We welcome you to join the discussion, moderated by our special guest, Dr. Natasha Wright, as we discuss “Finding Me" by author Viola Davis.
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About the book:
"In my book, you will meet a little girl named Viola who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running forever." -Viola Davis
This is my story, from a crumbling apartment in Central Falls, Rhode Island, to the stage in New York City, and beyond. This is the path I took to finding my purpose but also my voice in a world that didn't always see me.
As I wrote Finding Me, my eyes were open to the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination. We are forced to reinvent them to fit into a crazy, competitive, judgmental world. So I wrote this for anyone running through life untethered, desperate and clawing their way through murky memories, trying to get to some form of self-love. For anyone who needs reminding that a life worth living can only be born from radical honesty and the courage to shed facades and be . . . you.
Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.
About Dr. Natasha Wright:
Natasha is a native of Connecticut, raised in Bridgeport. Natasha's love for God, the community, and God's people is evident in her interactions with others. Natasha has always had a heart for the community. Being raised in a family that considered it a privilege to serve, Natasha grew fond of helping anyone in need.
Natasha served on the leadership team of the Nia Alliance, a grassroots initiative with the desire to raise awareness among the Black community about the impact of HIV/AIDS. Natasha also served on the wisdom council for the Women and Girls Working Group. The Women & Girls Working Group raises awareness on issues that impact women and girls globally. Natasha is a member Iota Chi Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.
Natasha is an avid social services practitioner and advocate. Natasha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working primarily with Black women. During Natasha's professional career, she has advocated and provided counseling services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Natasha also provides capacity building and leadership training and development for non-profit organizations. Additionally, Natasha is a motivational speaker and consultant. Natasha is dedicated to serving the marginalized and underserved populations.
Natasha is the owner and lead clinician at Heart to Heart Counseling, LLC providing culturally competent individual and family therapy. Uplift. Empower. Encourage. These three words define Natasha's life mission.
In 2014, Natasha was licensed to preach the Gospel at East End Baptist Tabernacle Church. Natasha is a third-generation preacher, following in the footsteps of her mother, Rev. Nancy Kingwood-Small, and her grandparents, the late, Rev. Samuel Gary, and Missionary Sara Jane Gary.
Natasha holds an associate degree in Business Management, Bachelor's Degree in Human Service (Cum Laude), and a Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Natasha holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services. Natasha's research interests are Black women and mental health services.
Natasha's greatest desire is to be an effective vessel for God. Natasha is the mother of two sons.