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Click for more detail about Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House by April Ryan Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House

by April Ryan
Rowman & Littlefield (Feb 15, 2020)
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Veteran White House reporter April Ryan thought she had seen everything in her two decades as a White House correspondent. And then came the Trump administration. In Under Fire, Ryan takes us inside the confusion and chaos of the Trump White House to understand how she and other reporters adjusted to the new normal.


Click for more detail about Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change by Angela Hattery and Earl Smith Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change

by Angela Hattery and Earl Smith
Rowman & Littlefield (Dec 15, 2017)
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Policing Black Bodies walks readers through critical issues facing African Americans in the criminal justice system—from police brutality to exoneration and re-entry. Synthesizing the latest research with their own data, Hattery and Smith review the history of policing African Americans, explore current issues, and offer recommendations for change.


Click for more detail about At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White by April Ryan At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White

by April Ryan
Rowman & Littlefield (Dec 15, 2016)
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In her first book, The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan examined race in America through her experience as a White House reporter. In this book, she shifts the conversation from the White House to every home in America. At Mama’s Knee looks at race and race relations through the lessons that mothers transmit to their children. As a single African American mother in Baltimore, Ryan has struggled with each gut wrenching, race related news story to find the words to convey the right lessons to her daughters. To better understand how mothers transfer to their children wisdom on race and race relations, she reached out to other mothers—prominent political leaders like Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett, celebrities like Cindy Williams, and others like Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, whose lives have been impacted by prominent race related events. At a time when Americans still struggle to address racial division and prejudice, their stories remind us that attitudes change from one generation to the next and one child at a time.

Features interviews with: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; John Lewis, congressman; Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, Secretary of State, Presidential candidate; Cindy Williams, actress known for role of Shirley on Laverne & Shirley; Cory Booker, United States senator; Christopher Darden, OJ Simpson prosecutor; Michael Cole, actor best known for role of Pete on The Mod Squad; Valerie Jarrett, presidential advisor; Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy; Iyanla Vansant, author, life coach and television personality; Harry Belafonte, singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist; President Barack Obama; and President Jimmy Carter.


Click for more detail about African Institutions: Challenges to Political, Social, and Economic Foundations of Africa’s Development by Ali Mazrui African Institutions: Challenges to Political, Social, and Economic Foundations of Africa’s Development

by Ali Mazrui
Rowman & Littlefield (Nov 12, 2015)
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Every political system, either developed or adopted, has an impact on the structure of society and the level of development. This book analyzes the evolution and nature of political institutions and their effect on Africa’s development. The challenges Africa face in developing viable institutions are not limited to the adoption of foreign institutions, but are also rooted in domestic norms that define society itself. Sometimes, these challenges have to do with the incompatibility between foreign and domestic institutions. The fundamental issue then is to understand the African societies, cultures, and other dynamics that have ensured stability in the past and that need to be recognized when adopting contemporary foreign institutions. This comprehensive text examines three key issue areas in Africa: politics, society, and economy. It demonstrates how the lack of consideration for domestic norms and societal realities explain the weaker institutions and lack of development on the African continent. The chapters examine critical issues such as gender, ethnicity and constitution development, legitimacy and the state, the correlation between abundant resources and instability, the dilemmas of political dynasties, international economic regimes and Africa’s economy, and more. Featuring many case studies, including Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Morocco, Togo, DRC, Ethiopia, Rwanda, the book provides some explanation of underdevelopment in Africa, linking the historical and colonial realities that hinder democratic consolidation to contemporary African politics, society and economy.


