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Black Women For Beginners (For Beginners) [Paperback]

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There's a Black Woman on each of the seven continents and in almost every country. So no matter where you go, she's already been there. She travels with forces greater than herself. Her presence is everywhere.Black Women For Beginners chronicles the trials and triumphs of Black Women from antiquity to the present, reflecting with wit and humor the challenges they have faced and the fortitude and strength that have sustained Black Women and patterned history with a diversity of excellence. As warriors, healers, teachers, mothers, queens, and liberators Black Women have had tremendous impact on issues from food to fashion, from politics to poetry. Replete with a glossary of reference terms, Black Women For Beginners whimsically details the influence of stereotypes on the portrayal of Black Women in various venues and punctuates the absurd.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 21, 2007
Publisher   For Beginners
ISBN  193438920X  
ISBN13  9781934389201  

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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > African Americans > History
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > African American Studies
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > General
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Womens Studies > History

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Black women for begginners ****  Feb 28, 2006
this was the perfect gift and a book that was long seeked for by my girlfriend, she was very excited when i surprised her with it a week after she told me about running across it at a friends home. Excellent book with invaluable infromation.
A good first start ...  May 15, 2000
... on the history of Black Women in the world. The author basically brainstormed many facts to the reader. Nearly all were fascinating and interesting.

However, Sharp, fails to provide an adequate bibliography, footnotes or other sources for her facts and quotes. Also, she included too many sarcastic captions (via comic book fashion) which were very degrading to Black Women (and the crass language was not appreciated either). For these 2 reasons, I give this book only 3 out of 5 stars.

The author has wonderful information but did not treat the subject of Black Women in world history with the respect and sacredness it deserved. Nevertheless, the book is a good start. I recommend with hesitation. For immediate follow-up: a better, more scholarly book is Ivan Van Sertima's Black Women in Antiquity.

A Good Book for Someone Interested in Black Women History  Dec 29, 1999
This book is written by Suandra Harp and it is written in a very entertaining style. The author makes you feel comfortable in the first few pages and makes you feel relaxed that this is going to be an easy book.

The book is divide into 6 or 7 sections dealing with many aspects of Black Women Influence. For example, one of the sections at the end of the book focuses on how black women fight in the army and how they have have fought in many wars. Another section talks about how black women were part of history and how Cleopatra was really black.

The book is written in very, very easy language and there are probably words on each page which makes it quick to read. There are also picutres and many quotes from books to support her point.

She tries to show in the book that Black Women were the orignal beauties and that white people originated from blacks.

Now comes my personal thought of the book

The book was good in the sense that it was very easy to read and it had many sources but the book portrays as black women being basically perfect and that a lot of their problems were caused by whites.

The book did not show to many opposing opinions. For example, in the book she talks about Cleopatra being black but she doesn't give facts to support. This might seem a contridiction to what I said earlier about her using sources but her sources in certain parts are from refutable sources.

But all in all the book is good in the sense that it does have some good information about the history of black women. It talks about how they fought for civil rights and how they fought for women's rights and many other accomplishments that black women are responsible for.

Buy this book for a fairly good history of black women.

Trying to be cool with a sistah......  Sep 14, 1999
Then know a sistah. Black Women for beginners gets you started on the right track of black woman's history. Remember though it is only a beginning, there is much more to learn.
Eye-opening, witty, funny and right on time!  May 6, 1999
Saundra Sharp has done a great job of blending fact, mythology, speculation and commentary into a riff on Black womanhood that plays like sassy jazz. I bought copies for myself, my friends, my nieces, my daughter AND my son! If you've ever wondered about the magic and mystique of Black women, this book is for you.

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