Item description for Chocolate Thoughts: Short Stories, Essays and Poetry from the Hearts and Minds of Real Black Men by S. James Guitard...
A National Bestseller Consistently Rated One of the Nation's Best African-American Books
Chocolate Thoughts is a compilation of over 55 short stories, essays and poems from the hearts and minds of Black men. It provides a refreshing look at the psychological, social, political and economic views that are often held by Black men but not expressed to the general public.
An ESSENCE Bestseller, Chocolate Thoughts provides candid insight and uncompromising truth about how Black men truly feel about themselves, relationships, family, sex, marriage, work, careers, religion, love, money, racism, music, violence and sports. It uniquely captures the commonality of Black men irrespective of their socio-economic background or educational attainment.
No Black man will read "I Won't Bow Down," "Reflections on My Relationship with Love," "Black Men" or "Time Bomb" and not recognize the Black man that he has been, currently is, or has known during his life. Every Black woman after reading "Whose Fault Is It," "Chocolate Thoughts and Almond Questions," "Unfulfilled Desires" and "You Can Get All The Shoes You Want" is guaranteed to gain a deeper understanding of the Black men in her life or missing from her life irrespective of whether or not that Black man is her son, boyfriend, lover, husband, brother, cousin, uncle, friend or significant other.
Being Black can definitely give the reader a connection to Chocolate Thoughts, but anyone irrespective of race or gender will find these writings to be thought-provoking, intimate, captivating, powerful, titillating and engaging.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 25, 2006
Publisher Literally Speaking Pub House
ISBN 1929642377 ISBN13 9781929642373
Reviews - What do customers think about Chocolate Thoughts: Short Stories, Essays and Poetry from the Hearts and Minds of Real Black Men?
"Chocolate Thoughts:......" Sep 18, 2008
Ladies! If you want to know some of the things that go on in a man's (particulary a Black Man's) head check it out. I wasn't able to put it down. I was also very surprised about some things, I bet you would be too. Sooo, check it out!
Thoughts about Chocolate Men, Editors, and non-Environmentalists Jun 22, 2006
Cons: #1 When I read a book full of editing mistakes, it makes the book and the author seem rushed. At the beginning, the author says that the editing was excruciating and thanks six people. But I don't understand how six people couldn't find the 50+ glaring errors I saw. Commas were out of place, doubled verbs, repeated terms, etc. If the topic wasn't so interesting, I'd have pegged the book as sloppy and not bought it. But I did. #2 I've never read a collection of stories where no writers were given credit but the main one. I found it disappointing that the TOC doesn't give main attributors or even a mass amount of names in the thank you's. #3 When I first opened the book, I was weary because it read with the same angry-black-man-even-more-mad-at-The-Man logic that I hear daily. Not to say the points weren't true, but I was hoping to see some personal responsibility as well. It took awhile for that to come. I wanted to read antecdotes, not complaints. #4 I absolutely did not like "Recycled Properties." It has the same self-destructive logic that harms black people's health and their environment. I am a vegetarian who refuses to litter, and to act like nature and animals being slaughtered and tortured is secondary annoys me. The same black folks who yawn at PETA will lose their minds if they don't see meat on their dinner table and complain about how bad the neighborhood looks. It is this same self-destructive logic that leaves areas like the projects in worse shape than it already is. This story reminds me of someone who kicks a dog and pees on the wall because he's mad at the way someone treats him. When a person is this selfish and only worries about himself, this is repeating the same logic of racist white people: It doesn't concern me, it's not my culture, so I don't care. It doesn't hurt to recycle a bottle. #5 I also was not a fan of "Good Morning" because it left out all of the rude, tacky comments that a sista may have heard BEFORE she got on the elevator. There are some people who speak with polite intentions but many more with alterior motives and after awhile, a woman is on her guard altogether. Men take the easy route and blame it on money, but in my personal experiences, it's demeanor. Clothes don't make up for attitude, and sometimes men can be disrespectful with their eyes regardless of their words. #6 The last thing that annoyed me was all of the symbols in place of curse words. The book was for black men, created by black men, and odds are that the readers will be grown. We can tell what the words mean and the symbols all over the place were distracting, especially when the first letter was left out because readers may spend more time trying to figure out why there weren't enough symbols for one curse word, too many for the next, and letters left out for others.
Pros: I thought this was an extremely intriguing book and I'd recommend many. My favorite stories were "Attention NASA, Take Off Has Been Denied," "Lockdown," "Revolution Is Between Apathy Boulevard and Complacency Street," "Do Not Let the Reflections Be Real," "Flashing Lights," "Watch Out A Snake With A Knife," "Don't Forget," "I Know You Saw Me," "I Don't Want It," "Evidence Always Found But Never Lost," and "Did You Hear That?" These brothas told stories so realistic and so I wish they would've been given proper attribution. The stores delve into a vast amount of topics like the man's side of a woman being pregnant and having no rights; the kinship on the basketball court; the belittlement in jail; positive black historical leaders; black-on-black crime; the stress of seeing a police car following a black man's car; the "snake"-in-a-barrel mentality; being accused of whiteness just because you're educated; AIDs, sistas trying to trap women by leaving their belongings behind; and music that degrades women. There were so many dead-on points that I believe black men will give each other dap on, cry about, laugh about, and black women NEED to read, specifically "Evidence Always Found, But Never Lost." I never did understand the logic in leaving your belongings behind, rather childish to me. I agreed with quite a few of the stores, learned some valuable information for my own writing, respected most of these brothas' perspective even if I didn't agree with others (MINUS the two mentioned in the "cons"), and think this book should turn into a discussion. I'd recommend this book for any multicultural course for those who want to learn the REAL life of a black man--and all the various parts of it. These writers delve into love, fatherhood, and all the rest of the subjects that any other human being goes through, just added a spin on it with less talked about issues. I'm sure it was therapeutic for these guys to be able to get their thoughts onto paper. Pretty good job, in my opinion.
A Chocaholics Poetic Dream May 5, 2005
Chocolate Thoughts is a book filled with love, frustration, inspiration, and insight. I found the poetic essays heartfelt, and thought provoking without venturing into the offensive. S. James Guitard writes of a love so beautiful it leaps from the pages and plants a picture of it in your mind. His poems and essays on the oppressions and frustrations of a black man in white America manage to convey his message without slapping you in the face with it. His approach is subtle and smooth, actually speaking to his readers instead of screaming at them. As a lover of words, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing more from this talented author.
How does it feel to live as a Black man in this society? Nov 28, 2002
What makes this book so special is that it gives others the opportunity to understand how it feels to live in our society as a Black man. So much to think about lies between the covers of this book. It is their truth, their reality that is shared with the readers. This book makes the perfect gift for the men you love. He gives voice to their feelings. James says what they think but sometimes cannot express. Learn, understand and enjoy Chockolate Thoughts today.
Now that was fine writing Oct 14, 2001
I read Chocolate Thoughts on a whim and I'm so glad I did. This collection of essays, poetry and stories is written straight from the heart of the author and remarkably it tells the story of black men from all walks on conciousness. I loved it and can't reccomend it enough. I'd like to give it six stars.
Kimberley Wilson, author is Eleven Things Mama Should Have Told You About Men