Prof Blount is one of the kindest teachers I had this semester. He is extremely understanding and flexible when it comes to deadlines. He encourages you to go to office hours (which I highly recommend you go to, one on one convos with him about the essays are really helpful).
True, his lectures are a bit boring. Ok, maybe more than a bit. But on the bright side, he talks slowly enough for you to write down everything he says. The reading list is AMAZING- every single thing we read was absolutely fascinating, from Baldwin to Morrison to Wright.
I say take the class if you want something where you don't really have to pay attention in class. As long as you do the reading and take a feeeew notes, you're set. He's a fair (not easy, FAIR) grader.