Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness

  • by Touré, Michael Eric Dyson
  • Narrated by Touré
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A provocative look at what it means to be black today. It includes excerpts from over 100 interviews with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Skip Gates, Melissa Harris-Perry, Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, Malcolm Gladwell, Paul Mooney, NY Gov David Paterson, Harold Ford, Jr., Soledad O'Brien, Kamala Harris, Chuck D, Questlove and others. A memoir of the racist and racial incidents that have shaped Touré's life. An examination of Chappelle's Show and its brilliant way of playing with and skewering racial politics (informed by interviews with all of the major creative members of the show including Chappelle). And a trip through the modern Black art world focused on the work of Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, William Pope.L, and Rashid Johnson.

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What the Critics Say

"[P]owerful...A likely bellwether for America's future struggles with race." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Touré candidly tackles a burning issue confronting us today. Black America is undeniably a community 'free, but not equal,' and people from all walks of life are compelled to devise new approaches to confronting today's structural inequalities. Here Touré explores insights from many perspectives to help guide the way." (Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.)
"A fascinating conversation among some of America's most brilliant and insightful Black thinkers candidly exploring Black identity in America today. Touré powerfully captures the pain and dissonance of Black Americans' far too often unrequited love for our great nation." (Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP)
"Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness is a tour de force! I applaud Touré's courage in standing up and telling it like it is. This special book will make you think, laugh, cry - and it will make you look at race and at yourself differently." (Amy DuBois Barnett, Editor-in-Chief, Ebony)
"Touré has taken a question I have asked myself uncountable times over the course of my life and asked it of everyone: 'What does it mean to be Black?' The answer in this book are thought-provoking, uplifting, hilarious and sometimes sad. His sharp writing and self-effacing stories help digest some hard facts about how identity can be used for and against each of us - and why it matters so much to all of us." (Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent)

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If you could sum up Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, provocative and deep.


What about Touré’s performance did you like?

He is unmistakingly recognizable and his personality shines through. He is really passionate about the subject and he moves the book along at a really good pace.


Any additional comments?

I had heard an interview with Touré on the Canadian Arts & Culture show Q with Jian Gomeshi and was intrigued.This book has made me think about and question how I define myself and see others as well as how they see me. It has given me insight into why I often feel wary and uncomfortable, even frustrated when there seems to be an incongruence. I've been thinking about and discussing with friends, family and co-workers the ideas he raises in the book in the weeks since. Great read. Hopefully this is obvious but it is not just a book for blacks but everyone.
BTW I was also really excited to find it on Audible. You really are

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- sara

PostBlackness requires we be post racism

a very hopeful book that already seems quite dated. ends on a note of respectability politics that undermines much of the work of the larger body.
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- Adryan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2011
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC