Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2005: Expressions
Booklists for Adults

*Suitable for Teens

Advice to a Young Black Actor (and Others): Conversations with Douglas Turner Ward
by Gus Edwards
Ward, actor, director and co-founder of the Negro Ensemble Company, speaks to black acting students about challenges of the craft.
PN2055.W35 2004

*Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America’s Main Street
by Jonathan Tilove; photos by Michael Falco
Essays and photographs along the streets and boulevards named for Dr. Martin Luther King.
E185.615.T576 2004

*Attitude! : Eight Young Dancers Come of Age at the Ailey School
by Katharine Davis Fishman
Profiles of teenage modern dance students – their artistry and their lives as they pursue professional dance careers.
GV1786.A35 F57 2004

The Black Interior: Essays
by Elizabeth Alexander
Culture, imagination and inner life from Langston Hughes to Jet magazine are explored by poet Alexander.
PS3551.L3494B53 2004x

Chicken Soup for the African American Soul: Celebrating and Sharing Our Culture One Story at a Time
by Jack Canfield
Inspiration to go – the latest in the popular series addresses strength, family, community, love and prayer.
E184.6.C47 2004

*Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, 1968-1998
by Nikki Giovanni
Arranged chronologically, with a biographical timeline, from one of the most celebrated poets of our time.
PS3557.155A17 2003x

Dancing revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture
by Thomas F. DeFrantz
Analysis of the achievements of choreographer Ailey, who developed the world famous American Dance Theatre from a small group of modern dancers performing at the 92nd St Y.
GV1785.A38D44 2004

Engaged Surrender: African American Women and Islam
by Carolyn Moxley Rouse
An anthropologist’s look at converts to Sunni Islam and their struggles to practice their faith amidst contemporary culture.
BP173.4R68 2004

Hallelujah! The Welcome Table
by Maya Angelou
Maya’s friend Oprah requested “a big pretty cookbook” and here it is - from crackling cornbread to Beef Wellington. Each recipe is preceded by memories about friends, family and food.
TX715.A5697 2004

Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield and the Rise and Fall of American Soul
by Craig Werner
Contrast and comparison of three soul geniuses, who are also children of the great migration and of the black church.
ML400.W36 2004

*In Montgomery, and Other Poems
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Posthumous collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winner and Illinois poet laureate whose rhythmic poems of the inner city span six decades.
PS3504.R7244 I48 2003

My Spiritual Inheritance
by Juanita Bynum
Through Biblical scriptures and personal anecdotes, minister Bynum offers guidance to Christians on how to benefit from their pastors and churches.
BV4511.B96 2004

Native Sons: A Friendship that Created One of the Greatest Works of the 20th Century, Notes of a Native Son
by Sol Stein
Stein, the editor of Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son, recounts their friendship, which began in high school, through letters, photographs and collaborative works.
PS3552.A45 Z485 2004

Shaking the Tree: A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women
Edited by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
A showcase of the newest generation of writers including Veronica Chambers, ZZ Packer, Edwidge Danticat and Shay Youngblood.
PS647.A35 S53 2003

Swerve: Reckless Observations of a Postmodern Girl
by Aisha Tyler
TV’s Talk Soup hostess/ comedian Tyler comments on everything from hip hop and anorexia to Sun Tzu’s Art of War.
HQ800.2 T95 2004

Velvet Be-Bop Kente Cloth
by Sterling D. Plumpp
Poems inspired by the music of Charlie Parker.
PS3566.L79 V45 2003

*Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black Artists
by Tonya Bolden
A look at the lives and works of over thirty visual artists, from ex-slave portrait painter
Joshua Johnson to contemporary story quilter Faith Ringgold. Glossary of art terms is included.
N6538.N5B65 2004

When Race Becomes Real: Black and White Writers Confront Their Personal Histories
Edited by Bernestine Singley
E185.615.W44 2002