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“The Midas Touch” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman              We were standing six feet apart from each other. Because of the coronavirus, it was the ritual.   We’ve been dealing with this virus for the last seven months, and social distancing has become a part of life.      So, here we stand. We’d just […]

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“A Devastating Truth”  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley            History’s gatekeepers often write it, omitting crucial characters and events.   While they shine a more positive light on the misinformation, this does history an egregious disservice.        The history of AIDS–particularly in the United States–is no different.  A case in point […]

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“The Right to Be”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                Indeed, it is exciting to have a new book launched. In writing Never Give Up: A Christopher Family Novel, I wondered in the beginning if I could write a whodunit, given that I love to watch movies and shows like Midsomer Murders, Forensic Files, […]

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“Return of the Arc“  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley          The much-anticipated return of Noah’s Arc came and tantalized us just as the series did for two seasons on Logotv.  This time with much more freedom and creative control, Patrik-Ian Polk–the groundbreaking program’s creator, writer, producer, and director–returned to whet our appetites […]

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“Flirting With 70”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                Yes, I said it. I haven’t consummated it yet, but I am in the flirting zone with 70.      That was such an alien concept to my 21-year-old brain in the early 1970s, somewhere in the future far, far away, off in my […]

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“Before The Rainbow”  Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley                 Drag queens, female impersonators, transgenders.  We’re very familiar with the terms, even if we don’t personally know someone who is.      Throughout American history, these individuals have been taboo, underappreciated–and rejected. In Black America, these persons were “worse than freaks, were […]

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“MARK MY WORDS, YOU NEVER KNOW, NEVER GIVE UP”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                     Besides the COVID-19 pandemic (which, paradoxically, has given our planet a chance to breathe), there is another pandemic that is front and center at this time, though it has been around far longer: systemic racism. Indeed, George Floyd’s […]

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“Pardon Me” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman        As I sit here, I swear I can feel the walls closing in on me. I don’t know how much more I can take of this “quarantine thing.”  But they say, “It’s for my own good.”  I’m not so sure about that:  I’d rather be with my […]

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“Second Home”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                 Indeed, COVID-19 has brought about drastic changes in our lives. My state has a shelter-in-place order at this time, and all that goes with it. People overall have been good about compliance here; I must admit it’s weird driving on freeways with hardly any traffic, but […]

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“Jump!” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman             I was frozen with shock. I couldn’t move. My mind was racing with so many thoughts.      “I can’t believe he did that. I can’t believe we did that. Right here in the alley between two buildings. Anyone could have walked upon us.”     […]

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“Never Give Up!”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham            Summer will be here before I know it, and with it the release of Never Give Up: A Christopher Family Novel. True, it is a historical fiction/whodunit, as I have mentioned in my previous columns. However, the story does have elements of romance, which include […]

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“Blue Lights in the Basement”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham            For those of us brothas of a certain age, “Blue Lights in the Basement” was the title of an album by Roberta Flack. When I think of that phrase, I think of a place and mood that took place despite the challenges. Hence, […]

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“Man In The Mirror” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman               I’m so jazzed and proud that author, performer, and podcast host Mr.  R. L. Norman has returned to WYATTEVANS.COM!  So Y’all, get ready for more of R. L.’s topical, scintillating and thought-provoking prose!   And his new novel, “Honey, I Can’t Stand the Rain: The Story of Survival,” drops in April.       Ready?  Aight…let’s do it to it!     […]

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“A Writer’s Work Is Never Done”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham         One thing this Old School New Kid has learned is that my writing is ever-evolving. Honing one’s craft and writing style is an ongoing process, especially when writing is one’s passion. I remember my days as a child when my stories were largely […]

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“Never Give Up” Preview  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    A Wyattevans.com exclusive! A tantalizing excerpt from “Never Give Up,” the much anticipated and soon-to-be released tome by Mr. W. D. Foster-Graham!  Through the lens of Judge Berry’s wife, Juanita Langston Berry, here is a preview of one of the pivotal events of my upcoming novel, “Never […]

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“Authenticity—To Thine Own Self Be True”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham      “To thine own self be true.” I’m sure that somewhere, at some time, brothas have heard or read that phrase. As an Old School New Kid, it has deep meaning when dealing with not only coming out, but being out as an LGBT man […]

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“Never Give Up”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham   Believe in dreams and never give up.      For this Old School New Kid author, this motto has seen me through my ongoing journey. July has been a productive month for me, as well as one for fun and some me-time. On the fun side, I […]

