New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

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

One last word : wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

January 20, 2017
Grimes, Nikki, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
120 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking. This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators, who have created pieces of art based on Nikki's original poems. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon. A foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author's note, poet biographies, and index makes this not only a book to cherish, but a wonderful resource and reference as well"-- Provided by publisher.

The past that would not die

January 20, 2017
Lord, Walter, 1917-2002.
New York : Harper & Row, c1965.
275 pages : map ; 22 cm
Chapter 1-"The Worst Thing I've Seen in 45 Years" -- Chapter 2-"Lest We Forget, Lest We Forget"-Chapter 3-"We Shall Overcome"-Chapter 4-"You Are Obligated to Defy It"-Chapter 5-"In the Eerie Atmosphere of Never- Never Land"-Chapter 6-"Your've Just Got to Keep Going Back"-Chapter 7-"Ross's Standin' Like Gibraltar; He Shall Never Falter-Chapter 8-"Bring Your Flags, Your Tents and Your Skillets"-Chapter 9-"I Always Wondered What it Would be Like to Go to War"-Chapter 10-"You and I are Part of This World, Whether We Like it Or Not"-Acknowledgements-Written Source Material -Index.

Black Hollywood : from butlers to superheroes, the changing role of African American men in the movies

January 20, 2017
Fain, Kimberly, 1974-
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-Clio, Llc, [2015]
xxi, 251 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: appropriation, exploitation, and agency of black performers in Hollywood -- Black images from the Jim Crow era to the McCarthy era of blacklisting. 1910s: whites in blackface and the sexually depraved black Mandingo-The birth of a nation -- 1920s: Oscar Micheaux's response to blackface and D.W. Griffith -- 1930s: the Hays Moral Code and Jim Crow-The emperor Jones and Gone with the wind -- 1940s: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lincoln "Stepin Fetchit" Perry: black servants in musicals and comedies -- 1950s: McCarthyism and blacklisting: Canada Lee and Paul Robeson -- Black images from the apex of the civil rights era to the age of Barack Obama -- 1960s: token black actors in the civil rights age: Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte -- 1970s: blaxploitation: preachers, pimps, pushers, and players -- 1980s: black comedians rule: in the age of Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor -- 1990s: gangsta rappers transcend music: Ice Cube, Ice-T, DMX, Nas, and 2pac -- 2000s: black icons: control, agency, and self-appropriation: Spike Lee, Tyler Perry and Will Smith -- 2010s: black power Hollywood: In the age of Obama's hope and change -- Conclusion.
Fain examines the dehumanizing depictions of black males in the movies since 1910, analyzing images that were once imposed on black men and are now appropriated and manipulated by them. She discusses the social, historical, and literary evolution of African American male roles in the cinema, and analyzes the various black images presented each decade from blackface, Sambo, and Mandingo stereotypes to archetypal figures such as God, superheroes, and the president.


January 19, 2017
New York : Greenhaven Publishing, 2017.
200 pages ; 24 cm.
Chapter 1: Should Countries with Legacies of Civil Rights Injustices Compensate the Descendants of Those They Have Violated?. Reparations Have No Rational Basis in Present Day U.S. Society / David Horowitz -- Former Colonialist Powers Owe Assistance to Their Former Colonies / Tim Lockley -- Victimized States Need Compensation From Those Who Have Reaped the Benefit / Henry Theriault -- Immigrants Deserve Reparations and Open Borders / Joel Newman -- Indigenous Reconciliation Fosters Healing / Sarah Maddison -- Chapter 2: Does Implementation of Reparations Achieve a Satisfactory Solution? Reparations Are Excessively Burdensome and Counterproductive Boundless -- Violent Non-state Entities Should be Forced to Pay Reparations to Their Victims / Luke Moffett -- Apology-based Reparations Signal Empathy Not Responsibility / Nellie Green -- Condolence Payments Are Politically Expedient but Imperfect / Cora Currier -- Legal Reparations Insufficiently Settle Moral Debts to Neighboring Countries / Yuka Fujioka -- Chapter 3: What Form Should Reparations Take? Reparations Would Remedy White Supremacy in America / David Schraub -- Reparations Are an Insult to African Americans / Stefan Spath -- We Need More Holistic Understanding of Reparations / Cecilia Cissell Lucas -- A Correspondence Model of Reparations Does not Fully Redress Historical Injustice / Sara Amighetti and Alasia Nuti -- Money Won't Compensate the Theft of Sacred Land / Francine Uenuma and Mike Fritz -- Chapter 4: Should Later Generations Be Blamed for Injustices of the Distant Past? Acknowledge the Past to Build a Better Future / Barack Obama -- Truth Commissions Force a Reckoning with the Past / Ken Butigan -- Forgetting Is not the Same as Forgiving / Glenn Bracey -- We Did not Commit the Wrongs that Haunt Native Americans Today / Kevin Gover -- We Are All Responsible for the Past / Ken Taylor.

