One of Houston’s most beloved Poets shares his insight as he is known for his consistency and longevity in the Houston poetry scene.
For people who do not know How did you get the name Black snow?
Black Snow: While in college I listened to a lot of Bob Marley and became somewhat of an advocate for my people (Black People). So I developed the pen name, Black Snow, which is really an acronym for “Blacks Now”, because I believe it’s our time. Then put the two words together and you get me “Black Snow” and that’s how I became known as Black Snow! I often tell people that I don’t have anything against other races, I just love my people.
You are known for creating a collective of poets called….?
Black Snow: The collective of poets that I am known for creating is called “Snow Industries”. We are an award-winning group of poets who have been selected because of our various attributes and talents that we bring to the table. We are one of the original group of poets that has been on the Houston poetry scene since 2002. We are dedicated to advancing poetry throughout the City of Houston. Over the years, our members have changed but our core group of poets remain the same until this very day. We are more than a collective or group of poets, we are family. Shout out to past and present members, most notably: Nef 007, Rain, Shanie, Chocolate Lava, Lady Pariah, Savannah Blue, A.T., Chris Crawford, Kyle Blue, Seth Walker, II D.E.E.P, Ghost and Queen Sheba. . S.I. 4 Life!
Another aspect that makes you stand out is your history with supporting fellow poets, why is that so important to you?
Black Snow: It is important to me to support other poets of all backgrounds and walks of life, because I remember a time when we lost all of our venues because we didn’t support each other. There was no place for people who looked like me to call home as a poet and ever since that day, I vowed that we would never lose what some of us worked so hard to build again. I even went so far as to begin paying poets to feature because I understood that we first must support each other before we could expect anyone else to support us. I have maintained that philosophy and thinking until this very day.
Can you refresh readers to projects you have worked on and are in the process of creating?
Black Snow: I have worked on a variety of projects from developing stages that allow poets to be paid, such as The Best Lil Poetry House in Texas, up to and including The Match Theater. I have five poetry CD’s, and I have been the executive producer on my five different albums.
I’ve hosted multiple venues at once in order to bring poetry to every corner of the great City of Houston. I have appeared in the movie the Deadly Words and the movie, Live, Love and Laugh. I am the founder and C.E.O. of the collective, Snow Industries. The curator and host of The Best Lil Poetry House in Texas and I am currently the co-host along with Se7en the Poet of one of Houston’s premier open mic,
No Sugar Coating Sugar’s at Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine Restaurant and Bar in Missouri City, Texas. I’ve hosted venues that others dare not try, like Mr. A’s the Club, G’s & Z’s, Under the Bridge, The Grum Bar, The Party Room, Midtown Bar & Grill, Beaucoup Bar & Grill, Daiqui-Ritas Lounge, The Sport’s Box Lounge and more.
I’m looking forward to working with other poets to bring poetry to even bigger stages, so stay connected to Snow Industries poetry.
What would you suggest to fellow writers when they are looking for help for writer’s block?
Black Snow: Use writing prompts, write about your day, what made you smile or how you are feeling about yourself and like Se7en says, write about having writer’s block, but whatever you do, just write!
What advice would you give the future generation of poets when it comes to leaving a lasting presence in their community?
Black Snow: Work together, always believe in your goals and dreams, try not to repeat the mistakes of the past, help develop those who are coming behind you, build a bridge and always, always work hard and when you are done, pass the baton to the next generation. Leave the community better than you found it!
What motivates your passions?
Black Snow: I have been writing since the 3rd grade. I use to write my own comic books and develop my own characters. In the 11th grade I won a Black History Poetry Contest, I was so excited that I went home and told my parents and my dad told me that I couldn’t eat those words and that I need to think about getting a real job. So I would write poems and put them in a shoe box in my closet.
I continued to do this throughout college and my young working life. Then one Sunday, I heard Joel Osteen’s dad talking about the man with a gift and how he buried his gift. I went to my closet and pulled out the shoe box and vowed to share my gift with the world. I went on to develop my famous Picture in a Poem and produced five poetry CD’s to share with the world and the rest is history.
How do you use your platform to help your community?
Black Snow: I use my art to motivate and inspire elementary school kids as well as older people. I’ve performed in coffee houses, clubs, schools and churches seeking to motivate and inspire others with my words.
Where can people catch you on stage?
Black Snow: You can catch me every Thursday night at Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine Restaurant & Bar in Missouri City, Tx and various venues throughout the city
When it comes to the changes with Black History in the past few years how do you reflect on what is aired to the world, especially knowing you have sons?
Black Snow: I still view our people in an oppressed way, the young black males in America are under attack. We have to be steadfast in our convictions and beliefs, teach our sons to be strong men that protect and serve our people with the help of the creator, we will prevail as we have always done. Never lose faith.
What is a highlight in your poetic career?
Black Snow: I was instrumental in getting the poets paid in Houston starting back in 2000 at The Sports Box Lounge. I’m very proud to say that I offered many deserving artists their first feature and first paycheck for performing their work.
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I’m thankful that I had people around me that believed in me and helped me every step of the way. I always say that we can rarely accomplish anything by ourselves and I’m grateful for the team of people that the creator put in my life. Thanks for the love and for the opportunity to be called poet.