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When they tell you to be good : a memoir

Summary: "After immigrating from Jamaica to the United States, Prince Shakur's family is rocked by the murder of Prince's biological father in 1995. Behind the murder is a sordid family truth, scripted in the lines of a diary by an outlawed uncle hell-bent on avenging the murder of Prince's father. As Shakur begins to unravel his family's secrets, he must navigate the strenuous terrain of coming to terms with one's inner self while confronting the steeped complexities of the Afro-diaspora. When They Tell You to Be Good charts Prince Shakur's political coming of age from closeted queer kid in a Jamaican family to radicalized adult traveler, writer, and anarchist in Obama and Trump's America. Shakur journeys from France to the Philippines, South Korea, and elsewhere to discover the depths of the Black experience, and engages in deep political questions while participating in movements like Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock. By the end, Shakur reckons with his identity, his family's immigration to the US before his birth, and the intergenerational impacts of patriarchal and colonial violence. Examining a tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, When They Tell You to Be Good is a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves to be more than what America envisions for the oppressed and Shakur compels readers to take a closer, deeper look at the political world of young, Black, queer, and radical millennials today"--

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  • ISBN: 9781953534422
  • ISBN: 1953534422
  • ISBN: 9781953534507
  • Physical Description: print
    292 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Tin House, 2022.

Contents / Notes

General Note: Hurston/Wright Crossover Award Winner, 2021.
Awards Note:
Hurston/Wright Crossover Award Winner, 2021.
Subject: Shakur, Prince 1994-
Jamaican Americans Biography
African American gay men Biography
African American political activists Biography
United States Race relations
HISTORY / United States / General
African American gay men
African American political activists
Jamaican Americans
Race relations
United States
Genre: Autobiographies.

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