Letysha Montgomery: Writer and Women’s Health Advocate

Personal health change inspires self-awareness and self-advocacy for new writer. It can get really challenging starting anything for the first time. To your surprise, the biggest obstacle often comes from yourself. It’s not so much of having the confidence to dive-in but the belief in oneself to carry the process through completion.  Of course, this always sounds easy enough but what exactly does that look … Continue reading Letysha Montgomery: Writer and Women’s Health Advocate

Donna M. Jackson: Sociologist Redefining Empathy and Value

Examining the Black Community, Donna M. Jackson emphasizes the importance of reclaiming our self-worth. Let’s get honest with ourselves for a moment. Let’s get real with the feelings that we’ve let simmer on the back burner long enough. Constantly focused on cooking up our next idea that will hopefully take us to better positions than where we are in life. Yes, goal setting is important … Continue reading Donna M. Jackson: Sociologist Redefining Empathy and Value

B. Michael Long: Redefining Free-Thinking Through Poetry

Kansas City poet, B. Michael Long shares how his curious mind works to shift the narrative forward. If one is seeking wisdom, there is a conscious choice being made to grow. In cases of writers, their words become more particular, intentionally slated to cause a ripple effect of change. The resources and influences for the words can be found through experiences, whether recent or seasoned. … Continue reading B. Michael Long: Redefining Free-Thinking Through Poetry

Reonda Thompson: Delightfully Daring Poet

How this writer boldly uses her gift to find herself and encourages others to do the same. Words are everywhere. Being flung about in their many mediums and then sticking to us for only our own individual reasons. The relationship between us and them, is a relentless search for growth and understanding. Specifically, understanding one another. The dialogue serves as a bridge of communication that … Continue reading Reonda Thompson: Delightfully Daring Poet

Danielle Davis: World Shaping Poet and Writer

The art of writing is as flexible as it is transformative. The intentions staring you in the face are as clear as the black, sharp font in front of you now. Or the hidden gems that wait for your mind to catch up to it is fantastical measures. That control all found within the uniqueness of the author’s hand. Each genre tying back to them … Continue reading Danielle Davis: World Shaping Poet and Writer

Wildflower Project: Ode to Black Writers of Kansas City

The anticipated writer’s series set to start in less than two weeks Here is the thing about Black writers of Kansas City; we reflect a unique group of explorers and leaders through our talents. We are risk-takers, imagination drivers and critical believers of our words and work. Traveling with the wind, collecting experiences like trinkets to be given. We continue circulating our precious stories, planted … Continue reading Wildflower Project: Ode to Black Writers of Kansas City

Photosynthesis: Week 6

Seeking the sun and the challenge of the chase. Anytime you say or plan to do something specific, life has a way of challenging those intentions. As if testing your seriousness, making you work for what you seek. That is certainly what has happened these past few weeks. I set a goal to document my hair growth through photos with the sun acting as creative … Continue reading Photosynthesis: Week 6

Photosynthesis: Week 2

“Finding Your Sun” self- portrait photo series continues with second week of the Black photosynthesis journey. This week marks 1 year since my last big chop. In most cases I went for the dramatic cut either because of inspiration or just simply not wanting to deal much with my hair in summer months. Each instance sensing a renewal of energy and excitement. This time was … Continue reading Photosynthesis: Week 2

Photosynthesis: “Finding Your Sun” Photo Series

A growing self-portrait series attempts to help find sunshine through clouded confusion. I made an interesting promise earlier this year. I dedicated myself to taking more pictures of my hair in the sun this summer. Now, when I made these plans, I envisioned myself on a beach or some downtown setting of a different country. Was off a bit there. The unexpected good news is … Continue reading Photosynthesis: “Finding Your Sun” Photo Series

Black Writers of KC Announced for Upcoming Series

For third Kansas City series, The Black Sunflower annouces the featured Black writers to be interviewed. Over a week ago, we put out a call to Black artists who share their voices through written content in the Kansas City area. After combing through an overwhelming amount of submissions from varying genres, we were encouraged to expand our features. Versus the 8 featured slots we mentioned … Continue reading Black Writers of KC Announced for Upcoming Series