the sisters are alright
The Sisters Are Alright
Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
Winner of the Phillis Wheatley Award
Independent Publishers Living Now Award
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.
The Sisters Are Alright delves into areas like marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more. And, using progressive author analysis brought to life by the stories of real women, reveals the effects of anti-black woman propaganda and how real black women are living their lives and pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves. The book takes sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women, replacing warped prejudices with the straight up truth—the complicated, but far-from-hopeless reality of being a black woman in America. “We have facets like diamonds,” Winfrey-Harris writes. “The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling.”
Available in hardcover, paperback, kindle, and audiobook from your favorite bookseller.
praise for The Sisters Are Alright
Laina Dawes, Hazlitt
“Winfrey-Harris’s book shows us that public representations of black women can be beneficial when the women involved are in control…”
The Feminist Wire
“…a balm in this political age of #SayHerName…”
Dr. Brittney Cooper, Salon
“This book is a gift.”
Akirah Robinson, 1839 Mag
“It’s a book that reminds me that I’m not alone, and that I’m not crazy… By utilizing the anecdotes of other Black women, Winfrey Harris inspired me to wonder how my story might resonate with others, just as theirs resonate with me.”
Janet Mock, MSNBC
“I hope everyone out there gets Tamara’s book.”
The Washington Post
“Using a combination of anecdotal evidence, historical research, and well-documented facts and studies, Harris has compiled an engaging and informative treatise on black womanhood in America.”
“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.”
Using The Sisters are Alright in a study group or curriculum? Get the discussion guide (PDF).
Also available in audiobook format, ePub, and PDF.
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Read an excerpt from The Sisters are Alright – “The Trouble with Black Women”