New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

March 15, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

At mama's knee : mothers and race in black and white

March 14, 2017
Ryan, April, 1967- author.
viii, 137 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword -- Introduction -- More than a headline -- Born a statistic -- A mother's love -- The N-word -- The faith of our mothers -- Mothers, presidents, and race -- A tale of two cities -- Assimilation -- Work-life balance -- Educating the future -- Conclusion--a prayer for harmony -- Acknowledgments -- Index -- About the author.
"In her first book, The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan examined race in America through her experience as a White House reporter. In this book, she shifts the conversation from the White House to every home in America. At Mama's Knee looks at race and race relations through the lessons that mothers transmit to their children,"--NoveList.

Incendiary art : poems

March 9, 2017
Smith, Patricia, 1955- author.
Evanston, Illinois : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2017.
132 pages ; 22 cm
Incendiary -- When black men drown their daughters -- Accidential -- Shotting into the mirror.

My brown baby : on the joys and challenges of raising African American children

March 7, 2017
Millner, Denene, author.
Chicago : Bolden, an Agate imprint, [2017]
xiii, 273 pages ; 22 cm
"A Denene Millner book."
Birthing while black: the journey to motherhood -- New motherhood -- Raising them up: the nuts and bolts of parenting black children -- Behind the lights: loosening pop culture's hold on black children -- Hair stories: the joys, pains, and politics of black children's kinky curls -- The souls of black folks: parenting beyond stereotypes -- They'll wear the armor: black children and racism -- The martyrs: on black children, race, and lives that mattered -- My brown baby matters: the politics of raising black children -- Mother love.
"Full of essays that readers of all backgrounds will find provocative, My Brown Baby acknowledges that there absolutely are issues that African American parents must deal with that white parents never have to confront if they're not raising brown children. This book chronicles these differences with open arms, a lot of love, and the deep belief that though we may come from separate places and have different backgrounds, all parents want the same things for our families, and especially for our children."--Back cover.

Black history in its own words

March 3, 2017
Wimberly, Ronald, compiler, illustrator.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 21 cm
Angela Yvonne Davis -- MC Ride -- George Joseph Herriman -- Ice Cube -- Saul Williams -- Dave Chappelle -- Spike Lee -- Arturo Alfonso Schomburg -- Laverne Cox -- James Baldwin -- Audre Lorde -- Lena Horne -- Kimberly Bryant -- Fred Hampton -- Serena Williams -- Poly Styrene -- Mykki Blanco -- Octavia Butler -- Zadie Smith -- Kanye West -- Shirley Chisholm -- Jean-Michel Basquiat -- Lee "Scratch" Perry -- Marsha P. Johnson -- Assata Shakur -- Prince -- Cathay Williams -- Nina Simone -- Muhammad Ali -- Young M.A. -- Sojourner Truth -- Cheryl Dunye -- Emory Douglas -- Rammellzee -- Jimi Hendrix -- Katherine Johnson -- Mary Ellen Pleasant -- Eugene Bullard -- Bell Hooks.

Haint : poems

March 3, 2017
Cross Davis, Teri Ellen, author.
90 pages : portrait ; 21 cm.
Fade to Black -- Why Persephone Should Be a Black Name -- East 149th Street (Symphony for a Black Girl) -- Complected -- My Monthly -- Ode to Now 'n' Laters -- Fifteen -- Dear Diary -- I'll Be There -- Scar Tissue -- Akron at Night -- Free -- Mercy -- The Handicapped Stall -- Sixteen -- Brown Sugar -- Understood -- Membrane -- Wrath -- Passover -- Searching -- Nights at Maya's -- Southern Cross -- Piece -- Perspective -- The kink in the fantasy -- One Night Stand -- Morning When a Dream Lingers -- Kiwi -- Church -- Process -- After Earl Came Home -- Work Calendar -- Lily51 -- the blond on his arm -- Odalisque -- Gaze -- She Talks to Michael Fassbender -- The small of my back (your hand here) -- Permission -- He Can Get The Panties -- The Dark Lady Speaks -- Haint -- Charting -- Knell -- The First IVF Fails -- Going Through With It -- bough breaks -- Hunger -- Slip Skin Study: Broken -- At 5 weeks -- The Return of the Prodigal Mother -- Induced -- Letdown -- Family Bed -- All The King's Horses -- Thick of It -- Two Glasses of Milk -- Lament for Things Found Under a Child's Bed.

