Featuring Randi Bryant-Agenbroad

Somewhere along the way I fell in love with myself: my womanhood, my Blackness, the complete me.

Randi Bryant-Agenbroad

Randi Bryant-Agenbroad, a graduate of Tuskegee University and The College of William & Mary, has spent her adult life writing training manuals for Fortune 500 companies and denying her dream of writing fiction. Age forty hit and so did her determination to finally go after her dreams. Since that point, she has started a popular blog, Beatnik24.com, writes every day and is in the process of completing a nonfiction book titled Neversays: Things That You Should Never Say, as well as a currently untitled work of fiction. She lives in Marin County, California, with her husband, two sons, two cats and huge black Lab.

We had the opportunity to interview author Randi Bryant-Agenbroad, whose essay “The Bad Black” appears in All the Women in My Family Sing. This is what we learned…

What inspired you to write your essay for this anthology?

I’m at a time in my life where I am reflecting on and becoming more comfortable with my own identity.

What is one of the most memorable challenges you have experienced as a woman of color in the twenty-first century?

It is difficult to speak my truth as a woman of color in the twenty-first century because my truth is one that makes many uncomfortable.

Give an example of women’s roles in today's social justice movement.

Maxine Waters, a small woman in stature, has boldly and loudly taken on the entire government to ensure that all people have civil rights.  She is a true David fighting Goliath.

What have your experiences been in leadership as a woman of color? 

I am fortunate to have always been surrounded by people who have never questioned my ability to lead.

What do you most hope readers will take away from reading this book?

Similar to when you travel far and find a street, a dish, or a quaint restaurant that makes you feel as if you are back home; I hope readers find a bit of themselves in these stories and authors whom initially seemed foreign to them.