Straight, No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-Up Black Woman

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Penguin Books, Feb 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 226 pages
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The face of journalism was forever changed after Jill Nelson came along. Volunteer Slavery, the memoir and explosive expose of her experiences in the white, male-dominated world of The Washington Post, served as a wake-up call to all Americans and placed Nelson at the forefront of the African American political arena.

Now, the bestselling author is back with Straight, No Chaser, a call to arms written in an effort to "look at the sum of Ablack women's? lives beyond the how-to-snag-a-man, am-I-pretty-enough and how's-my-hair concerns that dominate Atheir? daily existence." Nelson encourages black women'especially young girls'to develop a positive identity in the face of adversity and to look critically at their role models, many of whom she believes send mixed messages to the African American community. From Barbie to bra burning, Mike Tyson to the Million Man March, Nelson takes a personal and thoughtful approach to the empowerment of the black female.

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STRAIGHT, NO CHASER: How I Became a Grown-Up Black Woman

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Nelson's memoir of growing up as a black female in a racist, sexist America is a poor entry in a desperately needed genre. ``I write because I'm angry,'' Nelson declares in her introduction, setting ... Read full review

Straight, no chaser: how I became a grown-up black woman

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In this powerful memoir, USA Today columnist Nelson "combines interesting slices of her upper-middle-class upbringing with stirring essays on what it means to be a black woman in America today." (LJ 8/97) Read full review

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About the author (1999)

A journalist for fifteen years, Jill Nelson has had her work featured in numerous publications, including Essence, USA Weekend, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Ms. She is also an on-line columnist for MSNBC. She lives in New York City.

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