The concept of "intersectionality" provides a broader understanding of what it means to be a women in our society by realizing that “several aspects of a person’s social identities (gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, etc…) may combine to create unique discriminations.” It is the idea that being a member of two or more marginalized groups makes the fight for equality different than if a person were only battling sexism. Intersectional Feminism seeks to separate itself from more traditional “first wave feminism,” which had a tendency to focus on the experiences of white, middle class women, thereby acknowledging that many different identities and experiences exist among women.
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But it's hard to get your come up hen you're labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral . . . for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn't just want to make its--she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn't always free.
"For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri. ~The New York Times Book Review
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