New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

October 18, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

You can't touch my hair : and other things I still have to explain

October 17, 2016
Robinson, Phoebe, author.
New York : Plume, [2016]
xxxii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Introduction -- From Little Rock Nine to nappy hair, don't care in eighteen & half-ish years -- A brief history of black hair in film, TV, music, & media -- My nine favorite not-so-guilty pleasures -- Welcome to being black -- Dear future female president: my list of demands -- How to avoid being the black friend -- Uppity -- Casting calls for people of color that were not written by people of color -- The angry black woman myth -- People, places, & things that need to do better -- Letters to Olivia.
Being a Black woman in American means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities. Robinson uses her trademark wit to explore examine our cultural climate and skewer our biases with humor and heart.

Georgia free persons of color

October 13, 2016
Ports, Michael A. (Writer on genealogy), transcriber.
volumes ; 23 cm
Volumes indexed separately.
"Reprinted for Clearfield Company by Genealogical Publishing Company" -- Title page verso.
Volume 1. Elbert, Hancock, Jefferson, Liberty, and Warren Counties, 1818-1864 -- volume 2. Appling, Camden, Clarke, Emanuel, Jones, Pulaski, and Wilkes Counties, 1818-1865 -- volume 3. Baldwin, Columbia, Lincoln, Lumpkin, Taliaferro, and Thomas Counties, 1799-1865 -- v. 4. Chatham County, 1817-1863.

"Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" : and other conversations about race

October 13, 2016
Tatum, Beverly Daniel.
New York : Basic Books, [2003]
xix, 294 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : BasicBooks, ©1997. With new epilogue by the author.
A definition of terms : Defining racism, "Can we talk?" ; The complexity of identity, "Who am I?" -- Understanding blackness in a white context : The early years, "Is my skin brown because I drink chocolate milk?" ; Identity development in adolescence, "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?" ; Racial identity in adulthood, "Still a work in progress ..." -- Understanding whiteness in a white context : The development of white identity, "I'm not ethnic, I'm just normal" ; White identity and affirmative action, "I'm in favor of affirmative action except when it comes to my jobs" -- Beyond black and white : Critical issues in Latino, American Indian, and Asian Pacific American identity development, "There's more than just black and white, you know" ; Identity development in multiracial families, "But don't the children suffer?" -- Breaking the silence : Embracing a cross-racial dialogue, "We were struggling for the words" -- Epilogue 2003: Continuing the conversation --Appendix: Getting started: a resource guide.
With a discussion guide and a new Epilogue by the author, this is the fifth anniversary edition of the bestselling work on the development of racial identity. Shares real-life examples and current research that support the author's recommendations for "straight talk" about racial identity, identifying practices that contribute to self-segregation in childhood groups.

Holiday temptation

October 7, 2016
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
377 pages ; 18 cm
A gift of love / Donna Hill -- Holiday spice / Farrah Rochon -- From here to serenity / K.M. Jackson.
Holiday spice: A Christmas-time tragedy has crushed the holiday spirit of photographer Miranda Lawson. She travels to Istanbul and meets a man who's also looking for escape.

Dream a world anew : the African American experience and the shaping of America

October 7, 2016
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2016]
287 pages ; illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
"In association with the National Museum of African American History and Culture."
Slavery and freedom / David W. Blight -- The struggle for freedom / Spencer R. Crew and Peniel E. Joseph -- Making a way out of no way / Afred A. Moss Jr. -- The African American influence on American culture / Mel Watkins.


October 7, 2016
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
232 pages ; 21 cm
Devil in sheep's clothing / Kiki Swinson -- Twisted deception / Saundra.
In "Devil in Sheep's Clothing," loan office worker Karlie helps her man rob the business, but things don't go the way she planned, and in "Twisted Deception," Yazz shacks up with a drug dealer and soon finds that she has a target on her back.

