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Overcoming Obstacles w/Author Nathan Welch

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“You either got time or money, can’t have ‘em both. A n***** with money, don’t have no time. A n***** with time, don’t have no money. We don’t have a lot of time around here ‘cause time is money.”

-Big Meech

Ever since it was announced that I’d be getting my first novel published, people have told me that my ambition and tenaciousness has inspired them. It’s incredibly humbling to have people say that to me. However, I tend to become irritated when these same people that I’ve miraculously “inspired” come up with every excuse in the book to justify their reasoning behind not chasing their goals. If another person tells me that they don’t have enough time to put in the work towards achieving prosperity, my head is going to explode!

Be clear, true success doesn’t come over night. Can we really count all the meaningless attention-whoring as success? Sure, it’s a quick come up but where’s the longevity in it? Eventually you’ll fade away into obscurity as the next internet phenomenon gets their fifteen minutes (or seconds) of fame in this short attention span having society we live in. True prosperity is worth putting your all into.

So, what are you doing to pursue your dreams?

While you’re working at that dead end nine-to-five job you hate, the successful, powerful people of the world are steady making moves. Why are you sitting back watching like a helpless spectator? You have all the resources at your disposal to make something out of yourself. The problem with most of us is that we don’t want or expect better out of ourselves.

I saw a Facebook post that I wholeheartedly agree with. No matter where you live on the earth, there are twenty-four hours in the day. What are you choosing to do with your time? I know I’m hustling like crazy trying to build a media empire for myself. Beyoncé, a name that was brought up in the post, recorded an album and released it on iTunes a few months ago without anyone knowing about it and it made record numbers! Don’t we all have the same hours in our day as Queen Bey? Let’s not forget, along with being a superstar artist, she’s a mother and a wife to one of the most prolific men in the industry. I ask again, what are you doing to pursue your dreams?

Nathan Welch, one of my fellow publishing label mates under DC Bookdiva Publications, has five published street classics on his resume. The most impressive thing about it is that he’s serving a life sentence in jail! He hasn’t let his situation limit him from chasing prosperity. Nathan put forth the effort to market his work to publishers and he hooked up with the right people that saw his potential. I chopped it up with him about how he was able to make the most out of his inconvenient situation.



Randall: Without giving away too much of the plot, tell us what your new novel is about.

Nathan Welch: The novel is mainly about four women looking for love in Ohio who get in compromising situations because of their search.

Randall: The title Drunk In Love is interesting for many reasons. Beyoncé just released a smash single using the same name. Is this merely a coincidence or is it a parallel between what we can expect to read in the novel?

Nathan Welch: It’s merely a coincidence that the title of the book falls in line with Beyoncé’s single. However, as far as the sexual content is concerned, it’s definitely just like the Beyoncé song.

Randall: How have you been able to keep focus on your goals during this troubling time in your life?

Nathan Welch: I just maintain my discipline, my hope of turning a negative into a positive and my passion for doing what I love, which is writing. It helps me to escape the madness that I endure daily.

Randall: How did you hook up with DC Bookdiva Publications?

Nathan Welch: I hooked up with DC Bookdiva after I sent out sample chapters of my novels to several different publishers. She was the one that took a chance on me and the rest is history.

Randall: How instrumental has writing been to your life?

Nathan Welch: It’s been very instrumental, because it has given me a voice while I’m in this horrible situation. It’s also allowed me to gain a few fans who are really into reading my work. It has mainly given me the chance to make my mother proud of me, which is what I’ve wanted to accomplish my whole life.

Randall: As a writer and entrepreneur, it’s incredibly important to be resourceful. How have you used your current situation to propel you to success?

Nathan Welch: It’s very important to be resourceful because you never want to depend on others for anything. That’s an easy way to get disappointed. Being independent and resourceful is kind of like a guarding mechanism in all endeavors that you become involved in. Personally, I used my current situation as fuel to become a better man than I was in the past so I can be able to leave a mark on this world.

Randall: What other projects do you have coming up?

Nathan Welch:  I have a novel in the works that chronicles the life of a female gangbanger. It’s going to be interesting and it will bring a new flavor to the urban literature genre. I’m also planning to work on some fantasy novels. Who knows what the future holds for me? But one thing that I’m sure of is that I’m going to stay writing.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read my many young people. What is your advice to them? Do you have any words of wisdom to give to the younger generation?

Nathan Welch: My advice to young people who want to become successful is never to quit on your goals and dreams. If you do then you will always ponder on the “what ifs”. If you choose to chase after your dreams, eventually you will push yourself hard enough to make them a reality. Stay focused and try to do all that you can to stay away from negative situations that can lead to incarceration and other life altering troubles. There are some mistakes you can’t come back or get any second chances from.

Last but not least, thanks for your time and the opportunity to be heard Mr. Barnes. I look forward to reading your book very soon. Make sure to let the world know that DC Bookdiva Publications is taking over the game, one book at a time!

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Success By Any Means Necessary w /Author Michelle Roberts

“We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”

-Malcolm X

“Limiting (adjective)

 Placing a limit on what’s possible”

One thing that irks me to no end is when I hear people trying to minimize the contributions that historic orators like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. As a matter of fact, it irritates me when I hear anyone that isn’t a practicing public speaker talk down on journalists, talk show hosts, presenters and those occupations and professions similar to those already named. How can you criticize someone for doing something that you wouldn’t have the courage to do yourself? Folks usually don’t even give applicable critiques and commentary. If the individuals on T.V. or radio heard what some of these haters have said from behind the comfort of their Twitter handle, I’d imagine violence would ensue.

From comedians to motivational speakers, the orators of our modern day time have an incredible task when they have to take on a restless crowd. Hundreds of thousands of eyes are leering at you, ready for you to evoke any emotion productive to your presentation. The public speaking field isn’t for the faint of heart. Trust me, I’m a witness!

However, a task that proves to be even more troubling than presenting your thoughts and viewpoints to a crowd of thousands is trying to convince yourself to be the best you can. We become so acclimated to our situations that we affirm negativity into our lives. Words have power and it’s toxic to speak death on your life. Speak affirmations of success. When you change your mindset, you realize that you must succeed by any means necessary!

Author Michelle Roberts has written a book of positive affirmations. She openly boasts about how affirming success yields great results, using herself as an example. Recently, I got a chance to talk with her about her book and having a positive mindset towards life.


Randall: What prompted you to write Affirmations For Success?

Michelle Roberts: I have been collecting affirmations for over 5 years and use them daily so I decided to share my love and belief with others. I believe you are what you say!

Randall: Do you think a person can be too young or old for success?

Michelle Roberts: You are never too young or too old. The determining factor is you! If you have an idea or dream go for and don’t stop. I went back to school after 40 and completed my BSM in management, got a Masters of Art in Leadership and will be starting Dissertation next year for Doctorate I will be 50 then. I have 2 daughters who are 19 & 20 who just launched their Natural Hair line, website and blog. I believe Success does not have an Age!

AffirmatoinsRandall: How can one change a negative mindset?

Michelle Roberts: You can change a negative mindset by what you think and what you say. “As a man thinks so is he or her” We become the Words we say every day. That is why I use affirmations. An affirmation is a statement that is carefully crafted to address an unwanted pattern and transform it through the use of positive thought. An affirmation or affirming statement can be a phrase that is written down or a statement that is repeated verbally. An affirmation may also be an audio recording that is listened to repeatedly. Affirmations focus attention on the positive outcome of a situation, and are structured to affirm that the positive outcome is already a reality

Randall: In your opinion, are relationships and success synonymous?

Michelle Roberts: Well, yes and  no. Yes you can have positive relationships that can foster and boost your success. However, I do believe no one can stop you from being successful but YOU. There is always someone who beats the odd despite having help.

Randall: Do you believe black women are at a disadvantage in the business world? Why or why not?

Michelle Roberts: I believe Black women have different challenges than our white counterparts.  For example, getting investors or having money set aside by parents to go into business. However I believe lots of doors are opening for women of color and we can succeed despite challenges we may come upon. We have a rich heritage of tenacity and winning against the odds.

Randall: How important is faith to success?

Michelle Roberts: I think faith is paramount to success, without my faith in God, I know I would not be where I am today and I would have long ago given up. My faith is my rock and my shield when the storms come.

Randall: What upcoming projects do you have on the horizon?

