about me

Hey, Black Gurl! 

I’m Erica! A loving wife to my husband of 15 years, a superheroine to my two beautiful daughters, a dedicated educator by day, a passionate entrepreneur by night, and a budding podcast personality with an all-consuming proclivity for books that explore Black life and consciousness!

In 2019, I got a divorce. NOT from my husband. But, rather from my vast collection of books. It was a somewhat painful event--a slow death. You know how some say, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone?” Well, that was me. For over 20 years, I had built up a collection of hundreds and hundreds of books and in a flash, they were all gone. I had recently watched Marie Kondo’s entire series on Netflix and did what many people were doing at the time--tidying up and clearing out bookshelves. It also didn’t help that my family and I were actually downsizing at the time, so the thought of getting rid of my books made so much sense. 

 

Now it’s a year later and I miss them. Though there are many that needed to go, there are so many more that I wish I would have kept. Bestsellers, books read for fun, books to inspire me, books that struck a nerve in my soul--all gone! I no longer have any of the books from my years as an English Lit. and African American Studies major. I no longer have any of the books I’d acquired from my years as a high school English teacher or as a doctoral student in Education. I don’t even have most of the texts from my time as an Education professor:(. 

 

I have only one crate of books left. And yes, I’ll admit it’s still in my storage unit. This time around I will be more intentional and collect the books that I am truly interested in and those that also fit the mission of the Black Gurl Institute--books that’ll allow us to stretch and think more deeply about topics that matter to us! I’m excited!

 

I love to write about and discuss what I read. Yet, most of the time those discussions are with my husband (whom most times has not read the book, btw). Nevertheless, I craved having a space to converse with other Black women and that is why I founded the Black Gurl Institute. I wanted to create a platform where Black women are transformed with, for, and by other Black women!

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Erica Womack, Ph.D.

Founder

". . . your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else."

-Toni Morrison

My Top 10 (A little more about me)

 

Inspirations:

I love these five thinkers and creatives: Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Nickole Hannah Jones (founder of the 1619 Project), & The Afrominimalist--Christine Platt (I follow the latter on IG and she’s awesome!). And who wouldn’t have Michelle Obama on the list? That’s just obvious!

 

Books:

Octavia Butler’s Kindred (fiction)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (non-fiction)

The Bible

 

T.V. Show:

The Wire

 

Movie:

The Five Heartbeats

 

Music:

90’s R&B

 

Colors: 

Green & Gray

 

Food:

Shrimp 

 

Drink:

Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher 

 

Candy:

Laffy Taffy 

 

Place to Shop:

It’s a toss up between Old Navy and Ulta Beauty

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