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“Fatherhood”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham          June is when Pride Month is celebrated. It’s also the month when Father’s Day is observed. For far too long, there’s been a myth that the two are mutually exclusive. As a Black gay man of a certain age (or SGL) who is also a father, […]

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“REFLECTIONS FROM A BROTHA OF A CERTAIN AGE”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham      When I hear the word “Reflections,” the old school in me immediately thinks of the hit by Diana Ross and the Supremes in 1967. Of course, that was one of Motown’s go-to songs when your man has dumped you and you […]

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“You Never Know”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham “YOU NEVER KNOW” “You never know what hand in life you’ll be dealt.” That is a motto of the Edwards family, in the next book of my series, ‘You Never Know: A Christopher Family Novel’. Yes, there were Black folks who came from old money—we simply didn’t hear […]

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“Self-Determination”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham      In my first column, this Old School New Kid mentioned the learning curve as an independent author. When it comes to writing, some see it as a hobby, others their passion, still others a business, and a very few regard it as all of the above. I am one […]

Latoya Hankins

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“Lessons in Love and Loss”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins            Greetings, veteran Hot Tea and Ice Sippers–and those new to the blend of wisdom I offer!  It has been more than a minute since my words graced this space. A lot has happened to me: some good, some bad, and some I haven’t quite figured out—and […]

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“I’m an ‘Old School New Kid’–and I Own It.”  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham      Yes, that’s what my teenage Millennial son would call me in this age of social media, iPhones and Internet branding.  How did I, that 21-year-old version of myself, survive without the bells and whistles of 21st century technology?  But hey, […]

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“Loving U Is Beautiful”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins        Greetings, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  I send you all springtime wishes of non-allergy inducing days and seasonably warm nights.  This is the time of the year we spring forward and make plans to shed our winter woes and embrace a new season of potential.      One thing I […]

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“Taking All the Time You Need”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins          Greetings Hot Tea and Ice Sippers, and Happy 2018!  Trusting the New Year has treated you well and the novelty of snow days hasn’t worn off.  It’s amazing how a weather occurrence that brought many of us so much joy when we attended elementary and middle […]

NATHANIEL OCTAVIUS-NERDO

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“Are You Wearing a Mask?” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman          We ran down the dirt road to the little store to buy candy. It was me, my little brother and my cousin. My grandfather had given us each a dollar. He made us promise not to tell my grandmother because she would have […]

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“Appreciate, Don’t Hate”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins        Greetings Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  I trust you are well.      The temperatures are dropping, clothing is getting thicker, and we are getting into that holiday frame of mind. Even if you do not subscribe to a particular faith, the remainder of 2017 should offer you at least one […]

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“Love Is Not Always Blind” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman          I stood at the door to the apartment, preparing myself for the mystery that was in store for me.        “Behind this door might be my perfect soulmate,” I thought.      I checked my clothes, my breath, my hair—everything.  I had to make sure that I was totally “on point.” […]

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“Roll With Being A Role Model!”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins        Greetings, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  Trusting you are well and staying cool this summer. I’m currently giving thanks every day for air conditioning, cool beverages, and lightweight clothing.  Although I’m a Southerner by birth, this heat is something else!      Despite the high temperatures, […]

NATHANIEL OCTAVIUS-NERDO

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“Four Simple Words of Comfort” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman       It was so dark in the room that I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. It was so dark that I could probably hear a pin drop; that’s if a pin did drop. I know that if I were a kid, […]

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“Parents Are People, Too!”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins      Greetings, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers! I send a virtual shower of confetti and a round of kudos for the college graduates and their family members partaking of this month’s literary offering.  Regardless how long the journey took, you made it to the end and you should be […]

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“The Things We Do,” Part One  Guest Writer: Mark O. Estes       “I’m so drained, Evan,” Derrick mumbled to me through his meaty palms. “I’m so fucking drained with no semblance of an end in sight.”      I sat across Derrick at a seemingly swanky restaurant (until they brought out the oxymoronic monstrosity of gummy, […]

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“Spring Cleaning the Negativity Out of Your Life”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins      Greetings, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  We are now officially in the middle of spring; and depending on your faith, past the pastel parade that is Easter Sunday when it seems that everyone has to break out the suits in shades of […]

