Roots Untangled
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Published in: May-June 2021 issue.


by Hari Ziyad
Little A. 296 pages, $24.95


BLACK BOY Out of Time is a thought-provoking memoir on what it means to be Black and gay. Journalist Hari Ziyad connects the political and intellectual to the personal in recounting their family’s story. Growing up in Cleveland Heights, one of eighteen children of a Hare Krishna mother and a Muslim father, Ziyad writes about their encounters with racism and toxic masculinity, linking their experiences to a culture that seems determined to destroy Black people from without and within.

            The book is shaped in part by Ziyad’s sessions with a Black, queer therapist who helps them reconnect with their inner child.

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Charles Green is a writer based in Anapolis, Maryland.