Other literary forms
Bebe Moore Campbell’s early works were primarily nonfiction. Her first book, Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage (1986), delves into the effects of the feminist movement on family structure, most notably the shifting gender roles that result when women, either of necessity or in quest of self-actualization, seek work outside the home, sometimes upsetting the balance within. Her second work, Sweet Summer: Growing Up with and Without My Dad (1989), is her memoir as a child of divorce having to spend the school year with her mother in Philadelphia and summer with her father in North Carolina. The book was hailed for showing loving relationships in the black community and for stressing the importance of male figures in young girls’ lives. Poet Nikki Giovanni praised it for providing “a corrective to some of the destructive images of black men that are prevalent in our society” and doing so with vitality and clarity. Campbell also produced nonfiction articles for a wide range of publications, including Essence, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Black Enterprise, Working Mother, Adweek, Ms., and Glamour; she was a contributing editor for Essence, Black Enterprise, and Savvy. In the late 1990’s, she was a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. She wrote two radio dramas that were produced by the Midwestern Radio Theater, earning first place in one of its Workshop Competitions.