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Sometimes Rhythm, Sometimes Blues

Young African Americans on Love, Relationships, Sex, and the Search for Mr. Right

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781580050968

Price: $16.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

ON SALE: December 24th 2003

Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

PAGE COUNT: 256

Today’s women expect it all: a successful career, an understanding and equally successful mate, and children–all wrapped up in a white picket fence. But recent studies show that while black women have ascended to form a new middle class and have attained success in the business sector, black men haven’t followed suit. Perhaps as a result, with other sociological and economic factors at play, many successful sistahs are having trouble finding a partner to call their own. This groundbreaking anthology explores the many reasons why–analyzing materialism and financial expectations, single motherhood, bling bling culture, media representations of African-American gender roles, missing fathers, incarcerated partners, and more–and offers hope from women who have beaten the odds. Writers including Kevin Powell and Victor LaValle weigh in on the men’s side in a “Talking Back” section, while female contributors include Kiini Ibura Asalaam, Shawn E. Rhea, Shani O’Neal, and Asha Bandele.

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