Stephen Earley Jordan II is an author, cultural critic, and painter. Originally from WV, he currently lives in NYC and works from his home studio.
He is the author of “Cold, Black, and Hungry”, “Beyond Bougie”, and “daddy”. His spoken-word poetry CD, “Black Baby Tears” was released in 2009. He speaks at colleges and universities on race, class, and gender; teaches writing workshops, and completes freelance writing/editorial assignments or clients across the US.
Calming the Natives is to serve as an educational site combining all of his passions–challenging modern thought of race, class, gender issues, and contemporary art (literature/music/photography) and the creation of it.
Snakes, and snails, and puppy dog tails–that’s what good boys are made of. Others, though, are made and molded by a daddy. ‘daddy’, an evocative collection of prose and poetry, depicts an unsettling fictitious inspection of young men, sexuality, and self awareness*each character attempting to find an emotional safe haven in a heartlessly intolerable world where trust is sometimes lost. ‘daddy’ is an unredeemable ticket from boyhood into manhood. (Click image to order)
“Cold, Black, and Hungry” dares the reader with Jordan’s “what if” approach in “Karmic Trilogy,” which comprises three selections questioning fate by alluding to actions of high-profile individuals as Johnnie Cochran and JonBenet Ramsey. Jordan opens the envelopes of unheard voices in a series of “Unsent Letters”, reflecting the readers own psychoses and self actualization processes. Jordan distressingly and poetically chronicles the hard-knock New York City life in poems “A Poem for Latisha Binn,” “The Mitchel Houses”, and “Words for Sean Bell.” Whether Stephen Earley Jordan II is writing about internet predators or family members who prey on children, his encounters with the NYC homeless, or his attempt to search for a new James Baldwin, Jordan’s vision in this collection is unswervingly honest. (Click image to order)
“Beyond Bougie” transcends race with dynamic creative nonfiction, essays and poetry. Many selections challenge modern perceptions of race, class, and gender, such as “. . . On Male Self-Image,” an essay revealing eating disorders and narcissism as male disorders, and “How it Feels to be a Vanderbilt,” a brief account of material slavery to name brand clothing. Other selections, such as “Why (K)not?” and “Bukkake: A Love Story,” capture the macabre vulnerability rooted in all humans through true tales of extreme dominance, subservience and betrayal. In “Let’s Keep This on the Downlow,” Jordan explores the preconceived theory that the phenomenon of gay males being married to women is not just a Black issue, but is portrayed as such by the media in order to effeminize the Black male because society is intimidated by him. “Beyond Bougie” is a call to action, requesting that none of us ever accept less than our full potential. (Click image to order)
An eclectic collection of spoken word poetry mixed with loungey beats, challenging the listener’s modern thought on race, class, gender issues and poetry, itself. Tracks “Black Baby Tears” and “There is no Tomorrow” have vocals by singer/songerwriter Marlon Saunders. CD is available as downloads on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.com, and other sites. Also available for hardcopy. (Click image to order)