Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?

What It Means to Be Black Now

Foreword by: Michael Eric Dyson
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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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  • Atria Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439177563 | 
  • July 2012
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Touré discusses the “rules of blackness” and creates 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... see more

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