Many of you may have read my articles on BrownSista.com, but allow me to formally introduce myself: My name is Shala Marks, a 23-year-old recent college graduate who loves writing, women and the Black Community. I love the Lord, I love helping others, and despite its unpopularity, I love (and take immense pride in) exactly who I am: A Black woman, no ifs, ands, or buts.
I aspire to make a difference in society’s mindset (which ultimately affects its actions), and written communication is my platform. We’re living with an ignorance epidemic; our world is plagued by certain societal and psychological “diseases” that continue to eat away at so many people’s minds, which affect their perspectives and treatment of themselves and others. I’m very passionate about motives and getting to the root of why we do the things we do because I’m convinced that the only way to make a lasting change is by tracing society’s issues back to the source—not solely treating the symptoms and side effects. And I’m most passionate about doing this with issues related to women (specifically Black women) and the Black Community.
Well, besides me believing wholeheartedly that God gave me these desires, I am Black and I am a woman—and if I don’t work to better the groups where I hold membership(s), who will?
I love words; I love language and I believe in the power of both, especially when used in the proper form. I regularly contribute to a couple websites and am currently working to get my first fictional novel published expressing themes of women, self-identity and “The One.”
I want to thank each and every one of you for reading my stories on this site, and am now proud to introduce my very own website showcasing my writings and, well….me! My site is www.shalamarks.com; please stop by whenever you have a moment and check me out! It’s a work in progress, so I am open to and welcome any feedback and constructive criticism.
Again, thank you for supporting me on BrownSista and I look forward to your continued readership not only on this fabulous online magazine site, but now on my personal website.
Service is her passion, writing is her platform, uplifting women and the Black Community is her purpose. Shala Marks is a writer, editor and soon-to-be author. Through her work, Marks aspires to demonstrate “The Craft of Writing, and the Art of Efficacy.” She has a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University. Connect with her at shalamarks.com.