New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

November 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Black Indian

November 19, 2019
Buchanan, Shonda, author.
xii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Beautifully rendered and rippling with family dysfunction, secrets, deaths, alcoholism, and old resentments, Shonda Buchanan's memoir is an inspiring story that explores her family's legacy of being African Americans with American Indian roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. Buchanan was raised as a Black woman, who grew up hearing cherished stories of her multi-racial heritage, while simultaneously suffering from everything she (and the rest of her family) didn't know. Tracing the arduous migration of Mixed Bloods, or Free People of Color, from the Southeast to the Midwest, Buchanan tells the story of her Michigan tribe--a comedic yet manically depressed family of fierce women, who were everything from caretakers and cornbread makers to poets and witches, and men who were either ignored, protected, imprisoned, or maimed--and how their lives collided over love, failure, fights, and prayer despite a stacked deck of challenges, including addiction and abuse. Ultimately, Buchanan's nomadic people endured a collective identity crisis after years of constantly straddling two, then three, races. The physical, spiritual, and emotional displacement of American Indians who met and married Mixed or Black slaves and indentured servants at America's early crossroads is where this powerful journey begins."--Back cover.

Time is tight : my life, note by note

November 12, 2019
Booker T., 1944- author.
ix, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones's earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios-all while still in high school. Not long after, he would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone's list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era's most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Nearly five decades later, Jones's influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story. Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca. Culminating with a definitive account into the inner workings of the Stax label, as well as a fascinating portrait of working with many of the era's most legendary performers-Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tom Jones, among them-this extraordinary memoir promises to become a landmark moment in the history of Southern Soul."--Provided by publisher.

Art and race matters : the career of Robert Colescott

November 8, 2019
251 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 32 cm
Exhibition schedule: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati: September 20, 2019-January 12, 2020; Portland Art Museum, Oregon: February 15-May 17, 2020; Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois: June 20-September 27, 2020; Akron Art Museum, Ohio: October 25, 2020-January 31, 2021; Sarasota Museum of Art, Florida: March-June 2021.
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Art and race matters: the career of Robert Colescott, organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati"--Colophon.
Robert Colescott: the untold story / Matthew Weseley -- Colescott in the 1980s and '90s: stranger in a strange land / Lowery Stokes Sims -- Robert Colescott and family: making an artist / Lauren Mcintosh Walrod -- Robert Colescott: pride and prejudice--a memory / Mitchell D. Kahan -- Pleased to remember / Mary Lovelace O'Neal -- Robert Colescott then and now / Miriam Roberts -- Making Carrie Mae Weems's Framed by Modernism: a conversation / Carrie Mae Weems, Lowery Stokes Sims -- Reminiscences / Alfred J Quiroz, John Louder, Leon Dockery, Ramsay Bell Breslin -- Interview with Jordan and Arlene Schnitzer / Jordan Schnitzer, Arlene Schnitzer -- Those Africans look like white elephants: an interview with Robert Colescott / Joe Lewis -- Black humor squared / Richard J. Powell -- Reckoning with Robert Colescott / Barry Linderman -- Selection of writings / Robert Colescott.
"The most comprehensive volume devoted to the life and work of pioneering African American artist Robert Colescott, accompanying the largest traveling exhibition of his work ever mounted. Robert Colescott (1925-2009) was a trailblazing artist, whose august career was as unique as his singular artistic style. Known for figurative satirical paintings that exposed the ugly ironies of race in America from the 1970s through the late 1990s, his work was profoundly influential to the generations of artists that have followed him, such as Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, and Henry Taylor, among many others. This volume surveys the entirety of Colescott's body of work, with contributions by more than ten curators and writers, including a substantive essay by the show's cocurator, the renowned Lowery Stokes Sims. It provides a detailed stylistic analysis of his politically inflected oeuvre, focusing on Colescott's own consideration of his work in the context of the grand traditions of European painting and contemporary polemic. In addition, the book features reminiscences and thought pieces by a variety of family, friends, students, curators, dealers, and scholars on his work as well as a selection of writings by the artist himself. Relying on previously unpublished transcripts of lectures, reviews, and archival materials provided by institutions and individuals, the book will provide a fuller story of the artist's life and career." --Publisher's website.

We return fighting : World War I and the shaping of modern Black identity

November 7, 2019
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2019]
160 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 27 cm
Includes fold-out pages.
A global war -- African American military service -- At home and abroad : during and after the war -- Epilogue: On the horizon : toward civil rights.
"A richly illustrated commemoration of African Americans' roles in World War I highlighting how the wartime experience reshaped their lives and their communities after they returned home"-- Provided by publisher.

