Column: The bravery of Jennifer Siebel Newsom facing Harvey Weinstein — and facing us all
Siebel Newsom’s new book, “The Courage to Change,” is out, and I’m not sure that it’s her full story, but I think that the stories that she tells are worth your time.
While most publishers would take a month to review the work of a “new black author,” Newsom received reviews of her book in less than a month. And while there’s no way to know how many readers bought the book — since there wasn’t an official launch — it sounds like the early reviews were positive:
“This is the first book that I wrote not because I had any idea that I wanted to be a writer, but because I wanted to show up at the right time, to have a platform, to be in the right place, to have a voice that matters and can, finally, be heard,” said the book’s author.
“I’m ready to go,” Newsom told The Root in an exclusive interview. “I feel like the most amazing thing I could ever do would be to change the world, but it’s a lot to ask anyone. I’m not sure it can be done when you’re the only black woman at a lot of those companies.”
“We’re still waiting for the day where I can be my truth, and the rest of the world can see me.”
“I think I’m a human being so much more powerful than I was when I was the only person in the room. I’m a leader, not an author, and that’s why I’m ready for it,” she added. “There have to be more women who are ready. We’re still waiting for the day where I can be my truth, and the rest