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"Morgan has given an entire generation of black feminists space and language to center their pleasures alongside their politics." -Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness
"All that and then some, Chickenheads informs and educates, confronts and charms, raises the bar high by getting down low, and, to steal my favorite Joan Morgan phrase, bounced me out of the room." -Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
Still fresh, funny, and irreverent after eighteen years, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost gives voice to the most intimate thoughts of the post-Civil Rights, post-feminist, post-soul generation.
Joan Morgan offers a provocative and powerful look into the life of the modern black woman: a complex world in which feminists often have not-so-clandestine affairs with the most sexist of men, where women who treasure their independence frequently prefer men who pick up the tab, where the deluge of babymothers and babyfathers reminds black women who long for marriage that traditional nuclear families are a reality for less than forty percent of the population, and where black women are forced to make sense of a world where truth is no longer black and white but subtle, intriguing shades of gray.
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.