PEOPLE: Inside The Heart & Mind of a Howard University Grad!
By, Maxine Chapman
Hey. Hey. Hey! What's up LCP?
If you're reading this, please understand you are in the right place at the right time. I don't believe in coincidences.
My name is Maxine Dior Chapman. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Mentor. Media Enthusiast. Journalist. Queen. I am light. I know that my purpose lies in the power of the pen. Hence, why I am a contributor to this amazing platform to share stories.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I am a recent graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC. There, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications with a concentration in journalism. I have experience pitching, editing, reporting and freelancing for so many different news outlets. I love writing. I know I would be lost without words.
"Far too long have others spoken for me. Today, I choose to speak for myself."
That's my mantra in 15 words.
I am on a journey to light, love, peace and purpose. Words are the catalyst, the engine, the gas—all of it.
I have always believed if I combine my passion with my profession, I will always walk in my purpose. Essentially, that’s what storytelling is for me. Everyday that I get to tell a story—someone’s story—anyone’s story, I am simply, walking in and fulfilling that purpose.
One of my favorite men of all time, Tupac Shakur, said it REAL good too, "If he [Black Jesus] gives you the voltage and you waste it, that's the curse. He gave me the voltage; Imma shine."
And that's how I feel about my voice—about my words. It's my gift.
I gotta use it. I gotta shine.
"Oh, this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine."
Here on this earth, in my life, I promise to bring light to a dark and weary land. I will entertain and educate. I will inspire and incite. "Death and Life lie in the power of your tongue." So, I vow to speak life to you, through my words and example.
As I find my way in the world and purposefully bump paths with different people along the way, I will explore their lives and lessons. I believe we all have something to teach and learn from each other. So, as we journey—let us pray for guidance and an open heart in the process.
Journalist extraordinaire, Wil Haygood, once told me, "People trust journalists. For this reason is why what we do is such a sacred task."
Trust me. The storyteller holds so much power. Therefore, I accept the challenge!