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the man

  • Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philly to those in the know)

  • Three siblings

  • Married, three children

  • Favorite number is 6

  • Favorite Authors: Richard Wright, Bebe Moore Campbell, E. Lynn Harris; some guy named Shakespeare, Chester Himes (to name a very few)

  • Favorite singers: Patti LaBelle, Hyman, Barry Manilow, Earth, Wind, and Fire, a whole lotta classical, almost anything that catches my ear.

  • Favorite films: Cooley High,New Jack City, Pinocchio, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World...never saw the Exorcist...too scary.

  • Best wriiting habit: On my lunch hour, good for one to two solid pages.

  • Worst writing habit: Not always writing down "good" ideas when they hit me and then trying to remember later.

  • Best advice given to me from another writer:  "Don't listen to critics...unless you think they're right."

  • Best advice I gave to another writer: "No one is born a great writer, it's like anything else, practice!"

The works

  • The Kwanzaa Kids Learn the Seven Principles (first children’s book on Kwanzaa) 1984
  • The Kwanzaa Handbook (first of its kind) 1985
  • Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline Comic Book Series (1989 +)
  • Living Just A Little: A Novel (2013)
  • The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim
    • Hold'em Close (2013)
    • Silver Roses (2014)
    • High Notes, Low Blows (2014)
    • The Troublesome Troupe (2016)
    • Field of Headstones (Fall 2016)
    • Old College Try (2019)
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Graphic Novel Adaptation(2015)  Harper-Collins 
  • Revelation: the Brotherman Graphic Novel (2016)
  • K.E.I.S.H.A.: Graphic Novel (2017)
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the schoolin'

the schoolin'

  • Houston Elementary School
  • The new defunct but ever funky Germantown High School 
  • Lincoln University: Bachelors in Human Services
  • Beaver College (Arcadia University) M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • National University: M.A. in Human Behavior
  • Univ. of Northern Iowa: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
 
Yes, collecting degrees like baseball cards
 
  • Houston Elementary School
  • The new defunct but ever funky Germantown High School 
  • Lincoln University: Bachelors in Human Services
  • Beaver College (Arcadia University) M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • National University: M.A. in Human Behavior
  • Univ. of Northern Iowa: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
 
Yes, collecting degrees like baseball cards
 

Awards-n-Accolades

  • Honored recognition at the 2016 Black Comic Book Day, Schomburg Center, NY
  • 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection for the graphic novel, Monster
  • 2016 Glyph Awards: Best Story and Best Artist for Brotherman graphic novel, Revelation 
  • Featured speaker, New River Community College (2018)
  • Presentor, Valley Voices, Blacksburg, VA (2018)
  • Keynote speaker, Virginia Association of School Librarians Roanoke Region Spring Regional Conference  (2019)
 

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