Esther Armah is a New York radio host, playwright, award-winning international journalist and national best-selling author. Esther has been in the media in Europe, Africa and now America for almost 15 years. In New York, you can hear her on New York”s WBAI99.5FM”s morning talk show “Wake Up Call”, Mon-Thurs 6-8am. She has hosted WNYC’s “The Next New York Conversation”; GRITtv with Laura Flanders and MNN’s Ancestor House with Nana Camille Yarbrough. Esther Armah is a political commentator on MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris Perry. As an international journalist she has written for “The Guardian” newspaper in London, “Essence” magazine in the US, and “West Africa” magazine in Africa. Her most recent writing is an essay on her life”s work “Emotional Justice”, entitled “The Posse” and has appeared in the 2012 book: “Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness” edited by Rebecca Walker, daughter of the Pulitzer prize winner, Alice Walker.
As a playwright, her plays “Can I Be Me?” “Forgive Me?” “Entitled!” have all been seen on New York stages. Her play SAVIOUR? debuted October 2011 at Manhattan’s Dwyer Cultural Center. Esther”s first book, “Can I Be Me?”, became a national best-seller. Esther created the term “Emotional Justice” a phrase to address, challenge, deal with the legacy of untreated trauma from our history and passed down from generation to generation. This is a multi-media, multi-platform, mixed gender critical community conversation series: on the mic via radio, on stage via theater, on the page via writing, live via panel discussions. In London, .she worked in radio and television for over a decade with the world”s biggest broadcaster - British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC.. She runs Centric Productions, a multi-media production company. As a reporter and journalist she has traveled and worked in London, Washington, Philadelphia, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Lesotho. She was named as one of Ebony magazines “must see, must cop, must listen to” people on their 2012 “The Cool List”. She now lives in New York. You can find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/emotionaljustice. Follow her on Twitter: @estherarmah.
Esther Armah's next book is: “Emotional Justice: A Kiss Goodbye To Struggle” a book and multi media and multi platform conversation project.
Can I Be Me?
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Pub Date: June 2006
Esther Armah is a black British journalist turned junkie. Her fix is approval
and applause; she works in mainstream media, but she's hungry for a place of
belonging, a space to call home, a community and a nation she can belong to.
Witness to her mother getting shot, part of the legacy of secrets in her family,
driven and ambitious she has become a beggar in mainstream media, she wants out
but first she has to tell the truth of the assignments she went on and who she
became on each journey. Who does she have to be to survive in the world of
mainstream media? Who is she prepared to become to get the success and approval
she craves? And where do her assignments lead her? This powerful, provocative
non-fiction memoir reads like a fast paced drama with travel to South Africa,
Ghana, Washington DC, Philadelphia, London, relationships, brief encounters with
leadership and the one question she has to ask - and answer - Can I Be Me?
Can I Be Me? brutally honest, emotionally revealing, inspirational, thought provoking, powerful and provocative.
Esther Armah Host of GRITtv
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