I’ve been an admirer of Award-winning Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ever since I received the book, "Purple Hibiscus” as a birthday gift, in 2012. My admiration of her has grown with every new humanitarian project, honorary degree, book, speech and appearance she makes.
In the clip below, she discusses the dangers of a single story, a tool often used to dehumanize, weaken and destroy people.
The single story is something LOUD Girls face constantly through widely propagated stories of The Mammy, Sapphire and Jezebel. There are times when I can barely stand to read the news or check social media timelines because of the aggregation of the single story about Black women - especially those using their voices to express truth.
The single story is the anti-thesis of the many wonderful things we are doing and achieving as a collective, including being among the most educated group of peoplein the U.S., fastest growing group of entrepreneurs, and more.
Watch Chimamanda break down the dangers of a single story in the clip below:
Chimamanda’s creativity, imagination, will and disdain for likability, make her a force of freedom. Her comment, “Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity;” gives us all the more reason - as LOUD Girls to reject the single story and keep, keeping it LOUD!