by Jill Nelson
Straight, No Chaser is a provocative look at black women's struggle to form positive identity in a hostile culture. Jill Nelson sets the terms of the discussion when she defines black women as "belonging to the two most loathed groups in America, those who are black and those who are female." Her book explores the attitudes, events, and icons - from Barbie to black nationalism to the Million Man March - through the eyes of a politically aware black woman. What she finds is that black women are most often invisible, ignored, and misrepresented.
The face of journalism was forever changed after Jill Nelson came along. Volunteer Slavery, the memoir and explosive exposé of her experiences in the white, male-dominated world of The Washington Post, served as a wake-up call to all Americans and placed Nelson at the forefront of the African American political arena.
Now, the bestselling author is back with Straight, No Chaser, a call to arms written in an effort to "look at the sum of [black women's] lives beyond the how-to-snag-a-man, am-I-pretty-enough and how's-my-hair concerns that dominate [their] daily existence." Nelson encourages black women—especially young girls—to develop a positive identity in the face of adversity and to look critically at their role models, many of whom she believes send mixed messages to the African American community. From Barbie to bra burning, Mike Tyson to the Million Man March, Nelson takes a personal and thoughtful approach to the empowerment of the black female.
Paperback: 226 pages