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I remember when I was in high school and college how so many black men I knew absolutely loved this book In fact, when I was reading this on the train a couple weeks ago, a 20 something year old black guy took the time to tell me that he read it twice Makes Me Wanna Holler is a very engaging book that gives readers a lot of insight into how a thug is created The author, Nathan McCall, did some pretty awful things in his youth He did everythingrunning trains on girls gang rape , mugging people on the street, breaking into houses, stealing cars, he even shot a guy in the chest All of this comes from someone who was an excellent student when he chose to be , child of two hard working parents and someone who than once thought about how stupid his actions were Yet, he still got into trouble and even went to prison The story is something of an inspirational tale and will perhaps make some people look at those thugs on the street with a little compassion and the book will also work its magic on those who can identify with McCall s experiences with racism, women and just being a black man in the U.S. Before talking with my roommate, I hated the book and for some reason was offended by the way he wrote this It seemed like I was at fault for everything because I am white Then I spoke to my roommate and now I realize how ignorant he is and how he brought all of his troubles on himself not because he s black, but because he puts the blame on other people At one part, he said he didn t want to be the stereotyped black father who has kids with different mothers Low and behold, that s what he does He has three I think it s 3 children and two mothers He marries one from pressure and doesn t see any of them often If you want to be frustrated and angry, read this book If you don t, good for you all it does is upset you He talks about raping women and acting like it was nothing I just don t like it. Have you ever read a book that you would recommend to everyone that passed you on the street Well thats how I feel about the book Makes Me Wanna Holler a young black man in America, by Nathan McCall Honest, so well written, so powerful The book belongs in every prison library , says USA Today Time mentions the book as, soul searing Claude Brown, Author of Manchild in the Promise Land, calls it A modern classic Makes Me Wanna Holler is one of the best books i could recommend To a young black man this book would be entirely relatable There s Lust and relationships in the book Sex is also a major part McCall lectures about Black America He talks about the separation in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he lived as a young man up And many young African Americans go through a lot of problems What young man wouldn t want to read about someone else s problems,to know how to get through them It really seems young black man hasn t really changed since the 1960 s Just like in the old days young black men have friends, go through lust, have family problems, and even feel separated One thing that really hasn t changed since the sixties is peer pressure In the book Nathan McCall talks about how he was pressured to do things, training a girl being one time While training the girl he felt bad, I placed myself into her wetness, pretending to grind hard After a few miserable minutes I got up and signed for the next man to take his turn I felt sorry for Vanessa Peer pressure is a pain in the Ass when it comes to a teenagers life The novel really settles in with the topic of separation McCall writes about how him and his stepfather had to work for whites who looked down at them Every now and then, I looked up and waited for them to acknowledge my stepfather s presence in the way my parents had taught my brothers and me to speak to grown ups when entering their company But the boys never said a word They didn t even look his way they kept on bouncing the ball and ran around us as if we were trees, shrubs, or some other inanimate part of the scenery He includes the reader on how he felt about living n a neighborhood designated for middle class African Americans For as long as i can remember, it seems that there was no aspect of my family s reality that wasn t affected by whites, right down to the creation of he neighborhood I grew up in With all the training and separation, there s no way McCall could think that could be any problems, but there was McCall gets into a couple fights in the white school he goes to Hey, nigger , the boy said, You dropped something The word sounded vile coming from his White mouth When i regained my footing, I tore into that cat and tried to take his head off In the book he explains what the problem is about whites in an all African American neighborhood What s that motherfucka doin ridin through here It was automatic We all took off after him everytime i drove my foot into his balls, i felt better In every chapter McCall seems to take into bigger and badder problems I really hope that you will trust me when i say, This is one of the best novels, you will ever read By reading this book a young black man will feel a major connection to the author It seems as if Nathan McCall is sitting right next to the reader having a conversation They can read about the sex, separation, and other problems that Nathan McCall faced in the 60 s Showing how the problems facing McCall in the 60 s are the same problems from facing young black men of today Why wouldn t you recommend this book to everyone you passed going down the streets No, reason So go get this book I have such conflicted feelings about this book Nathan McCall is honest, perhaps to a fault, about his past as well as his reflections on his adult life We are in the same age cohort McCall graduated high school in the year before I did, and had we not lived at opposite sides of the US, we could have attended high school together AND I am glad e did not meet then, after reading about McCall s frightful streety behavior as a teen is parents did little to stop or redirect him as he and his friends held up stores at gunpoint, got into nasty fights with one another,sometimes also involving loaded weapons, and regularly pulled trains gang rapes on girls of their own ethnicity McCall tells the tales of his on iniquity in a detached, often dispassionate voice, as though reminiscing about a past life McCall returned to the streets after a year as a lackluster student at the local state college, and soon fund himself serving a three year term fr violent crimes.One of the aspects of this book I DO like is that religious and political conversion ultimately ere not the solution for McCall he has had to find his ay n his own, though he absorbed himself in both Christianity and Islam at various points and certainly encountered Black revolutionary thought in and out of prison Reading this book, I can t decide whether I really like Nathan McCall or not I admire his ability to engage with his inner demons and to confront his past, and then his problems with the women in his adult life, including those he marries, and his retrospective view of his violent past seem flat and too unemotional His genuine love for his children is the most redeeming trait displayed in this book And his easy humor and facile descriptions of trying to make his ay s a first generation African American professional can be absorbing and an easy read McCall is uneven as a writer there is a big difference between skill at maintaining tone and perspective as a journalist writing news and feature articles, and keeping that consistent tone in a book length memoir