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Summary

Kamau and Melissa’s love was real. But so was her grandfather’s prejudice. In this funny, moving essay, W. Kamau Bell, the host of CNN’s United Shades of America, shares his very personal story of culture clash, family tradition, and racial bias.

When the black comedian first meets the beloved Sicilian grandfather of his Italian American girlfriend, Melissa, the wrong sparks fly. The most important member of her large family shuns Kamau. What follows is a bracing, true account of conflict and patience, in-laws and family heirlooms, as Melissa and Kamau deal with cold shoulders, rejection, and finally resolution.

Everybody Loves Kamau! is part of The Real Thing, a collection of moving, hilarious, and big-hearted essays on the modern realities of friendship, romance, commitment, and love. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 W. Kamau Bell (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Cute personal story

A sweet personal story from the author. A pleasant quick audio book to listen to

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  • Krista
  • 26-11-20

I DO love Kamau!

I love Kamau! And I think everybody will too after listening to him! I don’t know why you wouldn’t; Kamau shows how he is not only funny but kind and thoughtful. In addition, he is a wonderful family man always putting his wife before himself and always thinking of his children. I see why everyone loves Kamau!

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  • Rhonda Bush
  • 21-01-21

Great sory

W. Kamau Bell is such a great storyteller. I loved this short essay. I can't wait to hear more from him.

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  • Kathleen
  • 01-09-20

SO worth your time!

I really like Kamau Bell from his show on CNN. To hear his real, and somehow also very funny at times, experience with being accepted into his wife’s family was fantastic. I feel that this is a one-off, I will look to see if there are more episodes, but if not, this should be a series.

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  • Lisa B
  • 14-05-21

Delightful!

It’s 100% true- Everybody Loves Kamau! I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent performance. I really appreciate how W. Kamau Bell shares his personal experiences with racism, dating, what it means to be part of a family. I laughed out loud many times and also found myself thinking about micro and macro racist aggressions well past the time I listened to this recording. Thank you, W. Kamau Bell, for being vulnerable and guiding listeners to do some serious self-examination while also making us guffaw.

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  • Dawn Hunsberger
  • 12-05-21

I loved this audio book!

W. Kamau Bell talks about his life in such an intimate fashion, as though he and the listener have been friends for years. Loved every minute of this story.

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  • HappyGrammie
  • 03-05-21

Brings back memories

After WWII, my white dad from NJ married my Asian mom. Kamau I see their story.

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  • Kevin Smith
  • 31-03-21

Nail on the head

Kamau Bell writes and narrates this story with humor and pain. Ultimately, it’s a story of forgiveness and pride. I enjoyed it so very much. Thank You Kamau!

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  • Aileen M. Lawrimore
  • 22-03-21

Great story and delivery!

Loved the resolution which gives me hope for the world! Thanks so much for this quick and fun listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-21

Only Happy tears

Literally crying so much of the end! This was a great story from beginning to end. And it was so heartwarming I wanna listen to it again. Just a really neat story and really well written. Also the performance was pretty decent.

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  • BestBeyond50
  • 27-02-21

Kamau Who? Now I'm a Fan

As an immigrant coming from two generations of multi-ethnic marriages --my mother's and my own-- this story resonated on several levels for me; I loved it! I wasn't familiar with W. Kamau Bell before, now I'm a fan. I'm looking forward to catching up on his brilliant style and humor.