130 Keturah Kendrick

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Keturah feels that some women tend to take one for ‘the team’ or have this noble honor to self sacrifice for the greater good. She realized that this did not serve her. So, Keturah has chosen to say “no thanks” to motherhood and marriage. She unchained herself from what she is supposed to be. Keturah gave herself permission to be whomever she wants. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– hear and own voice
– choose you
– make choices that in your best interest
– be honest with yourself
– have the courage to say ‘no thanks’
– traveling abroad gives you more of yourself
– human interaction equalizes everyone

To call her Keturah Kendrick only opens the door of discovery to this woman who cannot be defined by a name or set of expectations. While she’s a passionate teacher to her students, she’s also an inspiring writer to her readers. She fulfills her life mission as an ambassador of freedom to black women, living and loving life beyond boundaries in order to create peace.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Keturah Kendrick’s home is the world. As a child of the south, she grew up receiving persistent and pervasive messages about her limitations as a girl and her deficiencies as an African American. However, the fires of destiny continually kept those poisonous messages at bay. When introduced to inspiring Black women authors, the fire was reignited and she knew her home could not confine her desire to soar. She was meant to be an unmarried Black woman, absent of children, living a joy-filled, fulfilling life as a resident of the world. Since then, she hasn’t looked back!

Having lived on three continents, Keturah Kendrick presently lives between Shanghai, China and New York City. She chronicles her life and those of ordinary Black women living extraordinary lives on her cutting-edge podcast, Unchained. Unbothered. Approaching its third season, Unchained. Unbothered. features women from all walks of life who find common ground in their perspectives on 21st century Black womanhood. Episodes feature interviews from an eclectic array of women representing a plethora of diverse lifestyles. While all sharing different experiences, each woman interviewed lays bare her challenges, triumphs, contradictions, pleasures and everything in between.

Keturah’s debut book, No Thanks: Black, Female, and Living in the Martyr-Free Zone (She Writes Press: June, 2019), is a collection of essays chronicling her challenges and reflections on living while Black, woman, single and childfree around the globe. On the African continent she was considered “the crazy American woman!” On the Asian continent, she was just “too much altogether!” Even in her American home, she was not quite the epitome of “good Black womanhood.” From page to page, voyage vicariously around the world as Keturah claims her freedom and lives unapologetically in it. Each discovery and rich revelation is sure to challenge your concept of what it means to be enough for yourself and others.

Whether teaching, speaking, or simply reaching women with her quick wit and discerning style, Keturah Kendrick represents one of this century’s most significant thought leaders. Overall, her chief aim is to let each person know:

“You are enough for you, and you are more than enough for me.”




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