Q&A with a ChicagoNow Blogger: Pimps, Preachers and Politicians

Q&A with a ChicagoNow Blogger: Pimps, Preachers and Politicians
The writer behind Pimps, Preachers and Politicians.

As many of you know I am part of ChicagoNow, a wonderful community of writers and people that I have learned so much from.  As part of an optional project, we were paired with other bloggers to interview and write about them.

I was lucky enough to be matched with Kay, writer of Pimps, Preachers and Politicians. We are both mothers of two, wives, writers, spiritual and hope to make the world a better place.

I'm proud to share just a little bit of Kay with you.

What is Pimps, Preachers and Politicians about?

"Pimps, Preachers and Politicians is a race, politics and culture blog. It was developed because I went to grad school for public policy and found myself in a position where I had access to powerful policy makers on all levels."

"Working at the community level, I realized how dysfunctional it truly is.  I came to an ephiany that (not to sound cynical) on the south side politicians and preachers are maintaining power for themselves.  Since then the blog has evolved and you will see a change in my cynical thinking."

 When did you begin writing?

"I began writing in 2010 when I became pregnant. I had a pregnancy blog, I think it was a late quarter life crisis and I realized I hated what I was doing. I joined ChicagoNow in 2011."

Is there a specific article you wrote that made the biggest impact?

"Two come to mind."

"I wrote an article about two years ago about Rahm Emanuel.  I had a feeling of voters remorse and I shared that and it did really well and I saw it republished a lot."

"The biggest surprise was a piece I wrote about Beyonce and Jay Z and the fact that I didn’t like the guns and over sexulation in their new video.   I figured I can’t be the only one who thinks this. Organically it got a little traction and I didn’t expect it to get shared as much as it did."

 When do you do your best writing?

"I do my best when I don’t overthink it.  If I see a topic and I sit down and write it out.  I find they tend to be received well when it comes from an authentic place."

 What inspires you to write?

"When I see a topic that doesn’t have a counter position or discussed in too much of a polarizing idea. If we all sat at a table there is a lot of middle ground and we might regurgitate the same ideas.  We all need to talk."

 What writer do you look up to?

"Can I say three? I love Maya Angelou, I have such respect for her because she was so honest and I’m learning that as I develop as a writer.  She taught me authenticity no matter what it looks like it resonates."

"Next, Paulo Coelho – he is writer of The Alchemist.  My favorite book of all time.  What I love is the Christian underwritings, but it speaks in a universal spirituality.  He ties tangible tales and spiritual concepts together."

"Lastly, Emily Giffin, because she is a cheeky, vivid story teller."

Are there any blogs that you read regularly or go to for inspiration?

"I read a lot of random stuff.  I go to news sites like  The Atlantic and Slate.  I like Very Smart Brothas too."

 What are you future goals?

"I would love to become a writer. "

You all ready are a writer!

"I have a manuscript that I would love to publish.  I hope for opportunities to continue as a writer through blogging or other freelance opportunities. I want to figure out how to make to make a living as a writer."

What three people (alive or dead) would you invite to dinner?

Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton and Oprah.

 And what would you serve at the dinner?

"Bellini's, Lobster and Steak – keep it classic with fruit and chocolate cake."

 I hope I'm invited to that dinner!  Do you have any final words?

I hope you read Pimps, Preachers and Politicians. Don’t be afraid of the name.

Thank you so much Kay. I have started The Alchemist, and will keep you posted on my progress.

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