Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.
Zora Neale Hurston
When combined, each of the above plays an important role in describing the essence of what makes me Shala— a revolutionary artist using my passion for writing to advocate for others while simultaneously penning and defining my career path.
I am a writer.
I absolutely love words and language, and expressing myself via written communication is innate. Words are extremely powerful, especially when used to tell a story that sheds light on societal issues and fashions a voice for the voiceless. This is why I choose to use my “conscious voice” style of writing to create change in society.
I am an advocate.
Christians, women, minorities, the youth: So many varying types of people face an overwhelming amount of adversity, disempowerment and systematic oppression. As a christian, black, millennial woman, I know these realities all too well, and that is why I am dedicated to using my passion and skills to advocate for others. Writing is immensely influential, and I understand that its power is not in the fact that I can put words together, but that I, and others, can use a compilation of words to communicate an idea and ultimately make a difference in someone’s life.
I am an artist.
My tagline as a writer and advocate is “The craft of writing, the art of efficacy.” Although writing is my craft, the artistic side is being able to produce an effect through my words. And my desired effect is to better the livelihoods of so many in our nation, especially African-American women.
I am a self-defining revolutionary.
One of my favorite quotes, by author Toni Cade Bambara, says, “The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.” That's a pretty big responsibility...but I'm ready for the challenge.