When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost by Joan Morgan
My Life as A Hip Hop Feminist

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In this fresh, funky, and irreverent book, a new voice of the post-Civil Rights, post-feminist, post-soul generation has emerged in Joan Morgan: a groundbreaking and unflinching author who probes the complex issues facing African-American women today.

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost is a decidedly intimate look into the life of the modern black woman: a complex world where feminists often have not-so-clandestine affairs with the most sexist of men; where women who treasure their independence often prefer men who pick up the tab; where the deluge of babymothers and babyfathers reminds black women, who long for marriage, that traditional nuclear families are a reality for less than 40 percent of the African-American population; and where black women are forced to make sense of a world where "truth is no longer black and white but subtle, intriguing shades of gray."

Morgan ushers in a voice that, like hip-hop -- the cultural movement that defines her generation -- samples and layers many voices, and injects its sensibilities into the old and flips it into something new, provocative, and powerful.


About Joan Morgan

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Joan Morgan began her writing career at The Village Voice. She was a staff writer to Vibe and is presently a contributing writer for Essence. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published March 10, 1999 by Simon & Schuster. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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(It’s no coincidence, she wagers, that the same men who refer to their sisters as “bitches” and “hos” refer to themselves as “niggas.”) As for the myth of the soul-powerful black woman, this was fostered originally by white slave owners to justify the exploitation and breeding of such women.

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The title refers to women who ""effectively work their erotic power,"" in a play on Malcolm X's ""chickens come home to roost"" speech (which signaled his break with the Nation of Islam and the creation of his Muslim mission in the U.S.) that simultaneously fractures the meaning of Audre Lorde's ...

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