ego trip's Big Book of Racism! by Sacha Jenkins

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The book flaunts its taboo-shattering naughtiness, but behind its sometimes painfully hip sneer lies a sincere desire to open a frank discussion free from the tired dogma of both the left and right.
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Ferociously intelligent one moment, willfully smart-ass the next, ego trip's Big Book of Racism is a glorious, hilarious conflation of the racial undercurrents that affect contemporary culture at every turn. This one-of-a-kind encounter with the absurdities, complexities, and nuances of race relations is brought to you by five writers of color whose groundbreaking independent magazine, ego trip, has been called "the world's rawest, stinkiest, funniest magazine" by Spin.

Filled with enough testifying and truth to satisfy even the good Reverend Sharpton, ego trip's Big Book of Racism is a riotous and revolutionary look at race and popular culture that's sure to spark controversy and ignite debate.

 

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Sacha Jenkins much like rap great KRS-One is hip hip. Sachy-Sach, his sister Dominiqe, and their artistically inclined, Haitian-born mom-dukes, Monart, moved to Astoria, Queens, NY from Silver Springs, MD in the summer of 1977. Their Philadelphia, PA-reared, filmmaking/Emmy Award-winning pop-dukes, Horace, was already living up in NYC at the time (100th Street & Central Park West, to be exact . . . blocks away from the infamous Rock Steady Park). During the school week, young Sacha spent his post three o clock days playing stickball and skelly. Then...1980 Sacha was blessed by an elder with an instrument of destruction that would forever change his life. PK, a local subway scrawler with some inter-borough celebrity, handed the young boy a very juiced-up Pilot magic marker.1988 Inspired by a the "International Graffiti Times" (a rag published by aerosol legend Phase 2 and David Schmidlap), Sacha would put together "Graphic Scenes & X-plicit Language" a zine dedicated to, yep, graf. And poetry. And anti-Gulf War rants. And humor. And towards the end, in 1991, music.1992 "Beat Down", America s "first" hip hop newspaper, is launched by Sacha and a childhood friend. Ten issues in, Sacha and childhood friend have a falling out. Bye bye, Black bird.June, 1994 e"go trip" magazine is born.1996 Sacha writes for "Vibe", " Rolling Stone" and "Spin". He gets a Writer-At-Large then Music Editor gig at "Vibe".Present In his spare time, Sacha likes to play guitar, collect "Planet of the Apes" action figures and listen to rap that isn t wack. He s a Leo.
 
Published October 15, 2002 by Harper Perennial. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nathan Rabin on Nov 22 2002

The book flaunts its taboo-shattering naughtiness, but behind its sometimes painfully hip sneer lies a sincere desire to open a frank discussion free from the tired dogma of both the left and right.

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