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Publisher's Summary

Within these pages are the musings, the revelations, the ruminations, and the reflections of the incomparable Larry Wilmore. Here, collected for the first time, all in one place, are his Black Thoughts. From why black weathermen make him feel happy (or sad) and why brothas don't see UFOs to his search for Black Jesus or his quest to replace "African-American" with "chocolate," Wilmore has finally relented, agreeing to share his unique (black) perspective. Soon, you too will have the ability to find racism in everything. Bring back the Shetland Negro and do away with Black History Month! After all, can twenty-eight days of trivia really make up for centuries of oppression? In Wilmore's own words, "I'd rather we got casinos!"
©2009 Hardstone Productions, Inc. (P)2009 Hyperion

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  • chris
  • Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • 02-06-11

Some bits funny, some not

I always enjoy Wilmore's spots on The Daily Show. His mild take on racism has some unexpected reversals -- like the title, "I'd rather we got casinos". The bits in this book are in the same vein but most go on too long and lack punch. I would say it's amusing most of the time and funny only some of the time. His delivery is perfect though. He is an excellent narrator.

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  • Kyle
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, United States
  • 01-30-12

If you like Larry Wilmore you'll like this!

If you could sum up I'd Rather We Got Casinos in three words, what would they be?

Larry Wilmore Hilarious

What other book might you compare I'd Rather We Got Casinos to and why?

I Am America and So Can You

What about Larry Wilmore’s performance did you like?

He has a great tone and humor

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Marianna
  • Fallbrook, CA, United States
  • 03-07-10

Laugh out loud at times

Enjoyable book with laugh out loud moments throughout the book. Some of the themes could have been less repetitive but overall an entertaining listen.

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I'm not smart enough to understand Larry Wilmore

I think I'm smart, I'm pretty well educated, and socially aware. I just don't get the Wilmore angle. If the entire commentary is a send-up then okay I guess I see some fleeting value as a parody, nothing more. On the other hand, Wilmore seems to trade in gross stereotypes of a single race, which benefits no one, except Wilmore.

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Larry! Larry! Larry!

Black on the Air podcaster Larry Wilmore opines on the state of the nation. Very incisive and very funny.

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Great performance but short

Larry did a great job reading it, but it's too short for the money. I was also hoping for something funny but also profound. I just found some of the essays silly.

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Larry helps me with being white.

Funny. Enlightening. Good listen. What? You need 8 more words? I mean 5? Never mind. Oh, wait. Be sure to catch Lar on his podcast; Black on the Air.

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Keeping it a 100 before that was a thing

Amusing and thought provoking definitely ahead of his time with his observation about race and still right on time with these thoughts. Wish he would write about this past election.

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Brief, but funny.

Approx 3hrs in length. Of no real substance, but humorous. Mostly thoughts on race relations from a mildly conservative Black (Larry would prefer the term Chocolate) perspective.

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2 stars and a lemon

Wilmore has his moments of brilliance, and he truly is a funny guy, but this collection gets redundant and wearing. Maybe because he's such a good physical comedian, some of his material falls flat without the accompanying shtick. In places where he's "interviewing" another character, it becomes hard to follow. I didn't give up on this book, but I wish I had...

3 of 6 people found this review helpful