Naked: Black Women Bare All about Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts

Naked: Black Women Bare All about Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts

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by Ayana Byrd, Akiba Solomon, Sonia Sanchez
     
 

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Provocative essays on body image by black women.

Candid, witty, and insightful, Naked is a compelling collection of essays that captures what today's black women think about their bodies-from head to toe.

Tackling such issues as hair texture, skin color, weight, and sexuality, it follows women on their paths to acceptance-and enjoyment -of their unique

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Provocative essays on body image by black women.

Candid, witty, and insightful, Naked is a compelling collection of essays that captures what today's black women think about their bodies-from head to toe.

Tackling such issues as hair texture, skin color, weight, and sexuality, it follows women on their paths to acceptance-and enjoyment -of their unique features...to a place where it doesn't matter how big the breasts or how long the legs, only what is in the heart.

Includes contributions from women of all ages and walks of life, including such notables as:

- Iyanla Vanzant
- Jill Scott
- Kelis
- Tracee Ellis Ross
- Jill Nelson
- Hilda Hutcherson
- asha bandele
- Melyssa Ford

Edited by Ayana Byrd and Akiba Solomon Foreword by Sonia Sanchez

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Twenty-five African American women, including Jill Nelson (Sexual Healing), recording artist Jill Scott, and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant, reveal their innermost thoughts about sexuality, weight problems, eating disorders, and much more. Reading for the most part like erotic fiction, these true stories reflect how the women feel about themselves, how they deal with unwanted attention from men on the street, and how they feel about their changing bodies during pregnancy, among other issues. One author of Senegalese descent describes how her skin color in the United States caused black men to ignore her, while in Senegal she was simply adored. Another writer speaks of sex in her teen years, how promiscuous she was, and how she misused her body. A former prostitute, now in prison for killing a john, shares how she was molested as a child by her uncles and cousins, which led her to hate herself. These women have all learned to "look in the mirror without turning away." Edited by journalists Byrd and Solomon, these essays will be an inspiration to young African American women in the age of hip-hop where negative images of them abound in music videos and elsewhere. Recommended for African American women's collections in public libraries.-Ann Burns, Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399531637
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ayana Byrd is an author and journalist who divides her time between Brooklyn and Barcelona, Spain. A Barnard College graduate, she has contributed to numerous anthologies and magazines such as Vibe, Essence, and Rolling Stone. Akiba Solomon is an award-winning advocacy journalist, columnist, and editor. A graduate of Howard University, the Brooklyn resident and former senior editor for The Source is the editor at Essence magazine. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications including Essence, Vibe, XXL, POZ, and ColorLines.

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Naked: Black Women Bare All about Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world full of 'European beauty', it is sometimes difficult for black women to accept and love their own beauty. We are BEAUTIFUL, and blessed. A wonderful book for both dark AND light skinned sistahs, and all those colors in between.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How could it be an attack when half the writers are light skinned themselves? I believe that there is some sub conscience feelings among black women about our skin complexions and the history behind them. I am darkskinned and my mother is light skinned and we have a connection that is beyond our skin tones. If anything the writers were expressing their personal experiences that black people have put them through. Don't be offended. Take those experiences and consider them that our generation will not repeat the same self hatred toward ourselves and our people like generations before. I love you girl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a man who happened to be in a book store when the reading of NAKED was about to start. I sat down expecting to leave after a few minutes. What I found was that I was captured by the stories and the discussion afterwards. I bought the book and read it cover to cover. I learned a lot about what's going on inside the minds of women. I thought about my sisters and my mother. I thought about the women that I'm friends with and how they see themselves. In short this book has opened a world to me and I recommend that in addition to women of all races shapes and sizes, men also read it to gain insight into a world most of us know only skin deep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this book in the store and was attracted by the beautiful cover. The essays and lovely photographs that accompany each piece were equally as beautiful. This book gives a peek into how American society's standards of beauty have informed the lives of each of us, most of us negatively. It is a revelation to see that some of the most beautiful and accomplished women we know of have, or have had, deep issues with their bodies. Thank God the editors have given us voice. As an African American Woman who is seeking to dismantle the affects of slavery on our psyche, this is a treasure. Thank You! Grace and Peace!
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There were a lot of very similar recurrent themes in each of the essays. Mostly issues related to skin color & hair. It was insightful, but nothing new - not book club worthy IMO.
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Lost_Angel More than 1 year ago
Being a young black woman and dealing with body image is a constant struggle for me and reading this book was not only relieving but it made it easier to feel more comfortable in my own skin. It's not just for black women but for all women in general who have been dealing with not feeling beautiful and just not feel confident.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you believe that the women in the book 'expressed almost a deep seeded hate for women with lighter skin tones or people with good hair' then you did not get the point of the book. We all have self-hate issues to overcome. That's why racism has been so very powerful. Brittany, if you have good hair, what is bad hair? What hair is not good? The point of the book was to show that we all have 'good hair' be it straight, wavy, kinky, locked, etc. Exploring our own self-hatred brings to light the problem with terms such as good hair.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I related to every women's story in this book. As a woman of color, it is comforting and inspiring to know that I am not the only one that has struggled with self-image, sexuality and feelings of powerlessness. I wish I could have read this book when I was 10 or 12. I will pass this book on to my daughter when she is old enough to understand differences & similaries. I will also give this book to my mother who needs to see that NAKED is not DIRTY. A must read for every mother & daughter across all color lines- so they can pass on the message to their daughters too. Great Job Akiba & Ayana. I'm a so proud!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! It really showed me that all the things I thought I experienced alone were the issues experienced by so many other women of color! I was certainly in good company.Body image has driven us to do, say, think and adorn ourselves in despair. Thanks to this book, I finally realized that my body is for me, not necessarily for others to appreciate and I need to learn to accept it, keep it healthy and by doing so, be happy with me, lumps, bumps and all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book hoping for a deep eye opening experience and yes i was able to connect with some of the stories but most of them expressed almost a deep seeded hate for women with lighter skin tones or people with good hair. instead of feeling connected to my sistahs i felt like the enemy