“I am a descendent of Africans...Born in America, a man of color, so I am a Black man, with African blood flowing thru my veins but I am an AMERICAN citizen. Black is not a race rather a color. I am African AMERICAN“
J.M. Benjamin, is an Essence Best Selling and Award Winning Author, hailing from Plainfield New Jersey. He has gone on to pen a sleuth of urban tales and three non-fiction motivational pieces. In addition, J.M. has contributed to several anthologies, with some of Urban fiction’s most notable. One in particular, he adapted into a screenplay (Moves We Make 2016) based on his contribution in the AAL Award Winning Anthology, The Massacre, titled “Check Mate”. Since then, J.M.’s short feature has received many accolades at Indie FilmFestivals, including receiving Honorable Mention for the 2016 Paul Robeson Award at the Newark Black Film Festival, earning him the title, Award winning screenplay writer. Mr. Benjamin is also an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and mentor. He has appeared on and featured in various different magazines, newspaper, radio and news stations such as; The New York Times, ABC, Fox & CBS News as well as the Wendy Williams Experience to name a few, both for his literary accomplishments and community service world-wide. In just a little under 12 years, J.M. has managed to accomplish all of this and then some after being incarcerated for over a 12 1/2 years. J.M.’s upbringing provided him with the necessary tools he now uses through his writing, to capture and display the reality and horrors of the street life. He uses his work to encourage and inspire others to pursue their dreams and goals. Mr. Benjamin exemplifies the meaning of, “Never too late.” Recently relocated to the Indianapolis, IN, where he attends IVY Tech & will be releasing an independent urban drama short, titled, “A Time For Finesse”, based out of the “Circle City”. J.M. continues to prove that you do not have to become a product of your environment or a statistic. His books can be found in the likes of; Walmart, Target, Stop & Shop, Barnes & Nobles, independent book stores, E-books and Amazon.com. Visit J.M. on all social media; Jm Benjamin
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