Black Magic. No. It isn’t the black magic that one thinks of when it comes to sorcery or witchcraft. This Black Magic:What Black Leaders Learned From Trauma and Triumph is a book written by a NY based writer who has worked behind the scenes of some of the most powerful directors in Hollywood and written for major magazines, traveled and lived in multiple countries but most of all, he is an author who found out that his voice was the only voice he needed – his Black voice.
It was through Chad Sanders’s creativity as a Black man that took him to the top because his voice was unique in rooms full of whiteness on his climb to the top.
“When Chad Sanders landed his first job in lily-white Silicon Valley, he quickly realized that to be successful at work meant playing a certain social game. Each meeting was drenched in white slang and the privileged talk of international travel or a folk concert in San Francisco, which led Chad to realize that he could only be successful if he emulated whiteness.”
This eventually left “Chad exhausted and ashamed. Instead, he decided to give up the charade. He reverted back to methods he learned at the dinner table, or at the Black Baptist church where he’d been raised, or the concrete basketball courts. And it paid off. Chad began to land more exciting projects and eventually got promoted.”
Being himself truly paid off. “In Black Magic, Chad tells his own incredible story while also interviewing other Black leaders, scientists, artists, business people, parents, innovators, and champions, to get their take on Black magic. This revelatory book uncovers Black experiences in predominantly white environments while demonstrating the importance of staying true to yourself.”
Black Magic will release February 21, 2021 by Simon & Schuster.