eBook Contemporary Black Biography: Profiles from the International Black Community

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 113
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  • ISBN-10: 1414497644
  • ISBN-13: 9781414497648
  • DDC: 920.0092
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 302 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released February 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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P>Each volume of Contemporary Black Biography contains 55 full-length biographies written in an easy-to-follow prose style, ranging from 2 to 4 pages each. Arranged alphabetically, entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning. Sections cover: Portrait (as available), Date and place of birth, Educational background, Address, Career data, Memberships, Awards received, Detailed prose essay, and Complete source citations.

Contemporary Black Biography is not limited to coverage of only notable black Americans, nor is it restricted by a manufactured definition of "contemporary." Its multinational coverage spans this century and includes rising personalities as well as groundbreakers and newsmakers in a variety of fields.

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Contemporary Black Biography Series

Each volume of Contemporary Black Biography contains at least 55 full-length biographies written in an easy-to-follow prose style, ranging from 2 to 4 pages each. Arranged alphabetically, entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning. Contemporary Black Biography is not limited to coverage of only notable black Americans, nor is it restricted by a manufactured definition of "contemporary." Its multinational coverage spans this century and includes rising personalities as well as groundbreakers and newsmakers in a variety of fields. Contemporary Black Biography includes four cumulative indexes. Nationality: While concentrating on U.S. figures, this title also covers important personalities from other countries. Find them listed by nationality here. Occupation: Editors focus on biographies not typically found in other sources — an eclectic blend of well-known and well-respected educators, physicians, politicians, activists, writers, clergy, military leaders, attorneys, as well as members of the more glamorous occupations such as athletes, fashion models and actors. Subjects: Events, places and organizations are cross-referenced to each entry. Use this index to identify key black individuals associated with such topics as the NAACP, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Motown Records, Medicine, the Olympics and hundreds of others. Name: As the only series devoted exclusively to black biography, Contemporary Black Biography's name index is the first place to look when you need information on contemporary black figures.

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  • See table of contents for new entries and updated entries.
  • Includes four cumulative indexes: Nationality, Occupation, Subject, and Name.

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  • Entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning.

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  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1414496958 | ISBN-13: 9781414496955

Table of Contents

Amadou & Mariam.
Husband-and-wife pop duo from Mali.
Lloyd Banks.
Baltimore rapper mentored by 50 Cent.
Christian Bentez.
Ecuadorian soccer star who died suddenly at age 27.
Cindy Birdsong.
Singer with Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross and the Supremes.
Ali Birra.
Ethiopian musician who champions native Oromo music and culture.
Bobby Bland.
Charismatic R&B singer.
Ozwald Boateng.
Designer of high-end men''s fashions on London’s Savile Row.
Leroy Bonner.
Frontman of the Ohio Players.
Milt Campbell.
First black athlete to win Olympic gold in the decathlon in 1956.
Rudy Crew.
Longtime schools chief appointed president of Medgar Evers College.
Christopher Paul Curtis.
Newbery Medal-winning children’s book author.
Damon Dash.
Hip-hop mogul who suffered a reversal of fortune.
Kenny Dorham.
Jazz trumpeter who played in bebop style.
George Duke.
Keyboardist and producer who crossed musical boundaries.
Walter Dyett.
Chicago music teacher who nurtured jazz talent.
T-Model Ford.
Delta blues guitarist.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Jamaican sprinter who won gold at the 2008, 2012 Olympics.
Oscar Gamble.
Power-hitting outfielder remembered for distinctive Afro.
Emile Griffith.
Boxer haunted by fatal 1962 match.
Thomas A. Hart Sr.
Longtime Howard University coach turned Washington lobbyist.
Edwin Hawkins.
Gospel singer who had a crossover hit with "Oh Happy Day."
Dwight Howard.
NBA center whose interpersonal problems eclipsed on-court play.
Ryan Howard.
Three-time All-Star first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Imani Winds.
African-American woodwind quintet with diverse repertoire.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
First African American to lead Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Benjamin Todd Jealous.
NAACP president who helped revive civil rights organization.
Robbie Jones.
Former basketball player turned actor.
Maurice Jones-Drew.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back nicknamed "Pocket Hercules".
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Former prime minister elected president of Mali in 2013.
Jim Kelly.
Actor who popularized martial arts films among black audiences in the 1970s.
Cecile Kyenge.
First black elected to Italian parliament.
Kiese Laymon.
Novelist and essayist whose writing considers race and culture.
Willie Louis.
Witness in infamous 1955 Emmett Till murder case.
Loni Love.
Comedian featured on VH1 specials.
Sharon K. McGhee.
Radio host turned playwright.
Clyde Miller.
United Church of Christ minister who advocated for social justice.
Oliver Nelson.
Jazz saxophonist who composed for film and television.
Toks Olagundoye.
Nigerian-born actress who plays alien housewife on ABC''s The Neighbors.
Yasiel Puig.
Cuban phenom who energized Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013.
Raven-Symone.
Child actress who went on to television and singing career.
Carline Ray.
Jazz singer and instrumentalist.
Marcus Roberts.
Pianist who reinterprets music of jazz masters.
Robin Roberts.
Host of ABC''s Good Morning America.
John S. Rock.
First black admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Emeli Sande.
British singer whose 2012 debut was top-selling U.K. album.
Sean Sasser.
AIDS activist featured on MTV''s The Real World.
George Scott.
First baseman for Boston Red Sox known for spectacular home runs.
Clarence Smith.
Pianist who gave a name to boogie-woogie music in the 1920s.
LaQuan Smith.
Queens-based designer who debuted at Fashion Week in 2010.
Reggie Smith.
Major leaguer who played for Red Sox, Dodgers over 17 seasons.
Cleotha Staples.
Vocalist who anchored the Staple Singers gospel ensemble.
Garland W. Watt.
First black judge to serve on the Cook County circuit court.
Jody Williams.
Bluesman known for string-bending guitar riffs.
Jimmy Witherspoon.
Shouter remembered for 1949 hit "Ain''t Nobody''s Business".
Tony Yayo.
G-Unit rapper who had trouble with the law.