Her previous book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. Besides being a columnist for The Nation Magazine, Dr.
Melissa Harris-Perry: I suspect different audiences will take away different things from the book.
For instance, my editor at Yale University Press, who is a white male, felt that hed been introduced to some black womens literature hed never read and to some stereotypes and ideas that hed previously never engaged with.
Thats quite time-consuming, especially since my whole life takes place between noon and 10.
Kam Williams: San Francisco attorney Randy Knox, says hes friends with your sister Elizabeth. Im the youngest of five, and Beths the sister closest to me in age.
She is also a regular commentator for many print and radio sources both around the U. Here, she reflects on her life and career and on American culture and politics while discussing her new book, Sister Citizen. Had I known at the time that you were leaving for Tulane, Id have stuck around to meet you.
* * * * * Kam Williams: Hi Melissa, thanks for the interview. Melissa Harris-Perry That probably was for Take Back the Night.
Part of what I love about it is that the host has already assembled a fantastic staff for me, developed credibility and built an audience.
So, I just have to walk in, bring my ideas and work my butt off for a few days. As far as anchoring my own show, I wont say I wouldnt do it, but I cant imagine how that would affect my ability to parent my child. The intensity of my negative response was in part related to having just published Sister Citizen.
That was, for me, a consolidating moment in my attempt to understand the experience of contemporary black women trying to be American citizens.
Kam Williams: What message do you hope readers will take away from the book?
Kam Williams: Lee also asks: Why the negative response to The Help? So, I had been thinking a lot about the stereotypes and the images of black women.