Illustrious photographs of African American sisters by Pulitzer Prize–nominated photographer Michelle Agins and essays from Julia Chance.
A "sister" is so many things—someone you consider family, your best friend, and the woman with whom you share your times of love, hope, or heartbreak—the women in Sisterfriends are all those, and more. A collage of impressions of African American women both well-known and unknown, the essays in Sisterfriends tell beautiful stories of sisters, whether related by blood or bonded by fate. Crossing economic, social, and geographic boundaries, these sisters support each other emotionally, financially, and physically.
The stories they tell are uplifting, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking. From singer Mary J. Blige and her sister LaTonya, who moved her entire family into Mary's mansion to manage her career, to Andrea and Lorelei Williams, who grew up in a one-room studio in Harlem and often didn't have food or electricity, to Bethann Hardison and her friend Marta Vargas, who share the bond of sisterhood as friends—Sisterfriends mines the whole experience in the words of its women. Iyanla Vanzant, Gayle King, and bell hooks contribute their own sister stories that compel, provoke, and ultimately illuminate the fascinating relationship of women who call themselves "sister," making this a beautiful gift book for that special woman in your life.
Julia Chance is the coauthor of Fine Beauty, a how-to makeup book by celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine. She is a Contributing Editor for Honey magazine. She was also the editorial coordinator and a guest essayist for Men of Color: Fashion, History, and Fundamentals by Lloyd Boston. She has written for numerous magazines such as Essence, Vibe, Mode, The Source, Sport Style, and Salon News. A native of Baltimore, she now resides in Brooklyn.
Native Chicagoan and Pulitzer Prize–winner Michelle V. Agins is a staff photojournalist for The New York Times. She has received two Pulitzer Prize nominations, once for her photos from the Bensonhust protests, and once for her series on the Times series “Another America: Life on 129th Street.” She and her colleagues at the Times won the Pulitzer Prize for their series “How Race is Lived in America.” Her photographs have appeared in Essence, Sports Illustrated, Ebony, and Jet. She is featured in Songs of My Peopleand Photographs of Hope. She is also the coauthor of Rookie, a children's book on the WNBA player Tamika Whitmore. Michelle has won regional and national awards including the Gordon Parks Award for Broken Promises, a story of indigent people living along the Mississippi Delta. She now lives in Brooklyn with her family.