New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

August 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Street poison : the biography of Iceberg Slim

August 3, 2015
Gifford, Justin, 1975-
©2015
xxi, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career as a, yes, ruthless pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg and a presiding spirit of "blaxploitation" culture. You can't understand contemporary black (and even American) culture without reckoning with Iceberg Slim and his many acolytes and imitators. Literature professor Justin Gifford has been researching the life and work of Robert Beck for a decade, culminating in Street Poison, a colorful and compassionate biography of one of the most complicated figures in twentieth-century literature. Drawing on a wealth of archival material--including FBI files, prison records, and interviews with Beck, his wife, and his daughters--Gifford explores the sexual trauma and racial violence Beck endured that led to his reinvention as Iceberg Slim, one of America's most infamous pimps of the 1940s and '50s. From pimping to penning his profoundly influential confessional autobiography, Pimp, to his involvement in radical politics, Gifford's biography illuminates the life and works of one of American literature's most unique renegades" -- provided by publisher.

Hip hop family tree

July 31, 2015
Piskor, Ed.
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2014-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 33 cm.
v. 1. 1970s-1981 -- v. 2. 1981-1983 -- v. 3. 1983-1984

That's Muhammad Ali's brother! : my life on the undercard

July 21, 2015
Ali, Rahaman, 1940- author.
New York, NY : Page Publishing ; 2015.
163 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

One righteous man : Samuel Battle and the shattering of the color line in New York

July 20, 2015
Browne, Arthur, 1950-
Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
ix, 318 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Quest -- Struggle -- Betrayed -- Command -- Respect -- Forgotten.
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist presents a history of African Americans in New York City from the 1910 to 1960 as told through the life of the city's first black police officer who, fearing his racist colleagues just as much as the criminal element, became an unheralded figure in the fight for civil rights,"--Novelist.

Between the world and me

July 16, 2015
Coates, Ta-Nehisi, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
152 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear ... In [this book], Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police"-- Provided by publisher.

The flavor of favor : quest for the American dream : a memoir

July 16, 2015
Olawale, Emmanuel, 1977- author.
©2015
366 pages ; 23 cm
"This memoir is an inspirational story of an African immigrant and his journey from his country of birth, Nigeria to his dream country, the United States. Olawale tells a gripping story of a child raised in an economically unstable environment, in which his parents tried desperately to shield him from the reality of the changing times. However, at the age of fourteen he started seeking a way out of penury by secretly doing odd jobs without his parents' knowledge. By the age of twenty, he immigrated to the United States and began the pursuit of the American dream with the belief that the United States was the "promised land" and that with hard work and dedication, he will succeed. He worked multiple jobs, juggling two to three jobs while also trying to obtain a college degree. He struggled to adapt in his newly adopted homeland as he lost one job after another, experienced prejudice and social isolation. The dreamland was rapidly becoming the land of nightmare. Yet, he was grounded by his faith and comforted by the hope of a better future in this land of opportunities. Olawale details the experience of a young immigrant growing up in a world that was rapidly changing and in which he has to either fend for himself to survive or fail woefully. He eventually graduated from college with honors and subsequently earned a law degree. He became an attorney and was nominated as a candidate for judge by a major political party in the United States. It is a story of faith, faithfulness, determination, discipline and survival in spite of the odds."--Amazon.com

Daisy Turner's kin : an African American family saga

July 15, 2015
Beck, Jane C., 1941- author.
©2015
295 pages : illustrations, genealogical table, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
The Turner narrative and memory -- Meeting Daisy -- African roots -- Jack Gouldin and Robert Berkeley -- Plantation life -- Civil War -- Postwar -- Vermont -- Journey's end -- Daisy's last years -- Appendix. turner family genealogical chart.
"A daughter of freed African American slaves, Daisy Turner became a living repository of history. The family narrative entrusted to her-- "a well-polished artifact, an heirloom that had been carefully preserved"-- began among the Yoruba in West Africa and continued with her own long lifetime. In 1983, folklorist Jane Beck began to interview Turner, then one hundred years old and still relating four generations of oral history"--Page 4 of cover.

Jean-Michel Basquiat : now's the time

July 13, 2015
Basquiat, Jean-Michel, 1960-1988, artist.
©2015
227 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm.
Published to coincide with the exhibition of the same name held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, February 7-May 10, 2015.
Foreword / Matthew Teitelbaum -- Against all odds / Dieter Buchhart -- Works. Street -- Heroes -- Reclaiming histories -- Collaborations -- Mirrored -- Dualities -- Sampling and scratching -- Provocations -- Essays. Greatest hits / Glenn O'Brien -- Black and white all over / Francesco Pellizzi -- The fragmented self / Olivier Berggruen -- Basquiat today / Franklin Sirmans -- J.M.B.'s dehistories / Christian Campbell -- Chronology / Frankllin Sirmans.

