Prada “The Student” Is Back


From rapper to writer, Prada “The Student” is continuing work with her pen as she looks to take on the publishing world with her debut poetry book COMPLICATED MELODY. Here is an exclusive sit down with the Dallas area artist, Prada the Student.

Kelz: First off, let the readers know who you are and where you’re from?

Prada: My name is LaToya Vines-Derrick and I am a motivated visionary, college graduate, and entrepreneur that loves creating and connecting with creative minds. I was born and raised in Dallas, TX.

Kelz: That’s amazing, it’s always interesting to know how an artist creates and what their creative space is like. Describe your creative/writing space and what inspires you?

Prada: My writing space is usually anywhere that something comes to me; I could be running errands and have to stop to write down my thoughts on my phone when I get inspired. I’m inspired when I have a chance to sit outside with pen and paper, or I’m doing something on my laptop and come up with a few sentences that I don’t want to loose. It’s everyday, in the moment surroundings.

Kelz: Tell the readers about your upcoming project?

Prada: I am working on a poetry/spoken word book that encompasses the minds journey to find harmony, understanding, and express the friction of the process.

Kelz: What makes this book different than others like it?

Prada: The overall range of content is different and the idea that these pieces of creative work can be transformed onto the screen visually as short films. Two authors with two different styles that compliment each other and brings the edge to make the reader relate and reflect.

Kelz: Where can readers find your book?

Prada: The eBook will be made available via Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Kelz: What is on your night table at home?

Prada: Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges.

Kelz: What does success mean to you in regards to this book?

Prada: First, to reach the GoFundMe goal, so that the visual content can be created and follow the release of the book. This would allow the readers to really continue the journey of any thoughts that where provoked by the book, but also have that resolution on-screen that they can feel attached to. Secondly, reaching the younger generation with the visual content (which is heavily dependent on the crowdfunding support), at a rate that is comparable to some of the hottest music videos.

Kelz: What motivates you?

Prada: Most of us have heard the sayings, “Everything happens for a reason,” or “Everything is a test.” I take from that and enjoy the process of reaching my goals.

Follow Prada on twitter at: @pradathestudent for all updates on her latest poetry collection.

You can donate via GoFundMe by clicking here.

Crown me



Crown me

Copyright 2020 by Kelly J. Newson

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Crown me king

Crown me queen

For I am great like my ancestors

As I think now of dropping this English/Irish name inherited by my father’s family

The name they were forced to take on

Forced forgot their own

Maybe I will make my last name X, because for now, there is so much unknown

But still I am the legacy of my ancestors

I am their wildest dreams

I am the prayer they prayed for

The subject of their wildest dreams

With their intelligence running through me

I can feel their guidance daily

As I speak daily to the universe

They inspire me

They push me to be my best

As I read their great works,

listen to their speeches and other great masterpieces for inspiration and motivation

As I look to add my own contribution to this great culture of ours

I just want to make them proud

And make art that will inspire the next generation

As I rock my Kenta cloth daily

With my black tee, jeans and boots

No high fashion needed here

Just colors representing each country in the motherland

From Egypt down the Ivory Coast to South Africa

I’m reppin’ each country

For its the blood of Africa within me

I’m just looking for my direct connection,

My ancestors

The Queens and Kings of my culture, my people!

For I am their descendant

So crown me now

As I celebrate our rich culture

My blood line

And my beautiful black skin

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