Negropedia: The Assimilated Negro’s Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience by Patrice Evans

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.  [book link

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Negropedia. The book is subtitled, “The Assimilated Negro’s Crash Course on the Modern Black Experience,” and is meant for those curious to learn more about what it means to be black in America today. We get a breakdown of Nation of Islam types, Erykah Badu-wannabes, and why it really sucks to be called young, gifted, and black. It’s a group of hilarious vignettes done in a casual, bloggy style, which makes for a great read while you’re commuting.

Hamilton: Patrice, why are you racist?

P: I learned it by watching you, America

good Q&A session at Gawker. Race conversation still brings out a ton of questions that go WTF? in the night. But I kind of like bouncing from talking about Patrice O’Neal on the Charlie Sheen Roast, to jokes about Donald Glover’s bro-rape, to more sincere “how do I deal w/ this stuff” conversations. 

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omg. i totally have no emotions about anything. fresh out of feelings. sorry, funerals. my bad, graduations. it’s not you it’s me, weddings. but a 90 year old white woman giving me a heartfelt 5 stars put some tears in my eyes. can’t front. in public i’ll laugh it off as vanity and punch myself in the face for your amusement, but in secret i think it’s why i came out with a booooook (<—- Drake sings this last part) 

Greenlight Bookstore Reading
Steamboat

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 PM
Steamboat: A Literary Humor Series
Hosted by Bob Powers
Featuring Larry Doyle, Patrice Evans, Rev Jen, and Jon Friedman

On the third Thursday of every month, join comedian Bob Powers (author of Happy Cruelty Day) as he hosts the city’s best humor writers for a night of wine-addled, text-based hilarity. This month’s lineup includes Larry Doyle, author of Deliriously Happy and Go, Mutants!; Patrice Evans, aka “The Assimilated Negro,” author of the new book Negropedia; Reverend Jen, author of the new book Elf Girl; and Jon Friedman, creator of The Rejection Show and editor of the book Rejected

I was a little shook, cause 1.) it’s Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, alpha-intellectual and straight up god body of hip hop. 2.) I have an entry in the book where he’s name-dropped, and my first encounter with someone I make a joke about. It’s not a bad one, (I say we need a comic like a Black Dennis MIller, and Dyson with more weed and/or coke could be a model). But he was great. Called it funny, etc.  So, word up tumblr, fuckyeahmichaelericdyson etc. etc.

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