A look at modern Black identity including a forward by Michael Eric Dyson and built on interviews with 105 prominent Blacks including the Rev Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Malcolm Gladwell, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Melissa Harris-Perry, Soledad O’Brien, Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, Paul Mooney, Governor David Paterson, Aaron McGruder, Greg Tate, Stanley Crouch, Kamala Harris, Chuck D, Questlove and Mumia Abu-Jamal.
In Who’s Afraid I argue that there are an infinite number of ways to be Black. Post-Blackness refers to the idea of being rooted in but not constrained by Blackness, meaning that if there are 40 million Black people then there are 40 million ways to be Black. This is a direct attack on the identity police who would have you believe there is a limited, dogmatic ideal which ignores the reality that Blackness can be performed in many ways. This of course has nothing to do with the pathetic and meaningless term “post-racial” which posits that we are beyond race. We are not. Of course race still matters. But we need not let others constrain how we embody Blackness.
The NY Times and the Washington Post named it one of their most notable books of the year. It was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
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Click here to read the review by the New York Times.
A collection of essays I wrote as a writer for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Playboy, and Tennis. I wrote about playing basketball with Prince, poker with Jay-Z, tennis with Jennifer Capriati, basketball with Wynton Marsalis and others so this collection contains pieces I wrote about Jay-Z, Biggie, Tupac, Prince, Lauryn, Kanye, Eminem, Wynton Marsalis, 50 Cent, DMX, Beyonce, D’Angelo, Alicia Keys, Al Sharpton, Condi Rice, Michael Jordan, Jam Master Jay, a convicted counterfeiter, and gay rappers. There are also several memoir pieces talking about my life.
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A novel I published in 2004 about an all-Black city filled with magical realism.
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A collection of fun short stories I published in 2002.
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I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became A Gen X Icon
My look at the music and life of Prince will be published in the Spring of 2013. I originally delivered it at Harvard as one lecture over three days and will expand it for publication. Expect to understand Prince’s life and music better than ever before. It’s not a biography, it’s a deconstruction and appreciation bolstered by interviews with many past Prince associates and an interview I did with Prince in 1998.
Nas, the Autobiography
I am co-writing Nas’s autobiography. I’m very excited with how it’s going. No release date has been set.