Michelle Roberts: I am in the Studio recording affirmations for Success on CD (I am very excited), I am receiving more speaking engagements around the country, I also have a book 7 Steps for Finding and Preparing for Networking Events, those steps help me build my Travel Business “Roberts Travel Services”.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What is your message to them?

Michelle Roberts: Whatever you are dreaming to do just go for it and start, yes it may not be perfect , but you can always improve and always get better, but if you never do it you will have regrets and what if’s, don’t leave the earth with an I wish I would have done it. Do it now! Follow your passion and fulfill your dream


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All I Do Is Win w/Rapper & Mixtape Cypher Winner Que

“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

-Vince Lombardi

Like it or not, the world thrives on competition. We all have an inherent desire to be the best in the world at what we do. Our desire to be at the top of our field is the fuel that moves and pushes us. It’s what fuels creativity and innovation. It also overcomes fear and risk.

Imagine performing in front of hundreds of fans for a prize as covenant as a guaranteed recording contract or $10,000. You step on an American Idol esque stage and put your heart and soul into thrilling the fans and the judges so you can inch closer to making your dreams come true. Some couldn’t conceive being in that moment as the spotlight will provide too much pressure.  However, a select few per2494430formers have the ability to walk in, electrify the crowd and create a  name for themselves on a large platform. One of those performers is Marquis “Que” Norton.

I first interviewed him a month ago about him pursuing his passion of music at an early age.  On Facebook I saw a huge campaign, led by his mom and other dedicated members of his team, to vote for him to win in a competition called the Mixtape Cypher. In a miraculous  comeback, Que managed to get a surge of support at the last minute and take the first place  crown from fellow competitor Mark Hall. Recently, we talked about his triumphant victory  and the upward direction of his career.



Randall: Congratulations on winning the Mixtape Cypher! How does it feel?

Que: It’s feels great to see that all my hard work is really paying off.  This competition is definitely one of my biggest achievements.

Randall: What is the Mixtape Cypher? What does winning the Mixtape Cypher mean? Explain to all the readers that aren’t aware

Que: The Mixtape Cypher’ is a talent competition & television show, where artists compete for an opportunity to showcase their talent during the Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On The Run Tour, win $10,000 cash, be advertised on television networks. The prizes Que Article 2also include being able to perform during BET Hip-Hop Awards Weekend in Atlanta, GA this fall and to compete for a multimillion dollar recording deal from the Capital Production Group.

Randall: The Mixtape Cypher was vastly different from other competition shows. What were some of the tactics you had to use to secure a win?

Que: My team and I did things such as hustling, raising money, getting people to vote for and sponsor me.  Even though the contest judges were looking at the different artists’ talent, the points are what really mattered at the end of the day and my fans/supporters contributed to that. 

Randall: How have you been able to cultivate such a supportive audience?

Que: Randall, I think it’s God himself who blessed me with such a great and supportive audience.  They believe in me and my talent. They see the time I invest into my craft and I constantly show how much I love and appreciate them for being supportive of me throughout my career. I believe my positive attitude and music benefited as well and that’s how I captured their will to support me. Huge shout out to everyone to who voted for me and helped me out on the win, without them, this wouldn’t be possible, and a special thanks to my wonderful parents because they went hard with me day in, day out during the competition, working towards this victory.

Randall: From what I see, you’re a high energy performer. How are you able to keep up that type of pace night in and night out? Does it wear down on your body?

Que: It wore me out in the beginning stages of my career because I didn’t take exercising and dieting seriously and eventually it came back to bite me. Now, I spend a lot of time practicing and working out. I also make sure that I eat healthy, and stay active at all the time. Drinking a lot of water helps too. Hydration is important to maintain when you’re a performer.

Randall: So after this huge win at the Mixtape Cypher, what’s next for the Que brand?

Que: We’re working on getting my music marketed and promoted in the various cities of the On The Run Tour thanks to the huge Mixtape Cypher win. I’m also gearing up to compete in the national competition. I have an upcoming show with the OMG Girlz in Macon on July 26th. I’ve received more award show nominations and I’m currently working on releasing new music for the fans.


You can find Que at:

Twitter @Queofficial

Instagram @QueWorld


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Finding Yourself w/Author Erella

“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.”

