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

Tour

Seattle Arts & Lectures with book sales by Estelita’s Library
Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew in conversation with King Britt
Wednesday, December 2
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Sixth & I (Washington, DC) with book sales by Loyalty Bookstore
Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew with moderator Camonghne Felix
Thursday, December 3
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Charis Books & More (Decatur, GA) in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and For Keeps
Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew in conversation with Antonio Johnson and Donovan X. Ramsey, moderated by Theo Tyson
Saturday, December 5
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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) with book sales by Greenlight Bookstore
Part of the Unbound series

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham in conversation with Raquel Willis and Naima Green, and showcasing the work of Naima Green
Monday, December 7
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Uncle Bobbie’s (Philadelphia)
Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew in conversation with Tiona Nekkia McClodden
Tuesday, December 8
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City Arts & Lectures (San Francisco) with book sales by Marcus Books
Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew in conversation with Ashley C. Ford
Wednesday, December 9
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California African American Museum and Scripps College (Los Angeles) with book sales by Eso Won
Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew in conversation with Pierre Davis (No Sesso)
Thursday, December 10
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Source Booksellers (Detroit)
Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew in conversation with Taylor Aldridge
Friday, December 11
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Chicago Humanities Festival with book sales by Seminary Co-op
Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew in conversation with Eve L. Ewing
Monday, December 14
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About the Book

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.

About the Authors

Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in art history and African-American studies. During her time at Smith, she launched the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, which has featured artwork by nearly 5,000 black artists. Drew’s writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Elle UK, and Glamour. She lives in Brooklyn, New York (just a few blocks away from Jenna Wortham).

Jenna Wortham is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She is also co-host of the podcast Still Processing, as well as a sound healer, reiki practitioner, and herbalist, all of which she lovingly practices on Kimberly Drew. She is currently working on a book about the body and dissociation. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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SELECTION OF IMAGES FROM BLACK FUTURES

Page 45
THERE ARE BLACK PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE
Courtesy of the Artist
Alisha B. Wormsley
The Last Billboard (Jon Rubin project 2009-2018)
East Liberty, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Photo by Jon Rubin 2018

Page 133
COLOR(ED) THEORY
Amanda Williams
Image courtesy of the artist
Amanda Williams
Crown Royal Bag, from Color(ed) Theory Suite, 2014-16

Page 163
IT’S TIME TO RECLAIM OUR SKIN
Image: Copyright Shadi Al- Atallah, I used to feel (before Lamictal)

Page 317
HOW TO START YOUR OWN PERSONAL BLACK ART COLLECTION
Image: Maty, Benjamin Biayenda
Untitled

Page 348
Image courtesy of the artist
Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Are We There Yet?, 2018

Page 482
Image: Getty 2k19 Collection by Pierre Davis
Photography by Brandon Stanciell


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