New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

October 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Ali : a life

October 20, 2017
Eig, Jonathan, author.
xv, 623 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Preface: Miami, 1964 -- Cassius Marcellus Clay -- The loudest child -- The bicycle -- "Every day was heaven" -- The prophet -- "I'm just young and don't give a damn" -- America's hero -- Dreamer -- "Twentieth-century exuberance" -- "It's show business" -- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee -- The ugly bear -- "So what's wrong with the Muslims?" -- Becoming Muhammad Ali -- Choice -- "Girl, will you marry me?" -- Assassination -- Phantom punch -- True love -- A holy war -- No quarrel -- "What's my name?" -- "Against the furies" -- Exile -- Faith -- Martyr -- Song and dance and prayer -- The greatest book of all time -- Stand by me -- Comeback -- "The world is watching you" -- A different fighter -- The five-million-dollar match -- Ali v. Frazier -- Freedom -- Trickeration -- A fight to the finish -- Heart of darkness -- Fighter's heaven -- "Ali boma ye!" -- Rumble in the jungle -- Moving on up -- Impulses -- Ali-Frazier III -- Getting old -- "They may not let me quit" -- "Do you remember Muhammad Ali?" -- Staggered -- Crown Prince -- Old -- Humpty Dumpty -- The last hurrah -- Too many punches -- "He's human, like us" -- A torch -- The long, black Cadillac -- Postscript.
"Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali's closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a thrilling story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century."-- Provided by publisher.

(H)afrocentric. Volumes 1-4

October 20, 2017
Smith, Juliana, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Cover title.
"This unflinching visual and literary tour-de-force tackles the most pressing issues of the day--including racism, patriarchy, gentrification, police violence, and the housing crisis--with humor and biting satire."

Don't call us dead : poems

October 18, 2017
Smith, Danez, author.
88 pages ; 23 cm
Dear white America -- Dinosaurs n the hood -- It won't be a bullet -- Last summer of innocence -- A note on vaseline -- A note on the phone app that tells me how far I am from other men's mouths -- & even the black guy's profile reads sorry, no black guy -- O nigga O -- ...nigga -- At the down-low house party -- Bare -- Seroconversion -- Fear of needles -- Recklessly -- Elegy with pixels and cum -- Litany with blood all over -- It began right here -- Crown -- Blood hangover -- 1 in 2 -- Every day is a funeral & a miracle -- Not an elegy -- A note on the body -- You're dead, America -- Strange dowry -- Tonight, in Oakland -- Little prayer -- Dream where every black person is standing by the ocean.
Smith's unflinching poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you.

Index to Hardeman County, Tennessee freedman's contracts, 1865-1866

October 17, 2017
Jackson, Tenn. : Tennessee Genealogical Society, 1999.
xiii, 61 pages ; 28 cm
Indexes microfilm roll 67 of: Selected records of the Tennessee Field Office of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872, [MF973.8 U58st 1958], National Archives microfilm publications, microcopy no. T142.
Foreword -- Introduction -- Code explanations -- Microfilm contents -- Index to Freedman's contracts.

African American researcher's guide to online genealogical sources : from the personal notebook of genealogist Fallon N. Green

October 17, 2017
Green, Fallon N.
Bloomington, IN : Authorhouse, 2012.
262 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The African American Researcher's Guide to Online Genealogical Sources outlines essential steps and pinpoints available internet resources. Inside there are links to free and subscription databases, research projects, university studies, transcriptions, compendium genealogies, scanned images, online digital archives, state and local archives, instructional materials, podcasts, wikis, search portals, online directories, historical societies, message boards, mailing lists and hobby groups.

