Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Eight great books about black boyhood

Hari Ziyad is a screenwriter, the bestselling author of Black Boy Out of Time and the Editor-in-Chief of RaceBaitr. They received their BFA from New York University, where they concentrated in Film and Television and Psychology.

At Lit Hub Ziyad tagged eight "texts by some of the most insightful thinkers today that inspired the term misafropedia—which [they] coined to name the specific oppression Black children experience—as [they] wrote to uncover how we Black adults who have lost our childhoods to the violence Black boys face might become whole with them once again." One title on the list:
Darnell L. Moore, No Ashes in the Fire (Nation Books)

In his memoir, No Ashes in the Fire, Moore offers a vulnerable perspective of what it’s like to live through the overpolicing and anti-Black urbanization projects that have plagued his hometown of Camden, New Jersey, and how they affected his life as a Black queer boy. In particularly moving sections, Moore examines the violence his mother experienced at the hands of his father, and the ways in which that violence may have been influenced by the systems under which they lived. No Ashes in the Fire confronts the reader with the possibility that how Black boys learn and experience gendered violence is more complicated than the narratives used to demonize and discard their existence.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue