Jabari Asim: We Can't Breathe

FRI, OCT 19, 2018 (59:05)

In eight wide-ranging essays, collected in We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival, Jabari Asim explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body. What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that has resisted, survived, and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma. These thought-provoking essays present a different side of American history, one that doesn’t depend on a narrative steeped in oppression but rather reveals black voices telling their own stories. Asim is an author, poet and playwright. For this discussion he is joined in conversation by Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker. Image: Book Cover

+ BIO: Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim, the former deputy editor of Washington Post’s Book World. He is now the editor of the NAACP’s magazine, The Crisis. He authored, The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t and Why, in 2007, and was interviewed on Book TV on 5 May 2007. He is also the author of a book on erotica, Brown Sugar, as well as numerous books for children, among them, Daddy Goes to Work.

+ BIO: Adrian Walker

Walker is a columnist for the Boston Globe city/region section. He provides commentary and opinion on local and regional news as well as society and culture. Walker started as a Boston Globe metro columnist in 1998.

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