Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2001: Expressions
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

ALL ABOUT LOVE: NEW VISIONS by bell hooks.

This book presents a look at the reasons for our love-deprived society and ways to repair it.

BF575 .L8 H655 2000

B. SMITH: RITUALS AND CELEBRATIONS by Barbara Smith.

This book contains a month-by-month guide with recipes, party ideas, and craft projects.

TX739 .S485 1999

THE BLACK CHORD: VISIONS OF THE GROOVE: CONNECTIONS BETWEEN AFROBEATS, RHYTHM & BLUES, HIP-HOP, & MORE by David Corio and Vivien Goldman.

This book details the diversity of the music of the Pan-African world and includes over 100 photos of artists from Fats Domino to Bob Marley to Monica.

ML3556 .C673 1999

BLACK WINGS & BLIND ANGELS: POEMS by Sapphire.

The author of Push examines the various roles of women in today’s urban society. PS3569 .A63 B58 1999

DANCING IN THE STREET: MOTOWN AND THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF DETROIT by Suzanne E. Smith.

A small record company provided the soundtrack for the civil rights campaign in Detroit as well as the rest of the nation.

ML3792 .S65 1999x

DARK MIDNIGHT WHEN I RISE: THE STORY OF THE JUBILEE SINGERS WHO INTRODUCED THE WORLD TO THE MUSIC OF BLACK AMERICA by Andrew Ward.

In the years following the Civil War, this gospel group raised money for Fisk University.

ML421 .J77 W37 2000

DRAMA FOR A NEW SOUTH AFRICA: SEVEN PLAYS edited by David Graver.

This book contains contemporary theater written by South Africans.

PL8014 .S62 D73 1999

ESSENCE TOTAL MAKEOVER: BODY, BEAUTY SPIRIT edited by Patricia Mignon Hinds.

This book offers practical advice covering all the beauty bases.

RA778.4 .A36 E87 2000

FREEDOMWAYS READER: PROPHETS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY edited by Esther Cooper Jackson and Constance Pohl.

Martin Luther King, Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois and others are included in this anthology from the Freedomways Quarterly.

HT1581 .F735 2000

GIANT STEPS: THE NEW GENERATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITERS edited by Kevin Young.

Danzy Senna, Edwidge Danticat, and Kevin Powell are included in this collection of award-winning poetry, fiction, and non-fiction by writers born after 1960.

PS508 .N3 G53 2000

HIDDEN WITNESS: AFRICAN-AMERICAN IMAGES FROM THE DAWN OF PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE CIVIL WAR by Jackie N. Wilson.

TR680 .W55 1999

THE MESSENGER READER: STORIES, POEMS, AND ESSAYS FROM THE MESSENGER MAGAZINE edited by Sondra Kathryn Wilson.

Compiled from the Socialist publication of the Harlem Renaissance.

PS508 .N3 M47 2000

PIGTAILS ‘N BREADFRUIT: A CULINARY MEMOIR by Austin Clarke.

Neither a cookbook nor a biography, the author recalls his childhood in Barbados and the rituals surrounding the preparation of traditional Bajan dishes.

TX716 .B35 C58 2000

A RENAISSANCE IN HARLEM: LOST VOICES OF AN AMERICAN COMMUNITY edited by Lionel C. Bascom.

Essays from the Works Progress Administration archives written by Ralph Ellison, Dorothy West, and Vivian Morris, among others.

PS508 .N3 R46

THE ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE by Tupac Shakur.Shakur’s poems include “In the Event of My Demise.”

PS3569 .H322 R6 1999x 

SHE by Saul Williams.

Haunting poems about the strength and passion of women.

PS3573 .I455457 S54 1999

SLIM DOWN SISTER: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN’S GUIDE TO HEALTHY, PERMANENT WEIGHT LOSS by Roneice Weaver, Fabiola Gaines, and Angela Ebron.

Includes low-fat versions of favorite soul food recipes.

RM222.2 .W2956 2000

SPOKEN SOUL: THE STORY OF BLACK ENGLISH by John Russell Rickford and Russell John Rickford.

PE3102 .N42 R54 2000

STAYING STRONG: RECLAIMING THE WISDOM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HEALING edited by Sara Lomax Reese and Kirk Johnson with Therman Evans.

Healing techniques from acupressure to reflexology.

RA448.5 .N4 S83 1999x

*STRETCH YOUR WINGS: FAMOUS BLACK QUOTATIONS FOR TEENS selected and edited Janet Cheatham Bell and Lucille Usher Freeman.

Includes anecdotes from Lauryn Hill, Will Smith, R. Kelly and hundreds more on family, racism, and making better choices.

PN6081.3 S77 1999

THOUGHTS by Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.

The book contains poems and essays from the lead singer of TLC.

PS3573 .A8445 T483 1999x

TIEPOLO’S HOUND by Derek Walcott.

This book-length poem interweaves the life stories of the painter Camille Pisarro and Walcott, both natives of the Caribbean.  Includes 26 color paintings by the author.

PR9272.9 .W3 T54 2000

THE VINTAGE BOOK OF AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY edited byMichael S.Harper and Anthony Walton.

Fifty outstanding poets chronicle 200 years of vision, struggle, power, beauty, and triumph.

PS591 .N4 V56 2000

WALTZING IN DARK: AFRICAN AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE AND RACE POLITICS IN THE SWING ERA by Brenda Dixon Gottschild.

GV1785 .W43 G68 2000

This selected list was compiled by:

Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, Grove Hall Branch

Kathy Kire, Teen Services

Parker Hill Branch

Amy Manson, Connolly Branch

Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch

Joseph Wisniewski, Codman Square Branch