• In Our Shoes

    by Brianna Holt
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    In Our Shoes

Brianna Holt at Harvard Book Store


In Our Shoes:
On Being a Young Black Woman
in Not-So "Post-Racial" America

in conversation with PARIS ALSTON


May 12, 2023
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes BRIANNA HOLT—author, writer, and reporter who has been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Cut, The Atlantic and more—for a discussion of her new book In Our Shoes: On Being a Young Black Woman in Not-So "Post-Racial" America. She will be joined in conversation by PARIS ALSTON—co-host of Morning Edition and The Wake Up podcast at GBH News.

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About In Our Shoes

In Our Shoes: On Being a Young Black Woman in Not-So "Post-Racial" America is a memoir in essays about young Black women and the stereotypes and preconceived notions they are expected to live up to, examined through the lens of Brianna Holt’s lived experience and pop culture to help readers unlearn their biases and expand their worldviews.

Part memoir, part cultural critique, In Our Shoes will walk readers through the common stereotypes and issues young Black women have to overcome in modern America, in order to dismantle myths about Black womanhood and explore the roles Black millennial women take on simply to survive.

In nine thoughtful chapters laced with searing commentary, reportage, personal anecdotes from Brianna's own life, as well as interviews conducted with "everyday" Black women, In Our Shoes hopes to illuminate readers on the complexities of existence for Black women and create a digestible, thought-provoking book that will help readers to learn, empathize, reflect, and act.

A personal history, a work of criticism, a piece of reporting, and a call to action, In Our Shoes is a timely exploration of race and womanhood that aims to entertain and inform.

Praise for In Our Shoes

"Holt offers particularly potent critiques of unconscious bias in the workplace and the many flaws inherent in white feminism. A commendable, colloquial perspective on a continually fraught topic.” —Kirkus

"Brianna Holt astutely observes that 'some people feel a great discomfort when Black women advocate for their well-being, share the harm others have caused them, or even express their joy.' In Our Shoes is a gorgeous, bold refutation of our white supremacist overculture’s insistence that Black women are a homogenous lot. Her book is also a tender love letter to Black womanhood itself.”—Sara Benincasa, actress and author of Real Artists Have Day Jobs

Brianna Holt
Brianna Holt

Brianna Holt

Brianna Holt is an author, writer, and reporter living in New York City. She mostly writes about music, identity, and culture. Brianna’s writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, GQ, The Cut, The Atlantic, Complex, and more, including her own column, Active Voice, through Medium’s GEN. She has worked as a staff writer and editor for BuzzFeed, Quartz, The Daily Dot, Verizon Media’s In the Know, and as a features reporter at Insider. IN OUR SHOES is her first book.

Photo credit: Jamiya Wilson

Paris Alston
Paris Alston

Paris Alston

Paris Alston is co-host of Morning Edition and The Wake Up podcast at GBH News. She previously was a host of the NPR podcast “Consider This,” produced in conjunction with GBH and WBUR. Paris also served as the host of GBH’s digital series Keep it Social about social media trends targeted at millennial and Gen Z audiences. Prior to that, she broke into the industry as an intern at UNC-TV in North Carolina and NBC10-Philadelphia. She has reported on stories from Southeast Asia, Morocco, Panama and Brazil. A North Carolina native, Paris is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied media and journalism and global studies. She is currently pursuing a social impact MBA at Boston University. She is a member of the Boston and National Associations of Black Journalists and has worked extensively with print, digital, video, audio and social media.

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