“Negrophobia”: A Novel by Darius James
Published in 1992, “Negrophobia” was a wild romp through a racially charged dreamscape.
This is The Blacklist, a monthly column by Michael Gonzales exploring out-of-print books by African-American authors.
Thinking back to those childhood days in the late ’60s and early ’70s, I was often in the living room propped in front of our oversized black-and-white television set. Many film and television images that would be deemed as offensive today were still a part of our everyday world in post-civil rights America. While Martin Luther King might’ve gotten us a literal seat on the bus and at Woolworth’s lunch counter, that didn’t stop American icons Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben from staring at us from supermarket shelves, or the occasional Warner Bros. cartoon that featured kooky Africans, a hell-dwelling Sambo meeting with Satan on a Sunday morning, and jitterbugging darkies dancing through the streets of Harlem. With titles that included “Uncle Tom’s Bungalow” (1937), “Jungle Jitters” (1938) and “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs” (1943), these shorts were shown before the feature films.
Village VoiceThe Politicization Of Jay-Z,
NegrophobiaThe System of Dante’s Hell
National LampoonSaturday Night Live
Biker Heaven,Easy Rider
The New York Times
Los Angeles TimesNegrophobia
NegrophobiaKathy Goes to HaitiBloodand Guts in High School
BlackLike Basquiat: Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Black Kids in Downtown NYC
The Asses TaleGroove, Bang, and Jive Around
Between C & D,
NegrophobiaNew YorkerThat’s Blaxploitation!: Roots of the Baadasssss ’Tude (Rated X by an All-Whyte Jury)
Negrophobia Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. The New York Times
Negrophobia,The Last American Nigger,Negrophobia
NegrophobiaEgo TripKoontown Killing KaperBetween C & D.
Negrophobia CoonskinAcid Fairies.
Michael A. Gonzales has written essays and articles for The Village Voice, New York, Pitchfork and Mass Appeal. Co-author of Bring the Noise: A Guide to Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture (1991), he has written music journalism for Newark Bound, Red Bull Academy, The Wire, and Wax Poetics. His short fiction has appeared in Bronx Biannual, Brown Sugar, Black Pulp and Crime Factory. Gonzales is currently finishing his literary New York City hip-hop novel Boom for Real. More information on The Blacklist can be found on Facebook.
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