No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in America From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave beautifully wrought memoir When Darnell Moore was fourteen three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire They cornered him while he w

  • Title: No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
  • Author: Darnell L. Moore
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  • From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him He escaped, but just barely It wasn t the last time he would From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him He escaped, but just barely It wasn t the last time he would face death.Three decades later, Moore is an award winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling Moore s transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society s edges can thrive No Ashes in the Fire is a story of beauty and hope and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free.A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2018 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 272 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by Bold Type Books first published May 29th 2018 More Details Original Title No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in America ISBN 1568589409 ISBN13 9781568589404 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L Moore Author Release date Feb 19, 2019 Enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of NO ASHES IN THE FIRE ARV 16.99 A NYT s Notable Book of the Year 2018 From a leading journalist a Enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of NO ASHES IN THE FIRE ARV 16.99 A NYT s Notable Book of the Year 2018 From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautifully wrought memoir.When Darnell Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him He escaped, but just barely It wasn t the last time he would face death.Three decades later, Moore is an award winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling Moore s transcendence over the myriad forces of repression that faced him is a testament to the grace and care of the people who loved him, and to his hometown, Camden, NJ, scarred and ignored but brimming with life Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society s edges can thrive.No Ashes in the Fire is a story of beauty and hope and an honest reckoning with family, with place, and with what it means to be free Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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personal, and beautifully written memoir This first thing that got my attention was his beautiful writing, followed closely by the courage and strength it took to be so open and honest Darnell Moore was once a frightened young man living in a home filled with domestic violence and uncertainty He was fourteen years old when three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire Imagine for a minute just how frightening that must have been To have gasoline poured over you and to watch as someone attempts to light match after match I cannot even begin to image how frightening that must have been for him Today he is an award winning writer, activist, and a leader in the Movement for Black Lives.No Ashes in the Fires details his life growing up in Camden, New Jersey in the 70 s to his life now in the present His parents were teenagers when he was born, and he details his upbringing and his families struggles One of the parts of this book which shined for me was when he was describing his father s hands Moore eloquently showed how his father s hands could be tender and loving, such as when he showed Darnell how to properly bathe and clean his body or when they were at the community pool and his father was teaching him to swim, and yet those same tender and loving hands could inflict pain and damage when used to hit and punch his wife Darnell s mother How he struggled with the concept of someone being both loving and abusive.Darnell also talks in detail about his sexuality How he was bullied because his peers thought that he was gay, how he experimented sexually in secret, how he sought out connection, love and sex How he didn t feel safe and tried to keep his sexual orientation a secret Later in the book he shared how he came out to his Mother and learned that she always knew Her acceptance was healing than any prayer, uplifting than any group counseling session, powerful than any force of hate I internalized The Author does not stop there, he details racism, a health issues he experienced when he was younger, identity, domestic violence, family, community, hope, determination, acceptance, love, equality, sexual orientation, and self love He opens the pages of his life, so to speak, he lays it bare, for us to read the good, the bad and the ugly He shows us the events in his life that led him to be the man he is today His writing is deeply personal and beautiful I highly recommend this book Thank you to Perseus Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See of my reviews at openbookpost flag 82 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 15, 2018 Esil rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Darnell Moore is only in his mid 40s, but his life is definitely already memoir worthy He is black and gay, and grew up in a poor predominantly black town in New Jersey There was crazy strong love in his family, but also violence, poverty and addiction Moore is now an activist, most recently involved in the Black Lives Matter movement He tells his own story, and also comments broadly about race, sexuality, class, family and education Everything he has to say is interesting, but I espec Darnell Moore is only in his mid 40s, but his life is definitely already memoir worthy He is black and gay, and grew up in a poor predominantly black town in New Jersey There was crazy strong love in his family, but also violence, poverty and addiction Moore is now an activist, most recently involved in the Black Lives Matter movement He tells his own story, and also comments broadly about race, sexuality, class, family and education Everything he has to say is interesting, but I