Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture

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$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
St. Martin's Griffin
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Pages
272
Dimensions
5.35 X 8.19 X 0.79 inches | 0.44 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781250231567

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About the Author

Zeba Blay is a film and culture critic who has contributed to publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, ESSENCE, Shadow and Act, Film Quarterly, and Indiewire. Formerly Senior Culture Writer at HuffPost, Blay has spent her nearly decade-long career writing about pop culture at the intersection of race, gender, and identity. Born in Accra, Ghana, she is based in the New York City area.

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"An exuberant exploration of the ways Black women have defined pop culture. The creator of the viral #CareFreeBlackGirl cultural movement, Blay ventures beyond the "pithy, abstracted, tweet-able" declarations about Black women being "indeed essential to the... global zeitgeist" to offer a kaleidoscopic analysis of how American culture both needs and "belittles" Black female artists and storytellers such as herself....This fervent work will feel like a balm for many." --Publishers Weekly

Blay's personal experiences with astute cultural analysis to explore how joy has become one of the most useful weapons in a Black woman's arsenal. --Bitch Media

Blay's welcome voice is candid, vulnerable, and necessary. Her observations about the impact Black women have had and continue to have on pop culture are searing and timely, and will have a lasting impact on how much the world sees and understands us. --Tarana Burke, founder of the MeToo movement, and author of You Are Your Best Thing

"Blay is one of the most formidable cultural critics writing today. Her words reflect intellect, wit, and a level of thoughtfulness that has long made her required reading. I love her candor, I love her passion, but above all, I adore the way she writes about Black women." --Michael Arceneaux, New York Times bestselling author of I Can't Date Jesus

Blay tells her Black girl truth and in so doing doesn't simply reclaim the narrative but constructs an entirely new one on her own firm and fertile ground." --Michaela angela Davis, Writer/Image Activist

"Blay is a talent, mixing an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, past and present, with incisive commentary on race and gender and the unsurpassed wit of Zora Neale Hurston. A passionate, beautiful writer, Blay leaves me cackling during her much-needed, under-heard sermons." --Janet Mock, New York Times-bestselling author of Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty

Blay's idea of Black womanhood is an inclusive one, where liberation is not just possible, but doable because it has the space for all Black women--cisgender, transgender, rich, poor, old, young, local, global--magnifying the potential for unity (and success) against the forces which mean them harm. Each essay carries with it truths that feel ancestral. Carefree Black Girls is the testimony I've been waiting to witness. --Robert Jones, Jr., author of The Prophets; creator of Son of Baldwin