Click for more detail about The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America by April Ryan The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America

by April Ryan
Rowman & Littlefield (Feb 15, 2015)
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2016 NAACP Image Award Nominee, Essence Top 10 books of 2015, African American Literary Show Inc. 2015 Best Non Fiction Award In The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan gives readers a compelling and personal behind-the-scenes look at race relations in contemporary America from the epicenter of American power and policy making—the White House, her beat since 1997. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her ""Fabric of America"" news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a unique urban and minority perspective in news. Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unique insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation’s last three presidents. In Bill Clinton, Ryan saw both a savvy politician who did his best to stay above the racial fray in public, and a man privately pained from the wrongs done to African-Americans throughout our history, not unlike those with whom he’d grown up in Arkansas. In George W. Bush, a man she respected as a faithful husband and father, an unprecedented amount of backlash against what was spun and perceived as racism in his policies particularly those surrounding his administration’s horrendous handling of Hurricane Katrina from which he never truly recovered, and by which he remained personally haunted for years. And in Barack Obama a President expected to transcend divisions and raise us above our racial squabbling simply by taking office a leader who, especially early in his administration, drew his own form of fire from those who noted his surprising absence from various racial issues that presented themselves on the national stage, but upon which he did not seem moved to comment, much less act. With humor, grace, and determination, April shares the highs and lows of her sometimes lonely but rewarding battle to keep questions of race relations in America on the political front burner, and in the President’s ear. She has made this battle her life’s work and will never stop fighting to give a voice to those members of our society who have too long been silenced.

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Click for more detail about The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebellion That Led the U.S. and Great Britain to the Brink of War by Arthur T. Downey The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebellion That Led the U.S. and Great Britain to the Brink of War

by Arthur T. Downey
Rowman & Littlefield (Aug 14, 2014)
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The Creole Affair is the story of the most successful slave rebellion in American history, and the effects of that rebellion on diplomacy, the domestic slave trade, and the definition of slavery itself. Held against their will aboard the Creole—a slave ship on its way from Richmond to New Orleans in 1841—the rebels seized control of the ship and changed course to the Bahamas. Because the Bahamas were subject to British rule of law, the slaves were eventually set free, and these American slaves’ presence on foreign soil sparked one of America’s most contentious diplomatic battles with the UK, the nation in control of those remote islands. Though the rebellion appeared a success, the ensuing political battle between the United States and Britain that would lead the rivals to the brink of their third war, was just beginning. As such, The Creole Affair is just as importantly a story of diplomacy: of two extraordinary non-professional diplomats who cleverly resolved the tensions arising from this historic slave uprising that, had they been allowed to escalate, had the potential for catastrophe.


Click for more detail about Politics of Gender and the Culture of Sexuality: Western, Islamic, and African Perspectives by Ali Mazrui Politics of Gender and the Culture of Sexuality: Western, Islamic, and African Perspectives

by Ali Mazrui
Rowman & Littlefield (Jul 08, 2014)
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The Politics of Gender and the Culture of Sexuality outlines theories of gender within the intellectual paradigm of the triple heritage: Islam, Africanity, and the West. This book describes the impact of individual contexts and politics on meanings attributed to the human body. The Politics of Gender and the Culture of Sexuality explores how men and women relate to each other in monogamous and polygamous marriage, race rivalries, slavery, miscegenation, cultures of procreation, family planning, and the Islamic view of women’s dignity vis-a-vis the Western view of women’s liberty. In doing so, the author and editor present a multifaceted and dynamic theoretical discourse of gender.


Click for more detail about Off the Record: Conversations with African American and Brazilian Women Musicians by LaShonda Katrice Barnett Off the Record: Conversations with African American and Brazilian Women Musicians

by LaShonda Katrice Barnett
Scarecrow Press (Jan 15, 2013)
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In the context of interviews with diverse artists representing the blues, bossa nova and Brazilian popular music (BMP), classical, folk, jazz and soul traditions, OFF THE RECORD, offers critical, personal perspectives on the music-making process and careers of renowned 21st-century African American and Brazilian women artists, including Cassandra Wilson, Regina Carter, Tia Fuller, Alice Smith, Tracy Chapman, Ruthie Foster, Alexis P. Sutter, Gal Costa, Rossa Passos, Cesária Évora, Denyce Graves, Measha Bruggergosman, Lalah Hathaway, Maysa, and more. Focusing on musicians’ creative process, inspiration and experiences within the music industry, conversations address the historical and social contexts in which music is created. OFF THE RECORD places special emphasis on the impact of gender and genre choice on musicians’ careers; issues of performance and self-presentation; dynamics of race and class; and the contruction and circulation of women musicians’ images in today’s culture.


