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."
©2015 Tamara Winfrey Harris (P)2015 Tamara Winfrey Harris
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 absolutely loved this book. every American NEEDS to read this... twice! This easily is in my list of top 5 favorite books.
Ladies and gents, Don't wait or hesitate to read this now and pass it on to those you love...for those you love. An authentic, yet compassionate peek into the psyche and struggles of being uniquely beautiful , brown and wholly feminine in America. For my sisters of a different hue and pigmentation, this is a awesome book to gain understanding about other women. We can rise together if we believe every woman's story adds depth and value to what it means to be a woman today.
As children we grow and the schools tell us what is what, not accepting its wrongs as they matter of fact explain a short history of slavery, jim crow and civil rights. This book gives us another clarification of our history.
This was a book with humor, heart, and honest analysis. I enjoyed it & will share it with friends.
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