Darnell Moore brings forgotten narrative from black community to life


When leading Black Lives Matter activist and writer Darnell Moore was 14, three boys from his neighborhood in Camden, NJ tried to set him on fire because they thought he was gay–– that wouldn’t be the first time he almost lost because of vicious homophobia and being a young black man in America. The award-winning writer joined Salon’s D Watkins to discuss his new memoir “No Ashes in the Fire”, which details his journey from quirky, bullied teenager to survivor and influential activist.

For much of his adolescence, Moore wrestled with understanding himself and the ability to free himself from “the cage of all of the ideas about masculinity, ideas around sexuality,” he says. “In the book I tried to write about what it meant to break out of those cages that were confining me, cages that everyone else created in terms of ideas,” Moore told SalonTVs D Watkins. Watch the interview above to learn more about how Moore found resilience and existential freedom, despite the forces trying to hold him down around race and sexuality. “No Ashes in the Fire” takes on the question: what does it mean to be black in America when a fire is always raging? Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.

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