The Bella Bulletin JULY 2019
Happy birthday to… Congresswoman, Bella Abzug
More Than Enough Elaine Welteroth
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We’re Going to Need More Wine Gabrielle Union
The Last Black Unicorn Tiffany Haddish
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This Month in Women’s History ……....……….3 An Article from the NYCDL…………….…….……4 activism Through Art…………….…….....…...….6 Headlines of the Month…………………..…..……7 Feminist Five……...……………………….…........…8 Happy Birthday To……………………………...……10 Looking For Enrichment Opportunities…..…11 The Bella Bulletin Staff…..…………..…..…......13 BALI STAFF & Board of Directors……….……....14
Women’s History of the month:
The Seneca Falls Convention, the country’s first women’s rights convention, is held in Seneca Falls, New York Women’s Rights Movement. July 19-20, 1848
Suffragists crash the Centennial Celebration in Independence Hall to present the Vice President with the “Declaration of the Rights of Women” written by Matilda Joselyn Gage. July 4, 1876
Amelia Earhart’s plane is lost in the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. July 2, 1937
16 women from the National Women’s Party were arrested while picketing the White House demanding universal women’s suffrage; they were charged with obstructing traffic. July 14, 1917
The first class of Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) begins at Fort Des Moines, IA. July 20, 1942
Althea Gibson is the first African American woman player to win a Wimbledon title in women’s tennis singles. July 6, 1957
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act; Title VII prohibits sex discrimination in employment. July 2, 1964
“Philadelphia Eleven” deacons (Merrill Bittner, Alla Bozarth-Campbell, Alison Cheek, Emily Hewitt, Carter Heyward, Suzanne Hiatt, Marie Moorefield, Jeannette Piccard, Betty Schiess, Katrina Swanson, and Nancy Wittig) ordained as the first women Episcopal priests. July 29, 1974
An Article From the New York Debate League on this yearâ€™s, Bella Abzug Leadership Institute
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Now, Lorde isallperhaps best forwho her Washington, Black transknown women school at born Syracuse University and Parsons Frida was in 1907 in C oyoacán, Mexico. At writing and published work. This included works have been killed in 2019. But beyond just School of Design before being hired, and by 18, she was seriously hurt a bus accident, such as her poetry in T he Black Unicorn her speaking about them and honoring them, I would continue to be affected by entitled those injuries Conde Nast. Within these institutions “biomythography” about life Zand ami: would like to share twoher posts by educator for the rest ofestablishment her Her recovery, however, is A New Spelling of life. My Name , published journals her eventual in the art world, Ericka responded RankineHart, was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, and what led her towho painting. Later, atto 22,Muhlaysia she began from her time dealing with illness called T he Kruger that her childhood experiences studiedsays at Williams College and Columbia University. Booker’s murder and discourse around her relationship with Diego Riveraof and Cancer Journals, and a collection hertraveled essays She isfamily now a poet, author, essayist, professor, and and circumstance continued to abortion, and shares someTheir of the ways in to support his artistic career. relationship inmore. Sister Outsider. A lthough some of these Rankine has been awarded with fellowships influence her perspective. Not growing up which cis people are complicit in and can was including a yearlong divorce from fraught, the Foundation, the Guggenheim works areMacArthur technically prose, Lorde’s poetic followed by their remarriage, and upper class, s he says , means that she is take action against transphobia. I would Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, leanings come through in the richnessmany and One such person was Gladys Bentley! Her extramarital affairs for both (Frida engaged the Academy of American Poets, and the Lannan also like to thisand video, which speaks “from a ofdifferent class than most of myin honesty hershare language emotion. popularity in. both Newmen York took off entitled once sheCitizen began Foundation One of her works , a affairs with and women). about material ways folks can In the the early morning of Junethat 28th, 1969,club. the colleagues I'm sensitized toHouse issues of performing at[....] the book of poetry and gay-friendly poetic essays,Clam is “the only poetry Lorde was integral toDepartment discussions ofraided feminism support the Black trans community, as New York Police There, performed in masculine clothing, race and difference.” book ” Bentley to be areflected New York bestseller in the the Her art often theTimes painful