Jubilee : recipes from two centuries of African American cooking

November 6, 2019
Tipton-Martin, Toni, author.
New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2019.
319 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Appetizers -- Beverages -- Breads -- Soups and Salads -- Sides and Vegetables -- Main Dishes -- Desserts.
"More than 100 recipes that paint a rich, varied picture of the true history of African American cooking--from a James Beard Award-winning food writer"--Provided by publisher.

Open season : legalized genocide of colored people

November 4, 2019
Crump, Benjamin, 1969- author.
260 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Racism kills -- Police don't shoot white men in the back -- Stand your ground -- The conspiracy to discriminate -- Creating the criminal -- Killing them softly -- Voter suppression -- A new form of segregation -- Caught up in the system -- Criminalization and enslavement of the poor -- Environmental racism -- A tale of two Americas -- Conclusion: we rise, we rise, we rise
"[Ben Crump] shows that there is a persistent, prevailing, and destructive mindset regarding colored people that is rooted in our history as a slave-owning nation. This biased attitude has given rise to mass incarceration, voter disenfranchisement, unequal educational opportunities, disparate health care practices, job and housing discrimination, police brutality, and an unequal justice system... Open Season is more than Crump's incredible mission to preserve justice, it is a call to action for Americans to begin living up to the promise to protect the rights of its citizens equally and without question."-- Dust jacket flap.

How we fight for our lives : a memoir

November 1, 2019
Jones, Saeed, author.
xii, 192 pages ; 22 cm
Haunted and haunting, Jones's memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence--into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another--and to one another--as we fight to become ourselves.

Stolen : five free boys kidnapped into slavery and their astonishing odyssey home

November 1, 2019
Bell, Richard, 1978- author.
318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: The reverse Underground Railroad -- Sanctuary city -- Black hearts -- Midnight land -- In-laws and outlaws -- The beaten way -- The body in the wagon -- The halfway house -- The lifeboat -- A living witness -- Hunting wolves -- Kidnappers all -- Conclusion: The first law of nature.
Philadelphia, 1825. Five young, free black boys are lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay. They are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home. Their ordeal shines a spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery's rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. -- adapted from jacket

Accused! : the trials of the Scottsboro Boys : lies, prejudice, and the Fourteenth Amendment

October 31, 2019
Brimner, Larry Dane, author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, [2019]
189 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In 1931, nine teenagers were arrested as they traveled on a train through Scottsboro, Alabama. The youngest was thirteen, and all had been hoping to find something better at the end of their journey. But they never arrived. Instead, two white women falsely accused them of rape. The effects were catastrophic for the young men, who came to be known as the Scottsboro Boys. Being accused of raping a white woman in the Jim Crow south almost certainly meant death, either by a lynch mob or the electric chair. The Scottsboro boys found themselves facing one prejudiced trial after another, in one of the worst miscarriages of justice in U.S. history. They also faced a racist legal system, all-white juries, and the death penalty. Noted Sibert Medalist Larry Dane Brimner uncovers how the Scottsboro Boys spent years in Alabama's prison system, enduring inhumane conditions and torture. The extensive back matter includes an author's note, bibliography, index, and further resources and source notes."--Amazon.

Ordinary hazards : a memoir

October 29, 2019
Grimes, Nikki, author.
325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted. At the age of six, she poured her pain onto a piece of paper late one night - and discovered the magic and impact of writing. For many years, Nikki's notebooks were her most enduing companions. In this accessible and inspiring memoir that will resonate with young readers and adults alike, Nikki shows how the power of those words helped her conquer the hazards - ordinary and extraordinary - of her life"--Provided by publisher.

Race for profit : how banks and the real estate industry undermined Black homeownership

October 29, 2019
Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta, author.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
349 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Unfair housing -- The business of the urban housing crisis -- Forced integration -- Let the buyer beware -- Unsophisticated buyers -- The urban crisis is over, long live the urban crisis.
"Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor offers a ... chronicle of the twilight of redlining and the introduction of conventional real estate practices into the Black urban market, uncovering a transition from racist exclusion to predatory inclusion. Widespread access to mortgages across the United States after World War II cemented homeownership as fundamental to conceptions of citizenship and belonging. African Americans had long faced racist obstacles to homeownership, but the social upheaval of the 1960s forced federal government reforms. In the 1970s, new housing policies encouraged African Americans to become homeowners, and these programs generated unprecedented real estate sales in Black urban communities. However, inclusion in the world of urban real estate was fraught with new problems. As new housing policies came into effect, the real estate industry abandoned its aversion to African Americans, especially Black women, precisely because they were more likely to fail to keep up their home payments and slip into foreclosure"-- Provided by publisher.

