Tamara's first book, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America, will be released July 7 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Watch this space for updates on the book and the author, including appearances, bonus content, giveaways and more.
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, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies, Rutgers University
What is wrong with black women?
Not a damned thing but the biased lens most people use to view them, says Tamara Winfrey Harris.
When African American women arrived on American shores the three-headed hydra of asexual and servile Mammy, angry and bestial Sapphire and oversexed and lascivious Jezebel followed close behind. In the 60s they were joined by the Matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine, leeching off the state. These caricatures persist—even in the “enlightened” 21st century—through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies and Top 40 lyrics. Read More
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