Arriving in America : destination the South

October 17, 2017
Taylor, Patricia Ann, author.
Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse LLC, 2014.
xi, 101 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
"Arriving in America - Destination the South captures Taylor's twentyfive year journey in unearthing the buried history of her maternal and paternal family, trekking the paths of her ancestors, before Emancipation (1863). This journey took her back several generations, from the North, South, East and West regions of Africa, to the thirteen colonies of the United States, and the Southern states of Louisiana and Mississippi. This emotion filled journey travels down an intricate paper trail of federal, state, and local records combined with a collection of oral interviews that enabled Taylor to methodically place together her family puzzle, in five informative chapters. Lovers of sweeping generational epics will find much to rejoice in here. This is a personal saga, but one played out against the broad canvas of American History. Taylor chronicles the lives of her relatives who were once enslaved. She points out the contributions of European immigrants, with the labor of slaves that made this such a great nation. Taylor discusses intermarriages and intermixing between blacks and Indians, the mulatto children of the master, and how her enslaved family may have obtained their surnames. This book focuses on many unanswered questions, and leave the reader with a burning desire to begin their own journey. Written in a narrative style to inspire, entice and propel readers into the fascinating world of genealogy and historical discoveries.

Keeper of the kin

October 13, 2017
Chapman, Ruth C.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
"Companion book to 'My dearest Minnie'"
"(A simple guide and tips for tracing African-American genealogy)"
"Keeper of the Kin provides readers with an easy guide to searching and documenting African American genealogy. This book is the companion book to My Dearest Minnie, also by Ruth C. Chapman. Keeper of the Kin gives a step by step account of the process used in researching and writing a book about Ruth C. Chapman's grandparents who migrated to Philadelphia, PA in 1922 from South Carolina. Whether you are beginning your journey in discovering and documenting your African American genealogy, or just doing a simple project to share with family and friends, Keeper of the Kin will be an easy and helpful guide."

The perfect present

October 5, 2017
344 pages ; 17 cm.
A Christmas layover / Rochelle Ayers -- The Christmas lesson / Cheris Hodges -- Christmas with you / Pamela Yaye.

A Guide to researching African American ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and selected finding aids

October 4, 2017
Garrett-Nelson, LaBrenda, 1953- author.
Bloomington, IN : Xlibris, 2016.
xxi, 423 pages ; 24 cm

Moseley's echoing winds whispers messages from the past

October 4, 2017
Hyde, Emanuel, III, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Emanuel Hyde III, [2017]
248 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 28 cm
Moseley -- Second Antioch Baptist Church -- Sister Rosetta Tharpe -- Bunson -- Woodfin/Franisco/Granger/Johnson/Terry -- Hardaway -- Bell -- Descendants of Oliver Woodfn and Patience Hardaway Ross Woodfin -- Bates -- Miles -- Harris/Anderson/Goode -- Morris -- Cheatham/Nelson -- Johnson -- Coleman -- Walker -- Robinson/Simmons -- Bell -- Granger/Wilkinson -- Savoy.

Heaven is all goodbyes

October 3, 2017
Eisen-Martin, Tongo, author.
San Francisco : City Lights Publishers, [2017]
134 pages ; 16 cm.
"This is truly revolutionary poetry. From the corner store to the dilapidated school, from the alleys between downtown office buildings to the prison, voices that have been through too much to care and yet still struggle on, relate the post-industrial U.S. Black experience. A vortex of images, observations, inspired leaps and free associations spill forth from a choir living in oppression and transience, invisible to and dismissive of the mainstream bourgeoisie. Moments of political and spiritual convergence, gangsterism and revolution, surrealism and blunt materiality are captured in the music of metaphor and pure intention. A modern-day Mystic, a true Seer, the depth of the poet's own humanity is rooted in every line, creating a liberated space for pain and beauty through a healing love for his people"-- Provided by publisher.

Encyclopedia of black comics

October 2, 2017
Howard, Sheena C., author.
xviii, 261 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
"The Encyclopedia of Black Comics focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, Black comic historians, Black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics--as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across Black comic culture"-- Provided by publisher.


September 28, 2017
Wicker, Marcus, author.
73 pages ; 23 cm
"Wicker's explosive second book is composed of poems at war with themselves, verses in which the poet questions his own faith in God, in hope, in the American Dream, and in himself. Pushing our ideas of traditions and expectations, these poems and queries work in concert towards creating a new dialectic"--Provided by publisher.

