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Ghettonation: A Journey into the Land of Bling and Home of the Shamelessby Cora Daniels
Synopses & Reviews
Cora Daniels takes on one of the most explosive issues in our country today in this thoughtful critique of America's embrace of a ghetto persona that is demeaning to women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African American stereotypes, and contributes to the destruction of civil peace. Her investigation exposes the central role of corporate America in exploiting the idea of ghetto-ness as a hip cultural idiom, despite its disturbing ramifications, as a means of making money. She showcases Black rappers raised in privileged families who have taken on the ghetto persona and sold millions of albums, and such non-Black celebrities as Paris Hilton, who have adopted ghetto attitudes and styles in pursuit of attention and notoriety. She explores, as well, her own relationship to the ghetto and the ways in which she is both part of and outside the Ghettonation.
Infused with humor and entertaining asides--including lists of events and people that deserve placement in the Ghetto Hall of Fame and a short section written entirely in ghetto slang--GHETTONATION is a timely and engrossing report on a controversial social phenomenon. Like Bill Cosby's infamous, much-discussed comments about the problems within the Black community today, it is sure to trigger widespread interest and heated debate.
Offers a provocative study of the influence of "ghetto" attitudes, lifestyles, and mores on urban communities and American culture and critiques this persona and its attitudes towards women, education, and African-Americans.
From the Introduction:
ghet-to n. (Merriam-Webster dictionary) Italian, from Venetian dialect ghto island where Jews were forced to live; literally, foundry (located on the island), from ghet
About the Author
Cora Daniels is an award-winning journalist. Her work has been published in Fortune, the New York Times, Essence, O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Heart & Soul, FSB: Fortune Small Business, and Savoy. She has also been a staff writer at Fortune and an editor at Working Mother, and she is currently a contributing writer for Essence. Daniels has served as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, BET, NPR, ABC News, and Charlie Rose. As an author Daniels has been called “dynamic,” “perceptive,” and “a powerful voice from the younger generation.” Her first book, Black Power Inc., was dubbed “thought provoking” by the Washington Post and “a must read” by Black Issues Book Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.
Table of Contents
Prologue: I am ghetto — Livin' large — Exporting dirty laundry — Ghettonation speaks — Please baby, please — Family values — Nigga wha, nigga who — School me — Cos speaks — Do you speak?
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