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…

1209, 2021

Old School New Kid 25

By |September 12th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

“Tales of the 1940s B*tch” Are you a card-carrying geek/nerd? Have Mean Girls been giving you a hard time, past or present? Then have no fear. You have an avenger, a crusader, an advocate--the 1940s B*tch! Indeed, I own it; I inherited Dad's offbeat sense of humor. In my VSS365 Twitter community, I [...]

1508, 2021

HartStrings 11

By |August 15th, 2021|Categories: guest|2 Comments

“Ribbon in the Sky” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley Detroit is known for a few things: being the home of the big three auto manufacturers (Ford, GM, Chrysler); the birthplace of Motown, the record label that introduced beloved singers and groups such as Marvin Gaye, India Arie, the Supremes, the Commodores, and Boys II Men to [...]

2507, 2021

Old School New Kid 24

By |July 25th, 2021|Categories: guest, Uncategorized|0 Comments

“To Thine Own Self” Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham    June 2021 was certainly a big month in this household. Juneteenth is now a federal holiday. Father’s Day has special meaning for me. My husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. And on a local level, I and another LGBT congregant had the honor of speaking [...]

1107, 2021

HartStrings 10

By |July 11th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

Now and then, a talent graces the world with its appearance. It’s like a shooting star! And those who catch a glimpse are forever changed. This was the life of Franklyn Vincent Ellison Seales. Born on July 15, 1952, he was the fifth child of eight to Francis Seales, a government [...]

2006, 2021

Old School New Kid 23

By |June 20th, 2021|Categories: guest|0 Comments

“It Never Stops” Yes, June is Pride Month, in commemoration of the Stonewall riots that took place on June 27, 1969, and lasted three days. It was a time when LGBT folks said, “Enough,” and fought back against the police harassment that was a common practice for far too long. And leading the pack of [...]

3005, 2021

Old School New Kid 22

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

“Speaking in Retrospect” 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, [...]

2305, 2021

HartStrings 9

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

“America’s Only Male Torch Singer” Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley 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. [...]

2504, 2021

Old School New Kid 21

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

“It’s Never Too Late” 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 [...]

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 [...]

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