McCall leaves many unanswered questions, and I find I want to be part of an intelligent thoughtful mixed ethnicity discussion group about how Makes Me Wanna Holler affects its readers. This book had quite a deep effect on me It literally haunted me for days While I resent many of the things the author did in his younger days, especially the way he and his buddies treated and abused women those so called trains just make me shudder with utter disbelief and disgust , I could feel his pain and confusion The main reason I came to really like and appreciate this book is because it gave me a genuine insider s perspective on why young black men seem so disillusioned and misguided.I will need to edit this review later for a thorough and comprehensive account. Nathan McCall s Makes Me Wanna Holler was one of the first contemporary accounts of Black America that I read as a young adult Re reading it now in my forties, it s even powerful McCall describes so much that is in the headlines today, including questions about the worth of black lives in America His personal transformation from a kid in prison for armed robbery to a senior reporter with the Washington Post is inspirational McCall doesn t offer any easy fix or prescription which will fix race relations in America, nor does he offer a prognosis for the fate of young black men in America What he does do is give an incredibly open and honest account from the heart And the first step for all of us is to understand To listen To think outside the box, to hear what others have to say. Just about every young boy should pick this up Straight to the point on the hard view of impulse and pointless decision making which leads to jail time and the verbiage further details the life of jailbehind the curtains How the long standing inmates try and at times succeed at mind playery on those that aren t so harden just to get sexual oppression off. Rapist and would be murderer Nathan McCall blames his problems on white people in this graphic memoir. {READ E-PUB} ñ Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America ä In This Honest And Searching Look At The Perils Of Growing Up A Black Male In Urban America San Francisco Chronicle , Washington Post Reporter Nathan McCall Tells The Story Of His Passage From The Street And The Prison Yard To The Newsroom Of One Of America S Most Prestigious Papers A Stirring Tale Of Transformation Henry Louis Gates, Jr The New Yorker Makes Me Wanna Holler was an auto biography written by Nathan McCall and is about his struggles growing up in his hood, Cavalier Manor, and how he was able to make the necessary changes to become a better person to his family and community.He starts by sharing his early childhood experiences of growing up in Virginia, where peer pressure steered him into outrageous behavior A favorite game in Portsmouth, his hometown, during the late sixties early seventies era, was get back It eased the youthful, black participants with alot of anger by striking out against those pointed out as the enemy The whites The white kids were beat down often, in an effort to obtain compensation for three hundred years of racial oppression The rage shown by this game continued through most of Nathan s life, in prison and the work force.During his youth, McCall was troubled whenever he was compared to his white peers a familiy member His grandma,Bampoose, a domestic maid who guilt tripped him with positive references to the white children of her boss Some comparisons were made later on while he was working during his adult years for two major publications the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Washington Post He was constantly being told to stop showing your color whenever he acted up in public, while he saw the same behavior by his white friends being tolerated.Through the book, McCall echoes a belief held by African Americans that white people compare the action of one actions of one person to the entire race For example, he felt under pressure to act like his stepdad who did garden work for white houses, even though it reminded him of slaves Nathan,like most black men, felt the weight of his race on his shoulders because any sense of failure reflected not only on him, but his family and his entire race McCall brings up another thing when he talked about the treatment of black people by each other Black on Black crime has not typically been given much attention since the civil rights era because it s mainly been focused on them hurting white people and them not obeying Police power Makes Me Wanna Holler also talks about the pain of the woman forced to be involved in a train which is sexual harassment by young men, echoes the suffering of the child without any explanation of the disappearing father, and cries the desperation of the drug addict to rob or assault another innocent person from the hood Whether one has been the perpetrator or the victim, by reading chapters such as Trains , B Es and Freedom , he always stands tall and has pride for Cavalier Manor no matter what happends, doing time in South Hampton prison, and confront the hard part of seeing acceptance in a racist society.The chapter Denial begins with a quotation about and African American man by George Jackson, a black revolutionary killed by Gaurds inside California s San Quentin Prison in 1971 that continues to be looked back on twenty years later Jackson states that he, like most black men in America, was ready for prison by virtue of the humiliation and oppression of black men before him McCall may have been destined to end up in prison, but he makes it clear that he did not have to stay there.During the time of his prision period, he learned the game of life Another prisoner taught him to play chess and that in life, the person who plots his course and thinks ahead before he acts, wins Nathan learned to use critical thinking as he confronted alot of situations inside prison, as well as at places he worked and in his family He was fortunate than most prisoners who lack help from their family, both while in prison and release, and end up returning to the hood without the things they need Religion was used in his life behind the walls and Islam was the connection between McCall and Dr Naim Akbar, an Islamic scholar and former Norfolk State professor.Another issue that Nathan calls out is black men as active dads to their children He talks about his own experience the consequences of irrational behavior by men who leave their children with the mom Nathan s real dad, JL, left his wife and three kids to start another family only a few miles away Only two years old when his father left, Nathan would be 27 before he saw his father again Even though a stepdad was around in Naathans s house while he was growing up, his biological dad was gone and there were no explanations Nathan became determined not to make the same mistakes his dad did.In Nathan s life as an adult, he left his first wife and child and began another relationship He tried to have a strong connection with his young son and did good, even after the mother and son moved away Because of the anger and pain he had with him about his dad leaving, he realized that to break the cycle, he must be there to help guide the growth of his son and later, other children he observed the growing rate of fatherless families in the black community.Nathan has lived a life that includes no dad, racism, drugs, violence, criminal activity, and even prison But rather than allowing these things in his past to help him build walls and block people out , he constructed bridges and became a succesfull journalist instead.