The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl


  • Author : Issa Rae
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-07-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476749075

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Excerpt :

An introvert braves the cybersex, the pitfalls of eating out alone, the difficulties of weight gain, and other hurdles faced by shy people living in a world that urges us to be cool as "J" humorously recounts her life in all its awkward glory.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl


  • Author : Issa Rae
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-02-10
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476749099

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Excerpt :

The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure. In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool. I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start? Being an introvert (as well as “funny,” according to the Los Angeles Times) in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a book no one—awkward or cool, black, white, or other—will want to miss.

Small Doses Book

Small Doses


  • Author : Amanda Seales
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release Date : 2019-10-22
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683354949

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Small Doses Excerpt :

This “one-of-a-kind read” offers insightful essays, poignant life advice, and pithy pearls of wisdom from the comedian and star of HBO’s Insecure (Entertainment Weekly). Anyone who has seen Amanda Seales’s acclaimed stand-up special I Be Knowin, her long-running TV series Insecure, or her groundbreaking gameshow Smart Funny & Black, knows that this woman is a force of nature. In both life and career, she has fearlessly and passionately charted her own course. Now she’s bringing her life’s lessons and laughs to the page with her signature blend of academic intellectualism, Black American colloquialisms, and pop culture fanaticism. This volume of essays, axioms, original illustrations, and photos provides Seales’s trademark “self-help from the hip” style of commentary, fueled by ideology formed from her own victories, struggles, research, mistakes, risks, and pay-offs. Unapologetic, fiercely funny, and searingly honest, Small Doses engages, empowers, and enlightens readers on how to find their truths while still finding the funny!

Black Female Sexualities Book

Black Female Sexualities


  • Author : Trimiko Melancon
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-01-26
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813572857

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Black Female Sexualities Excerpt :

Western culture has long regarded black female sexuality with a strange mix of fascination and condemnation, associating it with everything from desirability, hypersexuality, and liberation to vulgarity, recklessness, and disease. Yet even as their bodies and sexualities have been the subject of countless public discourses, black women’s voices have been largely marginalized in these discussions. In this groundbreaking collection, feminist scholars from across the academy come together to correct this omission—illuminating black female sexual desires marked by agency and empowerment, as well as pleasure and pain, to reveal the ways black women regulate their sexual lives. The twelve original essays in Black Female Sexualities reveal the diverse ways black women perceive, experience, and represent sexuality. The contributors highlight the range of tactics that black women use to express their sexual desires and identities. Yet they do not shy away from exploring the complex ways in which black women negotiate the more traumatic aspects of sexuality and grapple with the legacy of negative stereotypes. Black Female Sexualities takes not only an interdisciplinary approach—drawing from critical race theory, sociology, and performance studies—but also an intergenerational one, in conversation with the foremothers of black feminist studies. In addition, it explores a diverse archive of representations, covering everything from blues to hip-hop, from Crash to Precious, from Sister Souljah to Edwidge Danticat. Revealing that black female sexuality is anything but a black-and-white issue, this collection demonstrates how to appreciate a whole spectrum of subjectivities, experiences, and desires.

Girl Gurl Grrrl Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Girl Gurl Grrrl


  • Author : Kenya Hunt
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2020-12-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062987655

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Girl Gurl Grrrl Excerpt :

A People Pick! “One of the year’s must-reads.” –ELLE “[A] provocative, heart-breaking, and frequently hilarious collection.” –GLAMOUR “Essential, vital, and urgent.” –HARPER’S BAZAAR In the vein of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist and Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, but wholly its own, a provocative, humorous, and, at times, heartbreaking collection of essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother, and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world. Black women have never been more visible or more publicly celebrated than they are now. But for every new milestone, every magazine cover, every box office record smashed, every new face elected to public office, the reality of everyday life for black women remains a complex, conflicted, contradiction-laden experience. An American journalist who has been living and working in London for a decade, Kenya Hunt has made a career of distilling moments, movements, and cultural moods into words. Her work takes the difficult and the indefinable and makes it accessible; it is razor sharp cultural observation threaded through evocative and relatable stories. Girl Gurl Grrrl both illuminates our current cultural moment and transcends it. Hunt captures the zeitgeist while also creating a timeless celebration of womanhood, of blackness, and the possibilities they both contain. She blends the popular and the personal, the frivolous and the momentous in a collection that truly reflects what it is to be living and thriving as a black woman today.

Open TV Book

Open TV


  • Author : Aymar Jean Christian
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2018-01-09
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 335
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479874224

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Open TV Excerpt :

Introduction: independents change the channel -- Developing open tv: innovation for the open network, 1995-2005 -- Open tv production: revaluing creative labor -- Open tv representation: reforming cultural politics -- Open tv distribution: struggling for an independent market -- Scaling open tv: the challenges of big data television -- Epilogue: open tv and the future of the networked era

American Like Me Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

American Like Me


  • Author : America Ferrera
  • Publisher : Gallery Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501180927

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American Like Me Excerpt :

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures. America Ferrera has always felt wholly American, and yet, her identity is inextricably linked to her parents’ homeland and Honduran culture. Speaking Spanish at home, having Saturday-morning-salsa-dance-parties in the kitchen, and eating tamales alongside apple pie at Christmas never seemed at odds with her American identity. Still, she yearned to see that identity reflected in the larger American narrative. Now, in American Like Me, America invites thirty-one of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures. We know them as actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, artists, and writers. However, they are also immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants, indigenous people, or people who otherwise grew up with deep and personal connections to more than one culture. Each of them struggled to establish a sense of self, find belonging, and feel seen. And they call themselves American enthusiastically, reluctantly, or not at all. Ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious, their stories shine a light on a quintessentially American experience and will appeal to anyone with a complicated relationship to family, culture, and growing up.

