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Who's Gonna Take the Weight: Manhood, Race, and Power in America Paperback – August 19, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (August 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609810448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609810446
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?A mighty wind of fresh air. His pitiless self-examination?and his equally honest exploration of the racial, sexual, cultural, and class fault lines that thread our psychic and social landscape?is not only brave but necessary if our nation is to survive.?
?Michael Eric Dyson

?Kevin Powell is pushing to bring, as he has so brilliantly done before, the voices of his generation: the concerns, the cares, the fears, and the fearlessness.?
?Nikki Giovanni

In three mind-jolting essays by one of the most passionate and eloquent voices of his generation, Who?s Gonna Take the Weight? by Kevin Powell leads us to the heart of the searing issues facing us today, from manhood, violence, and gender oppression to celebrity culture and hip-hop. Using compelling personal stories as the connecting thread, he examines what this nation has become since the monumental upheavals of the 1960s and where it might be headed if we?re not careful.

Written one hundred years after W.E.B. DuBois?s The Souls of Black Folk and forty years after James Baldwin?s The Fire Next Time, Who?s Gonna Take the Weight? is an impassioned witness to the burning problems that have accompanied us on our journey through the twenty-first century.

About the Author

KEVIN POWELL is a critically acclaimed writer, lecturer, and activist. He is the author or editor of five previous books and a major contributor to the New York Times bestseller Tupac Shakur. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By teegreazy on October 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
This was a fairly easy read, but lacked an instructional model for follow through. This was more of an autobiographical depiction of what race and manhood means to Kevin.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lenwood D. Compton on October 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Beyond the scope of any other book detailing the perils and prosperity of being both a man and a hip-hop head, Kevin Powell sheds a hidden understanding of the myths and glaring truths associated with these two misunderstood complexities in life. Using his life experiences and the starking parellels that he shared with the late Tupac Shakur, KP helps the reader disect the meaning of power and how many of us walk in the frozen images of power that is given to us by society when we never took a chance to understand power or our powerlessness and vulnerabilities of being a man.
Simply put, this book opens the objective reader to a tainted, yet reasonably truthful and analytical picture of manhood, race, power, and hip-hop that has been painted by artists who created a messed up display...they just wanted others to look at the depiction as beauty.
This book is a must read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By soulonice on July 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Powell at the Essence Music Festival this year, and made sure to let him know his book is the truth. It's not for everyone, meaning you have to be able to expand your mind and be willing to be objective. It's obvious he speaks and writes what he writes, because these are very important issues, and also uses himself in many instances to show he isn't merely just running his mouth and criticizing others. His concerns about where black men are and where we are headed are right on point and should be taken seriously.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "kjolaan" on May 25, 2004
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he loves tupac....he has serious issues with Black Women....its a hard knock life....he was on the real world.....vibe magaizine...? Who is Kevin Powell?
I've read many of his works, and this is the end of the road for me. My biggest issue with him, is that he lacks balance and if he couldgt past his hurt feelings/bruised ego long enough, I could give more credence to what he says. He's like the Gary Coleman of writing. Sure he makes some valid points, but I could do without the bitching. I'll give him this, he's a good editor. I enjoyed Step Into A World. (minus the introduction) Give me Greg Tate, Mark Anthony Neal, Todd Boyd anyday!!!!
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