The President's kitchen cabinet : the story of the African Americans who have fed our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas

March 1, 2017
Miller, Adrian, author.
xvii, 261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes twenty recipes.
The key ingredients of presidential foodways -- Feeling at home : the White House steward and the evolution of presidential provisioning -- Bittersweet : African American presidential cooks in Antebellum America -- Semisweet : personal and professional presidential cooks after Emancipation -- Eating on the run : presidential foodways in motion -- Seeing through a glass darkly : African Americans and presidential drinkways -- Above measure : the future of African American presidential chefs.
Award winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation's history.

Drop the ball : achieving more by doing less

February 28, 2017
Dufu, Tiffany, author.
xiii, 286 pages ; 22 cm
Part one: Doing it all. A woman's place ; Prince Charming ; Working mom ; Home control disease ; Life-go-round -- Part two: Something's gotta give. The turning point ; What matters most ; The law of comparative advantage ; On the precipice of change -- Part three: Drop the ball. Go ahead, drop the ball ; Clarify who does what ; Believe in team ; Recruit a village -- Part four: All-in partners. Done is another person's perfect ; Affirm with gratitude ; Don't buy the stereotype ; Happiness motivates everyone ; Why we need men -- Part five: Looking ahead. The four go-tos ; Final frontier ; Freedom.
"A renowned expert in the women's leadership movement, Tiffany Dufu was once like so many other driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all. But after she gave birth to her first child, she struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others--freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home. Even though women make up half the workforce, they still represent only 18 percent of the highest-level leaders. The reasons are obvious: just as women reach middle management, they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women's leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu's Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection and to expect less of themselves and more from others--only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding lives we all desire."--Dust jacket.

The lost eleven : the forgotten story of black American soldiers brutally massacred in World War II

February 28, 2017
George, Denise, author.
New York : Caliber, 2017.
xvi, 398 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part 1: The world's greatest democracy -- A quiet forest -- The Berlin Olympics -- The banning -- A wall of photographs -- Lebensraum -- The baseball pitcher from Piedmont -- The meeting at Berchtesgaden -- Invasion! -- The Belgian family -- The war begins -- The baker's son and the butcher's apprentice -- The trip to Paris -- The Einsatzgruppen -- Part 2: The world at war -- The surprise attack -- The news at Wolfschanze -- The date that will live in infamy -- The changing world -- The Christmas Eve message -- The Louisiana riot -- Drafted! -- The risk -- The Army's Jim Crow -- The GI from Pontotoc County -- Christmas of '42 -- The 155mm Howitzer -- The early months of '43 -- The urgent message -- The training manuals -- The baby -- Training -- The helper -- The visitor -- The new POW compound -- Operation Citadel -- Disillusioned -- The song -- Late-night reflections -- The weakening Reich -- Part 3: Leaving Camp Gruber -- Training in the U.K. -- A stir in Britain -- Planning an assault -- D-Day -- An invasion from the west -- Arriving at Utah Beach -- "Ready! Fire!" -- The Symphony Serenade -- The plot -- The terrifying news -- The push out of Normandy -- Onward into battle -- The surrender -- Brest -- The battle, fierce and deadly -- The capture of Brest -- The liberation of Paris -- The bivouac -- The young, the old, and the wounded -- The reports -- The long march to Belgium -- The City of Light -- The plan -- Bivouacking in Belgium -- Operation Greif -- Part 4: The Battle of the Bulge -- Life at the west wall -- The rockets -- The secret revealed -- A sleepless night -- "Just a phonograph" -- "Too quiet!" -- Darkness in the Schnee Eifel -- The attack -- "Screaming meemies!" -- The death sentence -- A long and deadly day -- The breakthrough -- Captured! -- The P-47 Thunderbolt -- Massacre at the Baugnez crossroads -- The farmhouse -- Unexpected hospitality -- The arrest -- The long wait -- "Though l walk through the valley" -- The rest of the story -- What happened to the others? -- Appendix 1: The Wereth 11 Memorial speech -- Appendix 2: U.S. Memorial Wereth: info about Memorial and annual services, etc.
"Nearly forgotten by history, this is the story of the Wereth Eleven, African-American soldiers who fought courageously for freedom in WWII--only to be ruthlessly executed by Nazi troops during the Battle of the Bulge,"

