Contemporary African-American fiction author and poet Blaque Diamond is a local Greensboro, North Carolina resident who believes that dreams were meant to achieve!
Born Bianca Johnson in the fall of 1989 in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of her dreams has always been to become a published author. She finally achieved that dream at the age of twenty-seven.
Blaque Diamond began writing at the age of eleven, due to urging from her fifth-grade teacher. The youngster had always had a passion for writing, but with the encouragement from her teacher, it then became a dream. She wrote short stories and poetry in her early years to help get her through the Childhood abuse and neglect she endured growing up. Writing became her form of therapy, because through her writing, she could express her emotions through proses and creative stories based on characters from her own imagination.
When Blaque Diamond was fifteen-years-old, she experienced a trauma that would change her life forever. She lost her ability to see. Due to a fight with her brother, Blaque Diamond lost her eyesight. She was punched in the eye, which caused her retina to detach. Blaque Diamond’s eyesight was already sensitive, due to mal-practice when she was born, which caused blindness in her right eye, so the additional trauma to her “good eye” caused her to go completely blind.
The fact that she didn’t receive the proper medical attention that she needed in order to save her vision, is the reason she is, and will probably be blind for the rest of her life. Doctors tried to perform surgery months after the incident had taken place, but sadly, there was no possibility of regaining any usable sight in the eye. Too much time had passed, which prevented the successful restoring of her vision.
This was a crushing blow to young Blaque Diamond’s dreams. She felt since she could no longer see, her dream of becoming a published author was foolish. How could she write if she couldn’t see? That question haunted Blaque Diamond until she received the answer in the form of braille. Once Blaque Diamond was introduced to the wonderful world of braille, she then realized that her dream was not out of reach. She still had a way to achieve her dream. It wasn’t quite in the conventional way she had first dreamed of, but there was still hope for her after all.
Blaque Diamond quickly picked back up where she left off in her journey to achieving her dream. She continued to write poetry and stories in her new-found language of braille. Now that she found herself disabled, that spawned much more for her to write about. She then turned her writing creativity to composing poems depicting her struggles of dealing with her vision loss. She had a way to express her anger, self-pity, tears, and then eventually, her acceptance of her new circumstances.
In the summer of 2016, Blaque Diamond began posting snippets of her works she had written over the years on social media sites such as Facebook. By then, Blaque Diamond had transitioned from braille to writing on the computer, thanks to text-to-speech software that made computers accessible to the blind. She received rave feedback from people who enjoyed reading her poems and stories. She knew she liked her writing, but it warmed her heart to know that others enjoyed her writing as well. Thanks to the positive feedback and encouragement of her fans, she took a leap of faith and submitted some of her poetry to an online magazine for writers with disabilities in the fall of 2016. She submitted three poems, and one of her poems was chosen to be published in the magazine. That was Blaque Diamond’s first shot at publication.
She received another opportunity to show-case her work in January of 2017 when she noticed a post for submissions from aspiring writers to submit poetry to an anthology. Even though there would be no proceeds from the publication, Blaque Diamond jumped at the opportunity to have her work published. Three out of the four poems she submitted to the anthology were published in the book entitled “Growing into Words: An Anthology of Poetry”. She was proud to know that she could finally add the title of” author” to her name. She had taken the first step to making her dream a reality.
Later in April of 2017, Blaque Diamond self-published her first novel, “His or Her Betrayal?”. She She then went on to publish several more publications, including a book of poetry called “Words of My Heart”, a collection of short stories entitled “Love, Lies, and Heartbreak Volume 1”, and a novella called “What You Won’t Do”.
Her determination to make her dreams come true urged her to forge ahead, even when she doubted her own abilities, due to her disability. She wanted to prove to herself that she could do it, and she did! Blaque Diamond doesn’t let her inability to see stop her from achieving her dream. She always says,
“I may have lost my sight, but I haven’t lost my vision. My dreams were meant to achieve, and I intend on achieving each one of them.”
Blaque Diamond strives to spread inspiration and motivation to others around her in any way she can. She encourages others to achieve their dreams, no matter what obstacles may be in their way. If there is a will; there is a way. Blaque Diamond has a favorite saying that she repeats to herself every day when she wakes up in the morning. It gives her the strength to battle the world and break through any barriers that may be in her way. She strives to let nothing stop her from achieving anything she sets her mind to.
“The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves. Reach for the stars, moon, sun, and the galaxy. Give it your all. Don’t limit your level of success. Dream big. Achieve bigger!”
Blaque Diamond has been interviewed on blogs and podcast radio shows, sharing her journey to authorship and the many struggles and obstacles that she has had to overcome in her young life. When people hear her amazing story of strength and inspiration throughout it all, they can’t help but look at the world from a different prospective. Blaque Diamond seems to always have that effect on people. Once they have heard her story of triumph, their hearts melt and their lips rain praises upon her and her accomplishments.
The thing that wows people the most is that Blaque Diamond has achieved her dream on her own. With no support but her own passion, she pushes herself to be all that she can be.
She has invested her own time and finances into making her dreams come true. She believes if you can’t invest in yourself, then how can you expect anyone else to invest in you?
She doesn’t use her disability as an excuse why she isn’t living her best life to the fullest. She’s a go-getter, and she does what she has to do to make her way in the world. Her aim is to leave a legacy for her future offspring that will last for generations.
Often times people ask her how she came up with the name Blaque Diamond, and she doesn’t hesitate to explain. Blaque Diamond had always been refered to as a diamond in the rough. Because of her life’s traumas and experiences, they have helped to mold her into the person that people see today. Everyone knows how diamonds are formed, so Blaque Diamond compares her life as the same process in which a diamond is formed. Out of the fire came a precious jewel everyone knows as Blaque Diamond. She transformed her trials into triumph, and transformed from a victim to victorious! It’s all a transformation.
Blaque Diamond will be a household name. She believes in the power of positive words and affirmations, so she speaks positivity iover her life.