If you were watching social media last week, you saw that a White woman (Jennifer M. Buck) thought it was an excellent idea to speak on Black women’s experience with feminism. She named her book (insert eye roll), Bad and Boujee: Toward a Trap Feminist Theology.
If you haven’t heard of Trap Feminism, Sesali Bowen, coined the term years ago and Ms. Jen decided to copy and paste! She even got a $10,000 grant to assist her with the Columbusing.
Anyway, I sit on a lot of book lists, and this was one of them. After seeing Jen’s pathetic attempt to educate people on Black Feminism I knew it was time to share this list.
While there are tons of Black Feminist novels written by Black women available, here are a few of my favorites.
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Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist
We have to kick off the list with the Queen herself, Sesali Bowen. I love Black feminist books, but Bad Fat Black Girl is hands down my favorite! Ms. Bowen is the Trap Feminist Originator! I was sold when I saw the names of the chapters. There are some really good Black feminist books, but this is the one I connected to the most. Amazon Link
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America
If you don’t know who Melissa Harris-Perry is, she is an author, journalist, professor, and former host of a MSNBC talk show. Sister Citizen is the oldest book (released in 2016) on this list, but the topics discussed are still as relevant as ever. Sister Citizen discusses topics like Hurricane Katrina, the stereotypes and myths about Black women, our favorite auntie, Michelle Obama, and more. This book, taps into how Black women are seen and the role it plays in our citizenship and politics. All of these books are political, but this one explicitly talks about it more than the rest. Amazon Link
Black Girl, Call Home
If you want your Black Feminism in verse, Black Girl, Call Home is the book for you. It is an amazing collection of poetry that covers Black Feminism and more. Like a few of the other novels on this list, it is infused with pop culture. While it is a much quicker read than the rest of the books on this list, it is still a powerful book. Amazon Link
Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture
Written by former Senior Culture Writer at Huffington Post, Zeba Blay. Carefree Black Girls is a Black Feminist novel that celebrates Black women and shares how Black women have been influencing pop culture forever. Amazon Link
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
Hood Feminism identifies the problems with our laws, culture, and systems that historically and currently exclude women, specifically Black women.
Mikki Kendall not only wants us to see the flaws of our environments, but she shares attainable solutions. Amazon Link
Do you have a favorite book that discusses Black Feminism? Let me know in the comments!