Trigger Warning: This episode contains themes of sexual violence, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, racism, self-harm.
This is the penultimate episode of the season! So this week, I am looking at the experiences we may not share. We all know the incredibly heavy weight of bearing an untold secret. There is nothing so heavy as having something significant to get off our chest, and being unable to share it, often because we think that it will be poorly received. But we also know how incredibly freeing it can be when we do.
So what stops us from sharing?
Thanks to the following guests for participating:
Gabrielle Deonath is a Guyanese-American Muslim writer and editor. First published at age 16, she penned personal essays on her experiences navigating the world as a Muslim teenager. She served as an assistant editor at Brown Girl Magazine for five years and is an editor of the company’s first-ever print anthology. Gabrielle hopes to continue to give a voice to those without a platform and create authentic representations of minorities and marginalized communities through storytelling. Her next book venture, titled Shukr: An Inspirational Dua and Gratitude Journal for Women, is coming to a bookstore near you in Spring 2022.
Kamini Ramdeen-Chowdhury is a Guyanese-American editor and writer. She works at theSkimm as a senior news editor, covering stories to help millennial women live their smartest lives. She also aims to spark conversations about first generation American identity in her writing and art, found at Paulo Grand. She’s formerly worked at Brown Girl Magazine and Verizon Media. Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted is their first anthology together.
Special thanks to Jessica John of @speakitjess ministry
Here are some of the resources from the show:
In Roxane Gay’s memoir Hunger, the writer details her relationship with her body over her life. In this short interview, Gay critiques socially constructed beauty norms and how weight has been left out of the new culture of acceptance.
Alya Mooro spoke to womena®Media about her life navigating the world as a third culture kid, overcoming the stereotypes around women, her career in journalism, and most importantly, how writing “The Greater Freedom” was a journey of self-discovery and losing the fear she had around societal expectations. The process of researching, introspection, and writing allowed her to answer the many questions she had growing up.
Books looked at this week:
Co-editors Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen-Chowdhury: Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted
Roxane Gay: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Alya Mooro: The Greater Freedom: Life As a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes
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