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It was all a dream : a new generation confronts the broken promise to Black America

Author: Reniqua Allen
Publisher: New York, NY : Nation Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the last few decades, any hope of economic progress for black Americans has been slowly and steadily undermined. This quiet crisis was only exacerbated by the recession, which cut black households' wealth by over 30 percent. Black millennials watched their parents try to play by the rules, buying homes and aspiring to the trappings of middle-class life, only to sink deeper and deeper into debt. Now, in the  Read more...
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Allen, Reniqua.
It was all a dream.
New York, NY : Nation Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, 2019
(DLC) 2018028528
(OCoLC)1035435300
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Reniqua Allen
ISBN: 9781568585871 156858587X
OCLC Number: 1081422966
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 359 pages)
Contents: We out --
Millennial moment : Katrina --
Don't double down on stupid --
Millennial moment : two lives --
Red lips and nails --
Millennial moment : Queens --
Tryin' to eat --
Millennial moment : 40 acres --
Painted walls and temples --
Millennial moment : that craving --
Bad and bougee --
Millennial moment : 5-0 --
Applause --
Millennial moment : Russian roulette --
Still in love --
Millennial moment : catch-22 --
Breathe --
Millennial moment : the day after.
Responsibility: Reniqua Allen.

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"In the last few decades, any hope of economic progress for black Americans has been slowly and steadily undermined. This quiet crisis was only exacerbated by the recession, which cut black households' wealth by over 30 percent. Black millennials watched their parents try to play by the rules, buying homes and aspiring to the trappings of middle-class life, only to sink deeper and deeper into debt. Now, in the post-Obama era, young black Americans face a critical turning point, as they try to realize dreams too long deferred. In It Was All a Dream, Reniqua Allen tells the stories--too often overlooked--of black millennials struggling, innovating, and flourishing. We meet a former college athlete burdened with mounting debt; a fashion entrepreneur who, like so many of her generation, has left New York for southern cities like Atlanta; a sex worker in Chicago; and an ambitious Republican college student who wrestles with being a black conservative on campus. Allen interweaves reflections on defining moments, from Hurricane Katrina to the murder of Michael Brown to the election of Donald Trump. Together, the lives and reflections in these pages offer a portrait of a generation on the brink, tracing their efforts to build their own futures and write their own history"--

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