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Volunteer slavery : my authentic Negro experience / Jill Nelson.

Volunteer slavery : my authentic Negro experience

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  • ISBN: 1879360241 :
  • Physical Description: 243 p. ;23 cm.
  • Publisher: Chicago : Noble Press, c1993.
Subject: Nelson, Jill, 1952-
Washington post (Washington, D.C.)
African American journalists > Washington (D.C.) > Biography.
African American women > Washington (D.C.) > Biography.
Washington (D.C.) > Biography.

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Volunteer Slavery : My Authentic Negro Experience
Volunteer Slavery : My Authentic Negro Experience
by Nelson, Jill
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Nelson writes of her experience as an African American woman working for one of the most prestigious newspapers in the country. Recruited in 1986 to write for the new Sunday magazine of the Washington Post , Nelson moved to Washington with both misgivings and hope. From the disastrous premier issue of the Sunday magazine that alienated and angered most of black Washington to her assignment covering the trial of Washington mayor Marion Barry, Nelson documents her growing sense of frustration and powerlessness. Interwoven with her professional story are her reflections on a lifelong struggle between her identity as an upper-middle-class black woman and her search for the ``authentic Negro experience.'' Mixing comedy with tragedy, Nelson raises questions about the meaning of success. Luckily, Nelson emerges as a survivor, and her story will entertain, enrage, educate, and engage the reader. Volunteer Slavery is highly recommended.-- Judy Solberg, Univ. of Maryland Libs., College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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/*STARRED REVIEW*/ In 1986 Nelson joined the Washington Post's new Sunday magazine as its first black and first female writer. Nelson sensed what she might be getting into when she interviewed; she knew the situation smacked of tokenism. "He needs me, black and breasted, to complete his staff," she told herself after her interview with Post editor Ben Bradlee. But the money was hard to turn down, and Nelson really thought she'd have some power to make a difference in the way the Post viewed its black readers. In a slam-bang, frank, and funny account of her tenure there (which lasted four years), Nelson remembers that in the first few months--although the new Sunday magazine was met with outright contempt on the part of Washington's black community--she thought things just might work out. But soon she began to feel not only ineffectual but actually invisible; and in the midst of all this on-the-job distress, she was trying to maintain a steady relationship with her moody teenager and also have some sort of social life. Nelson started drinking too much; she became involved in some bad political predicaments on the job, was reassigned within the organization, and finally had an emotional collapse. Quitting day was a day of freedom! In the bigger picture, her honest testimony is a meaningful view of the compromises, self-denials, and tightrope walking that black professionals in corporate America must constantly exercise in order to succeed. A very special and especially eloquent book. (Reviewed May 1, 1993)1879360241Brad Hooper

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Nelson's entertaining, vitriolic memoir of her stint as the first black female writer at The Washington Post Sunday magazine. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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