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Product Details

  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075821295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758212955
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stand-up comic Adams takes a hilarious look at race relations in the U.S and the varied and often ridiculous ways we try to bridge the gap that exists between black and white cultures. He begins by examining the long and tortured history of the "N word" and why it's still not a good idea for whites to use it as casually as black stand-up comics. Adams goes on to the evolution of racial descriptors from Negro to Afro-American and black and takes on Ebonics. Rap music and the popularity of white rapper Eminem dominate the section on music and culture as Adams explores the American fascination with the culture of what's cool. Finally, in the section on politics and society, he tackles affirmative action, NASCAR, and other signifiers used to dodge deep racial tensions. Funny and astute. Vanessa Bush
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pat Powers on March 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book; I'm sending copies to everyone I know who loves a good book. You don't have to be any particular race to enjoy it, but you do need to have a good sense of humor and be in the mood to be thoroughly entertained. I am only puzzled as to why this man is not a huge star; anyone this talented should be a major player in Hollywood.

Besides being smart and funny, the man also has a heart. A portion of all profits is being donated to the Lupus Foundation in memory of his mother and aunt. So what are you waiting for-go buy it!

P.S. No, I don't work for the publisher and I never even heard of Nick Adams before I picked this up in Border's.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on June 2, 2006
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Nick Adams, a standup comedian, gives us his wild and funny look at race relations in America in his book, MAKING FRIENDS WITH BLACK PEOPLE. His chapters are lists of what white people who want to get to know black people should and should not do. He discusses the use of the N Word, which is especially appropriate in today's world where the most derogatory term applied to black people gets slung around rather carelessly. He advises white people that under no circumstances should they ever feel free to use that word because if they do, they will surely be in BIG trouble. He talks about "soul" food and how dreadful chitlins are but he doesn't leave it there. He delves into other cultures and trots out some of the rather disgusting things they eat, such as fermented shark meat and squirming octopus tentacles. Adams does an in-depth discussion of hip hop and the rappers who make the music. Movies don't escape his attention either; neither do those who win Oscars and why. Affirmative Action has its own chapter about why its not reverse discrimination.

It was enlightening and helpful that he did not leave out Indians. He discusses their near extinction through genocide and their struggle to maintain their languages and customs. Adams is correct when he says most Americans never think about the plight of Indians. He admits that he probably wouldn't remember either except he's married to an Indian.

Nick Adams says America has never had a real dialogue about race relations. If Americans could have honest discussions about race, perhaps the problems of race in America would not be so pervasive and poisonous. The humor this man uses diffuses the issues so that you can see them without the anger that race discussions in America usually bring about, which is wonderful.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jesse M. G. Thorn on March 9, 2006
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Adams' breezy first book is full of insight and laughs. He tackles tough issues with a gentle tone, and by the end of the book, you'll regard him as *your* friend. A delightful read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Alexander on March 14, 2009
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I bought this book in Scotland, on a deployment. It was the perfect conversation starter for a diverse crew from not so diverse places. I read the book, then passed it on to a white girl in my berthing who kept asking very odd/inappropriate questions. When she got through with the book it had actually helped her to realize why some of the things she said were totally inappropriate and rude, and why she got the odd "are you really that dumb stare"? Unfortunately she was from a non-diverse area and had very rarely had any interaction with non-whites prior to joining the Navy, so she learned something about race relations in a very non-threatening way, and we kept just kept passing the book on. I'm off that ship now and last I heard, that book was still there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LoveToReadMyBooks on April 18, 2007
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In this book Nick talks about the placement of African American fiction being delagated to the far "Southside" of a book store. It is never prominently placed near John Grisham up front. Well I picked up this copy from the library where it was prominently placed up front. I read the first chapter which was filled with the "N" word and put the book down thinking that I probably wouldn't finish it. Nick got the last laugh when my basement flooded completely soaking the book. Realizing that I was going to have to pay for it anyway, I let the book dry out and read it. It was one of the funniest books that I've read this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Willy on April 15, 2013
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This book is not a joke, it's life changing! I received my copy last month in hopes of bonding with my dark skinned kin. Needless to say, within one week I was playing dice and singing rap music with my new friends. Which brings me to my next point, since I am now in with the blacks I have lost all urgency to do anything on time. One mistake i made was that i read half of the book and then made friends, needless to say I never finished the book because of that. Make sure you have enough money on here for the book and a weave, which as you will learn helps greatly. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Humphrey on November 29, 2006
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I thought this book was really funny. I don't laugh out loud while reading too often. However if you are thinking of buying this as a guide of some sort, I'm sure if you do a search on google or something you'd come out better. He pretty much kinda just goes on a rant for 200 something pages. There were a few little helpful things, but eh...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Taylor on April 22, 2006
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I'm not black "per se" but some of my best friends are black people so I was totally "down" with what this man was talking about. It was very well written and exposed a lot of myths regarding people of color. But it did leave me confused on how to make friends with Oprah which is sort of why I bought the book.
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