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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The vibrant humor of African American women is celebrated in this bold, unique, and comprehensive collection.

Often hard-hitting, sometimes risque, always dramatic and eloquent ("Sure God created Man before Woman, but then you always make a rough draft before the Final Masterpiece"), this humor arises from the depth and breadth of black women's lives. Daryl Cumber Dance has brought together a wonderful assemblage of contributors for Honey, Hush! -- from slave narrators to contemporary political commentators, from antebellum poets to Audre Lorde, from the earliest novelists to Toni Morrison, from Beulah to Whoopi Goldberg, from the blues singer to the rapper.

As Dance was growing up, she absorbed this humor that spoke to all aspects of women's lives: hair, men, white folk, black people, and the nation. She describes it as "the natural delight of my life". If indeed humor is "God's aspirin to soothe the headache of reality", as the folk tell us, then this book is just the prescription the doctor ordered.
-- "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.

  

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

User Review  - Melanee Marshall - 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

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

User Review  - Kristina - Goodreads

Superb anthology of African American literature. Poems, essays, short stories, letters, and even comics...it's all in there. It's a good one to keep handy on the bookshelf for a quick humorous read. Read full review

Contents

ant JiticRi JO
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xv
CHAPTER I
xxiii
Ro i c E a s Living Water IV
xxx
Not Going to Stop til I Make It to de Top
10
VALERIE WILSON WESLEY Devils Gonna Get Him
15
MAGGIE P o c u E JOHNSON Old Maids Soliloquy
16
ANONYMOUS View de Land 31
21
FLO KENNEDY On Marriage
344
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
350
Coco Love Awaits
360
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM Dear Ann Landers
366
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
368
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
374
MAMA SEZ
381
GLORIA NAYLOR Mama Day
388

IDA Cox Wild Women Dont Have the Blues
23
CHAPTER 2
39
FOLK An Hour of Pleasure
47
PATRICIA J WILLIAMS In Search of Pharaohs Daughter
54
JULIA A Bo YD Got a Job to Do
63
KARL A F C HOLLOWAY Nice Girls
78
SISTER TO SISTER
88
THE BLACK WOMAN5 PHY5ICAL 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
THE BLACK COMMUNITY
135
MOTHER LOVE Dealing with Illness and Helpless Relatives
141
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM The Strongest Drive
150
BINFORD Quilting Time
157
MAGGIE POGUE JOHNSON Meal Time
169
BECKY BIRTHA Johnnieruth
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
T A DOVE Through the Ivory Gate
298
JESSIE REDMON FAUSET Mary Elizabeth
307
MARY WESTON FORDHAM The Coming Woman
314
BUTTERBEANS AND SUSIE I Wanna Hot Dog for My Roll 3 1 8
320
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM The Mechanic
322
BARBARA BRANDON Where Im Coming From
329
FOLK Over the Hill
335
DOROTHY WEST The Wedding
397
GLORIA NAYLOR Linden Hills
406
APRIL SINCLAIR Coffee Will Make You Black
412
DOROTHY WESI The Living Is Easy
418
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM College Graduates
424
5ELFDENIGRATING TALE5
428
Been Sick
435
FOLK You Know
441
MIMEOGRAPHED ITEM Blacks Application for Employment
453
DEALING WITH A RACI5T AND SEXI5T AMERICA
457
LINDA BRENT Months of Peril
464
FORMER SLAVE No Overseer Ever Downed Her
470
SLAVE SONC Old Satan Is Mad
477
MATTIE J JACKSON The Soldiers and Our Treatment
485
FANNIE BERRY Wes Free
491
PAULINE GAY Too Many Ups
497
ALICE CHILDRESS 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
O PA L J M o o R E 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 OJ Is Chilly
606
JACQUELINE BRICEFINCH Safe Sex
612
SISTER TO SISTER
618
Bibliography
653
Credits
665
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She is the author of Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women's Humor. She is a professor at the University of Richmond.

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