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Breath better spent : living Black girlhood

Call Number

  • 811 H6455 (CEN, POW)

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Publication Information

New York : Bloomsbury, 2022.

Physical Description

xxiv, 149 pages : illustrations; 22 cm


"Through the eyes and stories of prominent Black female figures from Zora Neale Hurston to Riley Curry and Michelle Obama, and with an homage to Toni Morrison's Beloved, Breath Better Spent beautifully and trenchantly captures the culture of Black girlhood and its changing relationship to American culture, exploring the highly visible and invisible spaces that Black girls occupy, from school, to home, to others' imaginations, and proceeds to question the disappearance - metaphorically and literally - of Black girls from the American imagination. Powerfully drawing on both history and her own experiences, Hill brings to life the vitality, creativity, and strength of Black girlhood while shining a light on a crisis we cannot ignore"--


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  • Ella Baker at the Ballot
  • "Never Grow Old"
  • Someone for Me
  • Only Boys Have Fans
  • What You Talking 'Bout
  • Glutton
  • Those Sunless Summer Mornings
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  • Sign o' the Times
  • Grace for Be'la Dona
  • Dodge City Girls
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  • How the Tongue Holds
  • Sage Poets and Popstars
  • Continuous Fire
  • In the wilderness
  • Wasting Her Lips
  • Born Again and Again
  • Never Grow Old: Part Two
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  • The Gypsy Girl Gets No Solitude
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  • Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney
  • for All of Birmingham's Baby Girls
  • Aniah Blanchard
  • Dear Christians of Alabama
  • Anitra Gunn
  • Kimberly Grisham
  • Aziya Roberts #WeWalkForHer
  • The Psalm of TeNiya Jones
  • Homeroom
  • Tendayi's Blues
  • ***
  • Baiting Boys
  • New Year's Day 2021
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  • #BringBackOurGirls: Premonition Two
  • #BringBackOurGirls: Who Is Criminal?
  • #BringBackOurGirls: Premonition Three
  • #BringBackOurGirls: Premonition Four
  • #BringBackOurGirls: Waifs and Wanting
  • #BringBackOurGirls: Mama's Boy?
  • ***.

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