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Today’s media culture is saturated with images of black men being gunned down, locked-up, idle and out-of-work, perpetrating violence, playing sports, entertaining crowds with grins, profanity, and “swag;” wearing sagging pants, and fathering babies. I find myself pained, saddened and exhausted by these portrayals.
The idea for the Black Men Reading Series came about after I reached out to Reginald Bailey, a black man who is a bookstagrammer. I wanted to ask him about his participation in a social media culture that no one associates with black men. Our exchange was energetic, informative, and eye-opening, developing into a two-part blog post that readers were hungry to read.
I decided that I wanted to reach out to a range of black men in order to learn and record their words about how they came to reading, why they read, what they read, what literacy means to them, and what paradigms they hope to be instrumental in changing. The Black Men Reading Series is a platform for hearing from, learning about, and learning from a not-so-visible demographic; and I look forward to collaborating with and presenting the words of Black Men Reading of different educational backgrounds, viewpoints, personalities, and walks of life.
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Black Men Reading Conversation #1: Reginald Bailey
Black Men Reading Conversation #2: Andrew Fontenelle
Black Men Reading Conversation #3: Raymond Williams