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DETROIT – October 2015

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 “Damned funny, scalpel-sharp, and moves like a rocket.”
Dave Eggers, international bestseller

“Her stories, hard hitting, and yet sensitive, and real–are worth the read.”
Former Mayor Dennis W. Archer, City of Detroit

“In Oneita Jackson’s Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome, we come face-to-face with the deepest taboos in the American psyche.” Jon Woodson, “Endowed, a comic novel”

Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome creates, then perfectly fills a niche in the national conversation taking place on race relations.” Ron Bernas, Ron’s Bookshelf

“These are poetry of a high order.” Alex Cruden, editor

It’s here—a book that shows Americans how to talk about race without talking about race.

In Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome, 2008 Detroit Free Press Columnist of the Year Oneita Jackson presents 13 satires, her observations on identity, judgment, and assumptions, which she collectively calls “The Syndrome.”

Oneita invites the reader to inhabit her world, one where she regularly hangs out with Detroit’s intellectual, cultural, and ghetto cognoscenti. Everybody knows Oneita—she’s the girl who quit her newspaper job and started driving a cab, and that makes her perspective intriguing.

Oneita is masterful at handling awkward situations and is uniquely funny. Calling herself a “Little Black Buchwald,” she uses simple language, like Art Buchwald, to highlight racial idiosyncrasies and invite people to share their Syndrome stories by talking about hers.

For example, in “Guest Who?” Oneita attends a private black tie event with a white man. While there, a white woman she doesn’t know tells her she is late. The succinct explanation speaks volumes.

Oneita could choose to be offended, instead, she is Socratic. She asks questions—no stereotypical finger-snapping or neck-rolling—and leaves people to deal with their assumptions.

Read between the lines and you will discover Oneita is making a searingly subtle commentary on mainstream media. In “Black People Knit,” she wonders how a polite white woman thinks Oneita said, “I’m a nigger” instead of “I’m a knitter.”

Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome is a powerful little book that insists on subsequent reads. The astute reader will conclude that much of Oneita’s genius lies in what she doesn’t say, and because she knows no literary constraints, this book is germane to any conversation on race.

 Publicity: Leona Willis, 2 Fish in A Circle Media, 917-274-7850

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