I knew Gabriel Union from ‘Bring it on’ and ‘Deliver us from Eva’ long before I knew her between the pages of a book with a wine title which by the way is not mentioned in the book. hmmmm. Aaand- when I say ‘knew her’ I mean from my TV scene, you know in case you were wondering if I’m famous or…I’m rambling, anyways. What I found instead were some deep, personal stories about a woman in full acceptance and celebration of herself. A woman who is at such a point in her life where she is so comfortable in letting the world in on her secrets, her insecurities, her love and her family.
The stories chronicled some of her childhood/teenage years growing up in Iowa, how she was the dark skinned black girl and what that meant in that time and in that space. she introduced us to her family, her mother and father and how she gained a bonus mom when her dad cheated- the bonus mom concept she would later on fully understand when she became a bonus mom herself with Dwayne Wade. It was so wholesome and joyful when she practically screamed on the pages about that time when she met Prince, the excitement and awe so pure and somewhat of a tribute to the late legend.
Some of my fave stories she told (And most resonating) were;
‘Code 261’ The story of how she was raped in that Payless store and the aftermath.
‘Get out my pussy’ Her not having kids and how insensitive people can be when asking not knowing of her struggles with getting pregnant and the numerous miscarriages that she have had.
‘Black girl blues’ how difficult it was for her to land roles in Hollywood as a black girl and even more so as a darker skin black girl
‘Warning: famous vaginas get itchy too’ LOL. you totally have to read this story!
I thank you Gabriel for writing this book. I get it now why the title is so apt. It is because the life you’ve lived and these snippets in stories that you have decided to share with us definitely need some wine (Red) in instances to get through, to celebrate, to ponder and for some, well, just because moment.
This was a very refreshing, light, funny, moving, poignant book. In the future when I am writing my autobiography I will remember this book, this is how I want people to feel when I share snippets of my life to strangers.