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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030746380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307463807
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This definitely supplants that weird book my grandpa gave me from the ’30s as the best guide to black people I’ve ever read.”
Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like and Whiter Shades of Pale
 
“I feel like I became closer to the Lord by reading this book.
This book is to black life what the basketball is to a game of basketball.
Read my quote. Be influenced. Buy this book.”
Hannibal Buress, writer (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) and comedian (My name is Hannibal.)

Negropedia is a humorous collection of essays.” – Jason Parham, NewYorker.com

“A group of hilarious vignettes ” – Flavorwire.com

About the Author

PATRICE EVANS, aka The Assimilated Negro (TAN), is a contributing writer for Grantland.com. He has written about the intersection of race, class, and pop culture for Time Out New York, Gawker.com, McSweeney’s, and CollegeHumor.com, as well as What Was the Hipster?, an essay collection published by the literary journal n+1. In addition to writing for print and online, he also writes rhymes and stand-up bits for fun and profit. He lives in New York City.

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There are several parts that I found "laugh out loud" funny.
LW
Some may think it is racist or overkill, but the author merely provides basic themes that few have explored in this type of content.
fredyt123
There was plenty of stuff I just didn't "get" though, as I'm fairly disinterested in both Hip Hop and sports.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zoeeagleeye VINE VOICE on September 5, 2011
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Lotsa people, esp black people are gonna love this book. I sorta liked "Negropedia" by Patrice Evans. I smiled at the pokes and admired the cleverness. But its glib and get-down tone began to grate on me after awhile. Of course, none of my friends use that sort of language, ahem. At least, not my black friends, although a white friend or two has been known to let loose with a "That's a FINE lookin' booty" after a few beers.

Small doses as in a column or blog, would be okay, but a whole book of "Black comics somehow always want to project the vibe that they can lay the pipe." And, "So give them some dap if you're lucky enough to see them." Or, "if Maya Angelou and Heidi Montag are the last two women on earth, I may feel a little conflicted." -- too much glitter; too many balloons.

It's laughs, yucks, jokes, quips and prodigious wittyness in every line. But it's also, in two words, race-specific. Therefore, Black people will find it hilarious most of the time, whereas many White people will scratch their long silky hair, clear their Perrier lavished throats and wonder what "Seinfeld-a** ni**as" means.

Evans' takes on Claire Huxtable (in her own lucious bubble) and Erykah Badu (whee-hoo!); on "The Four Horsemen of the Postracial Apocalypse" (and all its valor and slips); and on black comics doing white schtick are funny and right on the money. Honey. And that's the problemo, see? He's got me writing that way, too! It's catching. Only, of course, he does it waaaaay a whole lot betta baby! And now I'm channeling Mike Myers! And that's the main point. What is Evans' real voice? What does he sound like when he speaks to his mother?

Okay, you may ask, as Pink sings, "Why so serious?" You'd be right.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Weissman on August 27, 2011
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Patrice Evans is a blogger known as The Assimilated Negro (TAN). His book, mostly derived from the blog, takes the form of a guide to the Black world intended for Blacks who have assimilated into the white world and thus forgotten everything they should know. Under that guise, he's produced a mostly-funny tour of the Black experience, mainly the stereotypes mixed in with some real insight. Never mind that lots of comedians have done more compact takes contrasting the Black and White worlds.

He riffs on all kinds of things, from "ghetto pass" tourguide descriptions of ghetto institutions (those Chinese joints that serve wings,sidewalk entrerpreneurs, etc) to clothes and sports and movies and big booty and big otherthings, African-American studies programs (a taxonomy of African-American-Studies know it alls), gentrification through chain stores, Obama - especially the fist bump, Claire Huxtable vs Michelle Obama and so on and so on.

He's probably best at lists, but some of his set-piece descriptions of cultural figures like the Bougie Black Beauty Bohemian are spot on, clever, insightful, and funny.

Like anything derived from a blog the book is uneven. And he talks about some things that should make everybody uncomfortable. Luckily for him (and us) you can get away with a lot in satire.

Don't buy this if you can't take a joke, including jokes about some of your sacred cows.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LW on October 13, 2011
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I loved this book! It's a lighthearted, humorous collection of peeks into the contemporary black experience in America. There are several parts that I found "laugh out loud" funny. It takes the edge off of things that we sometimes take way too seriously, and gives an interesting perspective on some things that perhaps we don't think enough about. For most of us who are mired in the day-to-day challenges that we've come to expect and take for granted, Negropedia will put a smile on our faces and maybe raise our consciousness a little bit. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Found Highways VINE VOICE on September 2, 2011
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Negropedia, by Patrice Evans, also known as The Assimilated Negro, is often very funny, but I don't think it's meant for me. Not because I'm too white, but because I'm too old. I like James Brown, not Chris Brown.

I'm more like the white BBC documentary filmmaker that Eric Idle plays in The Rutles, a movie parody of the Beatles. Idle's character goes to the "banks of the Mississippi" (standing downtown in a southern city in front of financial institutions) looking for the old blues master Blind Lemon Pie. Blind Lemon's wife, sitting with him on the porch, mocks him for claiming he taught the Rutles and the Everly Brothers everything they knew.

Missing from Evans's book is the stereotypical white music critic who worships at the altar of country blues. (Read Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Bluesfor an entertaining but serious study of how whites and blacks have treated blues music--not always very differently. If Elizabeth Cotten sang it, it was blues. If the Carter family sang it, it was country.)

And where's the token hip white jazz musician in the skinny suit, playing next to the black musicians in the smoky clubs?

Both black and white males could enjoy Negropedia. (I'm not sure women I personally would respect would find "Five Asses That Changed America" funny.) But the "Hip-Hop Genome Project" tells you what generation the book is aimed at. This makes perfect sense; why should Evans write for his grandpa?

One theme that's not particularly humorous but interesting is black masculinity and why male show business personalities spend so much time looking pretty and the rest of their time dissing gays.
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