Keep on fighting : the life and civil rights legacy of Marian A. Spencer

July 10, 2015
Christenson, Dorothy H., 1938-
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2015]
xix, 172 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Part I. A remarkable family in twentieth-century Gallipolis, Ohio -- The Alexander family -- Education and voting -- School days -- Part II. Becoming a citizen activist -- Cincinnati, another world -- The University of Cincinnati -- A lifetime partner -- Marriage, family, and the YWCA -- Homeownership, new part-time job -- Woman's city club and fellowship house -- Part III. Family life -- New career -- Family values and celebrations -- Family travels; at home and abroad -- Fox Lake -- Personal journeys -- Part IV. Desegregation suits and continuing battles -- Coney Island -- School segregation -- Cincinnati City Council -- Fair housing -- Reproductive rights -- Voting rights -- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The hands of peace

July 9, 2015
Ingram, Marione, author.
©2015
xii, 177 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"A Holocaust survivor's fight for civil rights in the American South"--Book jacket.
"Born in Hamburg in the 1930s, Marione Ingram survived the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, only to find when she came to the United States that racism was as pervasive in the American South as anti-Semitism was in Europe. Moving first to New York and then to Washington, DC, Marione joined the burgeoning civil rights movement, protesting discrimination in housing, employment, education, and other aspects of life in the nation's capital, including the denial of voting rights. She was a volunteer in the legendary March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, and she was an organizer of an extended sit-in to support the Mississippi Freedom Party. In 1964, at the urging of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, Marione went south to Mississippi. There, she worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and taught African American youth at one of the country's controversial freedom schools. With her boldness came threats--white supremacists made ominous calls and left a blazing cross in front of her school--and an arrest and conviction. She narrowly escaped a three-month prison sentence. As a white woman and a Holocaust escapee, Marione was perhaps the most unlikely of heroes in the American civil rights movement; and yet, her core belief in the equality of all people, regardless of race or religion, did not waver and she refused to be quieted, refused to accept bigotry. This empowering, true story offers a rare up close view of the civil rights movement. It is a story of conviction and courage--a reminder of how far the rights movement has come and the progress that still needs to be made."--Page 2 of book jacket.

The sisters are alright : changing the broken narrative of black women in America

June 26, 2015
Winfrey Harris, Tamara.
Oakland, California : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015.
xiii, 147 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction: The trouble with black women -- Beauty : pretty for a black girl -- Sex : bump and grind -- Marriage : witches, thornbacks, and sapphires -- Motherhood : between Mammy and a hard place -- Anger : twist and shout -- Strength : precious mettle -- Health : fat, sick, and crazy -- Epilogue: The sisters are alright.
"Everyone seems to have an opinion about American black women--they need to get married, change their hair, act like 'ladies,' and so on. Celebrated writer Tamara Winfrey Harris writes a searing account of being a black woman in America and explains why it's time for black women to speak for themselves"--Provided by publisher.

Hot music, ragmentation, and the bluing of American literature

June 24, 2015
Tracy, Steven C. (Steven Carl), 1954-
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2015.
xvi, 537 pages ; 24 cm

Black authors & published writers directory.

June 23, 2015
Rochester Hills, Mich. : Grace Co.
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: <2005-2015> Black literary marketplace.

Message from the President of the United States, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate, communicating information relative to the operations of the United States squadron on the west coast of Africa : the condition of the American colonies there, and the commerce of the United States therewith.

June 18, 2015
United States. President (1841-1845 : Tyler)
[Washington, D.C.] : [Government Printing Office], [1845]
414 pages : folded map, tables (some folded) ; 24 cm.
Includes correspondence from M.C. Perry to the Navy Dept and the roll of emigrants that were sent to the colony of Liberia, Western Africa, by the American Colonization Society and its auxiliaries up through September 1843.
"February 26, 1845. Read. February 28, 1845. Ordered to be printed."

Eli Reed : a long walk home

June 16, 2015
Reed, Eli, 1946- photographer.
©2015
xii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 28 x34 cm
"Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home presents the first career retrospective of Reed's work. Consisting of over 250 images that span the full range of his subjects and his evolution as a photographer, the photographs are a visual summation of the human condition. They include examples of Reed's early work; a broad selection of images of people from New York to California that constitutes a brilliant collective portrait of the social, cultural, and economic experiences of Americans in our time; images of life and conflict in Africa, the Middle East, Haiti, Central America, England, Spain, South America, and China; portraits of women and Hollywood actors; and self-portraits. Reed's artist statement and an introduction by Paul Theroux, whom Reed met while working in Africa, complete the volume." -- Publisher's description.

