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What Do Brothas Do All Day? Is Now a Book

Back in 2013, I created a series of drawings within the larger 1001 Black Men series with the intention of turning them into a zine to debut at the local Bay Area festival SFZF and EBABZ.

The zine was inspired by Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?, with an implicit comparison between children’s curiosity about the world of adults (in Scarry’s book) and many adults’ and childrens’ curiosity about the lives of Black men and boys.

Now, a decade later, What Do Brothas Do All Day? is a picture book. Published by Chronicle Books, it has been described as, “A welcome recognition of Black men and the joyous ways they show up for their families, their communities, and each other .” (Kirkus Reviews)

What Do Brothas Do All Day? is now available in stores and online, wherever books are sold.

Ajuan Mance

PS: To see the original 1001 Black Men drawings that inspired the book, follow these links:

1001 Black Men is now a Book!

I started the 1001 Black Men online sketchbook project in the summer of 2010. Over the next six and a half years, I created and posted portraits of 1001 of the Black men I encountered in my travels, in my local community, and in my daily life.

Now, 1001 Black Men is a book. Published by Stacked Deck Press, 1001 Black Men: Portraits of Masculinity at the Intersections combines portraits from the series with writings by and interviews with some of the most interesting Black male poets, authors, and activists of our time. The result is a snapshot of the African American community as understood through a diverse array of images and voices of Black men.

This large-format hardcover book is available for $47.95, from Stacked Deck Press.

Get yours today!

Ajuan Mance