Imani Wisdom's brainchild -- Pink Noire Publications -- has been known for her unpredictable style of storytelling. Now its founder is expanding the "pink and black" brand to shine on prolific artists. From the inspirationalist, Danica Worthy to bestselling author, Stacy Deanne, Pink Noire understand these talented individuals know how to express their craft through words, song, dance, and stroke of a brush.

, , ,

Jungle Beauty Goddesses by C.G. Sturges

Imagine an adult tale that blends goddesses and mermaids with a creation story that embraces the feel of a Greek myth, but with a distinctly Nubian flavor...one that posits female Goddesses in a philosophical and spiritual reflection of humanity's evolution and influences.


Read the Excerpt Now.
Solution: We, the merbeings /mermaids/merfolks, are on the side of the Jungle Beauty Goddesses. We want to preserve the natural beauty of Earth and all of its life forms that are capable of adapting to Earth’s natural environment causing the least amount of damage to the cosmos.
We, the Mermaids, do not need to me be monitored like humans. We do not need the assistance of other worldly guides, angels, or higher order omnificent beings to exist and coexist peacefully with like-minded beings on planet Earth.
We will not use or create industrialized products or services, technology, or substances that will destroy the Earth’s natural resources. The Earth, as it is, without alterations, machines, or chemicals creates the prime and ultimate living conditions for our species.
Summary:
We are the natural evolutionary heirs to planet earth bequeathed by the hands of destiny. Planet earth is rapidly becoming an aquatic planet designed for life forms which can adapt to a water-only environment. If you sign planet Earth over to us for safekeeping—you will never have to worry about this planet being selfishly exploited for its resources. You will never have to come here again and you are free to live your life as you please.

Excerpt 2
More human males had begun to tell stories to sailors, pirates, and fishermen on how to capture Mermaids for sex, but they would tell their wives and girlfriends that they were going on long fishing and exploration trips. Human males were really scouring the oceans and seas in search of sexual favors by hapless mermaids.
One night three large ships of human males surrounded seven mermaids and captured them with their large fishing nets. Humans had not yet developed mobile lights for their boats, so they depended heavily on the moon’s light for travel across the oceans and seas at night. The unclad Mermaids were tangled in the fishing nets fighting and screaming ferociously to free themselves while the human males laughed, joked, and made derogatory catcalls about the size of their breasts. On this particular night, the full bright moon, turned completely black, in an instance. The pitch-black night hid the mermaids from the sailors' view and they were able to safely swim back into the deep waters.
After that night, the Mermaids developed a relationship with the moon man. He advised the mermaids of the best times to travel above water and numerous other ways to protect themselves from human males. The ceremony tonight is the monthly ritual that we dedicate to the moon for saving our lives.”

Excerpt 3
Nebula lifted the soup spoon out of the pot, so swiftly and ferociously, that she shoved Namib and Sinai to the side. Nebula charged Dematter with the spoon in her hand. She frantically beat him in the chest with the spoon, as she yelled, “You have destroyed this family. I hate you. You animal! You beast! You are not a creator—you are a destroyer. You are evil. I hate you. You are the devil! You took my babies from me and I will never forgive you for that. You monster!”
Nebula alternated beating Dematter in the chest with the spoon with kicking him. Dematter’s massive chest withstood every punch. While Nebula was beating Dematter, he thought to himself, that he would rather feel Nebula beat him --than not have her touch him at all. He would rather hear her angry words curse him-- than not hear her voice at all. He would rather know that she hate him-- than to have never known that she had once loved him. And he would rather feel her pain-- than feel nothing at all.


Cassandra George Sturges is the author of “A Woman’s Soul on Paper,” “Success & Beauty is an Attitude,” “The Illusion of Beauty: Why Women Hate Themselves & Envy Other Women,” and “Why Racism is a Mental Illness.” For many years, she was an advice columnist for Today’s Black Woman Magazine and is currently a full-time psychology and sociology professor at a college in the mid-west. She is a high school dropout who graduated with her General Education Diploma and eventually earned five college degrees including two masters and a doctorate degree. In her late forties, she began making life-size fabric sculpture, cloth dolls that turned out to be the main characters in her Jungle Beauty Goddesses coming of age, modern creation Nubian Mythology fantasy fiction, sensuous, romantic series. She is the mother of two adult children, a grandmother, and for over 20-years has shared her life with her twin flame.


