Honey, Hush!: An Anthology of African American Women's Humor

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Daryl Cumber Dance
W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Humor - 673 pages
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"Honey Hush!" is an exclamation used among black women, especially those from the South, as a friendly encouragement, a mild suggestion of playful disbelief, or a suggestion that one is telling truths that are prohibited. This anthology will make readers say "Honey, Hush!" many times. Often hard-hitting, sometimes risque', always dramatic and eloquent, the vibrant humor of African American women is celebrated in this bold, unique and comprehensive collection. Arising from the depth of black women's souls and the breadth of their lives, it reflects what the American experience has meant to them.
  

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User Review  - Melanee - Goodreads

I must admit some of my favorite parts of the book were at the end of the themed chapters where the author listed sayings and superstitions many of us grew up hearing. It was as if I was hearing my ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suninthetwelfthhouse - Goodreads

Very good book! will have you laughing all the way through it, this is one of those books you can read to your friends while you are out sitting on the patio, it has stories of fun, sex and all kinds ... Read full review

Contents

THE POWER AND STRENGTH OF THE BLACK WOMAN
1
RODGERS Living Water IV
7
MARGARET WALKER Kissie Lee
14
ETHEL WATERS Whipping the Chorus Girls
20
VALERIE WILSON WESLEY Devils Gonna Get Him
25
ANONYMOUS View de Land
31
CHAPTER 2
39
FOLK An Hour of Pleasure
47
Coco Love Awaits
360
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM Dear Ann Landers
366
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
368
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
374
MAMASEZ
381
GLORIA NAY LOR Mama Day
388
DOROTHY WEST The Wedding
397
GLORIA NAYLOR Linden Hills
406

PATRICIA J WILLIAMS In Search of Pharaohs Daughter
54
JULIA A BOYD Got a Job to Do
63
KARLA F C HOLLOWAY Nice Girls
78
SISTER TO SISTER
88
THE BLACK WOMANS PHYSICAL IMAGE
90
BETYE SAAR The Liberation of Aunt Jemima
98
LOUISE MERIWETHER A Happening in Barbados
106
APRIL SINCLAIR Looking Out for the Children
115
ALISON WORKMAN Grease
121
FOLK Do You Remember?
128
NAGUEYALTI WARREN Down Home Sunday Blues
139
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM The Strongest Drive 1 50
150
BINFORD Quilting Time
157
MAGGIE POGUE JOHNSON Meal Time
169
BECKY BIRTHA Johnnieruth 1 76
176
ETHEL MORGAN SMITH The Spelling Bee
189
MAGGIE POGUE JOHNSON To See Ol Booker T
202
TINA MCELROY ANSA Ugly Ways
217
CHAPTER 5
225
JOYCE CAROL THOMAS Young Reverend Zelma Lee Moses
238
MICHELE BOWENSPENCER A Fool a Girlfriend a Husband
257
HATTIE MAE DAWSON The Preacher Tells a Lie
264
A ELIZABETH DELANY Praising the Lord
271
CHAPTER 6
277
ANONYMOUS A Difficult Courtship
284
ZORA NEALE HURSTON Story in Harlem Slang
291
RITA DOVE Through the Ivory Gate
298
JESSIE REDMON FAUSET Mary Elizabeth
307
MARY WESTON FORDHAM The Coming Woman
314
SARAH AND A ELIZABETH DELANY We Aint Dead Yet
320
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM The Mechanic
322
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
329
FOLK Over the Hill
335
FLO KENNEDY On Marriage
344
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
350
APRIL SINCLAIR Coffee Will Make You Black
412
DOROTHY WESt The Living Is Easy
418
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM College Graduates
424
Raised Hell while I Was There
431
FOLK Tongue and Teeth
437
JACQUELINE BRICEFINCH English Umor
443
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM Blacks Application for Employment
453
DEALING WITH A RACIST AND SEXIST AMERICA
457
LINDA BRENT Months of Peril
464
FORMER SLAVE No Overseer Ever Downed Her
470
SLAVE SONG Old Satan Is Mad
477
MAT TIE J JACKSON The Soldiers and Our Treatment
485
FANNIE BERRY We s Free
491
PAULINE GAY Too Many Ups
497
ALICE CHIL DRESS The Pocketbook Game
504
MOMS MABLEY Listen Mame
510
BONNIE ALLEN We Are Overcome
518
FANNIE Lou HAMER Sick and Tired of Being Sick
524
RODGERS The Revolution Is Resting
530
OPALJ MOORE Git That Gal a Red Dress
531
ANN PETRY The Bones of Louella Brown
538
LANI GUINIER Female Gentleman
551
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
559
JILL NELSON We Will Live the Life of the Cosbys
567
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM Affirmative Action in Heaven
573
JOHNNETTA B COLE Sister President
579
NIKKI GIOVANNI Lorraine Hansberry
591
MARILYN NELSON WANIEK Emily Dickinsons Defunct
597
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM Bill Clintons Advisers and Cabinet
604
FOLK O J Is Chilly
606
JACQUELINE BRICEFINCH Safe Sex
612
SISTER TO SISTER
618
Bibliography
653
Credits
665
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About the author (1998)

Dance is a professor of English at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most prominent black poets of her generation. Born on June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., she graduated from Fisk University and later studied at Columbia University. Giovanni creates strongly written poems to convey messages of love, frustration, alienation, and the black experience. She gained national fame with the publication of Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgement in 1970. Full of the spirit of the black community during this era, her works captured the anger and frustration of many of its members. Giovanni has been the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. She has taught English at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and Queens College and has given frequent poetry readings. She is also known for several sound recordings of her poetry, including Truth Is On Its Way. She has also been a Professor of English at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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