Peace n blessings-- The following is a note from me to some of the ADODI group who recently viewed our Harlem words and images exhibit....
Thank you again for attending our exhibit, Celebrating Our Sons Through Words and Images. The artists and I appreciate your support. I'm especially grateful to those of you who purchased my book.
So you added your name to the list of those who'd like to share their advice to young same gender loving males who are struggling with their sexuality and your advice will be part of my next book project in support of these youth (teens - mid-20s). other SGL men of african descent have already sent in their advice or what I call their 'testimonials'. here are the basics to this idea:
- there'll be a separate chapter for older sgl men of african descent to share their advice on how to become comfortable in one's skin/how they overcame. there's no standard to follow. each grown man is asked to simply write their advice as if they're talking directly to the young bruh. for example, 'i've been where you are now. the hiding, denying, undercover ways until i decided to live authentically..."
- your testimonial can be a few lines or a page-long. some men don't mind their full name and city/country; some men prefer first name and initial with city/country; and some prefer total anonymity which, in all honesty, defeats the purpose of telling our sons to be totally themselves. so i'm looking for those of you are open about your sexuality which of course is a private, personal matter that I fully understand and respect (I'm meeting the challenge myself, in case you were wondering)
- testimonials are sent directly to me and only me to lifejak[at]aol.com
- each person who sent in their advice will get a chance to read their testimonial before the final print and can change their mind about their words being quoted in the book at any time prior to print
Once again, thank you for the kind reception and support you gave me and I hope you'll still consider sending in your words of wisdom to these young males. Because they're in pain and this next book is just my way of helping them through it. Thank you!