Tarana Burke falls into many categories: youth advocate, writer, mother, auntie, survivor, lover of all things African, and friend to name a few.
In 2006, she co-founded the organization Just Be Inc. which focuses on, among other things, helping young women to develop a sense of self-worth. It also has a special focus on working with young survivors of sexual abuse, assault and exploitation. Aside from her professional work in Black arts & culture, Tarana continues to make her work with young women of color her priority.
This blog was started as a place to house the stories, commentary and narratives that come spilling forth in her brain about any number of topics from raising her teenage daughter, Black women in the media, love and relationships, social justice and current events. Borrowed from one of her all time favorite stage plays, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Enuf” by Ntozake Shange, ‘Sing a Black Girl’s Song’ speaks to what to Tarana feels like is a void of authentic voices of Black women in social and mainstream media.
She has a ‘song’ and this is the place where she chooses to sing it. Thank you for joining.