Get to Know the Author
Question 1
Do you think the name “Jungle Beauty Goddesses” could be considered offensive to some Black people given the negative stereotypes of Blacks in Africa as being technologically inferior, subhuman, and maybe suggesting an “exotic” woman of color who is promiscuous?
Answer:
I submitted pictures of my Jungle Beauty Goddess Sinai doll to participate in a local Black doll show and the owner deleted the word “Jungle” from the title because she said that it was “offensive” to woke Black people. The Jungle Beauty Goddesses are all named after African deserts. In Pretty Blue Ball, Book 1, in the Jungle Beauty Goddesses series I explain what their names mean and how their father DeMatter (creator of the Universe) named the jungles in the planet after his daughters before bequeathing them planet Earth.
Excerpt from the Jungle Beauty Goddesses: Pretty Blue Ball:
“Do you promise to never, ever under any circumstances violate or exploit the spiritual, physical, and psychological growth of your beings by intermingling, socializing, or befriending them in a way that will prevent them from reaching their full potential in a manner that is self-selective, self-reflective and none-destructive?
All seven of the sisters say together, “Yes, father, we do.”
The Sanskrit meaning of the word jungle means uncultivated land, but now you are the ordained cultivators of the Pretty Blue Ball planet Earth. Jungle is now the collective first name each of you will carry in matrimony to the Pretty Blue Ball planet Earth.
As creators, you must entrench this planet and all of its beings with a soul-stirring, healing beauty that reflects the careful, meticulous, splendorous design of the universe from which you were born. May I have your word?
All seven of the sisters say together, “Yes, father, we shall.”
From this moment forward, Beauty is now your collective second name to remind you that beauty is a detailed act of craftsmanship that reflects the soul of its creator.
One-third of planet Earth is made up of deserts with extreme arid, cold, and hot conditions that resemble the intergalactic atmosphere of home. It was predestined that each one of you have been named after a desert as reminders to you of the all-encompassing love of your mother and I—each grain of sand is symbolic of how much we love and will miss each one of you-- and that you are never far away from home.
Dematter reaches forward with planet Earth in his hand, and the seven sisters stand up and collectively reach out to place both hands on the Pretty Blue Ball planet with their father to take their final vows.
As the creator of the universe and all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be-- with the everlasting love and support of my wife Nebula, we now imbue you with creative powers to cultivate the Pretty Blue Ball planet Earth and all of its being until its sun releases its energy force back into the universe. Do you promise to serve this planet and all of its beings with kindness, honor, compassion, and integrity?
All seven of the sisters said together, “Yes, father, we do.”
“By the power invested in me, you are no longer godettes. You have taken your vows, and you are now entrusted and are held accountable as creators and protectors of the Pretty Blue Ball planet Earth and all of its beings. From this moment forward you shall be called Jungle Beauty Goddesses rulers of the Pretty Blue Ball planet Earth.
###
According to the scientific journals that I have read, Black people are the original people of planet Earth. I think it is unfortunate that many black people have created their racial consciousness and collective identity in dispute and defiance of their ‘psychological’ oppressors’ perception and definition of what it means to be a person of color; as opposed to  acknowledging, accepting, and respecting the totality of their beingness and humanity on planet Earth. Why would we give up our indigenous relationship with something as beautiful and awe inspiring as the mighty jungle?

Question 2
Pink Babies is the term you use—I am assuming in reference to White People, in Jungle Beauty Goddesses: Dirty Ball – Book 3. If so, do you think that some white people could find this term offensive and view the entire concept as reverse racism?