Self-portrait in black and white : unlearning race

October 25, 2019
Williams, Thomas Chatterton, 1981- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
174 pages ; 22 cm
The view from near and far -- Marrying out -- Self-portrait of an ex-black man -- Epilogue: The shape of things to come.
"A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics. A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family's multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a 'black' father from the segregated South and a 'white' mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of 'black blood' makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he'd never rigorously reflected on its foundations -- but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions. 'It is not that I have come to believe that I am no longer black or that my daughter is white,' Williams writes. 'It is that these categories cannot adequately capture either of us.' Beautifully written and bound to upset received opinions on race, Self-Portrait in Black and White is an urgent work for our time"-- Provided by publisher.

Toxic silence : race, black gender identity, and addressing the violence against black transgender women in Houston

October 24, 2019
Hoston, William T., author.
New York : Peter Lang, [2018]
xxii, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Before I was trans, I was born black -- The black trans identity -- Black transphobic violence and murders -- Black trans voices: their lived experiences -- Black trans liberation.
"This book examines the patriarchal and heteronormative frames within the black community and larger American society that advances the toxic masculinity which violently castigates and threatens the collective embodiment of black transgender women in the USA. Such scholarship is needed to shed more light on the transphobic violence and murders against this understudied group. Little is known about the societal and cultural issues and concerns affecting black transgender women and how their gender identity is met with systemic, institutional, and interpersonal roadblocks. During a time period in American history defined by Time Magazine as "The Transgender Tipping Point," black transgender women have emerged as social, cultural, and political subjects to advance our understanding of the lives of people who identify as a part of both the black and LGBTQIA communities. In the end, this book calls on the black community and culture to end the toxic silence and act instead as allies who are more accepting and inclusive of differing sexualities and gender identities in an effort to improve the generative power of black solidarity."--

Lady Tigers in the concrete jungle : how softball and sisterhood saved lives in the South Bronx

October 11, 2019
Baer, Dibs, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
xviii, 253 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

The fire is upon us : James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the debate over race in America

October 11, 2019
Buccola, Nicholas, author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2019]
xii, 482 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The ghetto and the mansion, 1924-46 -- Disturbing the peace, 1946-54 -- Joining the battle, 1955-61 -- Taking responsibility, 1961-62 -- In the eye of the storm, 1963-64 -- "What concerns me most": Baldwin at Cambridge -- "The faith of our fathers": Buckley at Cambridge -- Lighting the fuse.
"In February 1965, novelist and 'poet of the Black Freedom Struggle' James Baldwin and political commentator and father of the modern American conservative movement William F. Buckley met in Cambridge Union to face-off in a televised debate. The topic was 'The American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro.' Buccola uses this momentous encounter as a lens through which to deepen our understanding of two of the most important public intellectuals in twentieth century America."--Provided by publisher.

A fool's errand : creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

October 8, 2019
Bunch, Lonnie G., author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2019]
xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Founding Director Lonnie Bunch's inside story of how the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was created. By turns inspiring, funny, frustrating, quixotic, and bittersweet, this is his deeply personal tale of the challenges and rewards of bringing a nationally acclaimed new institution to life"-- Provided by publisher.

Passionate for justice : Ida B. Wells as prophet for our time

October 8, 2019
Meeks, Catherine, author.
New York, NY : Church Publishing, [2019]
x, 150 pages ; 22 cm
Foreword -- An introduction to Ida B. Wells from her great-granddaughter -- "To the seeker of truth" -- "Crusade for justice" -- "To tell the truth freely" -- "My name is Legion" -- "At the crossroads: just trying to be human" -- "Order our steps" -- Seeking the beloved community.
"Ida B. Wells was a powerful churchwoman and witness for justice and equity from 1878-1931. Born enslaved, her witness flowed through the struggles for justice in her lifetime, especially in the intersections of African-Americans, women, and those who were poor. Her life is a profound witness for faith-based work of visionary power, resistance, and resilience for today's world, when the forces of injustice stand in opposition to progress. These are exciting and dangerous times. Boundaries that previously seemed impenetrable are now being crossed. This book is a guide for the current state of affairs in American culture, enlivened by the historical perspective of Wells' search for justice. The authors are an African-American woman and a child of white supremacy. Both have dedicated themselves to working, writing, and developing ministries oriented towards justice, equity, and mercy. This book can be used in all settings, but most especially in churches (pastors and other church leaders, study groups), seminaries, and universities. - Reflections on current affairs through the lens of history -A resource for social justice and resilience."-- Provided by publisher.

Seventy years of blackness : the autobiography of Verda Byrd as told to Joyce Garlick-Peavy

October 7, 2019
Byrd, Verda, author.
[Tulsa, Oklahoma] : Harrison House Publishing, 2017.
88 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"This is the true story of an adoptee that spent her first few years not realizing what adoption meant. Today, that individual, Verda Byrd lives in San Antonio, Texas. Verda was legally adopted at the age of five by a Negro family. She was born in 1942; in 1943 she was placed in the foster care system in Kansas City, Missouri; her place of birth. Having spent seventy years as a Negro, Verda thought I have been in 'Seventy years of blackness.' Blackness as defined by The free dictionary is '1) the quality or state of being black; and 2) the quality or state of being a black person.' Go with Verda on this amazing journey as she discovers her roots"--Back cover.

