Yo Mama!: New Raps, Toasts, Dozens, Jokes And (Paperback)Onwuchekwa Jemie (author)
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Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
"This is a comprehensive collection of African American folklore. The transcriptions are well done-great texts! The introductions are thoughtful, meaty, provocative."-Daryl Cumber Dance, author of Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor and From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore
"This book sets the standard for an innovative tradition in works of this sort and, in time, will become a classic. Onwuchekwa Jemie's Yo' Mama! features the best of the old and the new in African American popular cultural forms. This is by far the best contemporary work on the subject."-Molefi Kete Asante, Editor, Journal of Black Studies, and author of The Afrocentric Idea (Temple).
"This is a magnificent collection and long overdue. It builds on a long tradition of scholarship pioneered by William Labov, Roger Abraham, Geneva Smitherman and others who see African American English as performance-based and the core and heart of African American culture. Moreover with all of its toasts, boasts, ritual insults, and the like, it adds hiphop flavor, allowing us to see how rap connects to this language-performance based art. A must read for all those interested in the roots of African American culture."-William Eric Perkins, Senior Research Scholar, Urban Minorities Research Project, University of Pennsylvania
"[A] thoughtfully rambunctious and judiciously outrageous collection that will make you laugh until your eyes water."-The Texas Observer
"...a must read and [an] excellent addition to the library of urban folklore and argot...Highly recommended."-Multicultural Review
"Jemie's introductory essay places 'the dozens' in a global context and relates them to modern forms, such as rap and spoken word.-Black Issues Book Review
"...dive straight into the collection if you want to really understand what made Langston Hughes so damn fly."-City Limits