Losing My Cool

Losing My Cool

How A Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hiphop Culture

Book - 2010
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Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2010.
ISBN: 9781594202636
159420263X
Characteristics: xii, 225 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: The discovery of what it means to be a black boy
A wicked genie
What about your friends?
Street dreams (who am I to disagree?)
Slip the yoke
You can't go home again
Beginning to see the light
To a worm in a horseradish, the world is a horseradish
Every secret loses its force
Epilogue.

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crankylibrarian Jan 19, 2013

What does it mean to be a young black male today? Is hip-hop culture, with its emphasis on violence, sexism and anti-authoritarianism, the only way for black men to self-identify? Thomas Chatterton Williams answers with a resounding "No!" as he recounts his youth as the biracial son of a wise, intellectually demanding black father, who insisted on excellence, but also on a culture of community values and respect. Williams describes in unflinching detail how his youthful flirtation with "thug life" eventually gave way to a mature appreciation of what it truly means to be an African American man. A terrific book for fathers and sons to read together.

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Jun 23, 2011

Coarse Language: Well it does cover hip-hop a bit, but one of the quotes before the talbe of contents has the f-word, however, it's not so bad that there are swears on the back cover.

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