Click for more detail about The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges by Andrew P. Jackson, Julius, Jr. Jefferson, and Akilah S. Nosakhere The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges

by Andrew P. Jackson, Julius, Jr. Jefferson, and Akilah S. Nosakhere
Scarecrow Press (Apr 12, 2012)
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The 1970 and 1994 editions of The Black Librarian in America by E.J. Josey singled out racism as an important issue to be addressed within the library profession. Although much has changed since then, this latest collection of 48 essays by Black librarians and library supporters again identifies racism as one of many challenges of the new century.

Essays are written by library educators, library graduate students, retired librarians, public library trustees, veteran librarians, and new librarians fresh out of school with great ideas and wholesome energies. They cover such topics as poorly equipped school libraries and the need to preserve the school library, a call to action to all librarians to make the shift to new and innovative models of public education, the advancement in information technology and library operations, special libraries, recruitment and the Indiana State Library program, racism in the history of library and information science, and challenges that have plagued librarianship for decades.

This collection of poignant essays covers a multiplicity of concerns for the 21st-century Black librarian and embodies compassion and respect for the provision of information, an act that defines librarianship. The essays are personable, inspiring, and thought provoking for all library professionals, regardless of race, class, or gender.


Click for more detail about In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap (African American Cultural Theory and Heritage) by Alexs D. Pate In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap (African American Cultural Theory and Heritage)

by Alexs D. Pate
Scarecrow Press (Nov 24, 2009)
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Despite its extraordinary popularity and worldwide influence, the world of rap and hip hop is under constant attack. Impressions and interpretations of its meaning and power are perpetually being challenged. Somewhere someone is bemoaning the negative impact of rap music on contemporary culture. In In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap, bestselling author and scholar Alexs Pate argues for a fresh understanding of rap as an example of powerful and effective poetry, rather than a negative cultural phenomenon.

Pate articulates a way of "reading" rap that makes visible both its contemporary and historical literary values. He encourages the reader to step beyond the dominance of the beat and the raw language and come to an appreciation of rap’s literary and poetic dimensions. What emerges is a vision of rap as an exemplary form of literary expression, rather than a profane and trendy musical genre. Pate focuses on works by several well-known artists to reveal in rap music, despite its penchant for vulgarity, a power and beauty that is the heart of great literature.


Click for more detail about Unburdened By Conscience: A Black People’s Collective Account Of America’s Ante-Bellum South And The Aftermath by Anthony W. Neal Unburdened By Conscience: A Black People’s Collective Account Of America’s Ante-Bellum South And The Aftermath

by Anthony W. Neal
University Press of America (Nov 16, 2009)
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In Unburdened by Conscience, Anthony W. Neal forcefully argues that influential historians have been unable to offer a complete account of ante-bellum-era American slavery because of their preoccupation with humanizing the slaveholders. He charges them with concealing the full horrors of slavery in order to present the slaveholders in a more positive light. By skillfully weaving together candid first-hand accounts of courageous ex-slaves, Neal then permits readers to see slavery in the United States from their point of view. Former slaves talk openly about the break-up of their marital unions and families and about matters rarely examined in most American slavery history books. Those issues include the slaveholders’ legally-sanctioned acts of violence, their practice of slave-breeding, and their rape of black women. Through this work, Neal gives a voice to black people who endured American slavery, and presents a sobering record not found in most books on the topic.

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Click for more detail about The A to Z of African American Cinema by S. Torriano Berry and Venise Berry The A to Z of African American Cinema

by S. Torriano Berry and Venise Berry
Scarecrow Press (Sep 02, 2009)
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On 4 July, 1910, in 100-degree heat at an outdoor boxing ring near Reno, Nevada, film cameras recorded-and thousands of fans witnessed-former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries’ reluctant return from retirement to fight Jack Johnson, a black man. After 14 grueling rounds, Johnson knocked out Jeffries and for the first time in history, there was a black heavyweight champion of the world. At least 10 people lost their lives because of Johnson’s victory and hundreds more were injured due to white retaliation and wild celebrations in the streets. Public screenings received instantaneous protests and hundreds of cities barred the film from being shown. Congress even passed a law making it a federal offense to transport moving pictures of prizefights across state lines, and thus the most powerful portrayal of a black man ever recorded on film was made virtually invisible.

