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Eloquent Rage
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower | Brittney Cooper
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With searing honesty, intimacy and humor too, Americas leading young black feminist celebrates the power of rage. Melissa Harris Perry says: I was waiting for...an author who wouldnt forget, ignore, or erase us black girls as they told their own story and that of the race and the nation. I was waiting and she has comein Brittney Cooper. Michael Eric Dyson says: Cooper may be the boldest young feminist writing today. Her critique is sharp, her love of Black people and Black culture is deep, and she will make you laugh out loud even as she kicks the clay feet out from under your cherished idols. So what if its true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting. Far too often, Black womens anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black womens eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. Its what makes Beyoncs girl power anthems resonate so hard. Its what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they dont have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother's eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Coopers world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one's own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.
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Reviewsbylola
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I finished four books this week. Two audiobooks and two ebooks. The three books on the right are my current reads. Two I started today and one, Mommie Dearest, I‘ve been reading FOREVER. Joan Crawford was a grade A bitch. #bookreport

Centique I remember reading Mommie Dearest in my late teens and feeling So Angry which may have spilled over into arguing with my own mother as well 😂😂 3w
Reviewsbylola It‘s so brutal. @Centique 3w
Cinfhen How was the Attenberg???? I love her but this one has gotten meh reviews 3w
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Reviewsbylola I thought it was her best yet (from the three I‘ve read.) Painfully honest, and all the more special because I had just heard her insight into it before I read it. @Cinfhen 3w
Cinfhen 👍🏽yay 3w
Mdargusch Great week! 2w
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alisonrose
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This book feels like you‘re just having a conversation w/the author, which is a great writing style for this type of memoir. It‘s accessible & engaging while also at times heavy & insightful. I appreciate Cooper‘s layered look at so many issues that Black women confront, & her straightforward taking to task of groups, including white women, who often do Black women harm, intentionally or not. A bit repetitive at times, but overall terrific. 4/5 ⭐️

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All voters should have access to candidates that make them feel recognized, but there‘s a problem when your notion of recognition is predicated on someone else‘s exclusion. There‘s a problem when visibility becomes a zero-sum game, where making one group‘s demands visible renders every other group‘s political concerns obscure. Only white supremacy demands such exacting and fatalistic math.

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Black feminism has been a liberatory theology for me in its own right. It has made space for me to bring my spiritual self into the academy and my academic, intellectual self into the spiritual parts of my life.

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You had me at hello. #grownasswoman 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

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My next #nonfictionnovember read — this is for the “voice” prompt. I‘ve read a lot of Brittney Cooper‘s writing online and she is always so insightful and sharp. Looking forward to learning more about her! #nowreading

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Mft.reads
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This should be a requirement for every WOC!

RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3mo
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mreads
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Essays on black feminism, no-nonsense point of view and has no problem calling 'bs' multiple times 😀. Excellent on audio, narrated by the author.

#nonfiction2019 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa something from another point of view

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I enjoyed this one on audio too! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa You are really whipping through these right now! 4mo
Amiable You‘re almost done! 👍🏼 4mo
mreads @Amiable so close 😁 4mo
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3.5 ⭐
This book made me incredibly uncomfortable, which then allowed me to really think about why that was. It's so super important to consider viewpoints different from your own and that challenge your world view. I don't agree with everything Cooper said, but I also recognised that I'm not qualified to comment on most of those things.

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Lord knows I‘m tired from the weight of racism, sexism, prejudice, intolerance & all the related issues. Cooper touches on many excellent points and although I agree on most all of them, I feel like our approaches and attitudes are different. I constantly struggle with my “voice” and level of rage. Sometimes I just want to get through a day without the bullshit. If you don‘t know what I‘m talking about then you should definitely read this. #blitsy

Chelleo Read 2019-07-09 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🎧 5mo
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Been looking forward to this...here‘s hoping I don‘t end up in a serious #mood today. It‘s read by the author who‘s voice and pace work well in this audiobook format. I usually hate when authors read their own work. #blacklitsy #blitsy #ownvoices #readdiversebooks #blackgirlmagic #blacklivesmatter

riversong153 She teaches at the University where I work! She is amazing, I didn‘t do the audio but the print version was good! 5mo
Chelleo @riversong153 Really!?! Cool! I haven‘t gotten very far but I‘m really enjoying it 5mo
JSW This book is so good. 👍🏼👍🏼⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5mo
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Excellent audiobook. This was the next logical read for me as I continue to devour every book written about women‘s anger that I can find. Highly recommend.

