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Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness Paperback – February 7, 2012
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"Walker and her band of scribes are in top form, giving a rich, varied picture of Black cool style." Publishers Weekly
More About the Author
She is the author of the memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love; the novel Adé: A Love Story; and editor of the anthologies To Be Real, What Makes a Man, One Big Happy Family, and Black Cool. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, the Washington Post, Bookforum, BOMB, Newsweek, Vibe, Real Simple, Modern Bride, Essence, More and Interview, among many other magazines and literary collections. She has appeared on Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, Oprah, Fresh Air, BET, and dozens of blogs, sites, and other media. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is hard at work on both a new novel and a television pilot.
Top Customer Reviews
This easy read invokes memories of black values and the varying impressions collectively understood which influenced expression, fashion, education and self forgiveness over several decades. The power in this book is it's authors have in common current interests in the development of the self AND the community as well as being active contributors to what is perpetuating positive social change by sharing their stories; this is a movement. Storytelling is my all time favorite way to destroy cliche's that cripple the African American community. Dialogue about personal experiences, shared for the sake of the message, blow the whistle on urban myths that target style, choices and flavor of men, women and children in the midst of growth and claims our journey and history as our own. I hope for the continued honesty about people that have been an enemy to their own, this was refreshing and gave me a chance to just hear the story, be with the authors while relieving my own social angst about people over-protecting those who contribute to our destruction, no matter their creed or culture.Read more ›
Every person of any race in my opinion should read it! You'll get a lot more than you're expecting and you'll find yourself revisiting it over and over again.
I drank this book in finding sustenance in it for several reasons. Each piece stands strongly by itself, uniquely demonstrating each author’s view of Blackness. Taken in concert, this group of writings demonstrates as Henry Louis Gates, Jr. states in the forward “a compelling and sustained conversation about the multiple meanings of blackness in the United States today” (X). One Thousand Streams of Blackness gains strength on this theme by “sustaining the conversation” in a varied and meaningful way. Certainly, I wonder if part of the pull of this book for me is the desire to be near that which is Black Cool, as so many other white folks have done before me in envy and in misunderstanding. But, the masterful way in which each author articulates the theme of Black Cool by celebrating both its humanity and resiliency is what truly bowled me over.
In her piece entitled “The Break” Valorie Thomas takes several components of Blackness in an American context and laces them together with a musical metaphor that incorporates everything from funk and feminism to DuBoisian theory to define Black Cool. By defining the “cultural and personal vertigo” that comes with the experience of being a Black American, Thomas teaches us to study and appreciate the awe-inspiring display of skill that exists in the break.
Michaela angela Davis defines Black Cool as black style.Read more ›
Although it may seem obvious to say, even the format of Walker's book is a reflection of what it says about Black Cool. It consists of sixteen vastly different essays that examine blackness, coolness, and where the two converge. But despite these differences that reflect the multiplicity of black experiences (blacknesses), the essays share many of the same themes. Through the range of descriptions of blackness in America, Jamaica, Ghana, and throughout the Diaspora conversations of trauma, coping mechanisms, boundaries of blackness, and individuality (both positive and negative) are repeated. The essays and stories reflect the constant battle of being black in America, and the ways in which America is not even close to being a post-race society.
Central to the book is a theme of trauma. Whether the essay is focused on the history of blackness in America and the legacy of that history, or an individual rape story, or black male incarceration, trauma remains constant.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While some of the ways in which cool is defined by the contributors seems hard to wholly adopt, the feelings described do make important statements on the self definition of coolPublished 3 months ago by Chris Wilburn
My book club and I will love reading this book. Thanks for sending it in a timely manner.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Here, those whose creative talent is pegged at way beyond substantial, attempt to decode Black Cool in all its forms; What is it?, Who has it?, Who owns it? etc.... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eddie Hutchinson
Talks to the reality of being Black in America. Grabbed it for a paper I was writing but makes a great coffee table book!Published on December 31, 2013 by GameDesignDude
Really enjoyed reading this book.
Read it three times.
Keep it in my bag and read it when Im sitting in the doctor's office.
Black Cool is a collection of short stories that all encapsulate a facet of the enigmatic Black cool. This book is an excellent read and should be every library.Very entertaining! Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Supergirl
There is a wide variety of topics and writing styles here. I enjoyed all the different short pieces on the different topics. The title is not quite accurate though. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Sam White
So I got this from the library and didn't buy it, but here's my review:
This is really a great book of wonderful essays from a variety of viewpoints and styles. Read more