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The Sisters are Alright

The Sisters are Alright

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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 leeching off the state, joined them. 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.


Tamara Winfrey Harris picks up where Ntozake Shange left off, adding an eighth color to the rainbow of For Colored Girls. This academic work reads like a choreopoem that challenges the notion that black women are too tough to love or be loved. The author does more than deconstruct the stereotype of Sapphire; she asserts that black women are diamonds, and she insists that her reader consider their sparkle., Duchess Harris, , PhD, Prof of Amer Studies and Author

This book is a gift. With just the right mix of sister wit, statistical information, and a few well-timed rhetorical side-eyes, The Sisters Are Alright rushes in to save black women from the stereotypes that threaten to dull our shine., Brittney Cooper, , PhD, Asst. Prof. Rutgers University

The Sisters Are Alright is a love letter to black women. Winfrey Harris's unapologetic celebration of our intelligence, mettle, and beauty counters the proliferation of negative stereotypes we endure daily. She sees us, she knows us, and she also understands that we're not monolithic. Winfrey Harris surfaces stories about black women's realities that are often glossed over or tossed aside, urgently insisting with beautiful prose that contrary to our cultural narrative, black women's lives matter., Jamia Wilson, , Exec Director, Women, Action and the Media

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