Publication Date: 03/10/2019 ISBN: 9780349700564 Category:

Black, Listed

Jeffrey Boakye

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Date: 03/10/2019 ISBN: 9780349700564 Category:
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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.


‘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

Publisher Review

Insightful and funny, combining history with personal musings and pop-culture references, it's a comprehensive guide to Black identity in Britain today * Prima * Boakye's exploration of language, race and the ways in which we use both to demean and repress people is thought-provoking, occasionally irreverent and always interesting * The i (Books of the year) * Urgent, timely reading * AnOther Magazine * Boakye is a witty, passionate guide in this thoughtful examination of what black culture and identity mean in Britain * iNews * 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 panoramic exploration of black identity * Elle * Light-footed cultural analysis riffs elegantly on subjects including Meghan Markle and Marvel's Black Panther . . . a sharp critic * Metro (Best books for Christmas) * 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) * A radical exploration of black British culture that is as entertaining as it is politically weighty * Independent * Inventive, refreshing and humorous . . . Boakye's quirky dictionary of black-related terms never fails to surprise and entertain * Bernardine Evaristo * A truly radical book, which manages to be unflinching and constantly entertaining -- CAROLINE SANDERSON * THE BOOKSELLER BOOK OF THE MONTH APRIL 2019 * 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 *

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