This is but one of the hundreds of films covered in The A to Z of African American Cinema, which includes everything from The Birth of a Nation to Crash. In addition to the films, brief biographies of African American actors and actresses such as Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx can be found in this reference. Through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, black-&-white photos, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on actors, actresses, movies, producers, organizations, awards, film credits, and terminology, this book provides a better understanding of the role African Americans played in film history.


Click for more detail about What African American Parents Want Educators to Know by Gail L. Thompson What African American Parents Want Educators to Know

by Gail L. Thompson
R&L Education (Apr 29, 2008)
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The African-American parents/guardians who participated in this study were biological parents in two-parent homes, single parents, grandparents, foster parents, and stepparents who were rearing school-age children. Some had been deterred from completing their own formal education as a result of peer pressure, temptation outside of school, or stressful circumstances. Others had positive schooling experiences and stable childhoods. Regardless of the differences in their background experiences, the majority of these parents or guardians were single-minded about wanting a better life for their children, believing that a good K-12 education and college education were crucial to their children’s advancement. And while most believed resolutely in the hope offered by the public school system, they recognized that schools couldn’t do it all.

African-American parents and guardians are willing to work with teachers and administrators to ensure that their children receive a quality education. Yet if the historic achievement gap is ever to be eradicated, teachers, administrators, researchers, and policymakers must be more willing to view African-American parents/guardians as assets. African-American parents/guardians must be invited to verbalize their concerns, and those concerns must be taken seriously to effect meaningful and lasting change in the public school system.


Click for more detail about Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: The Great Semitic Divergence in World History by Ali Mazrui Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs: The Great Semitic Divergence in World History

by Ali Mazrui
University Press of America (Dec 01, 2007)
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It is...of considerable value to those who wish to understand better the historical trends and appreciate the respective places of Euro-Jews and Afro-Arabs in history and geography....Recommended.—CHOICE, November 2008


Click for more detail about Historical Dictionary of African-American Television (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts) by Kathleen Fearn-Banks Historical Dictionary of African-American Television (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts)

by Kathleen Fearn-Banks
Scarecrow Press (Nov 15, 2005)
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From Amos ’n’ Andy to The Jeffersons to Family Matters to Chappelle’s Show, this volume covers it all with entries on all different genres?animation, documentaries, sitcoms, sports, talk shows, and variety shows?and performers such as Muhammad Ali, Louis Armstrong, Bill Cosby, and Oprah Winfrey. Additionally, information can be found on general issues, ranging from African American audiences and stereotypes through the related networks and organizations.

This book has hundreds of cross-referenced entries, from A to Z, in the dictionary and a list of acronyms with their corresponding definitions. The extensive chronology shows who did what and when and the introduction traces the often difficult circumstances African American performers faced compared to the more satisfactory present situation. Finally, the bibliography is useful to those readers who want to know more about specific topics or persons.

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Click for more detail about Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal by Manning Marable and Leith Mullings Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal

by Manning Marable and Leith Mullings
Rowman & Littlefield (Jan 24, 2003)
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This anthology of black writers traces the evolution of African-American perspectives throughout American history, from the early years of slavery to the end of the 20th century. The essays, manifestos, interviews, and documents assembled here, contextualized with critical commentaries from Marable and Mullings, introduce the reader to the character and important controversies of each period of black history. The selections represent a broad spectrum of ideology. Conservative, radical, nationalistic, and integrationist approaches can be found in almost every period, yet there have been striking shifts in the evolution of social thought and activism. The editors judiciously illustrate how both continuity and change affected the African-American community in terms of its internal divisions, class structure, migration, social problems, leadership, and protest movements. They also show how gender, spirituality, literature, music, and connections to Africa and the Caribbean played a prominent role in black life and history. To view the companion study guide, please click here http://www.rowmanlittlefield.com/ISBN/0742527093


Click for more detail about Callus on My Soul: A Memoir by Dick Gregory Callus on My Soul: A Memoir

by Dick Gregory
Taylor Trade Publishing (Oct 09, 2001)
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Comedian and human rights activist Dick Gregory reflects on his life and modern American history in a conversational memoir.


