A New Book Takes a Fresh Look at Black Culture

The Root Recommends: A new book that argues that black culture is American culture.

Graywolf Press

Poet Kevin Young switches to prose with his latest work, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, a slick and witty critique of just what constitutes blackness in the mainstream. While the title pays homage to the popular Jay-Z-and-Beatles mashup album, the book takes a critical look at how mass media and popular culture portray black culture. Through a collection of narratives and essays, Young makes a compelling argument that black culture is, indeed, American culture.

The Grey Album is now available online and in bookstores.

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