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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... the cool guys would say, "Hey, Brown, could I see your scar?" or they would
just say, "Man, is that your scar?" I'd say, "Yeah, that's it." If they were hip cats,
they might just say something like, "Yeah, man, those bullets can really fuck you
he asked as we got back into my car. "Yeah, I do." "How open?" "Pretty open." As
we got closer to campus, Kelvin's questions became more personal. I wondered
what he meant by "open-minded." "Do you sleep with your girlfriend regularly?
Even then their smell of a quick, cheap high had been toxic. One time they
spotted me and yelled, first one, then another until I was trapped. Hey, nigger." "
Yeah, you." "Naw, man, he ain't no nigger. He a faggot." "Then he a black nigger
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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