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The epilogue provides an update on the current circumstances in Janice’s life and the lives of other key interlocutors in the ethnography. It reflects on the distance between the ways in which the young Black women in this book theorize success and how their relationship to achievement and normative social status is externally constructed and evaluated. The epilogue argues that even the best-intentioned attempts to address the needs of Black girls will fail as long as they continue to discount how young Black women understand their lives, theorize their position in the larger social landscape, and understand themselves to be shapeshifting powerful forces for social transformation.

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