You all are in for a treat :) For this #AuthorAlert we have someone that I have looked up to literally since I was 13 years old lol! Aundrea is actually the older sister of a great friend of mine from High School and she instantly became a big sister to me as well. It is so awesome to be to have the opportunity to feature Aundrea.
Aundrea has authored the following books:
For The Quiet Black Girl
A Black Girl’s Guide to Survive and Thrive in Private School
Both influenced by Aundrea’s upbringing and experience in Private School. These are necessary reads for us all but especially our young women.
Please check out our interview below and if you have the chance to please check out her work and support her platform Spit Honey and remember to always…”speak words that lovingly stick to a person’s soul.”
Who is Aundrea Tabbs-Smith
I am a creator, an author, an educator. I am a compassionate person who wants others to feel good about who they are. I am dedicated to empowering others and encouraging them to live in their purpose and speak their truth at all times. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I feel it in my soul when others experience pain. I am just a woman who’s trying to live out God’s purpose for my life.
How do you think people view you?
I believe people view me as a caring individual - someone that they can trust and come to if they need an ear to listen. I think people view me as someone with a lot of confidence, but to be honest, I put in work daily so that I continue to have a positive self-image.
Is reading important to you? If so, why?
Reading is extremely important to me. Reading awakens your spirit. It allows your mind to develop and discover new and different perspectives. In my adulthood, the books that I choose to read are helping me grow as a human being.
If you could pick the title for your memoir or auto biography what would it be?
From Passive to Purposeful
What are some books that you feel have influenced the way you see the world today?
The Conscious Parent- Dr. Shefali Tsabury
A Long Walk to Water- Linda Sue Park
Brown Girl Dreaming- Jacqueline Woodson
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Who is your favorite literary figure? Why?
Ifemelu - protagonist in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. Her ability to speak her mind at all times is what draws me to her. She tells people plainly what she thinks of them. She deeply values independence and her personal success.
What is your favorite quote?
I have two:
“When you know you are of worth, you don’t have to raise your voice, you don’t have to become rude, you don’t have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn’t have to protest.” –Maya Angelou
“No matter how big you get, it’s still okay to cry because everybody’s got a right to their own tears.” ― Jacqueline Woodson, Peace, Locomotion
Name a book that you would read over and over again or one that you simply could not put down.
A book that I could not put down was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I was able to develop a new perspective on Africa that differs from the one traditionally taught in the United States. The main character, Ifemelu, is intelligent, self-assured, and forced to face what it means to be black for the first time. Although I was born in the United States I could relate to some of her experiences and the physical and emotional lengths one goes to in order to feel whole again.
Another book that was glued to my hands was I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi. I love her humor and transparency. I also loved her ability to bring hush-hush topics to the forefront. She forces you to think about your own actions and bring some “act right” into our lives.
Aundrea’s words on literacy:
Reading the experiences of others creates empathy. To be able to experience the thoughts of others through literature creates a deep personal bond with the writer. They have let you into their world. They have shared an intimate piece of who they are. Now, we can understand parts of them.