When I launched Soul Kisses TV back in 2011 I had the privilege of connecting with the awesome writer, Tay Lang. She wrote so many amazing articles for Soul Kisses TV and I was there when she made the decision to move to Atlanta to pursue her dreams. It was like a slap in the face when she told me that she was homeless during one of my rants with my dissatisfaction with my career at that moment. Talk about perspective and being humbled at the same time. Her journey has been a victorious one and I invite you to read about Tay Lang and how she is using her experience with homelessness to empower and inspire others. Please take a look at the video to see what you are in store for:
Without telling us too much all at once, who is Tay Lang?
I am simply a humble, caring world-changer.
You currently thrive in Atlanta, what inspired your move to this city and what did you imagine your experience would bring? In your ideal world, what did you expect to come from your move to Atlanta?
The inspiration to move to Atlanta came from a dream I believe God gave me. Never did I imagine in a million years that this would be my current home. I am also a writer and with Atlanta being “black Hollywood” I became excited to move here and follow my dreams as a writer/filmmaker. I expected to move here, network and do fun amazing independent films/plays on the side and nurture my love of the arts.
What was it like when you first had to admit to yourself that you were homeless?
It finally set in 4 days later when I was at Sunday worship service at church. I began to fill out my tithes/offering envelope and as I was filling it out I got to the address line and I had a long pause. I realized I didn’t have an address anymore. That is when I really knew it was real!
The first real conversation I had was with my children. A little back story: the week of the 2nd Atlanta snowstorm me and the kids were at home. By this time there was no more cable. I had “The Pursuit of Happyness” on DVD. My children asked to watch this movie. I told them no because you will not understand it because its not a “Disney movie”. They insisted to see it because Jaden Smith was in the movie. I agreed to let them watch it and they really enjoyed the movie. Now fast forward: After the first night of sleeping in the car my son woke up and asked me “are we homeless”? I didn’t answer him. I was silently praying to God to tell me what to say. He asked again “are we like Will Smith and Jaden in the movie”? I said “yes”. Then he paused and said “well its okay because its a happy ending at the end of the movie”. You see God prepared my children by way of a movie! Other than volunteers at the different shelters no one knew we were homeless. I didn’t tell anyone because God instructed me not to. God told me during this test I couldn’t depend on people but to totally depend on HIM, so I did.
How have you grown because of this experience?
I am much more sensitive to other’s journeys. I developed a closer relationship with God and my children. Definitely a humbling experience.
Right now I have a blog entitled “BumLife 101” www.bumlife101.com I have a facebook page/twitter and IG for this. The purpose is to change society’s negative impression of “bums” to a positive face of empowerment! I tell people all the time to get involved in your community. There are many, many ways to give back and volunteer. I post updates to the FB page on ways to help. Eventually I will have merchandise that can be purchased that will help homeless families I meet here in Atlanta.
My pastor Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr. helped me subconsciously without even knowing my whole story. His sermons helped me get through my toughest days. He also gave me a formal house blessing at our current location.
An employee at Atlanta Missions by the name of Abraham “my sweet friend Abe” was the first person to go above and beyond to help me. He knew me and my kids were sleeping in the car and he found us a bed our first night at the shelter. The shelter was booked to capacity but he got on the phone and called the owner and demanded we be let in. I will forever be grateful to him for that. He and I keep in touch to this day. In fact, I just got off the phone with him. We plan to do the Atlanta Missions 5K in a few weeks together.
What can we expect from Tay in the future and any last thoughts?
I’m working on a project that will detail my story. I’m writing this. I am also taking acting classes and I am planning on creatively bringing awareness to homelessness through the Arts. That’s all I can say about that at this time.
I just want God to be pleased with trusting me with the test. And for others to know that if God doesn’t get the glory out of the story then it was a waste of time. So my legacy should be directly linked to God being my guide and with that being priority everything else fell into place. I would like for people to know that being judgemental of others is THE worst thing you can do. Always imagine yourself in that position. I hope people remember me as being simply compassionate, nonjudgemental and loving. All of the other titles don’t matter to me.
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