These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
July 28, 2016
New York : Scribner, 2016.
viii, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Legacy -- Homegoing, AD / by Kima Jones -- The Weight / by Rachel Ghansah / Lonely in America / by Wendy S. Walters -- Where Do We Go from Here? / by Isabel Wilkerson -- "The Dear Pledges of Our Love": A Defense of Phillis Wheatley's Husband / Honoree Jeffers -- White Rage / by Carol Anderson -- Cracking the Code / by Jesmyn Ward -- Reckoning -- Queries of Unrest / by Clint Smith -- Blacker Than Thou / by Kevin Young -- Da Art of Storytellin' (a prequel) / by Kiese Laymon -- Black and Blue / by Garnette Cadogan -- The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning / by Claudia Rankine -- Know Your Rights! / by Emily Raboteau -- Composite Pops / by Mitchell Jackson -- Jubilee -- Theories of Time and Space / by Natasha Trethewey -- Love in the Time of Contradiction / by Daniel Jose Older -- Message to My Daughters / by Edwidge Danticat.
"National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin's 1962 "Letter to My Nephew," which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: "You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon." Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin's words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation's most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume. In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin's essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a "post-racial" society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront. Baldwin's "fire next time" is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. Contributors include Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnette Cadogan, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Mitchell S. Jackson, Honoree Jeffers, Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Daniel Jose Older, Emily Raboteau, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Wendy S. Walters, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kevin Young"-- Provided by publisher.
July 8, 2016
Niang, Thione, author.
North Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform]
224 pages ; 23 cm
"A personal story of perseverance, triumph over obstacles and the power of a dream."
"[This] is a riveting story that tells the personal journey of international business leader and political strategist, Thione Niang. The story chronicles Niang's life as a young boy raised in a modest polygamist family of 28 in Kaolack, Senegal, to becoming the national Co-Chair of GEN44 Barack Obama's presidential campaign for voters under 40, called Gen44. Thione Niang, undeterred, persevered despite numerous obstacles, learning valuable life lessons from each achievement. Niang presents his journey to inspire those who hope to construct a better world for today and generations to come. He created Give1Project, a global nonprofit organization, for youth empowerment and it is currently in 30 countries.. This captivating book highlights the numerous adversities that Thione encountered as a young man, and is a testament to dreaming big. In the moments when despair awaits, try to remember that you are acting not only for you, but also for your parents, friends and relatives, your city, your country. You do it for the youth of the world. In braving difficulties, by moving one step forward, you allow the youth of the world to improve, you make the world better."--Page  of cover.
July 7, 2016
Horowitz, David, 1939- author.
New York ; London : Encounter Books, 
xiii, 343 pages ; 24 cm
The Reds and the Blacks -- Decline and Fall of the Civil Rights Movement -- Racial Correctness --Reparations for Slavery -- Progressive Racism.
July 7, 2016
Dash, Stacey, author.
xviii, 254 pages ; 24 cm
The Tweet That Changed My Life -- The Pretentious Unpretentious -- Why Black People Should Vote Republican Every Time -- The Voice No One Heard -- The Decision Maker -- Education, the Great Integrator -- The Power of Family -- Searching for a Fairy Tale -- Life and Death -- Not Really Clueless -- God's Way -- You Shall Tweet the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free -- Love.
"In 2012, actress Stacey Dash posted a tweet that changed her life. Up until that moment, Dash had lived a typical Hollywood life: Best known for playing Dionne in the 1995 teen classic Clueless, Dash had close friends in the upper echelons of the movie and music industries-and she had an Obama bumper sticker on the back of her BMW. But in 2012, sick of being disappointed by the Obama White House and growing more certain of her conservative beliefs, Dash endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Twitter. The backlash was swift and brutal. In There Goes My Social Life, Stacey Dash explains how she became a conservative, sharing incredible stories of her rough upbringing in South Bronx and her tumultuous Hollywood career to movingly illustrate her strong opinions about the value of a good education, the importance of family, the inanity of political correctness, and the power of personal responsibility"-- Provided by publisher.
June 30, 2016
Nelson, Alondra, author.
Boston : Beacon Press, 
xiii, 200 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Reconciliation projects -- Ground work -- Game changer -- The pursuit of African ancestry -- Roots revelations -- Acts of reparation -- The Rosa Parks of the reparation litigation movement -- DNA diasporas -- Racial politics.