Jurassic World  The Ultimate Pop Up Book Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Jurassic World The Ultimate Pop Up Book


  • Author : Matthew Reinhart
  • Publisher : Insight Editions
  • Release Date : 2021-10-26
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 5
  • ISBN 10 : 1683839161

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Jurassic World The Ultimate Pop Up Book Excerpt :

Life will not be contained in this exciting and interactive pop-up journey through the entire Jurassic saga—from pop-up legend Matthew Reinhart. The hit Jurassic World series recaptivated audiences globally when it unleashed an island of new and terrifyingly realistic dinosaurs on the world. Inspired by director Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic Jurassic Park, the iconic saga has ushered in a whole new generation of film fans. Featuring explosive, pop-off-the-page depictions of the Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, and other prehistoric favorites, this deluxe pop-up book traces the evolution of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World sagas across three decades of major motion pictures. Presented in a dynamic 360-degree format that allows fans to view and participate in the action from all sides, Jurassic World: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book also includes interactive pull-tabs and hidden surprises. Bigger than a T. rex and smarter than a Raptor, Jurassic World: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book is the definitive interactive exploration of the most gargantuan saga in movie history.

I Was Told There d Be Cake Book
Score: 3
From 65 Ratings

I Was Told There d Be Cake


  • Author : Sloane Crosley
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-04-01
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101147474

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I Was Told There d Be Cake Excerpt :

Hailed by David Sedaris as "perfectly, relentlessly funny" and by Colson Whitehead as "sardonic without being cruel, tender without being sentimental," from the author of the new collection Look Alive Out There. Wry, hilarious, and profoundly genuine, this debut collection of literary essays is a celebration of fallibility and haplessness in all their glory. From despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum to provoking the ire of her first boss to siccing the cops on her mysterious neighbor, Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions -- or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character who aims for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.

The Awkward Thoughts of W  Kamau Bell Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

The Awkward Thoughts of W Kamau Bell


  • Author : W. Kamau Bell
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101985892

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The Awkward Thoughts of W Kamau Bell Excerpt :

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you’ve read about him in the New York Times, which called him “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable." After all this love and praise, it’s time for the next step: a book. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his up-bringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

Around the Way Girl Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Around the Way Girl


  • Author : Taraji P. Henson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-07-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501126000

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Around the Way Girl Excerpt :

In her memoir, "the screen actress writes of her family--the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life's challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both in the home and on DC's volatile streets. Here too she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift"--Amazon.com.

She Memes Well Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

She Memes Well


  • Author : Quinta Brunson
  • Publisher : Mariner Books
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 317
  • ISBN 10 : 9781328638984

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She Memes Well Excerpt :

From comedian Quinta Brunson comes a deeply personal and funny collection of essays featuring anecdotes about trying to make it when you're broke, overcoming self-doubt and depression, and how she's used humor to navigate her career in unusual directions. Quinta Brunson is a master of viral Internet content: without any traditional background in media, her humorous videos were the first to break through on Instagram's platform, receiving millions of views. From there, Brunson's wryly observant POV attracted the attention of BuzzFeed's motion picture development department, leading her to produce viral videos there about topics like interracial dating, millennial malaise, and seeing your ex in public. Now, Brunson is bringing her comedic chops to the page in She Memes Well, an earnest, laugh-out-loud collection about her weird road to Internet notoriety. In her debut essay collection, Quinta applies her trademark humor and heart to discuss what it was like to go from student loan debt-broke to "halfway recognizable--'don't I know you somewhere?'" level-of-fame. With anecdotes that range from the funny and zany--like her experience trying to find her signature hairstyle--to more grounded material about living with depression, Brunson's voice is entirely authentic and eminently readable. Perfect for fans of Phoebe Robinson's You Can't Touch My Hair, Samantha Irby's We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, and Issa Rae's The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, She Memes Well will charm and entertain a growing, engaged audience.

How to Watch Television  Second Edition Book

How to Watch Television Second Edition


  • Author : Ethan Thompson
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-31
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479898817

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How to Watch Television Second Edition Excerpt :

A new edition that brings the ways we watch and think about television up to the present We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it “good” or “bad.” Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context. How to Watch Television, Second Edition brings together forty original essays—more than half of which are new to this edition—from today’s leading scholars on television culture, who write about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a single television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. From fashioning blackness in Empire to representation in Orange is the New Black and from the role of the reboot in Gilmore Girls to the function of changing political atmospheres in Roseanne, these essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast, streaming, and cable. Addressing shows from TV’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of the medium, How to Watch Television, Second Edition is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds. To access additional essays from the first edition, visit the full list here bit.ly/HowToWatchTV2e.

Before We Were Wicked Book

Before We Were Wicked


  • Author : Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2019-04-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524744045

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Before We Were Wicked Excerpt :

From New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, “one of the most successful Black authors of the last quarter-century”* comes a novel about the how one chance meeting can change everything in this thrilling, sexy tale of star-crossed lust. They say the love of money is the root of all evil, but for Ken Swift, it's the love of a woman. Ken is twenty-one, hurting people for cash to try to pay his way through college, when he lays eyes on Jimi Lee, the woman who will change the course of his entire life. What's meant to be a one-night stand with the Harvard-bound beauty turns into an explosion of sexual chemistry that neither can quit. And when Jimi Lee becomes pregnant, their two very different worlds collide in ways they never could have anticipated. Passion, infidelity, and raw emotion combine in Eric Jerome Dickey's poignant, erotic portrait of a relationship: the rise, the fall, and the scars⁠—and desire⁠—that never fade. *The New York Times