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  • Jabari Asim Is Bringing Black Minds and Black Bodies to the Front

    On Electric Literature with Tyrese L. Coleman: The author of “We Can’t Breathe” on appropriation, Black suffering, and Janelle Monae Jabari Asim’s newest essay collection, We Can’t Breathe, is a masterful dissertation on Black culture, Black art, personal and American history. It is a beautiful mix of unpredictable narrative and prose that kept me engaged and enthralled…

  • He says love can’t conquer injustice, but strategy has a fighting chance.

    Listen Live: Jabari Asim celebrates the strength of black history & culture on Your Call on KALW Public Radio with ROSE AGUILAR & LAURA WENUS • NOV 14, 2018 On this edition of Your Call, Jabari Asim discusses his new book We Can’t Breathe, which calls out racist “white lies” and replaces it with a story of black survival. The…

  • These aren’t the kind of essays that end with a simple argument: “this is what we need to overcome racism.” 

    Jabari Asim on WBUR with Evan Horowitz, Jamie Bologna In his latest book of essays, Jabari Asim takes on America’s complicated past and present when it comes to race and racism. These aren’t the kind of essays that end with a simple argument: “this is what we need to overcome racism.” They’re explorations, weaving past…

  • Jabari Asim: Five Classic American Essay Collections

    THE AUTHOR OF WE CAN’T BREATHE: ON BLACK LIVES, WHITE LIES, AND THE ART OF SURVIVAL SHARES FIVE BOOKS IN HIS LIFE October 16, 2018  By Jane Ciabattari Jabari Asim’s We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival is published today. He shares five classic American essay collections with Jane Ciabattari. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois…

  • Boston Author Jabari Asim Reimagines Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion On Stage

    When Boston-based writer Jabari Asim began writing what would become “Brother Nat: Rise. Revolt. Redemption.” more than nine years ago, he thought of the production as a collection of poems. “I outline the story as I see it and then write songs and lyrics,” he explained. An amalgamation of a musical and an opera, “Brother…