Everything but the Burden What White People Are Taking from Black Culture

ISBN-10: 076791497X
ISBN-13: 9780767914970
Edition: 2003
Authors: Greg Tate
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 9/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

White kids from the ’burbs are throwing up gang signs. The 2001 Grammy winner for best rap artist was as white as rice. And blond-haired sorority sisters are sporting FUBU gear. What is going on in American culture that’s giving our nation a racial-identity crisis? Following the trail blazed by Norman Mailer’s controversial essay “The White Negro,” Everything but the Burden brings together voices from music, popular culture, the literary world, and the media speaking about how from Brooklyn to the Badlands white people are co-opting black styles of music, dance, dress, and slang. In this collection, the essayists examine how whites seem to be taking on, as editor Greg Tate’s mother used to tell him, “everything but the burden”–from fetishizing black athletes to spinning the ghetto lifestyle into a glamorous commodity. Is this a way of shaking off the fear of the unknown? A flattering indicator of appreciation? Or is it a more complicated cultural exchange? The pieces in Everything but the Burden explore the line between hero-worship and paternalism. Among the book’s twelve essays are Vernon Reid’s “Steely Dan Understood as the Apotheosis of ‘The White Negro,’” Carl Hancock Rux’s “The Beats: America’s First ‘Wiggas,’” and Greg Tate’s own introductory essay “Nigs ’R Us.” Other contributors include: Hilton Als, Beth Coleman, Tony Green, Robin Kelley, Arthur Jafa, Gary Dauphin, Michaela Angela Davis, dream hampton, and Manthia diAwara. From the Hardcover edition.

Introduction: Nigs R Us, or How Blackfolk Became Fetish Objects
"Eminem: The New White Negro"
Scenes from Umkovu, a play
"Reds, Whites, and Blues People"
"Pimp Notes on Autonomy"
"ThugGods: Spiritual Darkness and Hip-Hop"
"Yoked in Gowanus"
"The New Mythology Began Without Me"
"Steely Dan: Understood as the Redemption of the White Negro": A conversation between Greg Tate and Vernon Reid
"A Pryor Love: The Life and Times of America's Comic Prophet of Race"
"The Beautiful Ones"
"Skinned"
"Ali, Foreman, Mailer, and Me"
"The 1960s in Bamako: Malick Sidibe and James Brown"
"The Black Asianphile"
"Afro-Kinky Human Hair"
"Captive Herstories"
"Affection Afflictions: My Alien/My Self or More 'Reading at Work'"
"My Black Death"
Contributors' Notes
Acknowledgments

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