Grio books: Author Sophia Nelson says image of black women needs a 'makeover'

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Black Woman Redefined will be released in paperback Nov. 20, with new essays and an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama. In this book, writer  Sophia Nelson lays waste to the age-old stereotypes of black women as angry, loud-mouthed, and out of shape by creating new images through letters and essays. Her goal is to show another side and perhaps recreate, reinvent, and redefine what it means to be a black woman.

“Too many of us have been living in the shadows of how others have mis-defined us as black women since slavery, Jim Crow, Civil Rights era and even now,” said Nelson. “It’s time for us to take care of us first instead of taking care of everyone else, as we far too often do. It’s time to change the game in a new century, for a new outcome.” …

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