Around the way girls 10

January 19, 2017
410 pages ; 21 cm
Not with my man / Ms. Michel Moore -- The ultimate revenge / Marlon P.S. White -- Cutthroat divas / Racquel Williams.
Depressed Katara tries suicide, but winds up with a worse fate; abused Shay vows never to be hurt again; and three women, Ajanay, Sheika, and London, try to use their bodies to escape from one of Richmonds most ruthless housing projects.

The March against Fear : the last great walk of the civil rights movement and the emergence of Black power

January 12, 2017
Bausum, Ann, author.
143 pages : black & white illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Mississippi. 1966. On a hot June afternoon an African-American man named James Meredith set out to walk through his home state, intending to fight racism and fear with his feet. A seemingly simple plan, but one teeming with risk. Just one day later Meredith was shot and wounded in a roadside ambush. Within twenty-four hours, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and other civil rights leaders had taken up Meredith's cause, determined to overcome this violent act and complete Meredith's walk. The stakes were high--there was no time for advance planning and their route cut through dangerous territory. No one knew if they would succeed. By many measures the March Against Fear became one of the greatest protests of the civil rights era. But it was also one of the last, and the campaign has been largely forgotten. Critically acclaimed author Ann Bausum brings this crucial turning point of civil rights history back to life, escorting you along the dusty Mississippi roads where heroic marchers endured violence, rage, and fear as they walked more than 200 miles in the name of equality and justice."--Provided by publisher.

The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama

January 12, 2017
Ifill, Gwen.
New York : Anchor Books, 2009.
300 pages ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword"--Cover.
Breaking through -- The generational divide -- Barack Obama -- The race/gender clash -- Artur Davis -- Legacy politics -- Cory Booker -- The politics of identity -- Deval Patrick -- The next wave.
The Breakthrough is a remarkable look at contemporary politics and an essential foundation for understanding the future of American democracy in the age of Obama.

Brown v. Board of Education : a fight for simple justice

January 9, 2017
Rubin, Susan Goldman, author.
New York : Holiday House, 2016.
134 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduction : what is segregation? -- Challenging the law -- Linda Carol Brown -- Children are craving light -- Stand together -- Lasting injury -- Student strike! -- Playing for keeps -- Mad at everyone -- "We are all American" -- In the minds of children -- Helping make history -- We knew we were right -- We, too, are equal -- The greatest victory -- how things worked in America -- Epilogue : the fight goes on.
"In 1954, one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions of the twentieth Century aimed to end school segregation in the United States. Although known as Brown v. Board of Education, the ruling applied not just to the case of Linda Carol Brown, an African American third grader refused entry to an all-white Topeka, Kansas school, but to cases involving children in South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, DC"--Dust jacket flap.

