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The Sisters Are Alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris

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Chapter 5

Anger: Twist and Shout

What do you call a wildly successful writer, director, producer, and mother of three, who also happens to be a black woman?

According to America’s newspaper of record, you call her “angry.”

Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times review of ABC-TV’s How to Get Away with Murder opened thusly: “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away with Being an Angry Black Woman.’”1

In the September 2014 article, Stanley praised Rhimes, the Midas touch behind the shows Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, for “doing more to reset the image of African-American women on television than anyone since Oprah Winfrey.” She wrote:

Her women are authority figures with sharp minds and potent libidos who are ...

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