Black nerd problems

by Evans, William Henry, lll,

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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, #1 New York Times bestselling 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).
Contents
Re-definition : nerd isn't a person, it's a spectrum
It's time we stop pretending that Simba wasn't garbage in The lion king
Raising the Avatar : no one woman of color should have all them haters
You can't win when escapism won't let you escape
Into the Spider-verse got three moments better than the best moment of your favorite comic book movie not named Into the Spider-verse
I hate it here : Food wars would be the most annoying anime to live in
Y'all gotta chill with the slander and let Batman cook
What happens to a new fictional Black character deferred?
Two dope boys and a comic book : the superhero fade heard round the multiverse
My theory on how Black folks' Black card actually works
Top five dead or alive : Tai Lung (Kung fu panda)
Green Lantern comics have low-key been tackling police accountability for a minute
The 2000s and 2010s golden era of TV gave us a lot of great television and made me so damn tired
Craig of the creek : when we see us
The Disney two-step
Y'all mind if I wyl out over Black love and POC love real quick?
Whenever I watch Underworld, I feel like Kate Beckinsale wants to break up with me
An open letter to Gohan : you gonna stop being trash anytime soon or nah?
The want to protect Taraji's Proud Mary, critiquing the choir, and how we judge Black art
For dark girls who never get asked to play Storm
How my Black ass would survive every horror movie
Jordan Peele should get his flowers while he's here
Top five dead or alive : Red Hood in the DC animated universe
If my Black ass was enrolled in the X-men's school, Charles Xavier would have been fed up
Go on : an evergreen comedic series that helped me navigate loss
The sobering reality of actual Black nerd problems
Bury the Stringer Bell but let Idris live
An open letter to the Starks : y'all should've taken better care of your direwolves
Haikyuu!! roughly translated means "Ball is life"
I read Mark Millar's Jupiter's legacy and I saw the father I am and the father I hope I never have to be
Hajime no ippo is just a manga about boxing but I'm over here crying my guts out
Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior Aloy from Horizon zero dawn?
Two dope boys and movin' weight with Pusha T's Daytona
Killing floor : navigating real-world gun violence as a hardcore gamer
Hamilton and the case of historical fanfics
Graduating to the grown folks' table : I finally learned how to play spades
Two dope boys and an
oh my god, the Flash got fucked up!
Black nerd crush blues : Myra Monkhouse deserved way better
The push and pull of watching Mad men while Black
Mario kart reveals who you truly are
Top five dead or alive : Monica Rambeau (Marvel comics)
On hope, escapism, and attrition discussed between Black men
Two dope boys and a comic book : House of X
Blade II still has the most disrespectful superhero fades my Black ass has ever seen
Chadwick Boseman's Wakanda salute is canon in the history of Black language.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Evans and Holmon, cofounders of the website Black Nerd Problems, bring their pop culture criticism to this wide-ranging, compulsively readable debut collection. Touching on such topics as the hidden depths of boxing-inspired anime Hajime no Ippo, the irony of Hamilton's steep ticket prices, and Game of Thrones's one Black character, Evans and Holman are often hilarious (The Lion King's "Simba... is straight up landfill. Trash. Rubbage") and always original. In addition to straightforward essays, some entries come in the form of high-octane, joyful dialogue between the authors, as in "Two Dope Boys and an--Oh My God, the Flash Got Fucked Up!" for example, in which the authors discuss the Flash: "I ain't ever seen a hero get their body Earth'd like that since Superman's funeral." The most gripping essays use cultural events as an entry point to discuss larger topics: Evans's "The Sobering Reality of Actual Black Nerd Problems" poignantly uses a local comics convention to open a conversation about the ongoing violence against and oppression of Black people, and "Go On: An Evergreen Comedic Series That Helped Me Navigate Loss" sees Holmon processing the grief of his mother's death with the help of a short-lived NBC sitcom. This hugely entertaining, eminently thoughtful collection is a master class in how powerful--and fun--cultural criticism can be. Agent: Katherine Latshaw, Folio Literary. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 1975-
Popular culture -- United States.
Essays.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Contributors Holmon, Omar, author.
Language English
Description ix, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781982150235
1982150238
9781982150242
1982150246
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