*****October 7, 2015*****
INTERVIEW WITH REPORTER A.J JOHNSON FEBRUARY 18, 2016
MEMPHIAN QSHEBRA TAYLOR-DICKERSON CHANGING LIVES THROUGH HER EMOTIONAL TEAR-JERKING BOOK T.R.U.E. SHADES OF H.I.M.
It was, for the most part, a heartbreaking occurrence that essentially had come back to hunt Qshebra Taylor Dickerson all too often, probably as much as it should have.
Time and again, during what seemingly was a mostly gruesome, yet disturbing upbringing, Dickerson struggled to connect with her worth, struggled to discover and embrace the divine purpose for which God had created her.
Raised in the heart of North Memphis, in the now-defunct Hurt Village Projects along with her mother and four younger sisters, Dickerson, during a recent exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, assessed in detail her stormy upbringing the best way she knew how.
By and large, it wasn’t what many of us would have imagined from a progressive vibrant, thriving, attractive woman of color whom, today, appears as if she’s living life like it is golden.
WOMAN ON THE MOVE -- To her credit, regardless of the plethora of hardships, trials and tribulations, letdowns and betrayals, Qshebra Taylor Dickerson deemed it necessary to share her rise to success in a rather intriguing, life-changing book. Having recently “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.” Dickerson’s debut book discussed mostly life’s journey, accompanied by the provocative theme, from Pain to Purpose. By all accounts this book is geared largely on a woman who years ago was born in what apparently was a broken, dysfunctional home the home only to be driven into the world, one that was mired by constant hurt in the church, one that prompted her to pose the thought-provoking question: “How do you find a safe haven?”
I was raised in a single parent home,” Dickerson explained. “I was the only child who didn’t know her dad. The last time I saw my dad was at the age of seven. My mom never talked about my dad unless someone else mentioned it. I believe her intentions were good as my protector, but eventually it was harmful as a little girl growing up without my dad.”
So disastrous, in fact, that Dickerson admittedly was tortured and attacked and violated time and again, trends that altered the overall landscape of her life unlike never before.
“Because I didn’t know the difference between love and lust, I continued to fall into diver’s temptation with a disbelief of stability,” Dickerson said. “My experience with this older guy allowed me to see that I was seeking my dad’s attention.”
Attention is what she surely got. But it wasn’t the kind that atoned for the absenteeism of her father in any shape of form.
FAMILY WOMAN -- Decades removed from her mostly tumultuous upbringing in arguably one of Memphis’ poverty-stricken, crime-infested neighborhoods, Dickerson apparently has adopted a newfound disposition on life while residing in Atlanta, all while she continues to evolve as the godly wife and mother God has equipped her to become. Life, as she knows it today, is, in fact, golden.
In a rather bizarre sequence of events, Dickerson recalled being molested by an older cousin, sexually assaulted by an uncle, raped in the back of a school, and domestically assaulted and raped at just eight years of age by a neighborhood friend of the family. Attempts to expose her attackers were unsuccessful because, according to her, “There were times I tried to tell someone, but no one listened.”
Decades removed from her mostly tumultuous upbringing in arguably one of Memphis’ poverty-stricken, crime-infested neighborhoods, Dickerson apparently has adopted a newfound disposition on life while residing in Atlanta, all while she continues to evolve as the godly wife and mother God has equipped her to become.
Life, as she knows it today, is, in fact, golden.
My most defining moment was when I decided to take a new path on life and turn my entire life over to a Savior who loved me enough to accept me as I was,” Dickerson explained. “The feeling was breath-taking knowing I was wanted and cared for. This moment was a reminder of recognizing when I turned from one thing — the old me — and turned to something different — the new me.”
To her credit, regardless of the plethora of hardships, trials and tribulations, letdowns and betrayals, Dickerson deemed it necessary to share her rise to success in a rather intriguing, life-changing book.
Having recently released “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.” Dickerson’s debut book discussed mostly life’s journey, accompanied by the provocative theme, from Pain to Purpose. By all accounts this book is geared largely on a woman who years ago was born in what apparently was a broken, dysfunctional home the home only to be driven into the world, one that was mired by constant hurt in the church, one that prompted her to pose the thought-provoking question: “How do you find a safe haven?”
Moreover, “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.,” is a story line of a single mother with five children who grew up in the Hurt Village Projects inner City Memphis.
