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I will always cherish my time at Bernice Johnson’s Cultural Arts Center in Queens, New York, where I received my stage training/presence, confidence, and love of the Arts, through formal dance training. It started when I was three years old.
My career as the poet/spoken word artist known as "Freedom Speaks," began in 2003, after I opened for Def Poetry Jam on Broadway at Atlanta’s Fox Theater.
From there, I opened for the U.S. Human Rights Network National Conference; I was on Robert Townsend’s “Spoken” on The Black Family Channel; and was a performer and panelist at Oakhurst Medical Center's Hip Hop Health Summit held at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Performing Arts Center.
I did countless performances and workshops at colleges and events across the nation, teaching about writing, speaking, performing, and Black studies.
I began creating my own poetry books and helping other poets create their books, through my company, Freedom Speaks Ink. I edited books; and taught grant writing; and helped people overcome stage fright; and showed them how to book speaking engagements.
I recorded two CDs and one DVD, and began selling my company's t-shirts and other poetry products. Next, I started a non-profit organization called Griotsville Foundation for the Arts, where we did a monthly, family friendly, open-mic, with storytelling, and had it set up like an African Village, with drummers, children, elders, and good vibes.
We did community workshops and benefit events too.
By 2008, I had written and published my first novel called MANJANI, and spoke at Book Expo America in Los Angeles, CA when it was released.
I began teaching everything I had learned about writing and publishing at College of Coastal Georgia to Continuing Education students, in addition to running my own publishing company.
During that time, I was also published under different pseudonyms/brands, and became interested in teaching private clients how to write, publish, and perform ... so I got trained as a money/business coach.
As a coach, I created lots of home study products, taught lessons during teleseminars, and wrote business and self-improvement books.
The entire time, I was the homeschooling mom of a son, who recently (2018) took the SAT and scored a 700 on the Language/Writing part. That's the 95th percentile!
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WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES (selected)
Instructor/Facilitator - Spoken Word for Theatre Students, Fort Valley State University, 2018
Instructor/Facilitator – English Lit for Closeted Poets, Washington & Jefferson College, 2017
Guest Speaker for Women's History Month - "Unsaid: Sharing The Wisdom That Women Sometimes Forget To Teach Younger Women", University of West Georgia, 2015
Instructor/Facilitator – Free Your Voice Performance Workshop, Knox College, 2015
Instructor/Facilitator – Marketing Black Culture Centers to Black Students, ABCC Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
Instructor/Facilitator – Public Speaking for Self-Promotion, GCWB, 2012
Instructor/Facilitator – How to Write and Publish Your Memoirs (for seniors), Camden County Library Book Club, Kingsland, GA, 2010
Instructor - Home Schooling Made Easy: Basic Tips to Teach Your Little Genius, Camden County Public Library, Kingsland, GA, 2009
Workshop Instructor/Performance - Keeping the Passion for Your Promises, National Black Graduate Student Association National Conference, Chicago, IL, 2008
Instructor – Empowering Students to Be Leaders in Any Environment, National African American Student Leadership Conference, Rust College, 2008
Instructor – Creating Cultures and Integrating Cultures on College Campuses, Association for Black Culture Centers Conference, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2007
Keynote – Journaling for Emotional Health, Oakhurst Medical Center’s Women’s Health Week Conference, Decatur, GA, 2005
Instructor/Facilitator – On Poetry & Performing, Hope Haven Youth Detention Center, New Orleans, LA, 2005
Principal/Language Arts Instructor - Homeschool Program, 2003-2018.
Created and taught creative writing and publishing courses with a Writing Lab to adult students in the Continuing Education Department.
Focus was on finding writing voice, writing memoirs, writing prose, how-to self-publish and how to get published traditionally through a publishing house.
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