Alone atop the hill : the autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, pioneer of the national Black press

June 11, 2015
Dunnigan, Alice Allison, 1906-1983, author.
Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2015]
xvi, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Revision of the author's A Black woman's experience : from school house to White House (1974).
Those early years. No greater thrill -- The family tree and its bittersweet fruit -- Alone atop a hill -- School days -- Where there's a will -- The job hunt -- The ups and downs of my first job -- A plunge into the sea of matrimony -- A rugged voyage ends -- Moving on -- Wading through the depression -- Seeking identity, experience, and recognition -- A great new world. Converging on Washington -- Breaking down race and gender barriers -- A trip with the president -- The civil rights fights of the forties -- Profiles of injustice -- The president proposes; the congress debates -- Almost pushing the panic button -- Freedom fights of the fifties -- Eisenhower's pique.
"Alice Dunnigan (1906-1983) was the first African American woman to break the color and gender barriers of national journalism. During her time as a journalist, she reported for the Louisville Defender and Chicago Defender, and was a member of the Negro Associated Press. Dunnigan has been inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame for Journalism (1982) and for Human Rights (2010), and in 2013 was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. [Her] original autobiography was self-published and quite long, thus failing to gain the wide readership it might have; Booker aims to make Dunnigan's story available once more and ... readable for a general audience"-- Provided by publisher.

Something must be done about Prince Edward County : a family, a Virginia town, a civil rights battle

June 11, 2015
Green, Kristen (Journalist), author.
©2015
x, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Separate but not equal. A perfectly charming Southern town ; Homecoming in Black and white ; Prince Edward joins "Brown v. Board of Education" ; My family's part ; Locked out -- The Lost Generation. The Segregation Academy ; Waiting and seeing ; Nigger lovers ; "You go where your parents tell you to" ; Elsie's other life ; The hour is late ; A bus ticket and a world away; Then and now ; "Brown" stokes the flames ; Two steps forward, one step back ; Building a life without a foundation -- Integration. "We are all God's children" ; The schools today ; "We all wish it hadn't happened" ; A healing place for the community ; The new normal.
Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history-- the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate.

Make it messy : my perfectly imperfect life

June 8, 2015
Samuelsson, Marcus.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
213 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

Not a game : the incredible rise and unthinkable fall of Allen Iverson

June 5, 2015
Babb, Kent.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
viii, 311 pages ; 24 cm
"Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson was once one of America's most famous athletes: a trendsetter who transcended race, celebrity, and pop culture, and emerged from a troubled past to become one of the most successful and highly compensated athletes in the world. Now, his life and career comes vividly to light in this hard-hitting biography that examines what drove his successes and failures. Through extensive research and interviews with those closest to Iverson, acclaimed Washington Post sportswriter Kent Babb gets behind the familiar, sanitized, and heroic version of Iverson--the hard-charging, hard-partying athlete who played every game as if it were his last. Babb brings to life a private, loyal, and often generous Allen Iverson who rarely made the headlines, revealing the back story behind some of Iverson's most memorable moments, such as his infamous "Practice" rant, delving even deeper to discover where Iverson's demons lurked. He drank too much, stayed out too late, spent more money than most people could spend in a dozen lifetimes--blowing more than $150 million of his NBA earnings alone. His then wife Tawanna, seen often as the mild-mannered woman who tamed the bad boy, tried to keep her husband and family on the rails. But she was no match, as so many others learned on basketball courts, for the force of nature that Iverson was--jealousy, meanness, and a restlessness eventually wearing down even his biggest fan, teammate, and, eventually, his most formidable opponent. Over time, Iverson himself had come to believe his own hype: that he lived in a world where celebrity is eternal and riches are everlasting. He was about that life even when he was no longer the fastest man on the court, as endorsement deals and long-term contracts became a thing of the past. Some in his inner circle saw the writing on the wall and encouraged Iverson to embrace life beyond basketball. But instead, he remained in denial. Not a Game is an impeccably researched, sometimes uncomfortable look at the factors that led to the rise and fall of a basketball superstar. In doing so, it illuminates the dark side of our modern day, multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment culture in which talented players are disposable and all too often success and tragedy wear the same number."-- Provided by publisher.

