It nerves me when I hear about a brotha/sistah being killed especially by our own people. This is one of those situations. Last year author Nate Holmes was fatally shot in Phoenix, Arizona. Let me go back and give you a little background on him.
Writing was not in his vision at first. Nate came across a short story competition back in 2006. He came in third place in the Hear Me Project HIV/AIDS campaign contest. This starts him becoming interested in writing. He didn’t know he had this God given talent to tell stories. His debut novel is released shortly after called Can’t Knock The Hustle. Taking it a step further Nate Holmes creates Hustle Hard Productions. His goal for the publishing house was to be the gateway for men and women interested in writing that have or are in person been in prison. People seem to forget that the purpose of prison is not only to punish a person but to rehabilitate that person so once they are released they can maneuver through society. Instead a lot of convicts get thrown away and forgotten by the society they once lived in. When they are released they are not accepted by society half the time and the services that was supposed to help rehabilitate them never is followed through. Hustle Hard Productions was going to be that connection for people in prison to showcase their talent and give them a voice. Unfortunately Nate Holmes was not able to fully fulfill that goal.
His legacy will not be forgotten though. It was announced that at the AAMBC Literary Awards this year the Nate Holmes Honorary Award will be added to the annual award show. Any author who has performed selfless acts such as not only promoting their own work but of other writers, whether beginning or seasoned in their craft and even being a mentor as well qualifies for this award. Fitting for a brotha who wanted to be that mentor to someone who lost their own voice a long time ago. For the first time these are the nominees for the Nate Holmes Honorary Award 2012:
- Treasure E. Blue
- Radiah Hubbert
- David Weaver
- Traci Bee
- Tracy Brown
Good luck to everyone! The winner will be announced on May 6th.
Peace and luv!