Mama Black Widow

Narrated by: Bobby Spears
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (255 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mama Black Widow tells the tragic story of Otis Tilson, a stunning black drag queen trapped in a cruel queer ghetto underworld. In hopes of escaping the racial bigotry andeconomic injustice of the South, Otis' family journeys north from their plantation to an urban promised land. Once in Chicago, Otis and his siblings become prisoners to a wasteland of violence, crime, prostitution, and rape. This is the gut-wrenching tale of the destruction of a family and the truest portrayal of homosexuality in the ghetto ever told.

©2013 the Robert Beck Estate (P)2014 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks
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Dark, gritty and hard... Awesome!

The dark story of a black drag queens personal ( traumatic ) life. Scars the skin and the mind.
Intriguing till the end.

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the mother of all mother

If you could sum up Mama Black Widow in three words, what would they be?

selfish;motherless; hopeless

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mama Black Widow?

The way the mother destroyed the life of her daughter when finding out that she was pregnant

Have you listened to any of Bobby Spears’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes; some parts of the book left you drained emotional due to the suffering of the characters.

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Imprinted Images In My Mind Forever..

Mama Black Widow is a haunting and gut-wrenching story of a black transvestite who's been through hell, hell's half acre, back to hell, and back to earth. There is no other way to describe this beautiful narrative; beautiful because of the raw truth to it- but terribly ugly when dealing with all of the hate and confusion in the story.

When we think of transgender people, people like Caitlyn Jenner come to mind- people who make bold choices with their lifestyles and have glitz, glamour, and popularity. Mama Black Widow shatters that glamorous image and shows the world what things were really like for poor, transgender and gay folks in the past few decades.

The journey that one takes with this book's narrative is daunting and incredible. The narration is perfect, the story line made my stomach lurch, my skin crawl, and my eyes water all at the same time. This book is real, gutsy, and completely worth reading or listening to more than once. I appreciate Iceberg Slim and I am honoured to have heard this profound story of struggle and bravery.

-Wendi

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He's a genius!!

If you have not read his series of books shame on you! You have got to check these books out. The plot is amazing and you won't care if its fiction or a documentary of a lifestyle.

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Raw, Delightful, & Heartbreaking

You will probably squirm at the many truths being unravelled, but you will find compassion in the strength conveyed in this brutally honest storytelling. I think this writing was ahead of its time& for that I appreciated it that much more.

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seems to be the same thing happening today

I loved the performance. didn't sound like a robot or that I was being read to.

amazing how many of the things from the Era of Sweet Pea still holds true today. from racism, to police brutality to sexuality. nothing new under the sun. very gripping tragic story.

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Another great listen.

I read this book years ago. To have it read to me was fantastic.

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Beautiful

This story is the so chilling, intriguing, but true. I love it and recommend this cold TRUTH!!!

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Lost me

I love PIMP from Iceberg Slim. This one blew my mind. The story was a little to keep up with.

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Great story

another well writen, and awesome performance. this was a great biography that outlines the life of black Americans learning to transition from post slavery share cropping to the fast life of Chicago