Black Meme

Black Meme is a force to be reckoned with. Legacy Russell tackles the continued exploitation of Blackness through the constant reproduction of Black movement and language. Art exhibits, police cam footage, and GIFs are all sites of Russell’s research on Black memes. Photos on postcards and videos of protestors facing police violence distribute the image of Black death and steal Black identity. In connecting these dots, Russell builds a masterpiece of thought on how non-Black consumption harms Black people and continues intergenerational trauma. This book is both an American historical text and a radical framework for Black futures. It blew me out of the water. Recommended by Nikita

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ISBN: 9781839762802
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Published: Verso - May 7th, 2024

"Unsettles, expands and deepens our understanding of the black meme...necessary reading; brilliant and utterly convincing."
–Christina Sharpe, author of Ordinary Notes

"You will be galvanized by Legacy Russell’s analytic brilliance and visceral eloquence." 
Margo Jefferson, author of Constructing a Nervous System