New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

December 10, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bill Duke's Dark girls

December 9, 2014
New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
174 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Companion book to the documentary Dark Girls.
"Black has never been more beautiful, witnessed by this magnificent collection featuring accomplished dark skinned-women from all walks of life. In Dark Girls, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o, Vanessa Williams, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Brandi and Karli Harvey, and over seventy-five other outstanding women share intimate insights into what their dark skin means to them." --

Brown Sugar Kitchen : new-style, down-home recipes from sweet west Oakland

December 8, 2014
Holland, Tanya, author.
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, [2014]
223 pages : color illustrations, color portraits ; 27 cm
Includes index.
Brown Sugar Kitchen is more than a restaurant. This soul-food outpost is a community gathering spot, a place to fill the belly, and the beating heart of West Oakland, a storied postindustrial neighborhood across the bay from San Francisco. The restaurant is a friendly beacon on a tree-lined parkway, nestled low and snug next to a scrap-metal yard in this Bay Area rust belt. Out front, customers congregate on long benches and sprawl in the grass, soaking up the sunshine, sipping at steaming mugs of Oakland-roasted coffee, waiting to snag one of the tables they glimpse through the swinging doors.

On Highway 61 : music, race, and the evolution of cultural freedom

December 5, 2014
McNally, Dennis, author.
Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2014]
471 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Race and the freedom principle in nineteenth-century America -- African American music and the White response -- The man who brought it all back home.
Explores the historical context of the significant social dissent that was central to the cultural genesis of the sixties. Searches for the deeper roots of American cultural and musical evolution for the past 150 years by studying what the Western European culture learned from African American culture in a historical progression that reaches from the minstrel era to Bob Dylan.

Gil Scott-Heron : pieces of a man

November 28, 2014
Baram, Marcus, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Can't go home again -- Scotty, why you run so fast? -- Broken and then unbroken -- Sounds of the city -- Unleashed -- The protest and the rage -- The black and blues -- Who am I? -- Brothers in arms -- "Whitey's been kicking my ass for too long" -- Revolution of the mind -- "I saw the thunder and heard the lightning" -- The urban strange -- Spider and the stickman -- Free jazz and wild stuff -- Bluesology -- The prince of chocolate city -- The rhythm of rebirth -- "Black Bob Dylan" -- What's the word? -- My father's house -- The griot -- "Do we have enough love?" -- Keeping it real -- Peace go with you, brother -- Fire and water -- Turning corners -- Hotter than July -- Facing backward -- Black wax -- Long dark night of the soul -- The godfather of rap -- Reunited -- Deep in exile -- Don't give up -- Hanging on to hope -- "Doing time in places I don't want to be" -- Me and the devil -- Back from the dead -- Hitting a wall -- The last holiday -- Spirits.

Vintage black glamour

November 20, 2014
Gainer, Nichelle, author.
London : Rocket 88, 2014.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, inspired by her family history, Nichelle Gainer has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. Alongside the familiar images and stories of renowned performers such as Eartha Kitt, Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin are those of less well-remembered figures such as Bricktop, Pearl Primus, Diana Sands and many, many more. Vintage Black Glamour is a unique, sumptuous and revealing celebration of the lives and indomitable spirit of Black women of a previous era. Although talented, successful and ground-breaking, many of the women in these pages were ignored by mainstream media, but their life's work and attitude stand as inspiration for us still, today. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important.

A guide to the microfilm edition of papers of the National Negro Congress.

November 19, 2014
National Negro Congress (U.S.)
Frederick, Md. : University Publications of America, c1988.
3 v. in 1 ; 28 cm.
pt. 1. Records and correspondence, 1933-1942 / guide compiled by Martin Schipper -- pt. 2. Records and correspondence, 1943-1947 / guide compiled by Eric Gallagher -- pt. 3. Financial records, 1940-1947, and publications ; pt. 4. Negro labor victory committee, 1942-1945 / guide compiled by David Werning.

The Claude A. Barnett papers [reel index] : the Associated Negro Press, 1918-1967

November 12, 2014
Meier, August, 1923-2003.
Frederick, Md. : University Publications of America, [1985]-
3 volumes in 1 ; 28 cm.
"Microfilmed from the holdings of the Chicago Historical Society."
pt. 1. Associated Negro Press releases, 1928-1964 -- pt. 2. Associated Negro Press organizational files, 1920-1966 -- pt. 3. Subject files on Black Americans, 1918-1967.

A chosen exile : a history of racial passing in American life

November 6, 2014
Hobbs, Allyson Vanessa, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
382 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
White is the color of freedom -- Waiting on a white man's chance -- Lost kin -- Searching for a new soul in Harlem -- Coming home.

African American war heroes

November 5, 2014
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2014]
xix, 203 pages ; 26 cm

Widow Basquiat : a love story

October 30, 2014
Clement, Jennifer, author.
New York : B\D\W\Y/Broadway Books, 2014.
xv, 186 pages ; 20 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain, in slightly different form, by Payback Press, an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, in 2000. This edition originally published in Great Britain by Canongate Books, Ltd., Edinburgh in 2014"--Title page verso.
A memoir of avant-garde street artist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat's partner, her past, and their life together

Guide to the microfilm edition of papers of the Civil Rights Congress

October 30, 2014
Bethesda, MD : University Publications of America, 1988.
3 v. in 1 ; 28 cm.
Pts. 3-5 in issued together in one vol.
Includes indexes.
pt. 1. Case files -- pt. 2. Files of William L. Patterson and the national office -- pt. 3. Publications -- pt. 4. Communist Party USA files -- pt. 5. Citizens Emergency Defense Conference files.

