Author: Janet E Williams

Stolen Innocence

“Chapter 2 of my book A Lighter Shade of Black is titled, Stolen Innocence. Every day a child’s innocence is stolen by wicked adults seeking to satisfy their distorted pleasures. Not all are brought to justice, like they are in the book.Thus children become perpetrators, manipulative aggressors. We must make sure that laws punish those who rob children of their innocence and psycological, and psyhiciatric help is available for the proper healing of these children. Stolen Innocence should not be ignored.” – Janet E. Williams more at

All I Want to Live to See

“All I want to live to see, is our Black Nation standing in unity. Standing from sea to sea, shore to shore, bravely declaring there will be no more killing of on another ever again. Every man respecting one another as ‘Real men’. Black woman standing in pride, besides her sister shouting loud, I am Black and proud. My Black people bombarding the halls of law, medicine, and economics, business, and such, to emerge the power makers and players. No longer disrespected, and regarded as inhumane, no, we are called by our names. No more mysterious killings at the hands of Caucasian police. The time has come in which they have come to their senses, ready to proclaim not another innocent Black will feel the hot steel of a bullet piercing their flesh. Finally we have come my friend, Peace on earth good will to all men.” – Janet E. Williams, author of A Lighter Shade of Black, a fictional slave narrative of a light skinned Black girl coming of age. join our mailing list for …

three lessons from this picture

3 wise lessons shared by Africa Cradle and recently re-posted by Pens Up Press author Janet Williams FROM AFRICA CRADLE “Three Lessons from this picture: 1. Sometimes the best response to provocation is not to fight 2. Not all opportunities are to be taken. Some are traps. 3. A person can become so determined to destroy another person that they become blind and end up destroying themselves.”  – featured on AFRICA CRADLE

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Topic: What Has Taken the Place of the Whip? If we rely on what we see, superficially, we would concede that slavery is over. White folks treat us real nice, they marry into our family. We can get jobs, and things are going real nice for us. That is until you are slapped into reality by a gunshots ringing in the night, sirens racing, and in the morning you find out that a cop has killed an unarmed Black man. Or, how about when you walk to the corner for some ice cream and you see Buzzy nodding on the corner. When you read in the news, a Black man is locked up for the rape of a white woman. He is prejudged, character assassinated, and all but hung, only to find out that she has lied to save face. In the meantime, it’s another Black man’s life ruined forever. Slavery is still alive, it’s just a different ‘whip”. When one opens their eyes to see reality, the subtle whips of slavery will be revealed. …

Let’s Talk

Gone are the days of the plantations, slave masters, slaves, hangings and the whip. All the atrocities that we once endured are gone. We live just as good as white folks. We got nothing to worry about. If you believe any of this stuff, I wonder where you have been hanging out. In the early days racism was blatant. You knew that white folks didn’t like you. You knew how to carry yourself around them so as not to get them riled up and wind up hanging from a tree. There were signs that steered you to separate toilets, and water fountains. Signs that steered you to the back door of restaurants while the white folks went in the front door. They had the best seating in the house, while you were cramped up in a small space next to the smelly, greasy kitchen, or bathrooms. Your nose and clothing got soaked in the scents of cooked food or bodily wastes. Yes, you endured, just to be able to say that you could afford a …