The Assimilated Negro's Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience
By Patrice Evans
(Three Rivers Press, Paperback, 9780307463807, 240pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
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Patrice Evans is The Assimilated Negro, a hyperobservant, savagely pop-savvy instigator bent on pranking the crap out of our modern racial discourse. Since the debut of his popular “Ghetto Pass” column for Gawker.com, Evans has been the rare voice capable of speaking to junkies for both White Castle and Colson Whitehead with equal insight and aplomb. His first book, Negropedia, is a wide-ranging, deeply idiosyncratic tour through the tricky racial landscape of the Obama era, aimed at pop-culture consumers at the intersecting fan bases of South Park and Chappelle’s Show, Scott Pilgrim and The Boondocks.
Whether deconstructing Lil Wayne’s “no homo hypocrisy,” outlining the all-important Clair Huxtable code for finding a mate, or assessing Susan Sontag’s street cred, Evans provides a stream of daring outsider anthropology.
PATRICE EVANS, aka The Assimilated Negro (TAN), is a contributing writer for Grantland.com. He has written about the intersection of race, class, and pop culture for Time Out New York, Gawker.com, McSweeney’s, and CollegeHumor.com, as well as What Was the Hipster?, an essay collection published by the literary journal n+1. In addition to writing for print and online, he also writes rhymes and stand-up bits for fun and profit. He lives in New York City.
“This definitely supplants that weird book my grandpa gave me from the ’30s as the best guide to black people I’ve ever read.”
—Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like and Whiter Shades of Pale
“I feel like I became closer to the Lord by reading this book.
This book is to black life what the basketball is to a game of basketball.
Read my quote. Be influenced. Buy this book.”
—Hannibal Buress, writer (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) and comedian (My name is Hannibal.)
“Negropedia is a humorous collection of essays.” – Jason Parham, NewYorker.com
“A group of hilarious vignettes ” – Flavorwire.com