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…

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. [...]

1312, 2020

Old School New Kid 17

By |December 13th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

"Playing It Forward"  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham      As an African American gay man of a certain age, I find that my definition of success has changed over the years. The dream I had so long ago of being a published author, writing the books I wanted to read, having readers who love my books, has come true. With that [...]

111, 2020

HartStrings 4: Before Pose

By |November 1st, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , |1 Comment

"Before Pose" Guest Writer: Bishop Hartsel Clifton Shirley Pose is the current television program that unapologetically displays the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals. For some of us, it’s just short of sacred as it helps to reveal the hidden lives, pains, heartbreaks, and joys of a segment of the population all too often overlooked, ignored--and even worse--forgotten. Mainstream [...]

2709, 2020

Old School New Kid 16

By |September 27th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

"Staying Sane in 2020"  Guest Writer: W.D. Foster-Graham                 2020, in many respects, has been a year of insanity. I won’t rehash that which we already know, but the negative energy from it is something we cannot allow ourselves to be inundated with. As a man of a certain age, I have learned much from my 90-year-old [...]

2009, 2020

Honey, Let Me Tell You Something! 21

By |September 20th, 2020|Categories: guest|Tags: , , |9 Comments

“The Midas Touch” Guest Writer: R. L. Norman         We were standing six feet apart from each other. Because of the coronavirus, it was the ritual.   We’ve been dealing with this virus for the last seven months, and social distancing has become a part of life. So, here we stand. We’d just finished having lunch and walked to my [...]

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