My very first memory of my father is a trip to McDonald’s and then a walk on Bluff Lake, a 900-acre lake that is part of one the the US Government’s wildlife refuges. When I went home earlier this summer, I took my dad and my two boys there. It made my dad happy to spend time with his grandsons in one of his favorite places.

I’ve been working on characters for a fictional series about the area. But, I had no idea that the first short story would be inspired by something so distant but so very close to Mississippi: race relations. As a mom of Black boys, my heart breaks for the parents of Mike Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer. It seems that it is ok for our children not to get a chance at a fair trial or even life. But, my story raises the question:

What if Mike Brown was a child you knew personally?

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

After his Saturday evening walk, Wilson Cox napped in the plaid recliner in his mother’s living room. He was awakened by the ten o’clock news and the story of a shooting that occurred the previous night, causing the local minority community to protest in outrage. His mouth gaped in horror as the reporter detailed the shooting of seventeen-year-old Andrew Smith, Jr., his best friend’s son.

He couldn’t make out why the newscaster kept using words like the “minority community” and “disadvantaged youth” as she described the mob of protesters. On the screen, a crowd of White youth stood against an army of Black officers. Wilson picked up the remote to make sure he hadn’t inadvertently turned to Saturday Night Live; their parodies often seemed so real. Unfortunately, he was watching Fox News. Read more …

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Souls Stirring on Display

by Makasha Dorsey on July 17, 2014

Good morning. I’m in a pretty good mood. Today is opening night for the 8th Annual Sensory Overload Art Show, and I have a piece on display at City Arts Factory. This is my first art show in more than 20 years.

souls stirring

The 8th Annual Sensory Overload Art Show is a multi-media art show featuring all female artists.

OPENING NIGHT • JULY 17TH 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm – Art will hang until August 16TH 2014
City Arts Factory
29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Free Admission • Over 200 Works of Art
Cocktails By Donation

Makasha Dorsey’s Entry

Title: Souls Stirring | Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Board | Price: $650

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What’s My Writing Process?

June 26, 2014

I was honored and slightly petrified when Shonell Bacon, my favorite editor and awesome-writer-friend, asked me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. She challenges me each month over at www.snaps100words.com so I acquiesced and accepted this challenge, too. So, here goes… What are you working on? Before I retreat into the Data […]

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Beauty Queen | New Story Posted over at #Snaps1000Words #Inspiredby Maya Angelou

June 9, 2014

It’s that time of the month again. My 1000-word short Beauty Queen is now live over at Snaps1000Words.com. I had originally intended to write a sweet love short for June. However, when Dr. Maya Angelou, one of the most precious literary voices of our time, passed, our editor challenged us to write something inspired by […]

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Seeking Test Readers for First Family Secrets by Makasha Dorsey

May 22, 2014

I’m finally taking my own advice and re-releasing my first book, The Church House. Because the book was initially intended to be a part of a series, I changed the name to First Family Secrets. Right now I’m looking for test readers, twenty of them as a matter of fact. If you complete the form, […]

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10 Ways to Be a Better Father & Husband

May 22, 2014

This guest post is courtesy of Dr. Tredell Dorsey, my husband. Today I was sitting at work thinking of how I can be a better father and husband. I have to find the balance of being a great father and husband, but how? It seems that when you give more to one you lack with […]

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Longing After You | New Story Posted over at #Snaps1000Words

May 12, 2014

It is that time of the month again. And, I decided to write about love and longing from a man’s perspective. You know, how a woman can drive a man CRAZY. Yeah, I wrote that in all caps. Alright, here’s part of it but you’ve gotta go on over the Snaps1000Words to read the rest. […]

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His Eye is on the Sparrow by Lisa Sparrow | @lisasparrow41

May 9, 2014

Lisa Sparrow has never felt loved or wanted. Born into a family that she never quite fit into, her childhood was spent alternating between the foster care system and various mental health institutions. How could the very people charged to protect her make her feel so worthless? From the agony of multiple miscarriages to the […]

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Z is for Zero | #atozchallenge #autism

April 30, 2014

Zero is a pesky little number. Left alone it equates to nothing. But, placed at the end of a number it increases value. Life is a little like the number zero. Besides the love of your family, you enter the world with nothing. Eventually, you acquire knowledge, education and physical resources—life experience. Throughout life we […]

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Y is for Yes Ma’am | #atozchallenge #autism #manners

April 29, 2014

I know a lot of people don’t teach their children to say “yes/no ma’am/sir” because of personal and regional reasons. I get that. I’m Southern and I was taught to say those words as a means of respect so I used them as a means to discuss manners. This post will probably make a few […]

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