Charis welcomes Shay Youngblood in conversation with Kelley Alexander for a celebration of Mama's Home. A gorgeously illustrated picture book that is a powerful love letter to chosen families and the village that raises us. A young girls basks in the love of her community--which includes not only her mother but the many different women who make up her world.
Home can be a blue house with white trim you share with your mama. But it can be bigger than that, with lots of Big Mamas to take care of you when your mom works—different houses for every day of the week. Mondays mean Nurse Louella and bike riding. Tuesdays mean eating fufu with your fingers with Miss Zikora. And Wednesdays . . . well, no matter where you are, as long as you are with your Big Mamas, you are home.
A girl basks in the warmth of her community in this powerful love letter to chosen families and the villages that raise us, from Pushcart Prize-winning author Shay Youngblood and popular illustrator Lo Harris.
Shay Youngblood is a writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. Author of novels, Black Girl in Paris and Soul Kiss, a collection of short stories and numerous essays, her published plays have been widely produced. Her short stories have been performed at Symphony Space and recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. Youngblood received an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University. Her current projects include a novel, an ongoing multi-media performance work on architecture, memory and the environment and a commissioned play inspired by interviews with over 100 Southern Black women. She is a board member of Yaddo Artist Colony and a commissioner on the board of the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission. www.shayyoungblood.com
Kelley Alexander, Ph.D. has extensive experience consulting with corporations and working with individuals in a multitude of settings. She has the unique combination of qualifications necessary to help you meet goals and work with you across disciplines and in your own environment. With over 20 years of personnel and project management experience, Kelley has been managing and coaching employees and resolving conflicts using proven resolution and change management techniques. She is a Certified Mediator, professional facilitator and holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Management and a PhD in Communication. Kelley is also a partner in InnerLight Solutions, an integrative coaching firm that serves clients using a combination of Life and Financial Coaching and has been an editor and publisher of multiple books.
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