She took what could have broken her and choose to build a legacy to love and forgive,” said Dickerson, providing additional details of her book. “The author’s decision allows her to be F.R.E.E. from all that once held her in mental bondage. A survivor of rape, domestic violence, mental, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse has chosen to live her life’s story so that many others can see that God is real and there is life after death in the physical.”
As Dickerson explained, it won’t take long for readers of “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.” to discover that her book is comprised of an assortment of acronyms as her unique way of detailing causes and effects of her sometime unfavorable circumstances and situations.
“True is an acronym for True-Real-Underlined-Effect,” Dickerson explained. “Most of the time, we focus on what’s on the surface when what we are really witnessing is the end result from a root cause. The Shades are different seasons in life, from being blind to reality and finally seeing the light to the real true shades of the truth. Him is for a man or a woman, which stands for Hands In Molestation, Hindrances In Ministry, Heads In Manipulation (just to name a few). All of these are areas I have encountered at some point in my life.
Mrs. Q would like to thank all for tuning in . Your words of encouragement along with your support is greatly appreciated!
Much love & Many Blessings....
Great and Inspiring Interview!
I love it... 😘😘
Unbelievable....The transparency of the author is so refreshing. QShebra is a leader that the 21st young girl can follow. Thank you for your honesty and your heart. I pray G-d continue to elevate you. I look forward to the next interview.
I just want to say congratulations, on your new book and I am so grateful; to have met a person with such a sweet spirit keep moving forward be blessed.
So proud of my sister!!! God is really moving. I'm excited to see where you go from here. Glory to God!!
Beautiful Qshebra Taylor Dickerson. I will be purchasing soon. God is good. He has blessed you and highly favored. I pray this word spread to encourage many more ladies of all ages. You have put a lot on my mind. Being a Advocate in Memphis now for over 20 years with so many groups. You have made a challenging change. You have made a great impact. Now it's time to reach and intake the knowledge you have given to us. Great writing and speaking. Be blessed.
Prophetess Qshebra Taylor it has been an honor to be in your presence, congratulations on your book ..Wow ..blessings on you ma !!!
Mrs. Q is a motivator a great leader she is inspiring me and other women with her books to open up and challenge themselves to become The real you and overcome fears of the past and don't be ashame because God loves us Im so proud of my friend I thank God for allowing me to see u grow into the awesome powerful woman that u are now!!! I pray that God continue to elevate you on your journey to success Keep up the great work Mrs Q This is your season for many blessing love you to life!!😘
Tonight's podcast which included Qshebra Taylor-Dickerson's interview was very insightful and educational. She was clear and precise about her book, poems, and journals. I have begun to read her book and it in tells the story of a strong and courageous young lady. I encourage all to read her book if not for yourself; get it to encourage someone else.
Horace K. Dickerson
It truly blessed my soul and I will definitely be reading your book! So proud of you my sister for all God is doing through you and for you! Love you much!
It is a blessing to hear your story and to see how far God has taken you. I will with boldness compare you and your story to a man name Job, he endured numerous calamities, heart ache and shame but his resolve was "tho He slay me, yet will i trust Him".
Be blessed and always remember, you are blessed to be a blessing.
Clinton Brown Sr.
This is wonderful! Mrs. Qshebra Taylor-Dickerson is a phenomenal woman. Her story is absolutely POWER-FULL!!!! Full of encouragement! Full of passion! Full of inspiration! I'm so very excited about her newest book. Looking forward to many more fantastic things from this bright new voice!
I want to thank you so much "Big Sister Gorgeous #1". You are very inspiring, admiring, and truly one of a kind. I love you always, especially for that. Good luck on your encouraging road to "SUCCESS"!!! Keep being yourself and motivation to others. I'm so grateful for the time I personally have with you. It's hard for me to let anyone in. Big Sister Gorgeous #1, you deserve it & more. World with no introduction needed: Ms. Qvizionz herself live in the flesh girl you the best. It's your time to continuing to shine your light on others with your rainbows, flowers and garden of goodness. I know no other person who is so driven, entrepreneurial, passionate, brave, and confident as you are. No worries continue your journey of blessings lined up for you. Your books are life changing for yourself and to others. If I your books could fit in my pocket I would take it every where with me. Books, websites, online stores, and more that you have accomplished are great. Now my goal for you is your own talk show and around the world tour. World get your copies now, they are waiting on your eyes and curious minds. Please be supportive and order yours now at the website listed above. I love you so much and is praying for you and your success.
Your Little Sister
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