In Ms. Grant’s own words: “Every Sister Has a Story to Tell is my answer to the Black Woman’s call to see more women like themselves on television and film.[…] It was not my goal to create a fairy tale nor a story of victimization, but one simply of truth, which is ultimately the most powerful.”
Every Sister Has a Story to Tell presents seven black women of various backgrounds and representations. The women give their experience with growing up and romance, along with their opinions on success and the state of Black America. Included in the discussion are the effects of the 80s crack era, navigating lesbianism in a heterosexual world, and the changes the ladies feel must come to improve our society.
Tevina, from Brooklyn, leaves a strong mark with her calm demeanor as she discusses the way the neighborhood’s crack use shaped her personhood. Even her own father fell subject to the drug’s pull. However, she grows up to understand that no one is “just a crack head”. As many people who struggle with their own addictions, or loved ones’, she reminds us that addicts are sick, but they are people. These sort of powerful lessons remain constant throughout from all the women.
One of the most impactful quotes comes from Ede Fox in the opening: