A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 07, 2017
“I like my coffee like I like my slaves. Free”

"I like my women like I like my coffee” is a meme that has been used on many images. “A Negro comedian pulled this one: ‘I like my coffee strong and black—the same way I like my women’” was cited in the New York (NY) Amsterdam News in July 1944. “Hot..and black, too” was an answer in 1973. “Hot and sweet” was cited in 1974. “Hot, sweet and black” was cited in 1994. 

“I like my coffee like I like my slaves” is a variation. The expected answer is “black,” by the jocular answer is “free.” American stand-up comedian Ben Kronberg has told the joke in his act since at least 2007. “Free, you racist” was posted on Twitter on October 2, 2012.

The joke has been printed on several images.


29 July 1944, New York (NY) Amsterdam News, “Belittling Jokes Choke Minorities” by Abe Hill, pg. 8B, col. 1:
A Negro comedian pulled this one: “I like my coffee strong and black—the same way I like my women.”

12 May 1973, Journal and Guide (Norfolk, VA), “I Like My Coffee Like I Like My Women...,” pg. 10, col. 5:
“Madam,’ he said, ‘our coffee is cold. I like my coffee like I like my women—Hot!’

“‘Yes Sir,’ she replied with a grin. ‘And Black, too?’”

Denver (CO) Post—The Know
Neil Hamburger @ the Larimer Lounge
By John Wenzel November 12, 2007
(...)
The night started with a typically rambling set by Denverite (and soon-to-be Los Angelino) Ben Kronberg, who wore his signature white, little-girl cowboy boots while hunched over a keyboard and drum machine. Some jokes were familiar to anyone that’s seen him lately (sample: “I like my coffee like I like my slaves — free”) but the way the set used its chunks of cheesy synth and percussion helped set it apart from recent Squire Lounge open-mic nights with Wrist Deep Productions cohorts Adam Cayton-Holland, Greg Baumhauer and others.

Google Books
Mock Stars:
Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny

By John Wenzel
Golden, CO: Speck Press
2008
Pg. 260:
(Sample: “I like my coffee like I like my slaves: free,” plus assorted rape and abortion material.)

Twitter
Mike Primavera‏
@primawesome
I like my coffee like I like my slaves.
Free, you racist.
12:44 PM - 2 Oct 2012

Twitter
Hank Lamlech‏
@HankLamlech
“I like my coffee like I like my slaves. Free.” - @benkronberg
1:16 PM - 13 Jun 2013

Comedy Centrtal
BEN KRONBERG - TAKE-HOME JOKES
BEN KRONBERG SEASON 2, EP 14 06/14/2013
Ben Kronberg invents a name for underwater boners and explains the reason why he’s allowed to tell racist jokes. (1:56)
1:40
“I like my coffee like I like my slaves. Free.”

Twitter
Lazy Spice‏
@LazyKenzie
“I like my coffee like I like my slaves… Free.” #thehalfhour @benkronberg #onlyreasonwhyimsmiling
11:59 PM - 14 Jun 2013

WeKnowMemes
I Like My Coffee Like I Like My Slaves…
– JULY 29, 2014
POSTED IN: MEMES, PICS
i like my coffee how i like my slaves free

I like my coffee like I like my slaves…
Reddit—Jokes
I like my coffee like I like my slaves…
submitted January 12, 2015 by nonathon
Free

Reddit—Jokes
I like my coffee like I like my slaves
submitted December 3, 2015 by FoldingUserFerrariic
Free

Reddit—Jokes
I like my coffee like I like my slaves…
submitted July 30, 2016 by FarazR90
Free.

Reddit—Jokes
I like my coffee like my slaves
submitted July 8, 2017 by FaildAttempt
FREE, you racist piece of shit…

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, July 07, 2017 • Permalink