Why I Love Black Women
Posted Apr 12 2006
Topically, Dyson addresses interracial marriages, terrorism and economics, weaving personal stories with a larger societal context and putting Black women on a social pedestal. He celebrates their spirituality, their intellect, their humanity, and yes their bodies. He describes congresswoman Maxine Waters and "her alluringly handsome, rich-cocoa face, her gorgeously voluptuous lips, her petite and shapely frame, and her formidable intelligence." In describing his own wife he writes "I was able to glimpse her glorious gluteus, a spherical wonder of taut flesh to which I would later devote passionate poetry." Woah, Nellie! Don't get it twisted however, the bulk of Dyson's celebration revolves around the ability of these women to persevere and excel in the face of hardship. And quite frankly, much of the allure of these special women is their way their bodies and sexuality/sensuality mesh with their intellect, ambition, and passion. Dyson is just real enough to acknowledge it. Nonetheless, his constant adulation of the physical beauty of each and every Black woman he encounters gets to be a bit distracting and feels contrived at times. I get excited in the presence of an attractive sista too, but dang!
Although the intended audience seems to be African-American, this is a good read for anyone and helps offset the countless negative images and perceptions of Black women in our world. Although the book does suffer from romanticizing all Black women, it'll undoubtedly open more eyes than it should have to.