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An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony

A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present
An infinite geography of possible futures

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. The book presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to dazzling paintings and insightful infographics.

In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility for every reader.


Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received their B.A. from Smith College in art history and African-American studies. During their time at Smith, they launched the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, which has featured artwork by nearly 5,000 Black artists. Drew's writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Elle UK, and Glamour. They live in Brooklyn, New York (just a few blocks away from Jenna).

Jenna Wortham is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. They are also co-host of the podcast Still Processing, as well as a sound healer, reiki practitioner, and herbalist, all of which they lovingly practice on Kimberly Drew. They are currently working on a book about the body and dissociation. Jenna lives in Brooklyn, New York.


  • Item Weight: 3.54 pounds
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0399181139
  • ISBN-13: 9780399181139
  • Publisher: One World (December 1, 2020)
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Language: English
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