Sharon K. McGhee
Author and creator of The Pocketbook Monologues, Sharon K. McGhee had the vision to approach such a bold subject matter. McGhee, an international traveler, encountered many women of color around the world who shared compelling and heart-wrenching stories about intimacy. The quest found many women with the courage to not only answer the questions, but to discuss, in vivid detail, a subject that is normally taboo in the African-American community. The term “pocketbook,” was used by many older African-American women when the subject of sexuality was discussed privately. From sisters that carry their weight in Fortune 500 companies, to the crack addict searching for her next hit, to the girls that have been violated in their homes, to women going through the change of life, these monologues are detailed in a liberating and hilarious manner. Following the blueprint established by Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, McGhee keeps the Black female perspectives front and center. The Pocketbook Monologues has started a movement with a mission of empowering and entertaining women of color. Originally from St. Louis, McGhee is an award-winning radio-journalist and former host of the top-rated morning talk show, “Good Morning St. Louis.” Now based in Chicago, she is the former news director and host of “First Light” on WVON 1450. At present, McGhee is recognized as one of the city’s most respected media personalities as a news anchor for WVON 1690.