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Chicken Soup for the Soul: I'm Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope

Chicken Soup for the Soul: I'm Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope

by Amy Newmark, Breena Clarke


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Now more than ever, the strong, independent, courageous voices of Black women are being heard loud and clear. They share their truth about life, love, family, faith and hope in these 101 personal stories and 12 powerful poems. The world is listening.

Black women are speaking, for themselves and their families, and everyone is listening. This unique collection of stories is for readers of all colors, not just the Black community, as these contributors share their dreams, their triumphs and failures, and their lives, which have unique challenges and hardships that are not well understood by others. Readers of color will recognize their own struggles in these pages, and white readers will benefit from an inside view of Black life in America, Canada and beyond.

These 101 stories and 12 poems, written by and for Black women, cover it all—from fierce to funny—about hopes and dreams, fears and realities, identity and self-discovery, family, children, even hair. Each one starts with a quote connecting you to a wellspring of wisdom from historical and contemporary Black women.

“We are speaking now,” says Breena Clarke, coauthor of this book. “Because the moment is now, in this collection of first-person narratives. This is an opportunity to hear the often silenced voices of Black women, writing for you and because of you. These are stories of universal human experiences but also reflect the specificity of Black women’s lives in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.”

Everyone will benefit from this look into the culture, wisdom, and everyday reality of the Black experience, with 11 chapters, each starting with a powerful poem:

• The Shoulders We Stand On
• Where We Come From
• Everyday Struggles
• Stand Up, Speak Out
• Raising Our Children
• Family & Food for the Soul
• Taking Care of Me
• Sisters, Friends
• Loving Black Men
• Identity & Roots
• Self-Discovery

Chicken Soup for the Soul books are 100% made in the USA and each book includes stories from as diverse a group of writers as possible. Chicken Soup for the Soul solicits and publishes stories from the LGBTQ community and from people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611590838
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication date: 06/01/2021
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 101,030
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amy Newmark is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Breena Clarke is a Black scholar and award-winning novelist. Her debut novel River, Cross My Heart was a New York Times bestseller and an Oprah's Book Club selection. She also wrote Stand the Storm and Angels Make Their Hope Here. She is co-organizer of the Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction Breena Clarke 1

