Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World
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by Crystal McCrary with Nathan Hale Williams
Photography by Lauri Lyons Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (March 1, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
Reviewed by Kam Williams
“Inspiration allows 30 exceptional people to tell their unique stories. Each of these women takes us on her life journey, describing the people, the teachings and the circumstances that shaped her. We see the role that family, culture, community and mentorship play, as well as the influence of dreams, ambitions and ideas.
These women have achieved extraordinary success in the face of seemingly insurmountable circumstances. Even more important, each one has attributes of character--integrity, courage, energy, commitment, faith, drive--that illustrate how talent and character come together to create a rich and fulfilling life.
The results are astonishing… and I hope you enjoy and find inspiration in their stories.”
-- Excerpted from the Preface (pg. 6)
As a journalist, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing a number of the talented trailblazers profiled in this book. But while I might have done a decent job of capturing, say, Laila Ali’s dogged determination, Raven-Symone’s admirable maturity, or Soledad O’Brien’s sheer brilliance, those tete-a-tetes still seem to pale in comparison to the emotional depth of the material captured on the pages of Inspiration.
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