Why I love Black Women

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In this open love letter to black women everywhere, Michael Eric Dyson celebrates the strength and beauty of African-American women. From Miss James, his grammar school teacher, to Linda Johnson Rice, who heads the communications empire that publishes Ebony and Jet; from Toni Morrison, whose novels inspired him, as a young welfare dad, to Debbie Bethea, the housecleaner whose labors remind him of his mother in Detroit; from civil rights widow Myrlie Evers-Williams to activist and scholar Angela Davis-and many ...

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Overview

In this open love letter to black women everywhere, Michael Eric Dyson celebrates the strength and beauty of African-American women. From Miss James, his grammar school teacher, to Linda Johnson Rice, who heads the communications empire that publishes Ebony and Jet; from Toni Morrison, whose novels inspired him, as a young welfare dad, to Debbie Bethea, the housecleaner whose labors remind him of his mother in Detroit; from civil rights widow Myrlie Evers-Williams to activist and scholar Angela Davis-and many more-the women in Dyson's pantheon inspire us to remember, "When we love black women, we love ourselves, and the God who made us."

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This is a much-needed tribute to the black woman. A prominent minister, scholar, and writer, Dyson seems to suggest that there are still some successful black men who value black women. In a rather lengthy chapter titled "Another Saturday Night, or, Have All the Brothers Gone to White Women?" he attempts to make sense of the plight of young, professional black women who are single because there are few black men interested in dating them. He traces this debate by sharing personal discussions with black women and commentary found in leading magazines targeted to black audiences. He does not offer solutions. Instead, he separates himself from the brothers who have decided that black women are not suitable companions. In 18 other equally sentimental and often humorous chapters, he describes a number of black women whom he loves because of their beauty, intelligence and the way they positively impacted his life. From classroom teachers and women he has met around the country to childhood television and music icons and revolutionaries such as Angela Davis and Assata Shakur, Dyson leaves no black woman out. He also writes about women closer to home, including his third wife. He takes great care to describe the accomplishments of these women, their physical attributes and how he came to know them, but he also devotes a great deal of the book to cultural criticism. He explores sensitive yet timely issues often debated within black communities, such as intraracism, illiteracy and black male imprisonment. While Dyson is a bit verbose, black women young and old will appreciate his commitment to helping the public see them as he sees them: loving, complex, strong, and intelligent. KLIATT Codes:SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Perseus, Basic Books, 314p. index., Ages 15 to adult.
—KaaVonia Hinton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465017645
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 635,422
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    I have new OUTLOOK on my relatiosnhip with the sistahs

    Dr. Dyson I have to say my relationship with Black Women has been improved. I can now always pick up on the distinguishing traits and talents of black women. It has played a role in me knowing black women from strong black women. I have to say being around strong black women has impowered me. Thanks to you. This book has allowed me to praise all women and to encourage them in their weak moments and not exploit them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2004

    Very interesting read and I liked it very much

    It was a privilege to read this novel. The author paid a tribute and honor to Black women of which I am truly appreciative. Truly it would be helpful if Black men would read this book. Black women were mother's to civilization and Dyson backs it up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    A True Tribute

    I must say that this book was an informative as it was exhilarating. The overriding theme that I got from the book is that self-love is the prerequisite to love of others. By the end of the book, I felt so empowered and loved that all I could whisper is thank you! A positive must read! This is as much a tribute to black men as it is to black women!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2004

    The most enlightening book I've ever read

    This book taught me more about loving my black women than anything. It also taught me to appreciate all the positive ones that have been in my life. He won me over with this book, and I'll make sure to read anything else he brings to the table.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Better than what I expected

    Michael Dyson did an excellent job with this book. He came at you from every angle possible. His title 'Why I Love Black Women' was the perfect title. Black women have done more in this country than most will ever know yet they don't get credit for their accomplishments. This point was clearly stated over and over again as I read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    Dr. Dyson is 'One In A Million!'

    He is the epitome of an exceptional powerful black man! I love him! Keep doing what you are doing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    The intelectual hip-hopper strikes again.

    Proving to be the un-official spokesperson for black popular culture by representing a demographic who's views are commonly overlooked, Dyson uses his appeal to youth to help counteract the effects of black women bashing in music and other media. This heartfelt testimony gives praise to the women in his life who have proved to mold and inspire his writing and life. Dyson has captured the Grace, inteligence and strength of one of Gods most precious cretures, The Black Woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    The Book Was Not What I Expected

    I simply found the book filled with lots of anger, almost like whites better love black women or else.

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