Posts tagged #Between The World and Me

The Price is Black

by Stennett Nyekanyeka

Coates emulates the late James Baldwin’s work The Fire Next Time, which contains two essays.  The first is entitled My Dungeon Shook — Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation and the second Down At The Cross — Letter from a Region of My Mind.  Critics of the book cite insist that Coates writes in a self-indulgent tone indicative of a writer caught in his success.  Let's call that a point in favor of the critics.  The result is oftentimes verbose as Coates expresses the love and fear he has for his son growing up as a black boy.

Between Howard University and Me

by Shanel Adams

In this book laden with Coates’ not-so-distant memories of police brutality and educational disparities, he awakened memories of my own. Memories that included my walk with the Dream. Coates talks about the Dream we all know; where we work hard, get a nice job, marry well and live happily ever after. 

Hope is Not "Between the World and Me"

by Robert Burton-Harris

BTWAM comes from a place of helplessness, truth, frustration, passion, history, beauty, and struggle. During his National Book Award acceptance speech, Coates reflects on the death of Prince Jones--another victim of police cowardice--and  his inability to give Jones’s family any real justice. "I'm a Black man in America, I can't punish that officer," he says. It’s in this space that BTWAM is forged.