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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Agyei Ekundayo, author of “Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out”

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Agyei Ekundayo, author of Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out
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Hindsight is 20/20 is a twisted maze of undiagnosed mental illness, misdiagnosis and patient abuse. This novel is a sordid conundrum of generational dysfunction, self-sabotage, and in some cases, unbridled erotica.

What do you get when you mix ten doctors, thirteen prescriptions, and five psych wards? You become immersed in the complex mood swings of a volatile teenager that eventually spirals into the full on madness of a suicidal adult. Hindsight is 20/20 is a cogent analysis of a burdened healthcare systems’ many fractured components to the extent that it dismantles the lives of everyday people.

Readers will get a hawks’ eye glimpse into the daily struggles of life with mental illness, the crippling effects of early childhood trauma, transcribed notes from a transgender woman’s experience with hospital neglect and a hilarious series of romantic fails.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Hindsight is 20/20?

Agyei Ekundayo: I wrote Hindsight is 20/20 out of frustration and anger. I got tired of being funneled from one broken system to the other. Therapists disagreed with one another and took out their incompetencies on my medical records. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Agyei Ekundayo, author of “Hindsight is 20/20: How an African American Girl Grows Up Mentally Ill and is Dead Last to Find Out”

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Queen Anoshi, author of “Soul Mates: Meeting of Twin Flames”

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Queen Anoshi, author of Soul Mates: Meeting of Twin Flames
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Shana and Dervin are two divorced parents who are successful in their respective businesses. Shana has built her life around her daughter and her creative design studio. She isn’t looking for love but her heart is longing for something special. Dervin is satisfied with his mortuary and taking care of his daughter. Although he is currently dating , he isn’t looking for a commitment.
 
After a chance meeting in a local establishment in Gainesville, FL, their lives are forever changed. The passion that is awakened in them will take the lovers to heights unknown. Secret desires will be answered, and love will embrace them both.
 
What happens when his ex comes into the picture and secret are revealed?  Will they have enough love to stand the test of time? What does it feel like to a woman finds her Soul Mate and Twin Flame?
 
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Soul Mates: Meeting of Twin Flames?
 
Queen Anoshi: Soul Mates was a personal short-story. This tale was never meant to be a book or to be made public.  A friend read it and told me I should make it longer and publish it.  Soul Mates was the first book that I have ever written, and love was my motivation.

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Joey Pinkney interviews James Gordon aka G.P.A.

Joey Pinkney: Let’s start at the end of your journey and work our way back to your humble beginnings. When it’s all said and done, what do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to know and remember about you and your creative output?

G.P.A.: First, thank you for this interview. I want the world to know that a Black Man from the South Side of Chicago is the greatest combination of talent that the world has not seen.

IMG_9563I’m not pretty. I’m not White. I’m not light. Nothing that society deems whatsoever to be as great as I am, but I am.

Joey Pinkney: What has the South Side given you that you might not have been able to get had you grown up anywhere else?

G.P.A.: The South Side has that mixture of splendor and roughness. I lived close to Lake Michigan, so I saw the magnificent water. But it is also colder by the lake. I am the embodiment of that.

Joey Pinkney: Before I met you through your books, I met you through your name – G.P.A.. The first thing I remember about you from back in the day is your stage name G.P.A.. I can’t remember if you approached me first or someone like a publicist approached me on your behalf, but I remember reading the name G.P.A. and thinking that’s a unique name. The name became even more interesting when I found out it stood for Greatest Poet Alive. How do you think you have grown into that name?

G.P.A.: Yeah, I remember that. I believe that G.P.A. has evolved into something else. The fact that I am a champion storyteller, an actor and a host of a long-running show known as Poetry’s Love Letter, I am more than a poet. My impact is similar to Kanye West’s in a lot of ways. People don’t like it, but they can not get around it, rather me.

Joey Pinkney: It’s interesting that you mention Kanye West. Both of you are from Chicago, both of you are driven and both of you are considered to be egotistical. How do you define that energy in you that others see as being conceit, ego or hubris? Continue reading Joey Pinkney interviews James Gordon aka G.P.A.