Author’s Corner: Meet Sylvia Hubbard
Oct16

Author’s Corner: Meet Sylvia Hubbard

ColorBlind Magazine is featuring Sylvia Hubbard- a local author, blogger, and entrepreneur. In part 1 of the interview she shares how she got her start in writing among other things… Interview compiled by Leah T. (Johnson) Olajide ColorBlind Magazine: How and when did you know you were going to make writing your career?  Sylvia Hubbard: I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I would say I wanted to make a career out of writing was the first time I held my oldest daughter. I wanted to show her when you have dreams and goals and you work hard for them, you can make whatever you desire come true. I made a promise to myself I didn’t want my children to look at me as a hypocrite. Holding those six pounds in my hands, I swore, I would become the writer I wanted to be, no matter how much work it would take. CB: Do you ever feel pressure to be better than your competition because you are an African American writer? And on that note, do you perhaps feel you can write from a different perspective because of being an African American writer? SH: Actually, yes, I’ve felt pressure because I was African American AND a woman. My counterparts often had it easy, while I’ve had to prove myself a good high suspense romance author. Bringing urban made it more difficult because people never think there’s meaning to madness when it happens in the city. The majority of my books take place in Detroit, and there’s still motive behind all murder no matter where it happens. Yet, being from Detroit, a woman and African American, you get a flavor in my stories you can’t find anywhere else. Kind of like that Motown Magic, but in a book. CB: Talk more about the blogs that you manage and describe your proudest moment as a writer. SH: My blogs, other than my literary blog on my website consist of 1) MotownWriters.com, where I dole literary news, events and education, 2) HowToEbook.org, where I give information on how to publish ebooks, market all books and up to date publishing news authors need to know & 3) HowToLoveABlackWoman.com & MotownMomMusings.com, where I speak about the world of being single, give encouraging advice to myself and others & share motherly advice and inner wisdom on how to raise children in an urban environment. My proudest moment of being a writer was when I was given an I’m Every Woman Award for being an exceptional woman and sharing my love for writing and reading in Metro Detroit, about the time my oldest daughter was...

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Are You My Mommy?
Oct09

Are You My Mommy?

ColorBlind Magazine Co-Founder Veronica Johnson is soon to give birth to her first child! Below she shares what she looks forward to about being a mom. Compiled by Leah T. (Johnson) Olajide/ ColorBlind Magazine Editor  ColorBlind Magazine: What are you most looking forward to about being a mom? Veronica Johnson: I would say being able to play a part in shaping the foundation of a person from the time he is born is one of the many things I am most looking forward to. Brian and I always talk about what kind of person we think our son will be and what kind of man he will become, but I know a majority of how he turns out will have to do with how we raise our son. So just being able to be a part of determining the kind of person Eli will be is going to be such a joy to experience. And of course I’m looking forward to spoiling him as well (smile) even though I know I can’t do it all the time because I don’t want him to think he is always going to get what he wants.   CB: How did you feel the moment you found out you were pregnant? VJ: It was definitely a surreal moment. When I found out I was actually already almost 5 weeks along, so I was really surprised that there was a new life in me this whole time and I had no idea. But I was really overcome with joy, and of course the first person I told was Brian and then my mom who was ecstatic lol. He had a feeling I was pregnant but I was so nervous about telling anyone else until I actually went to the doctor and had it confirmed. I guess I didn’t want to get too excited and then find out I wasn’t actually pregnant. But it was definitely an array of emotions going through my head as soon as the test came back positive. I am really blessed to be going through this experience and cannot wait to meet my little man. CB: What advice (either recent or old) has your mom given you that you look forward to using on/sharing with your son? VJ: My mom definitely taught me to be independent and that is a trait I will be sure to instill in my son from an early age because it will really be helpful to him as he gets older and matures more. One piece of advice she gave me just in terms of when Eli is a baby is to get him to...

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Editor’s Reflection: Five Years of ColorBlind Magazine
Oct06

Editor’s Reflection: Five Years of ColorBlind Magazine

“Would you still do this if you didn’t make any money from it?” I don’t know why 5+ years later that question is still in my head. Whenever the anniversary of the magazine’s release us near that question becomes louder and more persistent. It’s true that the desire to do many things often stems from money or a desire to make more money. This is especially true among my generation- having one job just wont do. The side hustle has become a necessity. The truth is, I don’t view the magazine as a side hustle; I view it as a form of service and celebration. Anything I receive on behalf of the magazine that happens to be green and spendable is a bonus. Presenting at various events in the city and state, utilizing the business and journalism knowledge to mentor students as interns for this publication, and of course the WEALTH of people I have met and interviewed is too numerous and overwhelming. This proves passion and dedication can (and in most cases should) trump monetary gain. People recognize, value, and appreciate those who are willing to serve and celebrate others and that’s exactly what ColorBlind Magazine is about. So, my answer to the initial question posed is still a resounding YES.  Sincerely, Leah T. (Johnson)...

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