I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts [NOOK Book]

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Within these pages are the musings, the revelations, the ruminations, and the reflections of the incomparable Larry Wilmore. Here, collected for the first time, all in one place, are his Black Thoughts. From why black weathermen make him feel happy (or sad) and why brothas don't see UFOs to his search for Black Jesus or his quest to replace "African-American" with "chocolate," Wilmore has finally relented, agreeing to share his unique (black) perspective. Soon, you too will have the ability to find racism in ...
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I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts

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Overview

Within these pages are the musings, the revelations, the ruminations, and the reflections of the incomparable Larry Wilmore. Here, collected for the first time, all in one place, are his Black Thoughts. From why black weathermen make him feel happy (or sad) and why brothas don't see UFOs to his search for Black Jesus or his quest to replace "African-American" with "chocolate," Wilmore has finally relented, agreeing to share his unique (black) perspective. Soon, you too will have the ability to find racism in everything. Bring back the Shetland Negro and do away with Black History Month! After all, can twenty-eight days of trivia really make up for centuries of oppression? In Wilmore's own words, "I'd rather we got casinos!"
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Larry Wilmore sees things that mere mortals don't. He's noticed, for instance, that brothas seldom see UFOs and that the CW functions as "the Negro Leagues of CBS." As the "Senior Black Correspondent" of The Daily Show, this Emmy- and Peabody-winning veteran writer tirelessly promotes his pet projects: causes like replacing "African American" with "chocolate" and trading away Black History Month for coast-to-coast casino rights. This uproarious (and sometimes disturbingly wise) book continues the good creative work that Wilmore did in the still underrated Bernie Mac Show.
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As "Senior Black Correspondent" on cable TV's The Daily Show, comedian Wilmore provides some of the program's most hilarious moments while turning its satiric edge on his (largely white, middle-class, left-leaning) employers and audience, as well as his own people-retaining the full measure of his cynicism even in the midst of Obama-mania. In this collection (including essays, fake radio show transcripts, letters and wisecracks), readers get a tour of Wilmore's smart, sarcastic approach to race, media and the modern American psyche (perhaps most efficiently captured in back-to-back thought pieces, "Black Weathermen Make Me Feel Happy" and "Black Weathermen Make Me Feel Sad"). Part of Wilmore's appeal is the straight-faced mix of conviction and arch absurdity-more Steve Colbert than Jon Stewart-that's sometimes lacking without his deadpan, vaguely deprecating delivery. Still, fans will find consistent laughs, even if some of his longer, one-note pieces could have been better balanced with more of his goofy one-liners ("Random Black Thoughts"). Several of Wilmore's modest proposals, like his ongoing campaign to replace terms like "African-American" and "Black" with "Chocolate" ("everybody loves chocolate!") display a classic satirist's ability to convince, confound and compel in equal measure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401395476
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/20/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 380,746
  • File size: 514 KB

Meet the Author

Larry Wilmore has been a TV producer, actor, comedian and writer for over 30 years. He has written for In Living Color, the Bernie Mac Show, The Office, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his work on the Bernie Mac Show. He lives in NY and LA.
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Table of Contents

A Time for Change 1

Take Me to Your Leader 7

Man Talk 15

A Letter to the NAACP 33

Black Weathermen Make Me Feel Happy 37

Black Weathermen Make Me Feel Sad 43

Random Black Thought #1 49

How Come Brothas Don't See UFOs? Part I 51

Talk-Back Trauma 57

A Second Letter to the NAACP 75

Eulogy for the "N" Word 81

Random Black Thought #2 91

In Search of Black Jesus 93

Give Us the Superdome 99

Give Your Baby a "Nizame" 105

A Third Letter to the NAACP 117

Text Messages from a Birmingham Jail 121

Bring Back the Shetland Negro 125

Random Black Thought #3 133

A Fourth Letter to the NAACP 135

Angry Black Church Guide 139

Fair Trial 147

Random Black Thought #4 169

The Last Letter to the NAACP 171

How Come Brothas Don't See UFOs? Part II 175

If Not an Apology, at Least a "My Bad" 193

It's Okay to Hate Black People Who Work at McDonald's at the Airport (It Doesn't Make You Racist) 205

The End of Racism 219

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    The Mind of a Milk Choclate

    Larry Wilmore has a talent of bringing up subjects about the "choclate" community that you would've never thought of. Articles upon the likes of why don't brothas see UFO's, a black jesus, and the effect of "shetland negroes" on the nation as a whole. Looking beyond his satire of his own race, you really get to feel his position on where the "choclate" race is headed. This book is really for people of any color to enjoy, both for a comedy lover and a person of politics.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Read it!

    I liked I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert. I liked The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgeman. I loved America The Book by Jon Stewart et al. But pound for pound coming from The Daily Show associates, this is the best! I read the book, gave it to my sister to read and she calls me to tell me funny bits from the book! It's that funny!

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