Black Girl Reader

In June 2013, a group of women gathered to discuss the issues that affect Black girls in Chicagoland.  We talked about the various ways young Black women and girls are adversely affected by institutional and personal violence.  From this meeting, we have developed a Black Women’s Grassroots Think Tank.  We will have more information, but we would like to start with compiling different readings about young Black women and girls.  This, of course, is not a comprehensive list!

Black Girls Reader
(August 2013)

Brown, Jamila Aisha. “If Trayvon Martin had been a woman ….” The Guardian. July 12, 2013. <;.

Brown, Ruth Nicole. Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy. Peter Lang Pub Incorporated, 2008.

Carroll, Rebecca. Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America. Three Rivers Press, 1997.

Cooper, Brittney. “Dark-skinned and plus-sized: The real Rachel Jeantel story.” The Salon. June 28, 2013. <;.

Cooper, Brittney. “Does anyone care about black women?” The Salon. August 15, 2013. <;.

Costigan, Catherine L., Cauce, Ana Mari, and Etchison, Kenyatta. “Changes in African-American Mother-Daughter Relationships During Adolescence: Conflict, Autonomy, and Warmth.  in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths. Edited by Leadbeater-Ross, Bonnie J & Way, Niobe. New York University Press, 2007.

Dohrn, Bernardine. “All Ellas: Girls Locked Up.” Feminist Studies 30.2 (2004): 302-24.

Gaunt, Kyra D. The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop.  New York University Press, 2006.

French, Bryana H., and Helen A. Neville. “Black Teenage Girls’ Experiences with Sexual Coercion.” Black Women, Gender + Families 2.2 (2008): 77-98.

Hannon, Lance, Robert DeFina, and Sarah Bruch. “The Relationship between Skin Tone and School Suspension for African Americans.” Work in progress ed., 2013.

Hirsch, Barton J., et al. “Inner-City Youth Development Organizations: Strengthening Programs for Adolescent Girls.” The Journal of Early Adolescence 20.2 (2000): 210-30.

Jones, Nikki. “It’s about being a survivor…”: African American Girls, Gender, and the Context of Inner-City Violence. in Fighting for Girls: New Perspectives on Gender and Violence. Edited by Chesney-Lind, Meda & Jones, Nikki. State University of New York Press, 2010.

Jones, Nikki. Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence. Rutgers University Press, 2010.

Miller, Jody. Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence. New York University Press, 2008.

Morris, Monique W. “Race, Gender and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Expanding our Discussion to Inclusion.” Washington, DC: African American Policy Forum, 2012.

Ness, Cindy D. Why Girls Fight: Female Youth Violence in the Inner City. New York University Press, 2010.

Phillips, Lynn M. Speak for Yourself: What Girls Say about What Girls Need. Chicago. 2002.

Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women. New York University Press, 2007.

Smith, Jada Pinkett, and Donyelle Kennedy-McCullough. Girls Hold Up this World. New York: Cartwheel, 2004.

Stevens, J. W. Smart and Sassy: The Strengths of Inner-City Black Girls. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Tyler, Rosaland. “Helping Black Girls Grow Up Safely.” New Journal and Guide. 2013.

Wabuke, Hope. “But What About the Children?” The Feminist Wire. July 19, 2013. <;.

Ward, Janie V. “Raising Resisters: The Role of Truth Telling in the Psychological Development of African American Girls.” in Construction Sites: Excavating Race, Class, and Gender among Urban Youth. Edited by Weis, Lois & Fine, Michelle. Teachers College Press, 2000.

Ward, Janie V. “Uncovering Truth, Recovering Lives: Lessons of Resistance in the Socialization of Black Girls.” in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths. Edited by Leadbeater-Ross, Bonnie J & Way, Niobe. New York University Press, 2007.

Weeks, Debbie. “Where My Girls At? Black Girls and the Construction of the Sexual.” in All About the Girl: Culture, Power, and Identity. Edited by Harris, Anita. Routledge, 2004.

White, Renee T. “In the Name of Love and Survival: Interpretations of Sexual Violence among Young Black American Women. in Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Revolutions. Edited by Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean & White, Renee T.  Rowan & Littlefield Inc, 1997.

Williams, Tania. “[ENOUGH] ‘I’ve Witnessed a Lot’.” Ebony. April 22, 2013 <;.

Winn, Maisha T. Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Teaching for Social Justice. New York: Teachers College Press, 2011.

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