Growing up in Pittsburgh, co-founder of the cultural commentary website VerySmartBrothas and the author of the memoir “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” Damon Young is bringing his “living while black” experiences to the Kranzberg Arts Center on Friday.
Young, 40, harbored the idea of writing a book for while. His agent suggested he take his punchy racial, cultural and political explainers and compile them in a more profound but still engaging way.
The comical and at times discouraging memoir reflects on what it was like living in a poor black neighborhood, dating while black, playing basketball with white teammates and how “living while black” killed his mother. Check out the full story.
By Andrea Henderson, St. Louis Public Radio