Black Futures

Black Futures

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE - An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony
A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present
An infinite geography of possible futures


What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work--images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more--to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. The book presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to dazzling paintings and insightful infographics.

In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility for every reader.

Title:Black Futures
ISBN:9780399181139
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    Black Futures Reviews

  • Angela M

    Reading this book was a unique experience in many ways. It’s a blend of multiple narratives in the form of photographs of black people, of paintings of black people, posters, interviews, conversatio...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    This book is incredible. It’s a bound example of all the complexities, joys, contradictions, power, diversity, creativity, and struggle in the Black community. We are not a monolith but we are a com...

  • Faith

    This is a collection of essays, photographs, poems, plays, news stories, transcribed conversations/interviews, illustrations, playlists, etc. about, and contributed by, Black people. It covers an enor...

  • Michelle

    Black Futures uses cultural references and mixed media to talk about the Black experience. Black is not one dimensional nor monolithic. Black transcends time and space – Therefore editors Jenna Wort...

  • Cheri

    A collection of stories, essays, photographs, poems, thoughts and questions inquiring the significance and importance, the meaning of Black identity both currently as well as in the past. This tackles...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    In utter awe of the blood work of these contributions. The journey of emotions this book guides one through can only be described as a spiritual awakening. I am incensed and inspired by this book, whi...

  • Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore

    A visual love letter At the onset of the Black Futures project, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham set out to answer the question, "What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?". The response is ...

  • Jean

    Since I received Black Futures as a NetGalley offering in exchange for my unbiased, honest review, I am not supposed to directly quote from the unpublished book. But I must, very briefly. Very early i...

  • Never Without a Book

    What a beautiful way to preserve Black culture. This book is filled with poems, conversations, interviews, visual art, online ephemera, and essays. The art and photography in this book is gorgeous. Ye...

  • Erin

     Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group- Random House for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. A very informative collection of interviews, artwork and social media, it did ta...