Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in
the Age of Michelle Obama
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by Sophia A. Nelson
Hardcover: 260 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books; NONE edition (May 31, 2011)
Book Reviewed by Kam Williams
"Dear Mrs. Obama, Do you have any idea what you mean to us? By us, I mean the strong, independent, accomplished black women of America. I suspect that on some level you do… but please allow me this small indulgence as I share with you how special you are to us.
What I am about to say may seem a bit much, but it is important that you know—that everyone know—how much you have changed and are changing everything for present and future generations of black women in this nation...
You humanize us. You soften us. You make us invisible no more. You made us approachable, feminine, sexy, warm, compassionate, smart, affirmed, accomplished, and fun-filled all at once. Your very nature most emphatically answers Sojourner Truth's 160 year-old question: 'Ain't I a woman?'
Yes, we are women, too."
-- Excerpted from the Prologue (pg. 1)
Recently, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann lamented that the
African-American family had been more stable during slavery than it is
today. Although the Republican presidential candidate was soon pressured by
blowback to distance herself from that insensitive remark, one cannot help
but be alarmed by both the suggestion that blacks might have been better off
in chains and by the verbal slap in the face of the millions of sisters
doing their best to raise kids alone during this age of single-parent
Ardent, inspirational, insightful and redemptive, Black Woman Redefined is
likely the only positive book that's going to be published by a prominent
Republican about anyone named Obama between now and Election Day 2012.