This personal political coming-of-age memoir is striking from the beginning. How does one learn to be a black man today? Who are the models? There is Obama and there is Trayvon Martin. You can be a ‘token’ or a ‘martyr’ but how do you just Be? Mychal Denzel Smith is a keen observer of both himself and the world around him. He confronts his own challenges and assumptions about being a young black man today, and does so by exploring the context and complexity involved in growing up in a culture that is filled with prejudice, disregard, and disenfranchisement. Smith’s ability to be so invested, self-aware, and emotionally raw makes this astute and intellectually brilliant memoir powerful and honest. A deep and important book that everyone should read.