This month, I would like to curtsy and high-five some of the artists who have inspired me, and women like me, with their commitment to honesty and self-expression.

Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006). Author and Otherworldly Genius.

Thank you for your immense imagination. Your words constructed alternate realities and reshaped our image of the past and of the future. Your stories, always led by powerful black women, put us at the forefront and gave us the freedom to decide our own destiny–in fantasy as well as in life. Your legacy continues.

“I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.”
― Octavia E. Butler