Auntie, why don't people love our black men? A 15 year-old heartbroken teenager asks her aunt. A simple but poignant question births Beyond The Hashtag into the heart of Jenjii Faith. Beyond The Hashtag breathes life into the complex relationships between a Black woman and the Black men who have loved her and the Black men she has loved.
This book is about love above all other things. Beyond The Hashtag: The Spirit, Heart and Love of Black Men includes 13 love letters to Black men who mean so much to Jenjii Faith including her father, sons, brothers, husband, Prince and others. Through poetry, images, and narrative, she explores the essence of her relationship to Black men which is sometimes loving, sometimes complicated, and always committed. This timely and relevant collection gives a first person peek into the heart of a woman who wants her own sons to be seen as whole and worthy, not feared.
Jenjii Faith provides an authentic picture of Black men and women by sharing rare, candid and deeply personal insights from her life experiences. She gives us a sober reality check and balances it with stories of joy and redemption. Beyond The Hashtag is an honest and hopeful read for men and women of all backgrounds and perspectives who love Black men or want to gain a deeper understanding of the Black experience.