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Writer of the Week: M.K. Asante

Lead us from the Unreal to the Real

So since technically it’s Sunday, it’s a new week and of course time to mention another writer.

As of this moment, I’m reading the memoir, Buck, by M.K. Asante. I first came across Asante last year when he came to speak at the annual retreat that my college scholarship program, PEOPLE, puts on every year. He came to speak to us about his life, his struggles, his childhood, growing up in the ghetto, his changes he made and his new lease on life. Not only is Asante a best selling author, he is also an award-winning film maker and a professor. His memoir, which came out last month, is about his life growing up in Philadelphia and how he has overcome his surroundings and found success and happiness doing what he loves.

This memoir shows that where you come from does not have to determine where you go…

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Now see, Miz RetroStank is so many different things (aren't we all?), but namely, she IS a Chistian, wife, mother, light, poetess, songwriter, actress, fashion show coordinator, scriptwriter, freethinker, artist, ATLien, and a weirdo with a love for culture and healing. She wants you to know that you can BE, DO, and HAVE anything and everything through Christ! She is native to the third coast, specifically the Southern kingdoms of Arkansas and Georgia. Sweet as pie, good as gold, and free as a bird, she is the only girl of three chill'un, and lawd, did that make for some imagination and shopaholic tendencies. Her father was an Army man and her mama is an infinitely enthusiastic and loving lady. In any case, exposure to different places, expectation of excellence, and a homeopathic childhood environment, majorly tilted her towards uniqueness; she was THAT girl who wore a dragon-print dress with a mandarin collar one day and a funky TLC-inspired look complete with ponytails and barrettes the next. So, by now, you're understanding that she is all about the spice of life. So sit back, buckle your seat-belt, and enjoy "the Funky ride all around the world" (in the words of Outkast).

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