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
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.
In this moving anthology, Newmark, editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and novelist Clarke (Angels Make Their Hope Here) bring together 101 spirited testaments from Black women. Entries are no longer than five pages and are grouped into 11 themes, including "Stand Up, Speak Out," "The Shoulders We Stand On," "Raising Our Children," "Loving Black Men," and "Identity & Roots." Anchorwoman Ashonti Ford details in "Steel Walls" how her career suffered when she refused to wear a wig with straight hair. In "White Dolls Need Not Apply" Melissa Matthews divulges difficulties teaching her daughters to appreciate their beauty in a world full of blond Disney princesses. In the heartbreaking "A Mask in Terminal C," Wanda Anderson discusses the time she wept in an airport while watching news coverage of police shootings. Though some pieces have a cursory feel (such as Mia Anderson's account of a trip to see a friend), the eclectic voices and experiences chronicled resonate. These heartfelt, deeply personal stories paint a sweeping portrait of the Black experience.