Hello Meltingpot Readers,
Pardon my absence last week. I was in Washington, DC at a conference for work. Ms. Meltingpot wears many hats, and journalism professor is one of them and must be attended to in addition to my author, mommy, lover of the multi-culti universe roles.
Anywho, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to tell you all about this gorgeous and powerful new book by a fellow Philadelphian, called (1)ne Drop. The book is really about Black identity, but rather than me trying to summarize its greatness, here’s what it says on the author’s – Dr. Yaba Blay – website:
“ 1)ne Drop seeks to challenge narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality. Featuring the perspectives of 56 contributors representing 15 different countries and countries of origin, and combining candid memoirs with simple, yet striking, portraiture, this multi-platform project provides living testimony to the diversity of Blackness. Although contributors use varying terms to self-identify, they all see themselves as part of the larger racial, cultural, and social group generally referred to and known as “Black.” They all have experienced having their identity called into question simply because they don’t fit neatly into the stereotypical “Black box” — dark skin, “kinky” hair, broad nose, full lips, etc. – and most have been asked “What are you?” or the more politically correct, “Where are you from?” numerous times by various people throughout their lives. It is through contributors’ lived experiences with and lived imaginings of Black identity that we are able to visualize multiple possibilities for Blackness above and beyond appearances.”
Sadly, as with most creative projects about the Black experience that don’t fit into mainstream publishing’s concept of Black people – insert tired stereotype here– Dr. Blay was unable to find a publisher for her work – despite the fact that the book was the basis of CNN’s Who’s Black in America special – so she’s self-publishing (1)ne Drop. Actually, she’s not only publishing her book, she’s starting a whole new publishing company to publish her book and others like it. She already has an impressive line-up of books coming out in the next several months. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the kickstarter campaign, be inspired and buy a book.