Touré is an inspiration to an entire generation of writers for his smart, thoughtful approach to music journalism. He’s equally revered for his honest commentary on race and culture. His Twitter feed @Toure offers a steady stream of thoughtful analysis that push online conversations beyond one-line zingers.
He continues to shed light on issues of race in his upcoming book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now, due out September 13.
In the video below, Touré reads a passage from his book and recalls a personal incident from his freshman days, a moment that stuck with him and eventually compelled him to deliver a clarion call on race in America.
He may not be afraid of post-blackness but he sure likes his rooms darker than Wesley’s elbows. Here’s another clip where Touré recalls a scary skydiving encounter.
Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? is available for preorder now.