What's wrong with black women? Not a damned thing!
The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti-black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves.
When African women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra - servile mammy, angry sapphire, and lascivious jezebel - followed close behind. In the '60s, the matriarch - the willfully unmarried baby machine who leeches off the state - joined them. These stereotypes persist to this day through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies, and hit song lyrics. Emancipation may have happened more than 150 years ago, but America still won't let a sister be free from this coven of caricatures.
Tamara Winfrey Harris delves into marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more, taking sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women. She counters warped prejudices with the straight-up truth about being a black woman in America. "We have facets like diamonds," she writes, "The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling."
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I loved the tone of the book. Not whiny or fussy but straight forward and truthful on a sensitive topic from a sex and race perspective - she nailed it. "What's wrong with black women? Not a damned thing !"
Such an uplifting book! No need to feed off of years of oppression, when Tamara gives you everything you need to hear from relationships advice, professionalism, and the perception of black woman. 🙌🏽👊🏽
An amazing, eye opening, wonderful tribute to black women. It's the perfect amount of uncomfortable and revitalizing.
I would highly recommend this book to women of color and those who love them.
This book does exactly what it promises: it acknowledges black women's humanity, "the textured, difficult, and beautiful humanity that lies in the hearts of all the black women I love." I'm so grateful Tami Winfrey Harris gave the world this gift. Black women are a gift, but so much about American culture is designed to obscure that fact. Harris helps restore our vision!
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author examined and then dismantled the various stereotypes
that continue to plague Black women. This book was so refreshing that I am going to order a hard copy to keep as a reference.
It's a wonderful time to be alive in my brown skin. I dug everything about this book. It was reaffirming, awakening, challenging, and comforting at once. Thank you Sis, we are alright.
What's wrong with black women? Not a damn thing!! -- Emphasizes the author. Loved the truth telling, empirical base, and phenomenological narratives in this book. Powerfully affirming.
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