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Fierce Angels

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  9 reviews
An important work on an essential subject, Fierce Angels explores and explodes the idea of the “strong black woman” as never before. Authoritative yet deeply personal and daringly confessional, Sheri Parks’s bold new study of the black female’s role as communal savior and martyr will challenge and change anyone who reads it.

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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 18th 2010 by One World/Ballantine
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Nov 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered archetypes right after Jung did (so sadly he gets all the credit) and they never cease to fascinate me. You learn about an archetype, first you are a bit incredulous but soon you see it everywhere you turn your head.

Sheri Parks discusses the Strong Black Woman archetype in its different incarnations throughout the centuries focusing mostly on American culture and society. At first I thought the whole idea was too far-fetched - to go from prehistorical times to Michelle O
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The cover an title are the most appealing aspect of this work. I was expecting a great expose on the nature of Black female image and identity from a scholarly perspective - written for a common audience. What I ended up with was a semi-autobiographical rant from a woman jaded by unfair life experiences - which have colored her sense of self and the larger community of Black women. The best part of the entire work was the first chapter on the sacred Black feminine - which can get murky - however ...more
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Reviewed by: Brittney Cooper

MIchelle Obama's embattled ascent to the position of first lady has reinvigorated a range of historical discourses about the nature of black womanhood in the U.S. Are all black women irremediably angry? Can black women be ladies? Can strong women be feminine?

The Strong Black Woman (SBW) has been a persistent and enduring stereotype since black women arrived on our shores. However, Sheri Parks, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryl
I'm sure the author had noble intentions. It's no easy feat to examaine the black woman as viewed through pop culture representations, American culture, and black culture. Unfortunately, this book attempts to do this in a way that conveys a sense of stoic matyrdom.

Nowhere does the author offer any kind of examination of just how detrimental these social assumptions are. It felt as if I was expected to rejoice in the "strong black woman" archetype while beint told, simultaneously, that the arche
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author gives lots of details and often times repeats herself. She goes on forever about the Mammy character. Then she takes you on a trip down African American TV memory lane, which was very enlightening. I was a little turned off by her using Mrs. Obama as an example in her chapter on "you say 'strong black women' like it's a bad thing".
Overall I think the book is a good resource with an index in the back. That will be kept on my book shelf as a reference book.
Kate Savage
This book takes on a really important subject, and has some moments of real insight. But I found much of it written a little sloppily, with neither an adherence to scholarly norms and sourcing, nor the pizzazz of a popular book.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome insight and research. Recommended for anyone who wonders why Black women are treated a certain way, and why Black women respond to that treatment that way that they do.
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good ideas and interesting history in here, but the last chapter felt kind of repetitive.
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