Harlem Crossroads: Jason Diakité’s A Drop of Midnight
Born to interracial American parents in Sweden, Jason Diakité, known to rap enthusiasts as Timbuktu, grew up between worlds, riding a delicate cultural and racial divide. Even after his musical career took off, Diakité fought to unify a complex system of family roots that branched across continents, ethnicities, classes, colors, and eras to find a sense of belonging. In his memoir, A Drop of Midnight, Diakité traces his history and pilgrimages from southern Sweden to South Carolina and Harlem to paint a vivid picture of race, discrimination, family, and ambition. Diakité reads from A Drop of Midnight and speaks with Monica L. Miller, associate professor of English and Africana studies.