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oronde ash commented on Authoress Tamika Newhouse's group African Americans on the Move Book Club
"what else is coming up on this site?"
Jan 23, 2010
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Jan 23, 2010
griffstarr replied to oronde ash's discussion Excerpt from chapter fourteen of "17 to Life: A Black Boy Memoir". Author Oronde Ash describes his struggles in adolescence to define a black identity as a wanna be writer in the group The Critique Castle
"Wow, James Baldwin turned me on to how life was for blacks back in the day too. Great read, I enjoyed it."
Jan 21, 2010
oronde ash added a discussion to the group The Critique Castle

In this excerpt from chapter fourteen of "17 to Life: a Black Boy Memoir", author Oronde Ash describes his struggles in adolescence to define a black identity as a wanna be writer

Below is one of the later chapters in my book, 17 to Life: A Black Boy Memoir. I spend most of the book trying to get out of my head, live the way I want to and not play the roles ascribed to black boys in America. In my teenage years, I literally had conversations with MY SELF --the person I knew I was but had yet to express-- about what was right for me. Slowly but surely, I began to dismiss the negative BOY in my head --my fears,…See More
Jan 17, 2010


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st. vincent and the grenadines
Currently Reside In: (City, State, Country)
raleigh, nc
I'm a . . .
Reader, Writer, Artist, Publisher
Have You "Freed Your Inner Book" Yet?
What You Need to Know About Me:
NEW BOOK 17 to Life: A Black Boy Memoir (On Becoming a Human... Being in America) AVAILABLE NOW for purchase, enjoyment, enlightenment. Contact me or visit for review or discussion.

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At 5:25am on November 5, 2009, malcome said…
Hi Oronde, thanks for the friendship , I really appreciate it , Take Care , Mal,..
At 8:24am on November 4, 2009, Al said…
I am basically doing it on my own setting up stands on the streets in different places and selling my book signed to people. It's hard work but I am willing to do it. I been in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and without a car a got to get around by subway and carry table to the different boroughs to set up...very difficult but people do purchase my book which keeps me motivated.
At 5:49am on November 2, 2009, Daniel Williams said…
I started writing when I was twelve years old. I been writing for six years.
At 9:13am on November 1, 2009, Dr. Glenda Clare said…
I am working on a couple of manuscripts. What about you?
At 7:29pm on October 10, 2009, PurpleZoe said…
Peace ^_^

Hope all is well on your end.
It's been a minute.
ConsciousInk switched focus awhile back. It wasn't generating much activity with the group focus. A few of us were announcing others works actively but not enough of us to make the difference it was intended to make. We were all supposed to be looking out for each other and making sure to push diverse works forward with a communal effort.

ConsciousInk is now primarily acting as a magazine column, and announcement engine for speculative fiction finds written by people of color and featuring characters of color.

Hope all is blessed with your works.

Shine on

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Black like sand is infinite

And ice flows in rivers that once ran in clouds

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And blue is the final flame of the cool dung

Black like coal is hot diamond on the hand of a young couple promising eternity

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October 22, 2016 from 11am to 3pm
Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF), in conjunction with and Black Author Showcase, will present a free workshop on how to develop stories in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.“Creators of Afrofuturism Workshop” will take place at the Long Branch Library at 8800 Garland Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901 on October 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.The event will feature authors …See More
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