Answer:
If you take one person who has been given everything, he or she needs to succeed and another person who was given nothing—I think you will see two totality different personality types emerge. I am saying in my fictitious story that the people of color, black people were favored and spoiled by the blessings of the sun in a land rich with natural resources; the Pink Babies were given the left over land with few natural resources, and this made them aggressive and self-serving. If you take race out of the equation, you can see this behavioral pattern in various situations where some people have more or less resources than others.
One of the primary premises of the Jungle Beauty Goddesses series is that there should be one race of people.
"Where there is a perception of difference--, one trait will always be assumed to be inferior or superior to the other trait. If we give our beings a variety of skin colors, they will ultimately destroy themselves. They will not have evolved enough to express intelligence, wisdom, and compassion to contemplate these differences.”
Excerpt from The Jungle Beauty Goddesses
###

Question 3
The Protagonist, Jungle Beauty Goddess Afar, is obsessed with skin color. Her desire to be dark brown like her six sisters led her to do some atrocious acts against humanity. Where did you get the inspiration to create this character?
Answer:
When I was a little girl, I begged my father to paint me White. I was about seven-years-old at the time. My daddy cried and asked me, “Momma, why would you want to be white? Don’t you want to look like the people who love you the most in this world?” I said, “Daddy, everybody hate Black people including Black people. I ‘m tired of being teased by all the kids.” A few days prior, me, my cousin, and my 2 -3 ft. doll were in a beauty contest. My two brothers were the judges. I lost the beauty contest and was deemed the ugliest because I was slightly darker than my dark brown doll. Being a dark skinned African American woman has not been easy. You know, people telling me how pretty I would be if I wasn’t so dark or how cute I am despite of being so dark.  Learning how to love and accept myself as I am has been one of my biggest and most fulfilling challenges.
In Dirty Ball - Book 3 Jungle Beauty Goddess Afar is the lightest sister in the septuplet sib ship, says:
"Beauty is a funny thing Mada, it only feels real when it is reflected back to you from the existence of others and through the eyes of people you love, respect, and admire. I wanted to see beings who looked like me."

Question 4
The two primary strengths of your Jungle Beauty Goddess Series are the psychological, spiritual, and philosophical insights –and the sensuous, juicy, romantic love scenes and dialogue. These are opposing ideologies that may make it difficult to find a target audience. It reminds me of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, “Harry Potter”, and “Conversations with God” intermingled into one book. Have you thought about how difficult it may be to market a book of this nature? Who is your target reader?
Answer:
This is the question I am asked the most. I don’t have a strategy or a marketing plan with an ideal reader in mind. However, I will say this—I don’t believe this book would have been psychically downloaded and channeled to my consciousness if there was no available readership or receptive audience. Race relations, global warming, unrequited love, and destiny verses free-will are timeless stories about the human condition. A reviewer coined the Jungle Beauty Goddesses as Nubian Mythology a modern day creation story. I think this is a perfect description. I am confident that the collective human consciousness conjured the creation of the Jungle Beauty Goddesses.

Question 5
It feels like a children’s story in the beginning. The feel of the story moves from a whimsical, lighthearted account of very young godettes with nary a care to those of creators and caretakers charged with serious moral, ethical, and overseer responsibilities. Should there have been a smoother and slower progression to adulthood for the reader (and the goddesses) to adjust to the drastic and harsh changes of deity-hood?

Answer:
My innocence was brutally snatched away from me in the seventh grade, walking home from school behind a church, down the streets from my parent’s home—by a young man in my class. Everything about me changed overnight. I was a silly, freehearted class clown, honor roll student who turned into a student who skipped classes and tried to smoke Eve Light 120 cigarettes and sipped Southern Comfort and ginger ale in a hunter green Tupperware tumbler on the way to school—each morning.
When I arrived home from school visibly disheveled and bruised, I told my parents that two high school girls tried to beat me up and take my gym shoes. This type of violence was very common in my working class neighborhood in the late 70s and early 80’s. My parents immediately believed me and I fabricated a story about why my back was scrapped and bleeding-- and how I eventually fought them off me and kept my gym shoes.
The next day in school, the young man, bragged to the class about the soul-scarring incident behind the church where he place a jagged edged glass from a Sprite or 7 Up  bottle to my neck to snatch away from me—what had never be given to anyone. I told him that I was saving myself for marriage and he said, “You are black and ugly and no one is going to want it. And I hate that gap between your teeth.” This dialogue played on repeat for many years in my nightmares, and when I stared blankly off into space. People would ask, “You seem lost. What are you thinking about?” “Nothing.” I would say.
I told our seventh grade classmates that he was a vicious liar. I told myself the exact same thing—he tried—but he was unsuccessful.
My parents and neighbors noticed the dire shift in my personality and referred to me as being “fast.” The most drastic change was unnoticeable—I questioned my cultural and childhood belief about God, destiny, purpose, and forgiveness.
I didn’t tell anyone about the incident because I felt ashamed. I felt the whole thing was my fault, because I had had a crush on him, he asked me for kiss, and I followed him behind the church. It was my fault, I erroneously believed.
While away at college, I was writing a research paper about this “topic” and I remembered exactly what had happened—for the first time in years—the whole truth. I was taken from the library screaming, ”God didn’t you hear me calling you?”
The Jungle Beauty Goddesses book series in essence is a reflection of my spiritual growth and dialogue with God about my observation and experience of life here on planet Earth.

