• Bad Fat Black Girl

  • Notes from a Trap Feminist
  • By: Sesali Bowen
  • Narrated by: Sesali Bowen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Sesali Bowen is poised to give Black feminism the rejuvenation it needs. Her trendsetting writing and commentary reaches across experiences and beyond respectability. I and so many Black girls still figuring out who they are in this world will gain so much from whatever she has to say.” (Charlene A. Carruthers, activist and author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements)

“Sesali perfectly vocalizes the inner dialogue, and daily mantras needed to be a Bad Bitch.” (Gabourey Sidibe, actor, director, and author of This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare)

“A powerful call for a more inclusive and 'real' feminism.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Bowen writes from an authentic space for Black women who are often left out of feminist conversations due to respectability politics, but who are just as deserving of the same voice and liberation.” (Booklist, starred review)

From funny and fearless entertainment journalist Sesali Bowen, Bad Fat Black Girl combines rule-breaking feminist theory, witty and insightful personal memoir, and cutting cultural analysis for an unforgettable, genre-defining debut.

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Sesali Bowen learned early on how to hustle, stay on her toes, and champion other Black women and femmes as she navigated Blackness, queerness, fatness, friendship, poverty, sex work, and self-love. 

Her love of trap music led her to the top of hip-hop journalism, profiling game-changing artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo, and Janelle Monae. But despite all the beauty, complexity, and general badassery she saw, Bowen found none of that nuance represented in mainstream feminism. Thus, she coined Trap Feminism, a contemporary framework that interrogates where feminism meets today's hip-hop.

Bad Fat Black Girl offers a new, inclusive feminism for the modern world. Weaving together searing personal essay and cultural commentary, Bowen interrogates sexism, fatphobia, and capitalism all within the context of race and hip-hop. In the process, she continues a Black feminist legacy of unmatched sheer determination and creative resilience.

Bad bitches: This one’s for you.

©2021 Sesali Bowen (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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From a Trap Feminist

Whoo!!! I have tears in my eyes!!! Thank you for your realness! I am a trap fem from one of the roughest streets in ATL (Bankhead). This book resonated with me through and through. You did this one Sesali. Now I’m waiting on part 2. You did a great job narrating thank you for digging deep and pouring out your soul.

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Thank you foe this amazing piece of art. I truly connected with every word. Grateful!

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Brilliant

This spoke to my heart. The storytelling was relatable af and her intellectual commentary was eye-opening. I can’t wait to read more of Sesali’s work in the future. God bless the trap bitches.

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OMG! Excellent book!

I loved every bit of it! Thank you for sharing!!!! I agree on all that was said in this book!

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The baddest book

I listened to this all the way through and that never happens. I'll spend weeks on an audiobook. This booked hooked me in the intro and I stayed up all night listening. This book spoke to me. I'm certain I've got several more listens in my future.

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As a Chicagoan I'm here for the trap feminist movement! I am also a fat black baddie!!

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I found this book because the cover and title caught my eye. I didn’t know it at the time but I needed this book. It’s very rare when you can relate to a book on sooo many different levels. If you are thinking about reading or listening please do!!

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This book is absolutely amazing and very well read. This book touched me on soooo many levels and resonates with me more then I thought it would have, I couldn’t stop listening and feel deeper into every word with each passing second.

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A good read relatable

She kept it true to life and eloquently spoken ... talked about things most wont