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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

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

James J. Donahue

University Press of Mississippi

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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