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Mama Black Widow

Narrated by: Bobby Spears
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)
Regular price: $24.47
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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.

©2014 Iceberg Slim (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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendi
  • Houston, TX
  • 11-10-16

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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Amazing!

Otis' story was heartwrenching. Mama Black Widow discusses many issues within the Black community, from parenting, poverty, racism to sexuality.

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It was great

Yes I found this book to be so relevant still. . Sad how much things have not changed.

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Raw & Honest

Iceberg's writings are raw & honest. Which is why the reader is captivated. I discovered his writing in my 40's. I didn't live in this era or community, but I have been teleported there.

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Not what I thought

I struggled to finish this piece less than half way through. wasn't what i expected. Didn't get detailed when talking about the actual trans experience.

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Much better than I recalled

It's been years and I remember reading this as a young teenager because it was forbidden. As an adult, the appreciation and understanding of each characters own personal plight is awe inspiring.

Iceberg Slim was truly gifted and the narrator did a fantastic job.

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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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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 12-23-16

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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not bad but not good

Okay but not the best I have heard. I would not listen again. I think it was more so the readers voice than anything.

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