Monday, November 21, 2022

Blacktold: 33 Dynamic Essays from Andscape edited by Steve Reiss

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

ESPN's website, The Undefeated, publishes content that explores how race and identity impact American culture. This will be a collection of the best articles published on the site. Timely and relevant, BlackTold will cover current events such as the BLM movement, the Covid-19 pandemic, race and the NFL, and more.

Here's a sample of some of the articles that will be included:

"George Floyd's mother was not there, but he used her as a sacred invocation"
With his dying breaths, Floyd called for her as an assurance of memory. 

"The importance of Chadwick Boseman to African Culture"
In many ways, Black Panther helped normalize African heritage and style in popular culture by truly celebrating it.

"Naomi Osaka made sure Black lives mattered at the U.S. Open"
She's grown more sophisticated in how she discusses race, and more comfortable with doing so publicly. 

"Can a black heroine fix the racist stereotypes infecting 'King Kong'?"
In new Broadway production, actress Christiani Pitts steps into the role first made famous by Fay Wray.

my thoughts:

Wow! What an important and timely book of essays! Blacktold: 33 Dynamic Essays from Andscape is fantastic! Edited by Steve Reiss and with a foreword by Raina Kelley, this terrific book is chock full of smart, thoughtful, and insightful essays about race, Black culture, sports culture, entertainment industry, and so much more. It's the perfect book to dip in and out of - read an essay and reflect on it, don't rush through the pages. Take your time with this book, because it will take its time with you - meaning, that it will sit with long after you put it away. It's the epitome of that saying, 'food for thought'. 

As a person of color, I found that many of these essays resonated deeply with me. I felt all the feels and just couldn't stop thinking about so many of the issues that were brought up in this book. I found myself wanting to read more and learn more. That's why it's so important for books like Blacktold to be out in the world - they help open up dialogues about racial stereotypes, race in politics and sports culture, etc.. I would definitely recommend Blacktold to everyone - this is one book you don't want to miss out on. Make sure to check it out!

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

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