We had the good fortune of connecting with Milk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Milk, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I think the most important thing I’ve done as a parent is hug them, kiss them, talk to them, and more importantly, I listen to them. I try my best to let my kids see me in a full human experience. I also explain to them what life really is; making them feel like they can do anything they want to do in this world as long as they have a realistic plan with realistic adjustments. I could keep going, but the last thing I tell them is to challenge things that they doubt in order to verify if it’s the truth. This includes what I tell them because the world is built on fakeness and illusions.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally? Please tell us more about your art.
I’m a Spoken Word artist, Podcaster, Host, author and so much more. My art is like a reality punch to the chest. It looks hard but once you’ve been hit, you’ll want to join the fight club because it feels so good.
We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others.
What sets me apart from others is that I’m fully comfortable with sharing the full spectrum of my feelings through my poetry, and I refuse to stay in one lane. I look forward to sharing my light with others that I believe also have the light. I say that because some artists take the highlander approach: there can only be one. If you’re a poet, you should ask yourself “what can I do to help make the poetry game better?” You shouldn’t be in this for the sake of having people kiss your “ring”.
What you are most proud of or excited about?
I’m proud of everyone in the poetry game that continues to push the culture forward. I’m excited about the future of V.I.P. I want the world to know that poetry is coming to take over the mainstream! You can not keep hiding us or showing a skewed version of poetry to the masses. We will not be silenced! We’re coming, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it!
How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
I got here by conquering my fears of getting on stage first and foremost. I say that because a lot of people want to explain now but never talk about the details in the steps required to transcend yourself (or ego). It wasn’t easy because the hardest person you’ll ever have to face is yourself. I overcame my challenges by tricking my thought process; meaning, if I give myself an excuse as to why I can’t do it, then I follow up with two reasons why I cando it. I also practice, practice, practice, practice, and practiced.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
I learned that I can do anything, I just have to plan and believe; and it’s ok to believe in yourself. If you are reading this, please give yourself the permission you need to move forward and be great. Poets are some of the greatest thinkers I’ve ever met in my life; outside of my mother. Most of them are masters of thought and feelings.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I want people to know my brand is about helping others and inspiring others to follow their dreams. It’s about “paying it forward” and networking with other dope artists. I’d rather work with someone I trust, for free, than work with millionaires that I don’t trust.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to Slutty Vegan because it’s an experience waiting in long lines, hearing different versions of music being played. You walk in and they ask you “have you been here before?”, and if you say yes, they say “we have some Sluts back in the building!” and if you say no they say “we have some virgins in the building”! But to top it off, the food is amazing and healthy. Honorable mentions: Tassili’s Raw Reality, Ms. Ann’s Snack Shack, Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks, Mama Paradise, Jerusalem Bakery, and Wildflour.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To Ruth Holloway Little: I could live a million lifetimes, and the sacrifices you’ve made for me and my brother still wouldn’t be repaid…..I love you.
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