-Derrick Weston Brown
This is a part of my Mentor/Teacher series. This is the prolific, passionate, unapoligetically radical, hilarious Poet, children’s book author, activist, Dr. Tony Medina. Because of him I learned what it means to invest in and acknowledge my stake in the legacy of The Black Arts Movement, and how to be a writer of integrity, discipline, and one who doesn’t take himself to seriously.
This photo is from a magazine called Untold. It was the UK version of Vibe/Ebony but waay flyer. Salute Tony Medina. Born in the Bronx but a son of Harlem, “where a nickel costs a dime”.
The kind students of Atholton High School took a pic of me during my visit as the Howard County Writer In Residence of the 2012-2013 academic school year and then super imposed one of my poems onto the shot. I really love this photo…and I love my magnificent beard in this shot as well! Now that the school year is about done i have time to reflect on how busy I’ve been and yet, for the most part, enjoyed the work with “the word” aka Poetry