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Fierce angels: the strong black woman in American life and culture

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One World/Ballantine Books
Pub. Date:
[2010]
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1st ed
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English
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"Fierce Angels explores and explodes the idea of the "strong black woman." Authoritative yet deeply personal and confessional, Sheri Parks's new study of the black female's role as communal savior and martyr will challenge and change anyone who reads it. It exposes the overwhelming emotional costs - as well as benefits - attached to this role." "Beginning with the oldest ongoing archetype, the Dark Feminine, Parks reveals the layered significance of the fertility of darkness - the abyss out of which the world was spoken into existence, the primordial creator in ancient Greek, Sumerian, and West African cultures, and the essence of Mother Earth herself. As these myths matured, they played critical parts in the assignment of maternal roles to women of African descent, the Dark Feminine acquiring a particularly acrid scent once she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in shackles, bound for a life of slavery." "Parks traces the development of the "strong black woman" throughout her life on Southern plantations and New York streets and in countless kitchens in between. From the Black Madonna celebrated by Italian Americans to the nurturing and selfless "Mammy" forced to nurse her master's child before her own, these abiding symbols of fortitude and dependability only solidified the mold into which the powerful dark woman was cast and paved a path that her descendants would have no choice but to follow." "Fierce Angels follows the inheritors of this legacy of power, compassion, and familial devotion into today's world, seeing her in Coretta Scott King, who relinquished her dreams for those of her husband, and in Angela Dawson, a mother in East Baltimore whose home was fire-bombed when she tried to save her community from drug dealers. Parks also shares important examples from entertainment, cogently reexamined and in some cases surprisingly reclaimed, from Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind to the no-nonsense Lieutenant Anita Van Buren played by S. Epatha Merkerson on Law & Order." "Bringing it all home, Parks recalls the personal costs she's paid for her own identity and captures those moments when she is expected to be all and know all, whether for her students at work or for strangers in the produce aisle in the supermarket. She investigates the support systems holding these stereotypes in place - latched onto by those both within and outside the traditional black community - and challenges readers, mothers, and daughters alike to examine how damaging and rewarding the assignment of this role can be and to take control of it within their lives."--BOOK JACKET.
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Last Grouping Update2023-02-03 18:22:01PM
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"Fierce Angels explores and explodes the idea of the "strong black woman." Authoritative yet deeply personal and confessional, Sheri Parks's new study of the black female's role as communal savior and martyr will challenge and change anyone who reads it. It exposes the overwhelming emotional costs - as well as benefits - attached to this role." "Beginning with the oldest ongoing archetype, the Dark Feminine, Parks reveals the layered significance of the fertility of darkness - the abyss out of which the world was spoken into existence, the primordial creator in ancient Greek, Sumerian, and West African cultures, and the essence of Mother Earth herself. As these myths matured, they played critical parts in the assignment of maternal roles to women of African descent, the Dark Feminine acquiring a particularly acrid scent once she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in shackles, bound for a life of slavery." "Parks traces the development of the "strong black woman" throughout her life on Southern plantations and New York streets and in countless kitchens in between. From the Black Madonna celebrated by Italian Americans to the nurturing and selfless "Mammy" forced to nurse her master's child before her own, these abiding symbols of fortitude and dependability only solidified the mold into which the powerful dark woman was cast and paved a path that her descendants would have no choice but to follow." "Fierce Angels follows the inheritors of this legacy of power, compassion, and familial devotion into today's world, seeing her in Coretta Scott King, who relinquished her dreams for those of her husband, and in Angela Dawson, a mother in East Baltimore whose home was fire-bombed when she tried to save her community from drug dealers. Parks also shares important examples from entertainment, cogently reexamined and in some cases surprisingly reclaimed, from Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind to the no-nonsense Lieutenant Anita Van Buren played by S. Epatha Merkerson on Law & Order." "Bringing it all home, Parks recalls the personal costs she's paid for her own identity and captures those moments when she is expected to be all and know all, whether for her students at work or for strangers in the produce aisle in the supermarket. She investigates the support systems holding these stereotypes in place - latched onto by those both within and outside the traditional black community - and challenges readers, mothers, and daughters alike to examine how damaging and rewarding the assignment of this role can be and to take control of it within their lives."--BOOK JACKET.
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ils:.b64104059BookBooks1st edEnglishOne World/Ballantine Books[2010]xxiii, 244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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