Damon Young: His Latest Book “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker”

Writer on Race and Culture Discusses New Book  At Canisius College

Canisius College welcomed Damon Young to campus to celebrate the release of his debut book, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays on Tuesday, April 9 .

Young, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Canisius College in 2002, is one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today.  He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Very SmartBrothas, a nationally recognized daily digital magazine that uses commentary and essay to probe black experiences in pop culture and current events.  Young is also a senior editor at The Root magazine, and a columnist for GQ magazine. His work has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, Slate, Salon, The Guardian (UK), New York magazine, Jezebel, Complex, EBONY, Essence, USA Today, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays is a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America. 

Most recently Damon, a native of Pittsburgh,  was featured in The New York Times March 29 edition.  “So much of the national dialogue about race deals with either terrible trauma or Black excellence,” Damon said in the times interview in reference to his new book. “I was more interested in the space in between, because that’s where I exist.”