Let me get this bourbon, honey and lemon together for this soothing hot toddy I’m pairing with HBO’s adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ New York Times bestseller ☛BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME [pub: One World] airing and streaming (HBO Max) this Saturday, November 24th at 8 p.m. I can’t wait to get mesmerized by this ensemble of Black excellence including Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Greenbook), Angela Bassett (Black Panther, What’s Love Got To Do With It), Angela Davis (activist, professor), Alicia Garza (activist, author), Tip “T.I.” Harris (rapper), Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us, Moonlight), Mimi Jones (bassist, filmmaker), Marc Bamuthi Joseph (poet, educator), Ledisi (singer), Janet Mock (writer, activist), Jason Moran (musician), Joe Morton (Scandal, A Different World), Wendell Pierce (Treme, The Wire), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show, Jingle Jangle), Greg Alverez Reid (actor), Mj Rodriguez (Pose), Kendrick Sampson (Insecure), Yara Shahidi (Black-ish, Grown-ish), Nate Smith (drummer), Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter (rapper), Courtney B. Vance (Lovecraft Country, Uncorked), Olivia Washington (The Butler, Mr. Robot), Pauletta Washington (Philadelphia, The Watsons Go To Birmingham), Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us), Michelle Wilson (Sweat), Oprah Winfrey and the author himself. The special will include readings, animation as well as documentary and archival footage.
Black ♛ Fact: The original 2018 stage adaptation of Between The World And Me was directed by Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes who also directs the HBO production. Read more about more about Kamilah Forbes here.
Watch HBO’s powerful trailer for Between The World And Me
Listen to this excerpt of Between The World And Me read by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.