This is going to be a very important watch.
If you haven’t read Ta-Naheisi Coates’ now-classic book Between The World And Me, then you should take some time over the holidays to buy a copy and dive into it. It’s a gripping and heartbreaking read that chronicles Coates’ life as a child, teenager, college student, and grown-ass man as he grapples with what it means to be Black in America. What it means to grow up in a world that not only doesn’t love your humanity but is actively seeking to destroy it at every turn. To say it’s a page-turner is selling it short. There are so many bars in this book that you’ll be highlighting, re-reading, researching, and calling your friends about it.
Coates has taken the book to the next level via an HBO production that is executive produced by not only himself, but Oprah Winfrey, director Kamilah Forbes, and features talents the likes of Joe Morton, Mahershala Ali, Yara Shahidi, Black Thought and several other notable names.
The special will include readings from the iconic book and feature direction by award-winning director and Apollo Theater executive producer Kamilah Forbes. You can expect to see documentary footage of the Coates’ home life, archival footage, and animation throughout the highly-anticipated series.
In this short called Relevance and Reflection, Coates and the other producers talk about what drew them into this project as well as looks at scenes that capture the essence of the writing in Between The World And Me.
You’ll be able to stream Between The World And Me on HBO Max for free starting today (November 25th) until November 30th, just in time for Thanksgiving. So after you’re all filled up with that good ole Turkey, sit back relax and enjoy this special.
If you need a lil’ motivation to begin reading then watch this video and then head to your nearest bookstore to pick up a copy.
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