Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
Author: W. Kamau Bell
You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you’ve read about him in the New York Times, which called him “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable." After all this love and praise, it’s time for the next step: a book. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his up-bringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.
New York magazine's "Science of Us" editor explains the compelling psychology of awkwardness, and why learning to accept your cringeworthy moments can be a social advantage. Have you ever said goodbye to someone, only to discover that you're both walking in the same direction? Or had your next thought fly out of your brain in the middle of a presentation? Or accidentally liked an old photo on someone's Instagram or Facebook, thus revealing yourself to be a creepy social media stalker? Melissa Dahl, editor of New York magazine's "Science of Us" website, has experienced all of those awkward situations, and many more. Now she offers a thoughtful, original take on what it really means to feel awkward. She invites you to follow her into all sorts of mortifying moments, such as reading her middle school diary on stage in front of hundreds of strangers, striking up conversations with busy New Yorkers on the subway, and even taking improv comedy lessons. She also draws on research to answer questions you've probably pondered at some point, such as: * Why are situations without clear rules most likely to turn awkward? * Are people really judging us as harshly as we think they are? * Does anyone ever truly outgrow their awkward teenage self? If you can learn to tolerate life's most cringeworthy situations -- networking, difficult conversations, hearing the sound of your own terrible voice -- your awkwardness can be a secret weapon to making better, more memorable impressions. When everyone else is pretending to have it under control, you can be a little braver and grow a little bigger.
Celebrate resistance and spark change! Discover the powerful words of anti-racism activists in this vibrant, resonant collection of quotes that centers previously unheard voices while also paying tribute to those who came before. More than 100 incisive, thought-provoking passages will enlighten and inspire in this must-have collection for everyone who cares about promoting racial equity. Kenrya Rankin celebrates resistance by centering and honoring anti-racist voices, past and present. This exciting collection showcases passages from the writings or speeches of thinkers and activists in the anti-racist community. These are words to enlighten, to prompt change, to provide encouragement, and to move readers to action. A brief biographical note for each person quoted gives context to their words. The bold and colorful design underlines the energy and movement toward real change. -Anti-racism is necessary to combat the destructive legacy of systemic racism -This book offers readers an introduction to anti-racism in an appealing, illustrated package -Beautifully designed and authentic, this book supports the movement and makes a good impulse buy or thoughtful gift purchase -Author Kenrya Rankin is a sought-after speaker and writer on anti-racism -This upliting and thought-provoking collection is a celebration of the movement toward racial justice and resistance to white supremacy Voices include: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ibram X. Kendi, Elaine Welteroth, Serena Williams, W.Kamau Bell, Lizzo, Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza, Jason Reynolds, Audre Lorde, Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Frederick Douglass, and many more! Partial proceeds to benefit The Movement for Black Lives Fund