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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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  • 18-07-16

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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  • N.A.W.
  • 23-06-16

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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  • Natalie
  • 22-09-16

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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  • Shelby Sparkman
  • 27-05-16

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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  • Koritha Mitchell
  • 11-07-15

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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  • Nance the Pants Penrod
  • 17-03-16

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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  • sheila
  • 23-07-18

So True

It was refreshing to hear what most black women already know...we have our issues just like everyone else, but we are more than alright. Well done Tamara Winfrey Harris!

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  • Brittany
  • 23-07-18

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!

Whether or not you identify as Black woman or not, this book is extremely important because it is coming from the perspective of Black female narratives. The author does an amazing job of gathering research of various topics that are relevant to the Black female experience today. As a Black woman, I've finished this amazing book and will continue to replay it in the future. I have walked away feeling more empowered, more enlightened, and more expressive and my Black femininity. Thank you so much to the author and the narrator for making this audio book possible. Much love!

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  • Clara McCarley
  • 29-04-18

This is us!

This was a good read. It reinforces that I am not alone and I'm alright.

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  • Shetina Jones
  • 16-01-18

The Best Book Ever

I highly recommend this book for Black women and those who want to learn more about us. The author goes deep and talks about real things. Every young girl must read this book. Bravo!!!!