought of what exactly is a traditional woman. Why? I didn’t know any! From that conversation, came stories like this:
If anything, stories like this remind me that (1) the idea of a traditional women is steeped in white supremacy and (2) women are completely incredible! There is nothing traditional about women.
From that, came the LOVE OR WAR series on my page. It is 130 stories…and growing! Stories from or about women from all walks of life—told by the children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren of those same women!
As of December 31, this book will be compiled into an ebook available on Kindle!
In doing this, I believe I am honoring their maternal ancestors. Besides, some of these stories are too good not to share.
For those of you whom are following me on TikTok (especially @whatjayesaid/jayesaidwhat) will know that I was been toying with the idea of starting a Patreon again. This time, I am creating a Patreon solely for anti-racism essays and think pieces. Oh, yes, this is … Continue reading So….I Am Doing A Thing. Again.
National Poetry Month is next month. And I honestly cannot wait! I have been on a tear during this pandemic and I cannot wait to share new work with you all, things from the crates and even a poetry collection!
Part of the job as a writer is to record the world around me. My job is to write down what I see, and what people may be afraid to say. There is nothing which should be off limits to my gaze, talent or input.
That’s not me being cocky. That’s me being a writer. That’s me realizing my words matter, and giving voice to things I believe are concerning. I am a writer whom is at the intersection of Black and woman. I move through the world differently! I move through the world both seen and unseen–all while keeping my pulse on those communities.
From that awareness, there is a miniseries that will start in June 2020! This miniseries will focus on some things that I have either read about, experienced personally, or have grown up with which I think I now have strength and time to discuss. What sparked this conversation was Black Panther.
How, you ask?
The talk–the Cultural Conversation as it were–was the WHITE dude saved Wakanda. When I watched Black Panther, I didn’t see it that way. I saw the true savior of Wakanda was Princess Shuri. From that boldness, I am ready for June 2020.
And should be too–you won’t have a whole lot of time to get ready. I promise you that.
There is no secret to anyone that knows me that I love hip-hop. I do! And my favorite song to be amped to (aside from Swagga Like Us off T.I.’s Paper Trail), Wipe Me Down, by Lil Boosie! I promise that it is! I don’t know what about it makes me so happy, and wishing for my 20’s again, but it does!
With that reflection is mind, I had an idea for my miniseries for the month of May:
The title ‘Thinking I’m Grown’ is what I was told when I was growing up, especially after I started to express myself through what I wore or how I wanted to wear my hair. I cannot tell you how many times I heard “Oh, you think you grown?” I had no idea what that mean–and truly, looking age 40 in the face, I still don’t necessarily know! But, I’m about to take a stab at it.
This series starts Saturday, May 3rd. Like the miniseries in the past, there will be one post every Saturday until the cessation of the series on Saturday, May 31. Here are the topics:
May 3: Think I’m Grown: Shoulders (How I Stand)
May 10: Think I’m Grown: Chest (My Body And How I Accept It)
May 17: Think I’m Grown: Pants (Fashion and Style)
May 24: Think I’m Grown: Shoes (How I Move In The World)
May 31: Think I’m Grown: Wipe Me Down (Self-Acceptance)
See what I did there? You’re a smart cookie, I know you did. Make sure you follow this space. There is more, so much more to come.