Journal of African American Studies, Issue About Prince


From the Journal of African American Studies: “The primary responsibility of the scholar is to put in historical, political, and social context that which has not only shaped our thinking about people, places, things, and events, but give meaning to them. For nearly 40 years, Prince was a mainstay in the world of music and pop culture, but there was more to Prince than just music. For Prince, music was a vessel through which he urged listeners to think about matters such as masculinity, spirituality, politics, racial and gender equality, gang violence, sexuality, poverty, disease, and identity. It was not surprising then that when reports of Prince’s death were broadcast on April 21, 2016, the world mourned.

In the days, weeks, and months that followed, Prince appeared on the cover of countless magazines. It seemed that tributes poured in from every industry imaginable, with the exception of academia…It is our hope that this special issue will inspire readers to access previously untapped reservoirs of creativity, help reorient the thinking of those who endeavor to pursue similar ventures that place Prince at the center of analysis, as well as prompt scholars to devise nuanced and unconventional ways to probe, study, and analyze an artist whose persona and life’s work defied convention…”

Read My Article Inside the Journal Entitled: The Electric Life of Prince Rogers Nelson

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Journal of African American Studies, Volume 21, Issue 3, September 2017. Special Issue on Prince


SOUL ALIVE! Poetry & Prose

soulalivebookcoverimageSOUL ALIVE! Prose & Poetry, is a book of poetry written for the sake of writing, dedicated to society that rejects the art form as a worthy cause and occupation. Writer and poet, atlas brown opens up the book stating, SOUL ALIVE! Prose & Poetry was written out of frustration in my studio. When you want something so bad that you can taste it, what would you do to get it?”

Read the writer’s book of poetry online for free and read reviews about the book and leave a comment for the author about her poetic words that bring life center stage. Grab your favorite beverage, turn on your reading device, and get ready for enlightenment. Buy a  Kindle e-book copy for .99 cents.

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The Protest Cove

resized_imagejpeg_20-2-atlas brown’s latest gift to the public is a treat for all that have endured the halls of academia as writers. Who says that one has to be politically correct to be a good writer? Why not expose your muse? This is one of the many reasons the writer chose to compile a collection of short-stories from her academic experiences. As an experimental fiction writer, atlas brown makes it known throughout the work (though she fought tooth and nail to be true to her voice) that she was writing to her own beat and drum. There are six stories that will have readers wanting more of the writer’s work.

A few of the featured works include: The Sandwich, Jazz Walking, and R.O.S.E. The author proclaims that her writing is solely based off of what she believes is truth in the form of fiction, “I know that truth in fiction may sound off kilter for some, but I believe that it’s the essence of understanding reality. And, I desire to tell stories that evoke different emotions in us all.”

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