especially liked his section dealing with his early education He was a bright kid in an underfunded school He fought for recognition as a strong student, and eventually made his way into a private school on a scholarship He doesn t tell readers this to bring attention to his brilliance or merit, but rather to emphasize the unfairness of how hard he had to fight and how unique he had to be to get what should be normal and accessible to all poor black kids He has a lot to say about many other issues He mixes the personal with the political in a way that works well Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy flag 32 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Apr 23, 2018 Stacie C rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 I m pretty much in love with reading memoirs by Black people right now Doing so, keeps reassuring me that we, as Black people, are not a monolith and our diversity is something to be celebrated I want to celebrate Moore after reading his memoir I want to celebrate him and the amount of growth he experienced from being a young insecure teen, bullied by the other kids in the neighborhood to being an accomplished sexually fluid man who advocates for the rights of Black people and the LGBT commu I m pretty much in love with reading memoirs by Black people right now Doing so, keeps reassuring me that we, as Black people, are not a monolith and our diversity is something to be celebrated I want to celebrate Moore after reading his memoir I want to celebrate him and the amount of growth he experienced from being a young insecure teen, bullied by the other kids in the neighborhood to being an accomplished sexually fluid man who advocates for the rights of Black people and the LGBT community It takes a lot of courage to express your truth Moore s truth is one filled with overcoming circumstances and learning to accept oneself Moore had to deal with the physical abuse of his mother, understanding his queerness and levying that with his faith His is a unique story and I really enjoyed the detail he was willing to include It showed a level of honesty and introspection that I didn t expect The moments I found most sincere were his thoughts about his position in the church and how his position in the patriarchy affected the way he loved and treated others Moore was able to describe how and why in such a succinct, matter of fact way that can only be a credit to not only introspection but genuine growth and a willingness to change I would definitely recommend this book It s a singular experience that I feel many would be able to relate to I found Moore s writing to be exceptional in his descriptive and nuanced style His story is one that I am grateful I was exposed to I ve learned from him and his experience These are the stories everyone needs to be reading The stories that may be extremely different from our own but refuse to let us other them because they are steeped in the truth of their lived experiences flag 17 likesLike see review Jul 02, 2018 J Beckett rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves african american non fiction There are memoirs that send the reader into another place or time, often reviving thoughts that were kept deep in their psyche a secret between them and the God of their understanding Certainly, this is what Darnell Moore accomplished with No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in America, the story of tribulation and triumph a hopeful spray of a toxic reality that raises questions and quells the darkest of anxieties Moore walks the readers through Camden, New Jersey during a per There are memoirs that send the reader into another place or time, often reviving thoughts that were kept deep in their psyche a secret between them and the God of their understanding Certainly, this is what Darnell Moore accomplished with No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in America, the story of tribulation and triumph a hopeful spray of a toxic reality that raises questions and quells the darkest of anxieties Moore walks the readers through Camden, New Jersey during a period when music, sex, drugs, and violence defined the country and was religion in his domain Born to teen parents, living in poverty, and trying to find a place in a place that was no place to raise a child, he was trapped in a hole that was not just sunken but intentionally forgotten Yet, as is the unknown truth in poorer communities and wholly underappreciated by the unaware, there is elation in the familiar, a feeling that the environment in which one finds oneself becomes a paradise in the grander scheme, becoming the most deleterious safe spot existing The was Darnell s Camden The book, in parts, reads like an extended journal, chronicling the episodes of Moore s life, emphasizing his coming of age and the complexity and confusion of teenage sexuality Growing up in a home with a father who epitomized masculinity and bravado, he was forced to express his man But for him, there was the pull of the unknown Hints scattered throughout the narrative are made clear and the conflict of Moore s sexual reality issues in part two of his life For some, this book may be a challenge to read Although Moore is cognizant of the exposure of his intimacies, he leaves little to the reader s imagination, but enough to keep a book from being forced or surreal Moore provides a lesson to those who are coping with internal social issues and sketches a blueprint of the tower of growth, from the ground floor of angst to the penthouse of revelation And at each floor between were events that shaped, taught, and woke him from illusions But freedom evaded and equally stalked, revealing paths that would journey him through the muck and open to stillness.No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in America is a powerful read raw, riveting, and honest It moves along Moore s transitions smoothly and with the ease of an evening breeze It teaches lessons beyond the page, becoming a mirror able to reflect one s invisibility It is a story of hope and belief And with the right support and love, in this case, it was Moore s mother undeniable freedom A jewel of a book flag 