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Not very inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2020
Not a bad idea but I was disappointed. This book felt more like a grievance than an inspiration. I was expecting a poem about the struggle against adversity. I think including the Black Lives matter movement was a mistake and should have instead more strongly projected the real heroes of the civil rights movement. Of course, the pictures are well done. There are a lot of great achievements of the African American community that were left out, including Jessye Norman’s amazing operatic talent. This feels like someone invoked the commercialized version to make some money. I could imagine this as a commercial to sell a pair of gym shoes or a piece of software. Some of it was "tropey". Overall this appeals more to the short attention span of a twitter audience than a story with more depth, such as the book that won a few years ago about an African American artist. It suddenly dawns on me: Maybe the Undefeated is the clear winner because it captures the current state of our limited and social media compromised collective consciousness.