June 28, 2016
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
219 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Elizabeth Alexander -- Amiri Baraka -- Wanda Coleman -- Kwame Dawes -- Toi Derricotte -- Rita Dove -- Camille T. Dungy -- Cornelius Eady -- Kelly Norman Ellis -- Thomas Sayers Ellis -- Nikky Finney -- Nikki Giovanni -- C. S. Giscombe -- Duriel E. Harris -- Reginald Harris -- Terrance Hayes -- Angela Jackson -- Major Jackson -- Tyehimba Jess -- Patricia Spears Jone -- Douglas Kearney -- Yusef Komunyakaa -- Quraysh Ali Lansana -- Haki Madhubuti -- Devorah Major -- E. Ethelbert Miller -- Harryette Mullen -- Marilyn Nelson -- Sterling Plumpp -- Eugene B. Redmond -- Ishmael Reed -- Ed Roberson -- Sonia Sanchez -- Evie Shockley -- Tim Seibles -- Patricia Smith -- Tracy K. Smith -- Lamont B. Steptoe -- Natasha Trethewey -- Quincy Troupe -- Frank X Walker -- Afaa N. Weaver -- Ronaldo V. Wilson -- Al Young.
June 27, 2016
Jacoby, Karl, 1965- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 
xxviii, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Prologue: Through history's cracks -- Part I. Victoria -- Gone to Texas -- Juneteenth -- Part II. San Antonio/Tlahualilo -- Military Plaza -- The land of God and liberty -- Part III. Manhattan/Mexico City -- A picturesque figure -- The city of happy homes -- Epilogue: Trickster makes this world -- Afterword.
"A prize-winning historian tells a new story of the black experience in America through the life of a mysterious entrepreneur. To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather, he had begun life as a slave named William Ellis, born on a cotton plantation in southern Texas during the waning years of King Cotton. After emancipation, Ellis, capitalizing on the Spanish he learned during his childhood along the Mexican border and his ambivalent appearance, engaged in a virtuoso act of reinvention. He crafted an alter ego, the Mexican Guillermo Eliseo, who was able to access many of the privileges denied to African Americans at the time: traveling in first-class train berths, staying in upscale hotels, and eating in the finest restaurants. The Strange Career of William Ellis reads like a novel but offers fresh insights on the history of the Reconstruction era, the US-Mexico border, and the abiding riddle of race. At a moment when the United States is deepening its connections with Latin America and recognizing that race is more than simply black or white, Ellis's story could not be more timely or important"--Provided by publisher.
June 24, 2016
Trillin, Calvin, author.
New York : Random House, 
xxi, 275 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Jackson, 1964 (JACKSON, MS, 1964) -- The Zulus (NEW ORLEANS, LA, 1964) -- During the thirty-third week of National Guard patrols (WILMINGTON, DE, 1968) -- A hearing : "In the matter of disciplinary action involving certain students of Wisconsin State University Oshkosh" (OSHKOSH, WI, 1968) -- Doing the right thing isn't always easy (DENVER, CO, 1969) -- Categories (PROVO, UT, 1970) -- G.T. Miller's plan (LUVERNE, AL, 1970) -- Not super-outrageous (HOUSTON, TX, 1970) -- Victoria Delee : in her own words (DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC, 1971) -- Kawaida (NEWARK, NJ, 1972) -- Causes and circumstances (SEATTLE, WA, 1975) -- The unpleasantness at Whimsey's (BOSTON, MA, 1976) -- Remembrance of moderates past (1977) -- Black or white Louisiana (1986) -- The color of blood (LONG ISLAND, NY, 2008) -- State secrets (MISSISSIPPI, 1995).
An anthology of previously uncollected essays, originally published in "The New Yorker," reflects the work of the eminent journalist's early career and traces his witness to the fledgling years of desegregation in Georgia.
June 22, 2016
Richards, Matt, 1967- author.
426 pages ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Blink Publishing, 2015.
"For the first time, readers have access to [an] ... account of the crucial moments leading up to Jackson's demise. Drawing on court documents and testimonials, [the book] presents a multi-perspective tracking of every individual involved and the part they played as the tragedy unfolded, examining forensically the mystery of the 83 minutes that elapsed from the moment Dr. Murray suggested he found Jackson not breathing to the moment the singer's lifeless body was wheeled into hospital"--Dust jacket flap.
June 17, 2016
Smith, Mychal Denzel, 1986- author.
New York : Nation Books, 
224 pages ; 22 cm
"A prominent journalist and contributing writer to The Nation magazine describes his education and the experiences of black masculinity against a backdrop of the Obama administration, the death of Trayvon Martin, the career of LeBron James and other pivotal influences that have shaped race relations in today's America,"--NoveList.
June 13, 2016
Cleveland, Pat, author.
New York : 37 INK, 2016.
xi, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
An "account of the international adventures of fashion model Pat Cleveland--one of the first black supermodels during the wild sixties and seventies"--Amazon.com.
