Romantic love has been one of the most essential elements of storytelling for centuries. But for Black people in the United States and across the diaspora, it hasn't often been easy to find Black romance joyfully showcased in entertainment media. In this collection, authors, librarians, academicians, avid readers and reviewers consider the mirrors and windows into Black love as it is depicted in the novels, television shows, and films that have shaped their own stories.
...editor Jessica P. Pryde enlisted a stellar lineup of essayists to share their perspectives on Black love and the ways it’s portrayed in popular media ... From astute cultural critiques to introspective first-person essays, these 14 pieces form a revealing mosaic that will fundamentally change how readers engage with love stories.
An anthology that collects a refreshingly wide variety of perspectives on Black love ... Over the course of a dozen essays, the contributors confront the absence of faces and stories like theirs ... The text also includes a list of relevant, recommended books, movies, and TV shows.Readers will come away with a robust education in Black love and literature.