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Body & Soul: The Black Male Book Paperback – July 15, 1998

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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About the Author

Duane Thomas is a partner in a design studio specializing in creating advertising for fashion and beauty companies. He is a contributing magazine art director who has worked for Vogue, Elle, Essence, In Style, Details, and Esquire. He is also founder and art director of Noir, a New York-based style magazine for African-Americans.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; 1 edition (July 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789301296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789301291
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
D'Angelo, the cover man, is not to be found inside. The title is much too broad; a more accurate title would be, "Fashion Styles of Some Rich & Famous Black Males." As for bodies, they are mostly clothes hangers here; the amount of skin on the cover is misleading. The contents rate as PG because of a couple behinds and a few covered crotches; there is no full, frontal nudity whatsoever. I don't know how anybody gets any soul out of this book, unless they see it in the eyes of some portraits or glean it from scattered quotes of fashion magazine staffers, usually a phrase or single sentence each, as the quotes, along with some other one-sentence observations by the author, are the only text. Therefore, the cover and title are cheap, bookselling tricks, but the book price is not cheap. A used copy, however, IS cheap, as buyers turn into sellers. Although a book about men of color, I am surprised that black & white plates out-number color 3:1, as I count about 90 b&w and 31 color photo's. I am a fan, too, of some of the people featured, but, to me, this is no reason to gush about the book as a whole. Although I could ooh and ah about some of the photo's, there are a like number of dogs and mediocre shots. What could form a pop-culture chapter itself is the number of celebrities who must have paid a lot for elaborate fantasy scenes shot by highly-paid photographers. I would not feel good about seeing this sort of arrogance if I shelled out a lot for their books, CD's, magazines, ticket prices, etc., the profits of which finance such folly. The author sees Black male fashion from a mainly GQ-type perspective, which may be right in-step in certain parts of Manhattan, but, from here in 'da hood, its seems like he's in an ivory tower.Read more ›
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By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Ladies, get your credit cards out (or borrow a friend's), get your car to the mall (or catch the bus), buy this book now (do what you must)! I am not even kidding you for one second. This is a beautiful book. This book will make you proud to be (check one): 1. Black 2. An admirer of black beauty 3. Female 4. Male 5. Visually adept. All I got to say is Gary Dourdan, my dear, God Blessed You. God Bless You. All the other fine young specimens and the infinitely talented stylists, editors and photographers, "y'all GO"! (Specifically, GO directly back to the drawing board and do this again...serially,pleeeeeease!) Love... me.
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Format: Paperback
Body & Soul: The Black Male Book is a gem to behold and share. Going one step beyond the stark representation of black males by Robert Mapplethorpe. Duane Thomas has visually captured the soul,essence, style and sensuality of the black male today. Their beauty and elegance is universal and transcend talents and lifestyles. My favorite is Shemare Moore, but I must say all the images are captivating and soul stirring. A book of this caliber was long overdue and I'm glad Mr. Thomas took his passion and crafted such a grand pictorial of the 90's black male. My time capusle will definitely include Body & Soul. So generations to come will have the opportunity to bask in its splendor.
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i had more body and soul first and then i ordered the first body and soul. both books tastefully done. more body and soul is my fav.
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