Recently, 2 Pens & Lint's own, Christopher K.P. Brown, had a chance to ask Stanley "Babyface" James II a few questions concerning his poetry career and his new chapbook, UpTown Renaissance (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised).
Christopher K.P. Brown: Have you been performing your poetry anywhere? If yes, where?
Stanley James: No, not yet. I'm still learning the in's and outs of spoken word and slam poetry but I plan on getting involved within this next year .
KP: How have social issues in America affected your writing?
SJ: The social issues in America have affected my writing by taking it to the system that's against us. By me holding up a mirror and showing the reflection of the real. Showing the world exactly what they gave us
KP: On a local level, what impact has police brutality had on your community?
SJ: Police brutality is very common in my community. It's an everyday thing for us as Blacks and Latinos but the U.S. seems to always turn a blind eye to the truth and harsh realities.
KP: Has it been difficult to write on other topics or subject matters considering everything that's going on in the news?
SJ: Nah, it hasn't been difficult. It's actually been more like motivation.
KP: What are some books or albums from the last few years that have influenced your writing in some way?
SJ: Books: The Great And Only by Oscar Micheaux (The First Black Filmmaker)The Dutch Series by Kwame TeagueAll of the books by Shannon HolmesThe Power of Broke by Daymond John.Albums: Kayne West, 50 Cent, Vince Staples, Lil Boosie, The Game and The Weeknd
KP: What challenges have you faced in your writing career so far?
SJ: The main challenges I've faced are pretty much just getting my writings out there to the world and staying consistent.
KP: What are some of your biggest accomplishments so far in your career?
SJ: Just being heard is my biggest accomplishment, but I still haven't reached my full potential.
KP: What keeps you motivated as a writer?
SJ: Life, love, family and friends is what keeps me motivated as a writer.
KP: What are your goals for the next five years where your writing is concerned?
SJ: My goal for the next five years is to take my writing abroad and travel to different states and countries.
KP: Is there anything else your readers need to know about right now?
SJ: Go order my latest chapbook UpTown Renaissance (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised).
Stanley "Babyface" James II
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