"This book is an explosive indictment on the injustices happening in this country. Through Kondwani Fidel’s creative spirit, he moves us all to become stronger in our antiracist work. Fidel is a brilliant young voice of our collective future."
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning
“Kondwani Fidel is a writer’s writer—he masterfully weaves personal accounts of death, police brutality, and other various symptoms of systemic oppression with research and his life experiences in a way that is unmatched. Fidel is honest and raw, using his language to inform and empower in a way that would make James Baldwin proud. Kondwani Fidel’s work should be required reading.”
—D. Watkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Cook Up, The Beast Side, and We Speak for Ourselves
“Kondwani Fidel writes about issues that have been at the forefront of the Black American consciousness for generations. He shares personal accounts of death and struggle, but always with an eye beyond: a vision of the structural forces that put us here, and a belief in imagination and the power to overcome that will get us past this place.”
—Eve Ewing, the Norma Farber First Book Award-winning author of Electric Arches
“It is brilliant that a young mind such as Fidel’s has been blessed with the conscious and creative spirit that allows him to compose a lesson from a perspective and in a way that no other could.”
—Dr. Zoe Spencer, professor of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice at Virginia State University, Emmy nominated for spoken word performance, "Say Her Name"
“As I witnessed Kondwani command the intellect, emotion, and spirit of an international audience of nearly one thousand racial equity leaders, I knew his was a bonafide voice. A standing ovation for Kondwani Fidel.”
—Glenn E. Singleton, president and founder, Pacific Educational Group, author of Courageous Conversations About Race
“What we are in witnessing in Kondwani Fidel is a living archive of what extraordinary price, both triumph and tribulation, Black America pays by the hour. Kondwani’s words are a guillotine. His stories, measure the pulse of the forgotten.”
—Tariq Touré, author of Black Seeds
“Kondwani Fidel skillfully guides readers down a narrow line—his vulnerability on one side, his deafening power on the other. In the end, Kondwani emerges a victor—overtly aware of the ironclad, historical systemic racism that continues to confine his community, yet still a hopeful, suggestive voice with a strong belief in change. His essays will make you cry tears of anger, but also tears of light-hearted laughter.”
—Stephanie Wash, Emmy award winning producer and ABC News journalist