Dionne gives a glimpse into the impact of a mother’s love

At first glimpse, Dionne is a quiet, reserved woman, but she is so full of power. Her story is the ultimate story of how a mother can literally lift her daughter out of the depths with shear determination.

Dionne’s story is one that everyone who’s ever been in a valley and searched for the light at the end of the tunnel should hear.

Come listen to Dionne’s monologue on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the August Wilson Cultural Center. Click here to purchase your tickets now.

Dionne, tell us about your monologue.

Beauty For Ashes gives the audience a glimpse into one of the most horrific events that took place in the life of Wilson’s daughter. It takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions, dipping deep into valleys of despair and climbing high on top of mountains of hope. It illustrates the impact of a mother’s love as the two navigate the unknown abyss of a new medical diagnosis and learning to live life again after trauma.

Who is Dionne?

Dionne Wilson is a mother of two, a daughter and a son. She is an author whose goal is to make the challenges and experiences faced by the female characters within her books relatable to her readers. She is also a speaker who speaks on how women can overcome life altering challenges in their lives. Follow her personal Facebook page to know when her books are published, connect with her and follow her author journey.

What do you think the city can learn from The Brown Mama Monologues?

Hearing the stories of Black mothers teaches the audience that Brown Mamas have a voice too. Not only do they have a voice, but their voices are worth being heard. Telling their stories to the city says, they matter and their experiences matter.

What do you think the audience will gain from your monologue?

No matter what horrific event that has taken place in your life, God can give you beauty for ashes. “To provide for those who grieve…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes (Isaiah 61:3).” In life, terrible things can happen, but there is hope. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take courage, for I have overcome the world (John 16:33).” There is restoration, healing and hope on the other side of trauma. Always remember that darkness is never greater than light.

What Black women do you most admire? Why?

The black woman I most admire is my daughter. I admire her for her gentle spirit, go getter mentality, commitment to achieving her goals and overall zest for life.

Where is your favorite place in Pittsburgh to go?

My favorite places to go in Pittsburgh are the parks and museums.

What makes Dionne’s family special?

Our strong bond and the joy we have spending time together is what makes my family special. Motherhood has taught me how to be strong, resourceful and resilient.

To hear Dionne tell her sheroic story about her motherhood journey, purchase your tickets for The Brown Mama Monologues today by clicking here!

We’ll see you at the show on Saturday, May 9th at the August Wilson Cultural Center!

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Muffy Mendoza is a motivational speaker, author, tribe builder and overall awesome communicator. Most notably, Muffy is known for having cultivated a community of nearly 4,000 African-American moms hungry for social change when she noticed a lack of community among Black mothers in the Pittsburgh region. She created Brown Mamas, a sisterhood that connects moms with resources, advice and, best of all, each other. To further fill the void Muffy has created a line of educational products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms, too. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty of Black motherhood everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. She received a standing ovation at the inaugural TEDx Strip District after giving a compelling depiction of modern day Black motherhood. From the TEDx stage she went on to create a stage for other Black moms. That same year she debuted the first annual Brown Mama Monologues showcase to an audience of over 200 moms. When she’s low-key, Muffy loves reading African history books, forcing her kids to watch most boring documentaries and snuggling with her best friend and husband Mr. Mack Mendoza. You can learn more about Muffy at brownmamas.com or muffymendoza.com.