Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Release: Black Hollywood unChained, edited by Ishmael Reed


After the controversial release of the movie Django Unchained three years, Ishmael Reed was asked by Third World Press to put together a book of essays of criticism and response by various authors.

While the essays were finished not long after the movie's release, it's been a long journey to get the book itself published. However, Black Hollywood Unchained is now in print, It includes contributions by 28 authors, including what may have been one of the last essays written by Amiri Baraka before his death.

Also contributing (including myself) are:

Houston A. Baker Jr.
Playthell G. Benjamin
Herb Boyd
Cecil Brown
Ruth Elizabeth Burks
Art t. Burton
Stanley Crouch
Justin Desmangles
Lawrence DiSasi
Jack Foley
David Henderson
Geary Hobson
Joyce A. Joyce
Haki R. Madhubuti
C. Liegh McInnis
Tony Medina
Alejandro MurguĂ­a
Jill Nelson
Halifu Osumare
Heather D. Russell
Hariette Surovell
Kathryn Waddell Takara
Jerry W. Ward Jr.
Marvin X
Al Young

The book is currently available at Amazon. I buy as much as possible from local venues but I'm not sure which, if any, book-and-mortar stores it's being sold at. If you're interested, you should ask.

Jesse Allen-Taylor

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