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Tillman edited the Clark Atlanta University’s alumni newsletter. and managed the Honors Program students in the university’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program.
An avid photographer and textile artist, she also created and produced the Spoken Word Live television show at PeopleTV, the city of Atlanta’s public access channel. She later took the show to CAUTV, the public broadcast station for Clark Atlanta University.
“I have always kept my plate relatively full, my hobbies and volunteerism were almost like a second job,” she said. “I was always writing poetry, taking pictures and seeking opportunities to volunteer in the arts.”
Tillman brings her talents and poetry to Las Vegas for the 6th Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the West Las Vegas Library.
BMichelle, her artistic name, has since gone on to perform her poetry on local, national and international stages and has published two books of poetry. Aside from performances in Atlanta, she has recited her work in Washington; various open mic nights in Hartford, Conn.; Bentley University in Waltham, Mass; and internationally in Côte d'Ivoire, commonly known as the Ivory Coast, in West Africa, and Tanzania in East Africa; and Puerto Rico.
In 2005 BMichelle published her first book of poetry, Shades of Mandingo. When asked to describe the book, BMichelle said, “Shades is a collection of poems dedicated to and inspired by men of the African diaspora.” “The stories portrayed through the media about black men are overwhelmingly negative,” according to BMichelle, “I wanted to tell the real story.”
LISTEN! Your Positive Inner Voice,” is her second literary offering. “I wrote LISTEN! to inspire everyone to seek inner peace and positive thoughts.” “It’s presented in 24-themed sets of affirmations, meditations and inspirational poems. “I believe everyone needs a little inspiration every once in a while.”
BMichelle also performs a special interactive show entitled “Divas Don’t Bash: Celebration of Black Men.” Women are invited to bring their men – husbands, boyfriends, sons, fathers and grandfathers to the performance where their men are pampered and lauded.
Her poetic journey began in the second grade when she entered her first poetry contest. At age 12, Brenda was the editor of her church’s youth newsletter, in which she would sprinkle her poetry into the publication. At her alma mater, Bentley College, now Bentley University, she was a member of the poetry society having her pieces published in the school’s newspaper.
“I just live and breathe poetry,” she said. “It’s part of me. It’s who I am, what I am.”
Through her own spiritual quest, BMichelle has become an advocate for living life in peace. In addition to her poetry, she hosts “Loving Our Mandingo Men” a two-hour internet show from 8 to 10 p.m. (EST), Sundays, on the Caribbean Radio Show Station,
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/caribbeanradioshow. She is also the Vice President of Community Relations for Sights and Sounds Black Cultural Museum.
BMichelle, a native of Hartford, Conn., moved to Atlanta GA, 20 years ago. She considers herself to be a member of God’s global army; is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Church Women United, and the NAACP.