The Gift Ellen Pinnock 4

1 Stand Up, Speak Out

Breakfast in Northport Zorina Exie Frey 9

1 Black Girl Kamala Reese 11

2 I Don't See Color Courtney Conover 15

3 Brave on the Inside Samaniha Hawkins 19

4 In the Dark of Night LaTonya R. Watson 23

5 A Black Woman Not Afraid of the South Kitsy Marie Dixon 25

6 That 70s Cop Katheryne McMullen 28

7 Crown of Curls Shawntae Chase 30

8 Code of Silence Jasmine J. Wyatt 33

9 The Fight to Save the Future Aya de Leon 37

10 The Only One Lexcee Reel 40

11 I'm an Attorney Alicia F Williams 44

2 The Shoulders We Stand On

I Am Not Safe Stephanie J. Gates 49

12 A Serendipitous Encounter Ruth King 52

13 I Shall Dance Jeanine L. DeHoney 55

14 These Women Mattered DaNice D. Marshall 58

15 Sayings for Staying Safe Yolande Clark-Jackson 62

16 A Servant's Heart Erica Brown 65

17 Grandmas Surprise Autrilla Gillis 68

18 Role Models Banned Dana Tenille Weekes 70

19 Remembering Georgia Nicolette Branch 73

3 Family & Food for the Soul

Garden of Delight Sonya Carol Vann DeLoach 77

20 Things My Aunt Nanny Taught Me Exodus Oktavia Brownlow 79

21 Pecans & Power Crystal Marie 81

22 It's Not Just Black and White Cherise Haggerty 85

23 Hum Emmy Faith 89

24 Soul Food Is Overrated Kamaria Washington 92

25 Heart of Harlem Lavinia Nanetta Holmes 95

26 Her Famous Pound Cake Naomi E. Johnson 98

27 Uncle Bubby Regina S. Dyton 101

4 Self-Discovery

Retail Sydney Ann Johnson 106

28 Bold Beautiful Sakora|vKuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe 108

29 Finish the Race Temeka S. Parker 112

30 Finding Purpose with Puppies Behind Bars Roslyn D. Smith 116

31 One In a Million Halona Jackson 118

32 Steel Walls Ashonti Ford 121

33 I'm Not a Minority Andrea Taylor 123

34 Telling My Jamaican Mom I'm Not Going to Be a Nurse Sarai Ashari Thompson 126

35 Church Folk Postscripts Cynthia A. Roby 129

36 Who Am I to Be a Yoga Teacher? Rozelle Clark 133

37 Finding My Roots Rachel Decoste 137

38 God Is a Black Woman Morgan Cruise 142

5 Where We Come From

An Introduction Quantrilla Ard 146

39 Surviving and Thriving Billie Joy Langston 148

40 From One Hood to Another Ronada Dominique 151

41 Pretty Brown Girl Aerial Perkins-Good 154

42 The Shack Dehra L. Brown 156

43 Paying the Poll Tax Edna Faye Moorehead Briggs 160

44 Birthin Judy Belk 164

45 Don't You Wish You Were White? Terri Redwine 167

46 Good Enough K E Garland 169

47 Back Home Sharon Moore 173

48 Doing It Alone Mae Frances Sarratt 176

6 Everyday Struggles

Clear and In Plain Sight Chenelle Williams 180

49 A Mask in Terminal C Wanda G. Anderson 182

50 Wake Up, America Angelle M. Jones 185

51 A Pleasant Black Woman S. Mayumi "Umi" Grigsby 187

52 Equipped, Qualified & Black Coretta Collins 190

53 COVID-19 During the Black Lives Pandemic Dara Joyce Lurie 193

54 The Price of Living the White Life Casandra Townsel 200

55 Shopping While Black Robin D. Hamilton 203

56 Colored, Negro, Black, African American, Other… Sheila L. Quarles 206

57 The Elephant in the Room Crystal E. Newby 210

7 Raising Our Children

Curating Cheryl Clarke 213

58 Hand-Me Down Blues Sharisse Kimbro 215

59 Crowning Their Beauty Tonya May Avent 218

60 Destined to Teach Kimberly Mucker-Johnson 222

61 White Dolls Need Not Apply Melissa A. Matthews 225

62 A Love Letter to My Unborn Black Daughter Taifha Natalee Alexander 229

63 I Am Not the Nanny Cora Cooper 232

64 The Jig Is Up Rachel R. Perkins 236

65 Interracial Adoption for Beginners Lisa Marie Simmons 239

66 Unworthy Courtney Tierra 242

8 Taking Care of Me

Strong Black Woman Rebecca Olayinka 245

67 Naturally Me CaSandra McLaughlin 247

68 An Abundance of Love Mia Y. Anderson 250

69 The Day I Got Pulled Over by a Cop for No Reason Cassandra Ulrich 252

70 The Young and the Rested Aja Moore-Ramos 254

71 Traveling Abroad to Heal Within Sharonda Hunter 257

72 Finding Peace and Comfort in My Closet, TAH 260

73 Who Is Listening? Pat Simmons 263

74 The Power of "No" Margaret Johnson-Hodge 267

75 Naturally, Powerfully Me Cassandra L. Tavaras 270

76 Confronting My Rapist Alexa Coins 273

77 Tracks DW McKinney 278

9 Sisters, Friends

Seen and Heard Liseli A. Fitzpatrick 283

78 The Same Block Breena Clarke 285

79 Quarantine Happy Hour Michele Renee Brown 288

80 Dancing Around the Question Joy Jones 292

81 Best Trip Ever Karen J. Anderson 295

82 We Have Funerals Candice Webert Crystal Webert Mays 298

83 Pandemic Pampering Donnette Dunbar 301

84 Sisterhood LaCharmine (L.A.) Jefferson 305

10 Loving Black Men

Magically Human SM Nelson 310

85 Holding My Prayer Breath Westina Matthews 312

86 The Uppity Black Teacher Rev. Michele Sweeting-DeCaro 314

87 Black Momma Power Vickie Lynn 317

88 No One Lives Above the Storm Irene R. Granderson 320

89 Keeping Score Brandi Chantalle 324

90 So Unusual and Yet So Very Regular Rebekah Sager 327

91 Dear Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Nancy Marie Gilliam 331

92 Raising a Black Son in this World Cherith Glover Pinker 335

93 In the Long Run Pile Dee 338

11 Identity & Roots

W[hole] Mariah RI 343

94 Finding Alfred Clarke Breena Clarke 347

95 The Year of Return Nicole T. Brewer 351

96 Secrets, DNA, and Traces of the Diaspora Inika Pierre Williams 353

97 A Waste of Good Skin and Hair Ashley Hill Hamilton 356

98 $3,000 vs. $300 Christine Dixon 358

99 A Natural Reflection Rabiah Nur 362

100 The Day I Learned I Was Black Ranecia Dee 365

101 Bella in Black Rahsel Holland 368

Meet Our Contributors 371

Meet Our Authors 387

Thank You 389

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