Succeeding in Relationships by Burning Off Emotional Leeches

About the author: Jermaine Reed, MFA is a college English professor and writer from Chicago who creates fiction, nonfiction and local and national news stories. For self-publishers, authors and other writers and Creatives, Jermaine provides proofreading on Fivver. Please join Jermaine’s email list to get notifications on new blog posts, writing advice and free books.Continue reading “Succeeding in Relationships by Burning Off Emotional Leeches”

Black Men Don’t Cheat: Derrick Jaxn Exposed

About the author: Jermaine Reed, MFA is a college English professor and writer from Chicago who creates fiction, nonfiction and local and national news stories. For self-publishers, authors and other writers and Creatives, Jermaine provides proofreading on Fivver. Please join Jermaine’s email list to get notifications on new blog posts, writing advice and free books.Continue reading “Black Men Don’t Cheat: Derrick Jaxn Exposed”

Memo to the Rebel Black Boy in the Name of George Floyd (Jury Pick Starts Today in Trial of Derek Chauvin)

Update: Derrick Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges in April 2021 in relation to his murdering George Floyd. Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced June 25, 2021. Amid the beginning of the pandemic, protests across America broke out in support of George Floyd, a Black man strangled to death while pinned downContinue reading “Memo to the Rebel Black Boy in the Name of George Floyd (Jury Pick Starts Today in Trial of Derek Chauvin)”

Accepting People Who Will Never Change

The last time someone took something of yours without permission or mistreated you in one way or another, you forgave them. After explaining to them what they did wrong to you and listening to their half-hearted explanation, you accepted their quasi-apology and let them back into your life. Yet their undesirable character traits continue toContinue reading “Accepting People Who Will Never Change”

Beware of Slum “Publishers”

For the umpteenth time, an agent has rejected your manuscript. Your heart skipped a beat when you saw the email, but the excitement the agent led with is gone by the fourth word. You exhale, sinking into yourself like a deflated ballon. What’s the purpose of writing all of this if you can’t get aContinue reading “Beware of Slum “Publishers””

Review of Emeka Ossai: More Fiction than Fact

If you’re a blossoming self-publisher, author or other form of writer, you’ve likely encountered information by the charismatic Emeka Ossai. Through grammatically-incorrect emails, Emeka pushes his self-publishing course called ”My Self-Publishing Blueprint.” I’ve noticed an uptick in traffic on my website to an article I wrote concerning Emeka. To be clear, Emeka is, in myContinue reading “Review of Emeka Ossai: More Fiction than Fact”

Angel Bumpass: No Freedom, No Peace

Update: Angel Bumpass’s hearing for a new trial is rescheduled for August 13, 2021, according to Concerned Citizens for Justice. Follow the “Justice for Angel Bumpass” Instagram page for more updates. At the age of 23, Angel Bumpass sits incarcerated, serving a 60-year-sentence for a murder that occurred when she was just 13-years-old. On herContinue reading “Angel Bumpass: No Freedom, No Peace”

A Child’s Murder Goes Unsolved: A Chicago Thing

In 2015, after 2-year-old Kyrian Knox’s dismembered body was found in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood, the city was stunned. The ensuing manhunt led to the arrest of Kamel Harris, a Chicago caretaker. With seemingly no evidence tying Harris to the crime, police and prosecutors forged ahead in charging Harris. Last year, Harris was fully aquittedContinue reading “A Child’s Murder Goes Unsolved: A Chicago Thing”

Amber Guyger Got Away With Murder

Much as I predicted, the Dallas, TX, white former cop Amber Guyger who murdered an innocent, unarmed Black man named Botham Jean in coldblood in his home allegedly thinking she was in her own home has been sentenced to just 10 years in prison. To put this in perspective, the girl who licked the iceContinue reading “Amber Guyger Got Away With Murder”

The Chicago Police Have Failed Us, and So Will Lori Lightfoot

While watching Lori Lightfoot hold a press conference about gun offenders and weekend violence, I cringed. Part of the reason I cringed was because of the creature standing behind her, the failed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the same man who did nothing to punish the officer who shot Rekia Boyd in the head andContinue reading “The Chicago Police Have Failed Us, and So Will Lori Lightfoot”

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