5 Laz Alonso quotes to inspire the working artist

As a writer, I am constantly seeking inspiration through quotes, backstories of successful artists that I admire and the people I meet.  I’ve been in love with Afro-Cuban actor Laz Alonso for several years.  It’s my dream to have him star in one of my plays.

Besides the fact that he is guapisimo, Laz is a bit of inspiration for the working artist working to make their dreams come true.  After college, the heartthrob, took a job working in business so that he could finance his dream of being an actor.  And it paid off!  Laz has been featured in blockbusters like Avatar and Jumping the Broom and he is a regular on The Mysteries of Laura.

Here are five quotes from the actor that will inspire you to keep going for your dreams.


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Meeting Afrolatina Writer Icess Fernandez Rojas


Photo Credit: Icess Fernandez Rojas

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to sit down with one of my favorite writers and pick her brain.  I’ve been following Icess Fernandez Rojas for a few years via her blog, retweeting her twitter jewels for quite someone time. Icess is a fierce Afrolatina whose journalistic work has been featured in the Guardian and The Huffington Post Latino Voices and All  Digitocracy. When I found that she was in my city, I had to set up a meeting.  To my surprise, she agreed to spend a portion of her Saturday with me chatting about her career. Continue reading

Black Girls and Brown Boys: A Response to ‘Aye Papi’


Author’s note: This post was written in August of last year, but I remixed it a bit. Enjoy.

When I read Tracy Renee Jones’s “Aye Papi…………One Woman’s Love Affair With Latino Men” a year ago, I will admit, I was stoked.

An account from a Black Woman on her romances with Latino guys? I’ll read that.

Typing in “Black  woman  and Latino man” yields very few results.  I mean forums from the 2000s detailing someone’s experiences are fine and dandy pero dame mas.  So, instead of complaining about the absence of info on the subject, I decided to throw in my two cents on the Jones piece. Continue reading

Diasporic Realness Guest Writer’s Month: The Future Examples


Diasporic Realness is a Guest Writer’s Month dedicated to US telling our stories!


Growing up how I did, and where I did, it is easy to say that there was a lack of positive male role models. Not so much in work ethic, because my Father breathed that, not so much in chivalry, because my Grandfather demonstrated that, and not so much spiritually because my mentor walked that. I mean being educationally and financially comfortable.

I come from humble beginnings. Both of my parents came to the United States with a 6th grade education, my father came here at 16 and my mother at 21. They didn’t care what a job paid; it was more so the stability that made them feel secure. My Mother made $2.75 an hour, and my father started at $4.88 an hour. Obviously, this meant nothing to me when I didn’t know the value of things.  I wanted the fresh Jordan’s, the new Nike jersey’s.  I wanted to be branded by name brands, that’s what defined you growing up. Continue reading