A Black “Sex and the City” Coming to Bookstores and the Big Screen


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?

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2 responses to “A Black “Sex and the City” Coming to Bookstores and the Big Screen

  1. chris

    The real problem is these black women are not people of good character. They have all the education in the in world, but that does not make you a good person. They may have a great job, beautiful home, they might even be physically attractive, but they lack in character. Too many times society promotes what we should have and what is good and what is bad. All I have to say is look at our society and how jacked up it is. Talk about the miseducation of the negro. Now they have all of this education, great job, great home, nice looking, but there is the other side.
    They can’t cook, don’t know what it is to be a good parent. Are too much into themselves and think the world revolves around them.
    They always say I can’t find someone who has the same educational backround as me. Well, when did that become a solid factor on rather a relationship was going to suceed. That is just a societal factor. There is no correlation between people who have advanced degrees and people that don’t and their success at a relationship.

    My question is to many of these black women? What was your backround growning up? What did your parents do? Were they married or divorced, How were you raised or not raised and who raised you. What were your families morals, values and belief system.

    Also, the Black American woman needs to learn, that they are looking for mates. Black men are not complaining. Perhaps black women, if you stop playing games and just be straight up maybe things will work for you. If you stop going with todays society and the brainwashing maybe you will meet someone. Both of you need to be of good character.

    In closing, I would like to say, I don’t date Black American women. I have had too many negative experiences with them. I am one of those educated
    brothas with a masters degree, a good job and good character. But our values, morals, and belief system was not on the same level. As I found out, I really don’t have anything in common with Black American women as far as values ,morals and belief system is concerned. I’m married to Brazilian women who is black. We have the same belief system, same morals and values. She was raised with traditional values, as I was. She is a good wife,but a better mother. The kids we have
    are both A students in school and don’t get in trouble, they respect mom and dad.

    One thing I have noticed about Latin American culture, they are very family oriented, unlike American families. The family is the nucleus, without a strong family structure, how can you raise your children properly? It seems to me, that Americans can learn alot from other cultures to improve their own situations. We are very selfish as a society and it shows in our relationships.

    • What are you talking about? First I want to know are you a Black American Male? If you are then what makes you so different from other Blacks? Our culture has been known since slavery to raise all kinds of children of different ethnic backgrounds, our women (as slaves) were nannies, cooks, teachers, (some of the first teachers), even when we weren’t allowed to have a pen or paper. Our ancestors didn’t have anything else but morals, to pass down to us. I come from a two parent home, and my father was present in my life, he and my mother taught me well. I’m educated and my daughters are too, “with morals”. It’s men like you who try to destroy women like me. You evidently forget who you are? I don’t care what culture you choose to hook up with, there is good and bad in everything. I don’t know how your Black Brazilian wife puts up with you.

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