15 likesLike see review Jun 05, 2018 Gabriella rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, memoir, queer stories, pride month 18, favorite books This one is a 4.5 into 5 stars, and because I want everyone to read it, I will try not to give a summary, as to not spoil anyone s experience with this revelatory memoir Darnell Moore s No Ashes in the Fire is the book we all need to read for Pride month, another year in Trump s America, college break, family reunion season, and every other day of our lives He has distilled the very particular experiences of his life in and beyond Camden, New Jersey into a deeply affectionate sermon to the bla This one is a 4.5 into 5 stars, and because I want everyone to read it, I will try not to give a summary, as to not spoil anyone s experience with this revelatory memoir Darnell Moore s No Ashes in the Fire is the book we all need to read for Pride month, another year in Trump s America, college break, family reunion season, and every other day of our lives He has distilled the very particular experiences of his life in and beyond Camden, New Jersey into a deeply affectionate sermon to the black folk he has encountered in his city, and in all of ours After finishing this book, I have to say I am in awe of Moore s love for those around him the people who respect him, and even those who have tried to extinguish his light I was comforted by the way he was forgiving but demanding of the men in his book, in a way someone who truly cares about your survival and wellbeing must be Moore ties himself to femme presenting gay men, as well as the hypermasculine men who have been aggressors in his own life His capacity for forgiveness is linked to his belief in our people, and his refusal to separate their experiences from his own, holding them all accountable and accepted at the very same time I think the most beautiful part of this memoir is that it shows Moore s journey to this liberatory sort of love He encounters the church and its notions of agape or self sacrificing love, and my heart broke while watching Moore punish himself for his sinful urges, practicing an unaccepting devotion to a Levitical higher power He witnesses failed domestic love in his own home, but doesn t fully grasp the delineation between abuse and love until several tumultuous, closeted young adult relationships Finally, his upbringing in Camden, an underfunded and impoverished city in South Jersey, has given him a firsthand testimony of love for one s hometown and the INCREDIBLE maternal family inside it , but also of the great political exploitation the Black Latinx city has experienced for his entire lifetime For much of the memoir and his life , he is misled by these detrimental forms of love, and harms people in the way he has seen before In No Ashes, we are able to see him work through these inherited flaws, thanks to the advice of wiser friends, and also some deep introspection In the same way that he forgives and asks of others in the book, he does the same of himself, showing us his mistakes, but refusing to stay in them In a way, he finds himself at a purer, New Testament theology he has sinned by hating his feminine brothers, himself, and those from his hometown, but in writing this book, in living and loving them whenever he now can, he has gone on to sin no Moore is someone who has learned to be fearless through his politics, and it s amazing to watch his quest for fearless, liberatory love unfold over the course of this memoir At a certain point near the end, he says I ve come to value the practice of critical self reflection, and I must agree yes, sir Yes you have Please read this book to learn about a great urban community and family, but also a great amount of heartbreak Please read this book to gain an example of how we all might use the trials and truths of our lives to affirm all those around us Moore has done his work to learn how to love himself and his people, and you won t end this book without feeling convicted to do the same flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 18, 2017 Cathy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves memoir No Ashes in the Fire is both a memoir from a gay black male growing up both poor, traumatized and loved in Camden, and a social commentary on being black, gay, queer, hiding, and out As a writer, Moore is honest, intense, and passionate In the prologue he says, Every word and every sentence that follows is an attempt to recover the many smiles and moments of joy hiding behind he walls trauma left True to his words, Moore leaves the reader with the hope that our humanity, our ability to love No Ashes in the Fire is both a memoir from a gay black male growing up both poor, traumatized and loved in Camden, and a social commentary on being black, gay, queer, hiding, and out As a writer, Moore is honest, intense, and passionate In the prologue he says, Every word and every sentence that follows is an attempt to recover the many smiles and moments of joy hiding behind he walls trauma left True to his words, Moore leaves the reader with the hope that our humanity, our ability to love each other is the salve, the source, and the water that quenches the fire flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 08, 2017 Julia Keizer rated it it was amazing review of another edition In reading No Ashes in the Fire I was immediately drawn in by the writing of Darnel Moore His writing style was like smooth honey, slowly working its way into my soul hiding eyes that were windows into a world fantastic that the world he moved through It was like listening to smooth jazz the whole way through the novel I would love to hear him speak, I feel his voice would be as soothing to the soul as his words are The love for his family and his people is quickly shown in the first In reading No Ashes in the Fire I was immediately drawn in by the writing of Darnel Moore His writing style was like smooth honey, slowly working its way into my soul hiding eyes that were windows into a world fantastic that the world he moved through It was like listening to smooth jazz the whole way through the novel I would love to hear him speak, I feel his voice would