#SipandRead: Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education

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We shouldn’t be seeking the respect of an unjust system that will not respect us on the basis of our humanity alone.
— Mychal Denzel Smith, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education

Title: Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education

Author: Mychal Denzel Smith

Publication Year: 2016

Photo Filter: Through Instagram

Sipping: Coffee in a flowered Ikea mug

Instagram Post: 07/08/2016

I took this photo two days after Philando Castile was murdered in his car in Minnesota. I know, it puts a damp mood on the whole thing, but that's what I was feeling when I posted this photo. I'm just now noticing how there is some darkness to the photo. Smith talks a lot about how Trayvon Martin's death affected him and how life changed for him because if it. Philando Castile was that (high profile) death for me. I wandered in a haze for a while. How that could have been him or how Blackness in male form is almost like a ticking time bomb. It was like reading a mirrored image of what I was going through. What i enjoyed about Smith's book was the rawness of his rage, something I think Black millennials like myself are told to hide. If you want to know more on my thoughts on his book, check out my review and I recommend adding this title to your shelf. You can purchase Smith's book here




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About the Author

Black & Bookish is the brainchild of Antoinette Scully, educator and lover of all things bookish. She is on a quest to fill your bookshelves with beloved authors of the African Diaspora. When she's not hanging out on line, she's living it up as the mother of two rambunctious girls and wife of a local filmmaker.