READ Stamped by Kendi & Reynolds

Posted on June 16, 2020


When Jason Reynolds introduces Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,his message to students is:

This book is the thing that creates your superpower. And with that superpower, you have the opportunity to undo the paradigm of racism and to recreate a new context of antiracism.

I’m all for lifelong learning, so we’re all students here. Let’s learn!

I just finished reading this book, and the rhythmic phrases of Reynolds’ style ring in my memory, like song lyrics. I read the original Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi a while back, and I’ve read a number of Reynolds’ books, so I looked forward to the collaboration between two of my favorite minds.

I was disappointed…when it ENDED! I want more of this great book! Since the book is for a YA audience, it is a quick read, but every page is packed with powerful illustrations of racist and antiracist ideas, actions, laws, policies, and practices from the beginning of American colonialism to contemporary colonialism. I think Reynolds is right to say that reading this book will unleash the power to imagine and create a new context of antiracism, so I want everyone to read it.

READ THIS BOOK. Dismantle white supremacy.

As a musician, I really appreciate all the musical signposts in the book. Protest music has played a central role in my antiracist education since early childhood in the late 1960s.

Here’s a playlist of the songs that are mentioned in the book.

Give a listen: learn some music history and some history through music.

You can click playlist to get the whole list in one place, or you can click the individual titles below. Happy listening!

1968 James Brown “Say It Loud, I’m Black & I’m Proud”

1975 (Not mentioned, but relevant to Public Enemy. Isley Brothers “Fight the Power”

1977 Quincy Jones Roots theme


Slick Rick “Children’s Story”

Ice-T “Colors”

N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton”

Boogie Down Productions “Stop the Violence”

Queen Latifah “Wrath of My Madness”

Public Enemy “Don’t Believe the Hype”

Public Enemy “Fight the Power” from Do The Right Thing soundtrack


Sistah Souljah album 360 Degrees of Power


(not mentioned, but Mumia Abu Jamal is) KRS-One “Free Mumia”

Happy listening! Thanks for reading! #BlackLivesMatter

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