BLACK LOVE LETTERS – Cole Brown – Love, Grief, Healing

A diverse compilation of expressions of what stirs the emotions.

By Cole Brown ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 24, 2023

Black Americans are expressing their love in this anthology, which features dozens of letters from prominent figures. The entries, accompanied by illustrations, cover a range of topics divided into five categories: Care, Awe, Loss, Ambivalence, and Transformation. The editors, Brown and Johnson, explain that the book was inspired by the violence they have seen inflicted on Black America. They hope to create a space for healing and deliverance through love. The letters are full of emotion and offer insight into the power of love. Joy Reid’s “A Love Letter to My Hair” is a beautiful example of self-love, while Morgan Jerkins’ “Dear Egypt” is a passionate tribute to an ancient world. VJ Jenkins’ “Pops and Dad” is a powerful affirmation of being Black, male, and gay. Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts’ “Home: A Reckoning” is a thoughtful reflection on her attachment to Louisville, Kentucky. The letters also provide cultural commentary, and the collection as a whole speaks to the importance of maintaining meaningful connections in the face of adversity. Other contributors include Nadia Owusu, Jamila Woods, Ben Crump, Eric Michael Dyson, Kwame Dawes, Jenna Wortham, and Imani Perry.

Pub Date: Oct. 24, 2023
ISBN: 9781638931201

Page Count: 240
Publisher: Get Lifted Books/Zando

Review Posted Online: June 29, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2023