“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” -Toni Morrison One of my mentors, Toni Blackmon (Free, posted this on Facebook just as I found myself stopping to read and respond to every post… More Toni Morrison On Focus in the Midst of Chaos
by Joy W. Simone This is not a roll call of the senseless deaths that occurred over the last month or year, the unjust acts that have left numerous, nameless young African American boys in graves. This is not a roll call of the senseless beatings, attacks and abuse suffered by African American girls across… More What to Say About Michael Brown? – Ferguson, MO
Before I got up the gumption to call myself author and to pursue my dreams wholeheartedly, I was the queen bee of helpers. I was always encouraging others, and I admired people who were unapologetically themselves. Sometimes, as a writer, you quietly live out loud. You can bury your beliefs behind characters and sentiments, and… More Let Your Light Shine Anyway – On Robin Williams’ Death
I’m currently working on the novel inspired by the short story ‘Beauty’ from The Wedding Plan stories. I’ve added a new page to the site called ‘Book Bites’, and you can check out an excerpt of the story there. Beauty Celia looked at Rob and thought for a moment. Then she said, “Why would you… More Book Bites: Read excerpt of ‘Beauty’
by Joy Simone– The BlackStar Film Festival was an awesome experience. First of all, it’s grown tremendously in three years. The level of attendees and the turnout was impressive. Most of all, however, it was such a nurturing environment for artists (filmmakers, writers, singers, etal.). I am reminded that these events, in their best moments,… More Artists Are My Muse – #BlackStarFest14
BlackStar Film Festival 2014 – Philly’s Finest Deliver “Music is the Weapon”.
by Joy Simone For the third year, the annual BlackStar Film Festival has emerged on the campus of Univ. of Penn and the surrounding Philadelphia area. I had the pleasure of participating last year, and I’m excited to be involved again. This year’s theme, “Music is the Weapon,” brings together filmmakers and musicians to highlight the ways… More BlackStar Film Festival 2014 – Philly’s Finest Deliver “Music is the Weapon”
Playwright, Songwriter, Journalist Charron Monaye’s interview highlights my passions and purpose, my writing process and inspiration. Here’s a bit below. Visit the site to see more. Joy Simone is an author, SEO Analyst, and Adjunct English Lit. Professor at Rowan College. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University and a Master’s of Professional Writing… More CNN IReport Spotlight – Author Joy Simone: A Woman Addressing Challenges, Offers Solutions
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A Belated Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou.