V Books: A Beginner’s #FeminismSyllabus


Big salutes are due to TDE rapper Ab-Soul for revering women on his latest album, Do What Thou Wilt. Throughout Soul’s fourth studio effort, the Carson, Calif. native weaved in witty and clever themes about God being a Woman. During a November interview on Rap Radar Podcast, the rapper born Herbert Stevens IV acknowledged that men should pay more attention to the givers of life. “It’s important to pay more attention to the women and how we are discussing them. It’s important to remember that we got mothers, and we got little sisters and we want to make sure we treat all women with that respect,” Soulo said.

In case, for some odd reason, you missed the #WomensMarch memo, estrogen voices have been gracefully loud, bold and unapologetic as of late. Over the weekend, protesters in cities like San Francisco, New York, D.C. and even overseas in London joined in solidarity to raise awareness on women’s rights under Donald Trump’s presidency. Also, Beyonce’s 2016 Super Bowl performance, to the ire of many police officers, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party. Ava DuVernay’s award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary, 13th, shed light on mass incarceration. The mathematical genius of Katherine G. Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan’s stories about their contributions to NASA were told through the critically-acclaimed film, Hidden Figures. Also, Kamala Harris won a seat in the U.S. Senate, making her the second black woman to earn a spot in Congress’ upper chambers. And, in the world of literature, some of the most profound, and colorful New York Times bestselling books were penned by women—black women at that.

In Homegoing (Alfred A.Knopf), author Yaa Gyasi traces the generation of two sisters who were separated at birth—one was sold into slavery while her sister was forced to marry a British slave owner. Brit Bennett’s The Mothers (Riverhead) follows the rebellious 17-year-old Nadia Turner, who finds herself living her adult life by asking herself the “What if” question. Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn (Amistad/HarperCollins) follows the friendship of a group of women as they deal with race, the unforgiving streets of the Brooklyn as well as the perils of adolescent life. Zadie Smith’s Swing Time (Penguin Random House) follows two talented black women, Tracy and Amiee, as they chase dancer dreams only to find themselves battling the detours of life.

So you see, Ab-Soul’s argument of God being a Woman is valid and on-point. With that, VIBE put together an essential beginner’s #FeminismSyllabus, so you fellas (or ladies) can get cozy with your favorite woman (or women) and have some passionate, unpredictable and satisfying mind sex. Thank us later.

Way back when I was in grade school I learned about his-story/But what about her-story/Did anybody ask? —Ab-Soul on ”Threatening Nature”