Eloquent Rage

Eloquent Rage

A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

Book - 2018
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Rebecca Solnit, The New Republic: "Funny, wrenching, pithy, and pointed."

Roxane Gay : " I encourage you to check out Eloquent Rage out now."

Joy Reid, Cosmopolitan : "A dissertation on black women's pain and possibility."

America Ferrera: "Razor sharp and hilarious. There is so much about her analysis that I relate to and grapple with on a daily basis as a Latina feminist."

Damon Young: "Like watching the world's best Baptist preacher but with sermons about intersectionality and Beyoncé instead of Ecclesiastes."

Melissa Harris Perry: "I was waiting for an author who wouldn't forget, ignore, or erase us black girls... I was waiting and she has come in Brittney Cooper ."

Michael Eric Dyson: " Cooper may be the boldest young feminist writing today... and she will make you laugh out loud ."

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 fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one's own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.

A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2018 BY: Glamour * Chicago Reader * Bustle * Autostraddle

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250112576
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm

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Jul 24, 2018

Essential reading for every woman and every man, no matter if you’re black, brown, white, green, or fuschia! Read about her relationships with her mother, her grandmother, and her homegirls. Read about her relationships with black women and men, and with white women. Read her analysis of institutionalized religion (Grown Women Theology) and the 2015 US elections (White-Girl Tears).

The book has an easy and welcoming style. It’s funny. It’s shocking. It’s honest. It’s great to finish a book like this and say, I need to read more by her. Thank you Professor Brittney Cooper.

As you are read it, watch her 2017 TED talk The Racial Politics of Time (http://www.brittneycooper.com/). Also watch her reading from the book and conversing with the audience at Red Emma’s Bookstore in Baltimore (https://www.c-span.org/video/?444245-2/eloquent-rage).

Learn about those who own time, about world makers, and space takers. Learn about two zip codes in New Orleans, and two in Washington DC, where the average life spans differs by 20-25 years. Ask yourself how did it get to be like this? Should it continue to remain like this?

Further comment August 11, 2018 - See also
https://www.crunkfeministcollective.com/2018/01/02/biological-clocks-and-balldrops-a-new-years-reflection-on-black-womens-time/

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