Everybody Loves Kamau! (The Real Thing collection)
Kamau and Melissa’s love was real. But so was her grandfather’s prejudice. In this funny, moving essay, W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN’s United Shades of America, shares his very personal story of culture clash, family tradition, and racial bias.
When the black comedian first meets the beloved Sicilian grandfather of his Italian American girlfriend, Melissa, the wrong spark...more
"Everybody Loves Kamau!"
I always believed this, ever since I first started watching/listening when he had his first TV show, and I felt like I was one of his friends because I watched it while no one else I knew was. Surely he knew I was loyal! And surely he knew that I was one of the people he could count on.
So this short piece by Mr. Bell intrigued me because--well, not eve ...more
This isn't a novel or short story, but more of an essay regarding Kamau Bell's take on relationship with his white, feminist wife and her family. It's comedic, slightly touching, and fairly interesting. I highlighted a passage in the book that describes Kamau's first interaction with his wife's Fox news watching, Sicilian grandfather that's cringe-inducing, but perfectly encapsulates the experienc ...more
I do love Kamau, but that is not the reason I so loved this book. He is a comedian, and here he uses his comedic talent and insights to delve into personal issues with surprisingly raw and difficult honesty, confronting awkward truths that in the end brought him closer not only to his wife’s grandfather, but her as well. As the white father of a bi-racial daughter who identifies as African-American (her, not me), I appreciate and take my teachable moments where I can get them, and ...more
I fell in love with Kamau and his perspective when he had a nightly show on cable. He has such an honest and clear vision of the world around him combined with a genuine curiosity and love for his fellow man that it is sometimes overwhelming. If more people could value the world the way he does, we might actually be able to let go of our pettiness and appreciate our how rich and rewarding our differences could make our lives. I suspect this story is an archetyp ...more
For about an hour or less of reading time this short story by W. Kamau Bell offers a fun, insightful, and sometimes tumultuous journey of a grandson (Kamau) trying to be accepted into the family by the patriarch (grandfather-in-law). Similar to the contents of his other works i.e CNN series, stand-up, podcasts, etc., Kamau is confronted on the issues of race and identity in America only this it's happening right at home with his in-laws. However, the outcome is a happy end ...more
I really enjoyed this essay. Melissa’s grandfather refuses to speak to Kamau at first. I was expecting the racism to be a little more obvious and in your face. It must have been hard to be completely dismissed by someone who is so important in the life of the person you love. I enjoyed reading about how the grandfather’s prejudice is gradually overcome. Everybody Love Kamau! is sad and funny in equal parts.
I think they are mean and cruel.
Having said that, if I'd known it was supposed to be funny,I wouldn't have chosen this book and I would not have laughed myself silly or recommended it to my husband, who does like comedy.
It was funny, heartfelt, poignant, cruelty-free, an uplifting time in the midst of all else going on. If you lucky enough to hear the audio read by the author so much the better.
I can't believe I gave a 5 star rating to a comedian. Is the w ...more
Kamau Bell’s TV show is one of the shows I like to watch, which led me to this short book. It’s just about perfect. It has a gentle approach to the issue of racism through a family connection. The story is told charmingly in Mr. Bell’s authentic, friendly voice. The illustrations are excellent too, although there are too few of them. (That’s been true of every “Kindle in Motion” book I’ve read so far.)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this as I am a huge fan of his show. Later I found I could have elected to have it read to me by Kamau but I didn't need that as the whole time I was reading I heard in Kamau's voice. This essay was written in the same tone and reflection Kamau exhibits in his show. A must read for Kamau fans!
Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words.
Of course everybody loves Kamau. Funny, insightful and big of heart, he is hard to resist. Having read only a free Kindle sample I am excited to read the rest of it. Based on what I’ve read so far I wholeheartedly recommend it. You’ll love Kamau, too.
Five stars to Kamau Bell for this wonderfully sensitive memoir. Interspersed with his well-honed wit is an insightful view into a painful life-situation, and the journey through it to deeper understanding of acceptance and forgiveness.