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This is a book that was about 2-3 years in the making (total). A lot of blood, sweat, and tears (of laughter) went into it.
- If you’re a fan of blending pop culture and politics, this book is for you.
- If you’re a Gen Xer (or a lover of all things Gen X), this book is for you.
- If you’re a person who has struggled with your faith, this book is for you.
Even though this is a book that more directly addresses the issue of what it means to be “Black” in America, if you’ve ever felt like you don’t fit in, you will relate.
And I will be so bold as to say, regardless of your politics, if you have a sense of humor and open mind, you’re gonna enjoy the read!
Listen to the Dungeons ‘n’ Durags Podcast
In addition to the book, there’s a podcast by the same name. In this hilarious audio documentary, Ron documents his journey as a Black man who’s lived his entire adult life in a white Christian world, reconnecting with his Blackness, and re-evaluating this faith. With episode titles like “Never 2 Late 2 Be Black” and “Happy Birthday White Jesus,” (where you’ll even hear A.Ron’s personal story), Ron and his two Black BFFs, JD & Yolanda, explore what it means to be Black in America—and Ron works out how his faith has changed since the election of Donald Trump.
Along the way, Ron is the Carlton to JD and Yolanda’s Fresh Prince. The Junior to their Beau and Dre. The Charlie Brown to their Lucy. In the hilarious season 1 finale, Ron’s year-long journey comes to a magnificent milestone when he FINALLY gets his first taste of chicken and waffles! You will NOT want to miss this. It’s unlike any podcast you’ve heard.
Episodes with A.Ron
One of Ron’s all-time favorite episodes was the recap of Squid Game. And one of the key guests on that episode was A.Ron himself. This is a devious and delicious episode you won’t soon forget (who knew A.Ron had such a vast knowledge of Black pop culture television from the 70s!)
If you’re a fan of Bald Move, it’s no secret A.Ron has had a complicated past with faith and religion. So has Ron. In this personal and informative Christmas episode. A.Ron share his story.
Podcast Trailer & Playlist
About the Book
“Dungeons ‘n’ Durags” is the true story of how a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a president and the inanity of duped evangelicals led one of the “whitest” and nerdiest black men on the planet to wake up, find his blackness, and lose all inhibitions at dropping the f-bomb. It’s an emotionally moving, politically poignant, and often hysterically funny coming-of-age story. Except the age is 50.
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Professional raves for “Dungeons ‘n’ Durags”
“My first encounter with Dungeons ‘n’ Durags was with the podcast Ron produces for Ebony’s Podcast Network. It’s funny, clever, and full of surprises. But nothing prepared me for what he had in store in the book. Ron does a masterful job at tackling provocative topics in a way that often feels uncomfortably raw. It’s a hilarious and biting commentary on not only white supremacy ideology, but also points a mirror at Black culture.”
—Lavaille Lavette,president and publisher at Ebony magazine
“As someone who grew up in a blended family that was wall-to-wall identity struggle (my own included), I tend to love stories about reckoning with who we think we should be. Ron’s profound and hilarious journey is like if Conversations with God had a baby with Hollywood Shuffle. And his love for cinema and popular culture makes it a great read for any cinephile and nerds everywhere. But Ron’s voice is wholly his own, and fantastically entertaining, endearing, and truthful. This book is tailor-made for anyone who wants to spend a few hours with a really great storyteller.”
—Mishna Wolf, author of I’m Down: A Memoir
“It’s so important that we tell our stories, and Ron does a masterful job telling his. The same kind of passion and biting wit he’s brought to An Injustice!, he expresses all throughout Dungeons ‘n’ Durags. He strikes a good balance of biting commentary on white supremacy ideology, as well as some aspects of the Black community, all while lacing it with a self-effacing humor that most people would find unable to share publicly.”
—Zuva Seven, founder/editor-in-chief of An Injustice! Medium Publication
“It’s not often you see Black men, or people in general, get this personal when sharing their stories. I appreciated the authenticity and vulnerability Ron shares in his experiences as a black man and how a white-dominated world influenced him, as well as his complicated faith journey. Lastly, as a fan of film trivia, how could I not love all the hilarious cinematic homages?”
—Nichelle Protho, SVP Loud Sis Productions
“Dungeons ‘n’ Durags is a hilarious, masterfully written love letter to us ‘Blerds’ and so-called ‘Oreos.’ Dawson uses humor to seamlessly highlight and unpack his personal experiences and insights as a Black man in America. This book will make you laugh out loud and think deeply about racial identity and what it means to be Black.”
—Brandee Blocker Anderson, CEO and founder of The Antiracism Academy
“Funny. Smart. Provocative. A hilarious page-turner that pulls no punches at addressing issues of white privilege and hypocrisy in the evangelical church.”
—Talicia Raggs, writer/producer The Equalizer, NCIS: New Orleans, and The Originals
“I love everything about this book. The way Ron uses popular culture, his excruciating honesty, his humor, and especially the confessions (there’s nothing an ex-Catholic likes more than a good confession). It’s a timely work!”
—Peter Crowe, writer and editor of the humor and satirical collection Dishonour the Right Thing
“Witty, sarcastic, hilarious, and, well, blerd-y, this must-read story affirms the diversity within the Black diaspora and reminds us there is room for Durags, D&D, and even, maybe, Ron.”
—Chrysta Wilson, racial justice and equity consultant, author of the award-winning cookbook Kiss My Bundt
“What is truly GREAT and sets Ron apart is his sincere and ongoing willingness and pursuit of self-examination and laying bare what some might deem his shortcomings, honestly to himself and for all to witness. That pursuit is always aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the truths of his own humanity and behaving and interacting with others in accordance with that truth. If only there were more like him walking around in the world, it’d be a better place. But the book isn’t just about Ron taking his medicine. It’s actually spectacularly relatable and entertaining. In fact, as a producer, I know gold when I see it. I’m bound and determined to make it a hit TV show.”
—Yolanda T. Cochran, Film & TV Producer/Academy member
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there are Trump supporters reading this book who are gonna think, ‘How the hell did this mutherf*cker get me to read this thing?’ Ron Dawson is Black Magic.”
—Chris Spencer, handsome comedian, writer, director, producer