The book Yo' Mama' DisFUNKtional! by Robin Kelley is a great book.  It still
deals with the academic conversation, but it's a fun read, and I think
freshmen would enjoy it.  The volcabulary's not too technical, but Kelley
does a great job exploring black culture in terms of its hybridity and
intertextuality to the rest of American culture.

--Melissa Williams

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