The Resource Who's afraid of a large black man?, Charles Barkley ; edited and with an introduction by Michael Wilbon

Who's afraid of a large black man?, Charles Barkley ; edited and with an introduction by Michael Wilbon

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Who's afraid of a large black man?
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Who's afraid of a large black man?
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Charles Barkley ; edited and with an introduction by Michael Wilbon
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Who is afraid of a large black man?
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Speaking My Mind On Race, Celebrity, Sports And American Life
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eng
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  • Don't let the cheeky title, the byline or the picture on the cover fool you: this is a serious book that's not about Charles Barkley. Instead, this work, edited by the Washington Post and ESPN's Wilbon, is a candid collection of 13 interviews by Barkley with prominent Americans like Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Tiger Woods, Morgan Freeman and comedian George Lopez on the oft-avoided subject of race. Barkley, well known for outspokenness as a player and an on-air commentator, challenges his interviewees to deal with this delicate issue head on. Barkley wisely keeps his opinions brief, letting his dynamic counterparts take center stage. In doing so he gets these stars to open up on how American society fares on such topics as racism, race relations, welfare reform, economic and social discrimination and creating opportunities for minorities. Mixed in with the bigger name celebs and politicians are lesser-known folk, such as Robert Johnson (the NBA's first black owner), the Children's Defense Fund's Miriam Wright Edelman (who laments that there are "580,000 black men in prison compared to about 45,000 who graduate from college each year") and Rabbi Steven Leder. For all the different backgrounds and opinions, all the participants believe the racial divide in America can only be bridged with a combination of reforms to our educational, medical and economic practices and a strong self-evaluation by the African-American community. Everyone also agrees that a core group of strong black leaders must emerge for these changes to be enacted. Surprisingly, this eye-opening book might point to Barkley as just such a leader. (Apr. 5) --Staff (Reviewed March 14, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 11, p59)
  • Barkley (I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It ) was a great basketball player who was never afraid to speak his mind on any number of topics. In this book, he attempts to discuss the controversial issue of race in America by interviewing 13 prominent men and women from an assortment of fields. Sports columnist and TV host Michael Wilbon (Washington Post , ESPN) has acted as editor. Barkley speaks with politicians Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, activists Jesse Jackson, and Marian Wright Edelman, golfer Tiger Woods, Rabbi Steven Leder, businessman Robert Johnson, writer Marita Golden (Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex ), and, from the entertainment industry, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, George Lopez, Ice Cube, and producer Peter Guber. Diversity advocates will note nine blacks, one Hispanic, and two females but zero conservatives. There is thus not much variety of thought in the book; it is mostly blue-state boilerplate with the occasional moderate comment regarding the need for personal responsibility. However, the prominence of the author and the people he has interviewed will likely lead readers to seek the book out. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/04.]—John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ --John Maxymuk (Reviewed June 1, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 10, p156)
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individual biography
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229755
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sm
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1963-
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Barkley, Charles
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no index present
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non fiction
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Wilbon, Michael
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True
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  • Barkley, Charles
  • Basketball players
  • Racism
  • African Americans
  • United States
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Speaking My Mind On Race, Celebrity, Sports And American Life
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Who's afraid of a large black man?, Charles Barkley ; edited and with an introduction by Michael Wilbon
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24 cm
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xx, 236 pages
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9781594200427
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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9781594200427
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Who's afraid of a large black man?, Charles Barkley ; edited and with an introduction by Michael Wilbon
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
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xx, 236 pages
Isbn
9781594200427
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other control number
9781594200427

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