• In Love and Struggle Vol. 2

  • By: The Meteor
  • Narrated by: Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What does it mean to live in your skin as a Black woman in 2021? There is no one answer - but in this powerful, spellbinding audio special, there are 11, told by women ranging in age from 17 to 91. Together, they share stories about love, work, microaggressions, mothering - about the way the world breaks your heart and how other Black women heal it. Featuring writer Rebecca Carroll, poet Jasmine Mans, music producer Drew Dixon, dancer Carmen de Lavallade, playwright Lynn Nottage, comedian Franchesca Ramsay, podcast host CC Paschal, author and playwright Pearl Cleage, teen advocate Ve’ondre Mitchell, activist/student Treasure Brooks, and TV host Bevy Smith.

©2021 F Collective (P)2021 AO Media LLC

About the Executive Producer

Kamilah Forbes is an award-winning director and producer. She serves as the Executive Producer for the World Famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, and directed HBO’s 2020 production of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. In her diverse body of work, Ms. Forbes is noted for having a strong commitment to the development of creative works by, for, and about the hip-hop generation.

Executive Producer and Curator

Rebecca Carroll is a writer, cultural critic, and the author of several books about race in America, including Sugar in the Raw and her critically acclaimed new memoir, Surviving the White Gaze. She is the host and creator of the podcasts Come Through with Rebecca Carroll, and Billie Was a Black Woman.

Creative Producer

Noleca Radway is the founder of Quarks, a family production company specializing in audio and visual arts though a Black Queer lens. Their work includes Raising Rebels, HBO’s Between the World and Me podcast and POV/American Documentary’s Otherly Series. Noleca specializes in amplifying multiple voices and mediums to tell a story and create impact.

About the Contributor

Jasmine Mans is a queer Black American slam poet and performance artist from Newark, New Jersey; her book, Black Girl, Call Home was named one of Oprah Magazine’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books. Her work has gone viral many times over on YouTube, and she has opened packed shows for Mos Def, Janelle Monae, and Goapele.

About the Contributor

Treasure Brooks is a 22 year-old activist, cultural critic, film student at Harvard University and founding member of The Meteor. Her work consists of opinion writing, multimedia art and political organizing.

About the Contributor

Drew Dixon is an activist and record producer ho has helped to create iconic hit records with artists like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Kanye West, John Legend, Method Man, and Mary J. Blige. She is currently writing a memoir for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is the founder of C.L.A.I.M., an independent record label.

About the Contributor

CC Paschal is an acclaimed audio journalist creating podcasts about art, culture and politics. She is currently developing a new season of her own show Spark; and her book Audiocraft is out later this year. She has worked on multiple award-winning audio series, and was a lead producer on the Peabody-Award-winning Uncivil.

About the Contributor

Actress, writer and producer Franchesca Ramsey is best known for hosting MTV’s award-winning series Decoded; her first book, Well That Escalated Quickly, was published in 2018. Most recently, she guest starred on NBC’s Superstore in addition to writing for the 2020 Oscars and Amazon’s Yearly Departed. She’s currently a writer/co-producer on the iCarly reboot for Paramount Plus.

About the Contributor

Quintessential Harlem girl, Gracie Award winner and life-long New Yorker Bevy Smith is the host of Sirius XM’s Bevelations on Radio Andy. A pop culture aficionado and fashion expert, she has served as moderator of Bravo TV’s Fashion Queens, and was a former co-host on the nationally syndicated Page Six TV. Her book Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie was published in 2021.

About the Contributor

Lynn Nottage is a playwright and a screenwriter. She is the first, and remains the only, woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice for her plays Ruined and Sweat. She is the co-founder of the production company Market Road Films, and is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, among many other awards. She serves as an associate professor at Columbia School of the Arts.

About the Contributor

Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based author of 15 widely produced plays, including Blues for an Alabama Sky and Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous. Her novels include What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day and I Wish I Had a Red Dress. She was recently named Atlanta’s first Poet Laureate, and is the distinguished artist in residence at the Alliance Theatre.

About the Contributor

Legendary dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade has had ballets created for her by Lester Horton, Geoffrey Holder, Alvin Ailey, John Butler and Agnes de Mille. As an actor, she has been a member of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre, and an instructor at the Yale School of Drama. In 2017 she received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors award.

About the Contributor

The Meteor is a new media company committed to using journalism, art and live experiences to amplify the modern movement for gender equality. Launched by a collective of award-winning writers, artists, filmmakers and media leaders, we tell stories, create community and share solutions.

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Listening to these women, lit a candle in me. It was a confirmation that am doing just fine, doing my very best in this life.

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So empower!!!

So grateful for everyone who’ve contributed to this. I’ve cried, I’ve nod in pride. I am empowered on another level. I can’t wait to share this with my sisters. Please keep up the good work.

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Wow! Strong Black Woman!! Got my full attention

I truly believe this was meant for me to listen! What each Black woman had to endured before finally finding what was truly missing in each ones life!! How freakin great this feels!! Even in my saddest moment I am proud to have integrity !! Thank you for reawakening my inner strength peace! So worth listening to! I’m sharing for my daughter 🗣

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listen to the laughter of Blk Women

loved hearing the stories, insite and wisdom of black women. I enjoyed the personal stories of each chapter in their own voices.

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Excellent

I enjoyed both volumes. Definitely thought provoking. These must be more!!! Each story, from
Both volumes, really made me think of my role as a women.
It made me ponder, who do I wish to be and what do I wish for in this world as a black woman. 👏🏽👏🏽❤️

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Great listen!

I loved it. So raw and real. I hope these continue and our black women get to be heard

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Excellent stories

I really enjoyed the variety of powerful stories in this audio. The one critique is that CeCe (I think is her name) was so hard to hear I can't even tell you what she was talking about. Maybe if I'd been listening through ear buds I could've understood. Otherwise I appreciated the rest of the authors/narrators.

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Great listen

The fact that there were an array of women of all ages is beautiful. No story was the same and the will to be themselves even with accolades and accomplishments is astounding. Hopefully this can help me talk to my daughters to be unapologetically who they are.

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I am, who I am!

Thank you all for sharing your journey.
I am not alone in thinking that the world won't love me for being myself.
I am enough to love myself.
I can only smile to myself, knowing that I'm not alone and others have had struggled with insecurities too.

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Moved my soul

So many of these stories are ones I can relate to. Each story filled with honesty and clarity! It has helped me overcome some of my life fears.

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