Tamara is available to speak about race and gender and their intersection with pop culture, politics and current events. Talk to her about customizing a lecture or workshop or choose from one of the existing presentations below:
The Real Work of Being an Ally – NEW
Never in a generation have women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community more dearly needed active allies to counter inequality. But the contours of active allyship are elusive to most people. It is easier to disapprove of injustice passively than it is to actually do something. Most of us lack experience resisting the prejudice baked into American society. And allyship is also stymied by the very human urge to begin our work outside. This 20-minute speech offers practical tips on being an active ally to marginalized people.
Instructions for an Artist’s Life – NEW
In this presentation, Tamara shares what she has learned in more than 15 years of being a writer, including lessons about business, maintaining the muse and more.
Mad Women, Rump Shakers and Bad Mamas
This presentation uses humor, history and frank talk to reveal how stereotypes like Jezebel, Sapphire, Mammy and the Matriarch persist in the 21st century and how they influence the lives of black women. 60 minutes. (Interactivity can be added to this workshop.)
Serena: Superwomen as Every(black)woman
That stereotype still influences how America views black women is made clear by examining discussions surrounding black women in the public eye. This presentation uses media coverage of tennis superstar, Serena Williams, and other high-profile black women, to illustrate this fact. 60 minutes.
Sisterhood and Self-Care Can Save Our Lives
Belief in the strong black woman myth affects how society sees black women and how they see themselves. Often black women ignore their own vulnerability even as they are breaking physically and emotionally. This inspiring presentation is perfect for groups of black women. It interrogates the devastating effects of the strong black women stereotype and offers a blueprint for healing. 60 minutes. (Interactivity can be added to this workshop.)
Black Women: Writing Our Stories Workshop
Great for intimate groups of black women. This workshop encourages women to use writing for self-expression and emotional healing. Participants will respond to writing prompts inspired by The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America, sharing personal stories and providing feedback to one another. Tamara will talk about writing as a form of black female self-care and offer hints on crafting a writing life.