eBook Contemporary Black Biography: Profiles from the International Black Community

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 119
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  • ISBN-10: 1573024287
  • ISBN-13: 9781573024280
  • DDC: 920.009296
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 309 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2014, 2014
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015
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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. 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.

Features and Benefits

  • All entries in this volume are fully revised and updated (See Table of Contents for listing.)
  • Includes four cumulative indexes: Nationality, Occupation, Subjects and Name.

What's New

  • Entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 157302418X | ISBN-13: 9781573024181

Table of Contents

Barkhad Abdi.
Somali-born actor who earned an Oscar nod for "Captain Phillips."
Debo P. Adegbile.
Prominent civil rights attorney.
T. J. Anderson.
Leading African-American composer.
Offiong Bassey.
Nigerian-American singer who blends jazz, soul with African influences.
Walt Bellamy.
Hall of Fame center famously traded by the New York Knicks.
Aloe Blacc.
Socially conscious singer known for his hit "I Need a Dollar."
Danielle Brooks.
Actress who starred on Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black."
Derrick Brooks.
Powerful linebacker who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl.
Eugene Callender.
Presbyterian minister who fought for social justice.
Don Cherry.
Innovative jazz trumpeter.
Jimmy Cobb.
Jazz drummer who accompanied Miles Davis.
Wanda Coleman.
Outspoken poet whose verse addressed racial issues.
Buddy Collette.
Los Angeles jazzman.
The Davis Sisters.
Popular gospel ensemble of the 1950s and 1960s.
Richard Dedeaux.
Poet and performer known as one of the Watts Prophets of Los Angeles.
De La Soul.
Alternative rappers of the 1990s.
John Langalibalele Dube.
First president of the African National Congress.
Ruby Elzy.
Soprano who originated role in Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess."
Paula Hammond.
MIT chemical engineer who creates polymers for medical, military applications.
Alcee Hastings.
Former federal judge elected to Congress after impeachment.
Claude Humphrey.
Fearsome NFL defensive lineman inducted into Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Intruders.
R&B group that helped define the Philadelphia sound.
Bobby Jackson.
Longtime host of jazz programs on public radio.
T. J. Jemison.
Louisiana pastor and activist who led 1953 bus boycott in Baton Rouge.
Al Johnson.
R&B vocalist who fronted the Unifics in the 1960s, 1970s.
Walter Jones.
Seattle Seahawks lineman considered among the greatest in NFL history.
Smanga Khumalo.
First black jockey to win South Africa’s richest horse race.
Willie Mabon.
R&B star of the 1950s.
William L. Mallory Sr.
Long-serving member of the Ohio House of Representatives.
Mandisa.
Gospel singer who appeared on "American Idol."
Jonathan Martin.
Football player who drew attention to bullying in the NFL.
Franklin McCain.
One of the "Greensboro Four" who fought for desegregation in the South.
Lonette McKee.
Veteran stage and screen actress who started her own film production company.
Donovan McNabb.
Quarterback who took the Philadelphia Eagle to five NFC Championships.
Sharon McPhail.
Former counsel for convicted Detroit mayor.
John McWhorter.
Linguist, author, and controversial social commentator.
Lorraine C. Miller.
Interim president and chief executive officer of the NAACP.
Jemeel Moondoc.
Avant-garde jazz saxophonist.
Frank Mugisha.
Ugandan gay rights activist.
Murtala Muhammed.
President of Nigeria who sought democracy.
Yoweri Museveni.
Long-serving president of Uganda.
Michael Omolewa.
Nigerian diplomat and scholar who headed UNESCO.
Judy Pace.
Actress who broke barriers for black women in entertainment.
Lloyd Price.
R&B singer who had a hit in 1952 with "Lawdy Miss Clawdy."
Snooky Pryor.
Harmonica player who helped make Chicago a postwar blues capital.
Queen Latifah.
Rapper turned actress, television host, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.
Dianne Reeves.
Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist.
Victoria Spivey.
Blues singer who founded her own music label.
Collis Temple Jr.
College basketball star who devoted his career to social service.
Tabby Thomas.
Bluesman who championed Louisiana’s blues heritage.
Bennie Thompson.
Longtime Democratic congressman from Mississippi.
Margaret Murray Washington.
Pioneering educator, women’s rights activist, and reformer.
Ron Washington.
MLB manager who took the Texas Rangers to two World Series.
Pharrell Williams.
Prolific singer and producer.
Russell Wilson.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback who won Super Bowl XLVII.