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Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman's Guide to Truth

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  105 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Unknown Binding, 64 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Cleage Group Publication
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Nov 02, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
I cannot put this book down. In a season of lifeless novels and low-level stereotypical characters, this book is a pleasant distraction. I've known about Pearl Cleage and her books for many years but had never read Mad at Miles. This book speaks of a stark reality that all of us have lived with at varying degrees. Whether you are a personal victim, know someone who is, or simply realize that you live in a world where this exists makes this book a must read - especially for young women so they ca ...more
Oct 03, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it
This is great read. It certainly made me "mad at Miles" when I first read it way back in the day . . . as well as a big fan of Ms. Cleage's work (smile). I must admit, I still enjoy Miles' music, but I do so with the knowledge that he had some serious demons.
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Aug 23, 2015 Shellie Rogers-Taylor rated it it was amazing
Yes, she mad me angry with Miles as well. I was taking classes at Spelman, trying to express my inner feminist, reading everything that would reinforce that ideal. I encountered Pearl Cleage, Dr. Gloria Wade Gayles and bell hooks, all at the same time. From the moment I first heard Kind of Blue, I had fallen in love with Miles Dewey Davis, III, my daddy loved Louis Armstrong, I loved Miles! Later, I would name my youngest son Miles. (Just shows, how much I loved Miles). Later, Michael Jackson an ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Cassandria rated it really liked it
This is a book I read in the 90's to understand the relationships between black men and women. Pearl discusses the secrets of abuse between black men and women. I feel that it was opening a dialogue that women of color at times hate to face. We as group are effected by racism and how it controls the relationships between us. Anger and rage are suppressed animals that we as people don't really learn how to manage in our lives. Expression of love in Black families are often ignored. I feel that th ...more
May Santiago
Jul 25, 2007 May Santiago rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loved Miles
My love of music and miles made me read this book. I have to say that the things I learned of miles and his abuse of women or (his woman) was a bit too much for me to take. I loved his music, I loved him for creating it and to read about this abuse...well I had to step back and ask myself..Can I go on liking him and his music?
I still struggle with it today.
Melissa Andrews
Pearl Cleage has been one of my favorite authors, but I for some reason assumed she only wrote fiction. This book. Short and powerful - smacks you about. A very good friend of mine introduced me to Miles Davis by having me listen to Davis' iconic album - Kind of Blue>. Cleage opens her series of essays on black men's violence against black women with this quote:

"[Davis] is guilty of self-confessed violent crimes against women such that we should break his albums, burn his tapes and scratch up
Oct 08, 2014 Rosalind rated it it was amazing
Reading this book made me look at artists like Miles Davis a little different. It also made me want to know more about him as a person. I love his music and always will, but I think the author makes a good point that in supporting the artist, we unknowingly supported his lifestyle or maybe validated it on some level. Shouldn't we be angry that Miles Davis abused women? Shouldn't we hold the same disappointment and disgust from his actions as we would our next door neighbor? Does it make it okay ...more
Zwena Gray
Sep 16, 2015 Zwena Gray rated it really liked it
This book is a very empowering book. I thought this book REALLY opens your eyes to the problems we are still having in today's society with sexism. I think this book is great for teenagers not only for young black women but, also, young black men. This book shows how much women are being enslaved not only physically but, also mentally. This book tells the stories of how we began this New culture for the disrespect of Black Women and how to protect yourself from being disrespected and abused.
Pamela Greer
Dec 18, 2008 Pamela Greer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Yes
This is a very short and thin book that finds Ms. Cleage sharing some very personal feelings centering on the disappointment of black women on the treatment received from black men. She focuses quite a bit of this on some things the jazz musician Miles Davis did to black women..Ie Cicely.
Aug 09, 2015 BMR, MSW, LSW rated it liked it
This was okay. I was already mad at Miles when I read it. LOL. I thought there would be more to this collection.
Jul 20, 2012 Katara rated it it was amazing
A life changing book I read at Spelman. Hearing her speak these words of power, wisdom and change impacted my world view. How can I support the very thing I abhor?
More of us need to be Mad at Miles!
Jan 04, 2013 Shirley rated it really liked it
Good book. Still loves his music
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Pearl Cleage (born December 7, 1948) is an African-American author whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been widely recognized. Her novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a 1998 Oprah Book Club selection. Cleage is known for her feminist views, particularly regarding her identity as an African-American woman. Cleage teaches drama at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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