be as soothing to the soul as his words are The love for his family and his people is quickly shown in the first chapter He truly wants to understand what had happened to his hometown and how he could help Revealing his families history and the history of Camden that was so similar to what is happening now in the United States is heartbreaking Moore overcomes violence at the hands of his father and peers, racism, near death due to heart failure, and mental health to graduate from several Universities with graduate degrees and is one of the organizers of Black Lives Matter Movements His writing is poetic and contemplative and brings the lives of people living in the ghetto or the hood into the light My husband was raised in the hood and although he was a white male growing up in a Nova Scotia ghetto which cannot compare to an American ghetto, he has told me his stories of gunshot wounds from robberies, watching suicides, and the roughness with which he was raised Reading Moore s portrayal of his life brought to me a clearer understanding of ghetto life and a better understanding of my husbands childhood This memoir tells the story of life in the ghetto from the 70 s to present and how little has changed in regards to racism and sexual orientation Moore narrates his male life from a young boy growing up wanting to be straight and not feeling safe about his sexual desires until he was a grown man Describing secret rendezvous and sexual accounts to prevent his family from finding out his deepest secret Delving into the darkest corners of queer life from the perspective of a queer black man is unique and Moore captivates from the first paragraph This memoir is a powerful and moving novel that I would recommend to anyone wanting to get a sense of the injustice that has plagued the African American and LGBT communities for decades I would like to thank NetGalley and Nation Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 21, 2018 Page rated it really liked it review of another edition Thank you NetGalley for this advanced eGalley of No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L Moore I always hesitate when I m asked to rate a memoir because it s a hard thing to rate the way a person writes his her their truth You simply cannot judge a story, or the way it s told, because who are you to do so If anything, I give any and every one who lays themselves bare 5 stars because that is something that s hard to do especially when you re a black, gay, man in America No Ashes in the Fire is Moo Thank you NetGalley for this advanced eGalley of No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L Moore I always hesitate when I m asked to rate a memoir because it s a hard thing to rate the way a person writes his her their truth You simply cannot judge a story, or the way it s told, because who are you to do so If anything, I give any and every one who lays themselves bare 5 stars because that is something that s hard to do especially when you re a black, gay, man in America No Ashes in the Fire is Moore s account of how he has gradually escaped the patriarchy, the aura of black masculinity, and some of his own inner demons to become a champion and activist for those within the black community, and beyond His ups and downs are painfully detailed, and it s clear that sometimes, even now, he has to remind himself the path he s own was meant to be Was he always comfortable in his skin Not always, but his journey from self hatred to self love, and learning how to both give and accept the love he s been given needs to be heard especially by the young, black, boys of today It s also important to note the love Moore speaks of isn t relegated to only those black boys who ve accepted themselves as gay, bi , or otherwise, but to the black boys, in general, for whom self love is a foreign concept No Ashes in the Fire is one man s journey to hell and back A man who has lived to tell about his experience in hopes that someone else might benefit.A solid, raw, and powerful read flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 22, 2018 SabirSultan rated it really liked it review of another edition I don t know that I m capable of providing an objective review of this book frankly, I m not sure a book review benefits from being impersonal when so much of reading is immediate and intimate It felt too personal I felt loved by it Truly, I did.Ostensibly it is a memoir about growing up queer, black, and impoverished and finding a way to thrive within those contexts The early chapters provide a context of statistics, facts, and history for his childhood in Camden, New Jersey The ensuing I don t know that I m capable of providing an objective review of this book frankly, I m not sure a book review benefits from being impersonal when so much of reading is immediate and intimate It felt too personal I felt loved by it Truly, I did.Ostensibly it is a memoir about growing up queer, black, and impoverished and finding a way to thrive within those contexts The early chapters provide a context of statistics, facts, and history for his childhood in Camden, New Jersey The ensuing chapters follow Moore s life from elementary school through college into a life focused on supporting and loving the communities he is a part of The book also details his internal struggles to come to love himself and then by extension those communities It is the detailing of those struggles where something transcendent occurs In his reckoning with his own internalized racism, homophobia, sexism, etc Moore is constantly choosing to love, choosing to hope, choosing to believe in possibility and to create a space where black men, black women, black non gender binary people and LGBTQ people of color can exist His structuring of community is the most wonderfully queer act It is relentlessly inclusive It posits freedom as difference Moreover, it continuously celebrates and loves blackness.I needed this book There is paucity of contemporary memoirs by queer black people In general, there is a paucity of contemporary queer black writing Outside of poetry that is poetry is on lock.I love this book back flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 13, 