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A timely collection of deeply personal, uplifting, and powerful essays that celebrate the redemptive strength of Black joy - in the vein of Black Girls Rock, You Are Your Best Thing, and I Really Needed This Today

When Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts wrote an essay on Black joy for The Washington Post, she had no idea just how deeply it would resonate. But the outpouring of responses affirmed her own lived experience: that Black joy is not just a weapon of resistance, it is a tool for resilience. 

With this book, Tracey aims to gift her community with a collection of lyrical essays about the way joy has evolved, even in the midst of trauma, in her own life. Detailing these instances of joy in the context of Black culture allows us to recognize the power of Black joy as a resource to draw upon, and to challenge the one-note narratives of Black life as solely comprised of trauma and hardship.  

Black Joy is a collection that will recharge you. It is the kind of book that is passed between friends and offers both challenge and comfort at the end of a long day. It is an answer for anyone who needs confirmation that they are not alone and a brave place to quiet their mind and heal their soul.
 

©2022 Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts. All rights reserved. Some essays in this collection appeared In slightly different form in the following publications and have been published with permission: "Dancing in the Rain and the Power of Black Joy as Resistance," The Washington Post, June 2020. "The Blacker the Love," Essence, March/April 2021. "Someday It Might Snow in April: The Healing Power of Prince" as "Nothing Compares 2 Prince," Dame Magazine, April 2016. "Born to Wash Cars," MyBrownBaby.com, October 2014. "Do You Love What You Feel?" as "How Bodywork Helped Me Find Healing From Trauma," Catapult Magazine, April 2020. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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An awesome read... more than once

This is so good I and to purchase a paper copy so I can highlight and take notes. I felt heard throughout and recommend this to anyone on a journey to find and experience and abundance of Black Joy.

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Unforgettable

You don’t read/listen to this book, you experience it!
I’ll be forever changed by this book.

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Well written, inspiring and absolutely relatable!

Whew! It would take a dissertation to adequately unpack the gems in this book! My favorite chapter is Chapter 7- “Smells like Blackness” which poetically and masterfully expresses the universality and collective diasporic experience of black joy! TRULY “the bite of our bounce back.” Well done!

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thought provoking and inspiring

A different perspective on a recurrent topic of #BLM
inspiring stories by the author
a story of resilience

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It was a delight hearing this book. experiencing it. listening to her references oh it just made my heart glad. thank you Tracy!!!!