Big Joe Duskin : blues and boogie-woogie : a son's tribute

October 4, 2019
Duskin, Ronald L., author.
[Cincinnati?] : [Ron Duskin], [2017]
376 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Item produced without barcode or ISBN.
"The son of the Blues and boogie-woogie monarch Big Joe Duskin tells what it was like growing up listening to the sounds of Big Joe's music"--Title page.
Post World War 2 -- Returning to blues and boogie-woogie -- Recording his own music -- Key to the city -- Management and recording -- Father, son, and music -- Memories of home -- Skilled trade -- Electric boogie-woogie -- Credible artist -- Big Joe's discography -- Trip to Columbus Georgia -- In it's own way -- A brighter light -- Trying to remain hopeful -- The last chapter.
Big Joe Duskin and his Cincinnati style blues and boogie woogie was a Cincinnati icon and known throughout Europe, and Canada for being the last of the boogie woogie players alive and able to get around to play this type of music.

Bound in wedlock : slave and free Black marriage in the nineteenth century

October 3, 2019
Hunter, Tera W., author.
404 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
Introduction: "The marriage certificate" -- "Until distance do you part" -- "God made marriage, but the white man made the law" -- Marriage rights require more than manumission -- Marriage "under the flag" -- A civil war over marriage -- Reconstructing intimacies -- "The most cruel wrongs" -- Hopes and travails at century's end -- Epilogue: legacies and challenges.
Tera W. Hunter offers the first comprehensive history of African American marriage in the nineteenth century and into the Jim Crow era. She reveals the practical ways couples adopted, adapted, or rejected White Christian ideas of marriage, creatively setting their own standards for conjugal relationships under conditions of uncertainty and cruelty.-- Provided by publisher.

James Baldwin : living in fire

October 1, 2019
Mullen, Bill, 1959- author.
London : Pluto Press, [2019]
xxi, 230, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Baptism by fire: childhood an youth, 1924-1942 -- Dissidence, disillusionment, resistance: 1942-1948 -- Political exile and survival: 1948-1957 -- Paying his dues: 1957-63 -- Baldwin and Black Power: 1963-68 -- Morbid symptoms and optimism of the will: 1968-79 -- Final acts -- Postscript: Baldwin's queer legacies.
"In the first major biography of Baldwin in more than a decade, Bill V. Mullen celebrates the personal and political life of the great African-American writer who changed the face of Western politics and culture. As a lifelong anti-imperialist, black queer advocate, and feminist, Baldwin (1924-1987) was a passionate chronicler of the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the U.S. war against Vietnam, Palestinian liberation struggle, and the rise of LGBTQ rights. Mullen explores how Baldwin's life and work channel the long history of African-American freedom struggles, and explains how Baldwin both predicted and has become a symbol of the global Black Lives Matter movement. "-- Publisher's website.

Think black : a memoir

October 1, 2019
Ford, Clyde W., author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
xii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
First days -- A sacrificial pawn -- The bones of the machine -- The book of changes -- Voices of the dead -- To speak of rivers -- Honeypot traps -- Twice as hard -- The arrangement -- Doing small things in a great way -- Covert ops -- The king is dead -- Clandestine service -- A mass shooting at IBM -- The egg -- Leaving -- Long walks -- Epilogue: The words of a poet.
"The story of America's first Black engineer, his revolutionary son, and the corporation that destroyed their relationship"-- Provided by publisher.

Motherhood so white : a memoir of race, gender, and parenting in America

September 30, 2019
Austin, Nefertiti, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2019]
290 pages ; 24 cm
"The story of Nefertiti's fight to create the family she always knew she was meant to have and the story of motherhood that all American families need now. In this unflinching account of her parenting journey, Nefertiti examines the history of adoption in the African American community, faces off against stereotypes of single, Black motherhood, and confronts the reality of raising children of color in racially charged, modern-day America." --Jacket.

Hu$$leNomics : money, ownership & business lessons inspired by Nipsey Hussle + a step by step guide on how to implement each principle

September 27, 2019
Cash, Ash, author.
186 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Nipsey Hussle born Ermias Joseph Asghedom is often sited as a rapper and songwriter from Los Angeles, California but he was much more than that. Nipsey was a visionary, entrepreneur, community organizer, real estate investor, cryptocurrency enthusiast, activist, mentor, and so much more. Through his business moves, music, and community activism he was on a mission to teach his community about being fiscally responsible and owning your now and future in order to build wealth."--Back cover.


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