JL Essay Published in The Black Body

Here are some blurbs for The Black Body:

Meri Danquah has taken the race debate to another level, deeper and more provocative than we’ve gone before.”—Danzy Senna, author of Where Did You Sleep Last Night? and Caucasia

“This singularly brave book recounts with poignancy, wit and fierce passion the ways that Americans, black and white, have come to understand the ‘black body.’…An utterly compelling collection.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

“A bold, cutting-edge and ultimately uplifting anthology destined to become a classic in African-American literature. There is a hunger for redemption in these ethereal essays that is triumphant.”—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior and Rosa Parks

What does it mean to have, or to love, a black body? Taking on the challenge of interpreting the black body’s 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 Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, actor and best-selling author Hill Harper, political strategist Kimball Stroud, television producer Joel Lipman, former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, and singer-songwriter Jason Luckett.

Ranging from deeply serious to playful, sometimes hilarious, musings, these essays explore myriad issues with wisdom and a deep sense of history. Meri Nana-Ama Danquah’s unprecedented collection illuminates the diversity of identities and individual experiences that define the black body in our culture.

Buy it on Amazon, the Seven Stories Publisher’s site, or your favorite bookstore.  Better yet come to the reading on Tuesday at Skylight Books in Los Angeles.

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