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Black Is... 1995: Contemporary Issues
Booklists for Adults

AIRING DIRTY LAUNDRY. Ishmael Reed.
Provocative new essays on femininism the media, and much more.

BLACK FATHERHOOD II: BLACK WOMEN TALK ABOUT THEIR MEN. Earl Ofari Hutchinson.
In volume two of the series, five black women discuss their feelings about fathers, husbands, and boyfriends.

BLACK, WHITE, OTHER: BIRACIAL AMERICANS TALK ABOUT RACE AND IDENTITY. Lise Funderburg.
Sixty-five experiences which answer the often-asked question: "But what about the children?"

BULLETPROOF DIVA: TALKES OF RACE, SEX, AND HAIR. Lisa Jones.
Slave names, the butt-revolution, and the politics of hair care are just a few of the subjects Lisa Jones addresses.

CROSSING THE BOUNDARY: BLACK WOMEN SURVIVE INCEST. Melba Wilson.
Both personal and analytical, this book breaks ground in relating incest to the black woman's experience.

GAL: A TRUE LIFE. Rughie Bolton.
A real-life "Color Purple."

THE GHETTO SOLUTION. Roland Gilbert and Cheo Tyehimba-Taylor.
One organization's efforts at providing role models for African-American youth.

HARDBALL: A SEASON IN THE PROJECTS. Daniel Coyle.
Is Little League the solution for places like Cabrini-Green?

LIVING WITH RACISM: THE BLACK MIDDLE-CLASS EXPERIENCE. Joe R. Feagin and Melvin P. Sikes.
Interviews with 209 middle-class African-Americans attest to the fact that racism thrives in America.

NO HIDING PLACE: EMPOWERMENT AND RECOVERY FOR OUR TROUBLED COMMUNITIES. Cecil Williams and Rebecca Laird.
A San Francisco inner-city minister's fight to free his community from the ravages of drug addiction and other problems.

*OUT OF THE MADNESS: FROM THE PROJECTS TO A LIFE OF HOPE. Jerrold Ladd.
Twenty-three-year-old Ladd writes from personal experience.

RACISIM 101. Nikki Giovanni.
A mind-tingling assortment of topics that all relate in one way or another to being a Black American.

THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS. Ellis Cose.
The humiliations, subtle and not so subtle, which evoke the question: "Why in God's name won't they accept me as a human being?"

SUCCESS RUNS IN OUR RACE: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE NETWORKING IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. George C. Fraser.
Some valuable tips.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by: Moonyean Carlton, General Library Reader and Information Services; Catherine Clancy, General Library Teen Services; Marylou Coveney, South End Branch; Sara Markell, Codman Square Branch. Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch, Committee Chairperson.