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Just read it. Now read it again. Because whew... she said a few things here and I can‘t find a lie anywhere

FeastingOnFiction Now a little louder for the people in the back! 👏🏿 👏🏿 👏🏿 6mo
TheNextBook @FeastingOnFiction That part! All of this. I had to stop myself and read this part again! Nail on the damn head! 6mo
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Wow. I was gone for a lot longer than I intended! Well I‘m back!!! I‘ve been reading but traveling and work made it necessary to pull back on social media and unfortunately my participation on this app wavered! I started this book yesterday though and I am loving it! Memoirs written by Black women speaking their truths has become a balm for my soul as of late and honestly, this is fitting the bill.

jmtrivera Welcome back! 6mo
TheNextBook @jmtrivera feels good to be back! I‘ll definitely be posting frequently 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yay! Great to see you again! I just read this book and you will love it! I‘m in the same mind frame, pissed off and raging women books seem to make me feel less alone, surreal and crazy times we are living in and they let us vent and commiserate. 6mo
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TheNextBook @Riveted_Reader_Melissa and it just feels really good to read another one say some of the things you‘ve been thinking but couldn‘t put into words. 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TheNextBook YES definitely that too! 6mo
twohectobooks Welcome back! 6mo
intothehallofbooks So great to see you back!! 6mo
TrishB Good to see you back 👍🏻 6mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I‘ve read a lot of great & informative books over the last few years that have helped me understand how exactly the mess we are in was formed, ingrained, and exacerbated...this one took all of that knowledge and discussed it and challenged it, taking it all to the next level. I‘m not sure if I would have appreciated this book at an earlier time without the background that came before, but it came at the perfect time for me.

All the stars!

cariashley Ooh, I‘ve got to move this one up in my audio queue. 7mo
Weaponxgirl Love this one too! 7mo
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Great way to end this book...with Joy!

Chelleo Thank you for sharing this quote. It‘s exactly what I needed to hear. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chelleo You are SO welcome... I felt that way when I read it too! 7mo
Chelleo At this very moment I‘m listening to a Code Switch podcast episode titled Anger: The Black Woman‘s ‘Superpower‘ where they are interviewing this author. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chelleo Awesome! I need to make more time to listen to more podcasts.... I always mean too, but then I listen to an audiobook or music instead. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chelleo I bet it‘s very good, she read her audiobook and did a great job. 7mo
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After this one I really need to circle back and finish White Rage by Carol Anderson which I put on pause when this one came up from the library after a long wait list.

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I have to admit, I am still in some deep DEEP “white” lady denial at this statistic. He was just so repugnant during the debates and well, just as a human being for decades, I honestly find it easier to believe in much more substantial hacking (more than we will probably ever hear about), then that white women overwhelmingly preferred him.

https://navo-us.org/

Johanna414 Unfortunately, I know a ton of white women who voted for him... I can‘t understand it 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Johanna414 Ugh! And do they still love him? My father and brother still love him.🤦‍♀️ 7mo
Johanna414 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa they sure do... I live in a very rural (redneck) area and I think he appeals to their prejudices- he‘s made it socially acceptable for them to be racist, sexist and homophobic so they think he‘s great. 7mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Johanna414 I live in a similar area, it‘s so beautiful geographically but can be very ugly too. I got a new neighbor last year and remember my relief that he also hated Trump. Meanwhile the guy down the road aways replaced his American flag on his flagpole with a Trump flag and has left that flag flying for the last 2 years...I had momentary hope when it started to wear out, but he just replaced it with a newer brighter Trump flag. (edited) 7mo
merelybookish Unfortunately many white women believe they benefit enough from white supremacy and patriarchy to keep things as they are. 😕 Have you read Audrey Lorde? She was calling out white women's complicity decades ago. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish No I haven‘t, but she‘s on my long and ever growing TBR list. Cooper mentions and quotes her a few times in this book as well. And historically I get it, I totally see it, but Trump for me just had such an ick factor, and the competition was so qualified...I find it hard to believe, hence the denial. But hey, the first step is admitting you have a problem and I know I have deep denial there, which means if I know it‘s a problem.🙈 7mo
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've been trying to be more aware of my white woman privilege and blindness. It is humbling and uncomfortable. I follow some women of colour on social media and that has been eye-opening, instructive and stinging. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish I joined Twitter in the last year and have done the same.... and yes, I know what you mean, this book made me feel similarly. It made personal all the facts I‘ve learned... humanizing the prescriptive even more than just the bare facts. 7mo
Weaponxgirl I think with some they are privileged enough to get a certain amount of protection from the consequences and since it doesn‘t effect them then why do they care. I think being aware of the privilege we have being white is so important and something that we can never stop working on as society will bring us up with many blind spots unfortunately. 7mo
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I don‘t want to steal or downplay the narrative here... but boy I do think the “Good Girl” narrative has done similar things to all women. Respectability over Rage, to our detriment...the consequences for expressing our rage, is of course less dangerous, race compounds that part of the equation by a HUGE factor...but “loud” outspoken women sure get attacked faster than quiet respectful ones, ask any women of any ethnicity on Twitter...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...and maybe that more than anything might make some realize their true voice in this society and expand our circle of comrades of like cause.... one can only hope. 7mo
Weaponxgirl I agree! Any woman who stands her ground gets attacked and it‘s even worse for any woman who isn‘t white. 7mo
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“-tressed teenager, a girl named Niya Kenny, stood up and yelled, “What the fuck?! What the fuck?! This can‘t happen.”(...) I was praying out loud for the girl.” “

