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

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 13, 2011 - Social Science - 272 pages
Now in paperback, “one of the most acutely observed accounts of what it is like to be young, Black, and middle-class in contemporary America…told in a distinctive voice that is often humorous…but always intensely engaging” (Orlando Patterson, The New York Times).

In this provocative book, writer and cultural critic Touré explores the concept of Post-Blackness: the ability for someone to be rooted in but not restricted by their race. Drawing on his own experiences and those of 105 luminaries, he argues that racial identity should be understood as fluid, complex, and self-determined.
 

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WHO'S AFRAID OF POST-BLACKNESS?: What It Means to Be Black Now

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A personal and scholarly dissection of race issues in modern America.In his latest work, MSNBC correspondent and Rolling Stone contributor Touré (Never Drank the Kool-Aid, 2006, etc.) offers a fresh ... Read full review

Contents

Forty Million Ways to Be Black
1
Keep It Real Is a Prison
19
The Rise and Fall of a PostBlack King
57
Shut up Touré You Aint Black
75
The Most Racist Thing That Ever Happened Chapter Six The Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice
115
How to Build More Baracks
175
We Are Quintessential Americans
189
Bios
217
Acknowledgments
243
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Touré is an author who has published six books, including I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon and Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book. He was a TV host at MSNBC, MTV, and BET, and a correspondent at CNN. He hosts the podcast Touré Show. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Nation, Vogue, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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