relationships and womanism in the 1960s-1980s, particularly opposed tocategory,” performative hope and allyship. singing risque songs (as well as onesmany that critiqued Stonewall Inn, barand known serve queer nonfiction won accolades she hadmale with her aown body andto with Diego. In abusive behavior). As written in a r ecent New the ways she celebrated Black and queer including the N ational Book Critics Circle Award in Iin urge you to click these links, sit with these patrons. In The particular, the Mafia-run bar her painting Broken Column , she depicts York Times obituary , brought “In her top hatflaws and tuxedo, womanhood, and the in the Poetry. ideas, and consider ways , ashe you can was special because itthe provided place for physical pain; H enry Ford Hospital paints Bentley beltedin gender-bending original blues white feminist movement to light. In her essay support LGBTQ+ folks, particularly those of folks her who might have outFollowing ofsongs, other about experience of been miscarriage. numbers lewd parodies ofleft Cand itizen, Rankine apopular narrative that “Within Age, Race, Class, Sex:creates Women Redefining color, inspaces your everyday life. her divorce with Diego, she painted Self Portrait eventually becoming Harlem royalty. When not queer in New York City. Stonewall illustrates her experiences acollection Black woman in a Difference ,” published inbeing thedazzling Sister accompanying herself with a piano, the with Cropped Hair , where where she represents an racist American context. The drag topics range, starting provided a place queens, trans Outsider,built Lordesinger critiques the waysthrough that white mightily often swept the androgynous version of herself in reaction to with the everyday ways that she is faced with A place to start: if you have the means, folks, ignore and the young, lower-class, and/or women experience of audience, flirting withmultifaceted women in m the crowd and oppression, and the ways those icroaggressions her difficult relationship. support the lyrics M arsha P. Johnson project , and homeless queer people could go. This all women and thus become racist and soliciting dirty from them as she sang.” Bentley can take a toll. In one instance, she talks about research donate towas other inbyyour incident atcar preceded the eventually toured around and performed in different exclusionary inStonewall their toplaces feminism: “By sitting in most aand with aapproach colleague: “he tells his Perhaps importantly, however, heryou work night clubs in Harlem and across the country. community that are supporting Black trans raids and closings of other queer bars dean is making him hire a person of color when and large within the women’s movement today, was also the deeply political. Frida wasshe mixed-race, Though Kruger supported herself as an Towards end of herwriters career, regularly there are so many great out there [...] raid you women. Remember, during Pride month, throughout the city, but this police white women focus upon their oppression as and made sure to particularly represent performed at oneis of the first openly lesbian bars artist and educator for some after her fear the night being locked intime and coded onina that Pride was a riot that protested police women and ignore differences of race, sexual ended up sparking a riot/uprising amongst indigenous culture in time her art. This her interest in California, Mona’s 440 Club.to During cellular level and want function as aprime, power job at Conde Nast, her art really took off preference, class, and age. There is a pretense brutality and unfair treatment of LGBTQ+ patrons of the bar and bystanders who and centering ofoften indigenous culture made her a Bentley was one of makes the most famous Black wash.” Rankine use of the pronoun to a homogeneity of experience covered by the were tired ofpoetry, the police interference. For six people and and was a entertainers out ofcommunity, Harlem, and was open inoften her part of in theher Mexicanidad movement. She “you” immediately implicating the word s isterhood that does not in fact exist.” Inin masculinity and attraction to women. days, in thousands people rioted movement led by trans women color. reader her stories. Theof word allowsof you to identify
