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Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,167 ratings  ·  185 reviews
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In 2005, Tyler Perry took Hollywood by storm. The movie he wrote, produced, and starred in, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, opened number one at the box office and went on to gross more than $50 million. In its first week on sale, the DVD sold 2.4 million copies. At the same time, Perry was starr
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published 2006)
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Breezy B
man this book is sooooooo funny i really enjoy
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings took me back to my childhood because I could hear my mother’s voice in Madea’s words. No book has made me laugh so hard in a long time. Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings is a reminder of when children were parented, paid attention to, and cared for. I enjoyed reading about the village I grew up in when children had no privacy because neighbors would watch out for you when the parents weren’t available to do so. A must read..
Zetta
Jan 28, 2010 Zetta rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
This relatively short book (254 pages, hardback) needs to be read it from cover-to-cover, but it is divided into eleven sections making it easy to jump to where you need help most.

The purpose of this book is instructional and the clue is in the title. You don’t want to make a black woman take off her earrings. Why? Because this is your last clue that you have crossed the line and sistah-girl is about to throw down. Your mouth has written a check that is about to be cashed on your behind. So it’s
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Nick Scott
This book was a lot like a Tyler Perry movie: not good, not bad, but it exists. There are some fun Madea moments, and I started to wonder if I should be worried a couple of times when I actually began to take things out of it to apply to my life. The book just doesn't have the same novelty that comes with watching Madea on screen or stage (though perhaps the audiobook would). Near the end you feel like you've read some of the same things over and over. There just isn't enough substance here to w ...more
Holly
I loved this book! It is funny but also has some "truisms" in it. Little pearls of wisdom from Madea! My favorite chapter was "Hold the Frisbee". That's where she equates "relationships" with throwing the frisbee to a dog. If you want the dog to stay interested in the frisbee, don't throw it too much. I'm thinking of making my 18 yr old daughter read it! We need more Madea's!!
Gabby
Very funny, I laughed out loud quite a bit. I listened to this book, hearing Madea in her own voice made it all the more enjoyable. Some very good wisdom on life as well!
Faith
This book was insightful but there was also some things to question. I mean, it's like some things were agreeable but some things weren't.
Andrea
HA-llarious! Tyler Perry is SOOOO funny! I needed something humourus and light hearted and this was it. 100% in Madea tone!
Cheryl
Thoroughly enjoyed this well-written tongue-in-cheek fiction that contains a whole lot of great advice.
Lois
if you ever seen one of Tyler Perry's Madea shows, then the book was just a recap
Teasia
FUNNYYY FUNNNY BUT GOOD VERY GOOOD LIKE OMG ITS SO TRUE IN REALLY LIFE STUFF
Mrs.rudeness
Nov 05, 2010 Mrs.rudeness rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings  Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life by Tyler Perry
I havent finished this book yet but this book is very very good for what i have read.In the beginning of this book Madea talks about the making of herself {why they call her madea}. Also, she talked about her secrets of romance, love and marriage,kids,beauty tips that really works, and a lot more. Im on part four and i have been reading this book everyday for 30 minutes this week. One reason why i wanted to read this book because i heard that this book was very good. Also, i wanted to read thi
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Jamie Cook
Let me start off by saying that this book is freaking Halarious. If you have not read it, then you are simply missing out. "Dont make a black woman take off her earrings" is the perfect Title and quote for Madea, and if your a fan of Tyler perry or just from down south you would know that "Madea" is shortened for - mother dear. In my house my Uncles call my grandma MuhDear.. its all country if you ask me.

This is one of the Best books Tyler Perry has ever made. It had me rolling from the begining
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Ginnie Grant
Ah, Madea. the best case of D.I.D ever. This book is just like you would expect Madea to be. Honest, nothing held back, yes she went there. Funny as hell, but also a type of sage wisdom. When it comes to beauty, be natural and keep lots of Vaseline, when it comes to love, Dont stay if it ain't working. when it comes to kids, whup that ass. stay in school, soeak properly. everyone regardless of class or race or age could get something from reading this book.
Jessica Franco
The book starts at the beginning of Madea’s life, with Madea narrating her way through her memories and experiences. As she talks, she shares the lessons she has learned in life regarding love, family, friends, sex, community, and more. I don’t want to share anything specific with you; it won’t come across nearly as well if it isn’t in Madea’s own words.

