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Publisher's Summary

In Love and Struggle brings together a group of prestigious women of color to share their stories during this unique calendar moment, a leap year which serves as a bridge, uniting Black History Month and Women's History Month. A slate of participants includes actor Sarah Jones, law professor Anita Hill, commentator Brittany Packnett Cunningham, model and speaker Aaron Philip, poet Mahogany L. Browne, writer Bassey Ikpi, scholar Salamishah Tillet, author Jodie Patterson, and hip-hop artist Mumu Fresh. Co-produced by The Meteor, this was recorded live at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

©2020 F Collective (P)2020 AO Media LLC

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Publisher's Summary

In Love and Struggle brings together a group of prestigious women of color to share their stories during this unique calendar moment, a leap year which serves as a bridge, uniting Black History Month and Women's History Month. A slate of participants includes actor Sarah Jones, law professor Anita Hill, commentator Brittany Packnett Cunningham, model and speaker Aaron Philip, poet Mahogany L. Browne, writer Bassey Ikpi, scholar Salamishah Tillet, author Jodie Patterson, and hip-hop artist Mumu Fresh. Co-produced by The Meteor, this was recorded live at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

©2020 F Collective (P)2020 AO Media LLC

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Model and speaker Aaron Philip has used her social media presence to call attention to the representation of trans women, women of color, and women with disabilities in fashion. She has been featured in i-D, Dazed, Elle, on the cover of Paper, and in campaigns for Sephora, Marc Jacobs, and more.

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Alicia Garza is the founder of the Black Futures Lab, and the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. She serves as the strategy and partnerships director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and is also the co-founder of Supermajority. Her forthcoming book is tentatively titled How to Turn a Hashtag into a Movement, and she warns you—hashtags don't start movements. People do.

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Professor Anita Faye Hill is a professor of social policy, law, and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Brandeis University, with expertise in anti-discrimination law and policy.Her books include ReImagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home, and she holds honorary degrees from multiple institutions.

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Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-American writer, ex-poet, mental health advocate, and procrastinator. She is the founder of The Siwe Project, an organization that promotes mental health awareness in the global Black community. Her debut book, I'm Telling the Truth But I'm Lying, is a New York Times best-seller.

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Brandee Younger is an American harpist. She infuses classical, jazz, soul, and funk influences into the harp tradition pioneered by her predecessors and idols Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane.

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Britney Packnett Cunningham is an educator, organizer, and writer; an NBC and MSNBC contributor; and the author of the forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream. Brittany is also a former fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, a co-founder of Campaign Zero, and the co-host of Pod Save the People.

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Jodie Patterson is a social activist and author of the book The Bold World. She serves as chair of the board of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and was appointed by the United Nations as a Champion of Change.

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Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer, and educator who has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, ave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research, and Rauschenberg. She is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, and Black Girl Magic (Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (YesYes Books), and Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of Woke Baby Book Fair.

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Malmouna Youssef, aka Mumu Fresh, is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, activist, and acclaimed hip-hop artist who's been called a "quadruple threat" by The Roots' Black Thought. In 2019, Mumu performed at the 2019 BET Black Girls Rock! Awards with a soul-stirring performance of her song "Say My Name".

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Sarah Jones is a Tony and Obie Award-winning performer and writer known for the multi-character, one-person Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Meryl Streep, and her current critically acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date.

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Salamishah Tillet is a professor of African American and African studies and creative writing at Rutgers University-Newark. She is also the faculty director of the New Arts Justice initiative, the author of the book Sites of Slavery, and a regular writer for The New York Times. She and her sister Scheherazade Tillet co-founded the non-profit A Long Walk Home in 2003.

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Sasheer Zamata has received improv and sketch training from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and performs stand-up at colleges and clubs across the country. She spent three years on Saturday Night Live, has shot TV shows with Comedy Central, and can be seen in Hulu's Woke, starring Lamorne Morris. She hosts the podcast Best Friends with her own best friend, Nicole Byer.

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Toshi Reagon is a singer, composer, musician, curator, and producer with an ear for sonic American. Her expansive career has taken her to Carnegie hall, the Paris Opera House, and Madison Square Garden—but you can also find her at music festivals and local clubs. Toshi is also the librettist of the critically acclaimed opera adapted from Octavia E. Butler's novel, Parable in the Sower, co-created with her mother, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon.

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Black Women's Blueprint is a national New York-based Black feminist organization which provides services, training, and community for girls and women. Its programs include the Mother Tongue Monologues and the Museum of Women's Resistance.

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Stop and listen to these women. You will not regret it.

Astonishing that this was recorded February 29th, just before the world erupted. As if this message was delivered just in time for us to be ready to hear. These words, these stories, these leaders are so powerful. Thank you, is all I can say.

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Don’t play yourself

This performance is necessary.

We are amazing.

You will not hold us back.

WHEW, this was really really good like a full night’s rest after a long day of work!!! 💚💚💚 give me more please! Best $5 I’ve spent this year!!

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Love and Struggle is Powerful

Not everyone can handle Black Women telling our TRUTH! This took me back to 70’s when I seen Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls who Have Committed Suicide When / when the Rainbow is Enuf

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Black WOMAN ROCKS

Black and White Ladies and Men listen Please. You will better understand Us and learn more about what we have been giving for years.

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Such strong connections and glimpses of history. Recommended for all ages! Self love, lessons of hope and struggle!

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I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS

i REALLY can't say enough about this audio. i cried. i laughed. i was mad. i was sad. each one took me on a journey. i need more and wanted more. i really want my daughter to hear this one.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this audio. Each woman's voice was so powerful as they clearly spoke. You will definitely be moved after listening. I know I was and for that THANK YOU ALL.

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We Are Everything....

So dope, so courageous, so tender, so gifted, so amazing are our voices. I loved every single entry. Black women carving out a space to love on and honor one another, to tell our stories, to motivate and enlighten one another. I know I will revisit this again.

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No words can express the level of beauty and belongingness felt from this performance. Beautiful, just beautiful!!

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Wow!

Wow! Just wow! Enjoyed the profound speeches. I discovered a few new names but each was impactful in their unique perspective. After listening, I was inspired to continue to participate to improve our lives and nation.