The SVA library has recently acquired Question Bridge: Black Males in America, a book edited by Deborah Willis & Natasha L. Logan and published by Aperture in 2015. Question Bridge is an innovative transmedia project that facilitates a dialogue between a critical mass of black men from diverse and contending backgrounds and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine black male identity in America.
From the publisher’s description, “[This book] assembles a series of questions posed to black men, by and for other black men, along with the corresponding responses and portraits of the participants. The questions range from the comic to the sublimely philosophical: from ‘Am I the only one who has problems eating chicken, watermelon, and bananas in front of white people?’ to ‘Why is it so difficult for black American men in this culture to be themselves, their essential selves, and remain who they truly are?’ The answers tackle the issues that continue to surround black male identity today in a uniquely honest, no-holds-barred manner. While the ostensible subject is black men, the conversation that evolves in these pages is ultimately about the nature of living in a post-Obama, post-Ferguson, post–Voting Rights Act America. Question Bridge is about who we are and what we mean to one another. Most critically, it asks: how can we start to dismantle the myths and misconceptions that have evolved around race and gender in America—how can we reset the narrative about ourselves?”