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Click for more detail about The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives by Michael Gurian The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives

by Michael Gurian
Jossey-Bass (Aug 30, 2010)
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The final and conclusive book in the groundbreaking series on boys and their development In this climax to his series of landmark books about boys, Michael Gurian offers a powerful new program to help us give our sons a core purpose–a program based on building morality, character, career goals, the ability to form intimate relationships, selflessness, personal and community responsibility, and an accelerated process of developmental maturity. Gurian reveals how important purpose is for the success and happiness of boys and explains how a boy’s core personality, nature, and genetic predisposition functions to create both strengths and weaknesses in their journey towards maturity. Includes an innovative program for support and interventions according to the unique needs, weaknesses, and strengths of each individual young man. This book is the follow-up to Gurian’s bestselling The Minds of Boys Draws on the latest science and field research on how boys develop neurologically Gurian explores the unique issues boys must confront, and shows how their strategy for moral development and success in life is predicated on their nature and genetic predispositions.


Click for more detail about The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: Quest for Freedom, 1939 - 1976 by Paul Robeson Jr. The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: Quest for Freedom, 1939 - 1976

by Paul Robeson Jr.
Wiley (Jan 01, 2010)
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The eagerly awaited second volume of Paul Robeson Jr.’s acclaimed biography of his father, the legendary singer, actor, and social activist.The greatest scholar-athlete-performing artist in U.S. history, Paul Robeson was one of the most compelling figures of the twentieth century. In this final volume of his groundbreaking biography, Paul Robeson Jr. tells the untold, inside story of his father’s life from World War II until his death, including his fight against racism and injustice and his courageous defiance of persecution by government agencies.Breaks new ground, using unpublished photographs and source materials from private diaries, letters, and government documentsOffers unprecedented insight into how Robeson bridged the contradictions of his personal and public lifePraised as ""an accomplished and moving memoir"" (Boston Globe, on Vol. 1) and ""an important, well-wrought addition to African-American, Cold War and theater scholarship"" (Publishers Weekly)Revealing a multifaceted figure who moved among major roles as a performer, political activist, husband, and father, The Undiscovered Paul Robeson traces the dramatic arc of one of the world’s most distinguished performing artists and passionate leaders in the fight for universal human rights.


Click for more detail about The Equation: Applying The 4 Indisputable Components Of Business Success by Omar Tyree The Equation: Applying The 4 Indisputable Components Of Business Success

by Omar Tyree
Wiley (Dec 31, 2008)
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More than just another business self-help book, The Equation is a groundbreaking formula that looks at how all business is an art. The book will help business people rethink how they manage their art form and help businesses accelerate their productivity by creating a corporate culture driven by passion and zeal, as art is. The book will help entrepreneurs rethink how they manage their art form and help businesses accelerate their productivity by transforming corporate culture to be driven by passion and zeal, as art is. The Equation (L/A*S=B) reveals a foolproof blueprint for business and life. Readers will learn that, first you have to love what you do (L) and become a highly-skilled artist at it (A), while developing promotional and marketing tools to gather public and professional support (S), which ultimately leads to big business (B).


Click for more detail about African American History For Dummies by Ronda Racha Penrice African American History For Dummies

by Ronda Racha Penrice
Dummies (Apr 30, 2007)
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Understand the historical and cultural contributions of African Americans Get to know the people, places, and events that shaped the African American experience Want to better understand black history? This comprehensive, straight-forward guide traces the African American journey, from Africa and the slave trade through the Civil War, Jim Crow, and the new millennium. You’ll be an eyewitness to the pivotal events that impacted America’s past, present, and future - and meet the inspiring leaders who struggled to bring about change. How Africans came to America Black life before - and after - Civil Rights How slaves fought to be free The evolution of African American culture Great accomplishments by black citizens What it means to be black in America today

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Click for more detail about Up Where We Belong: Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life by Gail L. Thompson Up Where We Belong: Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life

by Gail L. Thompson
Jossey-Bass (Apr 20, 2007)
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In Up Where We Belong, Gail Thompson asked the students in a low performing school to be candid about their high school experiences. Using this information and relying on data from questionnaires and focus groups, Thompson discovered a huge gap in perception between how teachers and students view their experience of school. The book explores this disparity, and uncovers some of the reasons for students’ low achievement, apathy, and frustration. Most important, she offers vital lessons for transforming schools–especially for underachieving kids and students of color.