June 8, 2016
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
246 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: Kindling -- Reconstructing reconstruction -- Derailing the Great Migration -- Burning Brown to the ground -- Rolling back civil rights -- How to unelect a black President -- Epilogue: Imagine.
"As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as 'black rage,' historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead, 'white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames,' she writes, 'everyone had ignored the kindling.' Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America"-- Provided by publisher.
June 7, 2016
McSpadden, Lezley, author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2016.
xvi, 254 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Illustration on front endpaper.
"When Michael Orlandus Darrion Brown was born, he was adored and doted on by his aunts, uncles, grandparents, his father, and most of all by his sixteen-year-old mother, who nicknamed him Mike Mike. Lezley McSpadden never imagined that her son's name would inspire the resounding chants of protestors in Ferguson, Missouri. In Tell the truth & shame the devil, McSpadden picks up the pieces of the tragedy that shook her life and the country to its core, and reveals the unforgettable story of her life, her son, and their truth." -- From dustjacket.
June 6, 2016
Schutz, J. Christopher, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 
vii, 175 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Before the legend: the young Robinson -- Freedom fighter -- The world of black baseball -- "A badge of martyrdom": Robinson's entry into white baseball -- The great experiment: Robinson ascends to the major leagues -- "To be Jackie Robinson": his further years in the majors, 1949-1956 -- Robinson off the diamond -- Early sunset on a legend.
May 19, 2016
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2016.
viii, 281 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
May 17, 2016
Shaheed, Margie, author.
New England, USA : Hidden Charm Press, 
65 pages ; 22 cm
"In this collection, the neighborhood bar is an adult playground. The metaphor is extended by a motif which includes children's rhymes, references to toys and games, and allusions to children's stories and characters. Some poems contain dialogue; thus, Black vernacular is maintained where necessary. The language is gritty in spots, and sometimes profane, but always life-affirming."--Page  of cover.
May 11, 2016
Woodbine, Onaje X. O.
New York : Columbia University Press, 
xviii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
May 5, 2016
Campbell, Tina, author.
Woodland Hills, CA : Gee Tree Creative, 
xviii, 97 pages ; 22 cm
The Grammy-winning gospel singer, wife, and mother offers her insights on prayer and the faith that has helped her through life's most overwhelming challenges.
May 5, 2016
Guyatt, Nicholas, 1973- author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 
xii, 403 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The prehistory of "separate but equal" -- Degradation. Becoming good citizens ; A few bad men ; Correcting ill habits ; One nation only -- Amalgamation. To the middle ground ; We shall all be Americans ; The practical amalgamator -- Colonization. Of color and country ; The choice ; Opening the road ; In these deserts -- An enterprise for the young.
"Why did the Founding Fathers fail to include blacks and Indians in their cherished proposition that "all men are created equal"? Racism is the usual answer. Yet Nicholas Guyatt argues in Bind Us Apart that white liberals from the founding to the Civil War were not confident racists, but tortured reformers conscious of the damage that racism would do to the nation. Many tried to build a multiracial America in the early nineteenth century, but ultimately adopted the belief that non-whites should create their own republics elsewhere: in an Indian state in the West, or a colony for free blacks in Liberia. Herein lie the origins of "separate but equal." Essential reading for anyone hoping to understand today's racial tensions, Bind Us Apart reveals why racial justice in the United States continues to be an elusive goal: despite our best efforts, we have never been able to imagine a fully inclusive, multiracial society."-- Provided by publisher.
May 2, 2016
Ipswich, Massachusetts : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services, Inc. ; Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, 
x, 260 pages ; 24 cm.
About this volume / Maureen N. Eke -- Mapping Toni Morrison's Beloved : of love, history, trauma, and healing / Maureen N. Eke -- Biography of Toni Morrison / Maureen N. Eke -- Margaret Garner, rememory, and the infinite past : history in Beloved / Kristine Yohe -- Toni Morrison's paradoxical novel : thirty years of critical reception / Touria Khannous -- Black feminist literary criticism and feminist archetypal theory : exploring connections in Beloved / Anne Herbert -- "Not if you are scared they ain't" : escaping the white masculine in Beloved / Herman Beavers -- Slavery in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Joseph McLaren -- A gathering of trees : an examination of memory, trauma, and embodiment in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Kokahvah Zauditu-Selassie -- "You may as well just come on" : African American healing ways in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Sarah L. Berry -- "Unspeakable things unspoken" : prophetic utterances in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Khalilah T. Watson -- The psychological impact of slavery and separation in Beloved / Lynne Simpson -- Adoption and persuasion : raising and reckoning with Beloved / Sandy Alexandre -- Supernatural elements in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Blessing Diala-Ogamba -- Exploring the LIST paradigm : reading and teaching Beloved / Durthy A. Washington -- Literary analysis of Toni Morrison's Beloved : an introduction for students / Nicole M. Coonradt -- Chronology of Toni Morrison's life -- Works by Toni Morrison -- Bibliography -- About the editor -- Contributor -- Index.