I got this on audio, not in print, which I highly suggest. Tyler Perry reads it in Madea’s voice. This makes the book flow and really brings ou
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Leeann
A book with rules of how to live through love, life and more through the eyes of Madea. Very funny and is definitely a page turner. Almost hated to finish the book, I was wanting to read more.
Quanda
Dec 17, 2008 Quanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who anyone who needs a refresher guide for life.
Recommended to Quanda by: My book (picked this book for us to read)
There was nothing really special about this book. But what makes it a good read is that it is a reminder of the things you already know, you've already been told. A refresher as to the lesson's you should have already learned, or if you're one of those people who just have to fall on your behind over and over again, it gives advice as how to stop.

This book is a reiteration of the things we sometimes forget due to life's unexpected experiences that may distract us from what we should often keep w
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Trish
Jul 13, 2014 Trish rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: funny
This book is so funny and so true that I almost forgot "Madea" isn't a real person. More women should be like Madea. I love her to death!
Ronald Veri
I liked it

if I didn't know who Madea was I don't think I would have liked it as much. l liked it.
Ashley Terrell
This book is too hilarious! I read it in 2007, but to this day the chapter on Vaseline is my favorite!
Toni
Amazing book. I often quote her philosophy about comparing people in your life to a tree. Love this book!
Polly
It was funny. If you like Madea's movies you'll like the book.
Sophi A faustin
I laughed at every page...A bit cliché but i won't complain.
Dierdra Byrd
Loved, Loved this book! I am such a huge fan of Tyler Perry and this was just an amazing fun book! I do have to mention that I listened to this on Audio book and I don't really know how you could enjoy it without listening to it. Medea just makes it so much more fun! This had me laughing so hard at times I had to pause to be able to listen to more of it. I don't know that you would enjoy it as much if you don't already know who Medea is but if you do listen to this! If you don't google her and w ...more
Peggy
This book is a hoot. Some of the things Tyler Perry writes about are too funny. It is a glimpse of Madea's witty advise to the younger generation. Most of what she tells the younger generation is common sense, but some of her tips for life come from life experiences.

We know that Madea is Tyler Perry in drag, but he does a good job of persuading the readers that he is Madea. His advise is right on the mark.

We better follw her advise. After all, we don't want th make a Black Woman take off her ear
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Cassie
Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life by Tyler Perry is a comedic twist on many themes in life. One also being the uses of Vaseline. It has an old fashioned way of looking at relationships and dating but also makes valid points. It has a comedic yet honest way of talking about the themes using the Madea story line. I think people that read this book would find the honesty in this book refreshing and it would also bring a laugh and a smi ...more
Tomi
Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!
Madea!!!!!! What was you thinking...

you know .. sometimes, Madea is just a little to true to be real... Unbelievable. She makes sense... at times... just only sometimes.. other times.. she should be jailed.. but then What the heck.. sometimes you need to say crazy stuff just to make some sense of the weird world we live in.

And true to the word.. Kids born since the 80's think that every thing should be handed to them on a plate. They do not want to work for anything.. Spe
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Juno Ross
I majored in English/Creative Writing at a school where both of these departments were quite good. I view this book as very much in the American Essay tradition of James Thurber, E.B. White, S.J. Perelman, Robert Benchley -- way better than I expected it to be. But it does help to grow up knowing the significance of Vaseline (to a lot of us) to "get it" all. Much like Dickens (and everybody else), shows up in annotated versions. I'm just a very recent TP fan, but I consider it hilarious and prof ...more
L.
If you don't know who Madea is, you might want to check out the Wikipedia article.

OK, so this book is more of the same. Pretty funny in spots, pretty over-the-top in other spots, and dead-on at times. It's also a book that takes about an hour to read, because it's not really reading; it's skimming and turning pages.

To be honest, I didn't finish this book; I read about 9/10 of it and figured I'd gotten the gist of it. It's a week overdue, so that's a good enough reason to finish up.
Nikki
First of all, I must say that the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because I love me some Madea. I could totally hear her saying everything. While I laughed out loud quite a few times, it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. I read a review someone wrote that said she listened to the audio book and Tyler Perry narrated it- now THAT is the way to go. If I read another one, I'd certainly listen to it instead. If you're a Madea lover, I'd definitely recommend it to you. :o)
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