Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome: PREVIEW EDITION

Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome: PREVIEW EDITION

Rated 4.73 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)


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Satirical observations on race, identity, and privilege. A humorous view of contemporary American urban reality from the unique perspective of a Detroit newspaper columnist and copy editor-turned-cab driver.

This edition is NO LONGER personalized by the author.

ISBN: 978-0-578-16657-5
Dimensions: 4″x6″
Pages: 60

About the Author:

Oneita Jackson is a satirist and Detroit cab driver who has an English degree from Howard University.  She was a copy editor for 11 years at the Detroit Free Press.  During that time, she served as public editor, wrote music reviews, edited on the Features, Nation/World, and Web desks, and received awards for her headlines.  She was a member of the Accuracy and Credibility Committee and the Editorial Endorsement Board for the 2008 City of Detroit mayoral and City Council elections.   She also wrote the “O Street” column for three years; it received the newspaper’s 2008 Columnist of the Year award.  She stopped writing the column in May 2010 and returned to the News Copy Desk, where she stayed until August 2012.  Her next adventure was driving a yellow cab.  The Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome satires are observations and commentary on people and culture.  These stories about identity are written by a woman who is uniquely, unabashedly, and extraordinarily herself.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Oneita spent her summers in New York City and has lived in Washington, D.C., and Albany, N.Y.  She now lives in Detroit. Read more

“Jack Kerouac called it the ‘naked lunch, a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.’  These moments of revelation are afforded by the greatest works of literature—Zen teaching stories, Sufi tales about Nasruddin, Aesop’s Fables.  Everyday life is delusional because human beings are heavily defended from reality:  When there is a murder next door, they say, ‘This never happens in our neighborhood,’ and then there is the notion ‘I can do no wrong’ that results in the delirious cases of road rage that are so puzzling and pervasive.  In Oneita Jackson’s Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome, we come face-to-face with the deepest taboos in the American psyche.  Jackson, with humor and compassion, shows us the quality of the paradoxes that make us who we are—that make us so stubborn, dangerous, and unrepentant.”

Endowed:  A Comic Novel

Additional information

Weight 0.093 lbs
Dimensions 4 x 6 x 0.124 in

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Book Trailer: A Candid Moment with author Oneita Jackson from Dakota Avenue West Publishing on Vimeo.

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11 reviews for Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome: PREVIEW EDITION

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    L Phoenix (verified owner)

    “Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome” is funny, witty and intelligently written. Oneita’s story telling ability is unmatched. These stories are great conversation starters.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    cheryl james

    Upset some people in the doctor’s office this morning laughing. You are someone to be reckoned with. The read was wonderful and insightful. Dead on point. We want more.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oneita Jackson

    I’m funny. It’s what l don’t say that makes this book funnier.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeff Chamberlin

    I spent this summer being a good boy; I actually read my summer reading list of classic literature. “Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome blew them out of the water! (Sorry Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under…. for the pun.)This wonderful read reached me in a new exciting way. I strongly agree with Cheryl: we want more!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    B McBride (verified owner)

    Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome insists on re-reading: like koans, poems or layered art books, but done in Oneita Big Mouth delicious complexity. Look up the bibliophile words and snort. For those who enjoy Michele Norris, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Bich Minh Nguyen, or Global Model Village: The International St. Art of Slinkachu, this little volume will spark brow raising connections. When can we look forward to an appearance on The Moth or Snap Judgement? More, please.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Shelf Improvement

    “Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome” is a collection of, what are they, poems? anecdotes? microessays? I don’t know how to describe them except to say they are very much like their creator: original, funny, occasionally irritating, sometimes incomprehensible and, if you are open to them, ultimately rewarding.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Silverman

    This book might stimulate some positive dialogue and help foster changes in our everyday perceptions. Oneita, does this, while illiciting laughter and stimulating thought! I look forward to reading more about Oneita’s observations.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phreddy Wischusen

    This book is perfect. It’s like a wedding ring. It tells generations worth of stories, the truth of the greatest sacrifices, the most precious gifts, in a teeny tiny sparkling thing that will never tarnish. Desperately waiting on her next piece.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Gold

    The 13 vignettes of NHNS don’t tell, they show. Are your eyes open? Whether you see what Oneita Jackson is showing says more about you than about her (maybe). It’s funny and maddening in equal parts, and someone (you? me?) should add “study questions” for the teaching edition.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandra Caesar (verified owner)

    Oneita is one of a kind & her book is too! Nappy Headed Negro Syndrome was a good, funny, thought-provoking, quick read that left me wanting more. Black people do knit – I’ve seen her!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Tallenger

    I have been moved to tears (laughter) reading, re-reading and re-reading this book of prose, edutainment, and musings from one of my favorite people in Detroit: Oneita Jackson. This may be the best $25.00 you will ever spend. It fits in your pocket and travels well. Do yourself a favor and order a copy today!

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