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Black Media You Should Be Grateful for This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is usually a time of togetherness. Dad, Grandpas, and Uncles screaming at the TV as his team misses another touchdown. Mama, Grandmas, and Aunties chastising the kids for nibbling on the sides. All the kids – oldest to youngest – teaching each other the latest TikTok dances and posting filtered selfies on the Gram. But this year’s circumstances eliminated any possible cheek-pinching and sloppy kisses from the fam.

This doesn’t mean people are tossing aside turkey (or chicken) and all those wonderful side dishes. Having a small circle of (COVID-free) friends or immediate family over is still a slim possibility with social distancing and Zoom.

This year, you can tap into the Black experience by being appreciative of outstanding Black media of all shapes and sizes. With that said, I decided to highlight some outlets keeping us informed and entertained on Turkey Day.

Black News Organizations and Publications

These publications and websites provide news and views without all the shade (maybe only in small doses).

Blavity – grabs you all things Black media-related from news to beauty to tech

Mogul Millennial – supplies Black entrepreneurs with news, views, and resources

The Grio – gives you news of the day through the lens of Black America

Atlanta Black Star – gives daily news for Black America across different platforms

Rolling Out – speaks on Black news and culture with a Hip Hop slant

CRWNMAG – taps into the Black lifestyle and hair culture

Watch the Yard – speaks to the HBCU culture and experience

Essence – gives a voice to Black women across all lifestyles and perspectives

For more Black voices still in traditional print, here is a directory of different Black publications nationwide. For anyone looking to break into publication, here is news of a new fund supporting Black writers and journalists.

Black Podcasts

These podcasts are just as diverse as the diaspora itself.

Still Processing

Black Men Can’t Jump [in Hollywood]

Code Switch

The Read

Back Issue

Okay Now, Listen

Melanin Animated

The Black Film Space Podcast

Jemele Hill is Unbothered

Strong Black Lead

Black N’ Animated

Toon Lore Done Right

For more Black voices in the podcasting space, here is a list of podcasts covering all the different facets of Black culture.

Black Film and TV Platforms

These platforms provide much-needed outlets for Black creatives.

aspireTV

kweliTV

UMC (Urban Movie Channel)

Blacktag

While eating your dinner this Thanksgiving, why not watch, read, and listen to some of these Black media outlets.

Expanding the Definition of a Writer

Every once in awhile, I have to redefine certain aspects of my life. Being a writer comes with its ebbs and flows when it comes to career and specialties. Being a freelancer and business owner magnifies those aspects even more. Even at this early stage in my career, I feel the need to redefine how the world sees me as a creative.

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The pandemic made many workers — freelancers and salaried alike — rethink how, when, and where would they earn a living. This all happened after I had decided to pivot from a dead-end track in customer service to become a full-fledged freelancer. It was scary for a moment but a bright side emerged on the horizon.

Like many freelancers, I have struggled to maintain and obtain work as the economy took a downturn. It was hard for a while as I started having second thoughts about going independent. But after a few months, things started to fall in place as I not only got more contract jobs but finally took the step to make my business official. Now, I can finally work myself without all the trials and tribulations associated with my old jobs.

Practicing various styles and directions have given me a sense of freedom I never had working a traditional job. I finally feel free from trying to elevate someone else without appreciation or reward given my way. Like any type of work, freelancing has its ups and downs. Now, I finally have the chance to work at my own pace and select what I pour my energy into. Work has been slow but steadily picking up over the past few weeks.

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Along with my work, I decided to write my thoughts and feelings as a way to help me cope with the outside chaos. This blog has been my outlet. I’ve managed consistently to write about my journey for months (with some breaks in between). This blog has been my safe haven as I figured out how to deal with this unexpected event like everyone else.

While this blog and my contract work have taken up my time, I’m slowly finding my way back to screenwriting. November is NaNoWriMo, and I plan to use that time to my full advantage. Thanksgiving and Christmas break will give me ample time to work on some ideas as well as fine-tune others. Over the past few months, I have allowed myself to try on many hats as a writer — and it’s been worth it.

When it comes to my professor’s job, things have been a little easier lately as I become more and more comfortable with eLearning. After midterms, I can finally see the finish line for this semester. There are only a few projects and two tests left for the course. The pandemic has made things somewhat difficult for both faculty and students. Let’s hope 2021 is a better year for everyone all around!


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Working Hard for Me

As a writer, sometimes, juggling all the facets can be tiresome. The more I forge my path, the more life ebbs and flows. Being a freelancer and business owner can be daunting and rewarding. I feel my world is opening up while slightly swallowing me at the same time.

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Working as a copywriter and journalist has been satisfying and trying at various points. I love the work and using my craft to help someone else – it’s so rewarding. But in the same breath, I’ve found balancing multiple opportunities to be somewhat exhausting especially when it comes to my other responsibilities. I hope my other potential gig relieves the situation rather than adding to it.

Like I mentioned before, my other two clients have been a little MIA so we’ll see where those opportunities go given the COVID-19 situation.

