Black, Listed

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‘A truly radical book, which manages to be unflinching and constantly entertaining’
CAROLINE SANDERSON, THE BOOKSELLER BOOK OF THE MONTH APRIL 2019

‘This book gives a voice to those whose experience is persistently defined, refined and denied by others’ DAVID LAMMY, GUARDIAN

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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.

Critics Review

  • 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
  • A radical exploration of black British culture that is as entertaining as it is politically weighty

    Independent
  • Wit abounds in Jeffrey Boakye’s insightful Black, Listed, a kind of periodic table of 60 words and phrases used down the ages to describe black people

    New Statesman (Books of the Year)
  • Light-footed cultural analysis riffs elegantly on subjects including Meghan Markle and Marvel’s Black Panther . . . a sharp critic

    Metro (Best books for Christmas)

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