April 14, 2016
Lee, Jooyoung, 1980- author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
xiii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preface: Down Crenshaw Boulevard -- Introduction: rap dreams and existential urgency -- Becoming rappers -- Growing up in gangland -- Masters of ceremony -- Freestyle -- Battle -- Trying to blow up -- Cautionary tales -- Almost famous -- Ditching the day job -- Gang violence and dreams derailed -- Conclusion: nurturing the creative lives of young black men -- Shout outs -- Methods appendix: videos in ethnography.
April 8, 2016
Cahan, Susan, author.
xvi, 344 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 26 cm.
Electronic refractions II at the Studio Museum in Harlem -- Harlem on my mind at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- Contemporary Black artists in America at the Whitney Museum of American Art -- Romare Bearden : the prevalence of ritual and the sculpture of Richard Hunt at the Museum of Modern Art.
"Prior to 1967 fewer than a dozen museum exhibitions had featured the work of African American artists. And by the time the civil rights movement reached the American art museum, it had already crested: the first public demonstrations to integrate museums occurred in late 1968, twenty years after the desegregation of the military and fourteen years after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. In Mounting Frustration Susan E. Cahan investigates the strategies African American artists and museum professionals employed as they wrangled over access to and the direction of New York City's elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, Cahan gives a detailed and at times surprising picture of the institutional and social forces that both drove and inhibited racial justice in New York's museums. Cahan focuses on high-profile and wildly contested exhibitions that attempted to integrate African American culture and art into museums, each of which ignited debate, dissension, and protest. The Metropolitan Museum's 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind was supposed to represent the neighborhood, but it failed to include the work of the black artists living and working there. While the Whitney's 1971 exhibition Contemporary Black Artists in America featured black artists, it was heavily criticized for being haphazard and not representative. The Whitney show revealed the consequences of museums' failure to hire African American curators, or even white curators who possessed knowledge of black art. Cahan also recounts the long history of the Museum of Modern Art's institutional ambivalence toward contemporary artists of color, which reached its zenith in its 1984 exhibition "Primitivism" in Twentieth Century Art. Representing modern art as a white European and American creation that was influenced by the "primitive" art of people of color, the show only served to further devalue and cordon off African American art. In addressing the racial politics of New York's art world, Cahan shows how aesthetic ideas reflected the underlying structural racism and inequalities that African American artists faced. These inequalities are still felt in America's museums, as many fundamental racial hierarchies remain intact: art by people of color is still often shown in marginal spaces; one-person exhibitions are the preferred method of showing the work of minority artists, as they provide curators a way to avoid engaging with the problems of complicated, interlocking histories; and whiteness is still often viewed as the norm. The ongoing process of integrating museums, Cahan demonstrates, is far broader than overcoming past exclusions." -- Publisher's description
April 1, 2016
Moore, Natalie Y., author.
xii, 250 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
A legacy threatened -- Jim Crow in Chicago -- A dream deferred -- Notes from a Black gentrifer -- Separate and still unequal -- Kale Is the new collard -- We are not Chiraq -- Searching for Harold -- Sweet home Chicago.
"Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world class city." The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar architecture tell one story. Yet, swept under the rug is the stench of segregation that compromises Chicago. The Manhattan Institute dubs Chicago as one of the most segregated big cities in the country. Though other cities - including Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore - can fight over that mantle, it's clear that segregation defines Chicago. And unlike many other major U.S. cities, no one race dominates. Chicago is divided equally into black, white, and Latino, each group clustered in their various turfs. In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation on the South Side of Chicago through reported essays, showing the life of these communities through the stories of people who live in them. The South Side shows the important impact of Chicago's historic segregation - and the ongoing policies that keep it that way"-- Provided by publisher.
March 25, 2016
Morris, Monique W., 1972- author.
New York : The New Press, 
277 pages ; 22 cm
"Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school. Black girls represent 16 percent of female students but almost half of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first trade book to tell these untold stories, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures. For four years Monique W. Morris, author of Black Stats, chronicled the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged-by teachers, administrators, and the justice system-and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond. "-- Provided by publisher.
March 24, 2016
Westminster, Md. : Heritage Books, 2007-<2014>
v. ; 22 cm.
Transcribed and extracted from the "Birth index of slaves, 1853-1865," a project undertaken by the Works Project Administration (WPA), currently available on microfilm at the Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria Library (#00079).
v. 1. A-C -- v. 2. D-G -- v. 3. H-L -- v. 4. M-R -- v. 5. S-Z -- v. 6. Geographic supplement.