Black…and blue at work?

Have you ever faced these issues where you work? You continually get more responsibility but no authority; everyone leaves for lunch-with no offers for anyone to join them-and you’re left sitting at your desk; or you’re asked every summer if black people tan.

Sound familiar? These are just some of the observations-wryly made-in the book 101 Ways to Know You’re “Black” in Corporate America by Deborah A. Watts (Watts-Five Productions, $11.95). A sales and marketing executive who has spent more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Watts has put into words the feelings, frustrations, subtle slights and race-based barbs most African Americans are bombarded with daily. While the digest-sized book is a fast read, its messages and truths will stick with you long after you’re done.

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