“You have seen the picture. In it, Obama emerges from a sleek, black  Town Car wearing dark sunglassses, a suit and a red tie. That is all,  and yet, in this picture, Obama is indisputably cool. He is so, so cool I  cannot turn away from the image. I want almost to eat the image, to  ingest the cool, but what I really want to know is what makes him so cool in this picture. I want to know if that ineffable quality can be decoded, understood as the sum of its parts.” - Rebecca Walker on editing her new book, Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness.

“You have seen the picture. In it, Obama emerges from a sleek, black Town Car wearing dark sunglassses, a suit and a red tie. That is all, and yet, in this picture, Obama is indisputably cool. He is so, so cool I cannot turn away from the image. I want almost to eat the image, to ingest the cool, but what I really want to know is what makes him so cool in this picture. I want to know if that ineffable quality can be decoded, understood as the sum of its parts.” - Rebecca Walker on editing her new book, Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness.