In Search of a Beautiful Freedom

Farah Jasmine Griffin


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WW Norton & Co
28 March 2023
ISBN: 9780393355772
384 pages

From the publisher

In Search of a Beautiful Freedom brings together the best work from Farah Jasmine Griffin's rich forays on music, Black feminism, literature, the crises of Hurricane Katrina and COVID-19 and the Black artists she esteems. She moves from evoking the haunting strength of Odetta and the rise of soprano popular singers in the 1970s to the forging of a Black women's literary renaissance and the politics of Malcolm X through the lens of Black feminism. She reflects on pivotal moments in recent American history-including the banning of Toni Morrison's Beloved-and celebrates the intellectuals, artists and personal relationships that have shaped her identity and her work. Featuring new and unpublished essays along with ones first appearing in outlets such as The New York Times and NPR, In Search of a Beautiful Freedom is a captivating collection that celebrates the work of "one of the few great intellectuals in our time" (Cornel West).