There are more beautiful things than Beyoncé

February 27, 2017
Parker, Morgan, author.
Portland, OR : Tin House Books, 2017.
85 pages ; 22 cm

Bestiary : poems

February 27, 2017
Kelly, Donika, author.
xii, 70 pages ; 23 cm
Out West -- Catalogue -- Fourth grade autobiography -- Where she is opened. Where she is closed -- Love poem: chimera -- Bower -- Hermit thrush -- Bower -- Self-portrait as a block of ice -- Bower -- Self-portrait as a door -- Swallow -- Love poem: Pegasus -- Handsome is -- How to be alone -- Whale -- Ceremony at the end of a season -- Ostrich -- Arkansas love song -- A man goes west and falls off his horse in the desert -- Love poem: centaur -- Secretary -- Love poem: centaur -- Love poem: satyr -- Balloon -- Love poem: mermaid -- Love letter -- Love poem: werewolf -- Little box -- Self-portrait as a wooden flower -- Commandments -- Love poem: griffon -- Archaeology -- Tender -- Winter poem -- Love poem: Donika -- Red bird -- What gay porn has done for me -- Sonnet in which only one bird appears -- Love poem: minotaur -- Santa Rosa -- Love poem -- Back East.

Kehinde Wiley

February 24, 2017
Wiley, Kehinde, 1977-
New York : Rizzoli, 2012.
248 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 33 cm
Kehinde Wiley's conceptual realism / Robert Hobbs -- Celebration and critique / Sarah E. Lewis -- Quiet as it's kept / Brian Keith Jackson -- A conversation with Kehinde Wiley and Peter Halley.

Hitler's American model : the United States and the making of Nazi race law

February 17, 2017
Whitman, James Q., 1957- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017]
viii, 208 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Making Nazi flags and Nazi citizens. The first Nuremberg law: of New York Jews and Nazi flags ; The second Nuremberg law: making Nazi citizens ; America: the global leader in racist immigration law ; American second-class citizenship -- The Nazis pick up the thread ; Toward the citizenship law: Nazi politics in the early 1930s ; The Nazis look to American second-class citizenship -- Protecting Nazi blood and Nazi honor. Toward the blood law: battles in the streets and the ministries ; Battles in the streets: the call for "unambiguous laws" ; Battles in the ministries: the Prussian memorandum and the America example ; Conservative juristic resistance: Gürtner and Lösener ; The meeting of June 5, 1934 ; The sources of Nazi knowledge of American law ; Evaluating American influence ; Defining "mongrels": the one-drop rule and the limits of American influence -- America through Nazi eyes. America's place in the global history of racism ; Nazism and American legal culture.


February 16, 2017
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : YWCA Greater Cincinnati
volumes : portraits ; 28 cm
Copies in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room (2015 and 2016) have original black printed wrappers.

Princess Pamela's soul food cookbook : a mouth -watering treasury of Afro-American recipes : the beloved classic now back in print after 45 years

February 14, 2017
Strobel, Pamela, author.
New York : Rizzoli International Publications, 2017.
239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Meats complete'n -- Sweet garden greens -- Grits, 'taters, rice, 'n mush -- Batter 'n butter -- Soulful goodies.

I am not your negro : a major motion picture directed by Raoul Peck

February 14, 2017
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987, author.
xxiii, 118 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction / by Raoul Peck -- Note from Gloria Baldwin Karefa-Smart -- Paying my dues -- Heroes -- Witness -- Purity -- Selling the negro -- I am not a nigger.
Transcript of the documentary film, I am not your negro, by Raoul Peck composed of unpublished and published writings, interviews, and letters by James Baldwin on the subject of racism in America.

Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

February 13, 2017
Dunbar, Erica Armstrong, author.
New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2017.
xvii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Betty's daughter -- New York-bound -- New York in black and white -- The move to Philadelphia -- The blacks in the family -- Life in Philadelphia -- The wedding -- The fugitive -- Slavery and freedom in New Hampshire -- A close call -- The negotiator -- Mrs. Staines -- The survivor -- Epiogue: Ona's sister : Philadelphia Costin.
"A revelatory account of the actions taken by the first president to retain his slaves in spite of Northern laws profiles one of the slaves, Ona Judge, describing the intense manhunt that ensued when she ran away."--NoveList.

The original Black elite : Daniel Murray and the story of a forgotten era

February 9, 2017
Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling, author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
498 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, plans, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Up and coming -- The good wife -- The Black elite -- The good life -- The good citizen -- Activist couple -- Backsliding -- Confronting lost ground -- National Afro-American Council -- Black history pioneer -- Courting controversy -- Struggling -- Father and sons -- Disillusioned -- Life's work -- Ironic fruits -- New negro/Old cit -- Epilogue.

The blood of Emmett Till

February 8, 2017
Tyson, Timothy B., author.
x, 291 pages ; 25 cm
Nothing that boy did -- Boots on the porch -- Growing up black in Chicago -- Emmett in Chicago and "Little Mississippi" -- Pistol-whipping at Christmas -- The incident -- On the third day -- Mama made the earth tremble -- Warring regiments of Mississippi -- Black Monday -- People we don't need around here any more -- Fixed opinions -- Mississippi underground -- "There he is" -- Every last Anglo-Saxon one of you -- The verdict of the world -- Protest politics -- Killing Emmett Till -- Epilogue: the children of Emmett Till.
"The event that launched the civil rights movement--the 1955 lynching of young Emmett Till--now reexamined by an award-winning author with access to never-before-heard accounts from those involved as well as recently recovered court transcripts from the trial,"--NoveList.

Where do we go from here : chaos or community?

February 8, 2017
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©2010.
xxiv, 223 pages ; 23 cm.
Originally published: 1968.
Where are we? -- Black power -- Racism and the white backlash -- The dilemma of Negro Americans -- Where we are going -- The world house.
From the Publisher: In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this important work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, we find King's acute analysis of American race relations and the state of the movement after a decade of civil rights efforts. King lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. Today, as African American communities stand to lose more wealth than any other demographic during this economic crisis, King's call for economic equality and sustainability is especially pertinent. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind-for the first time-has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation

February 6, 2017
Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, [2016]
270 pages ; 22 cm
Black awakening in Obama's America -- A culture of racism -- From civil rights to colorblind -- Black faces in high places -- The double standard of justice -- Barack Obama : the end of an illusion -- Black Lives Matter : a movement, not a moment -- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation.
"Activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation"--Front flap.

Rest in power : the enduring life of Trayvon Martin

February 6, 2017
Fulton, Sybrina, 1966- author.
xiii, 331 pages ; 25 cm
Sybrina : Our Lives Before -- Tracy : February 26, 2012-February 27, 2012 -- Sybrina : February 27, 2012 -- Tracy : February 27, 2012-March 8, 2012 -- Sybrina : February 27, 2012-March 8, 2012 -- Tracy : February 29, 2012-March 9, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 9, 2012-March 16, 2012 -- Tracy : March 16, 2012-March 21, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 22, 2012--March 26, 2012 -- Tracy : March 27, 2012-July 6, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 12, 2013-July 27, 2013 -- Tracy : June 28, 2013-July 10, 2013 -- Sybrina : July 12, 2013.
"In alternating chapters, Trayvon Martin's parents tell of their son's tragically foreshortened life. They provide insights into the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and hostility of the legal system, and describe their efforts to bring meaning, redemption and justice to his short life. Their voices launched a movement that would change the nation."--Adapted from book jacket.

Talking back, talking Black : truths about America's Lingua Franca

February 6, 2017
McWhorter, John H.
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2017.
190 pages ; 20 cm
It's complicated -- What do you mean "sounds Black"? -- But they can't talk that way at a job interview! -- Speaking Black or speaking minstrel? -- Through a lens darkly?
"In his first book devoted solely to the form, structure, and development of Black English, John McWhorter clearly explains its fundamentals and rich history, while carefully examining the cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined recognition of this transformative, empowering dialect."--Page [4] of cover.

