Author: Robert Beck
Synopsis: A series of essays and musings from one of the greatest urban writers of all time.
Notes: It took me awhile, but I was finally able to get to a book by the man whom I consider the “Godfather of Blaxploitation Paperbacks”. The ironic thing is that this one isn’t actually a fiction novel, but instead a collection of writings Beck wrote in his post-Iceberg Slim state.
This book shows just how amazing a writer Beck was as it contains aspects of the urban experience he was known for writing about, but the social commentary that he expounds is still poignant and relevant today.
I also highly laud this book for exposing me to several individuals who were important (but somewhat forgotten) in the lexicon of Black history including:
- Melvin X
- James Farmer
- Leonard Deadwyler
- Ethel Waters
- Arthur Prysock