The Sisters Are Alright

Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
Narrated by: Tamberla Perry
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.5 out of 5 stars (334 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Riveting

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

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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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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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A Love Letter to Me

Loved the broad, detailed and honest strokes we were painted in. Worth reading and discussing.

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Great Work

Thank you for putting the challenges that black women face into words. I have cried and laughed about the content, but I’ll be a better me because of the real look it made me take at myself.

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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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Excellent

Loved this book, the references, examples and input from the community of Black woman were so current and engaging.

An important read.

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  • maritareads
  • 03-02-20

Recommended Listen

The narration was okay, but there were one or two mishaps in the recording, wonder why they didn't edit.

In any case, it's a recommended read/listen for breaking harmful stereotypes about black women in the West and the rest of the diaspora.