Naked: Black Women Bare All about Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts

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Ayana D. Byrd, Akiba Solomon
Penguin, 2005 - Self-Help - 255 pages
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Provocative essays on body image by black women.

Candid, witty, and insightful, Naked is a compelling collection of essays that captures what today's black women think about their bodies-from head to toe.

Tackling such issues as hair texture, skin color, weight, and sexuality, it follows women on their paths to acceptance-and enjoyment -of their unique features...to a place where it doesn't matter how big the breasts or how long the legs, only what is in the heart.

Includes contributions from women of all ages and walks of life, including such notables as:

- Iyanla Vanzant
- Jill Scott
- Kelis
- Tracee Ellis Ross
- Jill Nelson
- Hilda Hutcherson
- asha bandele
- Melyssa Ford

Edited by Ayana Byrd and Akiba Solomon
Foreword by Sonia Sanchez
 

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Twenty-five African American women, including Jill Nelson (Sexual Healing ), recording artist Jill Scott, and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant, reveal their innermost thoughts about sexuality ... Read full review

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Contents

Sowing Beauty
11
Black Fuzzy Thing
33
Ho Gear
55
The Free Black Woman
83
Selling Sexuality
101
The Curl
119
Femme Invisibility
139
Cold Turkey
163
In Search of A RealLife
171
The Dark Den
185
Dr Feelgood
205
Calendar Girl
219
Bump Grind Twist and Celebrate
239
About the Editors
256
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About the author (2005)

Ayana Byrd is an author and journalist who divides her time between Brooklyn and Barcelona, Spain. A Barnard College graduate, she has contributed to numerous anthologies and magazines such as Vibe, Essence, and Rolling Stone. Akiba Solomon is an award-winning advocacy journalist, columnist, and editor. A graduate of Howard University, the Brooklyn resident and former senior editor for The Source is the editor at Essence magazine. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications including Essence, Vibe, XXL, POZ, and ColorLines.

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