Stephanie Covington Armstrong is a playwright and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Her commentary on black women and eating disorders, "Digesting the Truth," was featured on NPR (click HERE for the full commentary) She has written for Essence, Sassy, Mademoiselle, and Venice magazines, among other publications. She authored the plays “Three Stories Down,” “The Outside Sisters,” and “The Long Journey Home” which all have been performed in theaters in Los Angeles and New York. Her essay on bulima, "Fear and Loathing," is included in the forthcoming anthology The Black Body by Meri Danquah.
In her memoir, “Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat,” (August, 2009, Independent Publishers Group) author Stephanie Covington-Armstrong vividly describes her struggle as a black woman with bulimia. Her battle with an eating disorder takes a unique perspective as this disease is consistently portrayed as a white woman's problem. This insightful and moving narrative traces the background and factors that contributed to Stephanie’s eating disorder. Moving coast to coast, she tried to escape her self-hatred and obsession by never slowing down, thus being unaware that she was caught in downward spiral emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
As an eating-disorder advocate, Covington has spoken at colleges and universities throughout southern California. She has been a fellow at both the Dorset Colony for Writers in Vermont. Covington sold a TV treatment, Kimchi and Cornbread, which led to a talk-show deal with MTV.
“Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat,” is the first book by and among black women about eating disorders and in it, Stephanie answers many questions about why black women often do not seek traditional therapy for emotional problems.
Stephanie is also working with the National Eating Disorders Association, (NEDA) Diversity Task Force to bring awareness of minorities with eating disorders.
Covington is a Brooklyn native and playwright who currently lives, mothers, and writes in Los Angeles, CA.