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Tameka Mullins (Tamstarz)
New York
Artsy, creative, media professional, novelist and poet
Interests: Tameka is a native Detroiter who loves writing, networking and cultivating great relationships. Her professional background includes work as a public relations professional, radio segment producer, project manager and consultant for media & publishing companies as well as non-profit organizations, most notably, WCBS, Newsweek, Scholastic, Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Cancer Society. She wrote her first poem when she was 5-years-old and it consisted of just two words: "I dream." She believes that with persistence and passion dreams can be transformed into goals which become reality. Her novel Letters to Chyna, which delves into the emotionally charged issues of adoption is currently being reviewed and considered for publication.
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Image credit: Vladim Vilain (vladimedia.com) I grew up in Detroit and was raised by a southern mom whose roots were in the Baptist church. So you know what that meant for me. Sunday School, Bible Study, choir rehearsals, church concerts on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and especially on Sunday! If I don't know anything, I know church and I know praise! So when I saw a recent social media posting from one of my favorite humor bloggers, Luvvie Ajayi better known as Awesomely Luvvie, using hashtags and colorful alliteration to give the Lord his due, I had to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Lyric Fire
Thanks dear!
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2014 on Remembering Odella - One Year Gone at Lyric Fire
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On this day last year my mom died. I'd just come back from Mexico. A much needed vacation. I still felt the sun on my neck. The scent of suntan lotion and spilled rum on my swim suit wafted up to my nose when I unzipped my suitcase. I didn't bother unpacking. I got the news on Facebook. An inbox email from my niece. Inbox. Email. No one bothered to call me. I was just her seed who had sprouted and floated away from her years ago. More like flicked away. Okay plucked is better. I was plucked. Ripe for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Lyric Fire
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As I prepare for my literary agent to start sending out my manuscript pitches, one of my homework assignments was to turn my blog into an author website. That means that Lyric Fire will soon be hosted on WordPress and it will look a lot different. I have had a wonderful time using the TypePad service and have met a lot of wonderful writer friends in the time I've been here. I've been blogging for five years and have learned so much! I've shared my poetry, commentary on entertainment and social issues and even written about blogging itself. This blog... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Lyric Fire
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For those of you that follow this blog you know that I have been on a journey to get published and I am pleased to announce that I'm getting even closer to the goal being realized! I am delighted to be joining the roster of writers at Penumbra Literary! What an amazing journey it has been too! Sorry for all of the exclamation points, but a girl is excited! Sorry, I did it again. Oh well, I hope you understand. Just a few years ago, I was ready to forgo seeking the traditional way of being published. I was doing... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Lyric Fire
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Hello readers! My Six-Word Memoir on the SMITH Magazine | The Six Word Memoir Project site was voted one of the best last week! I was so busy that I didn't even notice. Another poet sent me a message. Now, that's what's up! See below to read my six-word effort. Hint: Mine is Beyonce inspired! How are you celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth? Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Lyric Fire
Thanks Adriene! I really loved the process and look forward to using more tools to learn even more!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2014 on My Ancestry.com Results Are In! at Lyric Fire
Hi Martha. Again let me wrap you up in love and healing over the loss of your dad. I am still dealing with an empty space in my heart and life over my mom being gone. I love history period, so this is something I'm enjoying from a personal and overall curiosity. Yes, we are all God's children and that warms me most whenever I feel lost or alone. Hugs!
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2014 on My Ancestry.com Results Are In! at Lyric Fire
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Apr 9, 2014
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I have always wondered where my ancestors hailed from and that is not only because I was adopted. I just have a natural curiosity about people and their family trees and history. Unfortunately I don't know a lot about my biological family, but having met and lost my mom (RIP!!!) and some other family members, I really felt the need to learn a little more. So I recently sent off for the Ancestry.com DNA kit and after I shared my saliva sample, I waited and waited. The results arrived today so with no further ado here is where I hail... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Lyric Fire
Thanks AD! The only thing that worries me about Lupita is that some people are reducing her to someone who wears clothes beautifully and we know there is more to her story. I also don't like when we idealize people and when they do something that we don't agree with we take pleasure in chopping them down to size. As people of color there usually isn't any leeway for us to make mistakes, so... I've been seeing men wear skirts like the one Omar wore on the runway all the time. Everything doesn't have to be related to sexuality and I hope we become more observant and appreciative of differences as a society. No one likes being discriminated against for any reason and people like Lord Jamar should reflect on this!
