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Atlanta, Georgia, was her launching pad. Taking flight as Traffic Assistant for Ted Turner at Channel 17 landed Dr. Linda Quillian at a number of stops on the way: DJ serving commercial radio for the blind; Instructor for disadvantaged youth in D.C.; Executive Assistant for D.C. Public Schools; and professorial employment at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Howard University in D.C., University of the District of Columbia, Bowie State University in Md., and Benedict College in S.C., where flight touched down and coasted to the runway of Chair and Dean. “Whatever your passion, it has to resonate like a party within. A passion like writing makes you forget about the time you spend dancing with it. Even when the party music stops playing, you never want to leave. I sometimes do not choreograph the words. Angels visit and show me the Plie’, Ballotte’, Arabesque, or Tendu, while ancestors teach the Gwara Gwara, Stanky Leg, Mambo, and Bachata. Writing is a dance with the reader whose partnership is unimpeachable.”
Now and again, Kandi would approach to socialize and ingratiate herself into the women’s gossip, but on seeing her coming, the church sisters would ineptly change the script or nervously excuse themselves one at a time. Both bad actresses and worse Christians, Conway’s congregants salivated with rumor that dripped like honey from their lips, and they were not groomed enough to know that smacking gossip in another’s ear was just plain rude.