Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America by Clarkson Potter

Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America by Clarkson Potter

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“‘Sugar in the Raw’ was directly from a place of my feeling like, ‘Okay, I can’t be the only black girl in America who is struggling with how to navigate this identity, and certainly there have to be an array of experiences and ways of being,” Rebecca Carroll tells Truthdig's Robert Scheer. “We are constantly pushing against this monolith of blackness.”

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With raw candor, elicited by Rebecca Carroll's perceptive questioning, 15 black women between the ages of 11 and 18, from places as diverse as Brooklyn and Seattle, Alabama and Vermont, speak out about their inner and outer lives. What they say about identity, self-esteem, the role of race in their perceptions and treatment, personal values, and their hopes for the future is both enlightening and moving. 144 pp. National pubilcity. 15,000 print.

Conducting interviews for Sugar in the Raw, Rebecca Carroll traveled to 12 cities across the country, and talked to more than 50 girls. From that number, she selected 15 who tell their stories in their own words in this stereotype-breaking book. Nicole, a 17-year-old biracial girl living in Vermont, tells us she checks the boxes for every race category on census forms. "You can call me whatever you please," she says, "but I'll still be Nicole." Elsewhere, Laninka, also 17, from Birmingham, Alabama, tells of her love for ballet and African dance, while Sophie, 20, who lives in Freehold, New Jersey, tells of growing up in her adoptive white family and her search for her black identity. Throughout, the girls show their strength and their determination to make a way for themselves in a world that does not always appreciate them.

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