New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

August 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The great Black migration : a historical encyclopedia of the American mosaic

August 13, 2014
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2014]
xxxvi, 455 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
A one-volume condensed version of the Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration.

The house of black and white : my life with and search for Louise Johnson Morris

August 11, 2014
Sherer, David, author.
©2014
xvi, 156 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"The memoir of a white boy who was so strongly influenced by a black woman--the family maid--that he begins searching for her three decades after she went missing. This compelling book begins in 1959 in suburban Washington, D.C., and ends in 2012. Author David Sherer was barely two years old when Louise Johnson Morris became the family maid in 1959. She grew close to the children, particularly David, and taught him many life lessons. During medical school in Boston, he discovered in 1981 that Louise had left the family. After unsuccessfully trying to learn why, he continued his life and career until late 2011, when during a mid-life crisis of sorts, he went looking for her. He eventually discovered that she was living back in her hometown of Macon, Georgia, and after a separation of thirty-one years, traveled to Macon to reunite with his childhood friend. She died a mere three months later, at the age of ninety. David was an honored guest at her funeral. This is the story of their lives together and his quest to find her. It is both a memoir and an homage, set in a highly charged time of our country's history."--Page [4] of cover.

Kehinde Wiley : Memling.

August 8, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona : Phoenix Art Museum, [2013]
59 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 30 x 33 cm.
Catalog of an exhibition held February 20-June 23, 2013 at Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona and July 11-October 5, 2014 at Taft Museum of Art, Ohio.

Bad feminist : essays

August 7, 2014
Gay, Roxane, author.
©2014
xiv, 320 pages ; 21 cm
Feel me, see me, hear me, reach me -- Peculiar benefits -- Typical first year professor -- To scratch, claw or grope clumsily or frantically -- How to be friends with another woman -- Girls, girls, girls -- I once was Miss America -- Garish, glorious spectacles -- Not here to make friends -- How we all lose -- Reaching for catharsis : getting fat right (or wrong) and Diana Spechler's Skinny -- The smooth surfaces of idyll -- The careless language of sexual violence -- What we hunger for -- The illusion of safety/the safety of illusion -- The spectacle of broken men -- A tale of three coming out stories -- Beyond the measure of men -- Some jokes are funnier than others -- Dear young ladies who love Chris Brown -- So much they would let him beat them -- Blurred lines, indeed -- The trouble with Prince Charming, or, He who trespassed against us -- The solace of preparing fried foods and other quaint remembrances from 1960s Mississippi : thoughts on The help -- Surviving Django -- Beyond the struggle narrative -- The morality of Tyler Perry -- The last day of a young black man -- When less is more -- The politics of respectability -- When Twitter does what journalism cannot -- The alienable rights of women -- Holding out for a hero -- A tale of two profiles -- The racism we all carry -- Tragedy, call, compassion, response -- Bad feminist : take one -- Bad feminist : take two.
A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. "Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink, all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I'm not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue." In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America

August 6, 2014
Freedman, Russell, author.
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
83 pages : illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
The day the teachers marched -- "White folks business" -- Selma's students lead the way -- "March, dammit!" -- Bloody Sunday -- Turnabout Tuesday -- A good day to be alive -- Because they marched.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Freedman presents a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights.

Glow : the autobiography of Rick James

August 4, 2014
James, Rick, 1948-2004, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with go-to music biographer David Ritz, in this wildly entertaining and profound expression of a rock star's life and soul"-- Provided by publisher.

Black faces, white spaces : reimagining the relationship of African Americans to the great outdoors

July 22, 2014
Finney, Carolyn.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014].
xviii, 173 pages ; 24 cm
"Why are African Americans so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism? In this thought-provoking study, Carolyn Finney looks beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to examine how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both white and black Americans. Bridging the fields of environmental history, cultural studies, critical race studies, and geography, Finney argues that the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the "great outdoors" and determined who should and can have access to natural spaces. Drawing on a variety of sources from film, literature, and popular culture, and analyzing different historical moments, including the establishment of the Wilderness Act in 1964 and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Finney reveals the perceived and real ways in which nature and the environment are racialized in America. Looking toward the future, she also highlights the work of African Americans who are opening doors to greater participation in environmental and conservation concerns. "-- Provided by publisher.

Tomlinson Hill : the remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name--one white, one black

July 17, 2014
Tomlinson, Chris.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xii, 430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 25 cm
"Foreign correspondent Chris Tomlinson returns to Texas to discover the truth about his family's slave owning history, [telling] the story of two families, one black and one white, who trace their ancestry to the same Central Texas slave plantation. Tomlinson discovers that his counterpart in the African American family is LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League"-- Provided by publisher.

