Brenda Stone Browder is the author of ON THE UP AND UP: A Survival Guide for Woman Living With Men On the Down Low.
Brenda became concerned about women’s issues during a church service; she saw pain on the faces of women while listening to their testimonies. She became concerned that the women needed an outlet that would allow them to speak candidly on their concerns, and promote healing. The “You are Not Alone Women’s Empowerment – Mind, Body, and Spirit” seminars began to address women’s bottled-up issues.
One issue that has secretly plagued women for years is MSM (men who have sex with men), or the Down Low lifestyle. In some cases women are aware of their significant other’s lifestyle, in some cases not; Brenda has personal experience with a previous marriage to a man who was living on the “down low.” Her former husband J.L. King, is the author of On The Down Low: A Journey of Straight Black Men Who Sleep With Men (Broadway Books).
Her personal testimony and book has been featured in various media including: Radio talk shows - NPR with Ed Gordan, Bill Thompson’s “Eye on Books;” CNN, “The Montel Williams Show,” featured in Essence Magazine, and a guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Her book, On the Up and Up, is an Essence best seller. She has been in demand on radio talk shows, TV news shows, and has been keynote speaker at numerous events and fundraisers.
In her workshop entitled “Surviving Life on the Down Low” Brenda speaks candidly on that relationship. She uses her test to be a testimony to others; “They are not alone. Many women have been brokenhearted, and their world shattered, to find that their spouses or significant other, is living a down low lifestyle.” Brenda’s emphasis is on “surviving the storm,” healing and forgiveness, and living a non-judgmental lifestyle. She dedicates her life to: Educate, stimulate, motivate, and liberate disempowered spirits.
Brenda is available to for workshops or to keynote your event.