Past Author Interview – Lit World Interviews

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Here’s another interview I did about ‘Zora’ on Lit World Interviews. I thank Colleen Chesebro for this wonderful interview. She was a huge supporter of my work then, and continues to be now. At the time she was working on her first book, The Swamp Fairy and now she is a published author too. I am so proud of her. Click here to read our interview.

Wise Words Wednesday – Little House

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This week’s wise words come from a television show that I was obsessed with as a child. Little House on the Prairie was a staple in my upbringing. It taught me all kinds of life lessons and I thank Michael Landon, aka Pa, for that. This quote was from an episode where a mother was sick and knew she didn’t have long to live. She told this to her children and it is very relevant in my life these days since I recently lost my mom.

Remember me with smiles and laughter, because that's how I will remember you. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all.

 

Melanade – Beah Richards

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Melanade is a place for women of color, who are doing great things in the world, to be honored. I am quite aware that Beah Richards is deceased, however, I feel her voice and bodies of work are still making a great impact in this world.

 

beahrBeah Richards(1920 – 2000) was a poet, playwright and author, but she was best known as an actress of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” fame, where she earned an Academy Award nomination.She was a at home on the stage, staring in James Baldwin’s “Amen Corner”.  She was also a staple on television throughout her career. In 1988 she received her first Emmy for her performance in ‘Frank’s Place’ and again in 2000 she was honored with the Emmy just days before her death for her role in ‘The Practice’.

She was a strong activist who fought for equality for blacks in America. She did not hold her tongue and was willing to die for her beliefs. In 2004, Lisa Gay Hamilton accepted The Peabody Award for Beah:A Black Woman Speaks, a biographical film about Beah’s life.