2018 Jenn rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 Review to come flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 09, 2018 Courtney Judy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves advance reader editions A very open and honest account of the authors childhood Absolutely stunning writing, terrifying tales of being bullied and abused, all done without a hint of bitterness or anger from the author Overall a wonderfully uplifting and inspiring read despite the terrible experiences relayed A read that I would recommend to most flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Kenneth Wade rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, queer I had no idea this book would be this queer, but I m happy about it There were a few moments, particularly in the first couple chapters, where I didn t care for the writing, but it either got better or grew on me I also liked that this book had a lot of connections to another book I recently read, Michael Duberman s Hold Tight Gently That was purely coincidence, but it was nice nonetheless My life is a mess, hence the scatterbrained quality of this review, but I can confidently say I enjo I had no idea this book would be this queer, but I m happy about it There were a few moments, particularly in the first couple chapters, where I didn t care for the writing, but it either got better or grew on me I also liked that this book had a lot of connections to another book I recently read, Michael Duberman s Hold Tight Gently That was purely coincidence, but it was nice nonetheless My life is a mess, hence the scatterbrained quality of this review, but I can confidently say I enjoyed this memoir 4 out of 5 flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 16, 2018 Erin rated it really liked it review of another edition I read books about people with different backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, etc so that I can learn about a variety of experiences Moore s story could not be different than my own he grew up impoverished in New Jersey as a black, gay youth But his struggles to accept both himself and the circumstances he was born into are universal I truly admire Moore s ability to fully examine his life, both his achievements and the mistakes he regrets I did struggle a bit with the jumps in t I read books about people with different backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, etc so that I can learn about a variety of experiences Moore s story could not be different than my own he grew up impoverished in New Jersey as a black, gay youth But his struggles to accept both himself and the circumstances he was born into are universal I truly admire Moore s ability to fully examine his life, both his achievements and the mistakes he regrets I did struggle a bit with the jumps in time and topic I would have loved if the book was separated by theme his dad s violence, the history of police violence in the US, his educational journey instead of this progression, which felt a bit rambling and muddled at times Overall, an inspirational and informative read flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 28, 2018 Ashley rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 04 star, 2018, library 4.5 starsI ll probably add my thoughts later flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 26, 2018 Catie rated it liked it review of another edition Every danger presented another opportunity to quicken my speed when violence was imminent Difference is often the calculus for such violence, but the unexplainable strength within us sometimes safeguards us from its grip Dreams die if they are consigned to the imagination only They are the seeds we must be able to plant in the outside world at least, that is what I now know, having remembered the ways I manifested dreams as a youth Living, as a black youth without access to the collective Every danger presented another opportunity to quicken my speed when violence was imminent Difference is often the calculus for such violence, but the unexplainable strength within us sometimes safeguards us from its grip Dreams die if they are consigned to the imagination only They are the seeds we must be able to plant in the outside world at least, that is what I now know, having remembered the ways I manifested dreams as a youth Living, as a black youth without access to the collective empathy and safety granted to white kids, is a weighty struggle The thirst for power leaves the spirit arid We are sometimes disillusioned when we discover the gods of our American fantasies bestow favors sparingly True love removes the walls, those designed by hands that are not our own, which separate black people from one another flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 22, 2018 Columbus rated it it was amazing review of another edition A remarkable memoir Certain to be one of my favorite nf books of the year flag 3 likesLike see review Aug 02, 2018 Allison rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves memoirs, antiracism This book pushed me and taught me so much It taught me about how we pathologize cities, communities, people blaming individuals for their situations rather than the unjust, oppressive policies that put them hold them in that place It reinforced in my the strength of community The necessity of self knowingment I want to return to this book over over again, and to write my own emotional etymology of self flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Mark Hiser rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves activism, african american black, bio autobio autobio novel, diversity social justice, lgbtq Darnell Moore, a gay black man, bravely and lovingly makes himself vulnerable so that we might all have a greater understanding of life at the margins, and of the struggles that arise when our institutions teach us to fear, hate, judge, and consider some persons deserving than others Moore also makes clear how persons at the edges have been taught they deserve to be there His words, however, also reinforce the call to action for love, justice, and equality.I am a white man I have been Darnell Moore, a gay black