Yemen-born Kamal Al-Solaylee is a journalist and an associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. His family fled their homeland following its independence from Britain in 1967. He came to Canada via Beirut, Cairo, and London with a brief time back in Yemen. Life in the Middle East is dangerous for anyone these days; for a young gay man it is particularly dangerous as Kamal recounts in his bestselling first book, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes.
Brown is a colour that can be almost white, almost black or anything in between. In racial terms it defines a huge mass of ethnically diverse people whose very skin colour is often the sole reason for baseless preconceptions and fear. Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) is also the title of Kamal Al-Solaylee’s essential new book. Anyone who wishes to better understand the complex world of non-whiteness must read this book.