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A Drop of Midnight : A Memoir
by Jason Diakité and Rachel Willson-Broyles




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World-renowned hip-hop artist Jason "Timbuktu" Diakit 's vivid and intimate journey through his own and his family's history--from South Carolina slavery to twenty-first-century Sweden.

Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakit grew up between worlds--part Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak, and German, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. It was a no-man's-land that left him in constant search of self. Even after his hip-hop career took off, Jason fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belonging.

In A Drop of Midnight, Jason draws on conversations with his parents, personal experiences, long-lost letters, and pilgrimages to South Carolina and New York to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family, and ambition. His ancestors' origins as slaves in the antebellum South, his parents' struggles as an interracial couple, and his own world-expanding connection to hip-hop helped him fashion a strong black identity in Sweden.

What unfolds in Jason's remarkable voyage of discovery is a complex and unflinching look at not only his own history but also that of generations affected by the trauma of the African diaspora, then and now.

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Overview

World-renowned hip-hop artist Jason "Timbuktu" Diakit 's vivid and intimate journey through his own and his family's history--from South Carolina slavery to twenty-first-century Sweden.

Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakit grew up between worlds--part Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak, and German, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. It was a no-man's-land that left him in constant search of self. Even after his hip-hop career took off, Jason fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belonging.

In A Drop of Midnight, Jason draws on conversations with his parents, personal experiences, long-lost letters, and pilgrimages to South Carolina and New York to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family, and ambition. His ancestors' origins as slaves in the antebellum South, his parents' struggles as an interracial couple, and his own world-expanding connection to hip-hop helped him fashion a strong black identity in Sweden.

What unfolds in Jason's remarkable voyage of discovery is a complex and unflinching look at not only his own history but also that of generations affected by the trauma of the African diaspora, then and now.


 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781542016704
  • ISBN-10: 1542016703
  • Publisher: Amazon Crossing
  • Publish Date: March 2020
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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