Adapted from Emmanuel Acho's New York Times bestseller Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, comes an essential young listeners edition aimed at opening a dialogue about systemic racism with our youngest generation. Young people have the power to affect sweeping change, and the key to mending the racial divide in America lies in giving them the tools to ask honest questions and take in the difficult answers. Approaching every awkward, taboo, and uncomfortable question with openness and patience, Emmanuel Acho connects his own experience with race and racism—from attending majority-white prep schools to his time in the NFL playing on majority-black football teams—to insightful lessons in black history and black culture. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy is just one way young listeners can begin to short circuit racism within their own lives and communities. A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press
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“While he covers topics that are complicated and often grim, Woodson’s conversational style keeps the material grounded, and his pacing is slow enough to follow yet brisk enough that it doesn’t lapse into a lecture..It provides a solid listening experience, making it a useful tool for youth, caregivers, and educators.”
“There is humor, lightness, and relatability in Acho’s reliance on pop culture and experience that will make this title a standout for use in classrooms, libraries, and homes.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“A strong addition for public and school libraries who want to offer safe spaces for these necessary conversations.”
— School Library Journal
An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
Among longlisted titles for Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, 2020
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About Emmanuel Acho
Emmanuel Acho grew up in Dallas with his three siblings, the son of Nigerian immigrant parents. In 2012 he was drafted into the NFL by the Cleveland Browns, and later played with the Philadelphia Eagles, while earning a master’s degree in sports psychology at the University of Texas in the off-seasons. In 2016 he left the NFL for ESPN, where he served as the youngest national football analyst, and was named a 2018 Forbes Under 30 Selection. He is now a Fox Sports analyst and the creator of the ongoing online video series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.