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๐Ÿ“šBookish Thoughts๐Ÿ“š โ € โ€œWe say African-American because that is the parlance,โ€ โ € โ€œUsed to be the parlance was colored, N…

๐Ÿ“šBookish Thoughts๐Ÿ“š
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โ€œWe say African-American because that is the parlance,โ€
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โ€œUsed to be the parlance was colored, Negro, Afro, nigger, coon, jigaboo. Parlance donโ€™t make a word right.”
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๐Ÿ“š The Awkward Black Man: Stories
by Walter Mosley
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The concept of manhood and definitions of realness and masculinity was really explored in this book. I appreciated the fluently and boldness in portraying various personalities. As the sole sister to eight, I recognized some of my siblings within these pages. Self discovery is weird. It leads to insecurity before a foundation of strength is solidified. It is funny in its awkwardness and yet not ha-ha funny. It is unusual with no clear path, because to fully embrace who we are, we must break away from the molds that seek to confound us and forge our own paths. Discovering yourself can be downright scary especially in a world determined to see you fail. This book is a collection of short stories on the Black man. These stories are vulnerable, beautiful, and manly.
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The above quote caught my attention because the character delivered a monologue on his objection of the label in a really passionate way. It makes me ponder on the language we use every day. Letโ€™s have a conversation about parlances. Even in a time when certain language is common, any given word is sure to offend someone. My mother hated the words โ€œmoistโ€ and โ€œfunkyโ€. I cringe at more than a few I care to mention, because that would be a very long list.
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What words offend you?
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๐Ÿ’‹ xoxo,
Kat
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P.S. Thanks for checking out this #TheAwkwardBlackMan by #WalterMosley #tlcbooktours #TourStop post! I โค๏ธ #diversereads ! I โค๏ธ #shortstories ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ This is by a #Blackauthor Thanks @groveatlantic for this #gifted copy ๐Ÿ˜ I am down with ย #ownvoicesreviews ๐Ÿฆ„
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Sincerely yours,
#blackgirlreading ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ!
Happy Reading! ๐Ÿ“š

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