Sophia A. Nelson - Black Woman Redefined on BAN Radio

Reclaiming the Dream 50 Years After the March
BAN Radio Show, Nov. 22 at 9pm EST

Featured Speaker - Sophia A. Nelson, Esq

This  Bonding Thru Books Panel will address issues that are important to the survival of our nation. A half-century after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his clarion call for justice from the Lincoln Memorial, where are we on racial progress and the job front?  We have recently marked the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. But are we really free?
Sophia A. Nelson, Esq

@IAmSophiaNelson;  Author. Columnist. Political Pundit. Motivational Speaker.

Black Woman Redefined - Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama

Sophia A. Nelson, Esq.  is “redefining” the rules for 21st Century living and success. She is the author of the award winning book “Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama” (May 2011).

Sophia A. Nelson writes a national lifestyle & political column for Newsweek/Daily Beast, and does various opinion columns for Huffington Post Healthy Living, Black Voices & Women.  She also writes for NBC's theGrio , and is a contributor to MSNBC, Essence Magazine, USATODAY and NPR. You can watch Sophia regularly as a noted political pundit & social commentator on MSNBC & TVOne's Washington Watch with Roland S. Martin. Her second book "The WOMAN CODE" is due out in late 2014. You can learn more about her on

Black Woman Redefined was inspired in part by what Nelson calls “open season on accomplished black women,” which reached a tipping point in 2007 when Don Imus referred to black female Rutger’s University basketball co-eds as “nappy-headed hos.” Since then, we’ve seen First Lady Michelle Obama caricatured on the infamous New Yorker cover, when she was called “angry” and “unpatriotic”; the 2009 groundbreaking Yale University Study on professional black women titled, “Marriage Eludes High-Achieving Black Women”; ABC’s “Why Can’t a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?” and the Internet video that went viral, “Black Marriage Negotiations,” featuring a successful black woman interviewing a nice black man to be her mate in a robotic, controlling, emasculating, Bible-thumping demeanor.

More recently, we were subjected to the 2011 Super Bowl commercial that started a national firestorm featuring an “angry black woman” throwing a soda can at her mate, after first kicking, slapping, and emasculating him.  Nelson says black women are tired of such depictions that portray them as manless, childless, angry, and unfulfilled. Nelson sets out to change this cultural perception, taking readers on a no-holds-barred journey into the hearts and minds of accomplished black women to reveal truths, tribulations, and insights like never before.  She says it is time for a REDEFINITION among black women in America.

Nov. 22 BAN Radio Panel Discussion Topics
Listen here:

* What defines Blackness? What does it mean to be Black?
*  What is the Browning of America?
* Is racism still a workplace reality for women in 2013?
* Why does the media portray women of color as manless, angry, and unfulfilled?
* 150 Years after the Emancipation Proclamation: Where are we now? Where do we go from here?
* No Justice, No Peace! - What have we learned from the Renisha McBride and Trayvon Martin's stories?