Avid Bookshop presents Brittney Cooper in conversation with Nsenga Burton for Cooper's newest work, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. This event will take place on Saturday, February 24, at our Prince Ave. location and will run from 6:30-7:30pm. We encourage you to purchase a copy of Eloquent Rage and to come have it signed by the author!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Black women are often considered angry and divisive in their interactions with others in both public and private. In mainstream feminism, our demand to have both our race and gender considered is called divisive from "all women's issues." In Black political spaces, our desire to have our womanhood considered is called a distraction from the real issue. However, the manner in which Black women have always insisted on their right to dignity, their right to be heard, and their desire to be considered on matters of national import has much to teach us about what makes American democracy work.
Eloquent Rage takes up this politics of critical dissent, asking: How do Black women resist stereotypical portrayals of them angry, aggressive, scary and violent? How do Black women dissent from a national narrative about heterosexual Black intimacy that says we are undesirable, unlovable, and unfit for partnerships or marriages? How do we dissent from religious patriarchy? How do we use our participation in politics to resist the march of fascism? How does our embrace of Beyonce act as a kind of dissent against those who would dismiss it as frivolous Black women's pursuit of pleasure and joy? Drawing together her funny, poignant, and often heartbreaking experiences of friendship, family, and intimate relationships, with insights from her career as a professor of women's and gender studies, Cooper writes compellingly about how Black women's critical dissent shows up in the everyday lives of women.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Brittney Cooper is a writer, teacher, and public speaker. She thinks Black feminism can change the world for the better.
Brittney is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is co-founder of the popular Crunk Feminist Collective blog. And she is a contributing writer forCosmopolitan.com and a former contributor to Salon.com. Her cultural commentary has been featured on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, Al Jazeera’s Third Rail, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, PBS, Ebony.com, Essence.com, TheRoot.com, and TED.com.
Dr. Cooper is co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press 2017). She is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, May 2017) and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s, February 2018).
A media scholar with nearly 18 years of experience teaching at the college-level, Dr. Burton is an award-winning professor, multimedia journalist and blogger, filmmaker and producer. Currently, she serves as editor-at-large for The Root (a Univision company) and contributor to Huffington Post Black Voices where she writes media criticism. In 2012, Dr. Burton founded The Burton Wire, an award-winning news blog that covers global news of the African Diaspora. Currently, she serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Mass Media Arts at Clark Atlanta University.
In addition to her work as a journalist and professor, Dr. Burton is a leader in the field of technology and diversity, serving as Executive Director of the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs for the past four years and head of her new media and technology consulting firm, The Burton Wire Media Group. Her latest book, Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength & Vulnerability is currently out on SUNY Press. She served as co-editor of the book and wrote a chapter entitled, "The Representation of Black Women's Mental Illness on Being Mary Jane and How to Get Away with Murder."
Dr. Burton holds degrees in media studies and production from Northwestern University (B.S. Radio/TV/Film), New York University (M.A. Cinema Studies), University of Pennsylvania (M.A. Communication) and the University of Southern California (Ph.D. Critical Studies in Film and Television). Her area of expertise is intersectionality (race, class, gender and sexuality) and media industries. She currently resides in Atlanta with her daughter Kai and fur-son Mr. Miyagi. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual or @TheBurtonWire.