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Between her time as a radio host, television figure, and social media personality, Danni Starr has never been afraid of sharing her opinion. In this book, she takes you on a whirlwind tour of her own life and beyond, with plenty of personal perspective and #BlackGirlMagic to go around.
From her struggles with workplace discrimination to the wild Rumspringa of her post-divorce months, from postpartum depression to the joys of friendship, Danni tells her story with honesty, humor, and moxie to spare. Despite its lows, life has given her plenty of joys—good friends, an empathetic gift, lovely daughters, and a great pair of eyebrows. They’re unorthodox weapons to be sure, but with them she’s faced down everything that’s been thrown at her and forged a wicked set of survival skills in the process!
Let Danni take you on an entertaining, enlightening, and engaging tour through her life. All you need to join is some empathy—and, with any luck, the brows to match.
Excerpt from Empathy and Eyebrows:
You are smart, you are important, you matter. I want you to know that the world is yours, take care of it. It may not always take care of you, or even make you feel like it’s yours, but it is. There will be times when you question how you even survive in a world like this, trust me, I’ve been there. You will survive though, you will work through it, you will learn from it, and you will be better because of it.
I should tell you that you can be anything you want to be, I’m supposed to do that. Instead, I want to tell you that there will be people who will try to hold you back. There will be situations where you are immensely qualified and you will still have to prove yourself. There will be times when you will have to work harder than others, do it. You deserve to be happy and you deserve to be successful but you also deserve to know the truth. These things are not impossible to obtain, but your gender and your skin tone may make it a little more difficult.
In these difficult moments, please call on each other. No matter the paths you choose, no matter the distance between you, always remember that you share a common bond.
You are the only two people in the world who have shared my body, my blood, and who have used the melody of my heartbeat as a lullaby.
Storytelling is such an amazing thing. I love to make people laugh or feel by telling stories. Stories connect us because we all have a story to tell. Our stories may not always be the same but when we share our truth, it gives others permission to do the same. Story telling is healing, it's empowering, it's necessary.
I want to talk about things. Real things. Things that matter. Relationships, connections, mental health, parenthood, addiction, infidelity, self- awareness, self- destruction, forgiveness, positivity, protecting your energy.
Who do you want to be? What do you fear? Are you over love? When is the last time you cried and why? Do You feel bad for hurting someone? Can we talk about all the things?
In a social media world we are losing the art of human connection. Can we talk? Talk about things that make you feel? What makes you angry? What makes you happy? When’s the last time you scream laughed so hard that real tears fell from your eyes? WHAT. INSPIRES. YOU. Lets talk about that.
Real Conversations. Real People. Real Connections. The Empathy and Eyebrows Podcast with Danni Starr.
On December 31, 2011, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! It was something I had dreamed about for so long. I remember the day after she was born — I was crying on the phone with my midwife because I was so overwhelmed. My baby was so little and I didn't really know what to do.
Being a little overwhelmed is common. After giving birth, many moms (up to 80%!) experience some form of the baby blues. This could be feeling irritable or exhausted, needing to cry for no reason, or worrying that you won't be a good mom.
I did not have that. I had something that nearly sucked the life out of me.
After we got home from the hospital, I rarely got off of the couch for 30 days. I got up to feed the baby and change her, but I didn't eat. I remember just feeling so weird. Everything was robotic: "Must feed baby." "Must change baby." I don't remember even enjoying any of it.
One night, I was so tired that I actually Googled how many sleeping pills I could take without dying. I didn't want to die, but I wanted to be pretty close so that I would sleep for a few days. I actually had a bunch of pills laid out on the ottoman. I started to down them and then I thought, "What if I am unconscious and she starts crying?! Nobody will hear her." I didn't want her to cry and not have help. So I begged God to let me fall asleep, and I threw the pills away. My baby saved my life.
I started in radio at the age of 19 in Minneapolis Minnesota. After working in every day part (middays, overnights, afternoons etc.) I worked my way up to doing mornings with the Tony Fly Morning Show.
I spent 8 years in the Minneapolis market. After almost a decade in the Twin Cities, I headed to Washington DC. I’ve been in the DMV for almost 5 years now and it’s become my second home.
Currently you can hear me every weekday morning from 6am-10am as co-host of The Fam in the Morning on 93.9 WKYS. You can also catch me breaking news and giving you tips, tricks and what’s trending on the TLC network as host of TLCme Now.
Media has been a huge part of my life. In fact, I have spent my entire adult life on the air. I know that media will continue to be a big part of who I am but this summer I am headed to grad school to get my masters in clinical social work. My hope is to use my media training to become a contributor or correspondent on mental health. Sometimes when there isn’t a lane you fit into, you have to create your own platform-that’s my goal.
Danni would love to be a part of your next event!
- Keynote Address
- Half and full day workshops and seminars
- Media coaching and training
- Leadership development
- Mental health advocacy and awareness
- Effective communication tactics
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Women and girl empowerment
- Social Media engagement
Book Danni Starr for your next event! Get more details here.
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Maya Angelou
They Told Me...
They told me I was too loud, so I did radio and allowed my loudness to shine. They told me I talk too much so I chose my words wisely and spoke up on things that mattered. They told me I shared too much, so I wrote a book and was the most transparent I have ever been... it doesn’t matter what they said because this week, I sat on the stage The National Press Club being interviewed by their president about that super transparent book they thought I couldn’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t write.
It’s a talent of mine to do exactly what they said I could never do. I’m mastering it daily. Anybody else got something you think I can’t do? I’m feeling up to a challenge 💯💜🙌🏾 thank you so much to those who love me, respect me and understand that me being me is the only thing I’ve ever been really great at!
Danni supports the nonprofit organization 'Still Kickin'
Still Kickin is a nonprofit organization that helps awesome people going through awful things. Each month, we choose a deserving person, family or organization — a Still Kickin Hero — and provide financial support. We’re building a braver, more supportive world — one shirt, one workout, one person at a time.