When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down (Paperback)

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"Morgan has given an entire generation of black feminists space and language to center their pleasures alongside their politics." --Janet Mock, New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness

"All that and then some, Chickenheads informs and educates, confronts and charms, raises the bar high by getting down low, and, to steal my favorite Joan Morgan phrase, bounced me out of the room." --Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

Still fresh, funny, and irreverent after eighteen years, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost gives voice to the most intimate thoughts of the post-Civil Rights, post-feminist, post-soul generation.

Joan Morgan offers a provocative and powerful look into the life of the modern black woman: a complex world in which feminists often have not-so-clandestine affairs with the most sexist of men, where women who treasure their independence frequently prefer men who pick up the tab, where the deluge of babymothers and babyfathers reminds black women who long for marriage that traditional nuclear families are a reality for less than forty percent of the population, and where black women are forced to make sense of a world where truth is no longer black and white but subtle, intriguing shades of gray.

About the Author

Joan Morgan began her writing career at The Village Voice. A staff writer at Vibe magazine for three years, she has also written extensively about music and gender issues for The New York Times, Ms., Madison, Interview, and Spin magazine, where she was a contributing editor and columnist. Morgan is presently a contributing writer for Essence and Notorious. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.

Praise For…

Kristal Brent Zook

Definitely not your mother's guide to the Equal Rights Amendment....Morgan's reflections are as timely as they are cogent.

Lori L. Tharps
Ms. magazine

Morgan tussles with the perceived contradictions of being black, female, fly, and feminist -- from the myth of the "strongblackwoman" to chickenhead envy (coveting the perks of women who live off rich men)....Morgan has penned a vibrant new tome on a taboo topic....The book offers a fresh alternative to accepted notions about black womanhood.

Martine Bury

It's a bold, cheeky, self-affirming read, and for black women in this society, there's hardly enough affirmation.

Lauryn Hill

This book is an important read for all people everywhere. Enjoy!

Michael J. Rochon
The Philadelphia Tribune

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost...is gaining nationwide acclaim for adding a fresh, idiosyncratic point of view -- the voice of a new generation -- to the oft-debated saga. Painstakingly straddling the line which separates street smarts from book intelligence, Morgan offers 240 pages worth of commentary on what it is like for a Black woman to come of age, Gen-X style....While most Gen-Xers claim to be "keepin' it real," Morgan's new book instead shows that she's making the conscious choice to "keep it right." And not only by flipping and bouncing words and phrases that reflect today's popular culture, this new age feminist shows and proves that the day in which James Brown screams "it's a man's world" might be finally coming to a dawn.

Kirkus Reviews

A debut collection of impassioned essays, written in poetic, flowing prose....Fresh and articulate. Steadily perceptive, shrewdly provocative.

Vanessa Bush

[Morgan] brings a powerful voice to concerns of modern black women.


As is the case with a lot of Morgan's work, Chickenheads remains unafraid to "go there" around a few touchy issues....[The book] will definitely engender passionate discussions among readers....Regardless of how interpreted, you gotta give it up to this "yardie gyal" from the Bronx who's brave enough to put her ideas out there so that the rest of us home-grrrls can all together start climbing toward wholeness.

Ronda Racha Penrice
Rap Pages

Whether one agrees with Morgan or not, the sister definitely makes you think.

Cindy Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper

A journalist by trade and outspoken black feminist by inclination, Joan Morgan has style to burn....When Morgan brings it, she's funny, fierce, and yes feminist....Morgan insists that the hip-hop generation can set its own goals -- emotional, spiritual, social and political. Time to move on, and Morgan's leading the way.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780684868615
ISBN-10: 068486861X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2000
Pages: 240
Language: English