ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Nina St'cyr was born on August 10, 1984. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is the youngest of three children. She is the only female child born to Rosemary Williams and Donald Stcyr. After the separation of her parents, she was raised in a single parent household with her mother (Rosemary Williams) and her stepfather Vincent Hilliard. Her mother suffered from multiple sclerosis and died from this illness on August 14, 1995. After the death of her mother, Nina found solace in music. She began to explore music and later she tried her hand at writing it.
FROM THE AUTHOR'S POINT OF VIEW:
Growing up, I was a very antisocial child. I wouldn't say that I was an outcast, I was just different. My way of thinking was different and so was my style of dress. Most people would have classified me as a rebel simply because I was opposed to conformity. As a child, I grew up questioning the world around me. Over time I began to question the people in it as well. However, I did have a small selected group of friends who were both, unique and very significant to me. In fact, I, myself and a number of my friends were often feared because of our originality. However, instead of questioning myself and my small group of friends, I began to question human behavior and society as a whole (one of the main reason why I chose to study criminal justice). I never understood why people feared originality. The concept of originality is the beauty of individuality. Although, the fear of originality continues to exist amongst men, women, boys, and girls. This may be a contributing factor for bullying. However, as I mentioned earlier the ignorance and lack of acceptance of originality continues to exists and puzzle me.
WHAT I CALL, " THE SICKNESS"
Outside of the classroom music was my "drug of choice." I frequently woke up to music, showered, brushed my teeth, talked on the telephone, cleaned my house, and I even remember falling asleep to it. I was completely consumed by it. Some of my favorite artists were: Tupac, LOX, Jagged Edge, Ruff Ends, Case, Kelly Clarkson, Sade, Monifah, Mary J Blige,Jon B, SPM, Joe, Deborah Cox, TLC, along with a long list of several other artists. I also enjoyed listening to lyricists' such as: B. I. G , Jay Z, Beanie Sigel, DMX, Memphis Bleek, Nas, and etc. I love diversity! I listen to multiple genres of music. I enjoy listening to Reggae, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Country, Jazz, Rock, Western, and etc. Meanwhile, I continue to question the world around me on a daily basis. Because of this, my views are constantly changing, and I mean dramatically. This dramatic change began to cause conflict with my love of music and the music I chose to listen to. Fortunately, I didn't eliminate listening to music, all together. Instead, I chose to reexamine the music that I was listening to. For example, if I was listening to good music, I started listening to great music. I selected the best of the best! Unfortunately, this process of elimination takes a great deal of time and effort. During this process of elimination (as I call it) you have to thoroughly examine each artist, each style, and each message within the lyrics. Fortunately, I was able to narrow my selection down to artists' such as: Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, Heather B, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass, and, several other classics from my parent's, "old school" collection. Yes, I said it "old school" collection! I selected this type of music from this time period because this was when music was at its best. However, there are still a handful of great artists who are not from that "old school", time period and are very well rounded. In fact, some of them are receiving airplay(playing on the radio) today. These are well-known artists' such as: Wale, Drake, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ace Hood, Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Joe, Ja Rule, Brian Mcknight, H Town, Jay Z, and etc. However, if you are looking for substance and sophistication then, "old school" music should be at the top of your list.
Putting paper to pen:
I started writing poetry when I was in the first grade. I even remember the title of my first poem. It was titled, "Yesterday". I remember my teacher, Mrs. Gardenstien sitting down with my stepfather and telling him that I was exceptionally gifted in the writing department. Looking back, I would've never predicted that writing would have become a part of my future plans(it was just a hobby). Later I received several creative writing awards, certificates, and acknowledgments from elementary school to college. I don't mean to, "toot my own horn", but when it comes to writing our father has blessed me with the gift to write! Writing and music went "hand and hand". In fact, they became a perfect pair. Writing and music continue to play a prominent role in my life. I started writing poetry, then songs, then essays, then eulogies, then play writes, then screenplays, and I am presently exploring several songwriting genres (outside of my primary Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B genres). It has taken me several years to reach this point in my life. I've gone to several different schools, majoring in everything from cosmetology to law. I have come to realize that I will always be a student (at heart) whether inside or outside of the classroom.
Writtensmith101 Goes National
Three-year networking and marketing contract ( worldwide).
- May . 29, 2015
A two-year contract with Dorrance publishing.
- Jan. 29, 2016
English Teacher's Assistant
Tutoring College Students.
- July 18, 2013
One year contract with Paramount
One of the finalists invited to attend an award ceremony in Los Vegas, Nevada
CREATIVE WRITING & HONORS
- June . 9,2001
From 2001-2003 Honor Roll Student
Also awarded creative writing certificate (03/2002)
- Dec. 19, 2012
First registered musical works
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
- Aug. 27, 2015
- May. 15, 2015
Nomination for women of distinction.