Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph

S. & S. Feb. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781982104221. $27. BIOG
For Black leaders in tech, the way to the top often feels like it requires a deftness in code-switching, but what if staying true to yourself and your community was even more powerful? In a mix of interviews and memoir, writer, director, and actor Sanders takes a look at his own journey of discovering how his experience as a Black man provided him the tools for success in business. Sanders’s story begins with his attempt to fit in with the white culture at Google. After feeling stuck, he relies on lessons from his parents, his church, and his college years at Morehouse to help fulfill his goal of becoming a tech entrepreneur. Through sections that cover home life, education, work, and church, the author identifies how his family and the Black community gave him the tools he needed to succeed, even in the white world of tech. Each section includes interviews with doctors, entrepreneurs, and professors on their struggles of staying true to themselves in industries that felt completely unsympathetic or even hostile.
VERDICT This unique book gives attention to Black entrepreneurs and highlights communities that are often missing in popular narratives of business culture. Readers will find it frustrating, inspiring, and revelatory.
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