I know I’ve been slacking on these blog updates but it’s been a hectic last few weeks, preparing for college, packing, summer classes and et cetera.
Here’s the exciting news: I wrote a book!
Yes, I really wrote a damn book and it feels downright amazing. (more info about that at the end of this post).
But I just wanted to come on here and leave a message for all my Black artists out there (but more specifically to my Black writers) inspired by this post I saw on Instagram.
This post has got to be one of the most inspirational things I’ve read in a while. And truth be told, Black creativity is such a powerful thing. It’s a raw, untapped energy form. In my opinion, one of the rarest art forms there is. Black people are art. There is art inside of Black people. I think that we’re all gifted with something special. My “something special” is my writing. Your something special could be music, could be fashion, could be law. Whatever the hell it is, just know that the magic inside of you keeps the world moving and that right there is so beautiful. If this ain’t a testimony as to how powerful we are well then I don’t know what else to tell you.
To my Black Writers:
Go ahead and tell your story. The world is waiting. Even if you think no one is reading, trust, and believe there is someone out there. Your words could touch someone and you might not even know it. And this is coming from someone who's been afraid to share their writing for the longest.
Ever so often I’m reminded of that Maya Angelou quote “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” And that right there is one hundred percent accurate.
To be quite honest, I feel as though I’ve been harboring a lot of poems but I finally found the courage to share them, stopped feeding off the negative energy, and wrote this book. And I don’t want to make it sound as easy as 123 because writing this book definitely wasn’t but if you want something, you have to work for it. And I mean really work for it. Get off your ass and work towards your dream or whatever your goal is. Do the work. Do the research. Keep grinding until you achieve it.
And if you need an inspirational poem to remind you every now and then, here you go:
There’s a story inside of you.
Let it free.
Let go of your fears.
Release them to the wind.
Trust your work.
Launch that business.
Write that book.
Write that song.
Get that degree.
Listen to your soul.
Don’t let these people convince you that you’re not made of magic.
Don't let these people convince you that you ain't powerful.
After all, it is you who keeps the world moving.
And that fire burning inside you
Let it fuel you.
Now unto the exciting news, my debut poetry book!
Black Girl Diary
All The Things I Never Said Out Loud
Book Launch: Fall of 2020
I'll release the date as we get closer but don't worry it's really soon
P.S. you guys are the first to get a sneak peek inside the book and see the cover.
Okay so Black Girl Diary has been in the works for the last couple years and it’s exactly what it sounds like. A collection of poems that I pulled from my diary, poetry journals, and more, all compiled into one. But here’s the official blurb description as it was so graciously written by Kayla Nelson.
In a journey of self-discovery and of honoring self Miah Prescod, 18, standing in the ashes and empires of a dystopian world, picked up her pen and wrote the matters of her heart. Black Girl Diary shares the raw and unfiltered truth of what it’s like to be a Black child in America, more specifically a Black girl. It conquers themes of self-love, Miah’s Blackness, and what it means to be both Black and woman. While she writes to affirm and inspire Black girls everywhere, Miah’s writing is also an act of embracing herself. In a world that so rarely chooses Black girls for experiences that are not harmful, Miah Prescod has discovered that putting herself first, and choosing herself first, may be the act of self-love she’d been looking for all along. Perhaps, the only one she needs. Miah has recognized her divinity, stepped into her greatness, and is here to put the truth on the table. She hopes that her work as an author, and presence in her true, unfiltered form, will inspire Black people across the world, and remind Black girls of the power they hold.
And on that note, thanks for reading, and thanks for sticking with me throughout this pandemic. I promise to update more often.
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That's it and that's all
Words by Miah