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Vulnerability, Shame Resilience and the Black Experience: An anthology

Tarana Burke Brene Brown

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Vermilion London
05 July 2021
Tarana Burke and Dr. Brene Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organisers, artists, academics and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching- vulnerability and shame resilience.

Tarana Burke and Dr. Brene Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organisers, artists, academics and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching- vulnerability and shame resilience. Contributions by Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Laverne Cox, Jason Reynolds, Austin Channing Brown, and more.

It started as a text between two friends.

Tarana Burke, founder of the 'me too.' Movement, texted researcher and writer Brene Brown to see if she was free to jump on a call. Brene assumed that Tarana wanted to talk about wallpaper. They had been trading home decorating inspiration boards in their last text conversation so Brene started scrolling to find her latest Pinterest pictures when the phone rang.

But it was immediately clear to Brene that the conversation wasn't going to be about wallpaper. Tarana's hello was serious and she hesitated for a bit before saying, Brene, you know your work affected me so deeply, but as a Black woman, I've sometimes had to feel like I have to contort myself to fit into some of your words. The core of it rings so true for me, but the application has been harder.

Brene replied, I'm so glad we're talking about this. It makes sense to me. Especially in terms of vulnerability. How do you take the armour off in a country where you're not physically or emotionally safe?

Long pause.

That's why I'm calling, said Tarana. What do you think about working together on a book about the Black experience with vulnerability and shame resilience?

There was no hesitation.

Burke and Brown are the perfect pair to usher in this stark, potent collection of essays on Black shame and healing. Along with the anthology contributors, they create a space to recognise and process the trauma of white supremacy, a space to be vulnerable and affirm the fullness of Black love and Black life.
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Imprint:   Vermilion London
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   257g
ISBN:   9781785043826
ISBN 10:   178504382X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tarana Burke (External Editor) Tarana J. Burke has worked at the intersection of sexual violence and racial justice for more than twenty-five years. She has created and led various campaigns to interrupt sexual violence and other systemic inequalities disproportionately impacting marginalized people, particularly Black women and girls, including the 'me too' movement. Burke was part of the Silence Breakers, named Time magazine's 2017 Person of the Year, and one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2018. She has also received the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize, Harvard University's Gleitsman Award, and the Ridenhour Courage Prize. Brene Brown (External Editor) Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Brene Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the last two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers- Braving the Wilderness, The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong. Brene's TED talk, 'The Power of Vulnerability', is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 45 million views. Brene lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

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