Killing the messenger: Colin Kaepernick’s problem predates his protest.

Colin Kaepernick is feeling the heat right now for refusing to stand during the National Anthem last Friday, and though he is now a controversial figure, he’s not exactly entering new territory. The American public has vilified its black athletes for protests for a long time and continues to do so. He just happened to…

The danger of black speech: white supremacy survives on black silence.

Institutional racism exists in America whether we talk about it or not, but so many people propose silence as its cure. You’ve likely heard the argument that talking about racism keeps it alive, and that activist groups like Black Lives Matter, or even just the average Joe who knows the racial history of the United…

The stupidity of bigotry.

Bigotry is stupid. Literally. I know that sounds harsh, but it is actually quite easy to substantiate. The definition of stupid is broken down into three parts according to Merriam-Webster: 1. Not intelligent: having or showing a lack of ability to learn and understand things. 2. Not sensible or logical. 3. Not able to think normally…

Police shootings: six irrelevant arguments.

In light of the string of police shootings I’ve seen all over social media and the news, this needs to be said. Folks, stop wandering down rabbit holes and focus on the facts that determine if the police were justified in shooting someone or not. If they were justified, then that’s it. If they weren’t,…

The 20 Tactics of Racists

In response to the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the plethora of racist justifications I’ve seen on social media, I present a spin-off from this beautiful article on toxic relationships written by Shahida Arabi. I call it the 20 Tactics of Racists. Some of these I’ve experienced. Others are caricatures. They’re all…

Growth through Dialogue: Achilla Johnson’s mental progression.

So after releasing the third novel of the Nephilim Chronicles I want to share one of my favorite parts of writing, and that is letting your characters grow through dialogue. Achilla Johnson starts this series at 11 years old, and by Strike of the Mantis, she’s in her mid-twenties. Obviously her body matures, but so…

Strike of the Mantis: a sneak peak before the official release!

So as you already know, Strike of the Mantis releases this Sunday. Here’s a sneak peak into Achilla Johnson’s development thus far.  You’ll find that she’s not the same woman from Angel of War. This excerpt takes place in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. If you hail from the Chi, you’ll recognize the landmarks. Enjoy. Achilla strolled…

War Games part 4: Marriage

Marriage Collin Aday held his head high as he walked out of the Richard J. Daley Center in Downtown Chicago wearing a gray suit and salmon tie that he loosened as he searched the busy traffic for a cab. He dug into his pocket for a pack of cigarettes and offered one to the short,…

War Games part 3: Hero

Hero Adam James spat out his spearmint gum as he leaned against a wall that vibrated from the train tracks below his feet. He hefted his AK-47 and watched the group of girls sitting on a bench across the train car. He sighed and looked away when they stared at him again. This was just…

Let me upgrade you: Achilla Johnson’s fighting style.

Achilla Johnson has always been an adept martial artist. She could’ve won national championships in Achilla the Strong. In Angel of War, she was a lethal weapon. With every book, she adds something else to her repertoire that makes her more dangerous.  In order to understand how she grows into the character you’ll see in…

War Games part 2: Protector

Protector Samuel Johnson was a good guy, but he wasn’t much of a boyfriend. That’s what all the girls in Connecticut told him anyway, and his ex said it with more colorful language. He never thought spending extra hours in the gym and refusing to party as he prepared for his rookie season in Brazil…