“We cuss out of rage, and we pray that the cussing will be enough to get all the rage out. We curse those who trespass against us, and we pray usually that the rage won‘t win. We curse systems, and we pray for divine help to overcome those very same systems.”

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“...pockets. That‘s a huge minefield of structurally induced hatred to navigate.”

Angitron I loved this book!! 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Angitron So good! I listened to it on audiobook, now I just need to go find all those great quotes I want to post. 7mo
JSW I wanted to quote this entire book. 7mo
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I think after this week, many more white woman may finally be willing to admit that it isn‘t working for us either....at least I hope so.😢

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Although after the Catholic Church scandal I thought the same thing. 7mo
ReadosaurusText Brittney Cooper is amazing! 7mo
riversong153 I really loved this book! 7mo
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This book is so good and so powerful, and this Sandra Bland section so much more hard hitting considering recent revelations and new video. A woman who was on her way to a new start that ended tragically.

kspenmoll Thank you for sharing this. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @kspenmoll You are very welcome! 7mo
Suet624 😞 7mo
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I am so glad that I read this!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m listening to the end of this now and I agree! 7mo
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I‘m posting like a hundred things right now but I don‘t have WiFi often here so I have to do all the pics at once! Here‘s the beautiful selection at BookWoman Austin. It gave me life to be surrounded by all these incredible feminist books. I‘ll always remember how I felt in this amazing shop

8little_paws Oohh this shop looks awesome!! 7mo
Itchyfeetreader This looks great fitted I never visited when there a few years ago! 7mo
jdiehr Since moving to "the country," I take advantage of wifi access whenever I can as well. The struggle is real ? 7mo
SW-T It‘s a great store. Glad you were able to fit it in! 7mo
Weaponxgirl 😍😍 7mo
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JSW
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Stunning in its combination of critical thought and emotional warmth. Reading these essays often left me uncomfortable and sometimes defensive, yet I finished the book feeling invigorated by the self-examination that Dr. Cooper called me to do. Definitely a must read and would be a powerful book group pick. 📚👥❤️

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Current reads: Both #nonfiction #weekendreads
📚The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Empire
📚Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

Last yellow book you read
📚Eloquent Rage

Fave Color
🖤Black

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So far I‘m two chapters in and want to highlight just about everything. 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Brilliant. #blackwomen #ownvoices #blackauthors #readwomen

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Looking forward to the weekend!!!

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suzisteffen
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Some really great things in here, including and perhaps especially the structural analysis with which Cooper greets the girls who bullied her in school, many years later. In general, excellent to read. 💪🏽 to the author. 4⭐️ for sure. #nonfiction #essays

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“Maintaining the capacity for joy is critical to the struggle for justice.”

Isn‘t THAT the truth. #EloquentRage #essays 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽

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“The clarity that comes from rage should also tell us what kind of world we want to see not just what kind of things we want to get rid of.”

YES ma‘am, it sure does. #essays #eloquentrage Just finished this book and will be sharing a few more quotes & then reviewing.

