New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

May 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Billie Holiday : the musician and the myth

April 10, 2015
Szwed, John F., 1936- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
230 pages ; 24 cm
The book I : Lady sings the blues -- The book II : the rest of the story -- The image : film, television, photography -- The prehistory of a singer -- The singer I -- The singer II -- The songs I -- The songs II.
"Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, ... jazz writer John Szwed considers how [Holiday's] life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy"--Amazon.com.

Got proof! : my genealogical journey through the use of documentation

April 7, 2015
Henderson, Michael Nolden, 1956-
Suwanee, GA : The Write Image, 2013.
ix, 182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

My journey with Maya

April 3, 2015
Smiley, Tavis, 1964- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
viii, 214 pages ; 22 cm
Tavis Smiley recounts the story of his friendship with Maya Angelou. Tavis Smiley and Maya Angelou met in 1986, when he was twenty-one and she was fifty-eight. For the next twenty-eight years, Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often of art, politics, history, music, religion, and race. In My Journey with Maya, Smiley beautifully recounts a friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana.--Publisher's description.

Michelle Obama : a life

April 3, 2015
Slevin, Peter B.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Chicago's promise -- South Side -- Destiny not yet written -- Orange and blackness -- Progress in everything and nothing -- Finding the right thing -- Assets and deficits -- A little tension with that -- Just don't screw it up -- I'm pretty convincing -- Veil of impossibility -- Nothing would have predicted -- Between politics and sanity -- Simple gifts -- I am no different from you.
With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side.

A New Orleans voudou priestess : the legend and reality of Marie Laveau

March 30, 2015
Long, Carolyn Morrow.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2007.
xxxvii, 294 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Prologue. The "Laveau legend" in print and performance -- 1. The colonial past -- 2. The antebellum city -- 3. Domestic life -- 4. Slaves -- 5. Hard times -- 6. Voudou -- 7. St. John's Eve -- 8. Doctor John -- 9. Prison ministry -- 10. Final years -- 11. Descendants -- 12. The second Marie Laveau -- Conclusion -- Appendix. Louisiana Writers' Project informants.
Legendary for an unusual combination of spiritual power, beauty, charisma, showmanship, intimidation, and shrewd business sense, Marie Laveau also was known for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever victims and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church. In separating verifiable fact from semi-truths and complete fabrication, Carolyn Morrow Long explores the unique social, political, and legal setting in which the lives of Laveau's African and European ancestors became intertwined in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

Ordinary light : a memoir

March 25, 2015
Smith, Tracy K.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
349 pages ; 22 cm.
Prologue: The Miracle -- I. My Book House -- Wild Kingdom -- Spirits and Demons -- Kin -- Leroy -- A Home in the World -- II. MGM -- Little Feats of Daring -- Total Adventure -- Book a Big Band -- A Necessary Rite -- Humor -- III. Uninvisible -- The Night Stalker -- Hot & Fast -- Shame -- Mother -- Epistolary -- Positive -- IV. Kathleen -- Something Better -- The Woman at the Well -- A Strange Thing to Do -- I, Too -- Testimony -- V. Another Dialect of the Soul -- Something Powerful at Her Side -- A Strange After -- Abide -- Clearances -- Epilogue: Dear God.
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: a deeply moving memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. Tracy K. Smith had a fairly typical upbringing in suburban California: the youngest in a family of five children raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But after spending a summer in Alabama at her grandmother's home, she returns to California with a new sense of what it means for her to be black: from her mother's memories of picking cotton as a girl in her father's field for pennies a bushel, to her parents' involvement in the Civil Rights movement. These dizzying juxtapositions--between her family's past, her own comfortable present, and the promise of her future--will eventually compel her to act on her passions for love and 'ecstatic possibility,' and her desire to become a writer. But when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, which she says is part of God's plan, Tracy must learn a new way to love and look after someone whose beliefs she has outgrown. Written with a poet's precision and economy, this gorgeous, probing kaleidoscope of self and family offers us a universal story of belonging and becoming, and the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home"-- Provided by publisher.

Our Auntie Rosa : the family of Rosa Parks remembers her life and lessons

March 25, 2015
Keys, Sheila McCauley.
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
xvi, 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The woman we knew -- Preface: pleased to meet you, Mrs. Parks -- Family -- Forgiveness -- Strength -- Encouragement -- Vision.
In Our Auntie Rosa the family of Rosa Parks presents a collection of personal remembrances, reflections, and never-before-seen photos and letters that pay tribute to Rosa Parks's incredible strength and determination. Parks's brave act on a bus in Alabama on December 1, 1955, was just one moment in a life lived with great humility and decency. Our Auntie Rosa is a life's instruction manual from one of the most famous figures in American history that will inspire generations to come.--Publisher's description.