A guide to the microfilm edition of Papers of the International Labor Defense

October 30, 2014
Schipper, Martin Paul.
Frederick, MD : University Publications of America, ©1987.
xiii, 46 pages ; 28 cm.
Includes index.

Teaching in the Terrordome : two years in West Baltimore with Teach for America

October 27, 2014
Lanier, Heather Kirn.
Columbia, Mo. ; London : University of Missouri Press, ©2012.
x, 237 pages ; 23 cm
Heather Kirn Lanier joined Teach For America (TFA), a program that thrusts eager but inexperienced college graduates into America's most impoverished areas to teach, asking them to do whatever is necessary to catch their disadvantaged kids up to the rest of the nation. With little more than a five-week teacher boot camp and the knowledge that David Simon referred to her future school as "The Terrordome," the altruistic and naive Lanier devoted herself to attaining the program's goals but met obstacles on all fronts.

1850 DeSoto County, Mississippi, slave owners

October 22, 2014
Hernando, MS : Genealogical Society of DeSoto County, [200-?]
216 p. ; 28 cm.

Panola County, Mississippi 1850 slave owners

October 22, 2014
Hernando, MS : Genealogical Society of DeSoto Co., c2008.
139 leaves ; 28 cm.

1860 DeSoto County, Mississippi, slave owners index

October 22, 2014
Hernando, MS : Genealogical Society of DeSoto County, [200-?]
1 v. (unpaged) ; 28 cm.

1860 Panola Co., Mississippi slaveowners index

October 22, 2014
Hernando, Miss. : Genealogical Society of DeSoto Co., 1990.
1 v. (unpaged) ; 29 cm.

DeSoto County, Mississippi black marriages, 1866-1900

October 22, 2014
Scott, Ozell Donaldson.
[Hernando, MS : O.D. Scott, 1997]
[320] p. ; 29 cm.

Black marriages of DeSoto County, Mississippi, January 1, 1901 through December 31, 1920

October 22, 2014
Hernando, Miss. : Genealogy Society of DeSoto County, c2008.
117 p. ; 28 cm.
"An alphabetical listing by groom and by bride."

Cemeteries of DeSoto County, Mississippi : African-American.

October 21, 2014
Hernando, Miss. (P.O. Box 607, Hernando 38632) : Genealogical Society of DeSoto County, c2006.
x, 270 p. : maps ; 28 cm.

Emilie Davis's Civil War : the diaries of a free Black woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865

October 20, 2014
Davis, Emilie Frances, 1838-1899, author.
University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2014]
xxiv, 211 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
"A transcription and annotation of the diary of Emilie Davis, a free African American woman who lived in Philadelphia during the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.

The Kennedy Heights experiment : from hilltop suburb to multi-racial community, 1882 to 2014

October 14, 2014
Casey-Leininger, Charles F., author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Kennedy Heights Community Council, 2014.
iii, 49 pages : illustrations, map ; 28 cm.
Cover title.
"August, 2014."
Early development -- The village of Kennedy Heights, 1896-1914. The Kalomeres Building -- Early schools -- Early churches. Tracking an early African-American resident of Kennedy Heights -- The post-war years and racial change -- Fighting for racial integration and a middle-class community. Ken-Sil -- The fight to preserve quality integrated schools -- Redeveloping the neighborhood. Kennedy Heights Community Council fights the closing of Drake Park ; Do you know the way to Kennedy Heights? ; Churches.

William Wells Brown : an African American life

October 14, 2014
Greenspan, Ezra.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
vii, 614 pages, 16 (unnumbered) pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Bouts of mania : Ali, Frazier, and Foreman and an America on the ropes

October 2, 2014
Hoffer, Richard.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
vi, 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Describes the ... era when Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman fought each other in every possible combination, on nearly every possible continent. In their most memorable bouts from 1971 to 1975, the three men created athletic set pieces that continue to resonate: the Fight of the Century, Down Goes Frazier!, the Rumble in the Jungle, and the Thrilla in Manila. Their fights for the heavyweight belt ... made for a roiling and convulsive tournament, all the more striking against a backdrop of national dysfunction"-- Provided by publisher.

Blackballed : the Black vote and US democracy

October 1, 2014
Pinckney, Darryl, 1953-
99 pages ; 22 cm
"Blackballed is Darryl Pinckney's meditation on a century and a half of Black participation in US electoral politics. In this combination of memoir, historical narrative, and contemporary political and social analysis, he investigates the struggle for Black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement, leading up to the election of Barack Obama as president. Interspersed throughout the historical narrative are Pinckney's own memories of growing up during the civil rights era, his unsure grasp of the events he saw on television or heard discussed, and the reactions of his parents to the social changes that were taking place at the time and later to Obama's election. He concludes with an examination of the current state of electoral politics, the place of Blacks in the Democratic coalition, and the ongoing efforts by Republicans to suppress the Black vote, with particular attention to the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and what it may mean for the political influence of Black voters in future elections. Blackballed also includes 'What Black Means Now,' an essay on the history of the Black middle class, stereotypes about Blacks and crime, and contemporary debates about 'post-Blackness' and breaking free of essentialist notions of being Black"-- Provided by publisher.


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