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Publisher's Summary

Tommy J. Curry’s provocative audiobook The Man-Not is a justification for Black male studies. He posits that we should conceptualize the Black male as a victim oppressed by his sex. The Man-Not, therefore, is a corrective of sorts, offering a concept of Black males that could challenge the existing accounts of Black men and boys desiring the power of white men who oppress them that has been proliferated throughout academic research across disciplines.

Curry argues that Black men struggle with death and suicide, as well as abuse and rape, and their genred existence deserves study and theorization. This audiobook offers intellectual, historical, sociological, and psychological evidence that the analysis of patriarchy offered by mainstream feminism (including Black feminism) does not yet fully understand the role that homoeroticism, sexual violence, and vulnerability play in the deaths and lives of Black males. Curry challenges how we think of and perceive the conditions that actually affect all Black males.

©2017 Temple University - Of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education (P)2019 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"This book is the one that I've been waiting for. Curry has taken a bullet for the brothers." (Ishmael Reed, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and visiting scholar at the California College of the Arts)

"Required reading for anyone interested in understanding oppression or having unquestioned assumptions put to the test." (Charles W. Mills, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center)

"This is a triumph in Black studies and about how the African-American man and boy is written. I felt pride and satisfaction reading this book." (The Good Men Project)

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Amazingly honest and shockingly refreshing!!!!!

It was hard to listen to this book because it was saying a lot of things I did not want to hear about black men and people in general. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to listen to it tho. I recommend this book for everyone to listen to. Bravo to the narrator.

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Well researched!

I applaud this book's brutal honesty. The author encourages us to keep an open mind to current events as well as historical facts that help him illustrate the precarious position of the black man in this American society.

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Excellent Presentation

I highly recommend this Audiobook and the print copy of the Man-Not.

Breathtaking Magnum Opus!

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The Introduction Alone Makes This Book Worth Buying

This is the first book I’ve ever owned where I’ve been compelled to buy the physical copy due to how extensively the author supported his/her claims with studies, quotations, and verifiable statistics. This book is the only book of its type covering the subject matter and if you consider yourself a researcher of black culture this is a must-have.

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America lives in perpetual romanticism....

America can't even look at the truth let alone speak for it so I don't see much change down the road. Folks don't want to look at the hurtstory that is history.... So much has changed, yet so little has changed at the same time....

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Thank you Dr.Curry!!!

I learned about this book from Dr. T. Hasan Johnson. It has given me tools to better articulate the issues I've experienced in institutions of higher education and life in general. The greatest benefit of this book is that I am able to have deeper conversations with my oldest child as they negotiate becoming an adult. The narrator kept me engaged with the text and I looked forward to learning when I listened. Thank you Dr. Curry!!!

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The piece de resistance!

Everything I’ve felt as a black male in America the author has described in this book!

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Should be mandatory in all American schools

I'm so glad I read this. I am going to have to read this book a few times to really analyze all the good stuff explained in this book about the American Black Male from constant employment problems, the manufacturered dysfunction in black boys home environments, their demonization in society, and the continued attack on Black male heterosexuality. This is now my favorite book.

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I really enjoyed this book. it has given me a perspective and new insight into a subject that effects me directly.

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Words for the Emotions I've Experienced.

I can't thank the author enough for this book. Often, people use the phrase 'I feel seen'. Now, I can truly say this myself, possibly for the first time in my life. The way the lives of Black men with a linage of American chattel slavery are discounted, disregarded and discarded has been a weight on me. Thankful that someone is posing the question why it has to be that way, pricking my own conscience for accepting it as unquestionable truth for so long.