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Jenna Wortham & Kimberly Drew

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
6:00pm Pacific Time

What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together a new collection of work, entitled Black Futures—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today.

Jenna Wortham is the co-host of The New York Times arts and culture podcast Still Processing, and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. Wortham was previously a tech writer for The New York Times, and now writes on a multitude of subjects ranging between arts and culture, technology, and social media, with a focus on the contributions of Black, queer women. Wortham is also a sound healer, reiki practitioner, herbalist, and community care worker oriented toward healing justice and liberation, and is working on a book about the body and dissociation for Penguin Press.

Kimberly Drew is a writer, curator, and activist. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies. She first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time there inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media. Drew’s writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, W, Teen Vogue, and Lenny Letter, and she has executed Instagram takeovers for Prada, The White House, and Instagram. Drew recently left her role as the Social Media Manager at The Met.

Ashley C. Ford is a writer, editor, and critic in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. Ford hosts The Chronicles of Now podcast, co-hosts The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio, and is the former host of seasons one & three of Mastercard’s Fortune Favors The Bold, as well as the video interview series PROFILE by BuzzFeed News, and Brooklyn-based news & culture TV show, 112BK. Her memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, will be published in June 2021.

Pre-order Black Futures today from Marcus Books, the nation’s oldest Black-owned independent bookstore, celebrating its 60th year. All Bookshop orders ship directly to you. If you are interested in arranging in-person pickup please call Marcus Books at (510) 652-2344 or visit in Oakland, CA at 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.