VIDEO: Author and Activist Deborah Santana on the Beauty and Resiliency of Strong Women

Deborah Santana was not only married legendary musician Carlos Santana, she’s also an activist, business manager and a highly successful author. Her first book, a memoir, titled Space Between the Stars was published in 2005, and now she is editor of a new book, All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom (Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God).

All The Women In My Family is an anthology of narratives by women of color, detailing their experiences in a world that is often cruel to them, their bodies and their cultures. Each selection communicates strength and triumph through hardship, as well as redemption through leadership and a resilience that is often ignored.

I talked with Santana about this edited collection that features pieces by actress America Fererra (“Ugly Betty”) and others from all walks of life and fields of expertise. At the time, I didn’t know she was the “Black Magic Woman,” her husband speaks of on my mother’s favorite album; instead, it was just a regular conversation with an author about a book all women (and men) should read. Now that I know, I will forever hear those songs differently but in the same spirit conveyed in this book.

All the Women in My Family Sing is now available for purchase. Read below for a free preview:

Take a look at Deborah Santana’s memoir:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Deborah Santana is an author, documentary film producer and activist for peace and social justice. She holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women’s Spirituality. Her memoir, Space Between the Stars, was published in 2005. Her essays have been anthologized in Life Moments for WomenNothing But the Truth So Help Me GodChokecherries Anthology, and Tutu As I Know Him. Her book of poetry is titled Silence Always Answers.

 

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