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Post-Soul SatireBlack Identity after Civil Rights$
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Derek C. Maus and James J. Donahue

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039973

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039973.001.0001

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Charlie Murphy: American Storyteller

Charlie Murphy: American Storyteller

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(p.228) Charlie Murphy: American Storyteller
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Post-Soul Satire
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James J. Donahue

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039973.003.0017

This chapter argues that the “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Tales” participates in the tradition of the American Tall Tale. As satiric picaro, Charlie Murphy uses his tales – recounting incidents with Rick James and Prince – to critique various aspects of contemporary African American culture. Further, the multi-layered form of the tales itself, along with the subject matter addressing black celebrities, specifically targets the entertainment industry, which is thus depicted as a modern-day slave institution.

Keywords:   Chappelle’s Show, Charlie Murphy, Rick James, Prince, Tall Tale

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