Click for more detail about Handbook of Black Librarianship by E.J. Josey Handbook of Black Librarianship

by E.J. Josey
Scarecrow Press (Jul 12, 2000)
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E. J. Josey and Marva DeLoach have compiled a treasure trove of information about black librarianship. This volume includes history, statistics, and documentation of contemporary issues related both to African American participation in librarianship and to the organizations that they built to provide information resources for their people. Of interest to all librarians, bibliophiles, bibliographers, and students of American culture, this handbook fills a niche in American cultural history.

Like the first edition, published in 1977, this new edition chronicles the history and achievements of black librarians in their chosen profession. Chapters documenting pioneering individuals and events are juxtaposed with historical descriptions of early professional organizations. Other sections provide important information related to diversity, including the language of diversity and salient statistical facts about African American librarians. New or revised chapters treat issues related to information technology and electronic resources, library services to African Americans, and library education. Of special interest is the section on African American resources, which covers archival and fugitive literature, library holdings, literature, oral history programs, and museums, with several chapters on awards. A complete section is devoted to the important issue of health sciences libraries and blacks. Another new section covers libraries, library education, and publishing in Africa. The final section highlights the role of African Americans in selected areas of the knowledge industry.


Click for more detail about The Black Student’s Guide to Scholarships, Revised  600+ Private Money Sources for Black and Minority Students (Beckham’s Guide to Scholarships for Black and Minority Students) by Barry Beckham The Black Student’s Guide to Scholarships, Revised 600+ Private Money Sources for Black and Minority Students (Beckham’s Guide to Scholarships for Black and Minority Students)

by Barry Beckham
Madison Books (Sep 26, 1996)
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_<"The most thorough guide available to financial aid for black students._>" ?Dr. Israel Tribble, Jr., President, Florida Education Fund


Click for more detail about The Black Librarian in America Revisited by E.J. Josey The Black Librarian in America Revisited

by E.J. Josey
Scarecrow Press (Jun 01, 1994)
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This sequel to The Black Librarian in America (Scarecrow, 1970) contains an array of contributors representing a new generation of African American librarians, addressing the same perplexing problems that their predecessors examined. This volume is being issued at a time when there is a great concern about cultural diversity in the country. Cultural diversity is laudable, but the pervasive problem in the country is institutional racism. All of the contributors aggree that it is racism that should be eradicated if a truly multicultural society that represents cultural diversity is to develop.

A wide range of topics are explored. In addition, a profile of Dorothy Porter Wesley, one of the pioneer African American librarians; librarians and archivists as writers, and a provocative essay by Congresswoman Major R. Owens on "The Specter of Racism in an Age of Cultural Diversity: The New Paradigm for African American Librarians." Among the contributors are Carolyn O. Frost, Herman L. Totten, Carla Hayden, Charles M. Brown, Alexander Boyd, Jesse Carney Smith, James F Williams,II, Lou Helen Saunders, Ina A. Brown, Vivian Davidson Hewitt, Monteria Hightower, Ella Gaines Yates, and Ann Allen Shockley.

Especially designed for professional librarians, library school students, and other information professionals, this volume would be a useful addition to African American collections and other scholarly collections dealing with American society. A copious index that is cross referenced makes it very useful as a reference tool.


Click for more detail about Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship by E.J. Josey Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship

by E.J. Josey
Scarecrow Press (Aug 01, 1977)
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New Dimensions for Academic Library Service

by E.J. Josey
Rowman & Littlefield (Jan 01, 1975)
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What Black Librarians Are Saying

by E.J. Josey
Scarecrow Press (Jun 01, 1972)
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The Black Librarian in America.

by E.J. Josey
Scarecrow Press (Jun 01, 1970)
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Click for more detail about Africa: Her History, Lands and People, Told with Pictures by John A. Williams Africa: Her History, Lands and People, Told with Pictures

by John A. Williams
Rowman & Littlefield (Jun 01, 1962)
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