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Some call it good manners; in African American vernacular, it's called 'home training.' With Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times, media freelancers Karen Grigsby Bates and Karen Elyse Hudson provide a modern African American alternative to Emily Post and Miss Manners. Addressed to the growing black middle class, this user-friendly volume is filled with information on social rites of passage, the new corporate workplace and everyday rules and rituals that make for more gracious living. Covering such situations as how to handle yourself in a restaurant where you've received unacceptable treatment, common courtesies to be shown to household help and how to respond to racial harassment at work, Bates and Hudson offer a guide that will be of benefit to men and women, singles and families.
|Home Training: Our Definition|
|1||It Goes Without Saying||9|
|2||Lift Ev'ry Voice||17|
|3||Be a Friend||26|
|4||Best Foot Forward||39|
|5||Keeping Up with the Joneses||46|
|7||Meeting and Greeting||61|
|9||I Heard It Through the Grapevine||76|
|10||Reach Out and Touch Someone||80|
|12||Thanks Be to You||106|
|13||My House, My Rules||113|
|18||Gifts from Me to You||158|
|19||Tips and Gratuities||179|
|20||Ease on Down the Road||184|
|21||It's Just Neighborly||204|
|22||Clubs and Organizations||210|
|24||It's a Date, Not a Mate||241|
|25||I Do, I Don't: Marriage and Other Living Arrangements||254|
|26||Pride and Joy||261|
|27||The Honor of Your Presence||281|
|28||Hostess with the Mostest||294|
|29||Let the Party Begin||304|
|30||Parties and Celebrations||314|
|32||Be a Good Guest||333|
|34||To Love, Honor, and Cherish||356|
|35||And This, Too, Shall Pass||409|
|36||Swing Low, Sweet Chariot||419|
|38||In Case You're Wondering||440|
|39||Things We Love||450|
|40||Don't You Dare!||454|
|You Tell Us ...||461|
Posted June 17, 2010
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Basic Black: Home Training For Modern Times and The NEW Basic Black are several books that I have a hard time keeping in my possession....so I hide the books now (laughing). These books have been swiped from me several times, as an interested eye attached to an interesting person sees a way to help said interested person become more intriguing.
I first came across Basic Black, Home Training for Modern Times in my hair dresser's home when going to sit for one of our 10-hour hair braiding sessions. We discussed introducing the book as the next book in our book club. The book was very popular and became a staple in the collections of every member.
Why, you ask?
Bates and Hudson define what it is to be "good", classy and tactful, teaching etiquette for every situation. These books are a MUST for every person, but especially every WOMAN, who wants to be mindful off themselves and others. If you seek to improve yourself while respecting others, then this book is for you!
Posted February 14, 2000
I borrowed this book from a friend and I couldn't put it down. I will be buying a copy. This book covers everything black people need to know and then some. This is the perfect graduation, birthday and wedding present. It is written in a simple, easy to understand format. Even my white friends loved it and preferred it over Emily Post. It is sad though that they had to put in a chapter about 'how to handle yourself during a police stop'. I hope that they will make a book dealing primarily with weddings, because they are a lot of folks who definitely need to learn wedding etiquette.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.