Please stop helping us : how liberals make it harder for Blacks to succeed

July 15, 2014
Riley, Jason (Jason L.)
New York, New York : Encounter Books, 2014.
205 pages ; 24 cm
Black man in the White House -- Culture matters -- The enemy within -- Mandating unemployment -- Educational freedom -- Affirmative discrimination.
The author believes that "many efforts by liberals to help the black underclass not only fail but often harm the intended beneficiaries. The intentions behind welfare programs may be noble, but in practice they have slowed the self-development that was necessary for other groups to advance. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they also have a long history of pricing blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education was intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates ... than would have existed in the absence racial preferences"-- Provided by publisher.

Witness : art and civil rights in the sixties

July 10, 2014
©2014
176 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Exhibition held at the Brooklyn Museum, March 7-July 6, 2014; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., August 30-December 21, 2014; the Blanton Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin, February 8-May 10, 2015.
Civil, rights, act / Kellie Jones -- Documentary activism: photography and the Civil Rights Movement / Connie H. Choi -- Exhibit A: Evidence and the art object / Teresa A. Carbone -- Civil rights and the rise of a new cultural imagination / Cynthia A. Young -- Chronology / Dalila Scruggs.
"Over 100 works by African American artists and others from the 1960s Civil Rights Movement show powerful responses in art to events of black history. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Witness accompanies an exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum and demonstrates the array of aesthetic strategies through which 1960s artists engaged in the struggle for racial justice. Personal recollections from artists including Mark di Suvero and Jack Whitten intertwine with rich illustration, engaging essays, and documentary photos--including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and freedom marchers on the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and Gordon Parks's photos of the Black Panther Party and Muhammad Ali--along with a comprehensive chronology of the period from 1954 to the 1970s. African American artists featured include Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, David Hammons, and Melvin Edwards. Represented as well are notable artists who recorded aspects of the Civil Rights struggle, including Richard Avedon, Bruce Davidson, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, and Philip Guston. This collection of emotionally resonant artworks lets us see the Civil Rights movement with new eyes and is a fitting tribute to a turbulent period in history, whose struggles continue to shape America."--Publisher information.

Jackie Robinson : breaking the color line in baseball

July 8, 2014
Simmons, Matt J.
New York : Crabtree Publishing, [2014]
112 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

The other blacklist : the African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s

July 8, 2014
Washington, Mary Helen, author.
©2014
xviii, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Lloyd L. Brown: black fire in the cold war -- Charles White: "Robeson with a brush and pencil" -- Alice Childress: black, red, and feminist -- When Gwendolyn Brooks wore red -- Frank London Brown: the end of the Black Cultural Front and the turn toward civil rights -- 1959: Spycraft and the black literary left -- Epilogue: The example of Julian Mayfield.
Mary Helen Washington recovers the vital role of 1950s leftist politics in the works and lives of modern African American writers and artists. While most histories of McCarthyism focus on the devastation of the blacklist and the intersection of leftist politics and American culture, few include the activities of radical writers and artists from the Black Popular Front. Washington's work incorporates these black intellectuals back into our understanding of mid-twentieth-century African American literature and art and expands our understanding of the creative ferment energizing all of America during this period.

Nine lives of a Black Panther : a story of survival

July 7, 2014
Pharr, Wayne, 1950-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2014]
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In the early morning hours of December 8, 1969, hundreds of SWAT officers engaged in a violent battle with a handful of Los Angeles-based members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP). Five hours and 5,000 rounds of ammunition later, three SWAT team members and three Black Panthers lay wounded. For the Panthers and the community that supported them, the shootout symbolized a victory, and a key reason for that victory was the actions of a 19-year-old rank-and-file member of the BPP: Wayne Pharr. Nine Lives of a Black Panther tells Pharr's riveting story of life in the Los Angeles branch of the BPP and gives a blow-by-blow account of how it prepared for and survived the massive attack. He illuminates the history of one of the most dedicated, dynamic, vilified, and targeted chapters of the BPP, filling in a missing piece of Black Panther history and, in the process, creating an engaging and hard-to-put-down memoir about a time and place that holds tremendous fascination for readers interested in African American militancy"-- Provided by publisher.

