meet "chatty"

Hey, my name is Jocelyn.

CHATTYAFRO is my alias.

award-winning public speaker

youth mentor / educator

published academic

digital storyteller

creative lady

You can find more of my work on YouTube, Queen City Writers, and

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History says "Be afraid." God says "Do not be afraid." Systems say "You're worthless." God says "you're my masterpiece." Folks say "be quiet!" But God made you for such a time as this, sis!

Joshua 1:9 says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." This truth sustains me while navigating the Spirit and the worldly matters, because divine courage is necessary to carry on the scribal legacy of fiery truth telling. is an avenue to explore people, texts, and creative works that amplify this ethos. By creating and engaging commentary that speaks to the grace, genius, and resilience of the black literati, CHATTYAFRO shares wisdom on how to navigate this era as a conscious, creative being. She also illuminates the blueprints left by black thought leaders of today and yesterday via essays, poetry, interviews, reviews, digital art, and multimedia storytelling.