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Lisa Jones' Bulletproof Diva

Lisa Jones, Bulletproof Diva: Tales of Race, Sex, and Hair (New York: Doubleday, 1994), 306 pages.

REFUSING TO SEE THE WORLD in simple black and white doesn’t mean being color blind. The nauseatingly liberal whine “Why do we always have to talk about race? I don’t see people in terms of color” is not an antiracist expression of solidarity, it’s just another way to keep blackness and other forms of color otherness at bay. Hey folks, here it is once and for all: black-woman-ness is no less globally relevant and powerful than any other identity or group of identities experienced in one body—white male, black male, white woman, black-latin lesbian, bisexual and biracial male, etc.

Speaking freely and multidimensionally from her position as a biracial black feminist, race worker, artist, esthetician, critic, New Yorker, and hair activist, Jones is an alchemist-cum–investigative reporter. Her

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