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Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line
Dispatches from a Black Journalista
Erin Aubry Kaplan; Michael Eric Dyson, fwd.

Northeastern Library of Black Literature

2011 • 304 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Sociology / African-American Studies

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-55553-754-8
$12.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-766-1

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This lively and thoughtful book explores what it means to be black in an allegedly postracial America

Los Angeles has had a ringside seat during the long last century of racial struggle in America. The bouts have been over money and jobs and police brutality, over politics and poetry and rap and basketball. Minimizing blackness itself has been touted as the logical and ideal solution to the struggle, but in Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line Erin Aubry Kaplan begs to differ. With eloquence, wit, and high prose style she crafts a series of compelling arguments against black eclipse.

Here are thirty-three insightful and wide-ranging pieces of literary, cultural, political, and personal reporting on the contemporary black American experience. Drawn from the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly,, and elsewhere, this collection also features major new articles on President Barack Obama, black and Hispanic conflicts, and clinical depression. In each, Kaplan argues with meticulous observation, razor-sharp intelligence, and sparkling prose against the trend of black erasure, and for the expansion of horizons of the black American story.

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ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN has covered black issues as a journalist for twenty years, including nine years as a staff writer for LA Weekly, and two years as a weekly op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

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