Telling Our Stories (TOS)

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Photo Credit: Monique Blodgett

Photo Credit: Monique Blodgett

We offer participants a safe space to address stressors associated with motherhood, mother-child bonding, relationships, and more through the form of self-expression and writing. To date, HBF has completed three rounds of healing writing circles that have culminated in three self-published books, entitled: What We Carry: Stories Black Women Never Tell – that comes in multiple volumes. Subsequently, HBF hosts book launch celebrations accompanied by live readings from the authors, community engagement, and public acknowledgment of the power of storytelling.

These books are authored by several dedicated writers (Black women) who gathered over a period of 6 weeks to share stories of resilience, strength, grace, vulnerability, and more through various life experiences. Topics in the book range from Black Hair and Interpersonal Relationships to the Representation of Black People in The Media. This book represents the voices of Black women from all walks of life. The communal writing space whereby this book was birthed is an integral space devoted to Black women and community empowerment. When the women are empowered, the community is then empowered.

In the spirit of economic re-generation, a portion of the book sales go back to the authors.

What We Carry: Stories Black Women Never Tell (Telling Our Stories) (Volume 1)
By Vicki Alexander MD, Juanita Tasby, Karma Smart, Jacqueline Knight, Kameka Goodwin, Monique Blodgett
What We Carry: Stories Black Women Never Tell Volume 3
By Dr Vicki Alexander, Aneka Boykin, Monique Blodgett, Gloria Woodson, Jennifer Philip, Ayana Laboissiere, Samaiah Haynes, Debbie Hailu, Rhyan Ereon, Lisa Davis
What We Carry Stories Black Women Never Tell Volume 4: Stories Black Women Never Tell: Callender-Scott, Goodman, Hailu, Kali, Michell, Muhammad, Shaheed, Smith, Smith, Square, Tea, Tummings, Williams
By H B F, Olaitan Valerie Callender-Scott, Aquetea Goodman, Deborah Hailu, Michlene Kali, L Michell, Dishonne Muhammad, Akilah J Shaheed, Ajura Smith, Carrie Smith
What We Carry: Stories Black Women Never Tell Volume 5: Stories Black Women Never Tell: Nicole Butterfly Bratton, Aimee Eriri, Kehinde Koyejo, ... Tasby, Tanell Wash, Monique Woodford Breaux
By H B F, Nicole Butterfly Bratton, Aimee Eriri, Kehinde Koyejo, Josephine Nana-Ama Raine, Reno Nyabuti, Juanita Tasby, Tanell Wash, Monique Woodford Breaux
 

CALL: 510-605-1128

EMAIL: TELLINGOURSTORIES@HEALTHYBLACKFAMILIESINC.ORG

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