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When chickenheads come home to roost - a hip-hop feminist breaks it down
Joan Morgan
Paperback / softback
Simon & Schuster
UK Publication Date

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 and where women who cherish their independence often prefer men who pick up the tab. In this new book journalist Joan Morgan does away with the tired victim/oppressor models that often dominates modern feminism and lays bare the issues of gender, sex, race and love that are not always black and white, but shades of grey. The author isn't afraid to ask difficult questions and challenges the very concepts of a feminism which seems to allow leniency to one gender whilst ignoring its inherent deficiencies. Morgan ushers in a voice that, like hip-hop, samples and layers many voices and injects its sensibilities into the old, changing it into something new, provocative and powerful.

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Joan Morgan has written extensively about gender issues and music for THE VILLAGE VOICE, THE NEW YORK TIMES and was a staff writer for VIBE magazine.
She is currently a contributing editor for ESSENCE.

"Master storyteller Joan Morgan navigates the torrid waters of gender, race, and power with grace, humor, and, most of all, love."
-Daniel Jos Older, New York Times bestselling author of the Shadowshaper series

"Joan Morgan stripped feminism of its basic Black and Whiteness-redressed it in her own beautiful, badass, complicated, challenging, shades-of-gray couture criticism. Before it was popular to be 'out' as an unapologetic, magic, hood-loving, imperfect, sexy-ass, Black feminist, Joan put it down in Chickenheads, validating a whole generation of fierce young women, just waiting for that brave bitch to fire the shot, so we all could just go."
-Michaela Angela Davis, CNN and BET correspondent

"Without doubt, Black Women had made meaningful interventions into Feminist Thought before the publication of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, but none can claim to have done so wearing three-inch pumps, while bumping Heavy D, and sprinkling enough #BlackGirlMagic to conjure a new generation of Black Feminists who give no 'f*cks' to those who dare deny the value of a Black Girl's life and her desires."
-Mark Anthony Neal, author of Looking for Leroy

"In When Chickheads Come to Roost, Joan Morgan began dismantling the one-dimensional 'strong Black women' myth. The unapologetic realness in her essays, even today, are a beacon for young women on the journey of accepting-and celebrating-the beautiful complexities of womanhood."
-Cori Murray, entertainment director at Essence

"The debt that a generation of writers, thinkers, and activists owe to Joan Morgan is incalculable. Joan gave us permission to 'fuck with the grays' and provided the blueprint for an analysis of culture that yields more vibrant and nuanced takes on our humanity. For me, as a man who wants to be challenged to unpack the failures of black men to show up and fight for sisters, the beauty in Joan's words is that she didn't stop at their trauma, but allowed us into the world of bountiful, beautiful blackness that black women have lived by. Chickenheads changed the game."
-Mychal Denzel Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching

"Definitely not your mother's guide to the Equal Rights Amendment.... Morgan's reflections are as timely as they are cogent."
-Kristal Brent Zook, Vibe

"Morgan tussles with the perceived contradictions of being black, female, fly, and feminist-from the myth of the strongblackwoman to chickenhead envy... a fresh alternative to accepted notions about black womanhood."
-Lori L. Tharps, Ms.

"It's a bold, cheeky, self-affirming read, and for a black woman in this society, there's hardly enough affirmation."
-Martine Bury, Jane

"When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost... is gaining nationwide acclaim for adding a fresh, idiosyncratic point of view-the voice of a new generation-to the oft-debated saga. Painstakingly straddling the line which separates street smarts from book intelligence, Morgan offers 240 pages worth of commentary on what it is like for a Black woman to come of age, Gen-X style.... While most Gen-Xers claim to be 'keepin' it real,' Morgan's new book instead shows that she's making the conscious choice to 'keep it right.' And not only by flipping and bouncing words and phrases that reflect today's popular culture, this new age feminist shows and proves that the day in which James Brown screams 'it's a man's world' might be finally coming to a dawn."
-Michael J. Rochon, Philadelphia Tribune

Keyword Index
Afro-American women - United States - Social conditions.|Feminists - United States.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages

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