Her first book, My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers won the 2006 National Fresh Voices Award. It is a diverse and cathartic compilation of non-fiction writings by black women from across the United States.
A True Masterpiece, Bravo!
Melda is an author of two books and freelance contributor to Black Masks magazine.
Her most recent stage play, Thirty, is an explosive look at a generation of Black women trying to make sense of family secrets.
Upcoming Short Film: Cupcake
chronicles the divide mental illness creates between a mother and her daughter.
Come join older Black men as they sip their morning coffee at McDonalds and learn just how analogous a game of chess and a piece of coconut cake is to their lives.
Melda is a Passionate Playwright
Front Porch Society
Melda is a passionate playwright. Her first play, Front Porch Society, delves into the complex and connected lives of four elderly black women in rural Mississippi Delta on the eve of the 2008 presidential election. What is the significance of our country’s first Black president to women who have lived through Jim Crow, The Civil Rights Act, and the senseless killings of Black boys? The play enjoyed a world premiere at The Ensemble Theatre in Houston, TX (2017), and most recently, a mainstage production at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC (2019). The play is traveling across the country gathering rave reviews.