LIFE, I SWEAR: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing, and Self-Trust
Chloe Dulce Louvouezo, author and podcaster
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: 24th President of Liberia (Africa's first democratically elected woman head of state); Nobel Peace Prize laureate; founder of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development: EJSCenter.org
A champion for women and girls; Chloe Dulce Louvouezo serves as Senior Communications Officer at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and sits on Washington DC's Commission for Women. A devout storyteller, she knows the power that comes when we tell our individual stories; the power that is the many truths of who we are. Among the many things that power can manifest: Louvouezo's extraordinary book, "an undertaking of the heart," LIFE, I SWEAR--a curation of writings and photos across the spectrum of contemporary Black womanhood with an introduction by friend, new-mom, fashion icon, Project Runway judge and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth. With her book, podcast and this interview, Chloe gifts us "the irony, the challenge, the faith, the resilience, the sweet manifestation, the ugly chaos, and the calm--all the ebbs and flows that frame how we experience and interpret this life." And, what a life it is--and has been--for African American women!
This penetrating interview--a journey filled with surprises--begins with a deceptively simple observation: "Your very name comes to us bearing stories and questions. Where are you from? And, how did you come to be who you are?"
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