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Black Imagination: Black Voices on Black Futures

Black Imagination: Black Voices on Black Futures

Written by Natasha Marin

Narrated by Daveed Diggs and Lena Waithe


Black Imagination: Black Voices on Black Futures

Written by Natasha Marin

Narrated by Daveed Diggs and Lena Waithe

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4.5/5 (188 ratings)
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2 hours
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Released:
Mar 9, 2021
ISBN:
9781094412825
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Audiobook

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Recommended by Jason Reynolds on PBS News Hour

“Don’t think for one minute that Black Imagination is easy. As you will read here, it is hard-earned and sometimes dangerous, but it’s necessary, and radical, to claim and work towards. Listening to my people in this book gave me so much life, and I’m pretty sure, dear reader, you’re in for the same.” —from the Foreword by Steven Dunn

“Witnessing is sacred work too. Seeing ourselves as whole and healthy is an act of pure rebellion in a world so titillated by our constant subjugation,” reflects viral curator Natasha Marin, on Black Imagination.

This dynamic collection of Black voices, performed by Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor, rapper, and producer Daveed Diggs and Emmy Award-winning writer, creator, producer, and actor Lena Waithe, works like an incantation of origin, healing, and imagination.

Born from a series of conceptual art exhibitions, the perspectives gathered here are no where near monochromatic. “Craving nuance over stereotype, we sought out black children, black youth, LGBTQ+ black folks, unsheltered black folks, incarcerated black folks, neurodivergent black folks, as well as differently-abled black folks.” Each insists on their own variance and challenges every listener to witness for themselves that Black Lives (and Imaginations) Matter.

"A first step toward freeing ourselves."—Gloria Steinem

"I've never felt the physical feeling of pages melting in my hands or chapters folding themselves into squadrons of black airplanes flying to freedom because I've never experienced an art object like Black Imagination."—Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

“Black Imagination required Natasha Marin to curate as a curate in the medieval sense— a spiritual guide that cares for souls... We are challenged to move beyond the abject, beyond pure pessimism, on the wings of a different criticality... 'visioning a world where none is lonely, none hunted, alien'.” —Christian Campbell, author of Running the Dusk

"Defiantly hopeful... think Soul Train Line, think The Stroll, think the joyous striving with language for the possibilities of safety and hope.” —Kwame Dawes, author of Nebraska

Cover art by Vanessa German.
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 9, 2021
ISBN:
9781094412825
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

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About the author

Natasha Marin is the curator of Black Imagination: Black Voices on Black Futures (McSweeney's, 2020). Marin is also a conceptual artist whose people-centered projects have circled the globe since 2012 and have been recognized and acknowledged by Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NBC, Al Jazeera, Vice, PBS and others. In 2018, the City of Seattle and King County have backed BLACK IMAGINATION-- a series of conceptual exhibitions—amplifying, centering, and holding sacred a diverse sample of voices including LGBTQIA+ black youth, incarcerated black women, black folks with disabilities, unsheltered black folks, and black children. Her viral web-based project, Reparations, engaged a quarter of a million people worldwide in the practice of leveraging privilege,"" and earned Marin, a mother of two, death threats by the dozens. Find out more about her work online: Black-Imagination.com.""



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  • (4/5)
    It was a great read . I liked the creative ways the story and backgrounds were being told
  • (5/5)
    Epic!!!!! This book made me think so deeply about me, where I’ve come from, who I am and what future I want for me and my future children.
  • (5/5)
    Very good and uplifting the poems and narrators observations are inspiring
  • (5/5)
    loved the diverse perspectives on Black Imagination. Definitely felt privileged to experience such a unique creation of words.
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    6 people found this helpful

    Fraser hopwood, you should stop rating books you haven’t read.

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    3 people found this helpful

    Awe sooo good, giving a voice to black people of all walks of life and what they imagine for their life or lives around them. It’s like you just want to breath the words in and exhale them. It’s almost like a hug from your grandmother you feel the love, and pride in our blackness.

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