Question 6
You say it took  a span of seven years for you to write the Jungle Beauty Goddesses Books, 1, 2, and 3. Why did you decide to begin marketing them now?
Answer:
Between August and September 2019, yellow jacket wasps bit me 4 times. The Yellow Jacket wasps built a massive nest in the wall of my bedroom. The exterminator tried to kill them on 3 occasions—each time promising me that they would never return again.  After the 3rd bite, I decided to look up the symbolism for yellow jacket wasps.
One of the primary messages, I read repeatedly about Yellow Jacket Symbolism is that you must work hard and consistently to make your supreme dream come true. And to apply your efforts to what you most want to accomplish in life. I am a hard worker and busy bee—but I have always put my childhood dreams on hold—because deep in my heart I felt unworthy… but most importantly, that if people rejected my real dreams I had nowhere else to hide.
Briefly, not following one’s “real” dream and not living up to one’s full potential, not taking action towards one’s life purpose, were the most important messages in yellow jacket symbolism.
I think God, the Universe; speak to us in the language we understand. The yellow jacket wasps never entered another room in my home. Initially, I was killing 15 to 20 wasps a day, and during the night I heard  what sounded like hundreds of them knocking about inside of my bedroom wall.
I finally said, okay, okay God, I will finish book 3, Dirty Ball, and set up a marketing plan for all 3 books—no more yellow jacket wasps, please!.
I tried to negotiate for more time, but the yellow jackets came back even more aggressively. If it had not been for the yellow jacket wasp nest in my bedroom wall—I  know without a single doubt I would have not finished book 3 or pursued marketing my Jungle Beauty Goddesses’ Books 1 and 2.
I think it is so important to take daily actions towards your “supreme dream” because it is the ultimate mission your soul signed up to accomplish in this life time. The spiritual contract of your supreme dream is connected to the supreme dream of other people on the planet who agreed to work with you. So let’s say you decided not to write your book. This will affect the editor who signed up to edit it; the publishing company that signed up to publish it;--the illustrator who signed up to illustrate it and so forth.
When we don’t follow our true dreams, I believe this leads to major illnesses, depression, and even an early departure from the planet.

Question 7
Is Book 3, Dirty Ball, the final installment in your Jungle Beauty Goddess series?

Answer:
The entire idea for the Jungle Beauty Goddesses storyline came to me in a dream. I was told that there would be a total of 7 books in the series. I have already begun working on book 4, “Crystal Ball.” Before I settle into my writing schedule for book 4, I am going to focus my energy on marketing the first 3 books in the series. I have a feeling that book  4 is going to come rushing down like a thunderstorm. I am seeing the visions, hearing the voices. They are waiting for me to take scribe.
Preparing to write is a very spiritual journey for me. I have certain candles, incense, and rituals I follow so that I am able to receive the story that yearns to be told as opposed to the story—I want to tell. When I am connected to Source—I am so surprised about what happens next.
The most important lesson, I learned from writing, Book 1, Pretty Blue Ball is that when I try to control what happens in the plot, or the character’s dialogue, I get writer’s block. When I give in and listen—I can’t write fast enough.
I have created Tarot / oracle cards based on the personalities of the Jungle Beauty Goddesses—who each represent a chakra. There are approximately 175 oracle cards in the deck. I do Jungle Beauty Goddess readings on my Authentik Beauty YouTube channel.
The Jungle Beauty Goddesses seemed to have evolved into their own unique existence outside of their books.

