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I was born in Waco and raised in Dallas, Texas. Before attending college, one of my “Dallas Teen Age” articles went go over the AP wire when I was 16 years-old about corporal punishment and soon began a wave of interest that restricted corporal punishment in Texas. I've chaired several successful fundraisers like "One Man's Trash is Another Man's Dinner" which raised money for a food pantry progra

Background Information

I've been heavily influenced by the "Harlem Renaissance" - specifically Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.  My dream is to one day direct a film about that time in history.

By pushing the limits of the realm of social thought, the artists and intellectuals of the time of the renaissance created new ways to explore their historical experiences of ethnic discovery.  This allowed them to assert varies avenues of expression and allowed them to freely communicate to the world through creativity on their own terms as artists.  These pioneers explored their identities as "Americans" which created a greater market for Black culture, Jazz and Blues.   The Black music of the south flowed freely through their minds and bodies during this period which allowed our "mantra" to be played in the nightclubs and hotspots all over Harlem.

The careers of Billie Holiday,  Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown, and later Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill, were launched at the Apollo. The Savoy Ballroom and Cotton club were the stomping grounds of musical icons.


I love to particpate in spoken word venues. I graduated with a B.S. from Texas Woman's University. I live with my partner Melanie and my mother is my "HERO"!     I worked at the 1999 and 2000 Sundance Film Festival.  I chaired the partner in film program with OUTTAKES Dallas Film Festival for LOSF which sponsored the "D L Chronicles" to bring awareness to unhealthy sexual behavior and promotes post-infection HIV-AIDS education.




Birth Place
Waco, TX USA

2007 LOSF Member of the Year and 1st place "My Own Time" Art show

Additional Information

I am working on my first book. "What Goes Around Comes Back Around!"

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