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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569762430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569762431
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teases out the foibles of racial dissonance with penetrating subtlety."  —Washington Examiner

"Uncomfortable? Sure. But How To Rent a Negro is also funny, biting and valuable."  —Ruminator

"damali ayo has a nuanced, observant, and thought-provoking perspective on how racism works. What she also possesses, though, is a wickedly wry sense of humor, fully at play in Obamistan.  —Harry Allen, Media Assassin and hip-hop activist

"I'd been having this bad dream, that racism was still a problem. But damali ayo's Obamistan is like a warm cup of milk and a muscle relaxer! She's a brilliant humorist, and this ironic romp through post-racial America is pure genius."  —Tim Wise, author, White Like Me and Between Barack and a Hard Place

"Funny, pointed, and consistently absorbing."  —Davy Rothbart, creator, Found Magazine, and reporter, This American Life

About the Author

damali ayo is the author of How to Rent a Negro. She is the creator of the popular rent-a-negro.com, a satirical website that explores race, and the National Day of Panhandling for Reparations, a nationwide street performance. Her work has been featured in ABCnews.com, Harpers, NPR, Time.com, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as for various international newspapers.

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damali ayo and her work have been featured in publications world-wide including Harpers, the Village Voice, Salon.com, the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Redbook Magazine, The O'Reilly Factor, and Book TV. As a keynote speaker she travels the country, engaging audiences to think, feel, and heal through difficult community and personal challenges. She is the author of two books, How to Rent a Negro and Obamistan! which were playful yet biting satirical examinations of race relations. damali is a contributor to four other books, and has done several stories for NPR and Public Radio International. damali was a contributor to the reboot of the historic This I Believe radio series, as well as a repeat guest panelist on NPR's Weekend America. Her writing, art, and lectures have engaged topics ranging from race, gender, sexual assault, and sexual orientation to spirituality, chronic illness, the creative process, healing, music, and trash.

An expert story-teller, damali offers humor, insight, and creativity to make our culture's toughest topics manageable and fun. How to Rent a Negro was acclaimed as "one of the most trenchant and amusing commentaries on contemporary race relations." It was granted a 2005 Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Obamistan! Land without Racism: Your Guide to the New America debunks the myth of a post-race world. She is a member of "The Black Panel" in Baratunde Thurston's How To Be Black, has a chapter in the book Reality Radio and was interviewed by Davy Rothbart in Found II. Her monthly letter to her readers, The Blessings, shares personal stories about creativity, healing, and faith.

damali is a dynamic personality who brings energy, inspiration, and positivity wherever she goes. Through her trademark humor, bolstered by a remarkably vulnerable and open telling of her stories, damali shows her audience that life is an ongoing process of growth and evolution.

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By Jessica M on December 6, 2013
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Really funny satirical approach to revealing this nation's flaws when it comes to racism. Some opportunities to address some really hard-hitting issues, I feel, were lost because she focused too much on the funny and not enough on the issue. Still a great read! Easy to comprehend and it really makes you think how great we could have it, but we don't.
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Damali Ayo has managed to bring humor to bear on one of our nation's most serious issues in a style that makes it easy for anyone to understand. I challenge anyone to read this book and try to see the world in the same old way. You will find yourself laughing and learning; learning and laughing page after delightful page.

B. W. Patterson
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