Acclaimed Latina novelist, screenwriter and activist Sophia Quintero concluded her two-day tour at N.C. Central University Wednes-day after speaking to a crowd of faculty and students at the B.N. Duke Auditorium.
Throughout the week, the Bronx native held classroom lectures on the importance of having a career that is financially beneficial as well as enjoyable.
“I wanted to write for my soul as well as pay my rent,” said Quintero.
With a master’s degree in public relations from Columbia University, Quintero has been writing since she was 8.
“I write for females who love hip-hop even when hip- hop has not loved us,” said Quintero, who started out writing screenplays.
She has written four novels with an urban, hip-hop theme under the name Black Artemis.
Quintero is the author of the novels “Explicit Content, Burn” (both published under the alias Black Artemis), “The Arrange-ment, Picture Me Rollin,” and “Divas Don’t Yield.”
In one of her lectures, she mentioned how Tupac Shakur rapped about “Brenda’s Got a Baby” and “Dear Mama,” but referred to women as “bitches” and “hoes.”
“We confuse culture with commodity,” she said.
Influenced by novelist Richard Wright, Quintero doesn’t consider her work average hip-hop literature. She wants her readers to look deeper and get more out of it.
Quintero is the co-founder of the group Chica Luna Productions, created for the development of colored women in the entertainment industry.