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Publisher's Summary

The creators of the popular website Black Nerd Problems bring their witty and unflinching insight to this engaging collection of pop culture essays - on everything from Mario Kart to issues of representation - that “will fill you with joy and give you hope for the future of geek culture” (Ernest Cline, number one New York Times best-selling author).

When William Evans and Omar Holmon founded Black Nerd Problems, they had no idea whether anyone beyond their small circle of friends would be interested in their little corner of the internet. But soon after launching, they were surprised to find out that there was a wide community of people who hungered for fresh perspectives on all things nerdy.

In the years since, Evans and Holmon have built a large, dedicated fanbase eager for their brand of cultural critiques, whether in the form of a laugh-out-loud, raucous Game of Thrones episode recap or an eloquent essay on dealing with grief through stand-up comedy. Now, they are ready to take the next step with this vibrant and hilarious essay collection, which covers everything from X-Men to Breonna Taylor with “alternately hilarious, thought-provoking, and passionate” (School Library Journal) insight and intelligence.

A much needed and fresh pop culture critique from the perspective of people of color, “this hugely entertaining, eminently thoughtful collection is a master class in how powerful - and fun - cultural criticism can be” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

©2021 William Henry Evans III and Omar-Abraham Holmon. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Excellent

I’m neither black, nor a nerd, (in the sense of having interest in comics or anime) but I started following BNP when the incredible GoT reviews came out (look them up if you’re not familiar) and continue to be a huge fan. This oscillates between hilarious (that essay about Simba from the lion king) to moving ruminations about fatherhood and the black experience. I would give this more stars if I could, I hope there’s a volume 2 someday.

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Awesome

This was a great book I am a nerd but a white nerd but felt everything they were talking about but the anime because I never got into it

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This was my sh!t!

Loved every black nerd moment of it. Thank you for this space and giving voice to black nerds everywhere.

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This the one, this the Nas ether in nerd format

Black Nerdy Excellence, simple & clean tight as that Kingdom Hearts theme song. Buy twice

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Fun, educational, culturally on point

I did learn a lot from this book, and I wasn’t expecting that. This is more than just discussions of anime, comic books, etc. There’s a lot of cultural stuff here that I don’t understand all the way, but that I would like to.

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Great book!

It was an entertaining and funny title. Narrator was amusing. It was an easy read

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Love the concept and content. the authors were the narrators. I loved listening to William Evans. I imagine Omar Holman was just trying to build excitement for his part but when he came on it felt as though I was being screamed at half the book.

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More essays should be this energetic!

Holomon and Evans approach black nerd problems with sincerity, wit, and emphatic gusto that draws you in and leaves every chapter with powerful emotions; they take advantage of the audiobook medium that makes listening an exhilerating ride!

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I really enjoyed this being a old black nerd. Comics movies all of it

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Unapologetically nerdy and fun

This was fun, occasionally mouthy, and sometimes also deep. As an old school nerd from the 80s, I got the most out of movie and pop culture references from pre-2000. Sometimes I got lost in the minutiae when they went off on this, that or the other obscure comic hero, etc. But mostly, even when I wasn’t familiar with the topic (Food anime, what?!), the riffs were still hilarious and relatable.

I found this appropriate for my teens to listen to, provided they’re prepared to discuss things like race, policing/protesting in the current environment, or some of the hanky-panky humor.