"Now, this is also in particular for the black women, in particular, who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can, and will, do better for you."
Jesse Williams, BET Awards 6/26/16
That profound statement immediately took me to an excerpt from Turn Two and the character Cameron McFarland . . .
"I . . . embrace my African heritage, as I wish my fellow successful brothers would. Some, not all,” he clarified, “feel validated by a white woman on their arm. Pure ignorance! If they were educated in that respect, they would understand and appreciate the beauty and strength of black women who for too long have been devalued by mainstream society. For me, personally, I desire a mate who reflects the image of my own people. I want to unify, not divide. There is strength in unity."
Terrence recalled the last few months. The memory of Rondell’s
arm around Traci after Jerome’s funeral popped into his head, as
did the late nights she worked. He then remembered the day he
visited her at the office and Rondell appeared uneasy, the same day
he refused a drink with him. She is very confident in herself lately, he
thought. Did Rondell give her that confidence, he wondered.
Tina Denise was born and raised in Southern California. She is married and has two wonderful children, a son who is a professional athlete and an academically talented daughter. She has enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate and is an avid sports enthusiast, both which serve as the backdrop for her debut novel.