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This book is less a comprehensive collection of African-American humor than a mix-tape narrative dubbed by a trusted friend-a sampler of underground classics, rare grooves, and timeless summer jams, poetry and prose juxtaposed with the blues, hip-hop, political speeches, and the world's funniest radio sermon. The subtle musings of Toni Cade Bambara, Henry Dumas, and Harrye ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published December 10th 2008 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published January 10th 2006)
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(originally written in 2006)

It pisses me off that there isn't a black correspondent on The Daily Show. If there is a benchmark for contemporary comedy and satire it is Jon Stewart and his cast of faux reporters and their completely satirical counter-part, Stephen Colbert. There are jokes and points that can only be made from people of color. How different would the Daily Show's comedy about Hurricane Katrina had been if they had just one black face in their stable?

Hmmm, maybe not so much. It's n

"Humor" goes with double quotes and an asterisk here. What this mostly is is an anthology of rage - much of it satirical rage, but rage nonetheless - with a few pieces thrown in that we're meant to be laughing at, rather than with. As such, and as an anthology of interesting and (mostly) avant-garde black fiction and poetry, it's a success, and it deserves massive kudos for highlighting Fran Ross' criminally overlooked novel "Oreo". The hit-to-miss ratio of the pieces included is very high, and
Someone had the guts to compile a book of black American oratory that was never meant to be 'funny' and call it for what it is: hilarious. Everything from H. Rap Brown to Richard Pryor and back.
Only for the decicated reader.
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