after around Village 1980. She began collecting Greenwich inalso protest women sang about affirming orof expressed withsame it inOther ways thatLorde canalso be personally (I’m the essay, critiques theunfair ways painted herself wearing Tehuana traditional found black-and-white imagery, and printed treatment of LGBTQ+ people. queerness in their art during this time. O ne example not the only one who experiences this!) or can that folks with tomarginalized dress, which calls an indigenousidentities, Zapotec ischallenge Bessiecommentary Jackson (Lucille Bogan)’s 1935 song called social atop them in blocky you to look at the ways you might culture where women key societal particularly Black, queer,are andgiven women-identified “Many B.D. Woman’s Blues .” “B.D.” meant “bulldyker” or contribute to the oppression she describes. were involved in the uprising, but two lettering. Her background as a graphic roles.are Herexpected iconic painting The Two Fridas can be folk, white/privileged “bulldagger,” and wastoa educate derogatory term for butch peopleabout in particular out. First, there interpreted, inatheir part, as astood discussion of her mixed people struggles and lead oppressions. designer magazine women. Inforthis song, Rankine also often brings thehelped physical body her into to her heritage; she is shown holding hands with was Marsha P. Johnson, an activist, Black She writes that such a dynamic allows Jackson sang, “Comin' this attention-grabbing, pithy style; the poetry: the way that aracist exchanges create pain herself, where one version of herself isand in “oppressors maintain position time, B.D. women drag queen, and sex who grew up in not only in the[to] mind but also intheir the body. She stark speaks black, white, andthey redworker colors appear European dress, and theto other in traditional ain't going to need no for of sighing and of aching, and the ways that these evade responsibility their own actions.” New Jersey and moved New York City can as and clear, while her mbiguous pronoun men” and “They gotadvocated a ayou Tehuana wear. She also h onored a connection be daily experiences once understand the racist Lorde ultimately for a recognition a teen. There was also Sylvia Rivera, a Latinx head like a sweet angel use directly engages the reader. (Where context that your was born from. She with nature through paintings like and and acceptance ofexperience the difference ofRoots peoples’ activist, drag queen, and sex worker who and they walk just like“the aMonkey writes in particular, world is wrong. You can’t Self Portrait with . Frida also held might you rather stand, for instance, in the experience, than a rejection (othering) or was in the Bronx. were key natural man.” She put theborn past behind you. [...] It’sBoth turned your flesh Communist beliefs throughout her lifetime, ignoring of them. phrasing gaze hits“every the day sideas of my acknowledges this and figures in“your the Stonewall uprising, well as into its own cupboard” your mouth attending protests, supporting workers, and lesbian/queer identity face?”) Kruger also strove to make her art opens resistance; and receives the kiss theand world offers, which later Johnson Rivera were critiquing thecandidly capitalistic U.S. these Self-portrait on Lorde’s lives onyou through ideas and and seals speaks youlegacy shut are group feeling sick to Gay your accessible by though literally placing it in public involved in the activist the the Borderline Between Mexico and the United about it, acknowledging her writings, as in some organizations. stomach aboutas thewell beginning of the feeling that was Liberation Front (GLF). Together, they also spaces: art has been on buses , the sides States isher one such painting where her love of an the relationship bornAfrom understanding.” The udre Lorde Project , for example, is named independent, pre-colonial Mexico is clearly founded the Street Transvestite Action between womanhood of buildings , skate and more.organizing after her, and worksparks as a,community contrasted withspecific her negative experiences of the and masculinity and the in reality queer She also brings people and events into play. Revolutionaries (STAR) 1970,of“Lesbian, which center based in Brooklyn that serves relationships between women. G ertrude 'Ma' Rainey United States. Rankine dedicates one of her sections to tennis advocated for young transgender people, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Transinpieces and Gender One ofSerena her an also spoke of amost lesbianfamous identity “Prove it onNon me player Williams, describing the was ways that and rented out a tenement at 213 East Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color blues .” In bothwoman admits and herself image of it, a she white splitdistances in half, one Williams faced racism and sexism from umpires, Second Street where theyandoffered a Rankine Communities.” from queer identity and behavior. She “place Went fellow players, coverage, dailysays, life. half where thenews colors are inverted, with the out last nightyouth with atocrowd ofand my eat. friends/They for trans stay Rivera writes about Hurricane Katrina, and names Black This article is a quick overview, so here are words “ your body is a battleground.” This must've been women, 'cause I don't like no men;” victims of police violence like Mark Duggan and would go on to fight for gay rights more starting learn and honor “It's true I wear a places collara piece