Tassika, Tass, Lisa, T Lloyd; which is it???
Tassika stands out. It's how I knew I was different & every artist needs to wake up feeling different. But growing up, different didn't always feel good. Lisa is the name my dad gave me. It doesn't come with an explanation or a defense. It lets me be a commoner. That anonymity keeps me brave. But T Lloyd is easy. That became my name at 18 and as you can see, it stuck.
Tassika Lisa Lloyd is a writer from the Bronx, NY born to parents who migrated from St. Kitts/Nevis. Spending much of her childhood split between the Caribbean and the U.S., she made sense of the two worlds through writing.
She continued writing well into her adulthood penning Virgin Fingertips, a microscopic lens on her twenties. The blog, which documents turbulent relationships, the dynamics of womanhood and a multitude of personal essays and poems garnered the attention of readers from all over the world. After creating five years’ worth of content, Tassika dove deeper into the complexities of her culture and subsequently authored her first novel, She’s Your Daughter Too in 2013. The reflective novel is an ode to her late father, a collection of his teachings meant to help her navigate life without him.
Upon its release, Tassika stepped away from personal blogging and began to explore different facets of storytelling. She filmed a documentary highlighting the effects of cancer and exposed the reality of survivor’s remorse. That same year she started Kisses for Cancer, a fundraising and volunteer opportunity for cancer research and awareness programs. In 2014, she launched the Be the Better Man Campaign, a football tournament shedding light on health disparities in African American men. These projects ignited a philanthropic passion in her as well as repurposed storytelling altogether.
Most recently, Tassika created When Pens Collide, an interactive forum for writers which allowed their readers an inside look into their writing process. This raw display of artistry sparked progressive dialogue about the importance of storytelling from Black women in a world that often makes no room for us. Covering topics like sexual assault, mental health, breast cancer, spirituality, and love, When Pens Collide served as a safe space for 9 of the best storytellers on the Internet to share their stories without the shield of their computers. This stunning display of sisterhood has since inspired Tassika to move forward with the hard launch of She’s Your Daughter Too in early 2016.
In the meantime, the Temple University graduate is currently the Social Media Specialist for a national health organization creating campaigns that have reached over 7 million people worldwide. Very much inspired by the longevity of the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, Nikki Giovanni, Sandra Cisneros and many other writers of color, she still writes a monthly series, MEET ME ON THE BRIDGE. It is her wish to encourage women to share their stories and help them develop the tools to do so. Serving as a mentor and speaking to college and high school audiences, Tassika truly believes that youth development rests on their ability to express themselves through the various forms of storytelling.
I've outgrown my previous flower pots.
I do not bend toward your sun. I have created my own.
This is me letting go of the things that feel familiar to make room for the things that feel right.