Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now

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Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now

by Touré
Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson

Atria Books | September 13, 2011 | Hardcover

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In the age of Obama, racial attitudes have become more complicated and nuanced than ever before. Inspired by a president who is unlike any Black man ever seen on our national stage, we are searching for new ways of understanding Blackness. In this provocative new book, iconic commentator and journalist TourÉ tackles what it means to be Black in America today.

TourÉ begins by examining the concept of "Post-Blackness," a term that defines artists who are proud to be Black but don''t want to be limited by identity politics and boxed in by race. He soon discovers that the desire to be rooted in but not constrained by Blackness is everywhere. In Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? he argues that Blackness is infinite, that any identity imaginable is Black, and that all expressions of Blackness are legitimate.

Here, TourÉ divulges intimate, funny, and painful stories of how race and racial expectations have shaped his life and explores how the concept of Post-Blackness functions in politics, society, psychology, art, culture, and more. He knew he could not tackle this topic all on his own so he turned to 105 of the most important luminaries of our time for frank and thought-provoking opinions, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Eric Dyson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Harold Ford Jr., Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, Paul Mooney, New York Governor David Paterson, Greg Tate, Aaron McGruder, Soledad O''Brien, Kamala Harris, Chuck D, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and many others.

 

By engaging this brilliant, eclectic group, and employing his signature insight, courage, and wit, TourÉ delivers a clarion call on race in America and how we can change our perceptions for a better future. Destroying the notion that there is a correct way of being Black, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? will change how we perceive race forever.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439177554

ISBN - 13: 9781439177556

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Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now

by Touré
Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439177554

ISBN - 13: 9781439177556

About the Book

Journalist Toure turns his ear to 100 prominent black Americans to create a provocative look at the state of race in America.

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Chapter 1 Forty Million Ways to Be Black Once, I went skydiving. For about four minutes in 2007 I was above—and plummeting rapidly toward—a small town in the middle of the Florida panhandle. Jumped out of the plane solo at 14,000 feet. I did it for a TV show called “I’ll Try Anything Once” in which every week I accepted fear-inducing challenges. On the way to the skydiving center the production team stopped for lunch at a restaurant where three middle-aged Black men who worked there recognized me from TV and came over to our table to say hi. We got to talking and they asked what I was doing there. I told them I was on my way to go skydiving. Their faces went cold. They were stunned. One of them said, in a conspiratorial tone and at a volume meant to slide under the sonic radar of the white people sitting right beside me, “Brother, Black people don’t do that.” The other two nodded in agreement. They quickly glanced at the rest of my team and then back at me as if that clinched their point: The only people doing this risk-your-life, crazy foolishness are some loony white boys and you. As they saw it I was breaking the rules of Blackness. I was afraid but not about breaking the invisible rule book. The plane was old and small with only a seat for the pilot, barely enough room for five adults to sit on the floor, and not enough height to stand. There was one clear, thin, plastic, rickety door that didn’t look strong enough to
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In the age of Obama, racial attitudes have become more complicated and nuanced than ever before. Inspired by a president who is unlike any Black man ever seen on our national stage, we are searching for new ways of understanding Blackness. In this provocative new book, iconic commentator and journalist TourÉ tackles what it means to be Black in America today.

TourÉ begins by examining the concept of "Post-Blackness," a term that defines artists who are proud to be Black but don''t want to be limited by identity politics and boxed in by race. He soon discovers that the desire to be rooted in but not constrained by Blackness is everywhere. In Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? he argues that Blackness is infinite, that any identity imaginable is Black, and that all expressions of Blackness are legitimate.

Here, TourÉ divulges intimate, funny, and painful stories of how race and racial expectations have shaped his life and explores how the concept of Post-Blackness functions in politics, society, psychology, art, culture, and more. He knew he could not tackle this topic all on his own so he turned to 105 of the most important luminaries of our time for frank and thought-provoking opinions, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Eric Dyson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Harold Ford Jr., Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, Paul Mooney, New York Governor David Paterson, Greg Tate, Aaron McGruder, Soledad O''Brien, Kamala Harris, Chuck D, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and many others.

 

By engaging this brilliant, eclectic group, and employing his signature insight, courage, and wit, TourÉ delivers a clarion call on race in America and how we can change our perceptions for a better future. Destroying the notion that there is a correct way of being Black, Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? will change how we perceive race forever.

About the Author

Toure is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. His fiction has appeared in The Source, Callaloo, and Zoetrope: All Story, where he won the Sam Adams Short Story Contest. His essays have been in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Tennis Magazine, Essence, George, and Playboy. He has been anthologized in the Best American Essays of 1999 and the Best American Sports Writing 2001. He attended Columbia's MFA program and lives in Brooklyn.

Editorial Reviews

"TourÉ is one of my favorite writers. I've watched him grow and mature into the thinking man''s writer for the new era. Extremely observant on class and culture, this book is a must-have guide from one of the few remaining minds with the courage to tell the truth about America''s beautiful stain."

-Questlove, from the Roots

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