We're on : a June Jordan reader

September 27, 2017
Jordan, June, 1936-2002, author.
Farmington, ME : Alice James Books, [2017]
489 pages ; 23 cm.
"No one will move anywhere but up": Jordan on space, community, architecture, & design for humans (1964-1971) -- "Who would paint a people black or white?": Who look at me (1969) & Soulscript (1970) -- "Honey people murder mercy U.S.A.": Some changes (1967, 1971) -- "If it's wrong in standard English it's probably right in Black English, or, at least, you're hot": Jordan on the politics of language (1972-1985) -- "They mining the rivers/We making love real": from New days: poems of exile and return (1974) -- "Jewels of our soul": Jordan on Countee Cullen's anthology Caroling Dusk, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes & Phillis Wheatley (1974-1985) -- "I must become a menace to my enemies": from Things that I do in the dark: new and selected poems (1977) -- "This is my perspective, and this is my faith": Jordan on her life and work (1977-2000) -- "So hot so hot so hot so what/so hot so what so hot so hot": Collaborations: theater, music, teaching, poetry (1981-1996) -- "We are the ones we have been waiting for": from Passion: New Poems 1977-1980 (1980) & from Civil Wars: Observations from the Front Lines of America (1981) -- "I need to talk about living room/Because I need to talk about home": from On Call: Political Essays (1985) & from LIving Room: New Poems (1985) -- "Every night the waters of the world": from Naming Our Destiny: New and Selected Poems 1985-1989 (1989) -- "Misbegotten American dreams have maimed us all": from Technical Difficulties: African American Notes on the State of the Union (1992) -- "Let me be very/very/very/very/very/specific": from Haruko/Love Poems: New and Selected Love Poems (1993), from Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991-1997 (1997) & from Affirmative Acts: Political Essays (1998) -- "I guess it was my destiny to live so long": from her last poems (1997-2002) in Directed by Desire: the Collected Poems of June Jordan (2005) & from Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays (2002).
"Poet, activist, and essayist June Jordan is a prolific, significant American writer who pushed the limits of political vision and moral witness, traversing a career of over forty years. With poetry, prose, letters, and more, this reader is a key resource for understanding the scope, complexity, and novelty of this pioneering Black American writer. From "Poem about Police Violence": Tell me something what you think would happen if everytime they kill a black boy then we kill a cop everytime they kill a black man then we kill a cop you think the accident rate would lower subsequently?. I lose consciousness of ugly bestial rabid and repetitive affront as when they tell me 18 cops in order to subdue one man 18 strangled him to death in the ensuing scuffle (don't you idolize the diction of the powerful: subdue and scuffle my oh my) and that the murder that the killing of Arthur Miller on a Brooklyn street was just a "justifiable accident" again (again) People been having accidents all over the globe so long like that I reckon that the only suitable insurance is a gun"-- Provided by publisher.

The origin of others : the Charles Eliot Norton lectures, 2016

September 27, 2017
Morrison, Toni, author.
xvii, 114 pages ; 19 cm
Foreword / by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- Romancing slavery -- Being or becoming the stranger -- The color fetish -- Configurations of blackness -- Narrating the other -- The foreigner's home.
America's foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid? Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. Readers of Morrison's fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books--Beloved, Paradise, and A Mercy. If we learn racism by example, then literature plays an important part in the history of race in America, both negatively and positively. Morrison writes about nineteenth-century literary efforts to romance slavery, contrasting them with the scientific racism of Samuel Cartwright and the banal diaries of the plantation overseer and slaveholder Thomas Thistlewood. She looks at configurations of blackness, notions of racial purity, and the ways in which literature employs skin color to reveal character or drive narrative. Expanding the scope of her concern, she also addresses globalization and the mass movement of peoples in this century. National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a foreword to Morrison's most personal work of nonfiction to date.

Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South

September 25, 2017
Cox, Karen L., 1962- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
227 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Reclusive aristocrats -- The residents of Glenwood -- Pink and Sister -- Murder at Glenburnie -- The investigation -- Jim Crow's investigation -- National scandal -- Sideshows -- Cold justice -- Hollow victory -- Longing for home.
In 1932, the city of Natchez, Mississippi, reckoned with an unexpected influx of journalists and tourists as the lurid story of a local murder was splashed across headlines nationwide. Two eccentrics, Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery--known in the press as the "Wild Man" and the "Goat Woman"--enlisted an African American man named George Pearls to rob their reclusive neighbor, Jennie Merrill, at her estate. During the attempted robbery, Merrill was shot and killed. The crime drew national coverage when it came to light that Dana and Dockery, the alleged murderers, shared their huge, decaying antebellum mansion with their goats and other livestock, which prompted journalists to call the estate "Goat Castle." Pearls was killed by an Arkansas policeman in an unrelated incident before he could face trial. However, as was all too typical in the Jim Crow South, the white community demanded "justice," and an innocent black woman named Emily Burns was ultimately sent to prison for the murder of Merrill. Dana and Dockery not only avoided punishment but also lived to profit from the notoriety of the murder by opening their derelict home to tourists. Strange, fascinating, and sobering, Goat Castle tells the story of this local feud, killing, investigation, and trial, showing how a true crime tale of fallen southern grandeur and murder obscured an all too familiar story of racial injustice.

A sick life : TLC 'n me : stories from on and off the stage

September 21, 2017
Watkins, Tionne, author.
x, 246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
As the lead singer of Grammy-winning supergroup TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins has seen phenomenal fame, success, and critical acclaim. But backstage, she has lived a dual life. In addition to the balancing act of juggling an all-consuming music career and her family, Tionne has struggled since she was a young girl with sickle-cell disease?a debilitating and incurable condition that can render her unable to perform, walk, or even breathe. A Sick Life chronicles Tionne?s journey from a sickly young girl from Des Moines who was told she wouldn?t live to see 30 through her teen years in Atlanta, how she broke into the music scene, and became the superstar musician and sickle-cell disease advocate she is today. Through Tionne?s tough, funny, tell-it-like-it-is voice, she shares how she found the inner strength, grit, and determination to live her dream, despite her often unpredictable and debilitating health issues. She dives deep into never-before-told TLC stories, including accounts of her friendship with Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes and her tragic death. Tionne?s unvarnished discussion of her remarkable life, disease, unending strength, and ability to power through the odds offers a story like no other.

Electric arches

September 21, 2017
Ewing, Eve L.
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2017.
ix, 90 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.

Slaves have names : ancestors of my home

September 21, 2017
Cumbo-Floyd, Andi, author.
copyright ©2013
212 pages ; 23 cm
Publisher's name from
"The book tells the stories of the people who were enslaved on the plantation where I was raised in Central Virginia. It's the story of my journey to get to know these extraordinary people and to understand my debt to them as well as our nation's continued struggles around race and the legacy of slavery. When my family moved to these plantations when I was 14, I had no sense of the history of slavery that was at the heart in this place. No one really discussed the enslaved people who had built these beautiful buildings beyond mention of the fact that there was a slave graveyard. So when - in college - I realized the silence around these individuals, I began to be interested. ... and a bit ashamed because, well, I was part of the silence, too. This book is my attempt to speak their stories aloud so that others will know these people. Their stories are not mine, but they have shaped who I am and the work I do now as a writer, genealogist, and historian. ... " -- Author's website, viewed March 18, 2014.

African Americans by the numbers : understanding and interpreting statistics on African American life

September 20, 2017
Starks, Glenn L., 1966- author.
Santa Barbara, California ; Denver, Colorado : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
xxxii, 180 pages ; 25 cm
"Provides an invaluable source for students as well as academics on the current condition of African Americans, highlighting disparities throughout an array of social, economic, and political areas. Clearly outlines the condition of African Americans in relation to other races and ethnic groups. Makes qualitative data on the current condition of African Americans comprehensible, highlighting disparities in social, economic, and political areas. Presents statistical analyses aimed at helping 21st-century students interpret data Includes tables as well as other sources of information from creditable data sources to assist readers in further research"

The black woman's breast cancer survival guide : understanding and healing in the face of a nationwide crisis

