SEPT. 16/FRI: I'm cohosting the Matt McGill Morning Show on WVON 1690 in Chicago, 6-9am CST. www.wvon.com. Be sure to tune in.
SEPT. 16/FRI: I'm leading a discussion on building relationships through media at Columbia College Chicago, 33 E. Congress, Rm 314, 10:45am - Noon.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Post Black talk on Spirituality & Culture at Christ Universal Temple Bookstore on Saturday in Chicago, Sept. 10. Great convo! Up next? Looks like a chat in Sacramento. Stay connected for details.
Post Black Author
Ytasha L. Womack
Post Black (Lawrence Hill Books) by Ytasha L. Womack, Foreward by Derek Dingle
Highlighting certain socioeconomic and cultural trends, this exploration discloses the new dynamics shaping contemporary lives of African Americans. Using information from conversations with mavericks within black communities—such as entrepreneurs, artists, scholars, and activists as well as members of both the working and upper classes—this powerful examination gives voice to what the author has deemed "post black" approaches to business, lifestyles, and religion that are nowhere else reflected as part of black life. The argument states that this new, complex black identity is strikingly different than the images handed down from previous generations and offers new examples of behavior, such as those shown by President Obama, gays and lesbians, young professionals, and black Buddhists. Contending that this new generation feels as unwelcome in traditional churches as in hip-hop clubs, this dynamic provocation dispels myths about current, popular black identity.
Ytasha is author of the critically acclaimed books Post Black: How a New Generation Redefines African American Identity (Lawrence Hill Books, January 2010) as well as the sci fi series Rayla 2212. She's producing and directing several projects with her new company YLW Productions. Ytasha edited the anthology Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop with Kenji Jasper. She also directed and produced the award-winning films "The Engagement" and "Love Shorts." An editor for NV Magazine, her work has appeared in numerous publications including Upscale, VIBE, Essence and The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Defender.