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Long Island high school senior Kwasi Enin gets into all 8 Ivy League schools, makes those of us who just got into one feel kinda dumb but mostly hella proud
Promo video for I, Too, Am Harvard made by Ahsante Bean, Harvard College Class of 2015
The Strand bookstore in NYC is showing some serious love to my book. Honored! Thanks to Katie Kimball for the alert.
Heads up: my friend Derrick Ashong works for Fusion (new tv network focused on US Latino market). He interviewed George Zimmerman. First black tv journo to do so. Video posts to http://fusion.net at midnight ET tonight. I’m not a big fan of giving wack people stage time but Derrick is a smart and good person and I think this will be worth seeing
This right here is the pool in which I learned to swim. The YMCA on Rhode Island Ave in DC. Lower right corner is where they tossed us in. As featured in How To Be Black
New book by the very funny Samantha Irby who opened for me at the Chicago How To Be Black launch event. It’s called Meaty!
in response to Has Anyone Ever Questioned Your Authentic Blackness
The first time I ever ran into this issue was first grade. At that time, my family lived in a poorer part of the city and I went to a majority Black school. I often had exchanges like this:
"Why do you talk like that?"
"Are you mixed?"
Being a little kid, I didn’t really see how those two questions related, but needless to say, they were always paired together. It was if the only way to explain why I talked “proper” was for me to be of some other race.
In high school, it wasn’t so subtle. I went to a school in the suburbs where almost everyone was White, Christian, and middle class. I once had a classmate (he was White) question me about my taste in music. After saying I didn’t listen to a lot of rap, he replied, “Are you really Black? You don’t talk Black. You don’t listen to rap. I don’t think you’re Black.”
Y’know, because my race is defined by only those things. I’m only glad I never thought to change myself into something I wasn’t.
So this is happening in post-racial America right now. I can only hope she got some kind of skin infection from slathering Nutella all over her face. It’s not FDA-approved for minstrelsy.
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