Eric Jerome Dickey Gains His Wings

An author, screenplay writer, actor, poet and comedian. According to Variety, 59 year old Eric Jerome Dickey was battling a long term illness, possible cancer, which led to his passing on Sunday in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Dickey graduated from Memphis State University with a degree in computer system technology.

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: Author Eric Jerome Dickey accepts an award at the 5th Anniversary of the African American Literary Award Show at the Harlem Gatehouse on September 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

The Reason Behind The Love

If you were ever a lover of Black love novels, then it’s inevitable you’ve curled up to one Dickey’s steamy, thick paperbacks. With a nimiety of passion and fire, Dickey reeled you in, captivated by his words and plot twists.


Reading his books made you fall in love with the characters. They were your best friends, your aunties, your cousins… As a fan of his work, he was a writer that made me crave reading.

The foundation of Dickey’s stories derive from African American everyday contemporary life. Not too ratchet, but just enough. Relationships, death, tragedies, breaking up and getting back together.

Nostalgic Energy

I remember phoning my friends to share gossip as I turned the pages to his juicy novels. His imagination takes you for a ride that’s insatiable. The New York best selling author didn’t stop at writing books, though, he also developed a screen play ‘Cappuccino’ in 1998 that debuted at the Magic Johnson Theater in L.A.

Some of his best sellers are Milk in My Coffee, Friends and Lovers, and Before We Were Wicked just to name a few. According to Kiro 7 news, Dickey’s first book ever written was (1996) “Sister Sister”. Under his belt, he’s also written a comic book series for Marvel.

Because he was such a gifted writer, and so lots of people on social media had nothing but greatness to say. See what another great erotica urban author Zane , had to say. She expressed heartfelt words for her friend.

Black Boy Joy

Over the years, Dickey collected numerous awards, including a 2014 NAACP Image Award for “A Wanted Woman.” Dickey also scored NAACP Image Award nominations for “Liar’s Game,” “The Other Woman,” “Thieves’ Paradise” and “Genevieve.”

Extending his portfolio, Dickey was crowned male author of the year in 2006 at the African American Literary Awards Show. He was also nominated in 2008 for Storyteller of the Year at Essence’s inaugural Literary Awards. Dickey has authored 29 books.


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