Transcript for Uniting diverse and powerful women’s voices
pivot to the page for a former talent agent out with an anthology highlighting the journeys of a diverse and powerful group of women. Take a look. I remember very specifically going to a Maya Angelou reading in Columbus, Ohio. She had grown up in the 30s in the segregated south. None of that was mirrored in my own experience, yet the story she told was my story. I spent 30 years of my life as a Dula for books, the authors, and to help amplify stories that once put in the world make people feel less alone. It was always my dream to be part of the Oprah Winfrey family. I got to represent her books but as well as collaborating with her on an incredible conference called the life you want. After we got back from our life you want tour, I realized I wanted to he create opportunities for marginalized and intersectional people. The voices we don't always hear. Hi, everybody. Welcome to our fourth annual together live tour. In 2016 we set sail and went to 35 cities over the course of a year. It was just a couch with a bunch of people sharing their stories. We were touring up until the moment that covid hit. When we realized we were going to have to close down the touring, it felt really important for these stories to still be heard. I thought, wouldn't it be wonderful if people could just pick up a book and read stories of people that are black, indigenous, people of color, people who have disabilities, people who are lgbtqia, people who on the outside look nothing like you but once you open the book you would find yourself in the stories, "Hungry hearts," the title of the book, came from a powerful essay. We broke the collection down into three sections -- courage, desire and belonging. We were able to look at everybody's story from a perspective of taking the journey from the personal the universal. I hope readers take away from reading "Hungry hearts" that everybody has a story and that their story matters. It's not just for women, it's for anybody with a hungry heart who knows what it feels like to want to heal and connect and belong and rise. I know what I'm doing this weekend.
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