Blood at the root : a racial cleansing in America

October 5, 2016
Phillips, Patrick, 1970- author.
xxii, 302 pages : black and white illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Law of the land -- The scream -- Riot, rout, tumult -- The missing girl -- And the mob came on -- A straw in the whirlwind -- The devil's own horses -- The majesty of the law -- Fastening the noose -- We condemn this conduct -- Crush the thing in its infancy -- The scaffold -- When they were slaves -- Driven to the cook stoves -- Exile, 1913/1920 -- Erasure, 1920/1970 -- The attempted murder of Miguel Marcelli -- The brotherhood march, 1987 -- Silence is consent -- Epilogue: A pack of wild dogs.
"A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia and ... testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America ... Patrick Phillips breaks the century-long silence of his hometown and uncovers a history of racial terrorism that continues to shape America in the twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.

Girls from da hood 11

October 4, 2016
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
296 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title on cover: Urban Books presents.
Trust issues / by Nikki Turner -- Twisted triangles / by Katt -- Baby mamas club / by Teeny -- The side-hoes club / by Teeny.

America's first black socialist : the radical life of Peter H. Clark

October 3, 2016
Taylor, Nikki Marie, 1972-
Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2013]
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Launcing a life -- Voice of emigration -- Voice of purpose -- "The silver tongued orator of the West" -- Voice of equality -- Radical voice -- Voice of dissent -- Voice of betrayal -- A still voice -- "A painted life": Autobiography and historical memory.
"In pursuit of his foremost goal, full and equal citizenship for African Americans, Peter Humphries Clark (1829-1925) defied easy classification. He was, at various times, the country's first black socialist, a proponent of the Republican Party, and supporter of the Democrats."

In the shadow of Liberty : the hidden history of slavery, four presidents, and five black lives

September 30, 2016
Davis, Kenneth C., author.
xvii, 286 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Out of the Shadows -- "The Loudest Yelps for Liberty" -- Two Stolen From Africa -- Timeline 1: 1619-1700 -- "My Multatto Man William" : The Story of Billy Lee -- Timeline 2: 1702-1776 -- "Absconded from the Household of the President" : The Story of Ona Judge -- Timeline 3: 1777-1808 -- Master Jefferson's People : The Story of Isaac Granger -- Timeline 4: 1809-1820 -- White House, Black Man : The Story of Paul Jennings -- Timeline 5: 1821-1832 -- "How Would You Like to Be a Slave?" : The Story of Alfred Jackson -- Timeline 6: 1833-1850 -- Afterword: "That All May Be Free."
Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were "owned" by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country's great tragedy--that a nation "conceived in liberty" was also born in shackles.

The Black Panthers : portraits from an unfinished revolution

September 29, 2016
New York : Nation Books, [2016]
xiv, 272 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
In Defense of Self-Defense: Pathways to the BPP -- The People Are My Strength: Coalition Building in the BPP -- A Sister's Place in the Revolution: Women in Leadership in the BPP -- Block by Block, Door-to-Door: Building Community Support by Serving the People -- The Single Greatest Threat: The Covert War Against the BPP.
"October 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. Photojournalist Bryan Shih, who has been interviewing and taking portraits of the surviving Panthers around the country for years, has partnered with Yohuru Williams, dean and history professor at Fairfield University, to deliver the definitive celebration of the Black Panthers. Part oral history, part scrapbook, this is a beautifully produced book of forty-five black-and-white portraits of the Panthers today, alongside interviews with the surviving Panthers, archival images, Black Panther Party pamphlets and speeches, as well as essays by contributors such as Peniel Joseph, Alondra Nelson, Rhonda Williams, and other high-profile scholars to provide background and context."--Provided by publisher.

My life with Earth, Wind & Fire

September 29, 2016
White, Maurice, 1941-2016, author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
xiii, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Completed before his recent death, Maurice opens up in My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire about his struggles, his big breaks, and the founding of a band that would forever change music. White's love of music began when he was still a boy in South Memphis, learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones and supporting his mother with a modest paper route. From there he would go on to train at the Chicago Conservatory of music and finally creating Earth, Wind & Fire in Los Angeles, writing and recording the hits that live on in our cultural conscience.

