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Reclaiming Our Space

How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets
Written by: Feminista Jones
Narrated by: Melanie Taylor
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins

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Publisher's Summary

A treatise of Black women’s transformative influence in media and society, placing them front and center in a new chapter of mainstream resistance and political engagement

In Reclaiming Our Space, social worker, activist, and cultural commentator Feminista Jones explores how Black women are changing culture, society, and the landscape of feminism by building digital communities and using social media as powerful platforms. As Jones reveals, some of the best-loved devices of our shared social media language are a result of Black women’s innovations, from well-known, movement-building hashtags (#BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, and #BlackGirlMagic) to the now ubiquitous use of threaded tweets as a marketing and storytelling tool. For some, these online dialogues provide an introduction to the work of Black feminist icons like Angela Davis, Barbara Smith, bell hooks, and the women of the Combahee River Collective. For others, this discourse provides a platform for continuing their feminist activism and scholarship in a new, interactive way.

Complex conversations around race, class, and gender that have been happening behind the closed doors of academia for decades are now becoming part of the wider cultural vernacular - one pithy tweet at a time. With these important online conversations, not only are Black women influencing popular culture and creating sociopolitical movements but they are also galvanizing a new generation to learn and engage in Black feminist thought and theory and inspiring change in communities around them.

Hard-hitting, intelligent, incisive, yet bursting with humor and pop-culture savvy, Reclaiming Our Space is a survey of Black feminism’s past, present, and future, and it explains why intersectional movement building will save us all.

©2019 Feminista Jones (P)2019 Beacon Press

Critic Reviews

“Smart, savvy, and unapologetically fierce.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“If you want to understand the rising preeminence of black women in our modern day sociopolitical landscape, you would be smart to start with Feminista Jones, a black woman writing and working at the forefront of our movements.” (Ijeoma Oluo, author of The New York Times best seller So You Want To Talk About Race)

Reclaiming Our Space is an invaluable contribution to long-overdue conversations about race, gender, and intersectionality in America. Feminista Jones combines empathy and wisdom with intellectual rigor and historical analysis to explain clearly and compellingly the central role that Black feminists play in the fight for democracy and social justice.” (Soraya Chemaly, director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and author of Rage Becomes Her)

“In a world where many call themselves ‘feminist’, educator, healer, and community leader Feminista Jones provides tangible steps for those seeking to do a better job of showing up and holding space for Black women. Reclaiming Our Space is required reading for brothers who fashion themselves supporters of our sisters, as well as those who don’t yet know they need to be. It’s also soul food for the rest of y’all desiring to move toward a better future.” (David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition)

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  • Christina
  • 21-03-19


Feminista is an extremely talented writer! I always love her work, and this book was much needed. I listened to this in two days and even though I consider myself a knowledgeable black feminist/womanist, I still learned a lot from this book. I cannot wait to go to her book reading next week! Thank you for making this. A must read!

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  • Melanie
  • 12-03-19


I was blown away ! i randomly was going thru the search and browse section just trying to find something stimulating to help get me out of my bad moment (the day I went to court and felt I was going to lose my child). I continued after mediating on Aaptiv looking for an answer to my displaced anger and confusion from the days events .... & here it is. This BOOK, it was the answer to almost everything i thought and questioned in life & I'M ONLY HALF WAY THRU IT, can't wait for her next GREAT listen . Keep it coming Feminist Jones. #youOKsis #blackgirlmagic