Alimah's Vocals I had fun imagining Alimah’s vocal style and type. For her voice, I gave her a raspy, sultry, mezzo-soprano vocal type similar to Stacy Barthe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ5UqwEmoXU However, in many of her rock ballads, her vocal pitch can go higher and sound similar to singer-songwriter Diana Gordon (FKA Wynter Gordon) in this video below:... Continue Reading →
Creating Alimah: Intro
Alimah is the main character of my novel Ungrateful. She is a singer-songwriter, composer, and producer that was signed to Aten from 2006-2015. She recorded music in the genres of alternative rock, industrial rock, R&B, and funk. Starting out as an R&B singer and dancer, she has transitioned into rock alternative on her sophomore album, showcasing... Continue Reading →
I’m teaching my first writing workshop this week!
This year I teamed up with other literary experts at Literature & Pen to design and lead workshops for writers, readers, and others! So, I'm starting 2022 off pretty well. 👩🏽✍🏽 The title of my workshop is "Un-stereotyping: “Decolonizing” Offensive and Racial Tropes in Ethnic Literature". I will discuss the history of various racial tropes... Continue Reading →
Alimah (Final Part)
In the final part of this short story series, Alimah gets the big break she prayed for.
Alimah (Part Three)
Alimah records her rock demo for the first time, while she copes with her parents being in rehab.
Alimah (Part Two)
While Alimah's father is away from home for the weekend, she goes to her first punk concert with her oldest sister. Teenage experimentation goes wrong but Alimah leaves the concert empowered.