Touré: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau


Author & Award-Winning Journalist

Iconic commentator and journalist Touré’s new book Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? A Look At What It Means To Be Black Now tackles what it means to be Black in America today. In the age of Obama, racial attitudes have become more complicated and nuanced than ever before. Inspired by a president who is unlike any Black man ever seen on our national stage, we are searching for new ways of understanding Blackness. Toure divulges intimate, funny and painful stores of how race and racial expectations have shaped his life. He also turned to 105 of the most important luminaries of our time including, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Malcom Gladwell, Soledad O’Brien and many others for their opinions.

In addition to Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?, Toure is the author of Never Drank the Kool-Aid, a collection of essays about hiphop and life; Soul City, A Novel; and Portable Promised Land, a collection of short stories. He is an NBC contributor and is a regular on MSNBC’s the Dylan Ratigan Show. He is also a contributor to Tennis Channel and the host of the Fuse shows Hiphop Shop and On the Record. He remains a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Artforum, Tennis, Playboy, the Best American Essays of 1999, the Best American Sportswriting of 2001, the Da Capo Best Music Writing of 2004 and the Best American Erotica of 2004.

Touré studied at Columbia University’s graduate school of creative writing and lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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