Find the Book and the Author.

Reader’s Email address: JungleBeautyGoddess@gmail.com






Amazon Book Links





Share:
Read More
, , , , , ,

We Want A Different Story, By Terence June Gray


Having only limited experiences with black men, many Americans draw their conclusions of what they believe from news media, pop culture, and urban legends. Even black men draw their own conclusions about what it means to be black from these limited representations. As a whole, we Americans tend to make large generalizations from minimal information. We know far too little about the people that we make generalizations about. In the case of black men, most of the minimal information that is shared about them is negative. Therefore, a negative stereotype case is built. This creates a narrative. The narrative then begins to permeate black communities and drives itself deep into the hearts of black boys. The story is bought and recycled through generations. Older black men teach younger black men what it means to be a “real black man or real n**ga.” Whites and blacks alike buy into the mythology of black inferiority, hyper-masculinity, and lack of intelligence. Before a black boy is able to develop any concept of self, he is already given a mask to wear. He is told by his older siblings, his uncles, and even his father to be “hard.” He is told that he has to be hard in order to make it where he is from. The music that he listens to and the images that he sees in the media begin to enforce this mythology. To break out of this mythology will require much effort. He is already labeled and expected to play a certain role in society. As a result of this mythology, the value of black lives has been questioned. Black lives are left undefended by the law. In many cases, they are the unprotected ones because they are viewed as the ones to be protected from.
The Pressure
In various areas of life, black men are told to “put their hands up.” They are constantly putting their hands up as they interview for jobs, meet with families, hand police officers their I.D.s, enter crowded elevators, walk down streets at night, move into neighborhoods, and apply for schools. Even the most educated and sophisticated of black men bend to the pressure of this narrative. It drains them of their dignity as they have to
constantly convince others that they are not a threat. They have to convince people that they are not a threat to their bloodlines when trying to marry their daughters. They have to convince people that they are not a threat to their company cultures, as they interview for jobs. They have to convince people that they are not threats to their neighborhood as they unload the U-Haul. Black men feel the pressure to prove that they are not threats to people’s religion as they visit their churches. As they sit at Starbucks waiting for a friend, they are watched with caution. Imagine that. Quite often, they feel as if they are on a visitor’s pass in America. Constantly having to prove your innocence can be overwhelming. I am tired just writing about it. It makes you want to retreat and just live amongst your own. This narrative puts unnecessary pressure on situations that should be normal. Interacting with police, cashing a check, applying for a loan or driving through a “nice” neighborhood, become high-stress activities....”
Terence June Gray, M.Div, is a Pastor and Writer from Memphis, TN. He is currently a Church Planter at Downtown Church which serves the evolving community of Downtown Memphis. He has served the youth of inner-city Memphis and Dallas as an artist, pastor, case manager, and mentor.  He is the Author of the Book “We Want A Different Story.”

The book is about identity formation among African American men and how historical, political, and theological narratives shape identity. Terence is married to the love of his life Ashley Gray.

Synopsis
Stories influence both individuals and entire people, groups. Since 1619, we have all been told a distorted story about black men in America. Yet, many black men have chosen to take back the pen and write a better story for themselves and their descendants.
The value of an African American male’s life has become a mainstream conversation in the 21st century. We Want A Different Story engages this critical conversation with hopes of cultivating healing and empathy in our society.The stories, facts, and solutions will assist readers from all backgrounds in deconstructing a false narrative of black inferiority.

Read the Excerpt Now.
“...The narrative about black men evolved over time. Black men in America went from being portrayed as foolish to being portrayed as dangerous. Black men went from being viewed as pets to being viewed as threats. The image was then mass-distributed by the majority culture that had the power to control the narrative. Since then, the narrative has morphed and reinvented itself over time. The man who was once called a savage or brute is now called a “thug” in the 21st century. The language has shifted, yet the concept remains the same. The thug label is profane yet appropriate enough to be used in television interviews, dinner table conversations, and classrooms. The label is usually given to individuals who for whatever reason are unable to live up to mainstream standards of decency. The term thug is dangerous because it takes away a person’s humanity. Thugs must be dealt with. Laws are written for thugs. Guns are bought to protect us against thugs. When the thug has been identified within a community, resources are directed toward containing him. The media then does the work of broadcasting the thug’s image over its various channels of influence. America begins to make a correlation between skin color and criminal activity. The thug has a face now. This is heartbreaking and constricting to a generation of boys who had no choice. The young men with whom I have had the privilege of mentoring in Memphis were born into a story. They didn’t choose this story, though they do have the opportunity to rewrite it.