Competition in the Promised Land : black migrants in northern cities and labor markets

January 6, 2017
Boustan, Leah Platt, author.
xv, 197 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
" From 1940 to 1970, nearly four million black migrants left the American rural South to settle in the industrial cities of the North and West. Competition in the Promised Land provides a comprehensive account of the long-lasting effects of the influx of black workers on labor markets and urban space in receiving areas. Traditionally, the Great Black Migration has been lauded as a path to general black economic progress. Leah Boustan challenges this view, arguing instead that the migration produced winners and losers within the black community. Boustan shows that migrants themselves gained tremendously, more than doubling their earnings by moving North. But these new arrivals competed with existing black workers, limiting black-white wage convergence in Northern labor markets and slowing black economic growth. Furthermore, many white households responded to the black migration by relocating to the suburbs. White flight was motivated not only by neighborhood racial change but also by the desire on the part of white residents to avoid local public services and fiscal obligations in increasingly diverse cities. Employing historical census data and state-of-the-art econometric methods, Competition in the Promised Land revises our understanding of the Great Black Migration and its role in the transformation of American society. "-- Provided by publisher.

Misty Copeland

January 5, 2017
Delman, Gregg, photographer.
New York : Rizzoli, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color portraits ; 30 cm

Drama in the Bahamas : Muhammad Ali's last fight

January 5, 2017
Hannigan, Dave.
198 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
What happens in Vegas -- The sweet science of fraud -- The boy who learned to fight at Gitmo -- The talk of Tinseltown -- Searching for the fountain of youth -- Doctors differ, patient continues to fight -- If you build it... -- Trouble in Paradise Island -- The financial make weight -- For whom the cowbell tolls -- Separating the dancer from the dance -- Farewell to the king -- Of gods and monsters.
"On December 11, 1981, Muhammad Ali slumped on a chair in the cramped, windowless locker room of a municipal baseball field outside Nassau. A phalanx of sportswriters had pushed and shoved their way into this tiny, breeze-blocked space. In this most unlikely of settings, they had come to record the last moments of the most storied of all boxing careers. They had come to intrude upon the grief. "It's over," mumbled Ali. "It's over." The show that had entertained and wowed from Zaire to Dublin, from Hamburg to Manila, finally ended its twenty-one-year run, the last performance not so much off-Broadway, more amateur theatre in the boondocks. In Drama in the Bahamas, Dave Hannigan tells the occasionally poignant, often troubling, yet always entertaining story behind Ali's last bout. Through interviews with many of those involved, he discovers exactly how and why, a few weeks short of his fortieth birthday, a seriously diminished Ali stepped through the ropes one more time to get beaten up by Trevor Berbick. "Two billion people will be conscious of my fight," said Ali, trotting out the old braggadocio about an event so lacking in luster that a cow bell was pressed in to service to signal the start and end of each round. How had it come to this? Why was he still boxing? Hannigan answers those questions and many more, offering a unique and telling glimpse into the most fascinating sportsman of the twentieth century in the last, strange days of his fistic life."-- Provided by publisher.

Game changers : Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the era that transformed a Southern college town

January 5, 2017
Chansky, Art, author.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
xiii, 198 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South"-- Provided by publisher.

Prince : chapter and verse : a life in photographs

January 3, 2017
Azhar, Mobeen, author.
New York : Sterling, 2[016]
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes discography (pages 140-141).
This book pays homage to the glamour, the sexiness and originality that Prince embodied: the artist is no more, but his music - and his legend - will live forever.

Just around midnight : rock and roll and the racial imagination

December 22, 2016
Hamilton, Jack, 1979- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Darkness at the break of noon: Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan and the birth of Sixties music -- The White Atlantic: cultural origins of the "British Invasion" -- Friends across the sea: Motown, the Beatles, and sites and sounds of crossover -- Being good isn't always easy: Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, and the color of soul -- House burning down: race, rock writing, and Jimi Hendrix's war -- Just around midnight: the Rolling Stones and the end of the Sixties.
Just around Midnight explores the interplay of popular music and racial thought in the 1960s by asking how, when, and why rock and roll music "became White."-- Provided by publisher.

Destined to be known : the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at 75.

