It took a lot of courage and self-compassion to write this beautiful, inspiring story, Tre.

I admire you for taking the journey that made it possible to put these important sentences together. As in other pieces you have written, I see some of myself in this story. What’s wonderful is that many others seem to have done so too.

Writing with profound authenticity, you have done something that’s very difficult to achieve — you’ve discovered the nexus between the particular and the universal. Bless you.

Award-winning Black writer from the Deep South with roots in newspapers, talk radio, and major-market TV news.