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Conceived in the summer of 2003 and born December 2008, award-winning author, journalist and photographer, Azaan Kamau, releases, "STUD: Dispelling the Myths," on the eve of a major political shift in the United States of America.
The groundbreaking, "STUD, Dispelling The Myths," takes a philosophical walk through the life of a masculine-identified woman from a sociological, anthropological, and spiritual view point. STUD features guest commentary, images and interviews from some of America's most prolific poets, writers, lyricists and performers such as DJ Nova Jade, Damnyo and Quandi Jackson of Afrikan Visions. STUD also includes a rare interview with butch icon, LEGEND-The Original Gender Bender.
STUD is jam-packed with historical pictures, humorous antidotes and truths about life lived as a female with a masculine exterior/interior and the writer's own spiritual insights.
Writer Azaan Kamau speaks about the experiences that led her to pen STUD, "Stud is a term that identifies a lesbian woman whose inner being and outer persona magnifies what society sees as masculine. In the early days of the LGBTq movement, women like me were called tomboy, stud, butch, bulldyke, bulldagger and other terms. Many such women had to endure a life filled with judgment and pain simply because of how they looked. I am among those who endured these struggles, however, my experiences ultimately brought me to my own healing, triumph and victory and the birth of STUD!" Says Azaan.
The writer promises that whatever one's ethnic background or cultural identity, they will find some part of themselves in STUD. STUD is penned in a fashion that will make readers laugh, feel more empowered and find a stronger sense of personal and spiritual awareness.
Living in a society where how one looks often determines one's overall quality of life can make some folks feel invisible and silenced. This book gives a voice to the sometimes voiceless women who don't exactly fit with society's image of what a woman is supposed to look like. STUD takes you into the world of masculine identified lesbians and other women who defy their gender identity, and the difficult but wonderful lives they lead.
"STUD is for any woman who has ever made a life or career choice that defied her gender identity. From the female surgeon, construction worker, president, pilot or boxer to the everyday taxpayer, mother, judge and breast cancer survivor--STUD is for women who are forced to suppress the urge to express their womanness as they are inherently led because of what society might think. STUD is also for the women and men who love, praise and find the sensual-erotic in the expression of a STUD....." Says author, Azaan Kamau.
What People Are Saying About STUD
"Azaan Kamau has poured her soul into the creation of STUD. Readers will be transformed and reeducated by the spiritual, literary and artistic experience of reading this book." Ifalade Ta'Shia Asanti, Urban Spectrum Newspaper
"This book not only dispels the myths, it s
hatters them! The Message of STUD is clear: You don't have to be a victim of any system. No one can define you, but you!" GBF Media
"Azaan Kamau is absolute incarnation of Audre Lorde!" Miki Abimbola
"STUD gives an empowering voice to lesbian communities nationwide, The book is amazing!" Shiniah Burgess
Azaan's upcoming projects include: The Memoirs of Madlyn F. Glover; the Love and Romance with Ray Charles Robinson, Zamba Nation, and the fragrance and Company; AZAAN KAMAU!!!!
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