December 15, 2016
[New Haven, Connecticut] : Yale University, [2016]
1 folded sheet ([8] panels) : color illustrations ; 16 cm + 1 sheet (18 x 17 cm)
Accompanied by a paragraph from Elizabeth Alexander's The light of the world, a memoir, printed on one side of a sheet (18 x 17 cm) in honor of the author's reading on 10 October 2016.
A folded sheet with 8 panels when unfolded. Each "outside" panel portrays one color reproduction of an item in the exhibition. The "inside" of each panel identifies the source in the Library's collection (16 x 81 cm, folded to 16 x 11 cm).
[1] James Weldon Johnson, "Preface," Book of American Negro poetry, Harcourt, Brace, and Company, 1922 -- [2] Bob Cole, J. Rosamond Johnson, and James Weldon Johnson, with inscriptions to John Nail, 1904 -- [3] Books from the library of William Pickens, Yale Class of 1904 -- [4] Advertisement for Madame C.J. Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower, ca. 1920 -- [5] James Weldon Johnson, manuscript notebook, "National Hymn" (Lift every voice and sing) -- [6] Every woman's eyes, J. Rosamond Johnson, composer, and James Weldon Johnson, lyricist, 1912 -- [7] Ambrotype, ca. 1865 -- [8] The autobiography of an ex-coloured man, Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.

Dark ghettos : injustice, dissent, and reform

December 14, 2016
Shelby, Tommie, 1967- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016.
340 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Rethinking the problem of the ghetto -- Part I. Liberty, equality, fraternity -- Injustice -- Community -- Culture -- Part II. Of love and labor -- Reproduction -- Family -- Work -- Part III. Rejecting the claims of law -- Crime -- Punishment -- Impure dissent -- Epilogue: renewing ghetto abolitionism.
"Why do ghettos persist?" Tommie Shelby asks in Dark Ghettos. Today, ghettos are widely seen as social problems that public policy should aim to solve. Shelby calls this the "medical model" because it portrays ghettos as sick patients in need of treatment. In his view, this model ignores the political agency of the ghetto poor and the underlying social structures that perpetuate disadvantage in black communities. Shelby argues that we should conceive of ghettos within a "justice paradigm" instead. Adopting a Rawlsian framework, he considers the existence of ghettos as a sign of deeply embedded social injustice, and he offers a "nonideal" social theory, establishing what the government and citizens are obligated and permitted to do within fundamentally unfair conditions. His theory arises through practical considerations: should the American government enforce residential diversity? Should welfare programs disincentivize single motherhood? For those who live in ghettos, is voluntary non-work--or street violence, or hip-hop--a just and valid form of dissent? Ultimately, Shelby aims to establish principles that will lead to the abolishment of ghettos through just reform.-- Provided by publisher

Writing to save a life : the Louis Till file

December 5, 2016
Wideman, John Edgar, author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
193 pages ; 22 cm
Louis Till -- The file -- Graves.
"In The Louis Till File, John Edgar Wideman searches for Louis Till, a silent victim of American injustice. Wideman's personal interaction with the story began when he learned of Emmett's murder in 1955; Wideman was also fourteen years old. After reading decades later about Louis's execution, he couldn't escape the twin tragedies of father and son, and tells their stories together for the first time. Author of the award-winningBrothers and Keepers, Wideman brings extraordinary insight and a haunting intimacy to this devastating story. An amalgam of research, memoir, and imagination, The Louis Till File is completely original in its delivery--an engaging and enlightening conversation between generations, the living and the dead, fathers and sons. Wideman turns seventy-five this year, and he brings the force of his substantial intellect and experience to this beautiful, stirring book, his first nonfiction in fifteen years,"--Baker & Taylor.

They can't kill us all : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a new era in America's racial justice movement

December 2, 2016
Lowery, Wesley, 1990- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
248 pages ; 24 cm
The story -- Ferguson : a city holds its breath -- Cleveland : coming home -- North Charleston : caught on camera -- Baltimore : life pre-indictment -- Charleston : Black death is Black death -- Ferguson, again : a year later, the protests continue -- Three days in July.
A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose.

