I Don’t Like Racism
by Tymeka Coney
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
This book tells the story of racism through the eyes of a young African-American girl, DaNyla, and her experiences with racism as she witnesses her cousin involved in police brutality and she tries to understand why racism exists. She talks to her Mom, and her History Teacher about racism to better understand where it evolved, then she prays about it and decides to continue to dream and hope for change for a better tomorrow as she still continues to fight for what’s right peacefully all while still loving her family and her multicultural friends.
This story will teach all ages, genders and nationalities about racism and it seeks to inspire us all to unite and love one another despite the color of our skin.
Tymeka Coney is an actress, producer, director, playwright, poet, songwriter, voiceover and now activist with the release of her new children’s picture book, “I Don’t Like Racism,” which was inspired by the police brutality she has witnessed in the world and first hand. Tymeka’s first book was “Words Unspoken: Volume I-Deeper Than Eyes Can See,” poetry book released in 2011. She also has a Spoken Word album, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dreams,” available on Amazon and her recent extended single “COVID 19- Social Distancing,” also on Amazon.
She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and now resides in Los Angeles, California where she gives back to the community by teaching young people how to read and write and acting.
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Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? I am a Writer at Heart. I write everything from songs, to TV&Film scripts to poetry which is basically how I became an author. My first book published was a book of poetry. What is something unique/quirky about you? Hmm…I would say that I am really introverted and sometimes reserved/shy at first meeting but once I get to know you I can be lots of fun and I have a great sense of humor if you can open me up. Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you! I have experienced Police Brutality first hand and I still live to tell my story and Thank God I am not a statistic but I can be a part of the conversation. What are some of your pet peeves? I don’t like rude people and pessimistic people or people that tell you something can’t be done when they know and you know that it can be. Don’t give me a problem without a solution. Where were you born/grew up at? I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? Wow…I would probably spend my last day praying for more time on the clock…because I have so many other things that I want to complete before that last day and I would not believe that my time would be up before I completed those purpose filled tasks. Who is your hero and why? Man… I have so many Heroes. My Heroes are anyone who has survived something. My Mother….She has strength, courage and wisdom…. My Grandmother who was 89 years old that just passed away April 2020…She was my hero because she fought until her last breath…and had survived so much in 89 years. Also…anyone that has survived racism Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey also anyone that has survived and overcome to become successful..and one of my Heroes is Tyler Perry. He has an amazing rags to riches story and he travels his own path to success..He went from Homelessness to a Billionaire through Arts & Entertainment… What kind of world ruler would you be? I would be a world ruler for Peace, Love and Equality for all mankind no matter their race, age, creed, religion, sexuality, disability, gender, socio economic status etc. What are you passionate about these days? I’m passionate about creative writing and sharing my creative writing with the world and putting positive projects into the world that can enhance the lives of others. I am also passionate about spreading messages of hope, peace and love and positivity in a world full of negativity. What do you do to unwind and relax? I have a great conversation on the phone with a family member or friend to relax. How to find time to write as a parent? I’m not a parent but I would say create a schedule for writing and stick to it. If you have a child then make sure they can have play time while you have write time so that both of you are occupied doing something you enjoy that won’t distract the other. 🙂 Describe yourself in 5 words or less! Tenacious, Creative, Nurturing, Resourceful, Leader When did you first consider yourself a writer? I have been writing since my youth. I actually first got paid for a poem I wrote in a poetry contest in Junior High. I would say then I knew I was a writer because I got paid for it. Do you have a favorite movie? My Favorite movie is “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.” It stars Martin Lawrence, Lynn Whitfield and Regina King. I like it because it is layered with comedy, drama, emotions, psychotic behaviors, love so many emotions in one movie and Lynn Whitfield’s character explores a wide range of emotions as an Actress. Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie? I have two books and I believe this book “I Don’t Like Racism” can be an animation movie or tv show. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? I’m not aware of any literary pilgrimages I’ve been on. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? I would say I am a Lion…Hear Me Roar!! There’s strength in what I have to say!