andtoalink tie” andthe “Talkeveryday to the was Kruger’s art for 1989 Rodney King, drawing clear between legislationand andSylvia’s inclusionstories, within the LGBTQ+ Marsha well as gals just like any but then saysas“Cause they interactions andold theman” larger manifestations of racism Women’s March on Washington, and it community. Both struggled at the margins say I do individual it, ain't nobody caught me/ Sure got to LGBTQ+ history in through andgeneral: state-sanctioned violence. reflects sentiments while evenit of the pro-choice “Gay” Liberation movements, prove onher me.” Of though queer women were able however, because they didover not fit calling ciscourse, women to action their ● NYC Trans Oral History Project: torespectability find somework artistic freedom and success during the Rankine’s in C itizen thus shows a way that politics in many ways. They reproductive rights. Of course, there is so much more to learn and http://oralhistory.nypl.org/neighbor Harlem Renaissance, it and wasgender not can all beeasy. conversations about class, race held were not middle white, and did honor about Frida Kahlo.folks It not isare important she Upper/middle class Black and religiousthat leaders through hoods/trans-history art. 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Examining history shows words, she is recognizing what would later be there is still a long way to go in terms of 2019, and T een Vogue and T he Independent that although some folks would like to pretend that termed “intersectionality” by scholar Kimberlé ensuring that queer folks are physically, offer articles can serve as startingispoints to queerness and that acceptance of queerness new, it's Crenshaw.) After all, asbetween Lorde inand her really not.the Queer behavior and recognized identity, although discuss contrast Frida’s image emotionally, and culturally safe perhaps labeled differently, have always existed. 1982 speech earning From the ‘60s ,” “There is being commodified and the actual politics she supported in“Lall spaces. Consider that police -Foremothers and great artists like Gladys Bentley, no such thing as a single-issue struggle because stood for. An article in the Paris to readmarginalized about Rankine still profile and killReview folks with Bessie Jackson, Ma Rainey, and moreown prove that you we do not live single-issue lives.” and C itizen i n her words: identities, especially Blackinto people. Consider, can bring your full identity art for reasons https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6905/cl too, that trans and women of color--the political, personal, even playful. And that same queer
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Headlines of the Month Supreme Court Ruling Allows Trump Start Representative Ocasio-Cortez and to Senator Border Construction MarkeyWall Introduce Green New Deal
Puerto GovernorCourt Rico Roselló Resigns Kenya Rico Postpones Decision on After Weeks of Protesting Decriminalizing Gay Sex
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On June 12, Ecuador’s highest court legalized The people of Puerto Rico have been demanding the same-sex marriage in a 5-4 vote. Marriage between resignation of Governor Rico Roselló after offensive same-sex couples has been legal in the country since Anti-leftist Brazilian President JairtheBolsonaro and inappropriate messages between governor A group of armed individuals asmore the 2008. However, opposite-sex couplesknown have had This Friday, February 22nd, Kenya’s high court was This year, 8 states have introduced varying and his administration have released plans to and several of his cabinet members were leaked on United Constitutional Border Ops legal privileges sinceon thedPatriots law was passed over a. scheduled to rule ecriminalizing gay sex July 13th. The scandal, known as “Chatgate”, set off take w omen’s and LGBTQ history out of school restrictions on abortion . These new laws detained 300 asylum-seeking migrants near decade ago. But now, after many lawsuits made by However, theofjudges have claimed that time an eruption pent-up anger themore governor textbooks . These plans haveagainst been one of many have gained lots ofthe attention this past Sunland Park, New Mexico in mid-April. This two couples, Efraín Soria and Javier Benalcázar and is needed to review evidence, and as a result, and a few other government officials for corruption moves made by President Bolsonaro to group of individuals are all independent from Rubén Salazar andpof Carlos Verdesoto, court’s the vote has been ostponed until Maythe . new This vote month as a result the most recent and mismanagement. In fact, just before the drastically change the education system of the US Customs Border Patrol and decision this month gives same-sex couples the exact was going to be and major landmark for(CBP) LGBTQ+ laws from Alabama and