A fun and thoughtful dictionary of Black language you didn’t know you needed,Historically Black Phrasesis a love letter to the Black community and the ways it drives culture.
“This perfect blend of explanation, definition and social commentary will have you laughing while learning.”—George M. Johnson,New York Timesbestselling author ofAll Boys Aren’t BlueandWe Are Not Broken
Black vernacular doesn’t often get its due—despite its enormous influence on mainstream culture—butHistorically Black Phrasesis here to give Black language its flowers. A celebration of more than two hundred staples of Black conversation—from church sayings and units of measure to compliments and reprimands—this sharp and witty guide explores the unique importance of Black expression and communication.Historically Black Phrasesoffers definitions and notable pop culture moments, as well as tips on pronunciation and usage of phrases like “feelin’ yourself,” “don’t get it twisted,” and “pop off.” In addition to the phrases, short essays offer insight on different facets of Black language from scholars, entertainers, and pop culture commentators (i.e., everybody and they mama).
Authors, journalists, and hosts of the award-winning podcastFANTI, jarrett hill and Tre’vell Anderson examine each phrase with humor and cultural precision, makingHistorically Black Phrasesa vital ode to how Black language influences the world.