Ayana Mathis: The Choice to Be Strong and Weak

14 Jan
Ayana Mathiscredit: Oprah.com

Ayana Mathis
credit: Oprah.com

It’s a new year so let’s start off with some inspiring words of truth by author Ayana Mathis. Her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, is next on my reading list. Mathis was on the Kojo Nnamdi Show last week and I just fell in love with the sound of her voice and the way in which she spoke. She speaks so well #racist  🙂  I know … but the language she used was beautiful, probably thanks to her poetry background. Mathis exuded intellect, poise, humility, and charm. Color me impressed.

So of course I became her cyberstalker and I stumbled across an interview Mathis did for Lady Oprah’s OWN component of The Huffington Post. BTW Lady O selected The Twelve Tribes of Hattie for her relaunched book club. Game recognize game. 

Without further ado, here are those words of truth. (Click to enlarge.)


This resonated with be because I think people (self included) can have the tendency to minimize, limit, and dismiss the harshness and difficulty of life as we and others experience it. We all should be given the space to express what we feel–the good, the bad, and the ugly.

You can listen to Mathis’s interview on the Kojo Nnamdi show here.


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