Stories of Being Young & Black in America
Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. A selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.
Black is...sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renée Watson.
Black is…three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds.
Black is…Nic Stone’s high-class beauty dating a boy her momma would never approve of.
Black is…two girls kissing in Justina Ireland’s story set in Maryland.
Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—because there are countless ways to be Black enough.
This collection of 17 original stories is written by contemporary black authors who explore "teens examining, rebelling against, embracing, or simply existing within their own idea of blackness." The tales offer a wide array of perspectives and thoughtful reflections on black teenagers' experiences, with pervading themes that include black identity (Varian Johnson's "Black Enough"), sexual awakening (Justina Ireland's "Kissing Sarah Smart"), and teenage worries. The stories, all worth savoring, share a celebratory outlook on black teenagers fully and courageously embracing life. Ages 13 up.
This book helped me open my eyes to what African-Americans do on a regular basis. To all you racists! Blacks are humans just like you! We shouldn’t discriminate just because of skin color!
A white person
Where it all began
Absolutely love this book and how it made me feel. As a black woman I felt heard and seen by reading these stories! Headed to read Cool. Awkward. Black. and Fresh Ink next.
A very interesting read
I did not know what to expect with this book. I am neither Black nor a “young adult” but the title intrigued me so I started reading it. Worth every penny I spent and the stories these young people tell are enlightening. Black, White Young or “old” ALL of these kids just tell it like it is—and they do not apologize either. They have LOTS of density issues and are just trying to be themselves—whatever that is.
They ALL have dreams, are willing to work hard to attain those dreams and they have to deal with the predjudices of just being Black—not from “the other side” but even from their own family and friends! Very insightful and thought-provoking and a must-read for anyone