Sing for your life : a story of race, music, and family

September 29, 2016
Bergner, Daniel, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
311 pages ; 25 cm
"A portion of this book originally appeared, in different form, in the New York Times Magazine"--Title page verso.
The touching, triumphant story of a young black man's journey from violence and despair to one of the world's most elite artistic institutions. In 2011, at the age of twenty-four, Ryan won a nationwide competition hosted by New York's Metropolitan Opera. Today, he is a rising star performing major roles at the Met and Europe's most prestigious opera houses.

Black yellowdogs : the most dangerous citizen is not armed, but uninformed

September 28, 2016
Kinchlow, Ben, 1936-
Washington, D.C. : WND Books, 2013.
v, 145 pages ; 21 cm
Black slave masters? -- USA! USA! -- The pre-chad election election -- By order of the Supreme Court ... "Negroes inferior" -- What do you people want? -- A leopard without spots -- Moving on -- A civil rights timeline -- Henry and the hanging chad -- Party on, dude! -- Virtual racism -- Then it was "segregation"-now it's "diversity" -- It's not what you say ... It's what I hear -- "We, the people"-You and me!
It has often been said, 'What you don't know won't hurt you.' Not true. Ignorance is deadly. Have you ever heard of the phrase 'forty acres and a mule?' Do you know how slavery actually began in America? Did you know the KKK lynched over a thousand white people? Do you know why? Have you ever wondered, 'What do African Americans want?' Why do they vote Democrat? Did you know that most blacks do not support Affirmative Action? Who speaks for African-Americans? Do Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and others, really speak for black America? Who elected these 'civil rights leaders?' If you have ever considered, even briefly, any one of these questions, or others in the area of race relations, then you need your own copy of 'Black yellowdogs."--Back cover.

Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race

September 26, 2016
Lee Shetterly, Margot, author.
xviii, 346 pages ; 24 cm
A door opens -- Mobilization -- Past is prologue -- The double V -- Manifest destiny -- War birds -- The duration -- Those who moved forward -- Breaking the barriers -- Home by the sea -- The area rule -- Serendipity -- Turbulence -- Angle of attack -- Young, gifted, and black -- What a difference a day makes -- Outer space -- With all deliberate speed -- Model behavior -- Degrees of freedom -- Out of the past, the future -- America is for everybody -- To boldly go.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Blood brother : Jonathan Daniels and his sacrifice for civil rights

September 21, 2016
Wallace, Rich, author.
352 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Crossing boundaries -- Behind the eight ball -- Military interference -- Quietly frantic -- Bloody Sunday -- Open hostility -- Higher stakes -- A life in danger -- Segregated worship -- Bloody Lowndes -- Stripped of color -- No back doors -- Jailed -- An eerie quiet -- Saying goodbye -- The Coleman trial -- The southern way -- Jonathan's revolution -- Epilogue: a life continues -- A note from the authors -- The ears have it: a note on our research -- Timeline -- Bibliography -- For further information -- Source notes -- Index.
"Jonathan Daniels, a white seminary student from New Hampshire, traveled to Selma, Alabama, in 1965 to help with voter registration of black residents. After the voting rights marches, he remained in Alabama, in the area known as Bloody Lowndes, an extremely dangerous area for white freedom fighters, to assist civil rights workers. Five months later, Jonathan Daniels was shot and killed while saving the life of Ruby Sales, a black teenager. Through Daniels' poignant letters, papers, photographs, and taped interviews, authors Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace explore what led Daniels to the moment of his death, the trial of his murderer, and how these events helped reshape both the legal and political climate of Lowndes County and the nation."--Publisher's website.

Black Power 50

September 16, 2016
New York : The New Press, [2016]
xiii, 144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
The black power movement -- The black power movement, the Black Panther party and racial coalitions -- Black power and "Education for liberation" -- America means prison: political prisoners in the age of black power -- The black arts movement -- International dimensions of the black power movement -- Black power: the looks.
"Black Power burst onto the world scene in 1966 with ideas, politics, and fashion that opened the eyes of millions of people across the globe. In the United States, the movement spread like wildfire: high school and college youth organized black student unions; educators created black studies programs; Black Power conventions gathered thousands of people from all walks of life; and books, journals, bookstores, and publishing companies spread Black Power messages and imagery throughout the country and abroad."--Provided by publisher.