Click for more detail about Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask About African American Students by Gail L. Thompson Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask About African American Students

by Gail L. Thompson
Jossey-Bass (Apr 13, 2007)
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In this book, Gail L. Thompson takes on the volatile topic of the role of race in education and explores the black-white achievement gap and the cultural divide that exists between some teachers and African American students. Solidly based on research conducted with 175 educators, Through Ebony Eyes provides information and strategies that will help teachers increase their effectiveness with African American students. Written in conversational language, Through Ebony Eyes offers a wealth of examples and personal stories that clearly demonstrate the cultural differences that exist in the schools and offers a three-part, long-term professional development plan that will help teachers become more effective.


Click for more detail about Who’s Afraid To Be a Millionaire?: Mastering Financial and Emotional Success by Kelvin Boston Who’s Afraid To Be a Millionaire?: Mastering Financial and Emotional Success

by Kelvin Boston
Wiley (Sep 11, 2006)
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You don’t need to be a financial professional to achieve your financial dreams. All you need is a plan and the discipline to follow it. Filled with Kelvin Boston’s trademark use of jargon-free language, humor, and positive thinking, Who’s Afraid to Be a Millionaire? will show you how to take control of your personal finances and make smart decisions that will positively affect your future.


Click for more detail about Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson by Frances Clayton Gray and Yanick Rice Lamb Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson

by Frances Clayton Gray and Yanick Rice Lamb
Wiley (Aug 26, 2004)
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On Althea Gibson, America’s first African American tennis champion:

"I am grateful to Althea Gibson for having the strength and courage to break through the racial barriers in tennis. She knocked down walls that gave us more freedom to concentrate on the game. . . . Althea’s accomplishments set the stage for my success, but she also made a difference for people of all backgrounds in all areas. Through beneficiaries like me, Serena, and many others to come, her legacy will live on."
-Venus Williams

"She just meant so much to me. I’ve always felt connected to her and thankful and grateful for what she’s done for people of color and me."
-Billie Jean King

"Althea built many bridges over her seventy-six years on this earth to ease our crossing. . . . She fought the good fight, she finished her course, she kept her faith, and she can rest-game, set, and match."
-David Dinkins
former mayor of New York City

"It was the quiet dignity with which Althea carried herself during the turbulent days of the 1950s that was truly remarkable. . . . When she began playing, less than five percent of tennis newcomers were minorities. Today, some thirty percent are minorities, two-thirds of whom are African American. This is her legacy."
-Alan Schwartz
President, U.S. Tennis Association

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Click for more detail about Black Power Inc.: The New Voice of Success by Cora Daniels Black Power Inc.: The New Voice of Success

by Cora Daniels
Wiley (Apr 26, 2004)
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Black Power Inc. explores the emergence of a new black elite that sees business and economics as the true base of American power, rather than politics. Instead of mobilizing voters, they are storming boardrooms across the country and establishing themselves in positions of real influence. Now, Fortune magazine writer Cora Daniels, one of the primary chroniclers of this new shift in attitudes, reveals both the professionals who drive it and their motivations for doing so.

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Click for more detail about The Billion Dollar BET: Robert Johnson and the Inside Story of Black Entertainment Television by Brett Pulley The Billion Dollar BET: Robert Johnson and the Inside Story of Black Entertainment Television

by Brett Pulley
Wiley (Mar 26, 2004)
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Praise for The Billion Dollar BET

"In a gripping narrative that is both inspirational and cautionary, Brett Pulley tells us how Robert Johnson built Black Entertainment Television into a billion-dollar media empire. In a remarkable feat of reporting, without Johnson’s cooperation, Pulley shows what it really takes to get ahead in America today, and in doing so provides as valuable a cultural as business history."
—James B. Stewart Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of DisneyWar, Den of Thieves, and Heart of a Soldier

"Like or dislike? Agree or disagree? Bob Johnson’s richly varied and fascinating life presses you against the window that Brett Pulley opens widely."
—Bernard Shaw retired CNN anchor

"Through his BET network, Bob Johnson reached the pinnacle of capitalism, the billionaire boys club, in the spirit of legions of driven, American moguls . . . Veteran business journalist Brett Pulley peels back the layers of this fascinating and complex entrepreneur."
—Teri Agins Senior Special Writer, the Wall Street Journal, and author of The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever

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Click for more detail about Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance by James Haskins, Eleanora E. Tate, Clinton Cox, and Brenda Wilkinson Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance

by James Haskins, Eleanora E. Tate, Clinton Cox, and Brenda Wilkinson
Wiley (Sep 13, 2002)
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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY COMES TO LIFE Discover why young people all over the country are reading the Black Stars biographies of African American heroes. Here is what you want to know about the lives of great black men and women during the fabulous Harlem Renaissance: louis “satchmo” armstrong eubie blake thomas andrew dorsey w. e. b. du bois duke ellington james reese europe jessie redmon fauset marcus garvey w. c. handy fletcher henderson langston hughes zora neale hurston hall johnson henry johnson oscar micheaux philip payton jr. gertrude “ma” rainey paul robeson augusta savage noble sissle bessie smith james van der zee dorothy west carter g. woodson “The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid.” -Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine “Inspiring stories that demonstrate what can happen when ingenuity and tenacity are paired with courage and hard work.” -Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children’s Books “Haskins has chosen his subjects well . . . catching a sense of the enormous obstacles they had to overcome. . . . Some names are familiar, but most are little-known whom Haskins elevates to their rightful place in history.” -Booklist “The broad coverage makes this an unusual resource-a jumping-off point for deeper studies.” -Horn Book


Click for more detail about Come By Here: My Mother’s Life by Clarence Major Come By Here: My Mother’s Life

by Clarence Major
Wiley (Apr 12, 2002)
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Lavish praise for come by here
""With elegant simplicity and uncommon wisdom, Clarence Major gives us not just the truth of his mother’s life but the unspoken truth behind the lie of color in the American story. A compelling narrative.""
— Rilla Askew, author, Fire in Beulah
""A brilliant rendering of a rich and eventful life. With creative insight, love, and admiration, Major shows us how in family life down through the generations, race really matters.""
— Andrew Billingsley, author, Climbing Jacob’s Ladder:
The Enduring Legacy of African American Families
Critical acclaim for Clarence Major
""Clarence Major has a remarkable mind and the talent to match.""
— Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate
""One of America’s most gifted and versatile writers.""
— Library Journal

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Click for more detail about The Undiscovered Paul Robeson , An Artist’s Journey, 1898-1939 by Paul Robeson Jr. The Undiscovered Paul Robeson , An Artist’s Journey, 1898-1939

by Paul Robeson Jr.
Wiley (Mar 02, 2001)
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The long-awaited, untold, inside story of the rise of the legendary actor, singer, scholar, and activist. The first volume of this major biography breaks new ground.

The greatest scholar-athlete-performing artist in U.S. history, Paul Robeson was one of the most compelling figures of the twentieth century.

Now his son, Paul Robeson Jr., traces the dramatic arc of his rise to fame, painting a definitive picture of Paul Robeson’s formative years. His father was an escaped slave; his mother, a descendent of freedmen; and his wife, the brilliant and ambitious Eslanda Cardozo Goode. With a law degree from Columbia University; a professional football career; title roles in Eugene O’Neill’s plays and in Shakespeare’s Othello; and a concert career in America and Europe, Robeson dominated his era.

This unprecedented biography reveals the depth of Robeson’s cultural scholarship, explores the contradictions he bridged in his personal and political life, and describes his emergence as a symbol of the anticolonial and antifascist struggles. Filled with previously unpublished photographs and source materials from the private diaries and letters of Paul and Eslanda Robeson, this is the epic story of a forerunner who now stands as one of America’s greatest heroes.


Click for more detail about Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children’s Books about Girls by Donna Rand and Toni Trent Parker Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children’s Books about Girls

by Donna Rand and Toni Trent Parker
Wiley (Dec 08, 2000)
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"Offers a wonderful overview of literature with black children in its focus." Jim Trelease, author The Read-Aloud Handbook on Black Books Galore! These are exciting times for African American children’s literature. Never before have there been so many titles available. Now two of the mothers who founded Black Books Galore! the nation’s leading organizer of festivals of African American children’s books and the authors of the highly acclaimed Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children’s Books share their expert advice on how to find and choose the best African American books in two new fully annotated guides one featuring boys, one featuring girls open the door to a wonderful world of reading for children. Discover hundreds of young black heroes, heroines, and positive role models of every age in every category, including board books, story and picture books, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, history, biography, fables, and more. Invaluable for parents, teachers, and librarians, these easy-to-use, illustrated reference guides feature: Quick, lively descriptions of over 600 books Helpful guidelines for parents of girls and parents of boys Easy-to-find listings organized by age level and indexed by title, topic, author, and illustrator Reflections from famous public figures about their favorite childhood books Listings of award winners and Reading Rainbow Books


