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Welcome back to the nineties! This decade was full of amazing fashion, music, and books that gave voice to our culture. We’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and bring you some of our favorite moments from this unforgettable decade. Issue 20 features Takerra Allen, author, director, executive producer, and one-half of ASP films. We discuss her writing journey from "Heaven's Hell to "Last Stop from Innocence".

As always, we've got our regular features: Charlotte's Young-Foye and Shonda Mays take us back down memory lane with "Old School Forever" and Growing Up in the 90s." Erick S. Gray talks about the backlash from the new Little Mermaid. Haikeem Stokes takes us to Kendrick Lamar's "Big Stepper's Tour," and Author Untamed invites you to "Wine Down with Words." In Write News, we have Tanisha Stewart, and Who's Next features Violette Meier, Kim Morris, and Yasmin S. Brown.

Grab a pumpkin spice late and take a ride with us as we go back... way back... Back to the 90s!

This issue is dedicated to all things '90s, and “Last Stop from Innocence” reads like a love letter to that era. What inspired this novel?

I have always loved the 90s era, especially the late 90’s where the novel takes place - 1998 to be exact. It was a pivotal time for me. Although younger than the main character in my novel at the time, I will never forget that summer. I was going into high school, DMX was everywhere, and we were on a high of simple euphoria. Being black, being young, and our small world filled with so much innocent fun and excitement. Capturing that feeling inspired the novel. That pure feeling of the 90’s where everyone and everything was authentic. People acted and thought for themselves. There was an array of styles, opinions, and being an individual was cool. Of course, the novel has some twists down dark paths. But that authentic feel of the ’90s lingers throughout it. Looking back at that time as an adult, I always wished I could bottle it. I guess writing Last Stop in a way did that. I sort of made my own 1998 time capsule.

Can you tell us about your writing journey? From “Heaven’s Hell,” to “Last Stop from Innocence,” how do you feel you’ve evolved as a writer? And is there anything that you wish you’d kept the same?

I’ve evolved. I think it’s impossible not to. At the start of my writing career with novels like Heaven’s Hell, I was younger with less direction. I was truly writing off the cuff - figuring out what I enjoyed writing and ultimately what I was good at. I was less detailed, the pace of my novels was quicker, and it mirrored where I was as a writer, as a new learner, and as a woman. I had fun with it but I didn’t think as much as I do now. My goals were different. I just wanted to write books. Now 12 years later, I know my voice at the moment – I say at the moment because as humans we are forever evolving, growing, and changing. But I believe ultimately, I know who I am as a writer. I’m more polished. I know what I enjoy writing, what I’m good at. I have a lane I’ve established for myself and my sole purpose when sitting down at a computer is how I push myself to take that lane further and further to an emotional, creative, enjoyable experience formyself and my readers. Basically, I now know who Takerra Allen is. I’m just working on letting the rest of the world know. But if I had to keep something the same, maybe the only thing is I was so less critical of myself. I’m my own worst critic now. If that last book was here, I have to take this one there!

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE Intellectual Ink Magazine: Issue 20 eBook : Ink, Intellectual, Stokes, Haikeem, Young-Foye, Charlotte: Books


A nostalgic tale of first love, first loss, and the budding womanhood of a black girl in the 90s.

Tragedy flips Amore Brown’s world on its axis before she heads off to college. Having to sit tight for the summer, she chooses Jersey City, New Jersey – the home of her estranged father - to pass time. Here in urban grit, a stark contrast from the comfort of the suburbia, she reconnects with a long-lost cousin for some final months of summer excursions, enrooting, and evolving. But it could never be so simple - even if it were all so simple then.

Girls just want to have fun transforms into a kindling of summer romance tucked into the crust of good times, tribulations, close calls, and one hot summer in Jersey. Amore meets THE guy, finds solace for fresh wounds, and battles the thorny relationship with her father; all while learning heartache has no limits.

But how much will Amore have to lose to find herself? On the road to the woman she’s becoming and removed from the girl she is no more; one stop changes her path forever.



For many people, the hardest part about writing a book is finishing it. You may have started with the best of intentions, but life gets in the way and suddenly you're years behind where you wanted to be. If you're struggling to finish your book, here are four ways that may

help you get over the hump.

Get rid of distractions and create a conducive environment for writing

If you want to be a productive writer, you need to create a writing environment that is conducive to concentration and focus. This means getting rid of distractions like television, social media, and household chores. It also means setting aside a specific time and place for writing, where you will not be interrupted by others.

Creating a conducive environment for writing can be difficult, but it is worth the effort. Once you get into the habit of writing in a focused manner, you will find that your productivity increases and your quality of work improves.

Set achievable goals and track your progress