The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6'4", African-American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian. 
 
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his up-bringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

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Empire

Empire

Date: January 2015
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W. Kamau Bell asks why you're reading his book, wondering if perhaps it's just a distraction until the next season of 'Game of Thrones' is back on TV, "(or 'Luke Cage' or 'Insecure' or 'Empire' or 'Veep')". (p. 2)

Maury

Date: October 14, 1991
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W. Kamau Bell writes about his mother, saying that everyone loves his mother. He writes that when his mother (Janet Cheatham Bell) comments on one of his friend's Facebook posts, that they are more excited that someone seeing their new home on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition', or the guests on the 'Maury' show who find out they are "not...the...father.". (p. 7)
The Price is Right

The Price is Right

Date: September 4, 1972
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W. Kamau Bell writes about spending time with his grandmother, watching game shows such as 'The Price is Right', 'Wheel of Fortune', 'Password', 'Super Password', 'Deal of the Century' and 'Joker's Wild'. (p. 27)
ThunderCats

ThunderCats

Dates: January 23, 1985 - 1990
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W. Kamau Bell writes about watching TV with his grandmother. When she would fall asleep in her chair, the TV was his, and he loved to watch cartoons such as 'Tom and Jerry', 'Looney Tunes', 'The Flintstones', 'Super Friends', 'ThunderCats', 'G.I. Joe' and 'Voltron'. He notes that he did not care of 'Transformers' however. (p. 27)

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