In the spirit of Amy Poehler's Yes Please, Lena Dunham's Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman. One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union - a 44-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic '90s movies - instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: "It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real." In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her Black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
©2017 Gabrielle Union (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
From Tayari Jones, author of the New York Times best-selling An American Marriage, and performed by Gabrielle Union, one of Times 100 Most Influential People of 2020, comes an unflinching story about mothers and sons that will leave listeners reeling for days. Motherhood isnt easy, especially when youre a mother of a Black son. Ten years ago, Cheryl jumped at the chance to send her son, Javonte, to an exclusive boarding school in New England - far away from Atlanta and the violence of the city streets. It was the American dream, or was it? Now settled in Vermont, Javonte is married and well-employed, but Cheryl hardly ever sees him, and when she does, her own son seems like someone she only used to know. So, when Javonte announces hes coming home to Atlanta for MLK weekend, Cheryl calls off work, thinking this could be their chance to reconnect. But a few days before the visit, Javonte cancels his trip. After begging for the hours back at the white glove moving company where she works, Cheryl accepts a last-minute gig in her own neighborhood, cheered by the idea of a Black family moving on to bigger and better. But on her way to the job site, Cheryl learns the homes occupants arent moving by choice. Over the next several hours, Cheryl must reckon with her own unresolved past in this searing story about family, race, and the lasting consequences of a choice that cant be taken back.
©2020 Tayari Jones (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.
Inspired by the eagerly awaited birth of her daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, New York Times best-selling author and award-winning actress Gabrielle Union pens a festive and universal love letter from parents to little ones, perfect for welcoming a baby to the party of life! Don't miss this audiobook edition, read by the author herself! Reminiscent of favorites such as The Wonderful Things Youll Be by Emily Winfield Martin, Ive Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb, and Take Heart, My Child by Ainsley Earhardt, Welcome to the Party is an upbeat celebration of new life that youll want to enjoy with your tiny guest of honor over and over again. A great gift for all occasions, especially Mothers Day, Fathers Day, baby showers, and birthdays.
©2020 Gabrielle Union (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers