In Search of Peak Blackness.

A young Muhammad Ali sings with Sam Cooke.

After we posted that insane picture of Jesse Jackson ballin’ out with Marvin Gaye the other day and dubbed it a contender for peak blackness,  the homie Rembert Browne of Grantland decided to hit a few of us up — Ernest Wilkins of the Chicago Tribune, Cord Jefferson of Gawker, Jason Parham of Spook Magazine , Jenna Wortham of the New York Times, Issa “Awkward Black Girl” Rae and, er, me — to see if we can figure this thing out at

Again, there are theoretical scenarios that would be inarguably the moment of peak blackness, but unless we find a way to transverse multiverses and dimensions, we’re never likely to see Harriet Tubman doing the wobble.


Gene "G.D." Demby is the founder and editor of PostBourgie. In his day job, he blogs and reports on race and ethnicity for NPR's Code Switch team.