The blacker the ink : constructions of black identity in comics and sequential art

August 31, 2016
New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2015]
ix, 343 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: the sweeter the Christmas / Frances Gateward and John Jennings -- "No sweat!": EC Comics, cold war censorship, and the troublesome colors of Judgment day / Daniel F. Yezbick -- Sex in Yop City: Ivorian femininity and masculinity in Abouet and Oubrerie's Aya / Sally McWilliams -- A postcolony in pieces: black pieces, white masks, and queer potentials in Unknown soldier / Patrick Walter -- Fashion in the funny papers: cartoonist Jackie Ormes's American look / Nancy Goldstein -- Graphic remix: the lateral appropriation of Black nationalism in Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks / Robin R. Means Coleman and William Lafi Youmans -- American truths: Blackness and the American superhero / Consuela Francis -- Drawn into dialogue: comic book culture and the scene of controversy in Milestone Media's Icon / Andre Carrington -- Critical Afrofuturism: a case study in visual rhetoric, sequential art, and postapocalyptic Black identity / Reynaldo Anderson -- Bare chests, silver tiaras, and removable Afros: the visual design of Black comic book superheroes / Blair Davis -- "Daddy Cool": Donald Goines's visual novel / Kinohi Nishikawa -- The blues tragicomic: constructing the Black folk subject in Stagger Lee / Qiana Whitted -- Provocation through polyphony: Kyle Baker's Nat Turner / Craig Fischer -- Performance geography: making space in Jeremy Love's Bayou, volume 1 / Hershini Bhana Young -- A secret history of miscegenation: Jeremy Corrigan and the Columbian Exposition of 1893 / James J. Ziegler -- It's a hero?: Black comics and satirizing subjection / Rebecca Wanzo.
When many think of comic books the first thing that comes to mind are caped crusaders and spandex-wearing super-heroes. Perhaps, inevitably, these images are of white men (and more rarely, women). It was not until the 1970s that African American superheroes such as Luke Cage, Blade, and others emerged. But as this exciting new collection reveals, these superhero comics are only one small component in a wealth of representations of black characters within comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels over the past century. The Blacker the Ink is the first book to explore not only the diverse range of black characters in comics, but also the multitude of ways that black artists, writers, and publishers have made a mark on the industry. Organized thematically into "panels" in tribute to sequential art published in the funny pages of newspapers, the fifteen original essays take us on a journey that reaches from the African American newspaper comics of the 1930s to the Francophone graphic novels of the 2000s. Even as it demonstrates the wide spectrum of images of African Americans in comics and sequential art, the collection also identifies common character types and themes running through everything from the strip The Boondocks to the graphic novel Nat Turner. Though it does not shy away from examining the legacy of racial stereotypes in comics and racial biases in the industry, The Blacker the Ink also offers inspiring stories of trailblazing African American artists and writers. Whether you are a diehard comic book fan or a casual reader of the funny pages, these essays will give you a new appreciation for how black characters and creators have brought a vibrant splash of color to the world of comics.--Publisher's web site.

Carry on : a story of resilience, redemption, and an unlikely family

August 23, 2016
Fenn, Lisa, author.
305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"An Emmy-winning ESPN producer describes how she developed a surprising, profound and lasting bond with two disabled African-American, inner-city high school wrestlers after filming a segment about them for television,"--NoveList.

Portfolio. Il grand tour delle insegnanti.

August 23, 2016
Roma [Italy] : Internazionale s.r.l., [2016]
pages 64-69 : illustrations, some color ; 28 cm.
Title from the portfolio feature of the issue.
"Tutte le foto per gentile concessione di The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County"--Page 64.

Civil rights movement

August 18, 2016
Capek, Michael.
Minneapolis, MN : ABDO Publishing Company, [2014]
112 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott -- Reconstruction and oppression -- Segregation and education -- New tactics, same response -- Free at last? -- The key to the door of freedom -- Days of rage: burn, baby, burn! -- Civil rights beyond the 1960s -- Timeline -- Essential facts -- Glossary -- Additional resources -- Source notes -- Index -- About the author and consultant.
Looks at the history, events, and impact of the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.

Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War

August 17, 2016
Manning, Chandra, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book" -- copyright page
Part I. Out of Egypt -- Grit and limits: experiencing emancipation in eastern contraband camps -- Constant turbulence: experiencing emancipation in western contraband camps -- Part II. By the sword -- Precarious routes to freedom: wartime emancipation in contraband camps -- Uneasy alliances: wartime citizenship in contraband camps -- Part III. Time in the desert -- Imperfect ploughshares: from military to civil authority, April-December 1865 -- Conclusion.
Even before shots were fired at Fort Sumter, slaves recognized that their bondage was at the root of the war, and they began running to the Union army. By the war's end, nearly half a million had taken refuge behind Union lines in improvised "contraband camps". These were crowded and dangerous places, with conditions approaching those of a humanitarian crisis, yet families and individuals took unimaginable risks to reach them, and they became the first places where many Northerners would come to know former slaves en masse. Drawing on records of the Union and Confederate armies, the letters and diaries of soldiers, transcribed testimonies of former slaves, and more, Manning sweeps us along, from the contraband camps, sharing insight and stories of individuals and armies on the move, to debates in the halls of Congress. --adapted from publisher website.

The rest I will kill : William Tillman and the unforgettable story of how a free black man refused to become a slave

August 16, 2016
McGinty, Brian, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
236 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
A free black man -- To sea -- The capture -- Now is our time -- The return -- A hero's welcome -- A matter of compensation -- Passing judgment -- The fury continues -- Epilogue: a black man's fate.

Queen Anne's County, Maryland, marriage references and family relationships

August 15, 2016
Esgar, Lyndeth, author.
volumes ; 28 cm
Negro marriages and family relationships: pages 237-239 of first work; pages 289-318 of second work.
"D1699"--Page [4] of cover.
[Vol. 1] 1706-1800 -- [v. 2] 1800-1850
These volumes contain a comprehensive collection of marriages, both actual and implied, gleaned from a variety of sources including church records, court records, probate records, land records, Bible records, published family histories and more.

Born bright : a young girl's journey from nothing to something in America

August 11, 2016
Mason, C. Nicole, 1976- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
242 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
What do you want to be? -- Day of reckoning -- A crack in the foundation -- Origins -- The end of things -- Starved -- Putting out the fire -- Free today -- A home of our own -- Only one rule -- 54 out of 54 -- Death is here -- Wedding day -- Home street -- Seeing with only these eyes -- Away -- Not poor, poor -- Sonnie's got a baby - Cell block high -- A place called home -- A light -- Food for all -- New mission -- Gone -- In the desert -- Brighter -- Little brother -- Accepted -- Graduation -- I'll fly away -- What should be done?
"'C. Nicole Mason's powerful memoir, is a story of reconciliation, constrained choices and life on the other side of the tracks. Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, Mason was raised by a beautiful, but volatile16-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school where she excelled. By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds. The first, a cocoon of familiarity where street smarts, toughness and the ability to survive won the day. The other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules, not designed for her success. In her Advanced Placement classes and outside of her neighborhood, she felt unwelcomed and judged because of the way she talked, dressed and wore her hair. After moving to Las Vegas to live with her paternal grandmother, she worked nights at a food court in one of the Mega Casinos while finishing school. Having figured out the college application process by eavesdropping on the few white kids in her predominantly Black and Latino school along with the help of a long ago high school counselor, Mason eventually boarded a plane for Howard University, alone and with $200 in her pocket. While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many--that the poor don't help themselves enough"--Provided by publisher.


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