Thanks so much Lil Sis! That is a great idea. I was writing some about my grief but then I got busy. I do need to take better care of myself in this way though and I will. Hugs to you dear one!
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2014 on Where Has My Muse Gone? at Lyric Fire
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As an artist who writes, I pay close attention to what we love, loathe and what we fear. I must say it's been a pleasure for me to see the birthing of a new creative soul force that has been awakened recently in Lupita Nyong'o. The recent Oscar winning actress has delighted movie-goers with her passionate and heart-wrenching portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years a Slave and left lovers of fashion wall-sliding and professing their adoration for her slim figure and ability to wear color bursts of loveliness and gowns that make her look like a princess. Beauty professionals are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Lyric Fire
Actually, I don't think I ever had a muse. I've always seen myself as a pure writer filled with ideas and I imagined that they came to me organically and automatically whenever I summoned them. Lately though I am rethinking this notion. My talent hasn't gone anywhere. I do get spurts where a poem or passage flows quite lovely from my word-well, but since the passing of my mom, it doesn't flow as often. I know I am still in the healing stage, but not writing as often as I usually do feels very weird. Like I'm cheating in some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Lyric Fire
Hello my blogging sister. Thanks so much for dropping by. We often share similar life views, so your comment doesn't surprise me. :-) I will keep you in my prayers for 2014 and beyond. I pray we attract all the positive opportunities our hands, hearts and souls can carry. Bless you my friend!
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I'm not known as a fashionista, but as a creative, I love and respect the artistry that goes into the many modes of fashion creation. So, I am stepping out of my comfort zone these days and am doing some work for a wonderful company called Paletly which has built a cool technology that transforms blog images into shopping windows. Their algorithm has the ability to process the celebrity and street style images bloggers feature on their sites and then populate selected images (products) from over 1000 brands, transforming their posts into an interactive experience for their readers. Let's break... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Lyric Fire
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We are finally close to Christmas and the end of 2013 and my goodness what a year it has been! I have much to be thankful for and even though I lost my natural mother, a few friendships and a piece of my soul, I gained a great deal as well. I will long be processing the events that have taken place this year, but I am praying for a way to process and produce. My existence continues so that means my goals need watering and fertilizing, my relationships demand my attention and my art can not exist on day... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Lyric Fire
Thanks so much Sulekha! I'm going to extend this series. I will talk about life's pleasures next! :-)
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Life has a way of throwing us about the walls of it's structure, bruising us from top to bottom, soothing us with lushness and lulling us into feeling so damn safe, warm, loved even and then... A broken tooth explodes in our mouths exposing the roots to cold air and liquor and blood drips down swirling through the crevices of our souls and leaves a trail enticing wolves and bears to hunt us down. Life's challenges people. Here are some of life's challenges... GREEN GLASS (envy) a dig done from a distance after effects are so loud eyes may be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Lyric Fire
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In life we're driven by desire, loss and the need to be long-lasting. The following pieces pay homage to these factors. IMPRINT (desire) waking up to whispers as dreams fade to remnants of memories melodies follow me traces of a song flashes of pillow between my teeth like a sandwich then daily grind scientific reports and strategies brain is wired overloaded close to crashing like waves coursing through the mainframe of my middle LAMENTATIONS (loss) walking barefoot backwards saline puddles in my wake driving on the wrong side of the road red lights trigger a heart broken down by time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at Lyric Fire
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Life happens around us, altering our moods and perceptions, but art happens on the inside and if we're proactive, it never leaves us. Our art may make a way for us through the pain and toils of a daily and unpredictable existence. So, all of that to say, my grief has not dampened my passion for publication and there is news on that front. When I was in Detroit preparing to say goodbye to my mom, I received a message from a potential literary agent saying that she may have room for me on her roster. She also proposed an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Lyric Fire
Thanks so much Sulekha. Bless you.