American Literature and The African American Woman

Our Stories, Our History in the World of Literature

I am an African American, female author and writer. I stand on the shoulders of so many that came before me, and I am proud and honored to do so. I will not forget about the countless of
Black women who paved the way for writers like me to share our stories and have a voice through our literary works.
I am sure that it was not easy in those earlier days, especially during the civil war era, for women of color to be able to express themselves in creative ways such as writing. There have
been many female Black writers that have inspired me to continue my literary works such as, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Angela Davis just to name a few.

There is an extensive list of Black female authors, including the first published Black poet, Phillis Wheatley (who got her name from the Wheatley family who bought her into slavery), that go
far back. Most writers place their experiences and thoughts down on paper to express how theyare feeling, their lives and that of their ancestors, deciding to share that gift with the world.
Yes, what we express in our writings may be painful, funny, informative, thought-provoking or all wrapped up in one. No matter what the content, it is all expressive story telling I believe for us.

Women, particularly women of color, I do not believe were taken seriously as writers. What could we have to write about, what did we know? My thought is that women of color, Blackwomen, have so much to say about life, what we are feeling in the moment and how the world we live in treats us. I know I certainly think about it.

My experience as a writer began at a noticeably early age as a lyricist. I had no aspirations in the beginning to be a published author, which came much later in my life. I was inspired by a
friend of mine who had written his first book and was published. So, in conversations with him and getting the chance to meet a favorite musician and writer of mine, inspired me to tell my
story. That was six years ago, since that time I have written five books, three published (“The Music in Me”, “The Music Through the Storm” and my latest release, “My Test(Imony)”.

I have also expanded my writing to becoming a writer for two online magazines, I am excited about that.

February is the month that Black History is honored. Well, I say Black History should be 365 days year. We have contributed greatly to the areas of Art & Literature among with numerous other achievements and we should be celebrated more than just one month out of the year.

I am an African American, Black female author, writer and lyricist and I will continue to carry the torch forward for all the phenomenal women that came before me. I will continue to do research into my African American roots and those that paved the way for so many of us creatives.

I am only but one of so many great female Black writers and I am blessed to be able to share my gifts with the world. I pray I become an inspiration for young black up and coming writers as the
ones before having done for me.

Let us keep shining in our greatness, one book at a time.

Paulette C. Jackson

Written by Paulette C. Jackson

Paulette Jackson, Founder/CEO of SCORP Radio Network and Jazz Zone Radio, host of “The Classic Soul Music Café”, “The Jazz Zone” and Center Stage” Internet Radio Shows, Voiceover Artist (my company, Ms. Music’s Voice). Published author of the newest release, “My Test(Imony)” (January 11, 2021), “The Music In Me” and “The Music Through the Storm” Both my current published books were previously accepted for consideration for the 2020 Author Academy Awards. Recently, started working with several artists on promotions and show bookings. Also, creating several video series and other creative projects including SCORP Lady Ventures ™️. I’ve been featured in four (4) magazine publications and currently working on a monthly editorial. I’m a proud member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) member as a songwriter and music publishing. I attended and graduated from the Cleveland School of the Arts as a Dance and Vocal Music Major, 1983-1987 and attended Master Voiceover Classes at Such A Voice, based in Burlington, VT. My love has always been music and entertainment and worked in many areas of the business. I continue to work on various artistic and creative ventures and will release two more books in the coming new year. I have two adult daughters, Paris 32 and Brooke 31 also have a love of music and dance.


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