"A myth-busting portrait of black women in America." - The Washington Post
"Tamara Winfrey Harris's take-no-prisoners manifesto is the title everyone should download now." - Essence
"Harris challenges age-old constructions of black womanhood with real-life accounts from black mothers, daughters, aunties, and girlfriends who reject the popular narrative of brokenness." - Gawker
"...a balm in this political age of #SayHerName..." - The Feminist Wire
"A brilliant deconstruction of the social expectations and struggles of black feminity..." - Bust
" I hope everyone out there gets Tamara's book." - Janet Mock, MSNBC, "So POPular"
"...a love letter to all the sisters..." - Tayari Jones, author, Silver Sparrow
"This book is a gift." - Dr. Brittney Cooper, Salon
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Tamara Winfrey Harris is a writer who specializes in the ever-evolving space where current events, politics, and pop culture intersect with race and gender. Her first book is The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative for Black Women in America (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Spring 2015). “For black women,” Tamara explains, “the most radical thing we can do is to throw off the shackles forged by [stereotypes] and regain our full and complex humanity. [This] is a revolutionary act in the face of a society eager to mold us into hard, unbreakable things.” Read More
Searching for black girls, moms
Tamara Winfrey-Harris' next book will explore the lives of black girls. She wants to talk to black girls, ages 13 to 18, about their life experiences, as well as black mothers and female caregivers who are consciously raising (or have raised) girls based on progressive, feminist values. ALL black girls and mothers are welcome, but here are some specific gaps Tamara is looking to fill right now:
(All girls’ names will be changed.)
A black girl who can talk about overweight and navigating body image and modern beauty standards
A sexually-active black girl willing to speak frankly about her experience
An out queer-identified black girl willing to talk about identity
A black mom who is balancing passing on traditional values regarding sex with teaching about sexual health, consent and pleasure
A black mom who is proactively attempting to teach her daughter(s) about sex in a way that is not heteronormative
A single black mom managing her own sex life while mothering a teen girl
A supportive black mother of a queer-identified daughter
Looking for experts in sex and reproductive education who can speak directly to the experiences of black girls and how best to reach them.
Looking for experts who can discuss black girls, beauty and creating healthy self-esteem and identity.
Please share this call for participants. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.