Click for more detail about Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature by Kevin Powell Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature

by Kevin Powell
Wiley (Sep 29, 2000)
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The best work of hip-hop generation writers captured in a single volume

From fiction writers, poets, journalists, and commentators, this absorbing anthology captures, for the first time, the new school of black writing, including established and award-winning authors like Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Danyel Smith, and Paul Beatty, as well as emerging voices from around the world. In addition to showing today's literary flowering, Step Into A World provides a window into the crucial issues of contemporary black life, including racial and sexual identity, post-civil rights politics, and hip-hop culture. Compiled by critically acclaimed poet, journalist, and essayist Kevin Powell, this groundbreaking book is a revelation. Kevin Powell at Brooklyn Moon

Kevin Powell (Brooklyn, NY) is a critically acclaimed poet, journalist, and essayist. He is the former senior editor for Vibe, and has been published in dozens of periodicals, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, George, Essence, and One World.

"Kevin Powell is pushing to bring, as he has so brilliantly done before, the voices of his generation: the concerns, the cares, the fears, and the fearlessness. Step into a World is a kaleidoscope into the world not bound by artificial constructs like nation. John Coltrane recorded ‘Giant Steps,’ which is a riff on the sight and sounds in his muse. Powell plays the computer with equal astuteness." –Nikki Giovanni

"Those of us who pay attention were aware that the younger generation of blackwriters was being smothered by the anointment of talented tenth Divas and Divuses, and their commercial accommodationist ‘Fourth Renaissance. ’This anthology is indeed a breakthrough! It combines the boldness and daring of hip-hop with the intellectual keenness of a Michele Wallace or a Clyde Taylor." –Ishmael Reed

"In a culture where videos, the Internet, and other high-tech communication is being consumed like the latest mind-altering drug, how does great literature grow and survive? These writers will answer that all-important question. This anthology provides a clue, a hint, as to where we might be going. They are resisting all this vacant, empty-minded nothingness. Read them. Listen to them. If you don’t, you do so at your peril." –Quincy Troupe

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Click for more detail about African American Musicians by Eleanora E. Tate African American Musicians

by Eleanora E. Tate
Wiley (Jun 01, 2000)
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Meet the black musicians who created Americais greatest music—from the early years to modern times Marian Anderson Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Chuck Berry Thomas "Blind Tom" Greene Bethune Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle James Brown Ray Charles Edmund Dede Thomas Andrew Dorsey Duke Ellington Ella Fitzgerald Aretha Franklin Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield W. C. Handy Mahalia Jackson Michael Jackson Francis Hall Johnson Scott Joplin B. B. King Queen Latifah Millie-Christine McCoy Jessye Norman Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (Pridgett) Doug and Frankie Quimby Paul Robeson Bessie Smith Stevie Wonder


Click for more detail about The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology by Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology

by Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Wiley (Oct 26, 1999)
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The Black New Yorkers The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology Experience 400 years of African American culture and achievement in America’s greatest city "The Black New Yorkers will no doubt prove to be a document for the ages: a timely, highly informative record of the significant and multifaceted enrichment provided by our forebears and contemporaries to the evolution of one of the world’s greatest cities." —Jessye Norman "This fascinating book says to the world that New York has been made great by the achievements of many people, including the black New Yorkers who have struggled here, who succeeded here, and who continue to work to make this city great." —H. Carl McCall "The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology is a book for all New Yorkers and for all Americans. It chronicles our story—the lives and times of people who for nearly four centuries have been creating a presence and a voice for themselves in the city, the nation, and the world." —Maya Angelou from her Foreword Featuring more than 200 striking photographs, rare documents, and vintage illustrations from the Schomburg’s world-famous collection, and packed with thousands of fascinating details, The Black New Yorkers offers an unparalleled view of African American life. Afterword by David Dinkins


