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Mudbone was one of Richard Pryor's stage personas, a social critic with observations on inequality, race and other topics in American everyday life and history.
Over the next six months, the NPR-wide series In Character is taking a long look at fictional characters and their significance in our lives. Today commentator William Jelani Cobb talks about "Mudbone," a character created by the late Richard Pryor.
Cobb, a professor at Spelman College, is the author of To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip-Hop Aesthetic.