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This was a completely random purchase I never knew I had an interest in memoir, racial identity, Sweden or hip hop Having said that, Jason Diakit may be Sweden s pre eminent hip hop artist, but it is not his music career that took centre stage in the pages of this book If music figures most prominently, it is when he tries to draw a thin line between the chant of work songs as black slaves picked cotton beneath a torturous sun in America s deep south and his burgeoning confidence as he rhyme This was a completely random purchase I never knew I had an interest in memoir, racial identity, Sweden or hip hop Having said that, Jason Diakit may be Sweden s pre eminent hip hop artist, but it is not his music career that took centre stage in the pages of this book If music figures most prominently, it is when he tries to draw a thin line between the chant of work songs as black slaves picked cotton beneath a torturous sun in America s deep south and his burgeoning confidence as he rhymes and raps through the basement venues of a cold and grey Sweden But this is surprisingly not where Diakit works his magic best I have previously had a preference towards biography in the past, avoiding anything remotely labelled memoir like the plague It was because I had this notion that biography was objective, true, factual, whereas memoir was subjective, full of broken memories, laced with lies It is only as I get older that I realise that sometimes truth is overrated I have forgotten so many of the facts of my life that I barely exist And yet here I am It is the narrative that I have pieced together for myself, my own mytho biographocal story that matters most to me know.Anyway, myth or truth, Diakit does a far better job of researching and obtaining evidence for his story than I do He starts with a few ideas such as, I used to get bullied alot because of the colour of my skin, I have a complicated relationship with my father, my families history and experience of racism in the US sucks He then takes a massive deep into every angle Some of his adventures in the book include travelling all through the South learning about slaves, segregation, the civil rights movement and soul food It also includes awakening closer to home as he learnsabout his family, his grandmother s pan African ideologies and the consequent struggles endured by his father and his uncles and aunts went she sent them all to grow up in Nigeria Somehow, he manages to harmonise everything he has explored into a narrative that suggests he has actually managed to create aintegrated and unified identity than the one with which he began I feel like running out and writing my own memoir but no one wants to read that But it does look like the best kind of therapy and self growth activity you can do.Ultimately, I liked this book because Diakit has a nice voice He was talking about some pretty heavy duty messed up stuff at times, and although some of these things made him very angry, his response remained calm and clear Without becoming overly polemical or vituperative, what he had to say was evenforceful due to its irrefutable logic Slavery, structural racism and the casual kinds of racist acts played out every day are bad And they all have very real consequences today I will never know what it is like to have a drop of midnight in my chunky melanin challenged flesh, but I feel like Diakit has taken me one step closer with his magnificent book (((FREE PDF))) ☠ A Drop of Midnight: A Memoir ⇻ World renowned hip hop artist Jason Timbuktu Diakit s vivid and intimate journey through his own and his family s history from South Carolina slavery to twenty first century SwedenBorn to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakit grew up between worlds part Swedish, American, black, white, Cherokee, Slovak, and German, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide It was a no man s land that left him in constant search of self Even after his hip hop career took off, Jason fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belongingIn A Drop of Midnight, Jason draws on conversations with his parents, personal experiences, long lost letters, and pilgrimages to South Carolina and New York to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family, and ambition His ancestors origins as slaves in the antebellum South, his parents struggles as an interracial couple, and his own world expanding connection to hip hop helped him fashion a strong black identity in SwedenWhat unfolds in Jason s remarkable voyage of discovery is a complex and unflinching look at not only his own history but also that of generations affected by the trauma of the African diaspora, then and now Never spoilersThe entire book meanders with vignettes of stories about Diakit s family history He really does not hit his writing flow until about a third of the way into the book There is also some confusion at the beginning regarding 2015 I am not sure if it a typo but there seems to be a discrepancy in timing nit picky maybe but I found it confusing enough to go back and reread the first few chapters.Overall it is a wonderful introspection of a man trying to find and accept his identity Never spoilersThe entire book meanders with vignettes of stories about Diakit s family history He really does not hit his writing flow until about a third of the way into the book There is also some confusion at the beginning regarding 2015 I am not sure if it a typo but there seems to be a discrepancy in timing nit picky maybe but I found it confusing enough to go back and reread the first few chapters.Overall it is a wonderful introspection of a man trying to find and accept his identity Being 2 5 African American 2 5 European American and 1 5 Native American growing up in Sweden The book focuses on his African American heritage I would have likedon his Native American ancestors and even his European American s immigration I know it is hard to find records for slaves and natives so there are things he may never find.It was interesting