Lapis gains new allies and new enemies as he assumes his role as the one who will overthrow the tyrannical Habit.
An important work on an essential subject, Fierce Angels explores and explodes the idea of the “strong black woman” as never before.
Authoritative yet deeply personal and daringly confessional, Sheri Parks’s bold new study of the black female’s role as communal savior and martyr will challenge and change anyone who reads it. Fierce Angels exposes the overwhelming emotional costs—as well as the benefits—attached to this role.
Parks, an esteemed scholar and popular media personality, provides exclusive interviews and astute analysis, as well as accounts of her own searing and inspiring experiences, to highlight the myths and the realities of black women’s lives. Beginning with the oldest ongoing archetype, the Dark Feminine, Parks reveals the layered significance of the fertility of darkness—the abyss out of which the world was spoken into existence, the primordial creator in ancient Greek, Sumerian, and West African cultures, and the essence of Mother Earth herself. As these myths matured, they played critical parts in the assignment of maternal roles to women of African descent, the Dark Feminine acquiring a particularly acrid scent once she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in shackles, bound for a life of slavery. Parks traces the development of the “strong black woman” throughout her life on Southern plantations and New York streets and in count kitchens in between. From the Black Madonna celebrated by Italian Americans to the nurturing and self “Mammy” forced to nurse her master’s child before her own, these abiding symbols of fortitude and dependability only solidified the mold into which the powerful dark woman was cast and paved a path that her descendants would have no choice but to follow. Fierce Angels follows the inheritors of this legacy of power, compassion, and familial devotion into today’s world, seeing her in Coretta Scott King, who relinquished her dreams for those of her husband, and in Angela Dawson, a mother in East Baltimore whose home was fire-bombed when she tried to save her community from drug dealers. Parks also shares important examples from entertainment, cogently reexamined and in some cases surprisingly reclaimed, from Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind to the no-nonsense Lieutenant Anita Van Buren played by S. Epatha Merkerson on Law & Order. Bringing it all home, Parks recalls the personal costs she’s paid for her own identity and fascinatingly captures those moments when she is expected to be all and know all, whether for her students at work or for strangers in the produce aisle in the supermarket. She investigates the support systems holding these stereotypes in place—latched onto by those both within and outside the traditional black community—and challenges readers, mothers, and daughters alike to examine how damaging and rewarding the assignment of this role can be and to take control of it within their lives. Credible and cathartic, piercing and provocative, Fierce Angels is a book born of pain and introspection, a work sure to stir debate and become the primary source on this vital topic.
Showdown on Wall Street! Team Cap's final showdown with Serpent Solutions. The road to Standoff starts here!
When Cooper’s older brother tells him the location of the End Portal, he has a decision to make. Should he and his friends finish building the most epic structure ever seen in the world of Minecraft, or should they travel to the End in an attempt to slay the Ender Dragon? Cooper’s decision brings him fame and fortune, just not the way he expected it to. This is Cooper’s Epic Adventure.
L’indagine storica degli ultimi decenni ha profondamente rinnovato le nostre conoscenze su aspetti, figure, temi che hanno formato la trama delle vicende intellettuali, politiche e sociali dell’illuminismo. Interrogato a partire dalle domande tipiche dei nostri giorni, esso perde così la rigidità di quel razionalismo astratto che gli è stato attribuito in passato e rivela una passione per la ragione ricca di sfumature, di curiosità per il mondo della natura e per le istituzioni umane e di aperti contrasti interni, che animarono un’ampia e spesso vivacissima discussione tra i philosophes. Guardato nella prospettiva di fine millennio, l’illuminismo ci appare un momento di rottura nella cultura europea nei confronti delle tradizioni religiose, culturali, politiche, intellettuali in genere, che nelle speranze dei suoi teorici avrebbe dovuto porre le premesse per un’esistenza umana più libera e consapevole delle proprie forze. La conoscenza dell’illuminismo rappresenta quindi un precedente necessario a capire la condizione di modernità che costituisce il nostro orizzonte attuale: gli illuministi si mostrano uomini con i quali condividiamo, al di là delle fondamentali trasformazioni intervenute in questi due secoli, speranze di emancipazione e consapevolezza dei limiti intrinseci alla condizione umana, inesauribile volontà di sapere e dubbi sulla forza della ragione.
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