- You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience -

You Are Your Best Thing:
Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

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Introduction to You Are Your Best Thing: A Conversation

Brené Brown: We could start the story of this book when you texted me to ask if we could talk, and I thought you wanted to continue our ongoing conversation about wallpaper and landscaping—but what came before that? When did the idea for this book come to you?

About the cover artist

Born in Nigeria, Toyin Ojih Odutola creates multimedia drawings on various surfaces. Themes in her work have explored the malleability of identity, meaning, and power through portraiture and story-telling. She is based in New York.

Meet the Contributors

Ordered as they appear in the anthology

Jason Reynolds

Between Us: A Reckoning with My Mother

Austin Channing Brown

This Joy I Have

Tanya Denise Fields

Dirty Business: The Messy Affair of Rejecting Shame

Kiese Makeba Laymon

My Head Is a Part of My Body and Other Notes on Crazy

Prentis Hemphill

The Wisdom of Process

Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Love Lifted Me: Subverting Shame Narratives and Legitimizing Vulnerability as a Mechanism for Healing Women in the Black Church

Marc Lamont Hill

Never Too Much

Keah Brown

We Are Human Too: On Blackness, Vulnerability, Disability, and the Work Ahead

Luvvie Ajayi Jones

What’s in a Name?

Shawn A. Ginwright

The Blues of Vulnerability: Love and Healing Black Youth

Kaia Naadira

Filling Every Page With Joy: Rewriting Trauma and Shame

Deran Young

Honoring Our Stories, Transforming Our Pain

Sonya Renee Taylor

Running Out of Gas

Irene Antonia Diane Reece

My Journey: Vulnerability, Rage, and Being Black in the Art World

Yolo Akili Robinson

Unlearning Shame and Remembering Love

Laverne Cox

Hurt People Hurt People

Jessica J. Williams

Black Surrender Within the Ivory Tower

Aiko D. Bethea

Steps to Being Whole, on Your Terms

Imani Perry

To You: Vulnerable Mother
A Choreo-Essay

Tarana Burke

Where the Truth Rests
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