The Black Experience and Its Writers

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings.” – Maya Angelou

An Introduction to Contemporary Black Writers

The Black Experience and Its Writers list came into existence because we wanted readers of keepypsiblack.org and its platforms to learn about the Black experience from the point of view of other Black writers. In our years of challenging white silence (individually and as a collective), we have learned to avoid comment sections –most are unmediated cesspools, allowing for racist retorts to reign over high-level engagement. Today’s media publish a limiting number of stories written by Black writers, restricting people of noncolor interpretation while at the same time further encouraging k:yb project leadership to produce and share direct, immediate content.

We have created this list to honor today’s courageous, much-needed Black writers, arranged in no specific order, followed by their handle, publisher, or book title to help folks understand the writer’s scope, and the lively interaction between the writers themselves in relation to over two centuries of Black-authored publications. The Black Experience and Its Writers, twenty-eight writers and their works receive primary attention. The twenty-eight blogs, timelines, and publications include men, women, queers, and transgendered. The list’s organization (by date of a recent, thought-provoking tweet, online article, or publication) reflects the important stages in the evolution of the development of Black content, since the inception of the BLM movement.

People of noncolor need guidance in learning how to read stories written by Black writers intelligently and how to respond to them coherently. We recommend that readers concentrate on writer, Alicia Garza, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter. It’s important the readers review Alicia Garza’s speeches and writing, especially if one is not familiar with the movement.

Black Writers:

Opal Tometi, @opalayo
Gillian B. White, The Atlantic
Dan Green, Michigan In Color
Robert Green II, The Society for U.S. Intellectual History
Crystal Marie Fleming, Resurrecting Slaves
Mary Ratcliff, SF Bay View
Jessica Care More, Sunlight Through Bullet Holes
Ta-Nehisi Coats, The Atlantic
Austin McCoy, Ann Arbor to Ferguson
Patrisse Cullors, @osope
Toni Love, The Black Body
Jerome S. Nichols, Let's Talk About Sex
Shaadi Devereaux, Black Girl Dangerous
Jennifer White, Michigan Radio
Michael David Marshall, @directedbymike
Janet Mock, Redefining Realness
Tony Morgan, Radical Washtenaw
DeRay Mckesson, @deray
Jeremy Allen, Mlive
Amanda Alexander, @A_S_Alexander
Katrease Stafford, The Detroit Free Press
Darius Simpson, @wordplayfordays
Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker
Montgomery Jones, Film Obsession
Errin Whack, Associated Press
Sofia Quintero, The Huffington Post
Hilton Als, White Girls

The above list of Black writers focus on the following themes (but not limited to): state violence, police brutality, for-profit development, gentrification, use-of-force continuum, concentrated poverty, the black body, liberation, social equity, fair housing, African-American culture, decolonization, public education, and food access. Like our 19th-century Black writers, today’s bloggers, journalists, and poets are still trying to denounce white gaze, white silence, and white supremacy.