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The Sisters Are Alright

Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
Narrated by: Tamberla Perry
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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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

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It was everything

I'm so glad that I had the chance to read this book. She help me understand so much about myself

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Well-written and a great analysis

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 !"

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Sista's a must read!

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. 🙌🏽👊🏽

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White 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.

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Give yourself the gift of not missing this! (whoever you are)

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!

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beautifully written

I absolutely loved this book. every American NEEDS to read this... twice! This easily is in my list of top 5 favorite books.

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I Love Black Women

That’s the first sentence & it made me smile. This book was just a confirmation on how tough and wonderful it is to be a black woman. I listened but I think this better as a read. Something to go back and read again.

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Riveting

Was an easy read. Instantly made me feel more connected to my fellow black women.

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amazing

This book had so many gems on the struggles of being a black woman in America. It helped me to feel sound in my feelings with the daily struggles of being the angry black woman. Thank you for reminding me the sister are and forever will be alright!

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Wonderful opening

This book was a WONDERFUL down to earth introduction to the stereotypes black women are put in. Many, many young women and older women don't even know they have place themselves in these stereotypes. Some have been place there and just acted it out . They are gaslighted by society and sometimes people around them in believing that is what they are, that's how they are supposed to be. This is a book I would love every women to read.