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In Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America, Rebecca Carroll profiles 15 of the more than 50 girls, ages 11-20, she interviewed throughout the country. Singly and together, they speak eloquently for the generation of young women coming of age in a complex world. Carroll writes in her introduction: "many black girls don't know that individual accountability is not a myth or a crime: It is what makes it possible for us to live together on the planet as human beings." Her work is enabling and enlightening. The foreword is by Ntozake Shange.
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Posted April 8, 2008
When I first found this book it was by accident at a public library. I kept it long past its due date rereading it time and time again. It was when I loaned it to a friend to read while at the hairdresser that I realized that this is a piece of literature that needs to be spread around simply because it teaches something and opens the eyes of everyone who reads it---even though it is comprised of essays by children. My friend finished it within the hour and was brought to tears many times by the sheer profundity of the words of the young people within the pages. It speaks of the complex issues within the black community, and the increasing maturity of thought and observation of the youth of today. Within these short narrations by youth from various areas and of various ages, the things that they notice about the world, society, prejudice and politics are far too perceptive for children of their age. 'Sugar in the Raw' is the perfect book for any black person living in the US to identify with, and any non-black person to learn something from. The essays selected are diverse enough that everyone will be able to connect with one or two of the stories and come away with a new perspective from the rest. I have already bought 5 copies of this book to give to various female friends and relatives and they have all devoured it and come away in awe. It is my fondest hope that Oprah or someone with the capacity to make this book a hit will find it and recommend it , but until then, I only hope that this review will do it. If you are looking for powerful read, or for a gift for a mother, sister, aunt or cousin this is it. You won't regret it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2012
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