writingtheblock

About the Author

KC, was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and is the oldest of six. The summer prior to the beginning of his senior year he began producing short stories and releasing them to the web via a website called MYSPACE. The stories were based on the lives of young black professionals in Chicago loosely imitating the personalities of his closer personal friends. The series was well received and had a small but, genuine following on the internet. Yet, due to the pressures of school and lack of focus, the series died out. During his senior year of high school he was selected as 1 of 10 people to receive the prestigious Posse Foundation Scholarship to Denison University in Granville, Ohio. It was there were he would spend the next 4 years of his life engaging in multiple student organizations, studying Education, Black Studies, and Women’s Studies. The amount of diversity that he encountered heavily shaped is current views on race, politics, culture and the global community around him.

After graduating and reflecting on his college experience and now being reintroduced to the real world. He began to analyze the current world of media, movies, and television and realized that there was limited to no programs that told the lived experiences of minority college students. Or at least those that attended small liberal arts institutions. Seeing the need to create a new venue to engage urban youth in reading and writing once again and an opportunity to utilize his talent for writing and poetry, he began to construct Making the Grade. And after a series of editing, brainstorming activities and college visits around the nation. Here you go.

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