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Who’s your Audience

January 21, 2010

I’ve had a hard time trying to decide who I want to write this book for.

Do I want to write a book to a more general audience of college educated Jane Doe or do I want to write a book to practitioners in philanthropy?

Do I want to say what I really think, which will probably come off critical and bitchy, or do I want to sugarcoat it all and attempt to reach a wider audience?

Then again, cant the audience sense the sugar coat?  Would they care?

This month has been big on me trying to figure out which role to play as I get invited to give even more talks in the coming months.  On one hand the stereotypes of the ‘angry Black woman’ abound (watched a reality show recently?).  I know that at a certain point you fit into people’s preconceived notions so well that they don’t even listen to what you have to say.  And isn’t critiquing the eager and earnest do-gooders the ultimate?!

So whats a critical Black woman to do?  I’m torn.

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