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June 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Marita Golden (author of The Strong Black Woman) will discuss why people desire to hear about narratives that focus on Black children’s lives.
Join me for…
CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS WITH MARITA featuring Caroline Brewer, author of “Darius Daniels: Game On!” and Leslie C. Young Blood, award-winning author of the middle-grade novel, “Love Like Sky”
Saturday, June 12, 202112:00 pm to 1:00 pm (EDT)on Facebook LIVE!(The event link will be provided prior to the event)
Black Children’s Stories Matter: The Evolution of Children’s Literature
Join me on June 12 at noon for a Creative Conversation with authors Caroline Brewer and Leslie C. Youngblood.
We’ll discuss the growing popularity of narratives for young people that focus on the lives of Black children. These books are winning major literary awards and topping the bestseller lists. We’ll discuss why.
Leslie C. Youngblood is the award-winning author of the middle-grade novels, “Love Like Sky” and the forthcoming “Forever This Summer.” Her honors include the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize and the Go On Girl! Bookclub Aspiring Writer Award.
Caroline Brewer writes picture books and middle-grade books. She is a teacher, the author of 13 books, including children’s picture books, and an education consultant. Her books include “Darius Daniels: Game On!” and “Barack Obama A Hip Hop Tale of a King’s Dream.”
How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women
“Black don’t crack”. The Strong Black Woman Syndrome is a racist and sexist archetype created to marginalize Black women. It is a toxic ideology that is a major factor contributing to the dismal health metrics for Black women, showing that four out of five are overweight and are more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack than White women. The syndrome calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers and chief caretakers for everyone in their lives. “Black don’t crack” is a familiar adage. We never buckle, never feel vulnerable, and never bother others with our pain.
Black women face a hidden mental health crisis of anxiety and depression. To be a Black woman in America is to know that you cannot protect your children or guarantee their safety, that your value is consistently questioned, and that even being “twice as good” is often not good enough. Consequently, Black women disproportionately experience anxiety and depression. Studies now conclusively connect racism and mental health―and physical health.