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Black Women For Beginners
S. Pearl Sharp, Illustrations by Beverly Hawkins Hall
ISBN: 9781934389201
Book (Paperback)
For Beginners
6 x 9
192 pages
B&W Illustrations throughout
August 21, 2007


"A spirited inquiry addressing the aftereffects of the 'African diaspora' on black women worldwide, their struggles and triumphs... Sharp probes perceptions and stereotypes from time immemorial in an effective chronicle of the history and culture of black women... bringing a voice of humor and passion to much of the material." –Booklist

"There are little-known facts in this informative book which give the reader a whole new way of looking at the history of Black women. It's done in a comic format with clips of writing alongside sketches and black and white photographs. A lot of research (and some personal opinion) has gone into making it radical, amusing and pro-Black. Worth reading if you are interested in looking at life from different angles." --The Voice, London

There are over 519 million Black Women on the planet Earth, give or take a dozen. There’s a Black Woman on each of the seven continents, in almost every country and in almost every context. There are even Black Women in the space program. So no matter where you go, she’s already been there. She travels with forces greater than herself. Her presence is everywhere.

Black Women For Beginners is a documentary comic book that chronicles the trials and triumphs of Black Women from antiquity to the present, reflecting with wit and humor the challenges they have faced and the fortitude and strength that have sustained Black Women and patterned history with a diversity of excellence. As warriors, healers, teachers, mothers, queens, and liberators Black Women have had tremendous impact on issues from food to fashion, from politics to poetry. Replete with a glossary of reference terms, Black Women For Beginners whimsically details the influence of stereotypes on the portrayal of Black Women in various venues and punctuates the absurd.

S. Pearl Sharp is a writer, filmmaker, actor and radio producer. Published work includes the non-fiction Black Women For Beginners (For Beginners LLC), Uncertain Rituals, an audio book of short fiction, the poetry w/jazz CDs On The Sharp Side and Higher Ground and four volumes of poetry including Typing In The Dark (Harlem River Press). She worked with esteemed actress Beah Richards to create There's A Brown Girl In The Ring, a collection of Richards' essays, later adapting them to stage. S. Pearl's essays and commentaries were broadcast on NPR. She performs her literary work collaborating with dancers, musicians and visual artists. (View clips on YouTube/A Sharp Show.)

An award-winning independent filmmaker,Sharp's documentary films include The Healing Passage/ Voices From The Water, which aired on The Documentary Channel, Life Is A Saxophone, on poet Kamau Daáood, and cultural arts documentaries for the City of Los Angeles CH 35. S. Pearl facilitates workshops connecting language and wellness & offers creativity coaching through The Gate Is Open.
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