Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets

Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets Review

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; 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.

Title:Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets

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  • Corvus

    3.5 stars rounded up.In reviewing Reclaiming Our Space by Feminista Jones, it feels necessary to recommend that the reader disregard the title of the book before diving in. I hung on to the title for ...

  • Amaka

    Out Jan 29th, Reclaiming Our Space explores the contributions Black Women have made (& continue to make) to society and the power of the hashtag. Many movements started by Black Women have been erased...

  • Jack Kitchen

    As a white cishet man I know that my voice is the one most listened to whenever anything comes up. A book like this? Sure, sure you should listen to Black women, but let's just see what this man think...

  • Maura Fortino

    I’ll preface this review by saying that I am a cis, straight, white woman, so I understand that isn’t “for” me... with that being said I can’t recommend this book enough. You should see how ...

  • Shannon

    Anyone who follows Feminista Jones will not be surprised by any of this: Reclaiming Our Space is a concise, clear sighted, loving summary of the tremendous power Black Feminists are leveraging and wie...

  • Kelli

    Feminista Jones is a force. This book was everything I thought it would be and so much more. I pre-ordered it after following her on Twitter for years and having a fairly good understanding of her inf...

  • Morgan Schulman

    A really interesting and necessary read – I was especially moved by the chapter on Black mothers and the unique challenges they face. Insightful on how social media and the Internet have been an imp...

  • Kristin

    An important book that maps out a genealogy of black feminism while focusing on contemporary movements' use of social media to organize and revolutionize. ...