Gabrielle Union is a renaissance woman. She’s not only an accomplished actress, but the Being Mary Jane star is also a producer, entrepreneur (peep her hair care line), wife, step-mom, activist, and now she’s adding another title to her resume–author.
Union announced the news of her upcoming essay collection, We’re Going to Need More Wine, on Twitter and we’re ready to break out our glasses.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 18, 2017
According to the publisher’s website, the book will be a “a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman”–all topics the actress knows a lot about.
Check out the book’s full synopsis:
One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: “It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real.”
In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her Black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
Union’s book is slated to be released on October 17th. We can’t wait.