In the embrace of late winter, 1966, a miraculous tale unfolded—the second son of a Pentecostal Minister and a Business Education teacher came into the world, and that was me. From the very beginning, my story was adorned with wonder. I, at just 11 months old, survived a harrowing accident that left me with serious burns, yet divine blessings were always at play, guiding me through life's twists and turns.
Raised in a family of artists, I inherited a fiery passion for the stage. The spotlight was practically etched in my soul. While initially part of the family singing group, fate revealed that my voice had other grand designs. It yearned for a different artistic avenue to explore.
Embracing my love for knowledge, I delighted in reciting "Easter Speeches" as a child. My thirst for words knew no bounds, and at W.G. Nunn Elementary School in my beloved hometown of Valdosta, Georgia, I ventured into the realm of poetry and storytelling. Rhyming tales flowed from my pen, painting vivid worlds of imagination.
With each passing chapter of my life, the artistic flame burned brighter, driving me to uncover the magic that lies within the art of expression. From surviving the miraculous to embracing my inherited stage presence, my journey as a storyteller and wordsmith had ignited with unbridled zeal. And in the heart of every tale I share, I carry the echoes of my past, the blessings of God, and the creativity of a family whose artistic legacy dances within me.
An Early Source of Inspiration Influences the Present
In the tender embrace of early years, Mrs. Inez Robinson kindled the spark, granting me the honor of leading the "Pledge of Allegiance" over the school's intercom system. As a fourth-grader, I embraced the spotlight, becoming the narrator of the school's Bicentennial play—an experience that set the stage for future moments of glory. In the sixth grade, I donned the garb of the Ringmaster, captivating hearts in the musical, "Melvin the Magnificent Clown."
The church's dramatic presentations soon became my sanctuary, until college breathed life into new encounters. A serendipitous rendezvous with the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar's drama guild reignited my fervor for performance, this time through the enchanting world of poetry and the art of spoken word.
Every spoken word, an incandescent spark, fuels my desire to craft evocative tales that awaken minds and stir hearts. My journey has taken me to many stages in my home city of Atlanta, Georgia, and beyond, both near and far.
For those eager to delve deeper into my world of artistry, I eagerly await your call or email. The magic of storytelling awaits!
The Making of a Storyteller
(Creatively told with flowery words, of course. . .)