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“Who Do You Think You Arr?”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins     Greetings, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for spring to officially arrive. I love the opportunity to bundle up with thick sweaters and strut my stuff in cute boots, but I’d much rather leave the […]

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“The Greatest Love Affair of All”  Guest Writer: Mark O. Estes             Picture, if you will, a young, Black man on a personal journey during the chaos known as New Orleans at Mardi Gras. He ends up in an establishment on Bourbon Street where the music is just as lively as the gyrating bodies […]

Balancing My Virtues and Vices

“The Virtues of Communication”  Guest Writer:  Ja’Won T. Blackmon       After pondering my experiences as part of the LGBTQ community, I’ve learned so many things about myself, and the friends and acquaintances whom I have crossed paths with along the way. The variety and multitude of issues, facts and opinions are always interesting to listen–and […]

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“The Power of Prayer” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman   I pray that the doctors find out what illness my friend has, and cures him. I pray that my cousin graduates high school, continues on to college, and stops hanging with the wrong crowd–before he ends up in jail. I pray that my fifth novel, “Honey Hush, […]

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“Who Do You Think You Are?”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins      Greetings and Salutations, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  I send well wishes, and hope that 2017 has been filled with good things. We are not going to talk about what happened in D.C. on the third Friday of this month. It is enough to say we should not […]

Mark’s Surreality

“The Divine Power of Surreality”  Guest Writer: Mark O. Estes       Per Webster’s Dictionary, the word surreal means “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream; unbelievable; fantastic.” The latest election; the virulent spread of false information in the form of memes, fake news sites, and sheer stupidity; and personal demons have all coalesced into a hazy […]

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“Looking Back to Move Forward”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins       Greeting and Salutations, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  Can you believe it has been an entire twelve months since we were introduced? My, doesn’t time fly! For those whose 2016 has been filled with all kinds of shiny and new things, I send […]

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“Family Matters:  Not the TV Show”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins       Greeting and Salutations, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  The holiday time is upon us with all the trappings that come with it. Travels plans will be made. Diets will be broken. And of course, the holidays are also the time that the concept […]

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“Hands Down, Hands Up”  Guest Writer:  R. L. Norman        As I sat in the back of the car waiting, I was blinded by all the flashing lights. Vehicles were slowing down as they passed by, with the drivers trying to get a glimpse of what was happening. With all the people who were trying […]

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“Grown Folks’ Friendships”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins    Greeting and Salutations, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!  Sending wishes, and hope fall is doing right by you. For many of us, it is time to move away from shorts and open-toe shoes to sweaters and sturdy footwear. Nights are getting longer, temperatures are dropping and before […]

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“Time: That Most Precious Commodity”   Guest Writer: Buster Sly      This past year has been challenging on a very personal level. After spending so much time away in Europe last year, I returned to the States when I find out that my mother had just been diagnosed with third stage cancer.  That came on the […]

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“The Master Plan”  Guest Writer:  R. L. Norman        I was standing on the side of the stage out of the line of sight from the audience. From my vantage point, I could only see a few people in the front rows. I had no idea how many people showed up for this event–my debut. […]

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“Age Is Just a Number”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins         Greeting and Salutations, Hot Tea and Ice Sippers. I hope this month finds you all in good spirits–and staying cool. As for me, I’m coping with the heat by drinking plenty of cool beverages–some of them adult–and trying not to exert myself too […]

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“I Will, I Won’t, I Do”  Guest Writer:  R. L. Norman      “I object!” the man shouted as he stood up in the back of the church. I can’t believe this is happening! How dare someone object to my marriage? I know that some people in my position would not get married; but I […]

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“PRIDE: A Celebration of Liberation”  Guest Writer:  Carlton R. Smith       President Barack Obama has just designated the area around the Stonewall Inn in New York City as the nation’s first national monument to LGBTQ rights.  As you know, The Stonewall Uprising is largely regarded as the catalyst for the modern LGBTQ movement for civil […]

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“The Power Of Pride”  Guest Writer: LaToya Hankins         Greetings Hot Tea and Ice Sippers!   Hope you are staying cool in this summer heat. Although I consider myself a proud daughter of the South, even I sometimes find the rising temperature a little bit too much to take. Days of ninety plus weather leaves me […]

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“Writer, You Say What?”  Guest Writer:  R. L. Norman        He stood across the room from me not saying a word. I was slowly becoming nervous as he just stared at me, looking all seductive. As he walked slowly towards me, I backed up until I could go nowhere.      I bumped into the desk […]