to see the evolution of African American history thru the lens of someone growing up in Scandinavia I would definitely recommend this book Fascinating book that tells stories from Diakite s own life, his parents, grandparents and great grandparents Drives home the point that racism and slavery have an on going effect Made me think about how I m a product of my parents, who were strongly influenced by their parentsand so on Then you do the math and realize that Diakite s family tree is, relatively speaking, recently affected by slavery and racism And not just that, but how the oppressors upbringing is recently affected Fascinating book that tells stories from Diakite s own life, his parents, grandparents and great grandparents Drives home the point that racism and slavery have an on going effect Made me think about how I m a product of my parents, who were strongly influenced by their parentsand so on Then you do the math and realize that Diakite s family tree is, relatively speaking, recently affected by slavery and racism And not just that, but how the oppressors upbringing is recently affected by slavery and racism they re carrying on what they learned from their ancestors Is it any wonder racism is such an issue in the U.S and worldwide It really wasn t that long ago that the events related in this book happened whites killing blacks with no repercussions, blacks as second class citizens under the white law of the land, blacks as sharecroppers, and going all the way back actually not that long ago to blacks being slaves.I recently argued with an acquaintance that he is culturally ignorant, because he thought everyone has the same opportunity and are in the same position to succeed I argued that just by being white and raised middle class, he has an advantage Reading this book, doing the math on timing, and realizing how much my parents influenced me and theirs before them clarified further for me that we don t all have it the same We don t have the same opportunities Culture and history definitely impact us.This book isn t preachy the true stories are interesting But you connect the dots and it is enlightening at least for me.Only 4 stars because the narrative drifts during the last 1 3 of the book Jason Timbuktu Diakit is a Swedish hip hop artist, who grew up with a mixed heritage leaving him in a no man s land in constant search for himself This heartfelt, vivid, raw and superbly written memoir follows Jason on a journey where he strives to find his roots, understand his multicultural self and find his place in the world Through conversations with his parents, long lost letters and pilgrimages in his ancestors footsteps, this memoir spans from the cotton fields South Carolina slave Jason Timbuktu Diakit is a Swedish hip hop artist, who grew up with a mixed heritage leaving him in a no man s land in constant search for himself This heartfelt, vivid, raw and superbly written memoir follows Jason on a journey where he strives to find his roots, understand his multicultural self and find his place in the world Through conversations with his parents, long lost letters and pilgrimages in his ancestors footsteps, this memoir spans from the cotton fields South Carolina slavery via Harlem, New York, to twenty first Sweden This book is such a raw and honest eye opener to race, discrimination and how today s generation is still affected by the ancestors trauma, but also a beautiful portrait of Jason s family members, especially his father, and their relationship It s a book that will stay with me for a long time and that I recommend with all my heart Liberating I loved this memoir I usually don t read memoirs, but this piqued my interest The loved how the author was able to trace his family lineage through travels, interviews and conversation with family Through his life experiences, he has learned to embrace his ethnic backgrounds and skin color This novel was truly unique Great read UnsatisfactoryI began this book hoping to learn about the mixed heritage of the author It became a book I had to force myself to finish The author almost completely ignored his Slovak and Cherokee heritage he seems to only want to focus on his black forebears He describes their experiences ,but they are theirs, not his Throughout, there was a self pitying attitude, and a coldness that made it difficult to feel any rapport with the author He is very critical of others, but tolerant of hims UnsatisfactoryI began this book hoping to learn about the mixed heritage of the author It became a book I had to force myself to finish The author almost completely ignored his Slovak and Cherokee heritage he seems to only want to focus on his black forebears He describes their experiences ,but they are theirs, not his Throughout, there was a self pitying attitude, and a coldness that made it difficult to feel any rapport with the author He is very critical of others, but tolerant of himself His descriptions of his road trips to the US deliver occasional insights There is a fair amount of name dropping of authors and activists In 1999 when I was living in Helsinki I discovered Timbuktu via another a Swedish rapper Petter I was so blown away by Petter s song Mikrofonk t that was played every hour Once he was interviewing this other rapper, Blues, in English about hip hop in Scandinavia Blues sounded like any Black guy you d meet in America Petter him to show off his freestyle skills and dude says he ll have to do it in his mother tongue, Swedish It was amazing and how I was first introduced to Svensk hip hop But In 1999 when I was living in Helsinki I discovered Timbuktu via another a Swedish rapper Petter I was so blown away by Petter s song Mikrofonk t that was played every hour Once he was interviewing this other rapper, Blues, in English about hip hop in Scandinavia Blues sounded like any Black guy you d meet in America Petter him to show off his freestyle skills and dude says he ll have to do it in his mother tongue, Swedish It was amazing and how I was first introduced to Svensk hip hop But really, now, one of my top three