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African American Lives

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African American Lives offers up-to-date, authoritative biographies of some 600 noteworthy African Americans. These 1,000-3,000 word biographies, selected from over five thousand entries in the forthcoming eight-volume African American National Biography , illuminate African-American history through the immediacy of individual experience. From Esteban, the earliest known African to set foot in North America in 1528, right up to the continuing careers of Venus and Serena Williams, these stories of the renowned and the near forgotten give us a new view of American history. Our past is revealed from personal perspectives that in turn inspire, move, entertain, and even infuriate the reader. Subjects include slaves and abolitionists, writers, politicians, and business people, musicians and dancers, artists and athletes, victims of injustice and the lawyers, journalists, and civil rights leaders who gave them a voice. Their experiences and accomplishments combine to expose the complexity of race as an overriding issue in America's past and present. African American Lives features frequent cross-references among related entries, over 300 illustrations, and a general index, supplemented by indexes organized by chronology, occupation or area of renown, and winners of particular honors such as the Spingarn Medal, Nobel Prize, and Pulitzer Prize.
Category: History. ISBN: 9780195160246

Salt Dancers

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Salt Dancers is at once a brilliant portrait of an American family, a story of the secrets families guard, and a moving account of one woman's journey back to a past filled with elusive memories and suppressed rage. Why did Julia's mother disappear one day without so much as a word? How did a loving father who taught her such a beautiful thing as the salt dance become such a terrifying and abusive presence? These are the questions which Julia must confront when she returns to Spokane, Washington, after an absence of twenty-three years. Salt Dancers , a superbly written novel, is a poignant and truthful chronicle of self-discovery and the power of resurrection.
Category: Fiction. ISBN: 9780684844824

African & American

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African & American tells thestory of the much overlooked experience of first and second generation West Africanimmigrants and refugees in the United States during the last forty years. Interrogatingthe complex role of post-colonialism in the recent history of black America,Marilyn Halter and Violet Showers Johnson highlight the intricate patterns ofemigrant work and family adaptation, the evolving global ties with Africa andEurope, and the translocal connections among the West African enclaves in theUnited States. Drawing on a rich variety of sources,including original interviews, personal narratives, cultural and historicalanalysis, and documentary and demographic evidence, African & American explores issues of cultural identityformation and socioeconomic incorporation among this new West African diaspora.Bringing the experiences of those of recent African ancestry from the peripheryto the center of current debates in the fields of immigration, ethnic, andAfrican American studies, Halter and Johnson examine the impact this communityhas had on the changing meaning of African Americanness and address theprovocative question of whether West African immigrants are, indeed, becomingthe newest African Americans.
Category: History. ISBN: 9780814760703

African, American

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A panoramic account of the role Africa has played in the American psyche, covering books, movies, music and more.
Category: History. ISBN: 9781783608539

Dancers as Diplomats

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Dancers as Diplomats chronicles the role of dance and dancers in American cultural diplomacy, telling the story of how these tours in shaped and sometimes re-imagined ideas of America in unexpected, often sensational circumstances-pirouetting in Moscow as the Cuban Missile Crisis unfolded and dancing in Burma in the days just before the country held its first democratic elections.
Category: Performing Arts. ISBN: 9780199958191

Feuding Fan Dancers

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Leslie Zemeckis continues to discover the forgotten feminist histories of the golden age of entertainment, turning her sights on the lost stories of Sally Rand and Faith Baconicons who each claimed to be the inventor of the notorious fan dance Some women capture our attention like no others. Faith Bacon and Sally Rand were beautiful blondes from humble backgrounds who shot to fame behind a pair of oversize ostrich fans, but with very different outcomes. Sally Rand would go on to perform for the millions who attended the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, becoming America's sweetheart. Faith Bacon, the Marilyn Monroe of her timeonce anointed the world's most beautiful womanwould experience the dark side of fame and slip into drug use. It was the golden age of American entertainment, and Bacon and Rand fought their way through the competitive showgirl scene of New York with grit and perseverance. They played peek-a-boo with their lives, allowing their audiences to see only slivers of themselves. A hint of a breast? A forbidden love affair? They were both towering figures, goddesses, icons. Until the world started to change. Little is known about who they really were, until now. Feuding Fan Dancers tells the story of two remarkable women during a tumultuous time in entertainment history. Leslie Zemeckis has pieced together their story andnearly one hundred years later both women come alive again.
Category: Social Science. ISBN: 9781640091146

West African Drumming and Dance in North American Universities

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More than twenty universities and twenty other colleges in North America (USA and Canada) offer performance courses on West African ethnic dance drumming. Since its inception in 1964 at both UCLA and Columbia, West African drumming and dance has gradually developed into a vibrant campus subculture in North America. The dances most practiced in the American academy come from the ethnic groups Ewe, Akan, Ga, Dagbamba, Mande, and Wolof, thereby privileging dances mostly from Ghana, Togo, Benin, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso. This strong presence and practice of a world music ensemble in the diaspora has captured and engaged the interest of scholars, musicians, dancers, and audiences. In the first-ever ethnographic study of West African drumming and dance in North American universities, the author documents and acknowledges ethnomusicologists, ensemble directors, students, administrators, and academic institutions for their key roles in the histories of their respective ensembles. Dor collates and shares perspectives including debates on pedagogical approaches that may be instructive as models for both current and future ensemble directors and reveals the multiple impacts that participation in an ensemble or class offers students. He also examines the interplay among historically situated structures and systems, discourse, and practice, and explores the multiple meanings that individuals and various groups of people construct from this campus activity. The study will be of value to students, directors, and scholars as an ethnographic study and as a text for teaching relevant courses in African music, African studies, ethnomusicology/world music, African diaspora studies, and other related disciplines.
Category: Social Science. ISBN: 9781617039140

The Day the Dancers Stayed

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Pilipino Cultural Nights at American campuses have been a rite of passage for youth culture and a source of local community pride since the 1980s. Through performancesand parodies of themthese celebrations of national identity through music, dance, and theatrical narratives reemphasize what it means to be Filipino American. In  The Day the Dancers Stayed , scholar and performer Theodore Gonzalves uses interviews and participant observer techniques to consider the relationship between the invention of performance repertoire and the development of diasporic identification. Gonzalves traces a genealogy of performance repertoire from the 1930s to the present. Culture nights serve several functions: as exercises in nostalgia, celebrations of rigid community entertainment, and occasionally forums for political intervention. Taking up more recent parodies of Pilipino Cultural Nights, Gonzalves discusses how the rebellious spirit that enlivened the original seditious performances has been stifled.
Category: Social Science. ISBN: 9781592137282

African American Religions, 15002000

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A rich account of the long history of Black religion from the dawn of Western colonialism to the rise of the national security paradigm.
Category: History. ISBN: 9780521198530

African American Musicians

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African Americansfamous and anonymous alikehave helped shape popular musical genres ranging from jazz and blues to rock 'n' roll and rap. This book provides a vivid account of that process, beginning with the work songs and spirituals of slaves and continuing up to the present. African-American Musicians tells the stories of figures such as bluesman Robert Johnson, whose guitar playing was so extraordinary that people said he must have made a deal with the devil; jazz great Duke Ellington, considered one of America's greatest composers and bandleaders; classical singer Marian Anderson, who struck a blow for civil rights with her music; Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop"; and many, many more.
Category: Children's & Young Adult Fiction. ISBN: 9781422292808
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