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“I am keenly aware that everyone and everything has a story,” April D. Ryan acknowledges. “Also, I have always marveled at Black women and how we work to move mountains and are never really thanked or recognized.” In Black Women Will Save the World, she melds these two truths, creating an inspiring and heart-tugging portrait of one of the momentous years in America, 2020—when America elected its first Black woman Vice President—and celebrates the tenacity, power, and impact of Black women across America.
It is time for everyone to acknowledge Black women’s unrivaled contributions to America. Yet our democracy remains in peril, and their work is far from done. Black Women Will Save the World presents a vital kaleidoscopic look at women of different ages and from diverse backgrounds who devote their lives to making the world a better place—even if that means stepping out of their “place.”
White House Correspondent April Ryan, has a unique vantage point as the only Black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House—a position she has held since the Clinton era. April can be seen almost daily on CNN as a political analyst and is the Washington, DC, Bureau Chief for The Grio. She has been featured in Essence, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle magazine, and other top publications, has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association, and is an esteemed member of the National Press Club. April is the author of the award-winning book, The Presidency in Black and White, and At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White. She lives in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Ryan will be in conversation with Julie Mason, the host of SiriusXM's Julie Mason Mornings. Her daily political talk show on SiriusXM's POTUS channel features an eclectic mix of guests, including newsmakers such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Secretary of State John Kerry, Gov. Larry Hogan and Gov. Chris Christie, among others. Before joining SiriusXM, Julie was a White House reporter at POLITICO, the Washington Examiner and the Houston Chronicle. Julie has more than 30 years of journalism experience covering local, state and national politics, including four presidential campaigns. Julie is a former elected board member of the White House Correspondents Association and appears on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NPR and more. She was a 2014 recipient of the Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media for outstanding achievement as a radio talk show host. Julie is married to Tunga Yakupoglu and lives in Washington, DC.