Straight, No Chaser: How I Became A Grown-up Black Woman

Paperback | March 26, 1999

byJill Nelson

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The face of journalism was forever changed after Jill Nelson came along. Volunteer Slavery, the memoir and explosive expose of her experiences in the white, male-dominated world of The Washington Post, served as a wake-up call to all Americans and placed Nelson at the forefront of the African American political arena.

Now, the bestselling author is back with Straight, No Chaser, a call to arms written in an effort to "look at the sum of Ablack women's? lives beyond the how-to-snag-a-man, am-I-pretty-enough and how's-my-hair concerns that dominate Atheir? daily existence." Nelson encourages black women?especially young girls?to develop a positive identity in the face of adversity and to look critically at their role models, many of whom she believes send mixed messages to the African American community. From Barbie to bra burning, Mike Tyson to the Million Man March, Nelson takes a personal and thoughtful approach to the empowerment of the black female.

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A bold voice in the world of American journalism today, acclaimed journalist and writer Jill Nelson turns her sharp eye to the issues surrounding black women in America. Straight, No Chaser describes Nelson’s own experiences searching for a positive role model and uncovering a worthwhile black female identity in the face of misogyny an...

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The face of journalism was forever changed after Jill Nelson came along. Volunteer Slavery, the memoir and explosive expose of her experiences in the white, male-dominated world of The Washington Post, served as a wake-up call to all Americans and placed Nelson at the forefront of the African American political arena.Now, the bestselli...

A journalist for fifteen years, Jill Nelson has had her work featured in numerous publications, including Essence, USA Weekend, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Ms. She is also an on-line columnist for MSNBC. She lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.71 × 5.13 × 0.49 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140277242

ISBN - 13:9780140277241

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Who's the Fairest of Them All?
The Dawning of the Patriarch
Down to the Real Nitty Gritty
Slaves in Love
The Dickpolitik
Everyday Violence
The March, the Matriarchs, and Grown-up Black Women
The Niggerbitchfit
A Beginning

From Our Editors

A bold voice in the world of American journalism today, acclaimed journalist and writer Jill Nelson turns her sharp eye to the issues surrounding black women in America. Straight, No Chaser describes Nelson’s own experiences searching for a positive role model and uncovering a worthwhile black female identity in the face of misogyny and racism. An inspiring book for black women everywhere, young and old, American and Canadian.