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Black & Published

Nikesha Elise Williams

Black & Published brings you the journeys of writers, poets, playwrights, and storytellers of all kinds to discuss what it means to be a writer, dissect the writing process, and demystify the steps between concept and publication.

I Don't Care What Men Think with Preston Clark
May 10 2022
I Don't Care What Men Think with Preston Clark
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Preston Clark, author of the novel Vinnie: A Love Letter.  Preston is a screenwriter and poet who also works full time as a high school  Humanities teacher at Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men in Chicago. He was a 2021 Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Voices of Color Fellow and his first novel, Vinnie: a love letter, placed in the 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards in 2020. Born and raised in San Diego and a graduate of Hampton University, Clark fights for safe spaces for Black men - young and old - to improve their emotional and mental health. Episode Notes _________________________On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Preston Clark, author of the novel Vinnie: A Love Letter.  Preston is a screenwriter and poet who also works full time as a high school  Humanities teacher at Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men in Chicago. He was a 2021 Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Voices of Color Fellow and his first novel, Vinnie: a love letter, placed in the 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards in 2020. Born and raised in San Diego and a graduate of Hampton University, Clark fights for safe spaces for Black men - young and old - to improve their emotional and mental health. During the conversation, Preston explains why he says the man he is now is a miracle, the two personal tragedies that led him to finish his book, and why he describes his debut novel as an emotional free write. Support the show
Stick to Your Own Voice with Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Apr 26 2022
Stick to Your Own Voice with Lola Akinmade Åkerström
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Lola Akinmade Åkerström, author of the novel, In Every Mirror She's Black.  Lola has lived on three different continents — Africa, North America, and now Europe — for extended periods of time. As a Nigerian-American author who is now based in Sweden Lọlá  is the author of the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, Due North and the bestselling, LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well. She is drawn to the complexities and nuances of culture and how they manifest themselves within relationships. She has written two prior books and contributed to several others. Episode Notes _________________________On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Lola Akinmade Åkerström, author of the novel, In Every Mirror She's Black.  Lola has lived on three different continents — Africa, North America, and now Europe — for extended periods of time. As a Nigerian-American author who is now based in Sweden Lọlá  is the author of the 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, Due North and the bestselling, LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well. She is drawn to the complexities and nuances of culture and how they manifest themselves within relationships. She has written two prior books and contributed to several others. During the conversation, Lọlá discusses how she kept going even though her manuscript was rejected 70 times. She also explains why she wanted to explore the many facets of Black womanhood to illustrate that Black women are not a monolith. Plus, in tackling class, career, and culture Lọlá  shares why the main takeaway she wants her readers to get from her work is to hold empathy for other people and their differences and experiences. Support the show (
A Higher Calling with Vanessa Miller
Mar 8 2022
A Higher Calling with Vanessa Miller
On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Vanessa Miller, author of the Christian fiction novel, Something Good. Vanessa is a best-selling author of 51 books, an entrepreneur, playwright, and motivational speaker. She started writing as a child, spending countless hours either reading or writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels. Vanessa’s creative endeavors took on new meaning in1994 when she became a Christian. Since then, her writing has centered themes of redemption, often focusing on characters facing multi-dimensional struggles.Episode Notes _________________________On this episode of Black & Published, Nikesha speaks with Vanessa Miller, author of the Christian fiction novel, Something Good. Vanessa is a best-selling author of 51 books, an entrepreneur, playwright, and motivational speaker. She started writing as a child, spending countless hours either reading or writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels. Vanessa’s creative endeavors took on new meaning in1994 when she became a Christian. Since then, her writing has centered themes of redemption, often focusing on characters facing multi-dimensional struggles.During the conversation, Vanessa explains how a casual comment from her daughter convicted her to get back to writing after she nearly gave up,. She also discuss the message of hope she wants to spread to the world, and what she has to say when it comes to choosing God and going to therapy. Support the show (