rappers is Timbuktu the others France s MC Solaar and Brooklyn s Mos Def He raps in Swedish so there is a language barrier I studied some Swedish in Finland and later in Milwaukee , but that doesn t bother me much Flow is flow is flow is flow If it s done this well I like to believe it needs no translation It s universal Timbuktu s a true master I was taken aback during my first trip to Sweden Strangers always started with speaking Swedish with instead of assuming correctly, yes, but still that I speak English When your black in Europe this is the default Then I soon noticed that biracial people weren t that rare I d really like to see Trump s face if he were in any Nordic country and encountered a some black Norwegians, etc Farthan I ever saw while living in Finland and Iceland and the US Well, at least Milwaukee, which is well known as the most segregated city in the country So for the last twenty years, I ve wondered what it must be like growing up black biracial in Sweden And for the past twenty years I ve been a fan of Timbuktu but I didn t know he was biracial until I heard an interview with him on a popular Norwegian Skvlan s show on YouTube a couple years ago I could make out in that interview that both of his parent were American and one was white and the other black I wasn t too sure of much past that, but I did understand that they were talking about a book How I wished my Swedish was good enough to read it Well, by some crazy stroke of luck for me the book got translated into English and published early this month I preordered that puppy the first day I could I won t lie, I was a bit worried I might read it and find out that I didn t like what he had to say or there might be something that might make me doubt my taste But, also lucky for me, the book just reinforced my status as his biggest and longest fan in America Though now I guess I d have to add that s not related to him Seriously, this was a joy to read Turns out that growing up biracial in Lund, Sweden has a lot in common with growing up biracial in Racine, WI in the late 70s and 80s We are only a few months apart in age Like a lot of us entering middle age, he s looking back at his family history as a means to self discovery This quest take him back to the US to Harlem, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama He s insightful, funny, and at times shockingly blunt in a manner I don t think anyone but a Black Swede could be It s good to see black history through the lens of someone who is one of us, but still also an outsider Think Trevor Noah I was reminded often of Trevor Noah s book Born a Crime and also of Obama s Dreams from my Father People want to force biracial folks to have to pick a lane We have to be part white or all Black without any room for what we actually are which is, as I hear Timbuktu say in an interview recently, BOTH Both experiences color our experiences and there should be room for that This book affirms that and I can t tell you how priceless that is I m so thankful for this book and suggest you give it a try I believe until the end of the month you can get a Kindle copy free withPrime Here s a playlist I put together awhile ago on Spotify Like some other reviewers, I chanced upon this in a special offer knowing nothing of the author, or indeed of hip hop rapping, but found it a better andstimulating read than I expected Ultimately Diakite resolves the problem of his Swedish American and black white heritage with other strains mixed in by deciding he has to be fully both but not before he has acknowledged the pain of racism, both for himself and his forbears The book is particularly strong when he visits the South an Like some other reviewers, I chanced upon this in a special offer knowing nothing of the author, or indeed of hip hop rapping, but found it a better andstimulating read than I expected Ultimately Diakite resolves the problem of his Swedish American and black white heritage with other strains mixed in by deciding he has to be fully both but not before he has acknowledged the pain of racism, both for himself and his forbears The book is particularly strong when he visits the South and the kind of plantation on which his ancestors suffered The visitor experience is mostly that of flowing dresses and mint juleps on the verandah only one plantation recreates the slave experience He begins to understand that because the plantation systematically and brutally destroyed slave family bonds, the legacy shows up in the specific kinds of dysfunction found in some black families His grandmother, Madame always known as such , effectively kidnapped her four children and sent them off to Nigeria where they were ill treated in order to get them out of Harlem For years their father had no idea where they were.Thought provoking A lesson about self discovery and the amount of work it requires for someI don t listen to hip hop music so was unfamiliar with Jason Timbuktu and his music I chose this book because I was curious about his desire to learn about his biracial ancestral roots as he navigated his own search for self His interest in family history begins in Sweden, the country where he was born and raised, but crosses the Atlantic Ocean to New York and South Carolina, the ancestral homes of his parents Most int A lesson about self discovery and the amount of work it requires for someI don t listen to hip hop music so was unfamiliar with Jason Timbuktu and his music I chose this book because I was curious about his desire to learn about his biracial ancestral roots as he navigated his own search for self His interest in family history begins in Sweden, the country where he was born and raised, but crosses the Atlantic Ocean to New York and South Carolina, the ancestral homes of his parents Most interesting are the trips he makes to the American South and considers racism in both the United States and Sweden and both in terms of the past and the present Diakit s memoir emphasizes that a family s history is so muchthan just names and dates on a gravestone I d give it 3.5 stars if I could