Before Maya passed away, I mailed her a copy of my first poetry book, "Essence of Black Beauty," to thank her for her words of wisdom that guided me through my darkest days while serving in the Navy. Her words were like a cadence, beating the way to freedom. It was her legacy that gave me the courage to nourish my own gift for writing poetry and I've since written almost 500 pieces and will be releasing and promoting my full collection this fall. I've learned while healing from my traumatic military experience that scribing poetry, meditative Chakra Spiritual dance and creative art is my best medicine!! Each of them teaches me to flow with the energy and healing power of LOVE!!