Missouri. Alabama scandal, a number of officers were charged with Brazil. In who addition to proposing changes therefore did face not have the discrimination legal jurisdiction to same privileges as opposite-sex ones.the Ecuador is now Kenyans, immense on the fraud and Governor money laundering. Initially after the Republican Kay Ivey (R-A) s igned detain these migrants. Yet, spokesman for the textbooks, the Ministry has basis their sexuality. Many ofcountries them are barred one ofofthe many LatinEducation American that have Governor Roselló was hesitant to announce United Constitutional anscandal, abortion law on MayPatriots 14marriage, thatJim made from promotions, getting hired for certain jobs, disbanded it’s diversity department ,Benvie and recently legalized same-sex including his resignation. Puerto Ricans, however, did not take and access toof education and health claimed thatany thestage detention of these migrants Brazil,having Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay. In Bolsonaro has previously made comments abortion at pregnancy illegal no for an answer. Protestors took to the streets for services. Furthermore, many experience physical was legal and equivalent to “ a verbal citizen’s addition, the The Inter-American Court of Human about rid offorquestions about with nogetting exceptions rape orannounced incest.women’s The two weeks straight until that his harassment, andRoselló incarceration. Activists arrest.” This abuse, particular chapter of thesame-sex United RightsLGBTQ issued a ruling that recognized and rights movements from national official resignation would take place August 2nd. most recent law on abortion was passed innear claim that the vote not only has a wide influence Constitutional Patriotsinthese has stationed marriage in allBolsonaro, countries the been Western Hemisphere. exams. For drastic changes to
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Happy Women’s Month! Enjoy this month’s picks of inspirational MayaKaur Rupi Angelou is anwas Indian-Canadian born on April 4th, poet,1924 illustrator in St. Louis, and Missouri. performer.This She women to honor and Michelle cherish during Month. This (2018), month is her Obama’s Women’s latest book, Becoming month was made(her famous birthday for month) her bestselling we’ll honor poetryisher and lifeprose and collection, work. Elaine Welteroth an American journalist, editor and Milk New we’ve got short stories! autobiographical memoir. The book sold approximately 725,000 and Honey. This spent copies over ina year on York Times Bestseller list. York TimesThe best New selling author. She is widely known for second the United States on the first day, making it the For Colored Girls Whocreator Have Considered Suicide whenBulletin the Rainbow is Enuf is -Mayannah Beauvoir, Content for the Bella best-She selling debut books soldof in 2018. book reached comes from a of Sikhall family inchief Punjab, India, andThe to becoming the editor Vogue, only the second Ntozake Shange’s first piece. It wasinwritten inTeen 1976, and isimmigrated a compilation of Canada with her parents when she was four years old. She started 1.4 million copies in the first week, and in about two weeks, Maya Angelou was an African American poet, singer, memoirist and civil rights activist. She has authored plays, movies and television shows in addition to poetry books and several autobiographies. Her first autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” details her upbringing in the south up to being a teenager. This book brought her critical acclaim and international praise for her writing and experiences.
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spiral She hadShe a huge impact on herworker, marriage to her husband. The two divorced She had many professions in her young adulthood. anything. was describes a fry cook,women a sex asasbeing a nightclub “smooth dancer a milk and and performer, thick as a violence. Shange originally wrote them separate poems in 1974. Her she being beganofa using opioids.She In order to readers change Conference. her life,her andShe endalso her Barack Obama well as and herBess experience mother. takesLeadership into life and cast member of the as opera Porgy , a ndand a coordinator the Southern Christian honey”. Her second book, The Sun and Her Flowers was published in October 2017, and explores themes of readers to become politically engaged. Under her leadership, Teen Vogue produced its first Youtube channel, suffering, she decided to partake on this trail, alone, with zero hiking worked as a journalist in Ghana.
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Ntozake Shange was an American playwright, and self proclaimed Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, firstrelated Black First Ladyand of Black the United Black feminist. Much of her the works to race power.
