You know how you take a liking to someone and you really don’t know why? Well, Zondra Hughes has done just that with me and I have no idea why. I’m glad she has because the feeling is mutual. She is one of my most favorite people even though I don’t really know her personally. I do know that she’s an author, journalist, editor, and blogger. And she likes toys. Yes, those toys. How could you not appreciate someone who publicly admits that she has replaced boys for toys when a lot of people still act as if sex is a taboo topic even though it has invaded our households in so many forms? Sorry, I digressed.
Every time I see her, she’s always smiling, which is a reflection of her radiant personality. I absolutely admire Zondra’s level of achievement. She’s always accomplishing new things. Currently, she’s the Deputy Editor of Rolling Out magazine. Earlier this year, she created SixBrownChicks, a ChicagoNow daily relationship blog for women, which has grown to WCIU channel 26 in Chicago. Last year she ruffled many feathers with her book, Living the Ebony Life: E-mails From The Plantation. She shared her experiences as an employee at Johnson Publishing, which has not been done by any of their employees to date (I don’t think).
I could go on and on, but I won’t. But I would like to thank Zondra for her words of encouragement during her book signing last year. She pretty much told me she was waiting for my completed book. That added a sense of urgency to the book I was thinking about doing at the time. Now, I’m on a mission to be first with my topic.
So, Zondra, if you ever read this, I just want to thank you for taking a liking to me and being a source of support on my writing journey. I am proud of your accomplishments and admire your courage to keep moving. You are truly an inspiration.
Thanks for everything.