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Post Black
Post Black

Post Black

How a New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity


224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $18.95) (US $16.95)

Publication Date: January 2010

ISBN 9781556528057

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jan 2010)
Lawrence Hill Books


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A revelatory look at the new African Americans

Highlighting certain socioeconomic and cultural trends, this exploration discloses the new dynamics shaping contemporary lives of African Americans. Using information from conversations with mavericks within black communities—such as entrepreneurs, artists, scholars, and activists as well as members of both the working and upper classes—this powerful examination gives voice to what the author has deemed “post black” approaches to business, lifestyles, and religion that are nowhere else reflected as part of black life. The argument states that this new, complex black identity is strikingly different than the images handed down from previous generations and offers new examples of behavior, such as those shown by President Obama, gays and lesbians, young professionals, and black Buddhists. Contending that this new generation feels as unwelcome in traditional churches as in hip-hop clubs, this dynamic provocation dispels myths about current, popular black identity.


"Ytasha Womack is rewriting the script for Hip Hop generation authors. Her work challenges norms, as she seeks to represent the multiple and intersectional identities of contemporary black professionals that have yet to be adequately illustrated in popular culture."  —Dawn-Elissa Fischer, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Africana Studies, San Francisco State University; associate director, Hip Hop Archive, Harvard University

"An innovative, fresh take on black identity in the 21st Century. This book shows the unique diversity in the black community, one often mistaken to be monolithic, but is anything but. A must read."  —Bob Meadows, writer, People Magazine

"Post Black hits home with sincerity, courage, hope, and passion that empowers the reader to look deep into the heart of one of most intriguing and pervasive debates in the African American experience."  —John Jennings, associate professor of design; teacher, The Visual Culture of Hip Hop; and illustrator, The Hole: Consumer Culture

Author Biography

Ytasha L. Womack is a journalist, a filmmaker, and the coeditor of the award-winning anthology Beats, Rhymes, and Life. She is the director and producer of several award-winning films, including The Engagement, Love Shorts, and Tupac. A current guest editor with NV Magazine and frequent contributor to Ebony, she is a former editor at Upscale and former staff writer for the Chicago Defender. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Emerge, Essence, Honey, King, VIBE, and XXL, as well as the comic book Delete. She lives in Chicago. Derek T. Dingle is the senior vice president and editor in chief of Black Enterprise magazine.