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My Soul Looks Back And Wonders…The Mahogany Brown Experience


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[intense_dropcap]F[/intense_dropcap]or those of you have opted to read this review are probably wondering, What in all hell is The Mahogany Brown Experience?… It was indeed the same question I asked myself when I initially received my copy of this autobiographical book entitled, My Soul Looks Back And Wonders How I Got Over [The Mahogany Experience] written by Mahogany Brown. And, I will say this for those of you who are wondering WTF is it? The MB Experience is something that no woman should ever have to endure in her lifetime.

However, first, I will tell you what it is not. This book definitely is not some tasteless plate of unseasoned oats. Contrarily, it is an eloquently written true-life tale about a woman who has endured the worst that life has to offer. The odd part is that she didn’t have to go to a third world country to experience it. Keep reading and I will explain.

The Official Synopsis

mbcoverLife for Mahogany was that like any other little girl; full of laughter, love, and everything pretty. Until one day the family dynamics changed, and separation divided the family. Torn by the absence of her mother, Mahogany found comfort in mimicking the surroundings created by her mother…until one day in 1982 Mahogany had a date with the devil, that forever changed her life.
Prepare to explore the turbulent life of a child who couldn’t fight, a woman who learned what the fight was about and a liberated soul; who embraces all experiences endured.
A provocative story about rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence and self-hate. As the attempt for liberation and healing become the purpose by design.

Organic Substrate?

Yes, you have read it correctly. I have chosen to use this scientific terminology as a means of connecting Mahogany’s middle-class upbringing from which she comes and how she willingly migrated or rather transitioned into the stone cold, brick-and-mortar life of the streets. I say this is organic meaning, her life episodes (from drug dealing to gang-bangers, and everything in between) is as real as it gets in her natural environment. There is no fluff in her all-out efforts to portray the truth to her audience of readers. No, this true-life tale takes place, not in the hoods of African-American society, nor in the shadows of underground slavery, nor the gang-bangin’ streets of Chicago or elsewhere that encompasses crime like a welcomed friend. This story takes place where one would least expect it; Suburbia but eventually takes one to places all too familiar to those who have welcomed the fast life at one point or another in our lives.

Troubles And Toils

Before continuing, I must add, that at iUrban everyone knows that we primarily deal with what many know to be urban fiction. However, the following book is a biography entitled: My Soul Looks Back And Wonders How I Got Over [The Mahogany Experience] written by Mahogany Brown, is a must read for everyone who has a daughter. Especially, the ones who may be thinking about heading on the wrong tracks in life. I also must add that this book is in no way preachy, but, it is rooted in the author’s self-reflection of herself, what she has done to change, and a sincere effort to share what she has endured at the hands of others who seem not to treasure the creator’s most treasured gift to man; a woman who possesses both wisdom and a righteous character.
Yes, it’s an oddly named book, and my experience reading this book was just as so. To my delight, I have also had the honor of speaking to the author who is very patient and endearing. Unlike the common urban literature that comes before me which has plots and subplots, villains, and heroes. Mahogany certainly gives us what she deems to call “The Mahogany Experience” in which I must say is shockingly unique at the very least.
Henceforth, to be totally honest with our reading audience I will the first to admit that this type biography is not my normal cup of tea. At times, the story gets overly detailed with descriptions of what the author is wearing (name branding and such), or getting her hair and nails done, which for most men, is usually a trivial matter, unless the woman is standing directly before them. However, I will admit these details were necessary for critically understanding Mahogany’s mindset in which her very detailed appearance was essentially a cover-up for the hurt she felt inside built up throughout her life which is rightfully so.

The Shocking Truth About The Mahogany Experience

Mahogany writes about her life in shocking detail beginning with being molested and raped twice before she had become a teenager in life by a family patriarch, and a so-called family friend; furthermore, she almost becomes a victim of a planned third assault by another trusted associate and two others during her early twenties which left her bruised, battered, and mentally scarred. And remember, this is only the beginning.

Unremittingly, she entered into a relationship with another man or should I say quite a few who were at least 10 years or more her senior. One of which fathered her first child, and mercilessly beat her as though she were an old rug or an opponent of Mike Tyson in his heydays. This was done publicly, under protection, and privately in front of her small children. And another man she mentions happens to be one nicknamed, “The Butcher,” who turns out to be a 58-year-old pedophile, who embraces the DLB lifestyle (Down Low Brothers; gay). Among his life resume, he sodomizes her as she lay badly beaten and smothered to the point of suffocation.
Sadly enough, this but a small portion of the misery Mahogany has suffered at the hands of others. However, as the reader continues forward, one will purview that the author does take responsibility for her bad choices (much like most of us have made). At times, one may look down upon Mahogany’s promiscuous choices. At other times, you will want to rescue her from the dangers you know are coming. But consequently, in the end, I have the most profound respect for the author as she has proven herself to be a fighter more so than just writing about herself as a helpless victim who is looking for empathy from her readers.

