Tressie McMillan Cottom – Upending Stereotypes of Black Womanhood with “Thick” | The Daily Show

Published on January 21, 2019

Tressie McMillan Cottom talks about how black women’s identities are often defined by others and discusses the kind of representation media outlets should strive for.



  • ᒪIᗰOᘔᗩ 7 months ago

    I NEVER understood why black women especially them, I mean the social norms being brought upon y’all somehow always come back as hypocrites.
    “You talk ghetto” – talkes with slangs whenever the chance is given.
    “Your skin is too dark” – tans like crazy.
    “Your lips are too big” – gets lip injections.
    “Feeling insecure about your big hips, big boobies, big ass” – a must have now.
    “Your hair is … kinky” – “hi, guys today I’m gonna show you how to get black curls naturally…”.
    “Your braided/Afro/dreadlocked hairstyle is so unprofessional” – OMG, I love this trend.
    Do you black women. Do you…

  • John M 7 months ago

    Why does it have to be racial? This is a very complicated and touchy topic…… having said that….. this segment, seems to me, is kinda racist in itself…….. why does it have to be about black women? IDK……… how do we move forward to a point where race is truly irrelevant if these type of conversations continue as they are……. This makes it just as much about blacks vs whites as white supremacists make it about black vs white………. where do we go from here? How do we get to true equality without “labeling”. No disrespect and morally best intentions here.

  • Niyigena Elysee Derrick 7 months ago

    that’s indeed needed for lightning the world! it is a great job Tressie McMillan Cottom keep it up !!

  • MrsCyImsofly 7 months ago

    Yep, just bought it. Looking forward to a good read.

  • Lydia Mccorkindale 7 months ago

    Sounds like an amazing read will definitely have to check it out

  • Carolina Malheiros 7 months ago

    Amazing interview. Just amazing.

  • Candace NKOTH BISSECK 7 months ago

    “You know we have a word for that, its called being petty”. You go girl 😂

    She is so smart, confident and yet humble! Look at how surprised she looked when the crowd cheered. She did not even realised that she had a “dropping the mic” moment.

    Trevor is such a great interviewer. I love how he is able to make many of his guests so comfortable! I am definitely adding “Thick” to my black feminist collection, alongside Dear Ijeawele from Chimamanda, Becoming from Michelle Obama! She is so smart! Feel free to follow my work on women empowerment in Africa and beyond here:

  • B Sweat 7 months ago

    My LADY!! Yes! 5:15. I will read your book THICK! I am so impressed with how you think and where you are coming from. Be Blessed dearest Lady, your a powerful observer. ♡♡♡

  • Tamsinleo 7 months ago

    Her thought process is so well defined and clearly communicated – just look at how beautifully she choses her words. Her sentences are mind blowing

  • fried spaghetti 7 months ago

    Lol, I think you’re smart, and, huggable.
    And Trev, ty for introducing her to me.

  • oogachaka 7 months ago

    3 chins are in no way attractive, whatever skin color you have.

  • Datey Mintah 7 months ago

    i’m sorry, but i just can’t take my eyes off her behind. She’s big and beautiful

  • Lisa Lindholm 7 months ago


  • Kirt Sessoms 7 months ago

    This is the type black woman a black men need. Sexy’ educated and funny.

  • Marian Taylor 7 months ago

    Great and informative interview.

  • lis martin 7 months ago

    I love how they discussed ” code switching” ! Those tactics saved the lives many of our people both literally and figuratively. I look forward to reading her book.🤗

  • Donna Byrnes 7 months ago

    You go girl !

  • azure skii 7 months ago

    I appreciate trevor Noah bringing AUTHORS to the mainstream.
    hopefully he starts to bring BLACK FEMALE ATHLETES on as well 🙋🏽‍♀️😁

  • lovelylady0200 7 months ago

    I’m getting it today

  • laine Bandy 7 months ago

    “Let’s stop stereotyping and read this book to learn about the philosophy of black women and positive generalizing of a race”

    Call me old fashion but I get to know everyone on an individual basis.


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