“They made us into a race. We made ourselves into a people.”
First published in 2015, Between The World And Me was written as a letter to Coates’ teenage son, and recounts the author’s experiences growing up in Baltimore’s inner city and his growing fear of daily violence against the Black community. The narrative explores Coates’ bold notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy.
You absolutely must see Between The World And Me. Angela Davis, Yara Shahidi, Oprah Winfrey, Janet Mock, Angela Bassett, and others recite portions of Coates’s open letter to his own 15-year-old son with all the emotional weight and piercing truth his words deserve.
Based on the 2018 adaptation and staging of the book at the Apollo Theater, Between The World And Me combines elements of the Apollo’s production with documentary footage from the actors’ home life, archival footage, and animation.
Beginning with a kaleidoscopic collage of Black Americana and ending with a contemplative Black Thought performing “Soundtrack to Confusion,” Between the World and Me mixes nostalgia, melancholy, and analysis to critique White supremacy.
Visit Between the World and Me on HBO for more insight, including interviews with the cast and crew, at www.hbo.com/specials/between-the-world-and-me.
We Write to You in Wisdom
Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, and others respond to the question “What would you tell the future of Black America.”
See their answers in a visually stunning presentation at www.hbo.com/specials/between-the-world-and-me/in-wisdom