Black Women's Lives by Kristal Brent Zook
Stories of Pain and Power

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Kristal Brent Zook explores the lives of contemporary African America women from all walks of life. Based on her travels across America and years of interviewing and building relationships with women from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds, she offers vivid archetypal portraits of a school principal in Georgia, a filmmaker in Los Angeles, a factory worker in Mississippi, a corporate executive in New York City, a prisoner in Seattle, and an organic farmer in Vermont, among others. Through these portraits, Black Women's Lives explores common overlapping themes while highlighting the shared dreams, hopes, and disappointments of ordinary women. This book also reveals the many challenges and inequalities that black women still face, and how far this nation has yet to travel if it is to live up to its promise to create an equal and just society for all citizens.

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Kristal Brent Zook, Ph.D., is an associate professor of journalism at Hofstra University and an award-winning contributing writer with Essence magazine. She is the author of Color by: The Fox Network at the Revolution in Black Television and Black Women’s Lives: Stories of Power and Pain. She lives in New York City. 
Published February 10, 2006 by Nation Books. 263 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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Zook (Black Women's Lives: Stories of Power and Pain) introduces a diverse cast of characters in this interview-based history of African American media ownership.

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An organic farmer, a union organizer, a teenage lesbian stabbed to death in a hate crime and the president of a cosmetics company that makes hair relaxer all get their stories told in this anthology of Zook's articles for Essence magazine.

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