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Meet Dezi of Divulge Dezi in Fayetteville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dezi.

Dezi, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up we didn’t always have enough, yet we always found joy with being together. My family moved twice. Born in Brooklyn, moved upstate to Spring Valley (a predominately Haitian/ Jewish village) then to Philadelphia. School was my safe haven from the reality of the troubles at home. In school, I would doodle poems in my planner. One day while in class my English teacher read my poem and told me I should write everything I feel. It became my outlet. Nothing else mattered. Fast forward to now, everyday I motivate and inspire others to dig deeper into themselves. To truly live life and love with every essence of their being via my Instagram stories. My blog launches February 16, 2019. It is a platform not only for my poetry but others as well. I strongly believe that God has a reason for everything that happens under the sun so I’m just grateful to be here, the opportunity to be that positive connect someone may need to start their day or the person that connects you to someone else within your craft.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road. As I stated previously life throws you some things and at the moment you don’t recognize the purpose. As you grow and cultivate a relationship with God, you’re able to gauge where you should be. What is best for you, what makes you feel good, what aggravates you, in retrospect you learn your God-given talents and yourself.

Some of the struggles were in my teenage years, my mother had two strokes. I was rewarded a track scholarship to Alabama A&M and turned it down to support her. I was basically “the man” of the house. Within myself, I would constantly question “why doesn’t my father love me ?” , yes, my mother was a single mom. Moving to Atlanta seemed hopeful, it was different from up north. Being the first generation Haitian American come with a lot of responsibility. I’m blessed to have been raised by someone as resilient and courageous as my mom.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Divulge Dezi is a poetry blog which will expand over time. It is an outlet for other poets to be inspired. It encourages others to utilize their God-given talent, to ignite the genius within them. To unleash themselves, no inhibitions. Keep the love alive by your self-expression. Divulge Dezi is also a means for others to participate in outreach events around the city. Helping others is something very near and dear to my heart. I am most proud of being transparent and standing in my truth.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was to myself as I grew up I realized being outspoken all the time isn’t required. My mother had me into the arts at a young age. I learned how to play the piano and the clarinet at the age of seven. I was into dancing and singing, which is hilarious. My interests were in becoming a lawyer, I still love to binge watch Law & Order. History is so intriguing to me as well; especially Black History, there are many things that were left out of the textbooks. Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou were the first poets introduced to me.

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Image Credit:
Solomon Jones , @photojones on Instagram.

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