An Homage to Black Boyhood From the Creator of Tristan Strong

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By Pierre-Antoine Louis

BLACK BOY JOY
17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood
Edited by Kwame Mbalia

Danielle Young coined the term “Black Boy Joy” in 2016 after watching Chance the Rapper exude happiness at MTV’s Video Music Awards. A welcome contrast to how young Black men are often portrayed in the media, it soon became a hashtag. In the introduction to his anthology of the same name, Kwame Mbalia (author of the Tristan Strong series) confesses that he doesn’t like watching the news, because growing up it was “always reporting on some local shooting or some death or some other tragedy that made my mother shake her head and my father scowl … because nine times out of 10, a face like mine was on the screen.”

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