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The Real Lives of Strong Black Women: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy

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In this warm, sensitive and straightforward self-help guide for African American women, Toby Thompkins explores the triumphs, struggles and lessons necessary to transcend the stereotypes and overcome the consequences of being a "strong black woman." Culled from interviews with both black women and black men from all walks of life, the personal stories Thompkins uses to ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published October 10th 2004 by Agate Bolden
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Rita Reinhardt
Apr 11, 2011 Rita Reinhardt rated it really liked it
Interesting "self-help" book. This little gem has definitely given me some points to ponder, however, I don't know if it has changed the person that I am or will shape the person I will be. I find it informative and will continue to read.

Side note: I find it interesting that black women "supposedly" have all of these "issues." Hmmmpphhh, pondering… where would the world be if African-American women were no longer allowed to be the underdog in which society seems to kick when it's down. I'm just
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Monique
Mar 31, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
It is a fact there are strong black women. The essence of our strength comes from our African heritage along with the trials and lessons learned crossing the Middle Passage, enduring slavery, holding the family together, and at times living life without a safety net. The myth: all black women are strong all of the time. As I begin to read, a wave of pride washed over me as I realized that finally a black man is starting to seek out the opinions from "strong black women".

Thompkin's spent over a y
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Mocha Girl
Oct 12, 2009 Mocha Girl rated it really liked it
Toby Thompkin's release The Real Lives of Strong Black Women: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy opens with a foreword, from Victoria Rowell, calling black women of the world to lean upon their courage to accept love and joy into their lives. Thompkins goes on to explain that preexisting myths of "the strong black woman" have possibly done more harm than good by creating generations of problem-solvers, self-sacrificing nurturers, and steel magnolias. These are women who often forfeit true love, ...more
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May 04, 2016 Donnica rated it it was amazing
An amazing book the cuts to the core of black women , culture , and the very essence of what we as women of color deal with in regards to society, relationships , and sheer brute strength
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