Northeast Mississippi native, self-made entrepreneur and renaissance man Terrance Dye will make a special appearance in Corinth.
A Nashville, Tenn. resident for the past 15 years, the 38-year-old Dye is originally from New Albany but graduated from Booneville High School in 2000. He is a true modern-day man of many talents, including author, motivational speaker, model and fashion consultant who was most recently inducted into the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany.
Dye will be at the Black History Museum of Corinth for a book signing from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday. The event was originally scheduled from 1-4 p.m., but due to the pandemic, has been shortened to a one-hour frame and will be conducted outside on the museum lawn. Masks are required.
“This will be my first time appearing in Corinth and I feel very blessed to be able to come back to my home area,” said the self-made Dye.
Dye has authored, and self-published, five books which brought him national recognition from the newspaper, radio and news industry.
“I will be bringing with me a group of books that were pre-ordered but I will also have for purchase my latest book ‘The Awakening, Volume One’ which is my first African American literature book of poems and short stories,” said Dye. “I will also be bringing my best-seller ‘My conversation with God’ that I have been touring the country with.”
Dye has won numerous awards for his writing talents. For instance he is among the Who’s Who In Poetry, has received the Editor’s Choice Award and Shakespeare Trophy Of Excellence. Dye’s works have been published in several anthologies which earned him the Noble House Label Pen.
He also has made guest appearances on the Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel broadcast on BET and the Impact Network. In addition, Dye was among the first African Americans to be feature interviewed on the famous Grand Ole Opry 650 WSM radio.
But his talents and awards don’t stop there.
Dye has hosted his own open-mic and talent shows which give local talent a stage on which to perform and be recognized. Over the years he has discovered and booked some impressive talent – varying from hip-hop producers to R&B singers – for music shows all across the country with much success.
The multi-dimensional Dye has also worked for luxury fashion retail companies such as Nordstrom, Brooks Brothers and Johnson And Murphy, using his retail career to fund his dreams with little outside help.
“I used to believe I grew up poor,” he said, “but if I could emphasize a point I realize now that, growing up around my mother Yvonne, my cousins and other relatives who were older, even friends and acquaintances, I know now that I really wasn’t poor. I was one of the richest men on earth.”
Dye has been featured on Preach The Word Worldwide Network in Atlanta, NFocus Magazine in Franklin, Tenn. as well as The Tennessee Tribune in Nashville. His most recent feature is an international cover with Paris-based Moevir Magazine.
“I used to write poetry when I was in high school, mostly to impress the girls,” he said. “Then when I got to college I wanted to go into both journalism and fashion. I was told that journalists wrote in a certain style and I said ‘I don’t wanna write that way’. Then I was told that authors really don’t make money until they die. I was also told that trying to be a model from northeast Mississippi wasn’t gonna work out for me either. If I had listened to all of that, I would have never kept on trying.”
“My faith in God allowed me to listen to Him instead of all the naysayers who kept telling me I was wasting my time. The Lord promised me I would have books and that good things would happen if I just trusted in Him and allow Him to work in my life,” noted Dye.
Maybe most impressive about Dye is the fact he has done all his own marketing and promotion to earn his rightful place among one of most successful African Americans in the country today.
“I knew my day would come,” he explained, “but no matter what I have in material goods I want my legacy to be that people who look to me that are from these small towns will realize that material things are not the end-all, be-all. Yes, nice homes, cars and clothes are all good things. But they are a by-product of putting your faith and trust in God and a lot of hard work, plus never losing sight of your goals.”