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Poetry Chose Me

then things will come naturally. Through this journey I’ve also learned that poetry is the catalyst for many great things. At this point in my life I’m transitioning and realizing that there’s so much more I can do through poetry. People know I have albums, but I want to get over the fear of publishing a book. I think it’s time but I also know there

inspiration. The album I released in December, A Timeless Miracle, came from wanting to leave a legacy for my children. When I think about other artists that I study and admire, their work is their legacy, and they leave it behind and to this day we’re still quoting it.

When I was younger it was just kind of my way of life. I’m the only child with my mother and father. My mother worked a lot, and my parents divorced when I was four, so I spent a lot of time writing. From there I started discovering different writers. From the African perspective my father To me that’s the powerful pushed me to go into fields of thing one can do. The Math and Science but for me gift of words that the it never felt right. In high Creator has given us is school that was my way of I can do through poetry. The thing is, power, so I wanted to existence but it was really in everybody needs an encouraging word; leave something for college, as I was going into me children so they my freshmen year, that I told and people gravitate to my words. can look back and say, my dad I don’t want to be a “Wow, my mom doctor, that I want to be a created this for me.” writer. I want to write, and I So when they’re trying to want to master the art of writing. are avenues for teaching and figure out things in their own workshops that I can do life they can look at my through poetry. The thing is, What really changed me was that words and learn from my everybody needs an I wanted to create an avenue to personal journey. encouraging word; and people prove to myself that this was my What’s most important is gravitate to my words. So passion and knowing that there that I’m comfortable in my whether it’s a book or a line of was a purpose behind it and own skin and comfortable greeting cards there’s a void uncovering that along the way. It knowing who I am, and not that I can fill, and if I can find really unfolded when I started to having to seek validation in the words that people need get into performance poetry. I anyone else but myself. Right was working with a Poet Laureate that’s spreading the seed of now, my inspiration is my love and light to the world, I and he said, “I keep hearing your life, coming into my fullness, want to do that. A greeting voice over music. Maybe you not being afraid of my card line is an avenue I’m should record and see what potential, facing my fears exploring because we don’t comes of it.” And I did, and it and living the life God has see many that reflect our evolved from little projects for a given us. Everyday is a culture or experiences. I’m class into what it is now. Five miracle and everyday I’m also considering tapping into years ago I never thought I’d be able to create is timeless. other art forms that I can here. speak through visually perhaps a docu-series. Poetry taught me BE LIMITLESS Purchase the My Legacy is my soul stirring Inspiration album and read I’ve learned that when you’re more of her operating and moving through works at nakispeaks.com spirit and your personal truth My own personal life is my

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Profile for Afroelle Magazine

May Issue 2015  

AfroElle | Celebrating Women of African Heritage in Africa and the Diaspora www.afroellemagazine.com

May Issue 2015  

AfroElle | Celebrating Women of African Heritage in Africa and the Diaspora www.afroellemagazine.com

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