Synopses & Reviews
In this fresh, funky, and irreverent book, a new voice of the post-Civil Rights, post-feminist, post-soul generation has emerged in Joan Morgan: a groundbreaking and unflinching author who probes the complex issues facing African-American women today.
When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost is a decidedly intimate look into the life of the modern black woman: a complex world where feminists often have not-so-clandestine affairs with the most sexist of men; where women who treasure their independence often prefer men who pick up the tab; where the deluge of babymothers and babyfathers reminds black women, who long for marriage, that traditional nuclear families are a reality for less than 40 percent of the African-American population; and where black women are forced to make sense of a world where "truth is no longer black and white but subtle, intriguing shades of gray."
Morgan ushers in a voice that, like hip-hop -- the cultural movement that defines her generation -- samples and layers many voices, and injects its sensibilities into the old and flips it into something new, provocative, and powerful.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-235) and index.
About the Author
Joan Morgan began her writing career at The Village Voice. She was a staff writer to Vibe and is presently a contributing writer for Essence. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Table of Contents
intro.: dress up
from fly-girls to bitches and hos
strongblackwomen -n- endangeredblackmen...this is not a love story
one last thing before I go