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Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama

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Stereotypes aren't funny when they follow you everywhere.

This is the rallying cry that author Sophia A. Nelson wants all of America to grapple with when it comes to the way we view and treat black women.

Black Woman Redefined was inspired in part by what Nelson calls open season on accomplished black women,” which reached a tipping point in 2007 when Don Imus referred to black female Rutger’s University basketball co-eds as nappy-headed hos.” Since then, we’ve seen First Lady Michelle Obama caricatured on the infamous New Yorker cover, when she was called angry” and unpatriotic”; the 2009 groundbreaking Yale University Study on professional black women titled, Marriage Eludes High-Achieving Black Women”; ABC’s Why Can’t a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?” and the Internet video that went viral, Black Marriage Negotiations,” featuring a successful black woman interviewing a nice black man to be her mate in a robotic, controlling, emasculating, Bible-thumping demeanor. More recently, we were subjected to the 2011 Super Bowl commercial that started a national firestorm featuring an angry black woman” throwing a soda can at her mate, after first kicking, slapping, and emasculating him.

Nelson says black women are tired of such depictions that portray them as manless, childless, angry, and unfulfilled. Nelson sets out to change this cultural perception, taking readers on a no-holds-barred journey into the hearts and minds of accomplished black women to reveal truths, tribulations, and insights like never before.

She says it is time for a REDEFINITION among black women in America.