-Richard Grant

One of the first steps in achieving success is productive self-discovery. On your road to ultimate prosperity, expect your will to be tested. If you aren’t strong in your morals and character, you won’t get far in any capacity. Sadly many people, especially in my generation, are walking around lost and without purpose. The lack of individuals becoming one with themselves is a major problem in society today.

Our chase for instant fame and gratification becomes a thorn in our side as time wears on. Many people are too quick to sell their souls for false prosperity. It takes true courage to be your own authentic self. Do you! However, how are you going to “do you” if you don’t know what you do? What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? What are your strength and weaknesses? Proper self-evaluation is the first step in unlocking the essence of what makes you unique.

Isn’t it about time that we have literature that documents this turbulent journey? Well, I’ve created such a novel in The Diary Of Aaliyah Anderson. Author Erella also crafted such a story in her novel The Flip Artist. Recently, I sat down to talk with her about it.


Randall: Was there a real life motivation behind your first fiction novel The Flip Artist?

Erella: Absolutely! The real life motivation behind The Flip Artist was a personal experience I had with being pursued by an aggressive stud when I lived in New York City. It was then that I became “aware” of the world of AG’s, that is, aggressive studs  and the preponderanceThe Flip Artist of lesbian relationships in our community.

Randall: Your character Dream is made out to be totally lost in the novel. What’s  the meaning behind a character like her?

 Erella: Dream is complicated. She is bi-racial, her parents are Irish Jamaican,  and an African descended Maroon. They are staunchly Catholic, while still  others practice Rastafarianism, and other religions. They are dysfunctional.  There is alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, illegal activities and  cultural taboos being broken in her family. To top that off, she is an emerging  adult who is just beginning to recognize her attraction to females and is  confused about coming out and its implications for her relationship with her  family.  Dream represents young women who are grappling with their  sexuality and gender while confronting the disapproval of family, community  and culture.

Randall: What do you think is the main reason behind women converting to  lesbianism?

 Erella: One of the things that Dream discovers is that she is a twin. In the  second part of the trilogy, it is revealed that something happened to him.  Without giving away the plot, I will say that we are introduced to the age-old  question of nature versus nurture as a dichotomy with her gender and  sexuality. In addition to this, I believe that patriarchy, sexist oppression and  women’s rejection of stereotypical, restrictive gender roles has contributed to  the increasing number of women who are coming out and accepting or even  experimenting with same-sex relationships.

Randall: What other projects do you have coming up?

 Erella: As I indicated above, The Flip Artist is a trilogy so I am working on part 2 and part 3. I also have a fiction novella due out shortly entitled The Sick Bed – El Lecho de Enfermo. Finally, I am also doing research for a novel set in London in the early 1930’s.

Randall: By the time this article is published, it will be read by many young people. What is your message to them?

Erella: I would like to encourage young people to not be afraid to question and challenge the status quo. There is no cookie-cutter mold for everyone. It is okay to explore your identity. We all don’t learn who we are immediately. Sometimes it takes time to discover who you really are, what you want to become and what your personal beliefs are. So learn yourself, accept and be comfortable with your sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, culture and religious beliefs, even if they are not the same as everyone else’s. “Know thyself and to thine own self be true.”

Randall: Where can we find you?

Erella: You can find me on Facebook at Erella Still Dreamin, on Twitter @saphiralatina, on Instagram as Erella711 and you can email me at or  Thank you for your interest and support.



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Hate On Me: Madame Noire’s Slander Of Dr. Umar Johnson…Failed

“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.”

 Shannon L. Alder

In my seventeen years of living, my marvelous parents have taught me lessons that aid in preparing me for the battle field that we call the adult world. However, one lesson that my Dad taught me so long ago has seemed to make itself apparent as I start on my journey to becoming a self-made man. As I was growing up my Dad would always tell me that you can’t make people like you. In your highs and lows, someone will always have something to say about you.

It’s amazing how the wisdom of our elders mean so much to us as life rolls on. As I was looking through my Facebook wall after a productive writing session on my forthcoming novella, my attention turned to a shared Madame Noire article on one of the great thinkers and scholars in our community today Dr. Umar Johnson. The online column post was entitled, Why It’s Not A Good Idea To Support An All-Black Boys Academy. I just shook my head. Of course somebody would try to spite Dr. Umar in his valiant efforts.