Click for more detail about Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books by Max Rodriguez, Angeli R. Rasbury, Carol Taylor and Charles Johnson Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books

by Max Rodriguez, Angeli R. Rasbury, Carol Taylor and Charles Johnson
Wiley (Jan 18, 1999)
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David Walker's Appeal. The Souls of Black Folk. Things Fall Apart. Their Eyes Were Watching God. The Fire. Next Time. Beloved…

Books are a cornerstone of black culture. Charting over 200 years of transition and turmoil, perseverance and triumph, intelligence, horror, and exquisite beauty, black literature rings with a remarkable people's vitality and passion, improvisational spirit and spiritual questing.


Read about all of the titles captured in the fascinating volume


Now, capturing the full sweep of writing from the Diaspora—from Africa to the Caribbean to America—Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books celebrates the most influential works in this rich tradition, one of world literature's strongest forces.

QBR: The Black Book Review is the preeminent showcase for the critical review of contemporary African American books and authors. The editors of QBR have tapped a blue-ribbon panel of leading scholars, historians, authors, and booksellers to reach a consensus on works having the most significant impact across the decades —the books that matter most. The resulting list of 100 books is an impressive collection of poetry, short fiction, novels, drama, autobiography, and history.

Divided into six thematic sections —introduced by outstanding young writers like Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Arthur Flowers, and Robert Fleming —the books are excerpted and highlighted with insightful commentary. The first section, "Ancestors, Origins, and Memory," explores books that have shaped our views of slavery, oppression, and the African continent as paradise lost. Included in this section are The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, the first independently written slave narrative; Beloved, Toni Morrison's haunting tale of slavery and its aftermath; and Ivan Van Sertima's groundbreaking challenge to European history, They Came Before Columbus.

The section called "Community and Identity" celebrates books that explore individual freedom and the collective power of the alienated and marginalized, featuring the works of W. E. B. Du Bois, Wallace Thurman, Langston Hughes, Chinua Achebe, and Lorraine Hansberry, among others. Their range is matched by their depth. In the sections "Politics, Nationalism, and Revolution" and "Soul and Spirit," one finds Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice, Chancellor Williams's The Destruction of Black Civilization, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letters from a Birmingham Jail, and Marian Wright Edelman's Guide My Feet. In "Sisters' Stories," works by Maya Angelou, Ntozake Shange, Audre Lorde, and other outstanding writers capture the varied experiences of black women. "Brothers' Lives" salutes the seminal works on black manhood by writers like Richard Wright, August Wilson, and Ernest Gaines.

Honoring and exploring the greatest achievements in black writing across the centuries, Sacred Fire is soul-shaking, essential reading for all lovers of literature and lively opinion.

"QBR's evolving canon is a splendid way to begin honoring black artists."—Charles Johnson, from the Foreword.


Click for more detail about Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books by Max Rodriguez, Angeli R. Rasbury, Carol Taylor and Charles Johnson Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books

by Max Rodriguez, Angeli R. Rasbury, Carol Taylor and Charles Johnson
Wiley (Jan 18, 1999)
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Learn even more about all 100 books described in Sacred Fire

QBR’s evolving canon is a splendid way to begin honoring black artists. —Charles Johnson, from the Foreword "From critiques of W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America to Alex Haley’s Roots to Langston Hughes’s The Ways of White Folks, these short, trenchant essays stimulate and challenge."—Booklist "A celebration of black literature . insightful commentary."—Ebony "A rich and surprising assortment."—American Legacy "Delving into a book is an entertaining and edifying way to celebrate and reflect on the rich tapestry of African American history. A great way to start is with Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books.’ —Atlanta Journal-Constitution Capturing the full sweep of writing from the diaspora—from Africa tc the Caribbean to America—Sacred Fire is a soul-stirring collection of provocative analysis on 100 works of literature that have shaped and defined black culture for over 200 years.

David Walker's Appeal.

The Souls of Black Folk. Things Fall Apart. Their Eyes Were Watching God. The Fire. Next Time. Beloved . . .

Books are a cornerstone of black culture. Charting over 200 years of transition and turmoil, perseverance and triumph, intelligence, horror, and exquisite beauty, black literature rings with a remarkable people's vitality and passion, improvisational spirit and spiritual questing.

