"Practice What You Preach" by Nina Kennedy


Practice What You Preach

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Practice What You Preach

Author        Nina Kennedy
Country      United States
Language   English
Subject       Autobiography, American                                       history, classical music, sexism,                             homophobia, race relations,                                   filmmaking
Published   January 2022
Publisher    RoseDog Books, an imprint of                              Dorrance Publishing                                              Company
Media type  Print
Pages          363
ISBN            978-1-63661-011-5              
Practice What You Preach: Book 2 of the Practicing for Love Series is the continuation of the 2019 nonfiction autobiography written by Nina Kennedy and published by RoseDog Books. It is about her life and experiences as a former child prodigy and the daughter of college professors, her career as a concert pianist, and her attempt to escape from American racism
The book continues the story of Nina's adventures in New York City, and her return to Europe where she resides in Vienna, Cologne, and Paris.
Early in the book, Nina receives news of her mother's death and must return to Nashville for the funeral. While cleaning out her parents' house, she unearths material for a documentary film which she spends the next six years producing. That film, Matthew Kennedy: One Man's Journey - on the life of her father who was a concert pianist and director of the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers - becomes an award-winning hit at international film festivals.
Producing the film was a labor of love and solidified her father's place in history; however, it was not enough to win his approval. He continued to fight her every step along the way, and to argue with every decision she made. It also became clear that he refused to acknowledge the fact that her mother was an alcoholic, and verbally abusive to both of them.

While in the U.S., Nina becomes involved with an African diplomat who forces her to come to grips with new levels of sexism, homophobia, and anti-Americanism that permeate many African cultures. She learns to appreciate her national identity in a new light, in spite of the American racism that has victimized her family for generations. The encounter teaches her "...just how privileged we are as LGBTQ Americans, and that all Africans are not necessarily our allies just because they're black."
On March 19, 2022, Chadra Pittman of The Sankofa Projects and Michelle Brown of Collections by Michelle Brown Podcast presented a "virtual" Zoom book launch celebrating Women's HerStory Month, which will be broadcast on The Noshing with Nina Show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network in May of 2022.

"Not only is Nina Kennedy a renowned classical pianist, but she now reveals her versatile talent as a marvelously engaging memoirist."
                   - Ann Allen Shockley, author of Loving Her

Practice What You Preach is available at infemnity.com/shop.

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