Brittney Cooper

presents

Eloquent Rage:
A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

in conversation with CALLIE CROSSLEY

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
8
Thursday
March 8, 2018
6:30 PM

Location

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research welcome acclaimed writer, Rutgers University professor, and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective BRITTNEY COOPER for a discussion of her latest book, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning broadcast journalist CALLIE CROSSLEY.

Please Note:

Seating is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Seating will begin at 6pm.

About Eloquent Rage

So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.

Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon.

Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother's eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one's own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.

Praise

"Cooper personifies what Sonia Sanchez called "homegirl and hand-grenade"—here, like the homegirl she is, Cooper gives us the uncensored truth about how America has become what it is today, and reminds us in no uncertain terms that Black people, and particularly Black women, have the brilliance, foresight, and vision to bring a different America to fruition, should we choose to use our powers for good rather than evil." ―Alicia Garza, Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

"Brittney Cooper is a national treasure. Eloquent Rage is as exhilarating as it is vulnerable, a crucial book that tackles friendship and feminism, Hillary Clinton and Sandra Bland, violence and family, sex and faith and race and gender, all with vibrant grace and honesty. Cooper is a generous writer, affording even those she rages against good-humored compassion but never letting any of us fully off the hook. This book is just so good." ―Rebecca Traister, New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies

"Brittney Cooper is not just one of the leading black feminist public intellectuals of the day, she is the Black Feminist Prophet we urgently need. Her work is the most rigorous, honest, heartfelt, compassionate, and challenging of any cultural critic out there because she does not shy away from the areas of black life too long considered taboo. In taking the lives of black women and girls seriously, Eloquent Rage succeeds where too many have failed. For those still searching for ways to discuss black women's lives with nuance and love, Brittney Cooper's fiery brilliance is ready to light your path." ―Mychal Denzel Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching

Brittney Cooper
Brittney Cooper

Brittney Cooper

Brittney Cooper writes a popular monthly column on race, gender and politics for Cosmopolitan. A professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, she co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Ebony.com, and The Root.com, among many others. She received the Black Feminist Rising Award from Black Women’s Blueprint and the Newswomen’s Club of New York Award for best blogging.

Callie Crossley
Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley

Callie Crossley is the host of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley on WGBH. She is also a public speaker and television and radio commentator for national and local programs, including CNN’s Reliable Sources, the PBS NewsHour and PRI’s The Takeaway. She also appears on WGBH­TV’s Beat the Press, examining local and national media coverage; Basic Black, focusing on current events concerning communities of color; and Fox 25 Boston’s Morning Show. Crossley has earned an Oscar nomination and a National Emmy in addition to many other awards for her work in radio.

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