Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership

Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership

by Ed Gordon


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An award-winning journalist envisions the future of leadership, excellence, and prosperity in Black America with this "urgent and pathbreaking" work (Marc Lamont Hill).

Hard-hitting, thought-provoking, and inspiring, Conversations in Black offers sage wisdom for navigating race in a radically divisive America, and, with help from his mighty team of black intelligentsia, veteran journalist Ed Gordon creates hope and a timeless new narrative on what the future of black leadership should look like and how we can get there.

In Conversations in Black, Gordon brings together some of the most prominent voices in black America today, including Stacey Abrams, Harry Belafonte, Charlamagne tha God, Michael Eric Dyson, Alicia Garza, Jemele Hill, Iyanla VanZant, Eric Holder, Killer Mike, Angela Rye, Al Sharpton, T.I., Maxine Waters, and so many more to answer questions about vital topics affecting our nation today, such as:
  • Will the black vote control the 2020 election?
  • Do black lives really matter?
  • After the Obama presidency, are black people better off?
  • Are stereotypical images of people of color changing in Hollywood?
  • How is "Black Girl Magic" changing the face of black America?
Bombarded with media, music, and social media messages that enforce stereotypes of people of color, Gordon sets out to dispel what black power and black excellence really look like today and offers a way forward in a new age of black prosperity and pride.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316532860
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 150,192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ed Gordon is a widely respected, award-winning journalist. Over the course of his stellar career he's worked at various television networks including BET, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS where he hosted and contributed to programs including: Conversationwith Ed Gordon, BET Tonight, BET News, 60Minutes II, NBC's Today Show, and Dateline. He is also a former host of Our World withBlack Enterprise, NPR's New and Notes.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 What's Going On?: The State of Black America 1

2 Obama: A Reflection 15

3 Trump: Make America Hate Again 35

4 Stay Woke…And Stay Active: The New Black Voting Muscle 51

5 IT's The General's War…But The Soldier's Blood: The Changing Face of Black Leadership 69

6 "Somethings Make Change…Other Things Just Make Noise.": Activism Today 95

7 Stand Up, Black Men, Stand Up!: Black Men Struggling in America-and How to Help Them 125

8 Black Girl Magic: Empowering Black Women Today 141

9 "A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste": Correcting Our Miseducation 153

10 "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems?": The Economics of Being Black and Buying Black 175

11 The Madea Dilemma: Black Representation in Entertainment and the Media 201

12 Am I Black Enough For Ya?: Defining Blackness 223

13 Conclusion: The New Narrative 237

Acknowledgments 243

About the Author 245

About the Contributors 249

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