“I was motivated to start writing when I realized that my story is meant to help someone else, so they know that they are not alone”.
Afrikus Hart, LPN, CDNC is a substance abuse nurse at BCRI & BNJ Health Services in Baltimore, MD. She has over 11 years of experience in addictions and recovery services. Afrikus is a certified member of the Maryland Association of Chemical Dependency Nurses.
She is a Reiki Practitioner, Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist and Y12SR Leader for yoga 12 step recovery.
Afrikus is writing a series of resources and materials surrounding recovery and how wellness can aid in a successful recovery journey. She is now a two time author where where she shares her struggle with addiction in Speaking My Truth and is an advocate for Treating Childhood Trauma in I am The Voice. You can reach her at: www.afrikushart.com
BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE: WHEN DID YOU REALIZED YOU WERE IN LOVE WITH WRITING? WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PEN BOOKS?
AFRIKUS HART: I was motivated to start writing when I realized that my story is meant to help someone else, so they know that they are not alone.
BLAQVERSITY: THE NEWLY RELEASED BOOK THAT YOU CO-AUTHORED CALLED “I AM THE VOICE: ADVOCACY FOR THE VOICELESS,” HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?
AFRIKUS: I was at the book release for my first anthology, Speaking My Truth, when the visionary told me what it was about I thought it was perfect as I could elaborate more of my story in Speaking My Truth.
BLAQVERSITY: WAS THERE SOME TYPE OF TRUTH WITHIN THE STORY?
AFRIKUS: ALL of my story in both anthologies are 100% true.
BLAQVERSITY: HOW MANY OTHER AUTHORS PARTICIPATED IN THIS ANTHOLOGY WITH YOU? WHO WAS THE CREATOR OF THE BOOK?
AFRIKUS: There are 21 co-authors, the visionary is Monica Reed.
BLAQVERSITY: HAVE YOU RELEASED ANY SOLO BOOKS IN YOUR WRITING CAREER BESIDES THIS ONE?
AFRIKUS: No I have not.
BLAQVERSITY: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR WRITING SECRETS TO WRITING A SUCCESSFUL BOOK?
AFRIKUS: Have dedicated days and times for writing and an outline.
BLAQVERSITY: GOING BACK TO THE BOOK “I AM THE VOICE: ADVOCACY: ADVOCACY FOR THE VOICELESS” A LOT OF YOU SHARE DEEP STORIES. WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE READERS TO GAIN FROM THE BOOK?
AFRIKUS: That they are not alone!!! The book is used as a platform to discuss many topics or issues that was not allowed at some point in households. This book is meant to give someone the courage to share their story so they can begin to heal.
BLAQVERSITY: WAS IT HARD FOR YOU TO WRITE YOUR CHAPTER OF THE BOOK?
AFRIKUS: No it wasn’t. We had great instruction, outline, tips and motivation from our visionary. It was a very smooth process. I elaborated on a childhood trauma that I experienced, how unexpressed feelings and thoughts manifested itself later in my life and what I had to do now as an adult to heal.
BLAQVERSITY: AS A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, YOUR SPEAK ON SOME REALLY GREAT TOPICS THAT PEOPLE GO THROUGH EACH AND EVERYDAY, WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR AUDIENCE GAIN AND LEARN FROM WHAT YOU ARE SPEAKING ABOUT?
AFRIKUS: That some children have or may have experienced some type of trauma and may appear fine, that there are many forms of trauma including: physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, environmental or situational. With any type of trauma, a child needs an outlet to be able to talk about what happened and how they feel without judgment and that not getting treatment or therapy can affect adulthood.
BLAQVERSITY: YOU ALSO PARTICIPATED IN ANOTHER BOOK PROJECT WHERE YOU WERE A CO-AUTHOR AS WELL CALLED “SPEAKING MY TRUTH” SHARING YOUR STORY OF ADDICTION. WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING ABLE TO SHARE YOUR STORY AND OPEN UP WITH OTHER READERS THAT IS GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING YOU HAD GONE THROUGH?
AFRIKUS: At first I was nervous about doing the anthology because I was thinking to myself “What can I offer to anyone? I can off them hope! I can let them know that life happens, we all make some bad decisions even when we know we shouldn’t do certain things. The other thing I wanted to bring to people’s awareness is that besides drugs and alcohol there are many forms of addiction such as: pornography, gambling, shopping, food/eating disorders, gaming, social media, online/internet, prescription drugs, and sex.
BLAQVERSITY: ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON NEW BOOK PROJECTS THIS YEAR?
AFRIKUS: I am working on a solo book and welcome the opportunity to be a co-author in another anthology.
BLAQVERSITY: WHAT IS NEXT FOR AFRIKUS HART?
AFRIKUS: A Holistic Recovery Workbook (includes workbook, 12pk colored pencils, pen & pencil sharpener) The workbook addresses the person as a whole (mind, body, spirit) can be used for anyone who struggles or has struggled with addiction. It can be used alone, 1:1 or group counseling sessions, treatment facilities and residential programs. The Recovery Comfort Box (includes (workbook, 12pk colored pencils, pencil sharpener, pen, gemstone aromatherapy roller, 4 Sleepy Time tea bags & inspirational wristband).
BLAQVERSITY: HOW CAN READERS CONNECT WITH YOU?
AFRIKUS: FB: Holistic Wellness For You and Afrikus Hart
Twitter & Instagram: @holisticwell4u and @afrikus123
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