Guest Columnist2021-03-01T15:00:39-05:00

WYATTEVANS.COM is proud to present an array of authors and writers who bring their distinctive, compelling voices—along with their unique “flava”– to the table for the reader to savor. Having been carefully selected, these Guest Columnists craft thought-provoking prose that engages the mind, inspires the spirit…and fills the heart! Give yourself a literary treat by doing a deep dive and immersing yourself…

3005, 2021

Old School New Kid 22

By |May 30th, 2021|Categories: guest, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Recently on my Twitter feed, I was invited to do a “Quote Retweet,” attaching a black-and-white photo myself. I had to dig deep to find one; it is included in this post. From time to time, I have been asked variations of the following question: “If you could tell your younger self anything, what would it [...]

2305, 2021

HartStrings 9

By |May 23rd, 2021|Categories: guest, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A torch song is a sentimental love song, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited or lost love--either where one party is oblivious to the existence of the other, where one party has moved on, or where a romantic affair has affected the relationship.  The term derives from the saying “to carry a torch for [...]

2504, 2021

Old School New Kid 21

By |April 25th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

Spring is now in the air, and I am excited to have my first male/male romance novel, The Right to Be: A Christopher Family Novel, launched. As with the previous five novels in the series, it will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For those who have been following my Old School New Kid [...]

1804, 2021

HartStrings 8

By |April 18th, 2021|Categories: guest|1 Comment

“The Unimaginable” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley Emile Alphonse Griffith was born February 3, 1938, in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands. In his teenage years, Griffith worked at a hat factory. On one particularly steamy day, the owner allowed him to work shirtless. That owner, a former amateur boxer, noticed Emile’s promising physique and [...]

2103, 2021

Old School New Kid 20

By |March 21st, 2021|Categories: guest|1 Comment

“Believe in Dreams” Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    Thank you, Wyatt, for the wonderful opportunity you have given me to be one of your guest columnists. Not only is this my 20th post with you, but it is also my second anniversary in that capacity. Indeed, February 2019 marked my debut as the Old School New Kid. [...]

1403, 2021

HartStrings 7

By |March 14th, 2021|Categories: guest, Uncategorized|2 Comments

“Pretty Baby” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley Throughout the Great Migration (1916-1970), roughly seven million Blacks from the southern United States traveled to the North, Midwest, and West to escape racism, seek work in manufacturing cities, and obtain better educational opportunities. Bronzeville, an area of Chicago near Hyde Park, attracted a Black gay population—which snowballed. The [...]

702, 2021

Old School New Kid 19

By |February 7th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

“Didn’t You Know” Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    My brothas and sistahs, it has been a pleasure to see The Right To Be: A Christopher Family Novel (my first full male-male romance novel) come to fruition. Then again, when you’re doing something you love doing, it’s not work. Following your passion surely has its rewards; since my [...]

2401, 2021

HartStrings 6

By |January 24th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

“On the Field” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley HUT ONE! HUT TWO! HUT THREE! HIKE!  Whispers. Secrets. Conceal and hide!  So goes life if you’re gay in football.  And enthusiasts of one of America’s favorite pastimes rejecting homophobia appears to be as complicated and difficult as it is for bigots to reject racism. Roy Franklin [...]

1701, 2021

Old School New Kid 18

By |January 17th, 2021|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

“BLACKS DO READ: KUUMBA, KUJICHAGULIA, AND UJAMAA” Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    When I embarked on my journey as a novelist, my first novel, Mark My Words, was 17 years in the making: five years to write it and another 12 to get it published. I was naïve, believing that traditional publishing was the only game in [...]

2012, 2020

HartStrings 5

By |December 20th, 2020|Categories: guest|2 Comments

“Political Trailblazer” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley America's current political state has the country waiting with bated breath for the first Black Vice President, Kamala Harris. Very few people know or even remember that not too long ago, there was a Black Gay man who was nominated for that position as well. [...]

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