Conversate Is Not a Word

Conversate Is Not a Word
Conversate Is Not a Word

Conversate Is Not a Word

Getting Away from Ghetto
By Jam Donaldson


208 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781569765524

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jan 2010)
Lawrence Hill Books


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A Gen-X black female speaks out with wit, self-deprecating humor, and insight
Many black men—from Bill Cosby to Michael Eric Dyson—have spoken out about African American society. But where are the voices of the women, especially the young, funny, witty, sarcastic ones? Meet Jam Donaldson, a provocateur of the most entertaining kind. Funny, sad, angry, and refreshingly honest, Conversate Is Not a Word offers food for thought, encouraging people to improve their lives as well as the culture overall. Weaving her own warring viewpoints into the discussion, Donaldson provides not only comic relief but a window into the complex, contradictory perspectives existing within every member of the black community.


"Will allow fans of Jam to enjoy her fresh worldview. And for those who don't know or don't understand, this book will serve as a proper introduction to a great voice in the Black American Culture Wars. Let's conversate." —Reginald Hudlin, producer/writer/director, House Party, Boomerang, and Black Panther

"One of the few voices with the courage to call it as most of us see it. . . . Directing her pointed social commentary at condescending white liberals and black leaders alike, Donaldson demonstrates that the modern manifestation of racism is the vicious cycle of low expectations." —Alexei Tsybine Jendayi, Fly Gypsy

"[Donaldson's] intelligence, sense of humor, mastery of language and storytelling ability . . . make Conversate Is Not a Word both entertaining and enlightening. Her message is clear and quite simple: We Have Got to Do Better . . . It's Imperative!" —Jim Smith, president, Kinetic Potential

Author Biography

Jam Donaldson is the creator of the highly popular and controversial Web site, the award-winning blog, and the TV show We Got to Do Better. An attorney, she most recently represented low-income residents in civil matters, receiving the Frederick Abramson Award for Public Service. She is the CEO of the popular news Web site