Weaponxgirl Have you seen this book? I‘ve been meaning to read it a while as it‘s about imagining what we do want. 8mo
Weaponxgirl And this one. I have them both and I still haven‘t gotten around to either. 8mo
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#REAL. Almost finished with this book, and it‘s got so much good stuff in it. My #essays book for April!

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Read it. Then we can discuss.

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Brittney Cooper has a word (or actually a lot of words, really great ones - this quote being about Michelle Obama NOT doing her hair for the inauguration of 45).

Emilymdxn Great quote! Love this! 8mo
suzisteffen @Emilymdxn This is one of my fave chapters so far! 8mo
Weaponxgirl I knew you‘d love this! I spent a lot of this book nodding along and learning new stuff 8mo
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl This whole chapter/essay was, so far, the most powerful. I pulled so many more quotes to post! Wish I could comment on a post with an image. 8mo
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Dear book, it‘s not you, it‘s me 😔 my head wasn‘t really in the right place for an audio like this, but when I came to this realization, I was already too far along to bail. Cooper‘s style is engaging, but I found it a bit all over the place at times, which I just didn‘t have the focus to deal with.

Read as a substitute for Rage Becomes Her for #MarchMadnessChallenge

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This book starts exceptionally well (aside from the binary gender assumptions): “This is a book by a grown-ass woman written for other grown-ass women. This is a book for women who expect to be taken seriously and for men who take grown women seriously. This is a book for women who know shit is fucked up.” SING IT, PROFESSOR COOPER. #essays

Weaponxgirl I loved this book! 8mo
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl of COURSE you‘ve read it! Lol. #readingtwins 8mo
Weaponxgirl @suzisteffen 😂 I often feel the same way about what you‘ve read. Should we start submitting each other our reading lists for the month before we start? 8mo
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suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl I actually do have a nonfiction plan for the year! This month I‘ll be listening to The Warmth of Other Suns and reading this (quoted) book of essays. Hmmmm more tk! 8mo
Weaponxgirl 😂😂 I‘m hoping to get to the warmth of other suns this month too! A biography I put a reserve on came in the other day though so I need to get to that first as other people have reserves on it too. Oh and I need to finish Marianna faithfull memoir. I also do a loose plan each month and try to get to certain books in that period. 8mo
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl Ha! I only read library books in odd months (January, March, May, etc.) so that I‘ll try to make myself read books I already own in the even months. This entails some finagling with library due dates and reservations (and I make exceptions for up to 4 books per month), but generally speaking, it works for me to make those plans. I‘ll post more future plans when I look at my list! #nonfictionspreadsheet 8mo
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And this book is my #essays pick for April. (I have a spreadsheet to plan out my #nonfiction reading TBH. 😂 #nerd) Love the author on Twitter and have loved reading her work in Salon over the years, so am super excited to read her book. #kobo #amreading

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Less books for me this month, but that Brandon Sanderson one was chunky (1000+ pgs).
2 🎧 audio
2 🖥 ebooks
4 📚physical books
Fiction: 5
Nonfiction/essays/memoirs: 3
From my shelf: 1
#monthlywrapup #marchstats

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 8mo
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Such an awesome collection of essays on black feminism. I loved Cooper‘s writing and her approach and articulation of ideas. And her narration was a joy to listen to. Definitely one I‘d recommend on audio.

Christine Agreed! Loved this audiobook. ❤️ 8mo
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The history of feminism is fraught with racism and it‘s not a side that is highlighted very often. Cooper‘s book brings it to the forefront does an excellent job of explaining why intersectional feminism is important, necessary. If this is your first book re feminism, racism, patriarchy, white supremacy I would suggest reading something that explains the history of race in America first, for example The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

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🙌🙌🙌🙌 This is gospel.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Another #blameitonlitsy audiobook and as usual I have to thank you all for putting it on my radar. So good and so thought provoking. I accidentally walked past the streets I was supposed to turn down twice today I was so entranced.

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This book should be essential reading for anyone who identifies as a feminist. Cooper writers with intense clarity about the myriad ways in which mainstream feminism fails to address the unique hardships of Black women. I wish I had had this in college when, as a young woman minoring in Women‘s Studies, I often experienced discomfort and sometimes outright hostility - much of it at the hands of women who professed to be feminists. A must read!

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Brittney Cooper is my spirit animal, for real. This book needs to be read and savored. She drops so much truth.

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