Dr. Carolyn Stephens
Dr. Carolyn Stephens was raised in NYC. She relocated to Atlanta, GA to pursue a career in fashion but after working with children in the under-served population she transitioned her educational pursuits to work in the mental health field. Dr. Carolyn now serves as a community clinical therapist & family support specialist. She also holds a Doctorate in Divinity and uses her education and experience to promote cultural diversity with a focus on empowering and developing African American women. Currently, she serves as the CEO of Blackhouse Collaborations Inc. and is the founder of the “I AM A BLACK WOMAN” book series. She empowers men and women to rise above challenges and champions community strength through unification.
Dr. Carolyn Stephens
“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all." James Baldwin."
The I Am A Black Man: Ascension of the Kings book is a companion to the documentary by the same title, and the second in a series chronicling the black experience. It explores the realities of black men in America and the misconceptions that exist related to how they interact with their children and partners. Black men have had to internalize the difficulties they have faced navigating the stereotypes that are part of the national narrative. The sobering perspective of the eight black men who share their personal stories in these pages, shatters those erroneous stereotypes and contrived misconceptions. Ascension of the Kings references the ability of black men to rise above these distractions and take their rightful place as leaders.
“There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in a black woman. It’s as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet.” – Maya Angelou
These stories are heartbreaking and haunting, informative and informed, inspirational and inspired - and the overarching message of hope, love, and unity is both powerful and pure. Individually, each story is unique, and each voice has its own purpose. But when these stories come together, a collective hand is extended, the strength of which cannot be overlooked. So entirely relevant in today's world - the sheer magnitude of these stories will not just cause ripples in the book industry - it will cause waves. These stories demand to be read, and these voices deserve to be heard. I truly believe that women, everywhere, should read this book. - Janelle Shields