Within the pages of this highly revealing, no-holds-barred bio, you will find yourself imagining the impossible. And I must say that Mahogany does a great job at showing her audience that there is no clear answer but to accept your demons and do the best you can in life.

Closure?

In conclusion, as I read the very last pages of this book to my surprise there was no fairy-tale ending. Instead, there was a continuation of life. But for those of you looking for closure, you won’t be disappointed as the author does share with you… her current state albeit; she points out from the very beginning that this is life be it good or bad. For those of you who may be missing my point. The last chapter isn’t over until Mahogany has breathed her last.

My Conclusion

And I must say, for those of you who are looking for the ‘Real’ that Urban Fiction is based upon, in addition to being a page turner at that in conjunction to those who criticize, or lack the understanding thereof… You won’t be disappointed in this book with its oddly elongated title. I say to you all, support this author to the fullest. For her testimony is what is needed among those longing to live life vicariously in the streets of mayhem.

On a personal note:

Mahogany is definitely one of the bravest authors I have ever witnessed put the pen to paper. I am speechless. For how do you congratulate one who has been through suffering and pain? How do you applaud being raped, mbcoverwomanized, and beaten? Instead of thinking about the negative, I will applaud her for having the inner strength to overcome, and the example of enduring. Authoress Mahogany Brown, The Urb salutes you…Dion Cheese, Managing Director @iUrban.org
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Bio of Mahagony Brown

Sometimes people have a hard time figuring out their niche or purpose in life, where others are able to identify theirs before the game of life begins. For Mahogany Brown, she was fortunate enough to know her purpose at an early age. Since age two years old, you could always catch Mahogany with some form of makeup in tote. As MahoganyMahogany started her journey through life you always found her person beautifully canvassed in cosmetics in spite of any adversity.
In the early 1990’s Mahogany gained employment at a hospital as an admitting representative still endowed in her bright colors and eccentric style. Mahogany was advised by her then supervisor that her style was not conducive with the refined imagery of corporate America and that she belonged in “Hollywood.” Soon Mahogany packed up her two small children and relocated back to Southern California.
Shortly after relocating to pursue her career as a makeup artist, Mahogany later realized she really lacked the technical skill and professional coaching it took to break into the industry. In 2001, Mahogany enrolled at Hair Masters University to study cosmetology and successfully completed 1600 hours. Immediately following school, Mahogany landed a job as an assistant for Celebrity Master Barber/Stylist Yolanda “Taki “Hill. Soon afterward, Mahogany earned the title of “Master Technician.” Not losing sight of her passion for makeup and the artistry, Mahogany found herself enjoying the art of hair design.
For the past 11 years, Mahogany has achieved many goals and endured lots of struggles. In 2007 Mahogany moved back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon with her three children (the youngest born in 2007), where she worked in various salons, gaining notoriety as a Glamour Technician and Celebrity Stylist. In 2010, Mahogany found herself joining the team of Paul Mitchell the School – Portland as a Learning Leader, Educator of Extensions, Nail Design, and Master Makeup Artist. With her exposure to educating, Mahogany decided to take her undying passion for makeup and education and step out on faith…Mahogany Brown Experience, the brand was born!
Mahogany has had the opportunity to work with some major hitters in the fashion and entertainment industry, with her latest venture as the house makeup artist for Betty Jean Couture. Mahogany has had the privilege to style gospel recording artist Pastor Kim Burrell, Lauryn Hill, Faith Evan, Lalah Hathaway, Adina Howard and R’n’B Diva – Los Angeles Michel’le.
Mahogany is dedicated to her craft and educating. Mahogany can now add to her list of achievements creator of custom wigs for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer and other childhood diseases.

In the spring of 2014, Mahogany is scheduled to release her highly anticipated book, “My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How I Got Over, Mahogany’s Experience. Mahogany desires to transform the hearts and mind of women across the globe by addressing self-hatred and promoting liberation.
Life for Mahogany was that like any other little girl; full of laughter, love, and everything pretty. Until one day the family dynamics changed, and separation divided the family. Torn by the absence of her mother, Mahogany found comfort in mimicking the surroundings created by her mother…until one day in 1982 Mahogany had a date with the devil that forever changed her life.
Prepare to explore the turbulent life of a child who couldn’t fight, a woman who learned what the fight was about and a liberated soul; who embraces all experiences endured.
A provocative story about rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence and self-hate. As the attempt for liberation and healing become the purpose by design.


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