The Purpose-Filled Villain: Artemis Harris’ development

Last week I asked people on social media(Facebook and Instagram) their opinions on villains and heroes. When I asked about personifying social problems into a villain, I didn’t get many answers. I could only assume that was because social ills are also complex. To think of a villain who personifies one takes research and a…

Letter to Carolyn Bryant- I hope your conscience is clear

Dear Carolyn Bryant, I read an interesting story today in Vanity Fair that said you lied on the stand about Emmett Till.  You admitted to it in a new book called The Blood of Emmett Till, and I must say I’m glad you came out with the truth. The truth would’ve been nice the day your…

Normalizing bigotry-Donald Trump’s racism is an American tradition.

If Donald Trump’s victory proves anything, it’s that subjugating people of color is a time-honored tradition in American culture that maintains itself through normalization. It started off as chattel slavery, transitioned into convict leasing, manifested as Jim Crow and hid behind mass incarceration. When the N-word is no longer acceptable, racists rely on thug. When…

Ordinary People-by Cat Ross

This guest writer sent me an essay so powerful, no words need be said. Please just read. * It has been the head-shaking, finger-wagging, shame-laden motto of the left and the right since November 10, 2016: “Democrats are out of touch”. Major news op-eds, politicians, and scholars, have said it–Hell, I said it, head-in-hand, dappled…

Words of the Serpent-sneak peek!

As is customary on this blog in the event  of an upcoming book release, here is a sneak peak of Words of the Serpent. In this scene, Apollo remains in Artemis'(the girl in the cover photo) headquarters, but she’s not the only enemy Apollo must contend with. Enjoy. *        Oh,” Artemis laughed. “Oh,…

Mass desensitization-Words of the Serpent introduces propaganda.

“Time for final thoughts. This week two officers were ambushed in Des Moines, Iowa. We lost two blue lives. That’s blue. Notice how I didn’t say we lost two white people in Iowa? See there seems to be some confusion from the Black Lives Matter community on exactly what it means to back the blue,…

Like Water-Words of the Serpent and Achilla’s adaptability.

“Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” –Bruce Lee.  Many people…

Andre Ward-Boxing’s next black hero refuses to be the villain.

Portraying black men as villains is not new to American culture, and light-heavyweight boxer Andre Ward has learned this dynamic through experience. Ever since Jack Johnson won the heavyweight title and Birth of a Nation released soon after, America has shown that black men make the most headlines when they’re painted as the bad guys,…

The Johnson Twins-What does the future hold for Achilla’s students?

Achilla Johnson spent most of the Nephilim Chronicles series working alone, or begrudgingly with a partner when she had a common enemy with someone else.  Now that she’s ushered Apollo and Athena Johnson under her wing, what has she taught them, and how will they work together to defeat Artemis? Well obviously, telling you that…

Civil Rights with Donald Trump-the New Deal for Black America

Now that Donald Trump is the president-elect, it’s time to actually examine his policies, including those for the black community.  For anyone who forgot, Trump’s relationship with black people isn’t exactly stellar. The Justice Department sued him for racial discrimination, he called for the Central Park Five’s execution and still thinks they’re guilty, and he…

The Serpent-Why did Artemis get the cover?

  Normally Achilla Johnson gets the cover in the Nephilim Chronicles series, but this time Artemis Harris takes her spot because she will be a more formidable foe than any  villain Achilla has faced. Artemis is tall, thin, and fit for a girl her age. She has piercing gray eyes and a scar on her…