The Black Body [NOOK Book]

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What does it mean to have, or to love, a black body? Taking on the challenge of interpreting the black body's dramatic role in American culture are thirty black, white, and biracial contributors—award-winning actors, artists, writers, and comedians—including voices as varied as President Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, actor and bestselling author Hill Harper, political strategist Kimball Stroud, television producer Joel Lipman, former Saturday Night Live writer Anne...
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The Black Body

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Overview

What does it mean to have, or to love, a black body? Taking on the challenge of interpreting the black body's dramatic role in American culture are thirty black, white, and biracial contributors—award-winning actors, artists, writers, and comedians—including voices as varied as President Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, actor and bestselling author Hill Harper, political strategist Kimball Stroud, television producer Joel Lipman, former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, and singer-songwriter Jason Luckett.
Ranging from deeply serious to playful, sometimes hilarious, musings, these essays explore myriad issues with wisdom and a deep sense of history. Meri Nana-Ama Danquah’s unprecedented collection illuminates the diversity of identities and individual experiences that define the black body in our culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609800192
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 340 KB

Meet the Author

MERI NANA-AMA DANQUAH's previous work includes the groundbreaking memoir Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey Through Depression and two critically acclaimed anthologies, Becoming American and Shaking the Tree. She earned an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College. A native of Ghana and a single mother, Danquah lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction: Body Language Mrin Nana-Ama Danquah 13

"Reading" the Black Body: or, Considering My Grandmother's Hair Elizabeth Alexander 31

Blood and Fire Steven Kotler 41

Playing the Verses Straight Jason Luckett 47

Hair Apparent Lynell George 55

Even a Brick House Can Blow Down Annie Burrows 65

Not As Fast As Joe Joel Lipman 75

Hands Nzingha Clarke 91

My Ace in the Hole Susan E. Matus 99

Initiation of a Desire Brent Jennings 109

Our Kind of People Kimball Stroud 119

A Cinematic Montage of the Black Male Heart A. Van Jordan 127

The Meaning of Ashy David Goldsmith 135

1,000 o'clock: Johnson Time Peter J. Harris 141

The Unborrowable Blackness of Being Philip Littell 149

A Tail Tale S. Pearl Sharp 157

Feeling Tosha Jones Kenji Jasper 161

Stones and Sticks Carolyn L Holbrook 167

My Daughter, My Self Anne Beatts 175

The New Math Werner Disse 183

What You See Is What You Get Hill Harper 191

The Right Side of the Dial Kenny White 199

Soul Power Yolanda Young 211

The Soul Section Susan Hayden 217

Break Skin, Break Spirit Men Nana-Ama Danquah 229

The Black Brain Greg Tate 245

Hungry Kenneth Carroll 253

Fear and Loathing Stephanie Covington Armstrong 261

In Sickness Gail Wronsky 269

Sacred Rhythm Tajamika Paxton 279

The Joy in the Journey Tonita Austin-Hilley 287

Notes on Contributors 296

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