Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership

Conversations in Black: On Power, Politics, and Leadership

by Ed Gordon
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: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 999,273
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

Author's Note vii

Introduction xi

1 What's Going On? 1

The State of Black America

2 Obama 15

A Reflection

3 Trump 35

Make America Hate Again

4 Stay Woke … and Stay Active 51

The New Black Voting Muscle

5 It's the General's War … but the Soldier's Blood 69

The Changing Face of Black Leadership

6 "Some Things Make Change … Other Things Just Make Noise." 95

Activism Today

7 Stand Up, Black Men, Stand Up! 125

Black Men Struggling in America-and How to Help Them

8 Black Girl Magic 141

Empowering Black Women Today

9 "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste" 153

Correcting Our Miseducation

10 "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems?" 175

The Economics of Being Black and Buying Black

11 The Madea Dilemma 201

Black Representation in Entertainment and the Media

12 Am I Black Enough for Ya? 223

Defining Blackness

13 Conclusion: The New Narrative 237

Acknowledgments 243

About the Author 245

About the Contributors 249

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