Get to Know the Author:
What inspired you to write “We Want A Different Story”?
I feel like if I didn't write this book my head was going to explode. I didn’t have a choice but to write it. The proverbial need of the hour in our country is empathy and understanding. We don’t get each other. I’m just telling my part of the story with hopes of helping someone better understand the black experience. Too often the story of African American men in this country has been distorted leading to a lack of empathy from our fellow Americans. I wanted to write something that would help us unlock the story of black men in America and ultimately lead to people breaking free from false ideologies and myths.
What would you say to someone who says that talking about race only further divides us?
I would assume that the person answering that question does not understand the repercussions and implications of history. I would also add that maybe they have benefited from certain aspects of American history that lead to them enjoying the privilege. That, of course, is just my assumption. It is a privilege to not have to talk about race. But, a teenage girl who gets the N-Word written on her locker at school has to talk about race. She has no choice. The mother of an unarmed black boy gunned down by police has to talk about race. This issue has made its way into our living rooms and dinner tables because of modern technology. We have to talk about it.
Was there any particular incident that made you say, “hey I have to write this book now”?
Yes. I was in Downtown Dallas when the 12 police officers were shot in 2016 at the Black Lives Matter rally. It happened about two blocks from my apartment, and I watched it all play out right in front of my eyes. My heart was broken for the officers and their families. The reactions to that event created even deeper polarization and tribalism in our country. It made me realize that people were giving up on one another. The Dallas shooting showed me that we were a long way away from understanding each other’s pain.
Some would argue that African Americans are victimizing themselves by talking about racial trauma and critical race theory. How would you respond to that?
I think that the term “victim” is often misapplied to people who have the courage to speak up about their racial trauma. I often hear people say, “don’t be a victim” or “stop making excuses” or “get over it, you had the same opportunities as me”? Unfortunately, I believe that such people are arguing from the perspective that all things are fair. You don’t have to look back too far to see that we didn’t all begin at the same starting point in America. There are obvious inequalities in pretty much every sector of society that stem from the past. We didn’t write this story we are simply telling it with hopes of changing it.
You are a pastor. How does your faith influence your writing?
I believe that the teachings of Jesus can very much be applied to many of the issues that we face in society today. We must not forget that Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor and it was his faith that allowed him to stand so boldly against evil. It was his understanding of the Biblical concept of love that allowed him to have empathy for those who would spit in his face. My faith informs my writing. I believe that blacks lives matter because God says so.
What is your hope for African American men and boys who read your book?
My hope is that they would love themselves for who they are and strive for their highest potential. My hope is that they would be able to discern their real selves from false identities created by people who don’t know or love them. We are brilliant. We are powerful. We are world changers, Many of us have just never been told that. Instead of being blessed, we have been cursed. I pray that this book blesses black men.
What advice would give someone who aspires to write a book someday?
You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Take your time. You don’t have to write it all at once. In the beginning, stages do not edit anything. Just write. Express yourself. Let everything come out raw. Then, hire the best editor that you can afford. Invest in your dream.
Find the Book and the Author:
Weblinks:
IG- @terencejunegray901
(the  twitter handle is different from the IG because the IG has my middle name. Sometimes people miss it.)
Twitter- @terencegray901
Email: terencegray901@gmail.com
Share:
Read More
, , , , , ,

I Will Not Be a Pawn, by Joseph Spicer, Sr.


Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan worked for twenty- nine years for the Michigan Department of Corrections and was named regional corrections officer of the year in 1995 and retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections in April of 2015. I attended Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan and received a full scholarship to college and played basketball at Lake Superior State University. A stand-out high school basketball player from Detroit, Michigan, who won an award at the legendary “Five Star Basketball Camp”. Where a host of known NBA ballplayers started their fundamental skills at a young age. Spicer was just twenty-two years old when he became a corrections officer, twenty-nine years later he hopes his memoirs will act as a teaching tool for parents, athletes, mentors, and others who face difficulties dealing with and discussing every day social issues that impact their lives for better or worse.

Prison is like chess. The prisoners and officers are simply pieces on the board, waiting to be manipulated. But one corrections officer refuses to be anyone's pawn.

Read the Excerpt Now. 

I Will Not Be a Pawn, a prison corrections officer provides a unique perspective on the complex relationships and hierarchies of the prison system and how life behind bars has both changed and stayed the same.

Joseph S. Spicer Sr. details his life both within the Department of Corrections and outside. His memoirs

Get to Know the Author:


What inspired you to write a book?
I was inspired to write this book after working 29 years in the Department of Corrections and seeing countless number of young men and women coming through the criminal justice system as if it was a rite of passage, not truly understanding the consequences that come with the bad decision made, due to not taking the time to stop and think.
How would you describe your book to the reader?
I would describe my book as a teaching tool for parents, educators, mentors, youth organizations, the judicial system and a host of community programs that are set out to reinforce the importance of” life’s journey’s that will take one through some ups and downs but it’s how you navigate through those struggles that will determine your overall success or downfall, simply put checks and balances.         
 Why did the word “pawn” become a focal point throughout your book?
The word “pawn” became  a focal point just because of the situations that individuals put themselves in, a lot of times unnecessarily and then becoming sacrificial property to the Counties, State’s and Federal judicial system, I strived to emphasize (importance), how a person must stop and think, am I making the right decision for myself and those who love me .                                             
  What made you use the analogy(comparison) of chess pieces for your storyline?   
 I went about using the game of chess, as a comparison to the game of checkers, as my storyline due to the connections with my journey through the Department of Corrections where I used administrative leaders within the dept. of Corrections as pieces of chess on a chessboard, I wanted the young reader to think about situations in their lives and make a comparison to my story. One example is where I state to the young me and women reader “stop playing checkers with your life and start playing chess” with checkers your bouncing around the board until you land up in jail and or other serious complications, whereas in chess your strategizing, thinking more of about consequences and goals you want to achieve.        
 What would be some lesson you would like to be learned and highlighted in the book?      
I would want the lesson of having integrity (honest principles) moral values do the right thing when no one is watching you, hold on to your true beliefs of right and wrong and to not let anyone family or friend cross those lines. To many individuals fall short an accept negative behavior as the norm it’s not.                                                                        
What challenges did you come across writing this complex book about the relationships and hierarchies within the prison system?
For one just opening up about the problems I encountered towards the end of my Corrections career working in the Dept. of Corrections was tough, I’m really not one to openly speak out about my time working within the prison system , but I was inspired and called upon by a higher power  to tell my life’s story takes the reader on a journey, in order to help those families, youth’s, Pastors/minister’s, educator’s, Juvenile justice system and others who are struggling with what directions to travel? and have healthy discussions amongst one another by using this book as a tool.
Why do you want to emphasize the messages within the body of the book, as opposed to the corruptions you encountered while working in the prison system?
And what did you find to be the value of writing a book of this very interesting subject (Hierarchies of the Prison System) by giving the reader an inside perspective of the complexities of the Prison system?                                                
I wanted to emphasize that after writing this book I have had the pleasure of young men and young women, fathers, mothers, and people of different ethnicities, letting me know how much they enjoyed this book, I’ve been told by these different nationalities that, ”they can relate to the problems and struggles within the family structure and how it has made them take a different look at how to deal with their own loved ones returning to the communities. When it comes to the corruption within the prison system itself and writer not emphasizing it more, I’ll let the reader decide and understand that within the prison system itself, everyone can become a pawn if you do not have any integrity and morale to do the right thing.

Find the Author and Book links:
Twitter link: Joseph Spicer Sr.@Jpicer497sr.                                            
LinkedIn , Instagram & Facebook links are all Joseph Spicer.
Share:
Read More