September 20, 2017
Holloway, Cheryl D., author.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
xiii, 203 pages ; 24 cm
Part 1 : Dealing with the basics for black women -- Why black women need to pay close attention to cancer and cancer screening -- Dealing with common emotions and talking to others -- Types of breast cancer black women may develop -- Part 2 : Understanding cancer test results -- Breast cancer health screens -- Understanding cancer test results -- Part 3 : What you need to know about breast cancer treatment -- Surgery -- Radiation therapy -- Chemotherapy, anti-estrogen (endocrine) therapy, combined therapies, and emerging treatments -- Watching out for other forms of cancer -- Cancer is gone : Be happy, but don't let your guard down -- Conclusion -- Appendix A : organizations that can help -- Appendix B : other websites with helpful information -- Appendix C : glossary.

Revise the Psalm : work celebrating the writing of Gwendolyn Brooks

September 20, 2017
Chicago, Illinois : Curbside Splendor Publishing, Inc., 2017.
xxiii, 416 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 22 cm
Introduction: Of memory and revision / Quraysh Ali Lansana & Sandra Jackson-Opoku -- Foreword / Marita Golden -- Part I. Child-free / Joan Wiese Johannes ; Barbed wire / Jodi Joanclair ; I, too, am the mother / Georgia A. Popoff ; The unmother / Angela Jackson ; Dialogue between two women at the clinic / Jeanne Towns ; Motherhood / Emily Hooper Lansana ; First journey / Diane Glancy ; Daystar / Rita Dove ; My mother's clothes / Chirskira Caillouet ; Washer woman / Kimberly A. Collins ; Tax deadline / Akua Lezli Hope ; Fixing face / Akua Lezli Hope ; [Untitled] / Kimberly Dixon-Mays ; Milk bath / Zoe Lynn Nyman -- Part 2. Horse and carriage on the plaza / Natasha Ria El-Scari ; A slip into history / Crystal Simone Smith ; My face / Aries Hines ; blk(s) / Avery R. Young ; The night after you have been fired from your job / Natasha Ria El-Scari ; A burning lesson / Kimberly A. Collins ; She was my first / Kalisha Buckhanon ; Poem for Gwendolyn Brooks on her centennial birthday / Jessica Care Moore --
Poetry, essays and art included in this anthology celebrate the one-hundredth birthday of the late poet and cultural icon Gwendolyn Brooks.

Defining moments in Black history : reading between the lies

September 19, 2017
Gregory, Dick, author.
236 pages ; 24 cm
In the title on the dust jacket, the word "black" appears with a strikethrough.
Introduction: Dick-o-lo-gy -- Searching for freedom -- Solidarity -- The more things change, the more they stay the same -- Making something out of nothing -- Running in place, embarrassing the race -- Epilogue: last thoughts.
The activist and comedian examines key events in black history, from the beginnings of the slave trade in Africa and the Middle Passage to the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Katherine Dunham : dance and the African diaspora

September 8, 2017
Dee Das, Joanna, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Becoming a New Negro in Chicago -- Finding a Politics of Diaspora in the Caribbean -- Aesthetics as Politics -- Race and Representation During World War II -- Rehearsal for Revolution : the Dunham School -- The Unofficial Ambassador of Diaspora : performing abroad -- Living Diaspora in Haiti and Senegal -- The Radical Humanist Meets the Black Power Revolution : Dunham in East St. Louis -- Epilogue : Dunham's Legacy.

Lies of a real housewife : tell the truth and shame the devil : a memoir

September 1, 2017
Stanton, Angela.
[New York, NY] : Augustus Pub., ©2012.
243 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"[Stanton] takes us into her survival mode on the streets, and adjustments she had to make in her home life. The author shares experiences of her teen years, growing up in Buffalo, NY. She leads us on a short stay as a young girl in Greensboro, NC. The author, rapper, wife and mother, guides us through her struggles into her early adult years in Hotlanta. By fate, she lives a hustler's life of crime with none other than Real Housewives of Atlanta's own, Phaedra Parks. By a twist of fate, her life crashes, sending her on a trip to a darkened place called hell. Urban author Angela Stanton survives to a give a raw, revolutionary account of her daring journey to redemption"--Back cover.


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