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Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro's Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience Paperback – October 4, 2011
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“I feel like I became closer to the Lord by reading this book.
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Still this is a great book.
Once I started reading Negropedia I could not stop and it made me laugh out loud several times, which is something I rarely do while reading.
Patrice Evans is a blogger known as TAN. It is an acronym for The Assimilated Negro, ie a Black person who attempts to fit in with white society. Negropedia attempts to explain the differences between black and white people, with a focus on black neighborhoods and white neighborhoods. This is something that has been done to death by Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock and yet Evans puts a fresh spin on it. My favorite section of the book is the Ghetto Pass on which Evans explains gypsy cabs and fried chicken places. Of course the book bathes in stereotypes and that will make it controversial but Evans does it so tongue in cheek you don't take him seriously.
Not all the sections are funny, but what works really works. This is going to be a big deal when it comes out in October; mark my words.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
funny funny funny. I never new I waS AN ASSIMILATED NEGRO. This book breaks it down about the modern African American pop culture. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by alec
I was initially interested in reading Negropedia because racial satire and parody are topics I enjoy reading and doing myself. Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by Dee'sWords
This book is a tongue-in-cheek romp through contemporary American blackness. The chapter on Claire Huxtable had me in stitches. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by notaprofessional
While reading Negropedia, it was often hard to tell whether author Patrice Evans' stories and insights are serious, tongue-in-cheek or merely outrageously over the top. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Kurt Harding
This tome represents yet another disassociation between the boomer generation and Gen Y and Z. Read more
This is a silly, silly book. Some of the silliness is extremely clever. However, the sheer volume of uninterrupted silliness is exhausting (a common symptom of reading joke books). Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by Trevor Burnham
Look, I've read all the serious folks but this book wraps up serious interesting topics in a tireless irreverent banter that revitalizes the topic. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Bart Motes
Author, blogger and critic Patrice Evans delivers a witty and enlightening read in Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro's Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience, a book that... Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr.
...you might want to give this one a pass. As much as I enjoyed Patrice Evans' writing style, he writes a blog under the nom de plume The Assimilated Negro, most of the pop... Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Bucky