Thursday: Lester Spence Presents: "Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics"

Jan. 14

By now, you probably know of Lester Spence, associate professor of political science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is a brave and urgent voice and an expert at calling people on their bullshit and a compelling speaker and host (I especially enjoyed his hosting duties at a recent 2640 Space event with Eddie Conway). His latest book, the follow-up to 2013's "Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics," is "Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics" which takes on the canard of "the hustle," particularly in the black community—be it the concept that if people just hustle harder they might make it, or the numbing effect hustling has on the community as it becomes the supposed new "reality" of living in the United States—where it turns everybody into "human capital." It's a brilliant book (and a quick read) and really one of the few books to fully capture the particulars of living and working in America in the 2010s. 7:30 p.m., Red Emma's, 30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7611, redemmas.org, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

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