Losing My Cool

Losing My Cool

How A Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-hop Culture

Book - 2010
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Describes how the author's hip-hop culture radically contrasted with his book-loving father's endless pursuit of knowledge, revealing how the father-son bond eventually overcame the genre's rebellious messages.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781594202636
159420263X
Branch Call Number: 305.2351 WIL
Characteristics: xii, 225 p. ; 22 cm

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crankylibrarian Jan 19, 2013

What does it mean to be a young black male today? Is hip-hop culture, with its emphasis on violence, sexism and anti-authoritarianism, the only way for black men to self-identify? Thomas Chatterton Williams answers with a resounding "No!" as he recounts his youth as the biracial son of a wise, intellectually demanding black father, who insisted on excellence, but also on a culture of community values and respect. Williams describes in unflinching detail how his youthful flirtation with "thug life" eventually gave way to a mature appreciation of what it truly means to be an African American man. A terrific book for fathers and sons to read together.

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Jun 23, 2011

Coarse Language: Well it does cover hip-hop a bit, but one of the quotes before the talbe of contents has the f-word, however, it's not so bad that there are swears on the back cover.

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