Jabari Asim is an associate professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston. He is also the executive editor of The Crisis, the NAACP’s flagship journal of politics, ideas and culture. His books include The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why; What Obama Means . . .For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future; Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice, and Life, and several books for children. His writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Salon.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the New York Times, USA Today and elsewhere. His first work of fiction, A Taste of Honey, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. So was his latest book, Fifty Cents And A Dream.
"Jabari Asim has written a compelling collection of stories that take us inside the life of a family and community in a tumultuous time." - Chicago Tribune
"These tails are characterized by a winning lightness of touch and tone." -The Washington Post
"A sharp-eyed musing on the history of the word and how it bears, or should bear, on a media-driven culture that is dangerously ahistorical, especially in matters of race." - Los Angeles Times Book Review