Art for Justice Fund, Ford Foundation, and John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

There’s a reason Tressie McMillan Cottom is called one of “America’s most bracing thinkers on race, gender, and capitalism” by Rebecca Traister, “no intellectual lightweight” by Brittney Cooper, and “the author you need to read now” by the Chicago Tribune. McMillan Cottom’s first book, Lower Ed, is a deep dive into the fraught dynamics of the big-money industry that is for-profit colleges. And her latest endeavor, Thick, effortlessly fuses the political, the social, and the personal in a vibrant collection about what it means to be a black woman in America.

Thanks in large part to the #MeToo movement and to the increasing number of women who are courageously sharing their stories, the narrative around sexual assault and rape is changing. We sat down with Sohaila Abdulali to discuss her new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape, at once a deeply personal and painfully all-too-common exploration of rape and rape culture.

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