As someone else stated, the following quote adequately sums up the Trayvon Martin tragedy, “Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.”
It pains me to say this but stories like Trayvon’s are nothing new and I hear about them and have witnessed them my entire life growing up in the South. But when I first read about Trayvon’s murder, there was something about the story that hit me to the core. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why. When I learned about the verdict and recoiled in horror and disgust along with other people of color, that’s when it hit me. For all intents and purposes, when I was 17, I was Trayvon and I’m lucky because in many respects, I should also be dead.
Today I have a post in Kage Alan’s excellent Face of Gay series.
Check it out and if you haven’t already, check out the other entries as well.
Been busy these past few weeks and have some most excellent announcements.
First up you are looking at the newest contributor of Nashville Geek Life.
A most excellent website that you’ll certainly want to bookmark. In fact my article My 20 Steps To Getting Published is live now.
Next up yours truly takes the Agabond Challenge and has a guest post up At The Bar. In the piece I discuss my love for black women, the hell they endure in our society and how they still come out on top.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you might’ve seen the hashtag #BlackFolksBeingAwesome. I’m happy to announce I’ve started a new project of the same name. Black Folks Being Awesome is a new site that will celebrate the accomplishments of those of the African Diaspora. In light of the recent travesty with the Supreme Court and the Voter Registration Act, the never-ending onslaught of attacks on blacks in the media, this endeavor is being used to counteract the negative and false charges by showcasing the truth and the positive. Black folks making news and making history and oh yeah, being awesome.
You can follow us on Facebook. The beta version of the website is live now. More to come. Feel free to spread the word about the new site.
My next novel West of Sunset is coming. Been in communication with the publisher and we’re in the process of doing the next round of edits and revisions.
West of Sunset can best be summed up as: Black gay wizard detective, two best friends, witchy heroines, vampire biker gangs, all collide during a vacation in Los Angeles.
I’m really excited and I think you all are going to love it. Stay tuned.