In honor of Banned Books Week, join a discussion with George M. Johnson, author of All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto. Local storyteller Rosette Royale will moderate.
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A New York Times Bestseller
Optioned for television by Gabrielle Union
Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Today Show, and MSNBC feature stories
Velshi Banned Book Club
Amazon Best Book of the Year
Teen Vogue Recommended Read
Buzzfeed Recommended Read
People Magazine Best Book of the Summer
A New York Library Best Book of 2020
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020 ... and more!
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.
Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren't Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson's emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.
George M. Johnson is an Award-Winning Black Non-Binary Writer, Author, and Activist located in the LA area. George has written for major outlets including Teen Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, NBC, The Root, Buzzfeed, Essence, and The Grio. They have also served as Guest Editor for BET.com’s Pride month. In 2019 They were awarded the Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for their article “When Racism Anchors your Health" in Vice Magazine. They were also listed on The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2020, and the Out 100 Most Influential LGBTQ People in 2021. They are the author of the New York Times Bestselling Young Adult memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue discussing their adolescence growing up as a young Black Queer boy in New Jersey through a series of powerful essays. The book was optioned for Television by Gabrielle Union and Sony TV. Their second memoir We Are Not Broken was released in September of 2021. In 2022 they received a Special Recognition Award from GLAAD for the Dramatic Reading of All Boys Aren’t Blue starring Jenifer Lewis and Dyllon Burnside. George is also a proud HBCU alum twice over, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.