Makahla, most call me Makk | Writer/ Disability enthusiast | I love Books, learning, and Black History | Richmond, VA, USA
1) THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS? My friend and I started a campaign for Disabled POC in February of last year. We had the opportunity to share some insight about our experiences and we published our article, “Why you should honor disabled people of color,” with Rooted in Rights. It was my first published article thus far! . . 2) THE WORST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS? Due to my disability and the progression, I needed two surgeries in the last year. Healing has always been somewhat of a question mark over the course of the last year. I’m constantly preparing my mind each day for the extent to which my body may present itself. . . 3) YOUR BIGGEST WISH FOR THE NEAR FUTURE? I am currently working on my first novel and I hope to have my first draft finished by the end of this year. I want the words on the page to express emotion, grit, and beauty as the readers seek refuge in the pages. . . 4) YOUR BIGGEST WORRY FOR THE NEAR FUTURE? The fear that my body will shield me from becoming the woman I wish to be. Being contained in this body is challenging in itself. But finding the courage to chase my dreams regardless, now that’s where my fears lie. . . 5) A CONTEMPORARY WOMAN YOU CURRENTLY ADMIRE? Ava Duvernay has done an immense job of focusing stories around the Black experience while emitting a powerful response. I admire her ability to gracefully attack hard topics, especially ones that bring so much emotion. She is a reminder to Black creatives that the possibilities are endless. . . 6) A ONE-SENTENCE MESSAGE TO OTHER WOMEN? The weight of the world may evoke fear but take it one day at a time.