About Cheryl Jefferson:
“Thighs like stone columns.” Check, I thought, as my belly dance teacher described the ideal body for this ancient art form. “Hips the circumference of earth.” How about Jupiter? I frowned at the mirror. “A navel with folds in the middle.” I stared at my foldless innie. Well 2 out of 3 wasn’t bad. Exiting, I grabbed a magazine from the lobby. Suddenly, my stone columns crumbled as I read that Middle Eastern dancers are often honor killed. Why was this expression of female empowerment now the dance of death? The numbers – 400 honor killings annually in the US, 30,000 abroad – unspooled my plans. I abandoned my stillborn novels and started writing stories to combat criminal traditions. This takes everything I learned as a writer/producer at ABC-TV, J. Walter Thompson, Britannica Films, and USG Corporation; as the author of 7 books; winner of two major writing competitions plus Ragdale and Wurlitzer residencies; as a participant in the UN Commission on the Status of Women; and a Landmark Education graduate.