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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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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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🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 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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Love it

This is a book I will listen to more than once. Even though Cooper describes a lot of unfair social practices, she is realistic and hopeful. This is a very beautiful work.

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Excellent! A must listen esp if you are a Black femme!

Thank you for this account Brittney! I re-listened to chapters as it gathered me, I took notes and I laughed! I wish there was more to say, this was just excellent! Thank you so so much!

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Must Read for All Hear Holes

Wondering what all the talk about feminism is? Want to hear the truth with relevant examples from pop culture that demonstrate the tentacles of racism that have a grip of white feminism?

Well Brittney Cooper has laid out the learn why guide of black women navigating in the patriarchy, misogyny and all the white lady tears in between.

To the black women that need words to your feelings, you can count on Dr. Cooper to give language that align our rage and our natural eloquence.

Let’s fuel this black intellectual all the way up! She’s feeding the children the knowledge for power, we deserve her.

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Excellent, thought provoking, honest and important!!!

Eloquent Rage is a must listen to by professional black men and women who want more insight into our “suppressed rage” and participation in “respectability politics” Dr Cooper names and reflects on what many of us are not talking about and why. She invites us to tell the truth and partner together in this important work!!! This book is real talk cussin and all!!! Will listen to it again and think through practical application in my own life and work.

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Insightful journey and learning of rage.

Insightful journey of realization and eloquent rage. I recommend this book to every black women (and everyone alike). The book was real, funny, and articulate. A must read!

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Angry Woman

This book is full of great information, but presented so poorly and with so much anger that it was painful to sit through.

If in fact the information had been presented eloquently as the title suggested, it could have presented not only an education to me, but shown me a clear pathway to begin much needed changes to this world.