Fighting Injustice with Literature
Black Futures Matter
“At a time when we still have to shout that Black Lives Matter, I wanted to prompt the Black Boys who I love to envision all the possibilities before them,” Shepherd explained. “I wanted then to picture a future of positivity and hope- one of pride in their own greatness and power.” Arming myself with over 200 books, and 1800 dollars in donation, I decided to peacefully protest by handing out signed copies of my book to every Black Boy I encountered fighting for change on the front line.
Song produced by Angelo Bombay Sang by Tha Rift
The journey from idea to published was never meant to be a straight line. There was a lot of twist and turns. Ups and downs. Highs and lows. Good and bad, but I would do it all again for this! For the feeling of accomplishment; of pride; of invincibility.
Watch the moment Crown The Writer saw her book baby for the first time!
It a must see moment! -Crown Shepherd
Where it all started
After one of my nephew decided to turn our little story into a song, I knew it need to be shared with the world.
My nephews loved the call-and-response structure. It felt like a game, but as an adult who loved them, I knew something more was happening. At a time when we still have to shout that black lives matter, I wanted to prompt the black boys who I loved to envision all the possibilities before them. I wanted them to picture a future of positivity and hope—one of pride in their own greatness and power.
Soon I wrote down my favorite responses from my nephews, and Black Boy, Black Boy was born.
"I see a strong black boy looking at me!!"
The Music Video
Behind The Scenes
I needed to raise some funds to help me get Black Boy, Black Boy made. Like most indie creators, I turned to crowdfunding.
I chose to go with Kickstarter. During my research into how to run a successful kickstarter, I learned that making a video talking about your passion was a great selling point.
So, I decided to make a music video.
Local Artist Priest Jones wrote, and performed a song entitled”Black Boy”. The song was meant to celebrate and empower young black boys. Seeing as that was also what I wanted for “Black Boy, Black Boy”, we teamed up and made a music video.
Clink the link below to see behind the scene gems!