Brittney Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is a Black feminist theorist who specializes in the study of Black women’s intellectual history, Hip Hop generation feminism, and race and gender representation in popular culture. Her forthcoming book Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press) examines the long history of Black women’s thought leadership in the U.S., with a view toward reinvigorating contemporary scholarly and popular conversations about Black feminism.
Dr. Cooper is also a sought after public speaker and commentator. In addition to a former weekly column on race and gender politics at Salon.com, her work and words have appeared at the New York Times, the Washington Post, TV Guide, the Los Angeles Times, Ebony.com, The Root.com, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, All In With Chris Hayes, Disrupt with Karen Finney, and Third Rail on Al-Jazeera America, among many others. She is also a co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a popular feminist blog and currently a monthly contributor at Cosmopolitan.com. In 2013 and 2014, she was named to the Root.com’s Root 100, an annual list of Top Black Influencers. Dr. Brittney Cooper is a proud alumna of Howard University (class of 2002) and proud native of North Louisiana.Download Bio
Eloquent RageA Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
St. Martin's Press
So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.
The Racial Politics of Time Brittney Cooper uniquely examines racial politics through the lens of time. Speaking on the black history history, storytelling, and feminism, Brittney Cooper assigns time a race and explains why.
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Learn about how Brittney finds “The Power In Being an Angry Black Woman” in this interview on cosmopolitan.com
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"Cooper's Eloquent Rage is a fearless, phenomenal memoir of finding her voice as a black woman."
"A breakthrough... this force of nature is becoming one of our fiercest voices in the new generation of African-American thinkers." —Essence
"With straight-up vulnerability and humor sprinkled in, Cooper reminds readers that feminism, in essence, is about loving women...a for-us-by-us handbook tailor made to obliterate the idea of post-racialism in the Trump era."
"[Cooper's] ardent book reminds us that what you build is infinitely more important than what you tear down—and that rage makes great mortar."
"Cooper says there's power in being mad as hell."
“An ambitious, electrifying memoir. Recommended for readers seeking contemporary social commentary that’s unrelenting yet humorous.”
—Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Sharp and always humane, Cooper's book suggests important ways in which feminism needs to evolve for the betterment not just of black women, but society as a whole. A timely and provocative book that shows ‘what you build is infinitely more important than what you tear down.’”