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Black, Listed

Black, Listed

AFRO-CARIBBEAN. COLOURED. ETHNIC MINORITY. IMMIGRANT. BAME. URBAN. WOKE. FAM. BLACK.

These are just some of the terms being wrestled with in Black, Listed, an exploration of twenty-first century Black identity told through a list of insults, insights and everything in between.

Taking a panoramic look at global Black history and contemporary culture, this book investigates the ways in which Black communities (and individuals) have been represented, oppressed, mimicked, celebrated and othered. Part autobiographical musing, part pop culture vivisection, it’s a comprehensive attempt to make sense of blackness from the vantage point of the hilarious and insightful psyche of Jeffrey Boakye.

PRAISE FOR BLACK, LISTED:

This book gives a voice to those whose experience is persistently defined, refined and denied by others’ David Lammy, Guardian

‘A panoramic exploration of black identity’ Elle

‘Urgent, timely reading’ AnOther Magazine

‘Inventive, refreshing and humorous‘ Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other

‘A truly radical book, which manages to be unflinching and constantly entertaining’ Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller
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On Sale: 18th April 2019

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780349700540

Reviews

Inventive, refreshing and humorous . . . Boakye's quirky dictionary of black-related terms never fails to surprise and entertain
Bernardine Evaristo
Boakye is a witty, passionate guide in this thoughtful examination of what black culture and identity mean in Britain
iNews
Intense and compelling from the very beginning, Jeffrey Boakye bravely explores the ways in which people with darker skin are located in language . . . This book gives a voice to those whose experience is persistently defined, refined and denied by others. Boakye shows how language does not always have to be insulting, offensive or loaded, it can also be incredibly emancipatory, particularly when the black community takes ownership of the terms of prose . . . If blackness is a maze, then we must be the ones who design it. With architects like Jeffrey Boakye, I'm optimistic we can build ourselves an authentic future
David Lammy, Guardian
Boakye aims to challenge, complicate and undo assumptions about what blackness means, often taking surprising routes . . . Black, Listed covers some terrain similar to that of recent books such as Akala's blistering Natives and Reni Eddo Logdge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, and while Boakye may share those authors' political intent, his humour sets him apart. He is a winningly funny "tour guide". . . The unpredictable range of his references is exciting . . . As he argues against the endlessly problematic ways in which blackness has been categorized and codified, taking on the "biggest and the blackest of the big black stereotypes", the text bobs, weaves and wanders - always one thrilling step ahead
Michael Donkor, Times Literary Supplement
A radical exploration of black British culture that is as entertaining as it is politically weighty
Independent
A panoramic exploration of black identity
Elle
Urgent, timely reading
AnOther Magazine
A truly radical book, which manages to be unflinching and constantly entertaining
CAROLINE SANDERSON, THE BOOKSELLER BOOK OF THE MONTH APRIL 2019
Wit abounds in Jeffrey Boakye's insightful Black, Listed, a kind of periodic table of 60 words and phrases used down the ages to describe black people
Colin Grant, New Statesman (Books of the Year)