The Black Cell

The Black Cell

by Wendy Shaia
The Black Cell

The Black Cell

by Wendy Shaia


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It's 2024 and police brutality against Black people is at an all-time high in Baltimore and across the country. Corey Masters, a young Black man, is deeply troubled by experiences of racism during his childhood. After a false arrest and beating by police, Corey's anger is at boiling point. It is then that his roommate introduces him to the Baltimore Cell, one of many secret groups around the country recruiting and training Black people for armed resistance. Corey joins the Cell and meets Tasia, a young single mother who is trying to find a place in the world for herself and her toddler daughter. Both Corey and Tasia become involved in the Cell's armed resistance against white supremacy. The U.S. is on the verge of electing a new president, who will bring to power a group called The Alt, which is determined to return Black people to slavery. The Cell joins with La Lucha (its Latinx counterpart), which is organizing armed resistance to protect Latinx residents and immigrants. Together, the two groups maintain a growing membership in the millions. The Black Cell is a Black dystopian fantasy, grounded in the author's experience as a Baltimore activist, professor, and social service leader. Unapologetically targeted to Black readers and others interested in Black liberation, this will appeal to readers of utopian fantasies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735027340
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 09/27/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 442
Sales rank: 850,072
File size: 946 KB

About the Author

As a social work professor, Wendy Shaia has published a number of non-fiction articles examining issues of oppression experienced by Black people in urban settings and has a significant following for that work. She regularly speaks and trains on anti-racist practices and Black liberation. Her first short story, "Waiting for Something" was recently accepted for publication by The Dillydoun Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her second short story, "Smoke," will be published in October by Midnight and Indigo, a literary magazine featuring Black female writers.
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