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Black Futures

Written by: Kimberly Drew - editor,Jenna Wortham - editor
Narrated by: Kimberly Drew,Kevin R. Free,Dominic Hoffman,Robin Miles,Adenrele Ojo,Bahni Turpin,Jenna Wortham
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Publisher's Summary

An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony

A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present

An infinite geography of possible futures

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? 

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work - essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more - to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. 

The audiobook presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Listeners will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to insightful infographics. In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility for every listener.  

This audiobook includes a PDF of contributor biographies from the book. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“A dynamic mixed-media exhibition of Black creativity and culture.... The work is vivid, juicy, thick - as fecund as all of Black culture - and equal parts anthology, scrapbook, and art xhibition. The editors and contributors make clear the ‘infinite’” nature of Blackness via more than 500 crammed pages of essays, art, interviews, and ephemera.... A must-own compendium illustrating the richness, joy, and power of the modern Black experience.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“An intriguing and beautiful book meant to inspire ... Punctuated throughout with photography and other artwork and using vibrant colors smartly, the book is as interesting visually as intellectually. In their introduction, the editors state that one of their intentions with this book ‘is to encourage readers to follow their interests into a deep warren of rabbit holes and discoveries.’ They succeed; every reader will engage with this work differently, and will be able to come back to it again and again for inspiration.” (Booklist, starred review)

“[A] multifaceted and visually arresting anthology of essays, poems, and art ... Bold graphics, vibrant artwork in a plethora of styles and media, and contributions from activists, scholars, and journalists across a wide range of experiences and perspectives showcase the multidimensionality of Black voices in America. This unique and imaginative work issues a powerful call for justice, equality, and inclusion.” (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Kwaku Osei
  • 2021-01-18


It's really good. Didn't agree with everything. I think it could of talked more about the black art market and economics. I'm also not sure the artworld will ever be inclusive like it claims to be.

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  • Carol Goodman
  • 2021-02-15

Nothing short of Brilliant

This book is ALIVE and I hope there will be more volumes ahead. Thank you for the opportunity to listen. I will go buy the book because it is a visual experience. I have already purchased it for some of my Black loved ones; it feels essential.