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|Selected and introduced by acclaimed novelist and poet Paul Beatty, Hokumis a liberating, eccentric, savagely comic collection of the funniest writing by black Americans. 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 Harryette Mullen are bracketed by the profane and often loud ruminations of Langston Hughes, Darius James, Wanda Coleman, Tish Benson, Steve Cannon, and Hattie Gossett. Some of the funniest writers don't write, so included are selections from well-known yet unpublished wits Lightnin' Hopkins, Mike Tyson, and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Selections also come from public figures and authors whose humor, although incisive and profound, is often overlooked: Malcolm X, Suzan-Lori Parks, Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, and W.E.B. Dubois. Groundbreaking, fierce, and hilarious, this is a necessary anthology for any fan or student of American writing, with a huge range and a smart, political grasp of the uses of humor.|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing USA|
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|Table of Content||Introduction Pissed Off to the Highest Degree of Pissitivity Sojourner Truth "And a'n't I a Woman?" (1851) W.E.B. Du Bois "On Being Crazy" (1923) Zora Neale Hurston "'Possum or Pig?" (1926) Chester Himes "Let Me at the Enemyan' George Brown" (1944) Malcolm X "Message to the Grass Roots" (1963) Langston Hughes "Pose-Outs" (1965) Lightnin' Hopkins "Cadillac Blues" (performed 1968) H. Rap Brown fromDie, Nigger, Die!(1969) Sam Greenlee fromThe Spook Who Sat by the Door(1969) Wanda Coleman "April 15th 1985," "Identifying Marks," "On that Stuff That Ain't Nevah Been Long Enough for No Damn Body" (c.1985) Hattie Gossett "yo daddy: an 80s version of the dozens" (1988) Amiri Baraka "Wise 1" (1995) Cornelius Eady "The Cab Driver Who Ripped Me Off" (1997) Tish Benson "Fifth-Ward E-Mail" (2003) Al Sharpton Presidential campaign speech delivered to the San Francisco Commonwealth Club (2003) Mike Tyson The Wit and Wisdom of Mike Tyson (19872004) (Nothing Serious) Just Buggin' Paul Laurence Dunbar "When De Co'n Pone's Hot" (1895) Bert Williams "How Fried?" (1913), and assorted jokes compiled by Alex Rogers (1918) Rudolph Fisher "The City of Refuge" (1925) Zora Neale Hurston "The Bone of Contention" (c.1929). George Schuyler fromBlack No More(1931) James Weldon Johnson "B'rer Rabbit, You's de Cutes' of 'Em All" (1935) Sterling Brown "Slim in Atlanta" and "Slim Lands a Job," (1932) and "Crispus Attucks McKoy" (1965) Gwendolyn Brooks "at the hairdresser's" (1945), "One reason cats . . ." (1968), "A Song in the Front Yard" (1945) Louis Jordan/Lawrence Ellis Walsh "Saturday Night Fish Fry" (1949) Langston Hughes "Adventure" (c.1962) Gary Belkin (writing as Muhammad Ali) "Clay Comes Out to Meet Liston" (1963) Henry Dumas "Double Nigger" (1965) Ishmael Reed fromYellow Back Radio Broke-Down(1969) Toni Cade Bambara "The Lesson" (1972). Etheridge Knight "Dark Prophecy: I Sing of Shine" "Memo #9," "Rehabilitation and Treatment in the Prisons of America" (1973) Kyle Baker "Sands of Blood," fromThe Cowboy Wally Show(1988) Spike Lee fromDo the Right Thing(1989) Patricia Smith "Boy Sneezes, Head Explodes" (1991) Darius James "Lil' Black Zambo," fromNegrophobia(1992) Lord Finesse "Return of the Funky Man" (1992) Hilton Als "The Only One" (1994) John Farris In the Park After School with the Girl & the Boy(1994) Elizabeth Alexander "Talk Radio, D.C." (1996) Erika Ellis fromGood Fences(1999) Percival Everett fromErasure(2001) Colson Whitehead fromJohn Henry Days(2001) Willie Perdomo "Should Old Shit Be Forgot" (2003) Black Absurdity Zora Neale Hurston "Book of Harlem" (c.1921) Chester Himes "Dirty Deceivers" (1948) Ralph Ellison fromInvisible Man(1952) Charles Wright fromThe Wig(1966) Bob Kaufman "Abomunist Manifesto" (1965), "Heavy Water Blues" (1967) Cecil Brown fromThe Life and Loves of Mr.Jiveass Nigger(1969) Steve Cannon fromGroove, Bang and Jive Around(1969) Fran Ross fromOreo(1974) Franklyn Ajaye "Be Black, Brother, Be Black" and "Disneyland High" (1977) Trey Ellis fromPlatitudes(1988) Harriet Mullen "Any Lit," "Jinglejangle," "Kamasutra Sutra," "Souvenir from Anywhere" (1991) Suzan-Lori Parks Devotees in the Garden of Love(1|
|Number of Pages||480 Pages|
|Lc Classification Number||Pn6231.N5h65 2006|
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