Eloquent Rage

Eloquent Rage

A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

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"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 [in this memoir] that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting"--Dust jacket flap.
"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. Yet 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. These times demand the fierce honesty of Brittney Cooper, who reminds us that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one's own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right-side up again."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250112576
1250112575
Branch Call Number: 305.48896 C7844e 2018
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm

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Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. A text that tackles feminist theory, discrimination, and race relations.


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kaseybreda
Aug 22, 2020

280 pages

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amnevitt
Feb 29, 2020

Brilliant. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author herself. As I listened, I felt like I could heard her speaking directly to other Black women about the importance of solidarity and sisterhood, while along the way giving notice to ally-aspiring white folk (like me) about what we need to do to further examine and decenter the inherited white-dominating cultural perspectives embedded in our own lives. She speaks personally, passionately, and extremely intelligently - as the scholar that she is. IMO, anyone who considers themself a feminist should read this book, and any person who wants to be an ally should, too.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 25, 2019

"Cooper is the Black Feminist Prophet we urgently need."-Mychal Denzel Smith
Wide ranging essays on the Obamas, Black Lives Matter, Beyonce, body image, police shootings, feminism, Christianity, among other things. Other books of essays to pick up: "Thick," "Shrill," "Bad Feminist."

IndyPL_KimE Mar 30, 2019

I had a really hard time getting into this book. I'm going to take the advice of Shamas and watch her TED talk.

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shamas
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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