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Smart, funny, and very relatable I consumed this as an audiobook and I think that is why I enjoyed it so much Bell narrating his story with his sense of humor and straight forward manner of story telling made this really entertaining Where you can find me Monlatable Book Reviews Twitter MonlatReaderInstagram readermonicaFacebook Monica Reeds Goodreads Group The Black Bookcase I hate to write this because I like Bell and how sorry to use the overused woke and intersectional he is, but I was so unimpressed There wasn t a single laugh out loud moment for me, not a single enraging moment when he talked about prejudice , nothing really stood out for me Which sucks because his book is about how he deals with coming up short in his comedy career I wanted to like this book but it was middling. #Free Î 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 ô You May Know W Kamau Bell From His Hit Show On CNN Or Maybe You Ve Read About Him In The New York Times Or The New Yorker, About His Intersectional Progressivism Gimmick He Treats Racial, Gay, And Women S Issues As Inseparable The Awkward Thoughts Of W Kamau Bell Is A Humorous, Well Informed Take On The World Today, Tackling A Wide Range Of Evergreen Issues, Such As Race Relations Fatherhood The State Of Law Enforcement Today Comedians And Superheroes Right Wing Politics Failure His Interracial Marriage His Upbringing 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 Think it s probably best I don t rate this because it didn t work for me at all I d never heard of Bell before, and I couldn t figure out why I was spending time listening to him He taught me something I d never heard of Cisgender before, though his explanation flew by before I caught it It means denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex Seems like we re doing an awful lot of talk about one s personal sexual life these daysI m not at all sure it improves the conversation.Anyway, Bell writes for a TV show called United Shades of America which sounds like something I would like, butI don t know if Bell was trying to be funny in this memoir, but nothing he said struck me as funny Anyway, the listening we do when someone speaks about race is all to the good. I am a fan of W Kamau Bell The sort of fan who would watch or listen to him if the media he was on was available or I happened upon them while channel surfing How could I not be a fan He represents a part of all people That part that is, often than not, afraid to face the discomforts of race, sex, politics, religion, friendships, tolerance thank you 45 and acceptance.I heard of Bell several years ago, but only in passing He was described as the really tall Black guy with the equally impressive free style Afro That description did very little to pique my interest I wanted to know what he was thinking, not what his physical characteristics were, but when I was told that he was on point and spoke in an uncommon manner about common if controversial matters I sought him out.Bell is principally a West Coast comic who was primarily doing a west coast circuit, or so it seemed I remember seeing him for the first time on some forgotten television program maybe Totally Biased I was laughing aloud at his routine, Googling his name, and trying to understand exactly where he came from Then, oddly, I lost track of him But he left an impression, and I waited for the next time he would emerge with his commentary on social issues A couple years later Bell reemerged as the host of the CNN s REAL reality docu like show, United Shades of America, and I, as if his apparition publicist, tooted the title from the bell tower no pun intended to all who d listen His work was genius, in a dry, academic, conscientious sort of way The odd, edgy, thought provoking show was at times unnerving see the KKK episode and look at Bell s nervous expression and at other times addictive and hopeful.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, confirmed my appreciation for Bell as an Everyman The book exposes Bell true character beyond the television personality, and perhaps, the on stage comic The reader is taken on a fantastic journey through his life He writes about his never married parents there are no stereotypes here, his parents were both professional people , the woes of childhood, his attraction to all things nerdy, his initial awareness of being different must read the no kiss for you part and the importance of remaining steadfast even when against all odds The book exposed him as the skater guy who couldn t skate but cheered for his skate able comrades because that s what friends do If Bell had never mentioned where he planted his roots, it would still have been obvious that he has a California heart.