The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Tales of A 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-up Comedian

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"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"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2017
ISBN: 9781101985878
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 Bell
Characteristics: viii, 340 pages

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Aug 28, 2017

There are so many great essays in this book. He acknowledges how unusual it is for a stand-up comedian to later get a CNN show about race in America, and it's fascinating to read how his career progressed to that point. There are also stand out chapters about pop culture. I especially loved his o... Read More »


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Aug 28, 2017

There are so many great essays in this book. He acknowledges how unusual it is for a stand-up comedian to later get a CNN show about race in America, and it's fascinating to read how his career progressed to that point. There are also stand out chapters about pop culture. I especially loved his ode to the kids' show Doc McStuffins, and how important representation is. The one thing I wish he had explained was his vote for Jill Stein in the 2016 election. He makes it very clear that he didn't want Donald Trump to be President, but never really explains why he didn't want Hillary Clinton to be President either. The best parts of the book are about intersectionality and the many unique attributes that make up each person.

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