No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

  • 257 pages
  • English
  • Hardcover
No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

⇇ No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America to read ⇨ Kindle Ebook Author Darnell L Moore ∂ Stranded in the urban battleground of Camden, New Jersey Moore struggles against a crush of bullying, bigotry, and self loathing He chronicles his odyssey in this piercingly vulnerable memoir, ultimately finding his way to LGBTQ activism and black joy through faith and family O MagazineA staggering work that calls into question the truths we assume about ourselves and those among us EsquireIn his frank debut memoir, journalist Moore recounts his experience growing up a queer black man in Camden, New Jersey in the 1980s Loved by his vibrant but argumentative family and ostracized by many of his peers, Moore grapples with the complexities of his growing faith and burgeoning sexuality and his own self loathing and self acceptance in his journey to becoming an activist and outstanding voice in the Black Lives Matter movement Harpers BazaarDarnell Moore is one of the most influential black writers and thinkers of our time a beautiful, intentionally complex feminist activist writing liberatory futures I cannot wait for the world to read No Ashes in the Fire Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty No Ashes in the Fire is part memoir, part social commentary Darnell honestly tells his story with an intensity and passion that offers readers a deep understanding of a gay black male coming of age who open heartedly claims his identity, and who embraces redemptive suffering Ultimately, he reaches out to everyone with an inclusive love bell hooks No Ashes in the Fire illuminates the fragility of black life no matter how much love surrounds it As he grapples with social tragedy and the insecurity of black masculinity, Moore displays magnificent self reflection He narrates his story in a looping, lyrical style that approaches complicated truths through metaphor For Moore, these efforts often take the form of an empathy that borders on the transcendent Dawn Lundy Martin, BookforumA brutally honest investigation and interrogation of the stories Moore was taught to tell himself in order to live The prose is immaculately spare and razor sharp, honed to pierce the armor of our own role in upholding and telling similar stories He pairs trenchant systemic analysis with interpersonal forgiveness, marking the ways those that sought to cause him pain and even death were first, possibly irrevocably, damaged by the same stories they were told in order to live It s the stories we tell ourselves that need to burn And with No Ashes In The Fire, Moore strikes a match Kevin Allred, INTO No Ashes in the Fire is everything that is quintessentially Darnell Moore brilliant, courageous, transparent, and wholly original Moore s masterful writing feels like equal parts soul music and gospel testimony With this book, Moore positions himself as one of the leading public intellectuals of our generation More importantly, he has written a text that will inspire, and maybe even save, many lives Marc Lamont Hill, author of Nobody Casualties of America s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and BeyondDarnell Moore is doing something we ve never seen in American literature He s not just texturing a life, a place, and a movement while all three are in flux Darnell is memorializing and reckoning with a life, place, and movement that are targeted by the worst parts of our nation He never loses sight of the importance of love, honesty, and organization on his journey We need this book than, or as much as we ve needed any book this century Kiese Laymon, author of How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in AmericaDarnell Moore s No Ashes in the Fire is a searing, tender, and wise memoir It is the captivating story of a man, a family, a community, and an age in the life of Black America in which old wounds and new possibilities meet at an earth shaking crossroads Moore is a reflective, contemplative, and instructive scribe His are the words of an organizer, a social historian, and a fighter with a deep love for his people Imani Perry, Hughes Rogers Professor of African American Studies, Princeton UniversityDarnell L Moore is an editor at large at CASSIUS Urban One , a columnist at and, and a contributor at Mic, where he hosted their widely viewed digital series The Movement He writes regularly for Ebony, Advocate, Vice, and Guardian Moore was one of the original Black Lives Matter organizers, organizing bus trips from New York to Ferguson after the murder of Michael Brown Moore is a writer in residence at the Center of African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University, has taught at NYU, Rutgers, Fordham, and Vassar, and was trained at Princeton Theological Seminary In 2016, he was named one of The Root 100, and in 2015 he was named one of Ebony magazine s Power 100 and Planned Parenthood s 99 Dream Keepers He divides his time between Brooklyn and Atlanta. 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