Helena Andrews, DC writer, has received a lot of buzz lately due to her upcoming memoir entitled, “Bitch is the New Black.” Her book is to talk about the struggles of young, successful black women to find love and build a career. Despite the book not being released until June, Grey’s Anatomy’s Shonda Rhimes has already been reported to produce the film.
An attractive young woman with a BA from Columbia, Master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, and positions at O Magazine and The New York Times, Helena seems to have a very familiar story. She’s been called a “bitch” at work, has had a complicated childhood and, like many other black women like her, has had a very difficult time finding love. From The Washington Post:
The genesis of Andrews’s book came from a conversation a few years ago between Andrews and Gina, a social scientist who lives in Los Angeles. They wanted to start a blog to explore “why black women can’t find a man.” The day she talked to an agent about this idea and pitched it as a book, one of her sorority sisters committed suicide.
It jarred Andrews. “We stopped. Discussed what happened. We think each other’s lives are fine. You got a good job. A good place to live. You will handle it.” But some people can’t handle it. “She looked like any other successful black woman,” Andrews says of her friend. , “Good clothes, stylish. Ivy League degree, master’s.” Nobody saw it coming. She won’t discuss the details, but you can see it in her face, the mind racing over the why.
“People keep talking about the black single woman in D.C. But do you know who she is? Does she know what she wants? They should stop saying we have it all together. . . . I am that single black woman in Washington, D.C. Why is she single? This is who I am. Tell me.”
Read the entire story about Helena Andrews on The Washington Post.
Tell us what you think – are you excited to read/watch Helena’s story? Do you think her story is an accurate depiction of successful black women in America?