States ofI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings America, was born January 17th, 1964. She is who married than on Enough: space for you to are (no was written in 1969 by writer and She was More born Paulette LindaClaiming Williams in October of 1948 in Barack Trenton, Obama, the 44th president of the United States. Michelle grew up on the South New Jersey. She attended a white elementary school ate the Brown poet Maya Angelou. This is the first book in an seven part volume Side of Chicago, Illinois. Herwhat mother was a ishousewife and her father was a city matter they say) a memoir written by Elaine v. Board of Education court decision, where she was bullied and water plant employee. The family lived in the South Shore community area, series. It is a coming of age story that uncovers Angelou’s character, racist attacks. age she Princeton developed an of It isFrom considered be the millennial version which sheendured rented Welteroth. from her great aunt.a young She to attended University, childhood trauma and experiences with racism. The book begins when appreciation for She and attended College atRupi Columbia following her brother to Honey the the same graduated cumwritten laude inby 1985. She Milk and isarts. a school poetry and proseBarnard book Kaur. Cheryl Strayed is an American writer, novelist and podcast host. Michelle Obama’s Becoming. The book is a partial manifesto, Angelou is very young and leaves St Louis to live with her grandparents recalls in her memoir in that herYork teachers her toStudies. not applyShe to an Ivyher League She University New City advised in American got masters was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania in 1968. She later moved to It was too published on attending November 4th, 2014 lasted that over school for fear of setting expectations that were high. in Upon Princeton sheand explained it 77 washer degree from USC Los Angeles. Around this time, she changed in Stamps, Arkansas at the age of three. The story follows her sexual Minnesota,and where hermemoir parentsthat divorced. Sheupbringing lived in a home that partial retells the and rise to her the first time that she was aware of her race. weeks on the New Times Best Seller List. Theher book isplumbing divided name to Ntozake whichYork means "she who comes with own things" family built, themselves, which did not have electricity, or assault, depression and inferiority complex growing up. It evolves to show her upbringing into a young woman, Post graduation, she earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School with more confidence. She later worked until she moved away for college. in Zulu. of Elaine Welteroth the into 4success chapters which Welteroth. reflect a journey from climbed “Hurting” toranks of at the law firm, Sidley and Austin, where who learns how to speak up for herself and combat racism. It highlights themes of identity, rape, racism and she met Barack Obama. Michelle also worked as an assistant to the Chicago mayor in 1991. Obama gained an“Healing”. important She position in in 1996 as executive director of writes the she University of her Minnesota with acommunity infirst English lowercase letters, shifts between media and fashion, claiming titles alongShe the graduated way. In her from memoir describes experience as a BA biracial literacy. Her most writings, Fof or Chicago Colored Hospitals. Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, coined affairspopular at the University She worked there until 2008 when the primary campaign for and Women’s Studies. Her mother died from lung cancer when she was and in second person and breaksdance, many of the traditional rules her groundbrakig dramatic formulathe consisting poetry, music and song. She presidency began. a choreopoem, senior college. She of frequently writes about the impact ofof her woman growing up in a small town, to how she found herself constructing a movement through social media mother’s death on her life. Michelle of Obama became one of thepage most prolificShe celebrities ofShe way her also time as First Lady of Writing the United became anassocite the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press. taught Creative at the poetry. rites this to honor her culture, specifically The book is the most highly acclaimed of all her autobiographies. It became a bestseller, immediately after States.of She played anShe exceptionally active downfalls role in issues and campaigns that mattered to her. of the major ashe and fashion. She shows her shortcomings, ultimate success as a woman in Some America. Overall, University Houston. also played a major part inand the Black Arts Movement, with her writing creating In addition to her memoir, Wild, and a few novels, Strayed Gurmukhi script. It is her intention for her writing to be being published. The book catapulted her to fame and has never been out of frame. It has also ushered in an issues that she countered were homelessness, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and health of children.accessible has She also Black Aesthetic. published work in The Washington Post , T he New York Times , Vogue, Tin House , and several other papers garnered a successful public image inthemes popular culture, for doubting her fashion include statements, that discipline and presence. Her and hopes to translate to young girls everywhere who may be themselves, they self are care moreand than and easy for the reader to follow.. The explored in this work abuse, love, era of black women publishing autobiography in a shameless manner. Today, it is still a prominent book in high magazines. She also contributed to a popular advice column in The Rumpus, known as “Dear Sugar”. She has latest venture post‑presidency has been the release of her memoir Becoming , in 2018.
also co‑hosted the Dear Sugars podcast for four years. She considers herself a feminist activist. Shange school classrooms and college classes. heartbreak. enough.died in her sleep in October of 2018 at 70 years old.
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