Texas Author Brings Awareness to Illiteracy


Darius Slaughter, who is the author of an Amazon best-seller “Hostile: An Urban Tragedy”, has
launched the Beauty and Brains challenge on Instagram and Facebook. In this ongoing
challenge, he will be aiming specifically at the female side and iterate the fact that many people
in America cannot read. As part of the challenge, he will have the participants read out oud,
post, and tag him. He will send out promo gear to everyone who participates, posts, and tags.
Over 30 million Americans cannot read or write past a third-grade level. According to the
National Bureau of Economic Research, children whose parents have low literacy levels have a
72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. They have an increased
chance of getting poor grades, missing school, repeat their grade levels, or even drop out.
Darius wants to help change this by promoting literacy.

Darius Slaughter is a Houston, TX native who started writing while he was in elementary school.
At an early age, he won short story contests and poetry contests. When he was in high school,
he won state in journalism. Some of his favorite authors are Malcolm X and Isaac Asimov.
Writing has always been his passion and was something that came naturally to him. Darius and
his service dog, Doom, work to empower young minds by refocusing them on literacy, critical
thinking, and discernment.

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