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As we know, today’s society has been and continues to be unkind to our Black Boys and Men. When the video of George Floyd’s death surfaced on social media, it was difficult for me to view. I was only able to make it to the point of hearing him cry out in agony for his Mother. It wrenched my heart so tightly, all I could do was weep. In that very moment, I had a soul stirring epiphany which was a need to offer our Black Sons new encouragement, inspiration, and uplifting as everyday they are faced with daily demonization from society. Hearing George Floyd cry out to his mother instantly brought up thoughts of my own Son Mason. What if he were in that situation? What could I possibly do to help him? What if I wasn’t around to help him? What would he have done?  Why was he in that situation? Many questions flooded my mind and my part became clear. It was then that A Note to My Black Son… was born.

With the publishing of A Note to My Black Son… in November of 2020, I also published 2 additional books to offer the same encouragement and positivity to our Black Daughters and Black Men. A Note to My Black Daughter… was published June 2021 and A Note to the Black Man… was published December 2021. In this unprecedented time, where cameras are able to capture the violence creating greater awareness of what Blacks have long known as truth, it is important that we surround ourselves with encouragement, positivity, and inspiration in any way that we can and that is what my goal was by compiling all three of these books. A Note to My Black… says YOU MATTER, to always be unapologetically your no matter what and straighten your crown because you come from a rich, royal heritage!

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Careers Toya L. Adams-Driscal is a wife, mother and teacher from Garfield Heights, Ohio (a small suburb of Cleveland). She is married to Monte Driscal, the mother of Mason Xavier Charles Driscal, and bonus mom to Jalen and Jamir Huston. She is an educator with 16+ years of experience and holds a license to teach English/Language Arts grades 7-12. Her experience includes tutoring and teaching scholars of all ages from Kindergarten to adult. She is an alumnus of Cleveland State University, obtaining her Master's of Education with a concentration in Secondary Urban Education in 2004. Toya loves to sing, travel, read young adult literature and binge watch TV shows. She dreams of one day having her books make it on to the New York Times Best Sellers List and using her platform to help make necessary change within the community.

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