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Explains how African American women can break the cycle of expecting the worst from their men, arguing that this negative attitude perpetuates the problem, and offering advice on ways to effect a positive change in their lives and relationships.
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While running a chain of chic Hollywood shoeshine parlors, Valerie Shaw listened to her crew and clientele complain about their problems with the opposite sex. Shaw discovered that Black men felt alienated and disrespected by their Black Sisters.
Out of years of disappointing experiences, failed relationships, and hours of woe-is-me conversations with her girlfriends, Shaw also knew that Black women often felt alienated and disrespected by their Black Brothers.
Through comforting her customers and crew, by listening to stories about the power of pampering, Shaw began to discover the secrets of the nurturing arts.
Today, candidly sharing her own successes and failures, Valerie Shaw calls herself a new general in the war between the sexes -- urging Black women to exert positive leadership in their relationships. By regarding a painful loss as a good lesson, Shaw argues that women can become the architects of new pampering partnerships. Himpressions includes "20 Personal Keys to Slaying the Beast of Insecurity"; "One Woman's Hash Is Another's Gourmet Feast"; "The Kitchen Is Open, but There's No Free Lunch"; and "101 Ways to Pamper Your Blackman" from her previously self-published bestseller, as well as six new chapters, offered in an easy, girlfriend-to-girlfriend style.
Shaw teaches Black women how to feel good about themselves, why flirting is in in the '90s, and where to meet a "nice" guy. She uses her unique wit and turn of phrase to show today's Black women how to pamper themselves by pampering their relationships.
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