Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Triumph and Trauma

Chad Sanders. Simon & Schuster, $27 (288p) ISBN 978-1-982104-22-1
Screenwriter Sanders debuts with a series of candid and informative interviews with Black professionals, exploring how they achieved success. A former Google employee, Sanders recalls trying to “emulate whiteness,” before discovering that his job performance improved when he stopped pretending to be someone else. He posits that the “Black experience... provides a set of skills and tactics that can lead to victories in business, art, and science,” a theory borne out in these conversations. Ed Bailey, a sports agent and Silicon Valley executive coach, speaks to the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone when it comes to working in unfamiliar environments. Dr. Lynn McKinley-Grant, a Harvard-educated dermatologist, provides insight on maintaining confidence in the face of white privilege, while Jewel Burks Solomon recalls being told she needed a “non-Black person” to join her start-up company before venture capitalists would invest in it. Teacher and civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson explains how educators can make course material more relevant for nonwhite students. Though the tech industry is more heavily represented than other fields, Sanders explores a broad range of issues related to the Black experience. This inspirational account offers useful lessons on how “power can be derived from trauma and suffering.” (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 11/24/2020
Release date: 02/01/2021
Genre: Nonfiction
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