Bulletproof Diva: Tales of Race, Sex and Hair
In “Bulletproof Diva, Lisa Jones brings the wit and candor of her infamous “Village Voice column, “Skin Trade,” to a much larger audience. Chock full of the “fierce black girl humor” that has made her column so popular, this provocative collection of essays and observations on race, sex, identity, and the politics of style speaks to a young generation of blacks who were raised in an integrated society and are now waiting for America to deliver on its promises of equality. The thirty-seven short pieces and six long essays in “Bulletproof Diva cover a wide range of topics, many of them extremely controversial. Jones moves smoothly from issues of ethnicity in a changing America, challenging viewpoints on African-American and mixed race identity, to “butt theory” and the roller-coaster politics of black hair. Written in a style that is as appealing as it is unapologetic, “Bulletproof Diva marks the debut of a genuinely gifted young writer with a distinctive voice and a fresh perspective on the black cultural scene.