Anger: The Black Woman's 'Superpower' : Code Switch A Sapphire isn't only a jewel—it's also cultural shorthand for an angry black woman. In this episode, we look at where Sapphire was born, and how the stereotype continues to haunt black women, even successful, powerful ones.
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Anger: The Black Woman's 'Superpower'

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Anger: The Black Woman's 'Superpower'

Anger: The Black Woman's 'Superpower'

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A Sapphire isn't only a jewel—it's also cultural shorthand for an angry black woman. In this episode, we look at where Sapphire was born, and how the stereotype continues to haunt black women, even successful, powerful ones.

Serena Williams of the U.S. screams in anger after missing a return from Roberta Vinci of Italy in their semi-final match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2015. Gary Hershorn/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Serena Williams of the U.S. screams in anger after missing a return from Roberta Vinci of Italy in their semi-final match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2015.

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