About the Author

Denise is a creative writer hewn from the streets, classrooms, and boardrooms of Detroit. She’s spent two decades as a teaching artist, performer, and workshop leader. Most recently she was a Writing Fellow at The Watering Hole and a semifinalist for America’s Next Great Author.

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  1. Thanks for this piece…..I’ve Been code, switching long before it had a name it just was what we did.

  2. Unbelievable is what This article was❗️ I was unable to put my iph down till I had read the entire article. This was the very best that I read from Dawn to Dust + This Was Awsome‼️‼️‼️

  3. Very nice read. So relatable at the same time. By no means are our ancestors ashamed, more like dancing and applauding for being centered and grounded when being called upon.

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