Vindicated by Karrine Steffans

Vindicated by Karrine Steffans

Vindicated by Karrine Steffans

For a decade, Confessions of a Video Vixen author Karrine Steffans and the details of her private life have been the subject of debate and scrutiny. But, as gossipmongers and critics speculated, assumed, and manufactured tall tales about the New York Times bestselling author, Karrine hid herself and her truth from the world, imprisoned by an abusive marriage and the judgments of society.

In Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later, Karrine takes readers into the belly of the beast as she harrowingly chronicles the systematic breakdown of her mind, body, and spirit at the hand of one man and the events that propelled her back to prosperity after losing everything. She candidly shares her struggle to be what others demand, her obsession with the American dream, her desperation to appear normal, the lengths to which she went, and the price she paid for it all.

This dark, long journey into the life of an abused and tormented woman, wife, and mother uncovers a long-guarded set of painful personal truths, reveals the inspiring details of her life-saving triumph, and will change everything you thought you knew about Karrine Steffans.

I will admit that sometimes I start a book with a great deal of skepticism about its content and this was definitely the case with Vindicated. I read Karrine’s first book where she detailed her so-called exploits with some of hip hop’s biggest names so I had mixed feelings going into this one. A part of me applauded her for behaving in a manner that many men do without any apologies and another part of me thought her behavior was a cry for help.

In Vindicated some answers were given to Karrine and her psyche. In detail, Karrine shares what I assume are diary entries and her memories from the past few years which included her marriage to a well-known actor as well as ongoing relationships with two well-known rappers. Her marriage signifies what is a common cycle amongst women in physical and/or emotional abusive relationships. They know they should leave but something (maybe the hope of change in their partner’s behavior, low self-esteem, fear of the unknown, etc.) causes them to stay and Karrine was no different.

I was torn between rating this book a 3 or 4. I choose to give it a 4 because Vindicated was a brave book for Karrine to share with the world especially because that meant exposing her faults and her own weaknesses. And, while most of the story centers on the mind games her husband played on her and the physical abuse, one thing that stood out to me is that while she was weak for her husband, she was quite strong and wanted others to play along and be completely fine with her being at Lil Wayne’s beck and call. And, this leads to another issue I had with this book: she doesn’t mind calling out Lil Wayne and Bow Wow by name (maybe she needed that name recognition to sell the book), but she gives a pseudonym to her abusive husband (Darius McCrary from Family Matters) and the man who paid her for sex (I am assuming it is Bill Maher) which leads me to believe that a part of her still wants to protect them. Overall, Vindicated can serve as inspiration for other victims of abuse to break free and tell their stories and for that I applaud Karrine Steffans for sharing her story with the world.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Vindicated in exchange for an honest review.


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