Now, capturing the full sweep of writing from the Diaspora—from Africa to the Caribbean to America—Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books celebrates the most influential works in this rich tradition, one of world literature's strongest forces.

QBR: The Black Book Review is the preeminent showcase for the critical review of contemporary African American books and authors. The editors of QBR have tapped a blue-ribbon panel of leading scholars, historians, authors, and booksellers to reach a consensus on works having the most significant impact across the decades —the books that matter most. The resulting list of 100 books is an impressive collection of poetry, short fiction, novels, drama, autobiography, and history.

carol taylor - authorDivided into six thematic sections —introduced by outstanding young writers like Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Arthur Flowers, and Robert Fleming —the books are excerpted and highlighted with insightful commentary. The first section, "Ancestors, Origins, and Memory," explores books that have shaped our views of slavery, oppression, and the African continent as paradise lost. Included in this section are The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, the first independently written slave narrative; Beloved, Toni Morrison's haunting tale of slavery and its aftermath; and Ivan Van Sertima's groundbreaking challenge to European history, They Came Before Columbus.

The section called "Community and Identity" celebrates books that explore individual freedom and the collective power of the alienated and marginalized, featuring the works of W. E. B. Du Bois, Wallace Thurman, Langston Hughes, Chinua Achebe, and Lorraine Hansberry, among others. Their range is matched by their depth. In the sections "Politics, Nationalism, and Revolution" and "Soul and Spirit," one finds Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice, Chancellor Williams's The Destruction of Black Civilization, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letters from a Birmingham Jail, and Marian Wright Edelman's Guide My Feet. In "Sisters' Stories," works by Maya Angelou, Ntozake Shange, Audre Lorde, and other outstanding writers capture the varied experiences of black women. "Brothers' Lives" salutes the seminal works on black manhood by writers like Richard Wright, August Wilson, and Ernest Gaines.

Honoring and exploring the greatest achievements in black writing across the centuries, Sacred Fire is soul-shaking, essential reading for all lovers of literature and lively opinion.

"QBR's evolving canon is a splendid way to begin honoring black artists."—Charles Johnson, from the Foreword.


Click for more detail about My One Good Nerve by Ruby Dee My One Good Nerve

by Ruby Dee
Wiley (Oct 26, 1998)
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My One Good Nerve is an exuberant collection of writings in the down-home tradition by that incomparable icon of the human spirit, Ruby Dee. Married for 50 years to fellow actor Ossie Davis, Dee has led an astonishingly full life. But she has never forgotten where she comes from as an African American woman. Fans who have admired and drawn strength over the years from Dee’s outspoken human rights advocacy and unforgettable characters are rewarded here with many glimpses into her memories and convictions. This book is an inspiration and a blessing.


Click for more detail about A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine by Joe Randall and Toni Tipton-Martin A Taste of Heritage: The New African-American Cuisine

by Joe Randall and Toni Tipton-Martin
Wiley (Jan 22, 1998)
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Chef Joe Randall and Toni Tipton-Martin showcase the rich heritage of African-American cooking in this authentic collection of 300 recipes. Drawn from Joe Randall’s personal recipes, the book also includes recipes from chefs who have worked with Randall’s A Taste of Heritage Foundation, including Edna Lewis and Patrick Clark.

African-American cooking has evolved over more than 200 years to become a sophisticated and distinctive cuisine. More than just ""soul food,"" African-American cuisine has become world class. Experience Catfish Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings, Southern Fried Quail, or Crepes with Country Fried Apples. Geared to the home cook, the recipes are also enhanced by a section of menus, complete with wine selections. The final section introduces readers to the stories and menus of the prominent African-American chefs who contributed to the book.

You may learn more about this cookbook and other great cook books in Toni Tipton-Martin’s The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks


Click for more detail about The New York Public Library Amazing African American History: A Book Of Answers For Kids by The New York Public Library and Diane Patrick The New York Public Library Amazing African American History: A Book Of Answers For Kids

by The New York Public Library and Diane Patrick
Wiley (Dec 15, 1997)
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Discover ancient African civilizations. Explore the devastating Middle Passage and see the famous March on Washington. Find the answers to your questions about African American history . . .

Did blacks fight in the Revolutionary War? See page 18.

What was the Underground Railroad? See page 30.

Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? See page 59.

What is the NAACP? See page 64.

What was the Harlem Renaissance? See page 77.

