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Post Black: How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity
As a young journalist covering black life at large, author Ytasha L. Womack was caught unaware when she found herself straddling black culture’s rarely acknowledged generation gaps and cultural divides. Traditional images show blacks unified culturally, politically, and socially, united by race at venues such as churches and community meetings. But in the post black” era
Paperback, 190 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Chicago Review Press
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This is a good book in general, and it was a great book for me personally. It clued me in to some of the discussions and issues inside of the black community. For example, I knew nothing about the conflict between modern African immigrants and the descendants of African slaves. It also showed me that the black community is facing exactly the same issues that globalization and education differential are forcing on everybody. Even though M(r)s. Womack is writing from the black perspective, many (i ...more
As the world becomes smaller, be it with the help of intercontinental traveling or the Internet, it is becoming more and more evident that an easily definable identity is a thing of the past. If music is a good reflection of an individual’s identity, the increasing number of crossover musical genres testifies to this coming together of various identities. My personal list of MP3s can testify to the complexity of my own identity: I have Chinese and South American music, Japanese and Indian, as we ...more
Defining blackness as it is perceived worldwide is no easy task. Post Black narrows the focus to the USA, helping you 'sift through the muck of stereotypes lining our paths to discover our individual identity.' (Womack, 96) This book takes Gen Xers down memory lane and maybe even to an open mic to pontificate on the topics mentioned. Gen Yers may find reason to argue some points in order to defend themselves. Gen Z will probably reference Post Black in a high school Afro History course. Baby boo ...more
Ytasha L. Womack is an award-winning filmmaker/author/journalist and choreographer. She is author/creator of the popfuturist/afrofuturist novel 2212:Book of Rayla, first of the groundbreaking Rayla 2212 series. Her other books include the critically acclaimed Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity, a popular cultural studies text universities across the US, and he ...moreMore about Ytasha L. Womack...