The website, which is most popular for black Hollywood news and propaganda pieces like this, went on to dismiss Dr. Umar because of his views on female sexual practices and homosexuality. Never mind the fact that the brother has a doctorate in clinical psychology and that he speaks from complete fact. I’ve listened to hours upon hours of his lectures in my free time and never once has he said anything misogynist or against the LBGT community. Speaking of Madame Noire playing the misogyny card, I’ve only heard of him speak highly of black women!

You can tell the article was slander. Look at the highlighted sentence! They know it’s a brilliant idea!

Since Madame Noire wants to use comments that he made to get their point  across, let’s take a trip back in time to January of this year when Dr. Umar  was with Professor Griff speaking to a packed house at the Southwest Arts  Center in Atlanta. In part three of the video, Dr. Umar dove into one of the  crucial social sciences that he would teach at the FDMG Acadamy.


  “What else are we going to teach the children? We’re going to teach them  the science of the Black man and the Black woman. That means what? All  the little boys are going to have to study the black woman as a divinity. The  boys are going to have to study your menstrual cycle and why you have  one. Why is it twenty-eight days? And what is the relationship between the  womb of a woman and the twenty-eight day cycle of the moon?”

 As the crowd cheered in agreement with what he was saying, Dr. Umar  continued on, “The boys are going to have to understand the divinity of the  black woman. Why was she chosen as the first symbol of God ever used on  earth? Before the Muslims or Christians turned God into a he, God was a she!  The great divine mother, you have to teach that science!  By the time we’re  done, he won’t be able to disrespect you anymore Black woman! By the time  we’re done, your son will come home at six years old and say, ‘Momma, you  don’t need that hair anymore! Get rid of it! I demand that, as my mother,  that you be the Goddess God made you!


Yeah, I don’t hear any misogyny there! What’s Charing Ball’s problem with him? Is it the fact that Dr. Umar wants Black women to respect themselves? In the article the writer ( who I assume is a woman) said,

Or it is possible that you just like “freaky” sex, including role playing and S&M and that you just had an orgasm? But these ol’ Mistas-from-the-Color-Purple-acting dudes don’t want to know anything about making that kitten purr – they just want lay on a girl and do their business.

It’s funny that she wants to name call and throw insults at Dr. Umar when she didn’t do a thing to disprove what he said in any way. Mrs. Bell just mocked him. Madame Noire didn’t even slander his idea! That seems fishy to me…..

Dr. Umar Johnson is a standup guy. He’s a professional, unlike many of the other people in the so-called ‘conscious community’. He’s made enemies just by telling the truth and professing his undying love for African people worldwide. What’s the problem?

As I’ve studied business and the media, I’ve found out that any publicity is good publicity. While negativity is never good, at least your name is circulating around in a discussion. Just ask Solange! When I saw that Madame Noire put this article out, I thought this would put a damper in his efforts to get the school running. The legion of fans of the blog will start hurling insults about him on their social media page without truly doing research on him. From there, the first impression of Dr. Umar to folks that don’t know him would be negative.

Then I looked at the comment section on the website and their Facebook post. Folks were going in on Madame Noire. I only saw a handful of people that agreed with what the writer had to say! Seeing that sight, I let out a huge sigh and smiled. There was hope!


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A reader of the article decided to get familiar with Dr. Umar. Shout out to Senita! 🙂

Dr. Umar hasn’t even responded to the article. He’s to predetermined with the St. Paul’s auction to worry about any shade that’s thrown his way. The moral of my Dad’s lesson became apparent to me at that very moment. Since you can’t control what people say about you, ignore them and power through! Kill them with success! I’d like to thank Dr. Umar for giving me a real life example of this. Also, to Madame Noire and the other so called ‘black’ corporate websites, you’re not going to go against the movement for black positivity without getting checked. We’re not having it anymore!


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Two Ways Black Media Can Step It’s Game Up

I do not expect the white media to create positive black male images.

 Huey P. Newton

In the black community today, we have a large amount of complaining people. Mind you, most of these folks are doing absolutely nothing to uplift the community, let alone make money for themselves independently. I won’t go as far as to say their agents because that would give them too much credit. Their just negative leeches and haters that want to tear down people that are actually doing something. The proverbial 2014 version of crabs in a barrel!

Like I’ve said numerous times, productive black media is slowly but surely being made.  As a journalist and author with two projects coming up, I consider myself a part of the  subsector of the community we choose to call black media. My critiques are only in  hope that we can improve on what we’re putting out to the public. At this rate, none of  us are competing with any of the white-owned media conglomerates. I’m talking to the  big shot executives at Bounce TV, OWN, Revolt TV and Aspire too!  Compared to  Viacom owned BET and Comcast owned TV One, they’re losing out as well.

We desperately need to step our games up in the media space, family! Why is Tariq  Nasheed’s The Eugenist and Hidden Colors series the only piece of independently  owned black media project that I can call off the top of the head that was worth  watching? Today, we’re going to have a compulsive discussion about the state of African-American produced media and what we need to do to make it better. Black media “mavens”, I need you to seriously take note!


1)   Produce Work Of Quality

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.

-Steve Jobs

One Saturday during Father’s Day a few years back, my family decided to go to the Macon Mall. Since an outdoor mall was just built in north Macon (the white, suburban side of town), the Macon Mall hadn’t been attracting customers like it used to. Many stores closed down and it was basically relegated to shoe stores, non-black owned but black culture influenced clothing stores and greasy fast food joints. Meanwhile, the outdoor mall had everything!

Even in its slump, the Macon Mall always attracts a crowd of people during holidays. So there we were, making our way through a maze of people to get to the exit. However, we managed to stop at a table set up in the middle of the mall where two college aged brothers, an extremely attractive brown-skinned sister and a man that looked as if he was in his thirties were selling DVDs. For their sakes, I’m not going to mention the name of the production.

They boasted about the fact that their film won at a film festival and it was a movie in the leer of Tyler Perry. My parents bought twologo_black_media copies in support of them and went on their way. A couple of months ago, I managed to watch the movie in it’s entirety. Well, I’d more so say struggled than managed! The movie was horrible to say the least!

The acting was dry, the background music took over the film, the lighting was wrong and the storyline was poorly written. I honestly felt like breaking the DVD in two and throwing the cover out the window like a Frisbee that won’t come back. What a waste of money!

Black filmmakers, entrepreneurs and other artists make sure that your project is of quality. The word quality is defined as “the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.” The community has no time for hustlers and get rich quick schemes. If you’re not planning to put out work of quality, I need you to have a seat! If you don’t believe enough in your project, why would I pay money to see it or read it?

You can’t rely on a list of big name actors to be in your production either. This is where a lot of these mainstream black films fail. I went to see Think Like A Man 2 and I wasn’t a fan at all. I’m not being negative as the movie did draw laughter from me and it was entertaining. But it was nowhere near the first movie, which had a steady storyline and premise. Kevin Hart jumping around acting like a fool can only save so many movies.


2)    Put It Out On Time

You may delay, but time will not.”

-Benjamin Franklin

How long does it really take to make a movie? I know of projects that have been “coming soon” with no definitive date for about ten years. Tariq Nasheed announced that he was starting production on Hidden Colors 3 back in July of 2013 and it debuted around the nation June 26, 2014. The DVD is coming out July 4th and it’s already number one on Amazon!

I understand that it takes time to make a quality product but after a year or two without an update and many of fans inquiring about when it’s being released, you have a problem. Black folks have a terrible problem with time management that we need to get under control before we can even begin to challenge the big time corporations. You can talk about movies like PreciousFor Colored Girls and The Help but at least they come out on time enough for people to see it. How is your movie going to compete when it’s coming out in 2015 and you’ve been working on it since 2007? Pushing back the release date every month isn’t cool either!


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Rebuilding The Family w/Author Chanel Savage

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family.

Jim Butcher

For decades, we’ve been experiencing a major breakdown of the black family unit. As time has worn on, our situation has gotten worse. Where I’m from, seeing a child that lives in a two parent household is an anomaly. For some, it’s amazing if the mother and father even like each other!

