A groundbreaking book celebrating the words and phrases that by choice or by circumstance define the Black British experience.
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Who is a roadman really? What's wrong with calling someone a 'lighty'? Why do people think black guys are cool?
These are just some of the questions being wrestled with in Black, Listed, an exploration of 21st century black identity told through a list of insults, insights and everything in-between.
Taking a panoramic look at global black history, interrogating both contemporary and historical culture, Black, Listed investigates the ways in which black communities (and individuals) have been represented, oppressed, mimicked, celebrated, and othered. Part historical study, 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. Along the way, it explores a far reaching range of social and cultural contexts, including but not limited to, sport, art, entertainment, politics, literature, history, music, theatre, cinema, education and criminal justice, sometimes at the same time.
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
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 - Guardian
A truly radical book, which manages to be unflinching and constantly entertaining
- THE BOOKSELLER BOOK OF THE MONTH APRIL 2019
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
Jeffrey Boakye is a writer and teacher originally from Brixton in south London, now living in Yorkshire with his wife and two sons. He has a particular interest in issues surrounding education, race and popular culture. Jeffrey has taught English in secondary schools and sixth form colleges since 2007. His first book, Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials, and the Meaning of Grime was published in 2017. Black, Listed is is his second book.