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Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50 Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 11, 2007
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Jewels profiles 50 women who are African-American. Cunningham's photos, as in his fabulous Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, captures their strength and spirit, their energy and enthusiasm, and their pride and confidence.
Connie Briscoe adds her crisp prose from interviewing the women to show why each one is a "jewel."
Some names I recognized--people in the public eye like actors, poets, public leaders such as actress Ruby Dee, S. Epatha Merkerson (the detective on Law and Order), Hattie Winston (the snappy nurse on TV's Becker) and of course, Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of Children's Defense Fund. Some others are company presidents and leaders in business, education and the community.
Most of the women gave a lot of credit for their upbringing for making them who they are. They received love and stability--and were made to believe they could shoot for the stars. These women seized opportunity, while others created it.
Many overcame humble beginnings, early death of parent, divorce, and disability. The key for many seemed to be the unwavering expectation that they do well--regardless.
"My life is proof that you never know what you have inside you until it's called upon. I know I didn't." -- Patricia Banks, age 71.
Just imagine the changes someone like Billie Allen, 81, actor and director, has experienced as a black person--and as a black woman in her years.Read more ›
of life, that are still fierce over 50. Highly recommend...a great read!!!
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The book is excellent. Very inspirational and the photos are beautiful. The book was for my wife for her 50th birthday, now all of her friends would like the same book for their... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Zamon Gray
My mother thought the book was a great read. What was not great is that I purchased a book that was supposed to be in "like new" condition. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Curlzgalore
This book is not only inspirational for women of color; but for all women. The pictures are breath takingPublished on May 21, 2010 by Charlotte Raybon