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anticipating the journey

I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to blend my passion for theatre and black women’s studies into my personalized scholarship. I have been thinking about this relationship for years… as a matter of fact, I had been doing this for years. I had been reading and applying the works of Toni Morrison, June Jordan and Alice Walker to my samples of how black women authors should perform as professional writers and how their works, when centering Black Women, may affect the audiences that read them. I created She Chronicles in response to this interest.

As I continue to journey along with being an artist and activist for a more balanced literary representation of Black Women, so does my engagement with the public. Please take a visit to my new patreon page https://www.patreon.com/SheChronicles.

And don’t forget to get your submissions ready for She Chronicles 2021! https://nikkiskies.wordpress.com/submissions-for-she-chronicles-2016/


You Don’t Owe Him Your Smile — bipolar feminist loudmouth

My daughter works in retail and is often told to smile by men as if she is their own pleasure puppet to perform for them as they wish. These same men would defend themselves with the age old ‘a smile never hurt anybody.’ Yet these same men, if told to smile on demand for someone […]

You Don’t Owe Him Your Smile — bipolar feminist loudmouth

She Chronicles 2021

After living through 2020 EVERYBODY has something to write about. I hope everyone considers what words you have in your collection to contribute to this year’s She Chronicles. Please click the following link for more information: https://nikkiskies.wordpress.com/submissions-for-she-chronicles-2016/

a new career, for the 3rd time; the first year

In between speaking engagements or during the interim of writing projects, I picked up side jobs to keep me financially ahead instead of becoming creatively stifled due to trying to maintain or “stay afloat”. After I wrote my play, “Hope’s Return”, I was introduced to the Atlanta theatre world and re-connected with previous theatre buddies. With this, I was invited on several occasions to apply to teaching positions in the theatre capacity.

After years of executive retail store management, I had NO interest in working with a theatre company and devoting my nights and weekends. And after experience with non-profit organizations, I had NO interest in working for a community/neighborhood theatre and contributing countless loads of money to guarantee a successful and professional looking production. Now, I have done both of these positions before and at that time in my life they were incredibly rewarding and I thoroughly enjoyed them. However, that time has come and gone. I have both of those t-shirts folded somewhere in my closet.

A few years ago, I began substitute teaching for public schools. I quickly learned, after several assignments, I was great with pre-k to 4th grade. I didn’t have the language or patience for any grade above 4th grade. I joyfully worked a full school year as a sub, even so that towards the end of the year, I was requested by teachers and principals more than I had to seek assignments. The following school year came and the only thing I wanted to change was to be stable as a long term substitute with two or three schools. I saw a posting for a long term substitute for a school that had three campuses. I thought that this would surely keep me busy and it is exactly what I had prayed for. I applied and got the position.

elementary pic

I started my six week assignment for a 4th grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher going on maternity leave. I loved the environment of teachers I was around everyday! And as luck would have it, a fellow 4th grade ELA teacher had resigned and would be leaving around the same time my assignment would be over. Administration asked me if I was interested in becoming part of the team as a full-time ELA teacher, I accepted.

So there I was, I had entered a new career (outside of my artistry), for the 3rd time. A job that concluded between 3:30 and 4pm and was conveniently close to my home. And the best part, I was able to impose the magnitude of words in the young minds of brown kids 5 days of week. I was able to share my passion of sentence structure and reading on some impressionable minds.  What I had never taken into account were the behavioral curves and obstacles that reared its’ ugly head every day.

Continue reading a new career, for the 3rd time; the first year

Trusting Ears

While in Jackson, Mississippi I had a conversation about life coaches and motivational speakers that are under the age of 40 years old with two Jackson State University professors, one a historian/documentarian and the other a PhD. It was quite enlightening.

Long story short, experience doesn’t make you an expert. A head doesn’t make you a leader nor does a tongue make you a speaker. Social media is a tricky, tricky machine. Make sure it’s passion and not access you’re chasing.

blogger award

I write this blog for the love of writing so when I get recognized it is shocking!  Thank you to www.lvingthedream.wordpress.com 

for the:


I wish to pass this on to:

  1. www.nadinetomlinson.com
  2. www.acuriousmind2013.wordpress.com
  3. www.visionofpoets.wordpress.com
  4. www.aubreysarch.wordpress.com
  5. www.awomansaved.wordpress.com

If you accept the nomination, please:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you
  2. Pass the nomination to five new bloggers
  3. Post the award on your blog 🙂

Continue the amazing work with your blogs ladies and gentlemen!  I’ll see you in the “reader” section!

speak on love,

nikki skies

blogger award

I started this blog because I must write.  If it’s not in a journal, I’m drafting a poem or finishing another draft to the book that has been haunting me since 2003. (it’ll be on shelves by July, I promise!)  I want to connect with new readers / writers / authors / poets / playwrights… I want to connect with new artists.  Those with similar stories and those that I can learn from.  So with this being my intent, when I get nominated for blog awards I am surprised and grateful.  Thank you to www.rebirthoflisa.wordpress.com for the passing of the:


With this, I will share 5 facts about myself and pass the nomination on to other blogs.  Here we go…

1)  My mother put me in the arts when I was a child because she said my “imaginary friend”, CoCo, was too real.  I acted in my first play at five years old.

2)  I studied Spanish for four years but when I became an exchange student in Coahuila, Mexico – I HAD TO PRACTICALLY RE-LEARN IT!

3)  I can hum and beat box at the same time.

4)  My graduating semester in college, I reluctantly went to a party with friends and met an incredibly goofy man whom I turned down.  The next week he was on the cover of Jet magazine signing a $40 million contract with the Orlando Magic – Shaquille O’Neal. (I had no clue to whom he was…)

5)  I’ve traced my maternal grandmother’s family back to the 1700’s in England.

I would like to pass this award nomination to:



If you accept, please adhere to the following:

  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
  • Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers
  • Nominate blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Tell the nominees these rules