True south : Henry Hampton and eyes on the prize, the landmark television series that reframed the civil rights movement

January 31, 2017
Else, Jon, 1944- author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Cave painting: 1940-68 -- Racism is like a loaded gun: 1968-78 -- America, we loved you madly: 1978-82 -- Last visionary standing: 1983-85 -- The revolution will be televised: 1985 -- Mother ship -- Not the other man's county: fall 1985 -- On the road: 1985-86 -- Mississippi goddamn: 1963, 1964, 1985 -- Crossroads: 1964 -- Emmett Till's hometown: winter 1985 -- Hunter-gatherers: winter 1985-86 -- True south? -- Messy history: 1986 -- The Selma show: 1986 -- It's our flag too: 1986 -- A great story -- A great healing machine: 1987 -- Will the circle be unbroken: 1998 -- Freedom is a constant struggle: 1998-2017 -- Epilogue.
Presents the inside story of the making of one of the most important and influential TV shows in history and of its legacy as the film that reframed the entire history of the Civil Rights movement permanently.

My life, my love, my legacy

January 27, 2017
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006, author.
viii, 356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
We don't have time to cry -- A sense of belonging -- I have something to offer -- A brave soldier -- Time itself was ready -- The winds of change -- I will never turn back -- Pushed to the breaking point -- I've been called by God, too -- So evil only God could change it -- I have a dream -- Heartbreak knocked, faith answered -- Securing the right to vote was a blood covenant -- Moral concerns know no geographic boundary -- I don't want you to grieve for me -- With a prayer in my heart, I could greet the morning -- My fifth child -- We must learn to disagree without being disagreeable -- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere -- Happy birthday, Martin -- Our children -- I will count it all joy.
"The life story of Coretta Scott King--wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and singular twentieth-century American civil rights activist--as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to one of her closest friends."--Provided by publisher.

Kerry James Marshall : mastry

January 24, 2017
Marshall, Kerry James, 1955- artist, author.
280 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
This book is published on the occasion of the exhibition organized by and held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (April 23-September 25, 2016); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (October 25, 2016-January 29, 2017); and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (March 12-July 2, 2017).
Foreword / Madeleine Grynsztejn -- Directors' acknowledgments / Thomas P. Campbell, Madeleine Grynsztejn, Philippe Vergne -- Curators' acknowledgments / Ian Alteveer, Helen Molesworth, Dieter Roelstraete -- A different light : Kerry James Marshall's western exposure / Ian Alteveer -- Thinking of a Mastr Plan : Kerry James Marshall and the Museum / Helen Molesworth -- Visible man : Kerry James Marshall, realist / Dieter Roelstraete -- Black lives, matter / Lanka Tattersall -- Shall I compare thee ...? / Kerry James Marshall -- Plates, with catalogue entries by Anna Katz, Karsten Lund, Abigail Winograd -- Writings by Kerry James Marshall, 2000-15 -- Artist's biography -- Kerry James Marshall selects : works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- Lenders to the exhibition -- Exhibition sponsors -- Contributors -- Index -- Credits -- Rythm Mastr : Selections.
This long-awaited volume celebrates the work of Kerry James Marshall, one of America's greatest living painters. Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. Best known for large-scale interiors, landscapes, and portraits featuring powerful black figures, Marshall explores narratives of African American history from slave ships to the present and draws upon his deep knowledge of art history from the Renaissance to twentieth-century abstraction, as well as other sources such as the comic book and the muralist tradition. With luscious color and brushstrokes and highly detailed patterning, his direct and intimate scenes of black middle-class life conjure a wide range of emotions, resulting in powerful paintings that confront the position of African Americans throughout American history. Richly illustrated, this monumental book features essays by noted curators as well as the artist, and more than 100 paintings from throughout the artist's career arranged thematically by subject: history painting; beauty, as expressed through the nude, portraiture, and self-portraiture; landscape; religion; and the politics of black nationalism. Exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (23.04-09.09.2016) / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (09.2016-01.2017) / Museum of Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA (spring 2017).


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