In the book, Nelson commissioned several national focus groups, and gathered groundbreaking quantitative research to prove that black women of a new generation, in the age of Michelle Obama, still face ugly stereotypes and definitions that put them in a box and limit their ability to speak up and out in corporate settings and even in relationships with their men. See http://www.blackwomanredefined.com
Speaking with King, First Lady Michelle Obama said she's weary of being portrayed as "some kind of angry black woman" and is pushing back on allegations made in a new book. "The Obamas" by Jodi Cantor, that she has forced her will on the White House staff. "I guess it's just more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here. That's been an image people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I'm some kind of angry black woman."
Nelson, who often covers the White House as a feature columnist, also covered the First Lady's speech to Spelman College graduates for MSNBC and theGrio.com this past May 2011, and is considered the subject matter expert on college educated/professional black women of the 21st century, what they face, what they want, and how they need to "redefine" their lives and get beyond age-old stereotypes and myths that often hurt them. Nelson had this to say in response to Mrs. Obama's interview:
"What the First Lady offered on "CBS This Morning" should be a wake-up call to a new generation of black women, and to all of us as Americans on how ugly and pervasive stereotypes about black women in America still cause angst and fear even at the highest levels of achievement and success." She continued, "I wish I could say I am surprised at how Mrs. Obama feels, but I am not. I live it every day, as do millions of black women in America who have to worry about how we are perceived when we express an opinion, make a decision, or raise our concerns. I applaud the First Lady, whom I respect and admire for having the courage to say out loud what the rest of us often feel."
Nelson's book received great reviews, national media coverage and was a top-seller in 2011 in its hardcover release and will be re-released in the fall 2012 in paperback. Her book has been nominated for a number of prestigious book and organizational awards for 2011/2012 and she is often tapped to discuss the subject of black women and stereotypes in corporate America, at colleges and universities, as well as on cable and news networks such as MSNBC, NBC, CNN, ABC, FOX, and more.
Contact Yvette Hayward, Publicist for Ms. Nelson in her New York office 646-338-3811
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