The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, née
Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp
and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby
and Mama Black Widow
. From a career as a pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg and a presiding spirit of "blaxploitation" culture.
The daughter of actress Lena Horne traces the lives of her family between two major human rights periods in America, sharing the stories of the branches of her family that lived in the North and South, and their experiences during the Jim Crow and wartime eras.
Dreaming of escaping her life of slavery in South Carolina and returning to her African home, slave Aminata Diallo is thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War, during which she helps create a list of black people who have been honored for their service to the king.
Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer's remarkable life.
Drawing on interviews and extensive archival research, an award-winning author, publisher and journalist tells the story ofThe Defender
, a great black Chicago newspaper that gave voice to the voiceless and whose pages helped elect mayors and presidents and were filled with columns by legends like Ida B. Wells and Martiin Luther King.
A provocative true account of the hanging of four black people by a white lynch mob in 1912 is written by a descendant of the sheriff charged with protecting them and draws on diaries and letters to piece together the events and motives that led up to the tragedy.
Women of African descent have contributed to America's food culture for centuries, but their rich and varied involvement is still overshadowed by the demeaning stereotype of an illiterate "Aunt Jemima" who cooked mostly by natural instinct. Tipton-Martin looks at black cookbooks that range from a rare 1827 house servant's manual, the first book published by an African American in the trade, to modern classics. These cookbooks offer firsthand evidence that African Americans cooked creative masterpieces from meager provisions, educated young chefs, operated food businesses, and nourished the African American community through the long struggle for human rights.
Argues that the emancipation of the American slaves was not a singular event but a century-long process marked by brutal struggle.
Learning after a half-century of family life that their house on Detroit's East Side is worth only a fraction of its mortgage, the members of the Turner family gather to reckon with their pasts and decide the house's fate.
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A Tony Award-winning producer recounts how his home in New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and how his family dedicated themselves to helping rebuild all of Pontchartrain Park.