I see screenwriting in my near future. I hope to block out the next month or so to dedicate myself to writing more. I hope to start shopping for an agent or manager within the next year or so. While I wait on feedback from my first two projects, I hope to start revising and rewriting my action-adventure screenplay by late October/early November. I hope to finally tackle my personal piece by year’s end.

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When it comes to my professor job, I’ve finally made peace with teaching online and the highs and lows that come with it. I’ve learned how to not only communicate better with my students but with other faculty as well. I still miss interacting and communicating with students, faculty and staff one-on-one. I hope in the future to walk around campus – outside and COVID-free.

But I don’t see the pandemic subsiding any time soon. I was hoping to teach on campus next semester but my assignment says otherwise. Let’s hope 2021 is a better year for everyone all around!


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Grinding for My Art

Being a freelancer can be trying at times – the constant grind of hooping from job to job can be draining . But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love working for myself and all the freedoms (and challenges) that comes with it.

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As I stated in my last post, I’ve spent the past few weeks jumping into the copywriting field. It has its stressful moments, but I enjoy using my storytelling capabilities to improve a company’s online presence and outreach. I feel like I’m finally using my gift for good. Speaking of good, I’ll have another announcement later this week pertaining to the gig I mentioned last (check out my socials). I still hope to carry on my journalistic work a I still look for a position where I can speak on contemporary issues through a Black lens. Hopefully, the demon known as COVID-19 will lose its grip in the future so I can hear from my other clients.

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Within the next month or two, I plan to put on my screenwriter hat again. I’m still waiting on some feedback from one or two beta readers. I want to begin the rewriting process by the time Nanowrimo comes around. Before that happens, I hope to start rewriting my action-adventure screenplay while i wait on my beta readers.

On the school front, I made it through my first online test of the semester (YAY!). I’m finally coming to the realization that I’m facing a huge learning curve when it comes to teaching online. Being an introvert, teaching online seemed like the best option during a pandemic. But I’m slowly starting to realize I actually miss communicating with my students one-on-one. I feel as if sometimes things get lost in translation online compared to face-to-face interaction. The pandemic is really taking a toll on the education system (some good, some bad, and some disastrous). On the bright side, I received my assignment for next Spring semester. Let’s hope 2021 is a better year for everyone all around!


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Toeing the Line

This week, I’m focusing on the line between being a follower and a leader.

I spent most of this week working on a spec script for screenwriting competitions. I’ve made some progress while feeling so behind as I worked to write the spec. While I’ve found the exercise to be motivating, in the same breath, I’ve been wanting to strike out on my own to get my content out there. I’ve contemplated many times, but it wasn’t until some family members told me I may be better to do my own thing rather than wait on the entertainment industry to come calling. I think my biggest fear has been failing without a safety net or having my work torn to pieces by internet trolls. But in the age of cancel culture, insta-fame, and disposable media, I feel now is the prefect time to take a risk.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on, I feel many independent contractors like myself as going to be more vital once people start getting use to the new “normal.” We’ll all have to make some adjustments, but the end goal will be worth it. I know if I keep grinding and practicing my craft my time will come. Just like last week, I feel like my time will come in my late 30s to early 40s like a lot of my favorite entertainers. Especially being black, it seems the industry never wants to give creators of color their time until they feel they’re “worthy” of their time and money. But also seeing creatives like Issa Rae and Donald Glover making content on their own terms has inspired me to start taking a risk with my own content.

While I battle between independence and the industry waiting game, I’m still pursuing more freelance work as I have a couple offers I’m considering. The ongoing pandemic has made the freelance landscape a little shaky, but I feel more and more working-from-home will become the new “norm” for businesses. I feel things will be on the up and up after everything is said and done.

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As summer break continues on, I find myself trying to be a better professor as take an online course, which I’m actually taking seriously. Right now, the course is going well. Hopefully, taking this course will help me to better understand creating online courses for my student next Fall.

Watch this space for more on my writing journey.

Going for the Prize

I’m back this week with more insight into what’s been going on.

Last week, I didn’t do much writing outside of my freelance work. But this week, I’ve decided to write a spec script for some upcoming screenwriting contests. I would usually look for someone to give coverage, but with deadlines coming so soon, I’ll just have to take my chances. Eventually, I plan to put my original work on sites like the Blacklist to see what I need to work on. Hopefully, before the end of the year, I’ll be able to start looking for an agent to help me get out there. But that might be a while with COVID-19 still raging on. I know if I keep grinding and practicing my craft my time will come. Plus, some of my favorite actors, producers, and writers didn’t hit their stride until their late 30s to early 40s. As I said in the previous blog, it’s all about the marathon, not the sprint.

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I’m still pursuing more freelance work as I find my niche in journalism and content creation. With some jobs on hold and others disappearing, it has been a scary few weeks as the gig economy faces new and unprecedented changes due to the ongoing pandemic. I’m hoping things will begin to pick up as everyone tries to return to normal (or a new normal). I feel something(s) are coming upon the horizon.