man, bravely and lovingly makes himself vulnerable so that we might all have a greater understanding of life at the margins, and of the struggles that arise when our institutions teach us to fear, hate, judge, and consider some persons deserving than others Moore also makes clear how persons at the edges have been taught they deserve to be there His words, however, also reinforce the call to action for love, justice, and equality.I am a white man I have been married to a black man since 2015 though we have been together for 21 years Though I was raised by parents who taught me that all people are of worth and deserving of the fullness of life, through my 21 year relationship with a man I love, I have come to better understand the subtleties and complexities of white privilege Moore s book helped me to even better understand that privilege as well as my husband s struggles It also further strengthened my own efforts to live lovingly and authentically During 2018, I read several books that caused me to observe the world in a different way I think, for instance, of History of Violence by Edouard Louis and The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai I would also add Darnell Moore s memoir, No Ashes in the Fire, to that list Moore, who was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1976, is an American writer and activist best known for being a leader of Black Lives Matter Though he was born in one of the poorest, most violent, cities of the country, Moore was able to eventually earn his bachelor s in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Seton Hall, a master s in clinical counseling from Eastern University, and a masters in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary His studies focus on the intersection of race, sexual orientation, gender, socio economic status, and Christian theology Upon Mayor Cory Booker s appointment, Moore went on to serve as Chair of the Newark, New Jersey LGBT Concerns Advisory Commission He has also served in academic positions at Yale Divinity School, Rutgers University, New York University, and the City College of New York No Fire in the Ashes is the story of one man s search for himself and freedom while living in the margins of society Born into extreme poverty in a forgotten and invisible city Moore, an African American, escaped being set on fire when three boys who thought he was gay poured gasoline over him when he was 14 He survived a home where a once kind father beat his wife and took drugs He survived a heart attack when he was 19 He survived college though he came out of a broken educational system Not only does Moore carry the burden placed on his back for being black in a country built around whiteness, he also carries the burden of being gay in a country built around heterosexism and being queer in a country based on patriarchy This story, though full of sadness, horror, and violence, is one that reminds us that freedom to be ourselves and to live fully does not come easy However, through the violence, depression, killing, and drugs, through the willful lack of help by politicians, through the racism, homophobia, and poverty, Moore found a way to become visible Moore s book reminds us that life on the margins, outside the privilege of whiteness, is difficult Those on the margins are forgotten and feared They are pushed to the edges so those in the middle can feel safe behind their walls They are kept away so power and resources can be concentrated.To be seen, those on the margins must overcome internalized self loathing, repression, and oppression, as well as the many other barriers placed around them to keep them at the edges Moore s book reminds us who may be fortunate and privileged, that we have a moral and even religious obligation to struggle for freedom Life in chains keeps us from our self and our potential and ultimately holds us all back Walls built around the margins to keep others out and invisible are also walls that imprison the builders Moore s story of brutality, poverty, racism, homophobia, gender bias, and is a story most of us behind the safety of the walls we built cannot do not see.This memoir should be required reading It is difficult for me to imagine how any reader could walk away from it without feeling convicted and awakened It is an easy book to read, but one of the most difficult, too It is harsh and brutal, but also full of love and hope Moore s is a story of struggle for liberation, grace and beauty behind the walls blocking the view of life on the margins Read this one flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 28, 2018 Miles rated it liked it review of another edition I think I selfishly wanted from Moore, as I was reading, and that s the most salient critique, if any, that I have Thinking about how difficult it must be to access so much pain and trauma within spaces that either purport to love you or that you feel the need to retreat to because those spaces stand a better chance of not battering and burning your black body than others, is not lost on me And yet, I grapple with reading passages in which being put squarely in the scene would be so much I think I selfishly wanted from Moore, as I was reading, and that s the most salient critique, if any, that I have Thinking about how difficult it must be to access so much pain and trauma within spaces that either purport to love you or that you feel the need to retreat to because those spaces stand a better chance of not battering and burning your black body than others, is not lost on me And yet, I grapple with reading passages in which being put squarely in the scene would be so much impactful, and make for better writing, than the overhead though almost always accurate political analysis we receive ON THE OTHER HAND I know from experience that writing about or through your trauma is incredibly hard and we as readers don t inherently deserve that interiority.Otherwise, the writing is strong, and Moore tackles a series of conversations that are desperately needed There are a handful of paragraphs within regarding the ways that the subjugated internalize and replicate the violences perpetrated against people who look like them, who