- Hardcover: 237 pages
- Publisher: One World/Ballantine; 1st edition (August 19, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345404009
- ISBN-13: 978-0345404008
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,374,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keepin' It Real Hardcover – August 19, 1997
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If you spend a great deal of time searching for the perfect words to say to the father that never was--check out Letter to My Father in Kevin Powell's Keepin' It Real. This letter is sure to make any father think twice before walking away. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Throughout the ghettoes of America we of the hiphop generation say 'keep it real' as a way of insisting that the truth is the only way to go. In short, there is no time for sidestepping reality."
--From the Introduction
In Keepin' It Real, writer, poet, and cultural critic Kevin Powell puts both himself and society under a microscope and creates a searingly honest collection that is both powerful and disturbing. Powell's letters and reflections take us on the dizzying tight-rope walk between two worlds. From the poverty and misery of his New Jersey childhood to the excesses and successes of his mercurial rise to prominence, it is a life lived on the cutting-edge.
Within this rich weave of musings, confession, and sometimes painful introspection, Powell confronts such issues as racism, black self-hatred, gender violence in the 90s, and his own anguished revelations about sex, love, and misogyny. He also explores the meaning and myths of the Million Man March and the influential and threatening presence of rap music.
Like that musical movement created by his contemporaries, Kevin Powell samples the sights and sounds and scenarios of American life, then reshapes them into a provocative soundtrack for our times.
Top customer reviews
Critics might say "stop whining! We've all been through it. Get over it!" I too, at points, wanted to ask "how long can we use this as an excuse for destructive behavior?" But, this book is uncannily reminiscent of Nathan Mc Call's 'Makes Me Wanna Holler'. How many of these painful accounts from so-called successful black men do we need before this problem is acknowledged and addressed ?
At times, Kevin may be indulging in a bit of self-pity, but he is at least attempting to get over and beyond the things which he feels affected his life so drastically. Whether you believe him or not, whether you identify with him or not, this book gives us the opportunity to at least listen ... and perhaps understand.