This book examines what the author calls the edge now smooth sometimes serrated between Italian American and African American culture I was really interested in the thesis as I d thought about the topic before but hadn t delved into it deeplyThe book is broken down into five chapters looking at Sinatra and music of the era cooking and. In the United States African American and Italian cultures have been intertwined for than a hundred years From as early as nineteenth century African American opera star Thomas Bowers “The Colored Mario” all the way to hip hop entrepreneur Puff Daddy dubbing himself “the Black Sinatra” the affinity between black and Italian cultures runs deep #And Wide Once You Start #wide Once you start you’ll find these connections everywhere Once you start looking you’ll find these connections everywhere croons bel over the limousine swing of the Count Basie band Snoop Dogg deftly tosses off the line “I’m Lucky Luciano ’bout to sing soprano” Like the Brooklyn. ,
This brilliant multi disciplinary work Excellent A smart fun read that
made me realize how much popular culture I consume without thinkingme realize how much popular culture I consume
without thinking enough about It explores an overlooked ethniccultural space between blacks and Italians that illuminatesthinking enough about It explores an overlooked ethniccultural space between blacks and Italians that illuminates entire American experience Bravo really enjoyed this book interesting perspective. D sound film and media sports and foodways Gennari shows how an Afro Italian sensibility has nourished and vitalized American culture writ large even as Italian Americans and African an Afro Italian sensibility has nourished and vitalized American culture writ large even as Italian Americans and African have fought each other for urban space recognition of overlapping histories of suffering and exclusion and political and personal rispetto Thus Flavor and Soul is a cultural contact zone a piazza where people express deep feelings of joy and pleasure wariness and distrust amity and enmity And it is only at such cultural edges Gennari argues that America can come to truly understand its racial and ethnic dynamics.