When I initially wrote "Dear Black Men," I had no idea who the audience would be. I decided to include it in the "Identity" section of my poetry collection Welcome to the Queendom as a dedication to the strongest Black man I know, my father. Over the years, I've learned the unique strength of manhood as I watched my dad uphold our family and use his spiritual armor to guide us all as a unit. Growing up, I don't recall my dad having to say much often, yet we felt and knew he loved us through the security he provided spiritually, financially and emotionally. Although, I can count on one hand the times I've seen my father cry, I've watched his eyes as he carried the daily weight of Blackness, manhood and fatherhood. As a mood ring, his hazel eyes shifted to shades of earth-tone greens through all the frustrations, sadness and sometimes weariness. I can only imagine what he truly holds inside and that is one of the major reasons why I wrote this poem...
"...Black men you must
Next year, I will be doing a local tour with my friend and fellow author, Peter Parker. We are inviting guests to engage in discussions about key themes from our publications in relation to our personal journeys and involvement with community issues. We will also have merchandise available, give-aways, collaborative opportunities and MORE! For more information about Peter Parker's A DFRNT Story, visit adfrntworld.org
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