For colored boys who have considered suicide when the rainbow is still not enough : coming of age, coming out, and coming home

July 3, 2014
New York, NY : Magnus Books, 2012.
xv, 333 p. ; 22 cm.
Back to school / Craig Washington -- Guys and dolls / Jarrett Neal -- Pop quiz / Kevin E. Taylor -- Bathtubs and hot water / Shaun Lockhart -- Strange fruit / Antonio Brown -- Teaspoons of December Alabama / Rodney Terich Leonard -- A house is not a home / Rob Smith -- Mother to son / Chaz Barracks -- Pride / James Earl Hardy -- Age of consent / Alphonso Morgan -- The luckiest gay son in the world / David Bridgeforth -- Coming out in the locker room / Rod McCullom ... [et al.] -- When I dare to be powerful / Keith Boykin -- To colored boys who have considered suicide / Hassan Beyah -- Mariconcito / Emanuel Xavier -- Chicago / Phill Branch -- Better days / Jamal Brown -- One day a DJ saved my life / Jonathan Kidd -- No Asians, blacks, fats, or femmes / Indie Harper -- Alone, outside / G. Winston James -- When the strong grow weak / Kenyon Farrow -- The holy redeemer / Victor Yates -- Coventry, Christ, and coming of age / Topher Campbell -- Religious zombies / Clay Cane -- Preacher's kid / Nathan Hale Williams -- I still think of you / Jason Haas -- Bad romance / Darian Aaron -- Afraid of my own reflection / Antron Reshaud Olukayode -- Just the two of us / Curtis Pate III -- Hey, you / Erick Johnson -- My night with the sun / Mark Corece -- Love your truth / B. Scott -- The night Diana died / Daren J. Fleming -- Many rivers to cross / André St. Clair Thompson -- Becoming Jessica Wild / José David Sierra -- Umm-- okay / Tim'm T. West -- Thank you, CNN / David Malebranche -- The test / Charles Stephens -- The voice / Ron Simmons -- It's only love that gets you through / Robert E. Penn -- We cannot forget / Victor Yates -- Poetry of the flesh / Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano -- Casualties of war / L. Michael Gipson -- How do you start a revolution? / Keith Boykin.
"Address[es] longstanding issues of sexual abuse, suicide, HIV/AIDS, racism, and homophobia in the African American, Latino, and Asian-American communities, and more specifically among young gay men of color. The ... book tells stories of real people growing up gay, seeking love, finding their own identity, and ultimately creating their own sense of personal and political empowerment"--P. [4] of cover.

The Oberon book of monologues for Black actors : classical and contemporary speeches from Black British plays : monologues for men. Volume 1

June 26, 2014
London : Oberon Books, [2013].
129 pages ; 21 cm
Moon on a rainbow shawl / Errol John -- Skyvers / Barry Reckord -- Smile orange / Trevor Rhone -- Nice / Mustapha Matura -- Sweet talk / Michael Abbensetts -- 11 Josephine House / Alfred Fagon -- Pantomime / Derek Walcott -- A Jamaican airman foresees his death / Fred D'Aguiar -- Two step / Rhashan Stone -- Something dark / Lemn Sissay -- Boy with beer / Paul Boakye -- Blackta / Nathaniel Martello-White -- Brother to brother / Michael McMillan -- The Westbridge / Rachel De-lahay -- Statement of regret / Kwame Kwei-Armah -- Little baby Jesus / Arinze Kene -- Fixer / Lydia Adetunji -- Bashment / Rikki Beadle-Blair -- Two horsemen / 'Biyi Bandele-Thomas -- Pandora's box / Ade Solanke -- Black t-shirt collection / Inua Ellams -- B is for Black / Courttia Newland -- The estate / Oladipo Agboluaje -- Joe Guy / Roy Williams -- Pure gold / Michael Bhim.

The search for the underground railroad in Upstate New York

June 26, 2014
Calarco, Tom, 1947-
Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2014.
139 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Quaker country -- The Free Church -- The Stone Chair -- The forgotten abolitionist -- 198 Lumber Street -- They pulled all the ropes -- Underground railroad mountain men -- Shall we withhold this cup of cold water? -- The Adirondacks' highest peak -- On freedom's doorstep -- Debunkers and true believers -- A kernel of truth -- Was your house a stop on the underground railroad?.

1954 : the year Willie Mays and the first generation of black superstars changed major league baseball forever

June 25, 2014
Madden, Bill, author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014.
xiii, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Jackie Robinson heroically broke the color barrier in 1947. But how--and, in practice, when--did the integration of the sport actually occur? Bill Madden shows that baseball's famous "black experiment" did not truly succeed until the coming of age of Willie Mays and the emergence of some star players--Larry Doby, Hank Aaron, and Ernie Banks--in 1954. And as a relevant backdrop off the field, it was in May of that year that the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled, in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, that segregation be outlawed in America's public schools. Featuring original interviews with key players and weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastime--with the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented white supremacy in the game--was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance"-- Provided by publisher.

Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe

June 24, 2014
Guterl, Matthew Pratt, 1970-
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014].
250 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Too busy to die -- No more bananas -- Citizen of the world -- Southern muse -- An ambitious assemblage -- French Disney -- Mother of a wounded world -- Unraveling plots -- Rainbow's end -- Epilogue.

Blessed experiences : genuinely Southern, proudly black

June 24, 2014
Clyburn, James.
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, 2014.
xix, 355 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Blessed by experiences -- A blessed beginning -- Finding my way -- The Charleston shuffle -- Making history -- A racial arbiter -- Coming to gribs with reality -- The dream realized -- My Clyburn goes to Washington -- Treading and toiling -- The age of Obama -- Blessed by the past.
From his humble beginnings in Sumter, South Carolina, to his prominence on the Washington, D.C., political scene as the third highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn has led an extraordinary life. He tells in his own inspirational words how an African American boy from the Jim Crow-era South was able to beat the odds to achieve great success and become, as President Barack Obama describes him, "one of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens."

On the run : fugitive life in an American city

June 23, 2014
Goffman, Alice, author.
©2014
xiv, 277 pages ; 24 cm
The 6th Street boys and their legal entanglements -- The art of running -- When the police knock your door in -- Turning legal troubles into personal resources -- The social life of criminalized young people -- The market in protections and privileges -- Clean people -- Conclusion: a fugitive community -- Epilogue: leaving 6th Street -- Appendix. A methodological note.
Forty years in, the War on Drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surveillance state in America's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Arrest quotas and high-tech surveillance techniques criminalize entire blocks, and transform the very associations that should stabilize young lives--family, relationships, jobs--into liabilities, as the police use such relationships to track down suspects, demand information, and threaten consequences. Alice Goffman spent six years living in one such neighborhood in Philadelphia, and her close observations and often harrowing stories reveal the pernicious effects of this pervasive policing. Goffman introduces us to an unforgettable cast of young African American men who are caught up in this web of warrants and surveillance--some of them small-time drug dealers, others just ordinary guys dealing with limited choices. All find the web of presumed criminality, built as it is on the very associations and friendships that make up a life, nearly impossible to escape.

Mayor for life : the incredible story of Marion Barry, Jr.

June 23, 2014
Barry, Marion, 1936- author.
©2014.
324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world. Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics. In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all--including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC. This is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.

Roots : the saga of an American family

June 20, 2014
Haley, Alex.
New York, NY : Vanguard Books, c2007.
xi, 899 p. ; 21 cm.
Originally published: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1976.
The author shares the saga of an African American family that extends from his ancestor Kunta Kinte, an African brought to mid-eighteenth-century America as a slave, to himself.

Race horse men : how slavery and freedom were made at the racetrack

June 18, 2014
Mooney, Katherine Carmines.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press 2014.
321 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
This book recaptures the vivid sights, sensations, and illusions of nineteenth-century thoroughbred racing, America's first mass spectator sport. Inviting readers into the pageantry of the racetrack, Katherine C. Mooney conveys the sport's inherent drama while also revealing the significant intersections between horse racing and another quintessential institution of the antebellum South: slavery. A popular pastime across American society, horse racing was most closely identified with an elite class of southern owners who bred horses and bet large sums of money on these spirited animals. The central characters in this story are not privileged whites, however, but the black jockeys, grooms, and horse trainers who sometimes called themselves race horse men and who made the racetrack run. Mooney describes a world of patriarchal privilege and social prestige where blacks as well as whites could achieve status and recognition and where favored slaves endured an unusual form of bondage. For wealthy white men, the racetrack illustrated their cherished visions of a harmonious, modern society based on human slavery.

Jumping the broom : the African-American wedding planner

June 17, 2014
Cole, Harriette.
New York : H. Holt, 2004.
xvii, 283 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
"An Owl book."
A revised African American wedding planner shows how to incorporate African American traditions into the celebration and features historical anecdotes, information on cultural traditions, and an up-to-date resource guide.

This nonviolent stuff'll get you killed : how guns made the civil rights movement possible

June 13, 2014
Cobb, Charles E., Jr.
New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xiii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"I come to get my gun" -- "Over my head I see freedom in the air" -- "The day of camouflage is past" -- "Fighting for what we didn't have" -- "I wasn't being non-violent" -- Which cheek you gonna turn? -- Standing our ground -- "The King of Love is dead" -- Understanding history.
"Civil rights scholar Charles E. Cobb, Jr. reveals the fundamental, but long-overlooked, role that armed self-defense played in the golden era of the civil rights movement"--Provided by publisher.

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