In Chicago, where I reside with the love of my life, my wife Veela, I blossomed as a writer and book publisher. Afrique, a free weekly news magazine, gave me the platform to write a weekly column. The Chicago Defender offered me the freedom to interview and review published authors. I joined Ras Sekou Tafari, owner/founder of Frontline Books and together we produced and published a respectable and enduring body of work. I can still recall the joy when we received our first check from the new internet start-up, Amazon.