Day 4 – Poignant (Auto) Biography:
Today the photo challenge is focussing on life. Those stories that leave us feeling moved and make us think about the difficulties of living it. I thought of so many that I’m sure you’ve already heard of, so for the sake of
introducing something new that might spark your interest in African-American memoirs, I’m recommending Buck: A memoir by MK Asante. He writes his story with a lot of passion and lyricism. It’s like reading music. If you’re interested in reading how someone who was spiralling downward manages to take control of his life through his discovery of art, music, and the desire to create, you should check this one out. It is remarkable and talented with a hip-hop flair.
“MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: his mother a dancer, his father a revered professor. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of north Philadelphia.” (Dust jacket, Buck)