At this crucial juncture in our nation s history when the most powerful black man in America and arguably the world resides in the White House and also identifies as a feminist and endorses gay rights, Searching for the New Black Man intervenes to help us make sense of it all historically, including the link between black feminist agitation and how black men, like Barack Obama, understand and negotiate their masculinity today. Her critical engagement with the challenges of crafting a progressive, pro-feminist black masculinity is not only timely but wickedly insightful. Rather than just rehearse a romanticized vision of transformative black feminist politics as it informs new modes of progressive black masculinities, Henry interrogates the obstacles--ideological and material--that have made achieving such masculine ideals so elusive intraracially from slavery to the present day. In a word, Searching for the New Black Man makes a substantial contributions to black masculinity and feminist scholarship.
David Ikard, associate professor of English at Florida State University and author of Breaking the Silence: Towards a Black Male Feminist Criticism
Both historical and topical, Searching for the New Black Man provides new insights as it contextualizes Walter Mosley s Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned in the tradition of the neo-slave narrative and President Obama s autobiography against DuBois s Dark Princess. Professor Ronda Henry Anthony carries the conversation from the historical sources into our lives, opening conversations crucial to our understanding of black masculinities and their implications for America in the twenty-first century.
Missy Dehn Kubitschek, professor of English, Africana studies, women's studies, and American studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis