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I Didn’t Work This Hard Just to Get Married by Nika C. Beamon


It's a startling fact: Most American women spend the majority of their adult lives unmarried.

A new non-fiction title: I Didn’t Work This Hard Just to Get Married by Nika C. Beamon examines this trend through the eyes of single Black women. Statistics show that 70 percent of African American women live without a man, despite traditional expectations within the community this trend.

Advance Praise:
I Didn’t Work This Hard was really positively reviewed in the April 1 issue of Booklist (circ. 24,150). The complete review follows:

I Didn't Work This Hard Just to Get Married (Chicago Review Press, ISBN: 9781556528194)

“Despite the continued cultural emphasis on marriage, 70 percent of black women will live their lives as singles--widowed and divorced, but mostly never married. Whether this statistic is viewed as good, bad, or indifferent depends on a woman's individual perspective. Beamon, a television news writer-producer, presents interviews with 21 successful black women fully enjoying singlehood with a range of opinions on their marriage prospects. Among the women interviewed are actress Kim Coles, author Deborah Gregory (of Cheetah Girls fame), movie producer Effie Brown, and an assortment of other professionals. The women applaud the television shows Living Single and Girlfriends for depictions of beautiful and successful single black women, and discuss the sometimes negative images of black women and the impact of the high unemployment and incarceration rates of black men on marriage prospects. Mostly, they recount their own personal journeys to accepting, enjoying, and capitalizing on their times as single women. Though written from black women's perspectives, this book has appeal for all women looking for a fresh take on being single.”

"What an incredibly liberating and inspiring collection of stories...about learning to be comfortable in your skin and what u got –and that we are not alone in our journey. Thank you Nika for this gift."
Terrie M. Williams
Author, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting

"This is an exciting book that fully explores the option of single status and the lives of the women who choose it… Nika Beamon gives women making life choices a window into the thought processes of other women who have made similar choices. It is an important addition to work on the lives and options of African American women, and it is an absorbing read."
Julianne Malveaux
President, Bennett College for Women

"Although I am an award-winning filmmaker, TV personality and author, many of my family members feel as though I lead a shallow and empty life because I choose to be unmarried without children. In this well-researched and thoughtful tome, Nika Beamon has given a voice to true choice among women in this post-millennial era."
Abiola Abrams, BET host
Author of the novel, Dare

I Didn’t Work This Hard Just to Get Married: Successful, Single Black Women Speak Out

Release Date: May 1, 2009 (in sale now)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 978-1-55652-819-4

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MTamanika (Nika) C. Beamon is an African-American female currently residing in Newark, New Jersey. Currently, she is a Writer/Producer for WABC-TV Eyewitness News in New York; the number station in the country.

In her fifteen years as a journalist, she has worked at various television stations including , WABU-TV in Boston, ESPN Classic and WABC-TV in New York. She also served as Coordinating Producer for “Like It Is with Gil Noble,” the country’s longest running African American public affairs show, airing on WABC-TV.

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