The Sisters Are Alright - trade paperback

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The Sisters Are Alright --- Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America

What’s wrong with black women? Not a damned thing!

The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti–black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves. 

When African women arrived on American shores, the three-headed hydra—servile Mammy, angry Sapphire, and lascivious Jezebel—followed close behind. In the ’60s, the Matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine leeching off the state, joined them. These stereotypes persist to this day through newspaper headlines, Sunday sermons, social media memes, cable punditry, government policies, and hit song lyrics. Emancipation may have happened more than 150 years ago, but America still won’t let a sister be free from this coven of caricatures.

Tamara Winfrey Harris delves into marriage, motherhood, health, sexuality, beauty, and more, taking sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women. She counters warped prejudices with the straight-up truth about being a black woman in America. “We have facets like diamonds,” she writes. “The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling.”


"The Sisters Are Alright is a love letter to black women. Winfrey Harris's unapologetic celebration of our intelligence, mettle, and beauty counters the proliferation of negative stereotypes we endure daily. She sees us, she knows us, and she also understands that we're not monolithic. Winfrey Harris surfaces stories about black women's realities that are often glossed over or tossed aside, urgently insisting with beautiful prose that contrary to our cultural narrative, black women's lives matter."
--Jamia Wilson, Executive Director, Women, Action, and the Media

"Tamara Winfrey Harris picks up where Ntozake Shange left off, adding an eighth color to the rainbow of For Colored Girls. This academic work reads like a choreopoem that challenges the notion that black women are too tough to love or be loved. The author does more than deconstruct the stereotype of Sapphire; she asserts that black women are diamonds, and she insists that her reader consider their sparkle."
--Duchess Harris, PhD, Professor of American Studies, Macalester College, and author of Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama

"Tamara Winfrey Harris's book The Sisters Are Alright is a fitting answer to the question W. E. B. Du Bois said all black Americans are forced to consider: 'How does it feel to be a problem?' In a society that treats black people as problems and women as problems, it is nothing short of revolutionary to answer, as this book does, 'No, really, the sisters are alright.'"
--Jarvis DeBerry, journalist, The Times-Picayune,
About the author:

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, Summer 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."
  • Author: Tamara Winfrey Harris
  • Published: Jul 2015
  • trade paperback
  • size: 6 x 9
  • pages: 168