Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen
One World, 1996 - Literary Collections - 922 pages
"[AN] OUTSTANDING COLLECTION...
The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies".
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The purpose of this extraordinary anthology is made abundantly clear by the editors' stated intention: "to create a living mosaic of essays and stories in which Black men can view themselves, and be viewed without distortion". In this, they have succeeded brilliantly. Brotherman contains more than one hundred and fifty selections, some never before published--from slave narratives, memoirs, social histories, novels, poems, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, position papers, and essays.
Brotherman books us passage to the world that Black men experience as adolescents, lovers, husbands, fathers, workers, warriors, and elders. On this journey they encounter pain, confusion, anger, and love while confronting the life-threatening issues of race, sex, and politics--often as strangers in a strange land. The first collection of its kind, Brotherman gathers together a multitude of voices that add a new, unforgettable chapter to American cultural identity.
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JABARI ASIM Two Fools Tom-Tom and DeAndre were sitting on the stoop of an
abandoned building. Its once-grand exterior was now pocked, pimpled, and
peppered with scrawled threats, boasts, and obscenities, courtesy of Tom-Tom's
The two Fools rose and pimped along the sun-splashed avenue. DeAndre was
older than Tom-Tom but a good five inches shorter. His thick mustache and self-
assured gait lent him an air of maturity that belied his seventeen years. Tom-Tom
"Huh?" Tom-Tom looked around, following DeAndre's gaze until his eyes rested
on a red-clad figure standing at a pay phone. The man's back was turned, but
there was no mistaking the bright jacket and cap. The red glowed in the sun like a
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The editors' attempt to gather essays, poems, and segments of larger works as well as short stories covering every aspect of the black man in America--past, present, and future--explains this book's ... Read full review