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, is part biography, part history lesson Bell gives real thought throughout the pages of The Awkward Thoughts His position and thoughts on racism, although he is in an interracial marriage, are both profound and powerful His straight line position is that racism is an indicator of something other than the color of one s skin He projects that the racist is as he is because he feels that something of personal value opportunity, usually has been taken But, Bell surmises, that is not the crux of the problem The issue, on a deep dive, is not color but promises not kept and one s inability to venture beyond their disparaging place for better opportunity This trap keeps families frustrated, downtrodden and angry Someone has to be blamed And the flame of their despair is being fed by the ignorant rhetoric of the man behind the white curtain, further searing their souls with speak of immigrants illegal and others stealing their hope Even a first week psychology student knows that seething words of the blame on depressed ears feasters unreasonable thought.Bell urges people to read To venture beyond the rhetoric and develop one s own opinion He sites Ta Nehisi Coates and Michelle Alexander as must read authors He speaks of his not such a good student high school days, but how he was accepted into Penn State although it was very short lived He shows that even the wayward can and often will eventually find their way, if only they listen to their inner voice, and venture along those paths that others may fear to tread This, Bell states, is the story he d tell his daughters, who seemingly settled him, but keep him hungry for the next level.The book concludes with Bell writing about an incident that occurred during his birthday He and his wife sat outdoor seating in a favorite brunch cafe in Cali When the meal was over he left, temporarily, but his wife remained, engaged in conversation with friends When Bell, all 6 4 , Black, and militantly coiffed, returned to the cafe, he stood over the table where his wife and others sat Then, he writes, an overzealous waitress knocked on the window from within the cafe to get his attention Not knowing who he was or why he was there, the waitress tried to shoo him away, assuming that he was harassing the white women Rightfully, Bell and his wife were infuriated Shortly after verbalizing his embarrassment and humiliation he organized a meeting based on racial tolerance in the gym of a local middle school The owner of the cafe attended and tried, passionately, to sympathize his way out of the issue, acknowledging the depth and seriousness of the misunderstanding, stating that the essence of the cafe was and always will be tolerance, but the he spoke the Bell and others realized that he didn t understand If tolerance was true, and not just a statement of liberal comfort, the waitress would not have approached or mistaken him Bell as a street person After all, Bell writes building upon the insult she did not approach the white man with matted hair panhandling outside the door of the cafe for well over an hour, at all.Indeed Bell has experienced these situations, directly and subtly for a majority of his life Indeed, and sadly, all Black people have, whether they see it directly or choose to ignore it In The Awkward Thoughts Bell not only found and projected his comedic voice, his talent, his story, he, without trying, found and projected ours. I am a fan of Bell s work and, as such, was really looking forward to reading this BUT, I am totally going to be a asshole here and say that, even for an ARC, this book was riddled with too many errors The essays are smart and thoughtful and funny, but the need for proofreading and copy editing really got distracting and took away from my appreciation of Bell s message. I had never heard of W Kamau Bell insert living under a rock joke here , but a friend suggested this I will be honest, I didn t really care too much for the early parts of the book him finding himself , but the later chapters really impressed me I like his line of thinking I ll be checking him out in the near future. There were a few gems dropped in this book, like this one Being able to say no is the most power you can ever have It is either a luxury when you can afford to leave, or it is necessary for survival when the cost to stay is waaaaay too high Parts of this book were entertaining, clever, and insightful which piqued my interest enough to make me want to check out his tv show. W Kamau Bell has written his thoughts and ruminations for our examination He describes being the only child of two awesome parents Although his parents separated when he was two years old, both parents impacted his life in the best possible way Kamau s mother conversed with him as an equal even from a young age His father s mantra was that nobody can beat hard work.Kamau grew up loving superheroes, especially Spiderman and The Hulk Wearing a Spiderman red and blue mask or the greenness of the Hulk made him feel that he could rise up against bullies He could have been any ethnicity under the superhero garb Bruce Lee and Martial Arts were favorites Bruce Lee s famous quote Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add what is specifically your own are words that helped Kamau expand his idea of what was possible to achieve He watched Martial Arts movies that showed the underdog winning by traveling the high ground, the path less taken by many individuals.Kamau explains that his mother had a stark sense of humor, often using jokes if times were hard He got into comedy himself to share his weird thoughts Weird thoughts on dating Do your body parts match up Will they work well together Where have you been all my life The Awkward Thoughts of W Kamau Bell by W Kamau Bell is the author s way of navigating his path through life His comedy is his method of questioning himself and the world at large.Thank you Penguin Group Dutton and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Awkward Thoughts of W Kamau Bell. This is an entertaining and informative collection of essays that are loosely tied together They cover everything from W Kamau Bell s life to pop culture At some points I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face, while at others I fell into deep thought Bonus points to Mr Bell for publicly admitting to loving Dr Pimple Popper.This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.