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Join us with Hosts C. Stene Duckworth & Patrick Anthony Howell in a conversation with Poet, memoirist, and fiction writer Shonda Buchanan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Hampton University teaching... more

Mark Wallace Maguire is an award-winning author, columnist, and publisher whose work has appeared in dozens of publications. He is the author of the fictional series, The Alexandria Rising Chronicles for which he was named an... more

Melissa Studdard is the author of the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of journals, magazines, blogs, and anthologies,... more

D.L. Yancey II is a creative writer and nuclear engineer who uses artistic expression to advocate Diversity and Inclusion. After a short stint in professional football in 2008 he began a career in engineering and music. Over the course of... more

Laura C Bulluck is an empowering conversationalist who has, in the last 15 years, poured herself into her life's purpose – inspiring people to be the greatest version of who they are designed to be. Known as a ?Disrupter to the Status... more

Magda Ayuk is a poet, a self-care and financial literacy advocate, and a journalist. Her writing is underpinned by spirituality, race, gender, and love. In her free time, she flirts with the art of burlesque, music, and theater. Her book of poetry and... more

Join Host C. Stene Duckworth & Global I AMM Co-Purveyor Patrick Anthony Howell, with featured guests 2017 Puitzer Prize Winner for Poetry Tyimba Jess, Jess is the rare poet who bridges slam and academic poetry. His first collection,... more

Clifford Brooks, a native of Athens, Georgia, grew up running wild among trees and open air all over his home state. He began to write as an escape and his passion for letters grew over time into short stories and humorous non-fiction he... more

When you hear Ann Cabano's story, it's hard to imagine that the path she has walked has been carved by anything other than destiny. As the daughter of a teenage mother, Ann spent time living with and looking after her... more

From Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler, the ranks of Afro futurists creative's have grown. With Black Panther being the first major superhero movie and Netflix's release of Black Lightning and they just picked up a show centered... more

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