Black Republicans and the transformation of the GOP

December 1, 2016
Farrington, Joshua D., 1984- author.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2016]
viii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Farewell to the party of Lincoln? : black Republicans in the New Deal era -- Flirting with Republicans : black voters in the 1950s -- Bit by bit : civil rights and the Eisenhower administration -- Ye cannot serve both God and Mammon : the 1960 presidential campaign -- Somebody had to stay and fight : black Republicans and the rise of the Right -- Fighting the enemy within : black Republicans in the wake of Goldwater -- A piece of the action : black capitalism and the Nixon administration -- Not a silent minority : black Republicans in the 1970s.
"Reflecting on his fifty-year effort to steer the Grand Old Party toward black voters, Memphis power broker George W. Lee declared, "Somebody had to stay in the Republican Party and fight." As Joshua Farrington recounts in his comprehensive history, Lee was one of many black Republican leaders who remained loyal after the New Deal inspired black voters to switch their allegiance from the "party of Lincoln" to the Democrats." --Publisher

Thunder at the gates : the Black Civil War regiments that redeemed America

November 17, 2016
Egerton, Douglas R., author.
ix, 429 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
The travelers -- The Brahmins -- Readville -- The Sea Islands -- Battery Wagner -- Hospitals and home fronts -- The siege -- Florida -- Liberation -- Occupation -- The veterans -- The legacy of the regiments.
Almost immediately after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, abolitionists began to call for the raising of black regiments. The South and most of the North responded with outrage. Southerners vowed to enslave black soldiers captured in battle, while many northerners claimed that blacks lacked the courage to fight. Yet Boston's Brahmins, always eager for a moral crusade, launched one of the greatest experiments in American history. In Thunder at the gates, Douglas R. Egerton chronicles the formation and exploits of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry -- regiments led by whites but composed of black men born free or into slavery.


November 10, 2016
Wilson, August.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2007.
xvi, 77 pages ; 23 cm.

Conversations from her heart : a book of poetry

November 10, 2016
Deloatch, Tanya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Tanya has written poetry over the last twenty-five years as inspiration provides. Yet, she is an emotion driven writer, so she tends write about her own personal experiences, feelings or from events and circumstances that have transpired in and around her life. Check out her first project "Conversations From Her Heart" and relate to some of the situations she shares throughout from "The Proposal" to "The Delivery"."--Back cover.

In her feelings : a book of poetry

November 10, 2016
Deloatch, Tanya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
54 pages ; 23 cm
"This book of poetry includes thirty-six poems of emotions; some raw &#x; others downright bitter, but all with feeling. zIn Her Feelingsy will make you laugh, cry, wonder and possibly relate to many of the scenarios offered by the Author/Poet. This collection of poems is her sophomore project."--Back cover.

Mixed emotions : a collection of poetry

November 10, 2016
Deloatch, Tanya, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Marvelous Leaders Publications, LLC, [2016]
96 pages ; 23 cm
"This collection of poetry offers a plethora of situations with a variety of feelings, insight and passion. The Author/Poet does not disappoint with this installment of emotions ranging from pain and hurt to faith in love. "Mixed Emotions" takes readers on a journey of reflection and hope."--Back cover.

Black elephants in the room : the unexpected politics of African American Republicans

November 9, 2016
Fields, Corey, author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
x, 282 pages ; 22 cm
"George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies."
From many to few -- Beyond Uncle Tom -- Race doesn't matter -- Black power through conservative principles -- Like crabs in a barrel -- Whither the Republican Party.
"What do you think of when you hear about an African American Republican? Are they heroes fighting against the expectation that all blacks must vote democratic? Are they Uncle Toms or sellouts, serving as traitors to their race? What is it really like to be a black person in the Republican Party? Black Elephants in the Room considers how race structures the political behavior of African American Republicans and discusses the dynamic relationship between race and political behavior in the purported 'post-racial' context of US politics. Drawing on vivid first-person accounts, the book sheds light on the different ways black identity structures African Americans' membership in the Republican Party. Moving past rhetoric and politics, we begin to see the everyday people working to reconcile their commitment to black identity with their belief in Republican principles. And at the end, we learn the importance of understanding both the meanings African Americans attach to racial identity and the political contexts in which those meanings are developed and expressed"--Provided by publisher.


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