Contemporary Black Biography

Contemporary Black Biography

Volume 101 Profiles From the International Black Community

eBook - 2013
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Provides informative biographical profiles of the important and influential persons of African American and/or black heritage. Covers persons of various nationalities in a wide variety of fields, including architecture, art, business, dance, education, fashion, film, industry, journalism, law, literature, medicine, music, politics and government, publishing, religion, science and technology, social issues, sports, television, theater, and others.
Contents: Kwame Anthony Appiah : groundbreaking scholar and philosopher
Lloyd Austin : highest-ranking African-American officer in the U.S. military
Banda Joyce : first woman president of Malawi
Naomi Beckwith : rising curator at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art
Bilal : critically acclaimed neo-soul singer and songwriter
Adam Bradley : scholar who drew attention to poetic roots of rap and hip-hop
Hannibal Buress : stand-up comic and writer for 30 Rock
Josaphat Celestin : first Haitian American to lead major American city
Carl Clark : World War II hero recognized for bravery more than 60 years later
Bill Cobbs : character actor remembered for stage and screen roles
George Crum : restaurateur who invented the potato chip
Lisa Delpit : advocate of culturally appropriate teaching methods
Lydia R. Diamond : award-winning dramatist whose Stick Fly opened on Broadway in 2011
Rita Dove : Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Kimberly Elise : actress known for emotional roles in Diary of a Mad Black Woman and For Colored Girls
Fishbone : high-energy alternative rock band from LA
Nelson George : thought-provoking filmmaker and cultural critic
Artis Gilmore : Hall of Fame center known as "A Train"
Robert Glasper : innovative pianist who fused jazz and hip-hop
Frank S. Greene Jr. : engineer whose technology was applied in aerospace industry
George Washington Henderson : first African American inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
Magic Johnson : NBA superstar of the 1980s and spokesman for AIDS awareness
Genevieve Jones : modern-day Holly Golightly, dubbed "Girl of the Moment"
Rashida Jones : actress known for roles on The Office and Parks and Recreation
Jamal Joseph : Black Panther activist who rose to prominence as an educator and dramatist
Joseph Kony : notorious Ugandan warlord charged with crimes against humanity
Elizabeth Duncan Koontz : schoolteacher who became the first black president of the National Education Association
Henrietta Lacks : unwitting research subject whose cells enabled important medical breakthroughs
John Mercer Langston : abolitionist and attorney who became the first black congressman from Virginia
Maishe Maponya : South African playwright and activist known for anti-Apartheid works of the 1980s
Richard Maponya : South African businessman who helped undermine apartheid
Lucky Millinder : bandleader who influenced popular music in the 1940s and 1950s
Robbie Montgomery : reality TV star and proprietor of Sweetie Pie's soul food restaurant in St. Louis, MO
New Edition : R&B group remembered for "Candy Girl" and "Mr. Telephone Man"
Ngugu wa Thiong'o : important Kenyan writer of the postcolonial era
Ken Norton : heavyweight boxing champion of the 1970s
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala : Nigerian finance minister and former World Bank economist
Keith Powell : actor and director known for role on 30 Rock
David Price : lefty ace for the Tampa Bay Rays
Proof : Detroit rap artist and mentor to Eminem
Martin Puryear : prominent sculptor know for working with natural materials
Jessica Reedy : gospel singer who gained fame on BET's Sunday's Best
The Roots : Grammy-winning hip-hop group and Jimmy Fallon's house band
Macky Sall : Senegalese president elected in hard-fought election in 2012
Malam Bacai Sanha : president of Guinea-Bissau who died in office in 2012
Mona Scott-Young : mastermind of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop
Richard Seymour : defensive lineman who helped lead Patriots to three Super Bowl titles
Archie Shepp : protege of John Coltrane who experimented with free jazz
Syne : Belizean rapper who restarted his career after prison term
Norma Merrick Sklarek : first black female admitted to the American Institute of Architects
Lee Smith : dominating relief pitcher who set all-time saves record
J.B. Stradford : businessman falsely accused of inciting 1921 race riot in Oklahoma
Hubert Sumlin : blues guitarist and accompanist to Howlin' Wolf
Baratunde Thurston : comedian, television host, and author of the best-selling book How to Be Black
Andre Watts : world-renowned classical pianist awarded the National Medal of Arts
Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Gale, c2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 200 p.) : ill
ISBN: 9781414481937


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