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Invincible. Reliable. Resilient. These are the characteristics of The Strong Black Woman.
The dark underside of this cultural belief that has a chokehold on Black women and the Black community include the following: Ignores self-care. Puts herself last. Shoulders burdens even those not her own. The Strong Black Woman How A Myth Endangers the Mental and Physical Health of Black Women fearlessly examines The Strong Black Woman mentality as a source of resilience for millions of African American women and also a danger to their mental and physical health. The cultural belief in the near invincibility of Black women as bedrocks of their families and communities leads Black women to neglect their emotional and physical health as they prioritize the needs and requirements of others. The legacy of slavery, and systemic racism have resulted in health statistics for Black women that are dire. Black women lead in the incidence of stroke, heart attacks, and obesity -related illness and death.
Because Black women too often believe “Black don’t crack” they often feel that they have no time to show weakness or ask for help. But Black does crack and Black women are in the midst of a preventable health crisis.
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Parenting Black Teen Boys, Improving Black Family Health and Relationships
This new edition has a foreword by best-selling author Nathan McCall and a new introduction by Marita Golden. A new feature is Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers. “Marita Golden’s Saving Our Sons was revelatory when first published and remains so today.” Haki R. Madhubuti
Two decades ago, Marita was the first Black writer to address the horrifying statistic that haunts all Black mothers: the leading cause of death among Black males under twenty-one is homicide. Today, police brutality rages on as millions call for the reformation of our broken law enforcement in the wake of the traumatic murders of Black teen boys like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Daunte Wright.
Read an intimate account of a mother’s efforts to save her son. Writing her son’s story against the backdrop of a society plagued by systemic racism, economic inequality, and mass incarceration, Golden offers a form of witness and testimony in a time of crisis for Black Americans.