are maybe even vulnerable than they are every single one of them should be required reading for anyone who professes that Black lives or Brown lives or queer lives or all of them together matter flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 07, 2018 Ashant rated it it was amazing review of another edition No Ashes in the Fire is ambitious in its aims Not only does Darnell Moore set out to tell his own lived experiences but he also tells the story of systematic disinvestment, racism, and the social engineering of urban Black spaces in the U.S Often, the latter intentionally or unintetionally pathologizes Black people What is beautiful about this book is that Darnell treats this macro analysis with care, demonstrating how inequity is present and its persistent, but it isn t overly deterministic No Ashes in the Fire is ambitious in its aims Not only does Darnell Moore set out to tell his own lived experiences but he also tells the story of systematic disinvestment, racism, and the social engineering of urban Black spaces in the U.S Often, the latter intentionally or unintetionally pathologizes Black people What is beautiful about this book is that Darnell treats this macro analysis with care, demonstrating how inequity is present and its persistent, but it isn t overly deterministic He writes beautifully about his family, notions of home, revolutionary love, and working through shame towards acceptance This book is both a story about a Black man growing toward accepting himself and queerness AND a story about the different types of reckonings that are required for anyone to be whole in a broken world flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 26, 2018 Katy rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 No Ashes in the Fire is a compelling account of the author s experiences growing up black and queer in working class Camden, New Jersey, but what makes this such a strong memoir is his very intentional focus on intersectionality in his willingness to confront his own prejudices and beliefs flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 09, 2018 Abbi rated it liked it review of another edition But if I knew nothing else growing up in the hood, I knew collective work had always been the salve for individual triumph As someone that grew up in Philly, one of Camden s neighboring cities, Darnell s stories about his neighborhood and school life were all too familiar I didn t know of Darnell before but the synopsis of his memoir enticed me to read it It s a solid coming of age story about a Black man finally accepting himself for who is and who he s not flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Mike Zickar rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves memoir A beautiful book that details the author s life of critical self reflection A model for all of us flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Brad VanSickle rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves coming soon after Sad, yet uplifting and hopeful Hard to believe the daily struggles some people go through For Darnell, and those like him, it s quite a story flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Ashley rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves bookshelf Moore s voice is soothing so the listening to his story also served as meditation He writes the timeline of his life smoothly His experiences also connect to him in the future flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 13, 2018 Richard rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves nonfiction, queer, read in 18 I saw Darnell Moore on The Daily Show and I was very impressed by the man and his point of view I m less impressed by his memoir, which seems random and superficial So, yeah I kind of feel like a dick, but I can t really recommend this one flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Blair rated it it was amazing review of another edition I felt honored to be let into his world As a Jersey girl of the 1990s, I felt parts of my own stories in his words This memoir captured the possibilities and lamentations of being Black and free at the turn of the 21st century I now know about myself and those around me from this work Certainly, a contribution to the tellings of our paths towards the freedoms we seek, both within ourselves and within our communities flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Cokey Cohen rated it it was ok review of another edition This is a compassionate book about an important subject, but it reads like if Twitter and a Ted Talk had a baby that loved to overuse metaphors flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2018 Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane rated it it was amazing review of another edition No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L Moore is an remarkable story I am voracious reader and love reading stories that reflect people who look like me Brene Brown in her TEDTalk The power of vulnerability defines courage as the ability to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart This is what Darnell does in this memoir, he tells the story of his life with an open and giving heart He invites you into intimate moments of his life He invites you to experience the painful memories a No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L Moore is an remarkable story I am voracious reader and love reading stories that reflect people who look like me Brene Brown in her TEDTalk The power of vulnerability defines courage as the ability to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart This is what Darnell does in this memoir, he tells the story of his life with an open and giving heart He invites you into intimate moments of his life He invites you to experience the painful memories about his childhood, to struggle with him on his journey with sexuality and the church, to join him in his activism and to experience some joy This memoir is a book for the ages, perhaps a yearly read for me Darnell s writing is eloquent yet accessible, the form of the book is intentional close to perfection He is a talented writer, who has the ability to weave his personal politics in the telling of his life story His social commentary throughout the memoir shows us how his personal politics have evolved, it is inspiring to see him speaking so openly about about how he used to be problematic a true reflection that we weren t always woke This story is an account of Black bodies, in particular Black queer bodies and our ability to make magic out of nothing It also shows us that pain and joy aren t mutually exclusive, they can exist in tandem His work to my mind is as important as the work of writers as such James Baldwin, June Jordan, Audre Lorde and writers of that caliber This memoir is a must read It connects Blackness globally As a South African, I can say as that it is a story that could have been written by someone in South Africa I found myself in this book in ways that I have never before It captured my story in all its complexities I had the privilege of speaking to Darnell about this book on an episode of The Cheeky Natives vulnerable, authentic and beautifully written A must read flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 06, 2018 cat rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read in 2018 4.5 for this gorgeous and intimate memoir I am trying to read a majority of books by queer folks, and especially QTPOC, this pride month and this book sings to my heart It is so unflinchingly intimate, so deeply vulnerable, so full of grace for self and community, that it made me tear up in several places Queerness is magic for those brave enough to make use of it, he writes, but it can feel poisonous for those who have yet to give in to its power His commitment to tenderness even in th 4.5 for this gorgeous and intimate memoir I am trying to read a majority of books by queer folks, and especially QTPOC, this pride month and this book sings to my heart It is so unflinchingly intimate, so deeply vulnerable, so full of grace for self and community, that it made me tear up in several places Queerness is magic for those brave enough to make use of it, he writes, but it can feel poisonous for those who have yet to give in to its power His commitment to tenderness even in the poison years is part of what made this story so compelling to me, as he writes about his own experiences of homophobia, violence targeted at him because of his black body, his gay body, his disenfranchised body living in a world that hates him at worst, and that does not have a mirror for him, at best Even within all of that violence and hate being aimed at him, he finds ways to care for himself, his family, his queer community, and his black community at every juncture Resilient and beautiful I am so very glad that this book exists That this man exists and shares himself with us, despite all of the terribleness hurled at him, is a glorious thing for the world In his words, At some point, even the most fearless and cunning among us won t be able to contort our bodies to escape a homo hating person s bullet or summon the courage to refuse a bottle of pills calling out to be swallowed But throughout my life, especially during my childhood, I did all I could to survive I had no choice is a link to a Barnes and Noble video of Darnell Moore talking about this book flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity The Mary Sue Book No Ashes in the Fire 1 4 Jun 10, 2018 09 20PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status 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    No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in No Ashes in the Fire book Read reviews from the world s largest community for readers From a leading journalist and activist comes a brave, beautif No Ashes in the Fire No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in America is a memoir by American writer and activist Darnell L Moore It explore Moore s experiences growing up in poverty in New Jersey , and his struggles with his personal identity as both black and queer. Ashes, in large part Crossword Clue, Crossword Solver Answers for Ashes, in large part crossword clue Search for crossword clues found in the Daily Celebrity, NY Times, Daily Mirror, Telegraph and major publications Find clues for Ashes, in large part or most any crossword answer or clues for crossword answers. No Ashes in the Fire Coming of Age Black and Free in Three decades later, Moore is an award winning writer, a leading Black Lives Matter activist, and an advocate for justice and liberation In No Ashes in the Fire, he shares the journey taken by that scared, bullied teenager who not only survived, but found his calling. Keeping Ashes in the House Where to Put Ashes Beyond Around % of people who want to be cremated after their death also say that they would like a loved one to keep their ashes Sometimes, the choice goes the other way around for the bereaved, keeping cremated ashes at home can be a way to hold onto the feeling of a close connection with the person who s died after they ve gone. The Ashes Barns Country House Wedding Venue The Ashes Barns is an exclusive use wedding venue, licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships of up to people Relax in the company of your invited guests and relish the opportunity to be the sole focus of our attention on your wedding day. Ashes in the Snow Rotten Tomatoes We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email Don t worry, it won t take long Please click the link below to receive your verification email. What to do with the Ashes The Good Funeral Guide You can bury ashes in your local cemetery or in a natural burial ground You can scatter them You can divide them up among members of the family. Cremation Process Scattering Ashes In the UK cremation is very common, over % of us end up being cremated However most people are unsure about what happens at a cremation, the cremation process and what happens with to the ashes afterwards. The Ashes This genericised usage is no longer common, and the Ashes would today be assumed only to apply to a contest between Australia and England The Ashes featured in the film The Final Test, released in , based on a television play by Terence Rattigan.

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