Catching Up With MJ
It’s been a busy couple of months for me. In addition to new book releases, I’ve been fortunate enough to be interviewed or featured on several podcasts and blogs. I’m not sure I would have been able to complete so many interviews if everything wasn’t remote right now, although I’m still looking forward to a time when I can meet with people face to face. For now, here’s a little of what I’ve been up to in terms of interviews and podcasts.
The Glow Up Podcast turned into a deep, thoughtful conversation about Badass Black Girl with Casey Carter, who broadcasts from Seattle, Washington. Casey was running things solo the week we talked, as her co-hosts had other obligations, but she managed to get me talking about my roots as a writer, and the lack of Black representation in popular media. We also talked about the importance of storytelling and I related a scary story my uncle told me several years ago that still sends chills up my spine. This led to a discussion about the women in my family and how they’ve always been a source of inspiration to me. We discussed the importance of Black girls seeing themselves as powerful, beautiful, and extraordinary. I also gave my three tips on being a badass Black girl.
Next, I talked with the fabulous Dr. Val Karanxha, herself a teacher in an urban setting, for her podcast Books and Authors. That conversation centered around Raising Confident Black Kids. We discussed the slow pace of change in the system of racism in this country and how it’s important to start teaching young people from a very early age that differences are dynamic and beautiful, not things to be shunned. We also had a very serious discussion about police brutality and the rash of deaths at the hands of police. We discussed the importance of knowing your rights, but also knowing how to stay safe in the event of a police encounter, and about the importance of role models in teaching children how to channel their energy in a positive direction.
Fit for Joy’s Valeria Teles and I discussed both Badass Black Girl and my book of poems about anxiety and depression Happy, Okay? Her questions almost had me stumped a couple of times, but we managed to have a far-ranging discussion about empathy, life, love, inner peace, and happiness. We also discussed the work I do with my small business Logan Masterworks and how that brings joy into my life and into the lives of others.
Erin Prather Stafford posed some difficult questions as well for her blog Girls That Create, but I was pleased with the interview in the end. We wound up discussing my early years as a writer, what I’m currently doing, and what’s coming in the future.
In my interview for Fabulous Women Who Dare, we discussed what it means to be fabulous, fierce, and free, and how it’s never too late to change paths in life if your current life is making you unhappy. This was also another far-ranging conversation that delved deep into my psyche and exposed some of my long-kept secrets.
I also had the opportunity to be profiled and interviewed by my publishing company Mango about my career as a writer and what I see for myself in the future. There was a bonus round of questions where I make a brave confession—don’t judge.
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A creator of safe spaces, and an initiator of difficult conversations, M.J. Fievre, B.S. Ed, spent much time building up her Black students, helping them feel comfortable in their skin, and affirming their identities. Her close relationships with parents and students led her to look more closely at how we can balance protecting our child’s innocence with preparing them for the realities of Black life. When―and how―do you approach racism with your children? How do you protect their physical and mental health while also preparing them for a country full of systemic racism? She began to research the issue and speak to school counselors and psychologists to find (and apply!) strategies parents and teachers can use with their children to broach uncomfortable but necessary topics.
M.J. is the author of Badass Black Girl, a daily dose of affirmations for Black Girls.
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