SAINT PAUL, Minn.
- Sept. 25, 2022
-- The Aya Collective has published its first anthology, Let the Black Women Say Ase'. Among the more than 20 Black women authors featured in the book is St. Paul's own Dr. Artika Tyner.
"I am so happy and excited to say that I'm a contributor to this anthology with my essay entitled "The Chronicles of My Ancestors," said Tyner.
The Aya Collective's anthology, Let the Black Women Say Ase', features the voices of Black women primarily from Minnesota, Ohio, and Chicago. They range in age from their 20s to 60s, and encompass all walks of life.
The authors in the anthology fully embrace the diversity of their life and spirituality. Readers will find stories of courage and thankfulness when life is good and stories demonstrating the bravery of Black women to lean in and carry on – even when life is painful. There are stories of strength that transcend individual experiences and are shared by Black people around the world.
The writers share their experiences on a variety of topics ranging from fear of intimacy, mothering, and indecision. The authors cover subjects encompassing loss, liberation, and their ancestors. The anthology's stories are helping to craft a new narrative for Black women by defining who they are, their beauty and spirituality, and who they are as people.
Ase' (pronounced Ah-Shay), is a word of affirmation and agreement in the Okun language, a dialect in Nigeria used by Yoruba descendants. It's similar in meaning to the word amen - a word of authority, power, and command. Let the Black Women Say Ase' (https://ayamediapublishingllc.com/products/let-the-black-...
) reflects that concept with essays that powerfully demonstrate the influence and resilience of Black women.