On the "A" w/Souleo: New Book Positions Obama, Trayvon Martin, and Diana Ross as 'Racial Icons'

Nicole R. Fleetwood calls her latest book On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination, "an act of love." But readers may end up referring to it as tough love as Fleetwood offers a searing investigation into America's fixation on black images from President Obama to a living legend of tennis, Serena Williams. With the author's definition of 'racial icons' as "a idolized image or figure, that is simultaneously shrouded in the legacies of U.S. racism and its devaluing of black life,"...

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