One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race


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$30.00  $27.90
Beacon Press
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9.2 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 2.47 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist and cultural creative whose work centers the lived experiences of Black women and girls. She has launched viral campaigns including #PrettyPeriod and #ProfessionalBlackGirl and has appeared on CNN, BET, MSNBC, and NPR. Dr. Blay's work has been featured in the New York Times, Ebony, Essence, and The Root. A thought leader on Black racial identity, colorism, and beauty politics, she is a globally sought-after speaker and consultant. Connect with her online at


"Black, beautiful, and bound to spark necessary conversations."
--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"A gorgeous and evocative book. Through personal narrative, photographic portraits, and an astute historical backdrop, the reader is brought on a journey exploring both the borders and the depth of the complicated racial category 'Black.' Tears, laughter, and life-transforming ideas blossom on page after page."
--Imani Perry, author of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

"Highlighting the impact of immigration, transnationalism, culture, ethnicity, and immigration on the alleged black-and-white-ness of the US racial narrative, these poignant testimonies reassert that the lived experience of Blackness is far more than a mere social construct."
--Joan Morgan, cultural critic and author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down

"Blay broadens our ideas about what counts as Black and challenges readers to rethink Blackness not only as a category but as an experience. As a biracial Black woman, I think this book is not only a must-read but a must-share."
--Amy DuBois Barnett, former editor in chief of Ebony

"When people ask, What does it mean to love Blackness, one answer is the work of Yaba Blay. . . . Yaba is one of the most brilliant and committed critics and advocates writing and thinking and working on behalf of Black people today."
--Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times best-selling author

"One Drop visually stuns while showing us the many different and often surprising faces of Blackness that make up the Americas. In a world that shreds Black women's self-esteem in big and small ways every day, we depend on Blay's writing, Instagram tutorials, and undaunted compassion to put us back together again."
--Brittney Cooper, author of the New York Times bestseller Eloquent Rage

"One Drop presents a nuanced exploration of racial identity that serves as a practical guide for thinking critically about what it means to be Black in the twenty-first century."
--Tarana J. Burke, author, activist, and founder of the MeToo movement