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Publisher's Summary

With searing honesty, intimacy, and humor too, America's leading young Black feminist celebrates the power of rage in this piercing new audiobook. 

So what if it's true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting. 

Far too often, Black women's anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women's eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It's what makes Beyoncé's girl power anthems resonate so hard. It's what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don't have to settle for less. 

When Cooper learned of her grandmother's eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Cooper's world, neither mean girls nor f--kboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This audiobook argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one's own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again. 

©2018 Brittney Cooper (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"I was waiting for an author who wouldn't forget, ignore, or erase us black girls as they told their own story...I was waiting and she has come - in Brittney Cooper." (Melissa Harris Perry)
"Cooper may be the boldest young feminist writing today. Her critique is sharp, her love of Black people and Black culture is deep, and she will make you laugh out loud." (Michael Eric Dyson)
"Brittney Cooper is the Black Feminist Prophet we urgently need." (Mychal Denzel Smith)

"...Cooper delivers a frank, conversational-style examination of the importance of black female friendships, respectability politics, and harmful stereotypes, among other topics. She blends candor and humor as she roots out toxic behaviors and beliefs we use in America to tear ourselves and each other down, while also offering paths forward. Listeners learn how rage, aimed with fine-tuned focus and purpose, can help build up black women's lives and society overall." (AudioFile Magazine)

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🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 Eloquent AF

Can I just say I stan for Brittney Cooper!!!! I remember reading her articles from the Crunk Feminist Collective like this girl gets me. How did she know I was feeling this way? I pre-ordered the book a while ago and was so excited when I got an email saying that my book was ready for download. As a grad student with not much time to read, the audiobook was the next best thing because I can listen while on my way to class and work. Let me just say this book had me on an emotional rollercoaster. I cried, I smiled, I had a come to Jesus moment and I can honestly say it was exactly what I needed to push through with my studies this semester. Having been on a high first semester, second semester has been low, but this book has inspired me to keep pushing. Brittney thank you for the benediction. I can now go forward with JOY! 🙌🏾✊🏾

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Yes, Brittney.

This book was smart, honest, tragic, and inspiring. It was everything I needed it to be. I'll be recommending it to all of my friends.

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It is as if she was narrating my life

From her struggles as the smart Black girl accused of "acting white" to her current day take on feminism and intersectionality, this was the book I needed to know that I'm not alone.

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Blueprint for 2018 and Beyond...It's Fire

Loved it, was absolute fire for me right now in this moment. A must read for 2018

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Great Book!!!

Really enjoyed the mix of political and social justice context along with personal anecdotes. A great read!!! I would highly recommend!!

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raw and uncut

I loved it. I enjoyed favor ain't fair. Don't feel guilty coming up. use your education not to be a put down to make others comfortable.

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SUPERB

Anyone interested in American intersections, identities, and ideas must read this excellent treatise. Cooper infuses this book with heart and wit and grit and intelligence.

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Everything I expected and MORE

A must read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend everyone to read it. Insightful.

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My attitude is Eloquent Rage

This first chapter is helping me to understand what that thing is about black women that white people are quick to call “ a bad attitude”. That’s not it at all! We are most likely observing and enduring some injustice and expressing eloquent rage.

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This book was a home girl intervention!

You should read this book if you identify as a feminist or not. This book talks about the coming to terms with a being successful black woman, finding your identify and what that means spiritually and emotionally. It gives historical accounts of how political and social events have impacted women and the black family. The author gives it to you straight like a home-girl intervention. Relatable, eye opening and inspiring!

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A Must READ!

This is such a required reading for every and all human trying to navigate the rage we feel towards a system that we don't fully comprehend.