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As summer break continues, I find myself trying to be a better professor for my students come next Fall. I decided to take an online course, which I’m actually taking seriously. I know next month I’ll have to get my butt in gear as classes startup in August. I have so many ideas I just hope I have time for them all.

Watch this space for more on my writing journey.

Write and Grind

Becoming your own boss can be a double-edged sword for anyone wanting to enter the freelance world. Creating your brand and business can be both rewarding and draining all at the same. Growing into the boss I want to be is a growing experience.

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Mixing passion with business has become a way of life for me. Even though, I still need a 9-to-5, working on my own accord is becoming a huge part of my life. I can make my own schedule and working within my skill set. But there’s a quite bit of hard work, time and effort I put running my own brand and business. Working for CBR and a fashion brand is a way for me to build my portfolio while fueling my passion.

Journalism and content writing will hopefully help in paying the bills. Writing for someone else helps to me to be of service. It is always my mission to create something that pushes an entity or company forward. With CBR, I get to let my inter-nerd show through writing about all things related to comic books and media. I’ve felt that way since writing for Paste. My other gig has’t taken shape yet so I would be able to talk about until the brand’s relaunch in a few weeks.

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Writing is my outlet for expressing myself. The topics I speak on in all my work are things I are accustomed to speaking on. While I’m fulfilled in my work, I hope to find time for my own personal work. Finding that time is on me, but for now, I have to be in work mode for a bit.

While visual art is my first love, writing has become my calling. And wherever the Lord sees fit to use it is where I will go.


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The Art of Enterprise

Life can be a juggling act when it comes to being a multi-tasker. The more I comes into my own as a business owner the more life ebbs and flows. I feel my world has opened up, and now is my time to shine.

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As an entrepreneur, it’s a must for me to make myself available to whatever the Lord throws my way. But in the same vein, I’ve realized every opportunity may not be a good fit. That doesn’t apply to my current situation. As I stated in my previous blog, I have begun writing for the website Comic Book Resource. Recently, I’ve been entertaining an offer to write content for an upstart street wear company. I’ll give more details after the papers have been finalized. This opportunities have me feeling as if my path is finally starting to take shape. Since graduation, it’s been tough creatively and financially as I get back into the game of adulting. Hopefully, I can thrive as I balance all the facets of my life.

Lately, I’ve been slacking on my writing, but now, I’m back at it with this two gigs. Focusing on my screenwriting has become another step in getting back in my routine. I’m currently working on my pilot script for a potential kids’ animated superhero series. This idea has been floating around in my head for years. And now is the right time to begin. With a synopsis and beat sheet written, I feel I’m in a good space to write it. Of course, I can’t forgot about this blog. I plan on being my consistent and timely when it comes to my own content. This place is my way of keeping up with my followers as well as a release for me. I know writing as a profession can become tedious at times, but this place is my escape from all outside distractions.

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In the near future, I hope to give more updates on my script progress as well as my future plans for Nanowrimo.


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Writing for a Bright Future

Unbeknownst to me, writing has always been my calling. Working on my craft consistently has paid off as my writer life is starting to bear some fruit. Getting my first paid post-graduate gig has reaffirmed my purpose as a creative.

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All my hard work is starting to pay off as I recently became a part of the Comic Book Resources family. Right now, it’s just a trial period, but hopefully, this opportunity turns into something more. Writing daily news pieces is something I’m use to from my Paste intern days. I enjoy writing news pertaining to film, television and all things media. Hopefully, writing for CBR will yield some revenue soon as post-grad life has been not so kind so far.

Due to some recent circumstances, I haven’t really concentrated on my screenwriting. But now, I’m back on track as I continue to shape my idea for an animated superhero series. I finally wrote an premise for the show, but now, I need to create the outline for the pilot episode. In the coming weeks, I want to start working on the script and supplemental material. Keep you fingers crossed!

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I look forward to working on my craft to build the future I want.


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Reclaiming My Writing Time

When reality clashes with passion, it can lead to a crossroad for any creative. Post-grad life has proved to be a little more chaotic than I initially thought. With that said, I’m reclaiming my writing time back now!

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Since my last post, life has had its share of ups and downs. On the positive end, I moved up the corporate ladder just a little (even though the position is not in my field). Getting use to the new facility as well as the new schedule has required an adjustment period I didn’t see lasting this long. All I know is that the new job will require some better time management for my creative activities. Another reason for my hiatus had to do with a family health crisis. While my family member is okay, it took some time to help them readjust to their new life with doctor’s visits, medication, etc. Since that phase is winding down, I can now concentrate more on my writing for the rest of the year (hopefully).

This space will definitely be more active as I continue to grow as a writer. I have so many things I want to accomplish before the end of this year. While some things are a guarded secret, I can say I will be participating in Nanowrimo this year. The project I want to work on is the expansion of an original piece I did a year or two ago. It’ll be a form of therapy for me while being a love letter to my hometown. But continue to watch this space for more on my future projects.

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After two turbulent months , I’ve finally got creative mojo back, and I am not going to let this go to waste.


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