Rinaldo Walcott’s groundbreaking study of black culture in Canada, Black Like Who?, caused an uproar upon its publication. With its incisive readings of hip-hop, film, literature, social unrest, sports, music, and electronic media, Walcott’s book not only assesses the role of black Canadians in defining Canada, it also argues strenuously against any notion of an essentialist Canadian blackness. As erudite on the issue of American super-critic Henry Louis Gates’ blindness to black Canadian realities as he is on rap, Walcott’s essays are thought-provoking and always controversial in the best sense of the word. They have added and continue to add immeasurably to public debate.
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Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor at Women and Gender Studies Institute and an Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education both at the University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality.
Published: July 2021
Originally published by: Insomniac Press