And still we rise : race, culture and visual conversations

May 27, 2015
Mazloomi, Carolyn, author.
©2015
208 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Contemporary quilt artists trace the path of black history in the United States with 97 original works exploring important events, places, people, and ideas over 400 years. Arranged in chronological order, quilt themes include the first enslaved people brought over by Dutch traders in 1619, the brave souls marching for civil rights, the ascendant influence of African American culture on the American cultural landscape, and the election of the first African American president. Other quilts commemorate and celebrate cultural milestones and memories, such as the first African American teacher, the Buffalo Soldier, the first black man to play Othello on Broadway, Muhammed Ali, and Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The 69 artists who contributed works for this curated collection provide narrative explaining the important stories and histories behind the quilts."--Publisher's description.

After the dance : my life with Marvin Gaye

May 20, 2015
Gaye, Jan, author.
©2015
viii, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A "cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all--and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of [the] legendary soul icon"--Amazon.com.

Child, please : how Mama's old-school lessons helped me check myself before I wrecked myself

May 12, 2015
Caviness, Ylonda Gault, author.
©2015
xv, 300 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Introduction Child, Please -- Get Ready, You Mutha, for teh Big Payback -- Ain't It Funky Now? -- Don't Start Smelling Yourself -- Check Yourself before You Wreck Yourself --Let's Take It to the Bridge -- Gotta Fight the Power That Be -- Some Try to Fool You; Some Try to School You -- Oops! Upside the Head -- Three the Hard Way -- Talking Loud and Saying Nothing -- Don't Let the Mother-Suckers Get You Down -- Feeling Froggy? -- Did I Stutter? -- They Call It Stormy Monday (...but Tuesday's Just as Bad) -- A Brand-New Bag -- Go 'Head on--Wit'cha Bad Self -- What We 'Bout to Do Right Here Is Go Back -- Act Like You Got Some Sense -- Reunited 'Cause We Understood -- One Nation under a Groove -- Sho' You Right -- Acknowledgments.
"In this wise and funny memoir, Ylonda Gault Caviness describes her journey to the realization that all the parenting advice she was obsessively devouring as a new parent didn't mean scratch compared to her mama's old school wisdom as a strong black woman and mother"-- Provided by publisher.

We could not fail : the first African Americans in the space program

May 5, 2015
Paul, Richard, 1959- author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, [2015]
x, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A man of firsts: Julius Montgomery -- "There was a lot of history there": Theodis Ray -- Stronger than steel: Frank Crossley -- Dixie's role in the Space Age -- First of race in space: Ed Dwight -- The view from space: George Carruthers -- "Huntsville, it has always been unique": Delano Hyder and Richard Hall -- The country spartacus: Clyde Foster -- Water walkers: Morgan Watson and George Bourda.

Finding Samuel Lowe : China, Jamaica, Harlem

April 22, 2015
Madison, Paula Williams, author.
©2015
x, 275 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Dreams of my grandfather -- Mothers and daughters -- Where love begins -- Growing up Williams -- Searching for Samuel Lowe -- Prosperity, family, education -- Samuel Lowe's twentieth century -- My three-thousand-year-old family : reunited at last -- Dreams of my grandfather.
"This powerful debut tells the story of Paula Williams Madison's Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. He became romantically involved with a Jamaican woman, Paula's grandmother, and they lived together modestly with their daughter in his Kingston dry goods store, Chiney Shop. In 1920 his Chinese soon-to-be wife arrived to set up a "proper" family. When he requested to take his three-year-old daughter with him, Paula's jealous grandmother made sure that Lowe never saw his child again. That began an almost one-hundred-year break in their family."--publsher.

How I shed my skin : unlearning the racist lessons of a Southern childhood

April 22, 2015
Grimsley, Jim, 1955- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
xii, 275 pages ; 22 cm
Freedom of choice/black bitch -- An awkward fight -- Tiger beat, Teen, Ebony, and Jet -- Black and proud -- The sign on the wheelchair -- The kiss -- The hierarchy of place -- The learning -- The fight in the yard -- White nigger -- Divinely white -- Good old boy -- Johnny Shiloh -- The shoe man -- The uncomfortable dark -- The maid in the weeds -- Integration -- The J.W. Willie School/bag lunch -- The drowning -- Robert -- No longer separate, not really equal -- Cheap -- The mighty Trojans -- Some of us dancing -- The human relations committee -- Protests -- God gave me a song -- The smoking patio -- Horizons -- Mercy -- Commencement -- Reunion.
"In August of 1966, Jim Grimsley entered the sixth grade in the same public school he had attended for the five previous years in his small eastern North Carolina hometown. But he knew that the first day of this school year was going to be different: for the first time he'd be in a classroom with black children ... Now, over forty years later, Grimsley ... revisits that school and those times, remembering his personal reaction to his first real exposure to black children and to their culture, and his growing awareness of his own mostly unrecognized racist attitudes"-- Provided by publisher.

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