New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

September 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The short and tragic life of Robert Peace : a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League

September 18, 2014
Hobbs, Jeff, 1980-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
viii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines "the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets--and of one's own nature--when he returns home"

Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir

September 17, 2014
Blow, Charles M., 1970-
Boston, [MA] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
228 pages ; 24 cm
The house with no steps -- Thanksgiving -- Chester -- The punk next door -- Look-away Jesus -- Change -- Another boy's baby -- The brothers -- Hell week -- The champagne-colored girl -- Lie detector -- The just-in-case-gun.
A respected journalist describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of a close family relative, the effect this had on his formative years and how he overcame the anger and self-doubt it left behind.

Black comics : politics of race and representation

September 17, 2014
London ; New York : Bloomsbury, [2013].
xiii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
pt. 1. Comics then and now. Brief history of the black comic strip : past and present / Sheena C. Howard ; The trouble with romance in Jackie Ormes's comics / Nancy Goldstein ; Contemporary representations of black females in newspaper comic strips / Tia C.M Tyree ; Black comics and social media economics : new media, new production models / Derek Lackaff and Michael Sales ; Beyond b&w? The global manga of Felipe Smith / Casey Brienza -- pt. 2. Representing race and gender. Studying black comic strips : popular art and discourses of race / Angela M. Nelson ; Blowing flames into the souls of black folk : Ollie Harrington and his bombs from Berlin to Harlem / Christian Davenport ; Panthers and vixens : Black superheroines, sexuality, and stereotypes in contemporary comic books / Jeffrey A. Brown ; Gender, race, and The Boondocks / Sheena C. Howard ; From sexual siren to race traitor : Condoleeza Rice in political cartoons / Clariza Ruiz De Castilla and Zazil Elena Reyes Garcia -- pt. 3. Comics as political commentary. "There's a revolutionary messiah in our mist" : a pentadic analysis of Birth of a Nation : a comic novel / Carlos D. Morrison and Ronald L Jackson II ; Inappropriate political content : serialized comic strips at the intersection of visual rhetoric and the rhetoric of humor / Elizabeth Sills ; "Will the 'real' black superheroes please stand up?!" A critical analysis of the mythological and cultural significance of black superheroes / Kenneth Ghee ; Culturally gatekeeping the black comic / David Deluliis.

Rickey & Robinson : the true, untold story of the integration of baseball

September 11, 2014
Kahn, Roger.
New York, NY : Rodale, [2014]
xi, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In Rickey & Robinson, legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn at last reveals the true, unsanitized account of the integration of baseball, a story that for decades has relied on inaccurate secondhand reports. This story contains exclusive reporting and personal reminiscences that no other writer can produce, including revelatory material he'd buried in his notebooks in the '40s and '50s, back when sportswriters were still known to "protect" players and baseball executives. That starts first and foremost with an in-depth examination of the two men chiefly responsible for making integration happen: Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. Considering Robinson's exalted place in American culture (as evidenced by the remarkable success of the recent biopic), the book's eye-opening revelations are sure to generate controversy as well as conversation. No other sportswriter working today carries Kahn's authority when writing about this period in baseball history, and the publication of this book, Kahn's last, is a true literary event. In Rickey & Robinson, Kahn separates fact from myth to present a truthful portrait of baseball and its participants at a critical juncture in American history"-- Provided by publisher.

The Black Panthers : a story of race, war, and courage : the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II

September 10, 2014
DiNicolo, Gina M., author.
xxvi, 321 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

But one race : the life of Robert Purvis

September 8, 2014
Bacon, Margaret Hope.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007.
xi, 279 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Of southern birth -- The city of brotherly love -- Present at the beginning -- World traveler -- "We are not intruders here" -- To aid the fleeing slave -- A time of loss -- Gentleman farmer -- "This wicked law" -- "Are we not men?" -- "A proud day for the colored man" -- "Equality of rights for all" -- The Freedman's savings bank -- "We are to the manner born" -- "His magnificent record."
"Born in South Carolina to a wealthy white father and mixed race mother, Robert Purvis (1810-1898) was one of the nineteenth century's leading black abolitionists and orators. In this first biography of Purvis, Margaret Hope Bacon uses his eloquent and often fierce speeches to provide a glimpse into the life of a passionate and distinguished man, intimately involved with a wide range of major reform movements, including abolition, civil rights, Underground Railroad activism, women's rights, Irish Home Rule, Native American rights, and prison reform. Citing his role in developing the Philadelphia Vigilant Committee, an all black organization that helped escaped slaves secure passage to the North, the New York Times described Purvis at the time of his death as the president of the Underground Railroad. Voicing his opposition to a decision by the state of Pennsylvania to disenfranchise black voters in 1838, Purvis declared "there is but one race, the human race." But One Race is the dramatic story of one of the most important figures of his time."--Page [4] of cover.

The half has never been told : slavery and the making of American capitalism

September 8, 2014
Baptist, Edward E.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xxvii, 498 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Historian Edward Baptist reveals how the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States.

African Americans found in Owen county, Indiana, records, 1819-1880

September 2, 2014
Peterson, Roger A., 1923-
Owen County, Ind. : Peterson, c1996.
94 p. : tables ; 29 cm.
Includes index.

Hip hop family tree

August 29, 2014
Piskor, Ed.
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2014-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 33 cm.
v. 1. 1970s-1981 -- v. 2. 1981-1983

Brown girl dreaming

August 22, 2014
Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.
336 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 22 cm
"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery"-The New York Times Book Review"-- Provided by publisher.

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.
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.
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
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.
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.


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