The Black Body

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-10-06
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press

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What does it mean to have, or to love, a black body? Taking on the challenge of interpreting the black bodys dramatic role in American culture are thirty black, white, and biracial contributors-award-winning actors, artists, writers, and comedians-including voices as varied as President Obamas inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, actor and bestselling author Hill Harper, political strategist Kimball Stroud, television producer Joel Lipman, former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, and singer-songwriter Jason Luckett.

Author Biography

Meri Nana-Ama Danquahs previous work includes the groundbreaking memoir, Willow Weep for Me: A Black Womans Journey Through Depression, and two critically acclaimed anthologies, Becoming American and Shaking the Tree. She earned an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College. She divides her time between Los Angeles, California, and Accra, Ghana.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introduction: Body Languagep. 13
"Reading" the Black Body: or, Considering My GrandmotherĘs Hairp. 31
Blood and Firep. 41
Playing the Verses Straightp. 47
Hair Apparentp. 55
Even a Brick House Can Blow Downp. 65
Not As Fast As Joep. 75
Handsp. 91
My Ace in the Holep. 99
Initiation of a Desirep. 109
Our Kind of Peoplep. 119
A Cinematic Montage of the Black Male Heartp. 127
The Meaning of Ashyp. 135
1,000 o'clock: Johnson Timep. 141
The Unborrowable Blackness of Beingp. 149
A Tail Talep. 157
Feeling Tosha Jonesp. 161
Stones and Sticksp. 167
My Daughter, My Selfp. 175
The New Mathp. 183
What You See Is What You Getp. 191
The Right Side of the Dialp. 199
Soul Powerp. 211
The Soul Sectionp. 217
Break Skin, Break Spiritp. 229
The Black Brainp. 245
Hungryp. 253
Fear and Loathingp. 261
In Sicknessp. 269
Sacred Rhythmp. 279
The Joy in the Journeyp. 287
Notes on Contributorsp. 296
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