MANNISH WATER by Black Scholarly Men in 21st Century America Edited by Carlton Long & Olufemi Vaughan


I am excited to share this good news with you. The chapter that I was asked to write for the book is finally published. Hope you grab a copy. You will enjoy EVERY word. Stay tuned for the dates for the book tour. – Taroue Brooks

MANNISH WATER by Black Scholarly Men in 21st Century America

Mannish Water represents a profoundly important historical and literary intervention by offering narratives (jumpstarted by George Floyd’s murder) of Black male voices too often left out of the national conversation.

 — Peniel E. Joseph, Ph.D., Univ. of Texas, LBJ School, Author of The Sword and The Shield, The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those familiar with the Caribbean in general, and with Jamaica in particular, know or will recognize that “Mannish Water is the name given to a particular dish known synonymously as “Goat Head Soup”. It is flesh and bone. It is sacrifice. And it is power prepared with care, with great attention to detail, and served up to make us strong. In this rare collection of new and previously unpublished essays, this nonfiction anthology allows Black scholarly men as “Black men” to reveal their sacrifices, power and achievements through great attention to detail their flesh and their bone revealed through the profound and important telling of their personal journeys.


Darryl W. Aaron, Lazarus Louis Baptiste, Daniel Black, Taroue W. Brooks, Askia Davis, Jaime “Shaggy” Flores, Hank Grimes, James Henry Harris, Thomas M. Jackson, Norm Jones, Peniel Joseph, Carlton Long, Jason Scott Manuel, Tony Medina, Oral Moses, Hugh Price, Rodney J. Reynolds, Austin L. Scott, F. Keith Slaughter, Vernon G. Smith, Shannon Travis, Olufemi Vaughan, Cecil Williams, and Yohuru Williams.


CARLTON LONG is a former Rhodes Scholar and an international consultant who was trained in practical theology at the Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, and in political science at DePauw University, Columbia University and the University of Oxford. He is Dean of the Graduate College and Director of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College at Hampton University.

OLUFEMI VAUGHAN is the Alfred Sargent Lee ’41 & Mary Ames Lee Professor and Chair of Black Studies at Amherst College. His research, writing, and teaching faci include African political and social history, African politics, and African diaspora studies. Professor Vaughan is the author of four books, over eighty scholarly articles and reviews, and the editor/co-editor of eleven volumes. A 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, he received his PhD in politics form Oxford University in 1989.