Black Is?


This week on Cocoa Mode author and cultural critic Toure discusses his new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness. On page 15 you’ll find many of the questions he asked the 105 people he interviewed for the book. In preparation for my interview with Toure, I took
ten of his questions and presented them to a group of friends. Three hours and as many bottles of wine later we
discovered there were as many definitions of blackness as
there were people in the room, but what we could agree
on was in America there is one thing we all have in common,
our “otherness”.
If you’re ever at a loss for things to talk about at one of your get-togethers I encourage you to take out this list and
have your guests answer these questions. You may be
surprised to discover how alike, or different, you really

From Who’s Afraid Of Post-Blackness?

1. What does being Black mean to you?
2. Is there an authentic Black experience?
3. Is Blackness the center of your persona?
4. Are there particular, necessary characteristics of
5. What do you think of the word nigger and nigga?

To read the entire list of questions, pick up a copy of the book at your local (black) bookstore or order online at any one of the popular online books sellers.

Also on this week’s show, Steve Stoute talks about his book, The Tanning of America. Should we take the B out of BET or the N out of UNCF? He thinks so. Tune in to the interview at Thursday at 9:00am ET on SiriusXM128

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