The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Tales of A 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian

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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781524733797
Characteristics: 1 online resource (9 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 22, 2019

His thoughts are definitely more fascinating than awkward. I find him thoughtful, observant, and at times hilarious. He thoughtfully captured the black experience and gave language to situations that are hard to define. I do find him though overcompensating at times, because he married outside of his race. Highly recommend, especially the audiobook. It’s important to hear his inflection. I’m sorry I never got to watch him when his show was on the air.

JCLKarynH May 21, 2018

W. Kamau Bell's thoughts are indeed awkward, but in a hilarious and insightful way. He tackles a menagerie of topics including his upbringing, Denzel Washington, Doc McStuffins, interracial marriage, activism, hosting the t.v. shows: Totally Biased and United Shades of America, racism, sexism, and the 2016 presidential election, among others. His audio book narration has the best inflections and asides, and he's not afraid to dig deep and be inclusive or controversial. If you're a fan of United Shades of America, give Bell's awkward thoughts a try.

DPLRoxanne Nov 02, 2017

These funny, sarcastic, heartfelt and somber recollections deconstruct and challenge societal perceptions of race, gender and class. Bell’s nuanced memoir goes beyond the traditional fair offered by other comics or celebrities who’ve penned a book. This is a complex, and informative social critique. The audiobook version of Bell’s memoir is particularly engaging, and adds a degree of intimacy.


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