Magically Melanated is a publishing company that provides books featuring children of color, as well as tutoring services and events. My business currently operates online, and I started the business back in 2017 because as an avid reader it felt like the natural progression to write books for children who don’t always see themselves in literature.
Magically Melanated is a lifestyle adventure devoted to the global empowerment, enhancement and elevation of melanated children through learning, reading, exploring and imagination.
I started reading at 2 years old, so I actually have no memories of learning to read, or not knowing how to. My mother says she sat down to teach me and I was just reading. She grabbed book after book trying to see if I was reciting from memory, but after pulling out a dinosaur book, she discovered I was actually reading and she was astounded. I was raised in a single-parent household in the city of Milwaukee. Like so many children from here, my mother was our sole provider because my father was in prison. I truly believe that the respect and appreciation for books and reading that my mother instilled in me and my siblings, was my saving grace. Writing was the natural progression of my love for reading. As I fell in love with series after series I began to believe that it might be possible for me to do the same thing, inspiring other children and giving them the same joy I feel every time I pick up a book. Nothing makes me feel more amazing than when a child sees themselves in a character that I’ve written about. I hope to continue to execute this vision for many decades TJ come.