Today on my blog I have the His Ph.D. is in Hypocrisy blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight.
Everyone comes into your life for a reason. And even though they may stay just long enough to break your heart, their ultimate purpose can last a lifetime.
They say everything happens for a reason, but try telling that to a young woman with a newly broken heart.
His PhD is in Hypocrisy…And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend is a memoir of sorts; a collection of poems chronicling the ups and downs, differences and the dissolution of one of my key relationships. Despite our interracial backgrounds (I'm black, he's white & Palestinian) and inter-religious upbringings (he is Muslim to my Christian), I thought we could and would end up together. But that didn't happen. The assorted poems (some short, some funny, some angry) talk about the love, frustration, and heartbreak, and the whole reflection culminated in an unexpected life lesson that surfaced on 9/11.
Bad, Heathen, Christian Girl June ‘00
Yes, we are from two different worlds
with different cultures and values,
languages and principals
I’m comfortable with who I am
I can still learn more about his background
and spend time with him
without abandoning my beliefs
It bothers me that the concept isn’t mutual
He worries I’ll make him forget who he is;
His family worries that too-
That I’m a negative influence over him,
Never mind that he’s committed plenty sins
without my help
Never have I complained about his prayers
or have I told him to cut down his beard
even though many of our peers
consider a beard of his length weird
I never tried to encourage him
to go against his religion or his morals-
He does that all on his own
I’m not saying I’m not perfect,
Lord knows I’m no pearl
But how all of a sudden
did I become the bad, heathen, Christian girl?
Tayo Oredein is a model, actress and writer. Tayo (pronounced Ty~yo, and which means "Joy" in Yoruba) is from Jamaica Queens, NY though and is of African-American and Nigerian descent (her father is Nigerian). She went to Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA and returned to New York after graduation. She later received a graduate degree from Hunter College, and will soon receive another from Rutgers University
After years of flirting with it, she officially started modeling in 2011 when she was handpicked to be a model for Monica Holder’s “Beauty of the Month” project. Since then she has been featured in online promotional materials, shorts and music videos, greeting card lines, coffee-table books, fashion shows, and other projects.As for her writing, she has long since had a collection of unpublished work, but recently published her first book, "His PhD is in Hypocrisy and Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend", a collection of poems about love, and love lost. It is available on Amazon.com (where it's also available for Kindle), BN.com, and other online retailers.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to RBTL for letting me participate in this blog tour.