There are several social ramifications to this savage break-up of one of the strongest institutions in our rich history. The epidemic of babies having babies has gotten more widespread. Every teenager knows at least one girl that is currently pregnant or has birthed a baby. Meanwhile, the prison industrial complex has successfully found a way to make black men the new slaves. With an overwhelming amount of black men dead or in jail, the emasculation of the black man has picked up full force. The dominant Black familysociety doesn’t even see us as useful, seeing the fact that our young men get gunned down every day without the batting of an eyelash.

There needs to be a definite change in the tide, family. The narcissistic mindset of our modern day society desperately needs to be lost! As a community, we’re all we’ve got.  We have the power to rebuild our families. We just need to know we have this power!

In the literary space, there have been numerous authors that have created projects inspired by dysfunctional families. Many of them are considered classics and are even studied in educational institutions around America. Author Chanel Savage has decided to put her own spin on things with her new novel Savage Sisters. The novel is based around the central message of family unity and the strength of women. Recently, I got a chance to briefly sit down with her and talk about her novel, the plight of the black family and solutions to this issue.


Randall: Your novel Savage Sisters is about the importance of a strong family unit during troubling times. How did this story come about and what was your inspiration behind writing it?

Chanel Savage: I’ve been writing on and off for years.  I would read, see, or hear something and come up with an idea, and start writing.  Then I noticed I had ideas, and started stories I had never finished.  When I started Savage Sisters I said to myself I am going to finish this story. 

I wanted to write about more than one character because I felt that it would keep the book interesting. I wanted my characters to have all different personalities but share a common bond.  I thought a sister hood surrounded by the struggles of their parents, and inheriting a mean streak from their father was perfect. 

The inspiration behind Savage Sisters is the power of women. Although we struggle we still manage get through our 20140308_224029530_iOS situations, sometimes by any means necessary. I think women are so powerful in so many  ways.  But men are indeed stronger. Some take advantage of women and mistreat them. 

  I wanted my characters to take control of their situations, and not feel sorry for themselves.   Shayla, Shanice, Shante, and Shakira Savage all wanted to be loved by the men that they  love.  These men took advantage of them, and mistreated them.  This kind of mistreatment  happens every day in all communities.  The Savage Sisters handled their situation the only  way knew how, by being savages.


Randall: Was there a realistic motivation behind the novel?

Chanel Savage: Yes, there was a realistic motivation behind the story.  All of these situations I have either experienced, know someone who has experienced it, or saw it on the news. 


Randall: In the black community, there’s been a horrible break down of the family unit. What’s your take on this?

Chanel Savage: My take on the breakdown of the family we aren’t stepping up in our roles. I believe that some black women are not stepping up to the plate and being mothers.  Most black men are in jail or six feet under. The women are so important because we have to raise our children even when the father is not around.  I hate to see our black women not motivated to do better for themselves and their children. 

Public assistance is only supposed to be temporary. Some women stay on it most of their lives. Children are motivated by what they see.  It’s very few children that have a basketball or football talent that will magically elevate them out of the hood. There are also very few black children motivated to go to college.  

As women we have to choose the right man to have children by.  The man we choose has to be someone a child can look up to.  As a women we must creating a household with rules and regulations that are properly put in place.  Some women take mothering as a joke! Displaying that behavior, they are effectively creating another dysfunctional family.


Randall: We all love debating over the symptoms and problems surrounding this family issue but I’m in the business of fixing and finding long term solutions to our problems. How can we turn the tide?

Chanel Savage: First of all, no one on this earth is perfect. We all struggle.  Struggling is not about just not having money.  I love all four of my kids.  I think as parents the struggle comes with raising your children.  Most kids just want to be loved and acknowledged. 

I think as parents, or as a single parent, you have to make every day in their life count.  You have to set boundaries.  You have to teach them respect of self, and others.  You have to motivate your kids to be the best they can be.  You have be their number one supporter. You have to show them that family in everything. You have to be their parent.  Everything they do comes from you. The children are our future. It’s so true because we all were once children.


Randall: In your opinion, is there a place in the current black literary market for fiction that has an overt message and tackles real world issues?

Chanel Savage: I feel that there is a big place in the literary market for stories that confront real world issues.  Most people who read urban fiction walk out the door and they witness what we write about every day. Our readers love stories that they can relate to. I think everyone wants reality with some added drama rather it be on T.V. or in a book. 


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