African American life in Franklin, Ohio

March 17, 2015
Polley, Eva Louise.
[S.I.] : [s.n.], c2014.
160 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Maps on inside covers.
Military. Civil War ; World War I ; World War II ; Korean conflict ; American Legion -- Education. Franklin High School graduates ; Extracurricular activities ; The teaching tradition -- Talk about bygones. Essays ; Families -- Timeline. African Americans in Franklin, Ohio 1868-2012 -- Documents. Assesors records, etc. -- Picture show. Snapshots ; The Polley children ; Polley women in their crowns of glory ; FHS alumni -- Trivia quiz. Questions and answers.

Losing the race : self-sabotage in Black America

March 16, 2015
McWhorter, John H.
New York : Perennial, 2001.
xv, 299 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : The Free Press, 2000.
Cult of victimology -- Cult of separatism -- Cult of anti-intellectualism -- Roots of the cult of anti-intellectualism -- African-American self-sabotage in action: Affirmative-action debate -- African-American self-sabotage in action: Ebonics controversy -- How can we save the African-American race? -- Afterword -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
A professor of linguistics paints a controversial portrait of defeatism and pessimism in black America that threatens to hold young African Americans back.

My brother Marvin : a memoir

March 16, 2015
Gaye, Zeola.
Las Vegas, Nev. : ZKM Publishing, 2011.
vi, 261 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Includes index.

Point of view : African American art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry collection.

March 9, 2015
©2014
152 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 x 23 cm
"Published on the occasion of two simultaneously displayed exhibitions: 'Point of View: African American Art Masters from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection' at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, January 18, 2014-April 13, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan [and] 'Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliott and Kimberly Perry Collection' at the Flint Institute of Arts, January 26, 2014-April 13, 2014, in Flint, Michigan"--Title page verso.

A short history of Reconstruction, 1863-1877

March 5, 2015
Foner, Eric, 1943-
New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2015.
xxx, 297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Abridged from: Reconstruction: America's unfinished revolution. c1988.
The world the war made -- Rehearsals for Reconstruction -- The meaning of freedom -- Ambiguities of free labor -- The failure of presidential Reconstruction -- The making of radical Reconstruction -- Blueprints for a republican South -- Reconstruction : political and economic -- The challenge of enforcement -- The Reconstruction of the North -- The politics of depression -- Redemption and after.
Looks at the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the South after the Civil War.

Kevin Durant

February 27, 2015
Anderson, Jameson.
Minneapolis, Minn. : ABDO Pub. Company, [2015]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
A special honor -- Highlight reel -- Young champion -- Early doubt -- Prep star -- Off to Texas -- The NBA -- Learning to win -- Big changes -- The finals -- Other opportunities -- MVP.

Ohio's black soldiers who served in the Civil War

February 24, 2015
Johnson, Eric E. (Eric Eugene), 1949-
Bellville, Ohio : Ohio Genealogical Society, c2014.
xii, 456 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm
"A list of 6,709 soldiers who served in the United States Colored Troops and in the Ohio Volunteers." -- T. p.

Adventures of Pi : poems 1980-1990

February 24, 2015
Williams, Tyrone.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres, 2011.
v, 77 pages ; 23 cm

Through the African American Lens

February 20, 2015
Combs, Rhea L.
London : D. Giles Limited, 2015.
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm.
Includes index.

Black America in the Seventies

February 18, 2015
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County], [1980?]
23 pages ; 28 cm.
Includes index.
Compiled by staff of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
The Black citizen -- Black literature -- Black history -- Blackness and the human condition -- The Black economic experience -- The struggle for equality -- The elected official -- Blacks in the Armed Forces -- The fine arts and the performing arts -- The Black athlete -- For children -- Black achievement on film -- Stories and poems on record -- Classical composers -- Musicians and performers -- Jazz -- The Black musical show -- The spoken word on record.

Freedom riders : a primary source exploration of the struggle for racial justice

February 17, 2015
Schwartz, Heather E.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Press, a Capstone imprint, [2015]
32 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
A mob attack -- Challenging the segregated south -- The first riders set out -- Student riders -- Gaining ground -- The impact.
"Uses primary sources to tell the story of the Freedom Riders during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement"-- Provided by publisher.

Common Wealth : art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

February 12, 2015
Sims, Lowery Stokes, author.
©2015
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm

The presidency in black and white : my up-close view of three presidents and race in America

February 12, 2015
Ryan, April, 1967-
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xiv, 154 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Establishing a racial baseline -- Covering the White House -- Specialty media -- Presidents and race -- President Clinton -- President Bush -- President Obama -- The presidential "race" report cards.

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