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Lighten Up #49: Amena Brown

Hey welcome to episode 49 of Lighten Up with Melanie Dale! Today I’m talking with poet and author Amena Brown. You guys I love her. She shares with us her process of writing and performing her spoken word poem about miscarriage, called “Mothers of Invisible Children.” And then somehow we segue from hard stuff into light and laughter. We tell stories about our awkward relationships, awkward coworkers, awkward church people, favorite albums we own on vinyl, why she wrote How to Fix a Broken Record, food rules for a happy marriage, and what it’s like to really be yourself. Whether you’re heading to the office or your office is the laundry room, listen in and lighten up!

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Links From The Show:

Check out Amena’s book, How To Fix a Broken Record: Thoughts on Vinyl Records, Awkward Relationships, and Learning to Be Myself

Amena on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Amena’s website

Mothers of Invisible Children

Open mic nights in Atlanta: Urban Grind and Curate

Destiny – The Jacksons

A Seat at the Table – Solange


How to Leave a Review:

If you enjoyed this conversation, would you jump over to iTunes and leave a quick review? This will help other people find the show. Now, I have to admit that I’m so technically challenged that I struggled to even figure out how to leave a review. You are smarter than I am, but just in case you, too, aren’t sure how to do that, here’s a quick tutorial on Leaving a Review on iTunes:

  1. Go to the Lighten Up iTunes preview page.
  2. Click “view in iTunes,” which will launch iTunes.
  3. Click the “ratings and reviews” tab. (You can also click the “subscribe” button while you’re there, heh heh.)
  4. Select a star rating, then write a quick review.
  5. It might take awhile for it to show up in iTunes, but please give yourself a hug from me.


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