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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (January 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767907310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767907316
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Home Training Some call it good manners; in African American vernacular, it's called "home training." With Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times, media freelancers Karen Grigsby Bates and Karen Elyse Hudson provide a modern African American alternative to Emily Post and Miss Manners. Addressed to the growing black middle class, this user-friendly volume is filled with information on social rites of passage, the new corporate workplace and everyday rules and rituals that make for more gracious living. Covering such situations as how to handle yourself in a restaurant where you've received unacceptable treatment, common courtesies to be shown to household help and how to respond to racial harassment at work, Bates and Hudson offer a guide that will be of benefit to men and women, singles and families.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

To some it's "etiquette" or "socialization," but to many African Americans it's "Home Training"?instruction in accepted mores and values. This tradition has not been explored in other etiquette books, but here the job is undertaken "the way our grandmothers, mothers and aunts have taught us for centuries." Bates (a contributing columnist to the Los Angeles Times) and Hudson (Paul R. Williams, Architect, LJ 1/94) address not only those good manners that are universal but also unique African American observances and the delicate art of being both polite and assertive in response to unacceptable treatment or thoughtless remarks. Recommended for public libraries.?Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Basic Black is a book that should be on your shelf. It covers topics that we ordinarily overlook, while it providers a refresher of Manners 101. If you've ever had a question about what the "appropriate" thing to do is, then you should buy this book
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "ilvblkmen1" on May 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I brought this book through a book club that I joined recently. At first I didn't think it could tell me anything that I didn't already know, but it did. This book tells you important things that some of us seem like we didn't know the answers to (i.e., when you go on an interview what is too much when it comes to dressing). It "reminds" us of things that we see and may sometimes do that we shouldn't (i.e., if we are in a resturant and we see other's waiting to be seated, don't continue to hog the table while just talking). The book is really based upon common sense, but sometimes people choose not to use it; therefor, the book reminds you to use those common sense cells located in the brain. It's a good little book to have.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although the book is written by two Black authors it's not much different than Emily Post. I'd give it three stars but so much missing. For example it could have discussed how to visit other churches. AME Zion is not the same as a Baptist chuch and neither one is the same as a COGIC church. I would have loved to found out what to bring to a baby dedication...it's not the same as a baptism. There are so many events that are unique to Black life it's too bad the book doesn't address the etiquette required for them.
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