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Glenn Interviews the Riveting Creative Laura Poindexter S7 EP11

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"Hello Everyone, I’m Laura “TheSoulWriter” Poindexter, a native New Yorker. Manhattan is my borough and Harlem is my TRIBE. My childhood dream to become a creative would be disrupted and put on hold indefinitely. My journey through life would be an unscripted, made for television drama. The opening act would begin with the death of my mother. I was only six years old at the time and it traumatized me far beyond my comprehension. Every subsequent act following my mother’s death would represent my pain, anger and inability to process her untimely passing. These unresolved feelings would show up and disrupt every facet of my life. My downward spiral would begin with me dropping out of highschool, losing my scholarship from the Dance Theater of Harlem (dance was my first love) and eventually become addicted to drugs.

I would painstakingly get my life back on track and return to my community as a force to be reckoned with. As a Health and Human Services Professional, I would dedicate 23 years of my life in assisting people with pushing past their pain. During that time, I had the pleasure of working with Johns Hopkins Center For Social Concern, Drug Court, and the Veteran Administration. I believe my personal experiences gave me an edge and fueled my passion for making a difference in my community.

I found my work to be both fulfilling and rewarding. I had honestly dismissed the notion of becoming a creative. However, in 2010 life showed up again with another bag-a-pain. Within three years, I would lose my husband, career, house, cars, and was quite frankly on the verge of a nervous breakdown..." 

Excerpt taken from interview on Voyage ATL:

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