How did the civil rights movement begin? See page 112.

What was the Black Power movement? See page 131.

What is affirmative action? See page 146.


Click for more detail about Proversity: Getting Past Face Value and Finding the Soul of People — A Manager’s Journey by Lawrence Otis Graham Proversity: Getting Past Face Value and Finding the Soul of People — A Manager’s Journey

by Lawrence Otis Graham
Wiley (Feb 05, 1997)
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"Lawrence Otis Graham is totally original and always deft." —The Washington Post "A most timely book for managers and employees alike. Proversity affirms the U.S. motto ’E Pluribus Unum’ — Out of Many, One." —Loida Nicolas Lewis Chairman and CEO TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc. "Graham’s deep understanding of how to make companies diversity-friendly can help America replace recurring racial and gender tensions with a positive spirit of inclusion." —Rosabeth Moss Kanter Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy "The human resource management field is searching for a new direction to take diversity programs. Look no longer. Proversity is a giant leap forward in helping organizations embrace the most important asset of all —people."—Michael R. Losey SPHR, President and CEO Society for Human Resource Management Proversity oun 1. progressive diversity: the product of bringing together individuals who appear different, but who have many common characteristics. 2. a more advanced and progressive form of diversity planning. 3. a description of individuals who look different on the exterior, but are actually quite similar. 4. the condition of having similar characteristics on a deep level in spite of existing surface characteristics that look different. Have you ever quickly judged people at face value before really getting to know them? Does that make you racist or sexist? Have you ever been startled by a biased thought that’s passed through your head? You are not alone. Nearly three-fourths of the nation’s largest firms have diversity programs. But almost every day, the newspapers unearth shocking new allegations involving bias in the corporate world. Diversity-training seminars are increasingly being derided as window-dressing. Hiring and promotion quotas are under growing attack as unfair and counterproductive. When it comes to achieving true diversity in the workplace, Corporate America still has a long way to go. Frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, Lawrence Otis Graham is one of our most credible authorities on how bias in the workplace hinders productivity and what managers can do about it. Now, in ProversityTM, Graham offers a new approach for transforming diversity, affirmative action, and multiculturalism in the workplace from a hindrance into a powerful competitive advantage. "Proversity" is Graham’s new term for progressive diversity. While diversity focuses on what makes us different—be it race, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion —Proversity does just the opposite: it looks for the things we all have in common. Written in the form of a business novel, Proversity chronicles the education and enlightenment of Percy McGee, an average manager in an average company, as he overcomes his bias and learns to see beyond people’s differences in order to recognize their strengths. As you observe Percy’s interactions with various coworkers, you are given a revealing glimpse into the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) ways in which bias works to undermine teamwork and productivity. Proversity presents characters who embody the different forms of bias, ranging from overt bigotry (Active Bias) to self-deceptive bias (Passive Bias). By starting to recognize and eliminate his own Passive Bias, Percy McGee learns how to effectively follow the Four Steps to Becoming a Progressive Manager. Throughout the course of the story, Graham explains how to discover and apply the power of "Proversity" to everyday and long-term work situations. Along the way, Graham introduces his original, proven progressive management tools and concepts, including a checklist to help you recognize bias in yourself and others, and A Progressive Manager’s 12 Commandments. Proversity is an enlightening, entertaining, thought-provoking, and extremely practical look at one of the most complex management problems facing the corporate world today.


Click for more detail about The Emancipation Proclamation by John Hope Franklin The Emancipation Proclamation

by John Hope Franklin
Wiley-Blackwell (Dec 16, 1994)
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While many historians have dealt with the Emancipation Proclamation as a phase or an aspect of the Civil War, few have given more than scant attention to the evolution of the document in the mind of Lincoln, the circumstances and conditions that led to its writing, its impact on the course of the war, and its significance for later generations. Professor John Hope Franklin’s answer to this need, first published in 1963, is available again for the first time in many years. This edition includes a new preface, photo essay, and a reproduction of the 1863 handwritten draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, making it an ideal supplementary text for U.S. and African American survey courses as well as for more specialized courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction.


Click for more detail about For Truth in Semantics (Philosophical Theory) by Kwame Anthony Appiah For Truth in Semantics (Philosophical Theory)

by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Wiley-Blackwell (Dec 01, 1986)
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