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Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 142
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  • ISBN-10: 1410323536
  • ISBN-13: 9781410323538
  • DDC: 920
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 312 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2018, 2017, 2017
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Available December 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018
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Overview

Each volume ofContemporary Black Biographycontains 50 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 Biographyis 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

  • Sketches typically include personal information, contact information, career history, writings, biographical and critical sources, and an informative essay that traces the entrant’s personal and professional life.
  • Many entries include a photo of the subject.
  • Also includes four cumulative indexes: Nationality, Occupation, Subject, and Name.

What's New

  • All entries in this volume are new or fully revised and updated (see Table of Contents for listing.)

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1410323412 | ISBN-13: 9781410323415

Table of Contents

Jovan Adepo.
Up-and-coming actor who starred in 2016 film Fences.
Samuel W. Allen.
Lawyer turned poet who explored African-American history and culture.
Tim Anderson.
Standout rookie shortstop for the Chicago White Sox.
Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Milwaukee Bucks guard known as the "Greek Freak."
Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Innovative jazz group that helped popularize performance art.
Eddie Barefield.
Jazz saxophonist and clarinetist who partnered with Cab Calloway.
Chuck Berry.
Pioneer of rock-and-roll guitar.
Devin Booker.
Elite shooting guard for the Phoenix Suns.
Raphael Bostic.
First African American to lead a Federal Reserve Bank.
Lester Bowie.
Avant-garde jazz trumpeter who played with the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Dennis Brutus.
South African poet who protested apartheid.
Don Byron.
Daring jazz clarinetist and saxophonist.
Henry Arthur Callis.
Physician who was a cofounder of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Chance the Rapper.
Chicago rapper who won three Grammys in 2016.
Beulah Mae Donald.
Mother who won civil lawsuit against the Ku Klux Klan for her son''s death.
Eddie Durham.
Musician, arranger, and composer who influenced popular music in the 1930s.
Mervyn Dymally.
California Democrat who served in the state legislature, U.S. Congress.
Esther Gordy Edwards.
Motown Records executive and museum founder.
Marvin Ellison.
CEO of J.C. Penney hired in 2015 to turn around company.
Joel Embiid.
Rising NBA star from Cameroon.
Ernie Fields.
Leader of popular "territory bands" in the 1930s and 1940s.
Roland Hanna.
Virtuosic jazz and classical pianist.
Bill Hardman.
Jazz trumpeter who accompanied jazz greats like Art Blakey, Charles Mingus.
Shari Headley.
Actress known for her role in the film Coming to America.
Luther Henderson.
Prolific Broadway composer, arranger, and orchestrator.
Teddy Hill.
Owner of Harlem jazz club where bebop was born.
Esteban Hotesse.
Dominican-born member of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.
Ben Jobe.
Legendary college basketball coach.
Daniel Kaluuya.
British actor who starred in the 2017 horror-comedy Get Out.
Little Simz.
Exciting young British rapper.
Helen M. Marshall.
Longtime civic leader in Queens, New York.
Allison Montana.
"Chief of chiefs" of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.
Tommy Potter.
Jazz bassist who contributed to the development of bebop.
René Préval.
Former Haitian president who sought political stability.
Sarah Rector.
Pioneering black entrepreneur in the Midwest.
Remy Ma.
Bronx rapper who made a comeback after prison.
Bishop L. Robinson.
First black police commissioner in Baltimore in the 1980s.
Curly Russell.
Jazz bassist who was adept at bebop.
Joni Sledge.
Member of disco-era quartet Sister Sledge.
Nick Stewart.
Comic actor and founder of the Ebony Showcase Theater in Los Angeles.
Vertner Woodson Tandy.
First licensed black architect in New York State.
Gardner C. Taylor.
Influential Baptist minister and civil rights activist.
Terence A. Todman.
Career diplomat who helped recruit African Americans to the Foreign Service.
Étienne Tshisekedi.
Longtime Congolese political opposition leader.
Leon Ware.
Unheralded architect of soul music.
Hayma Washington.
Award-winning producer chosen to lead the Television Academy in 2016.
Amber Stevens West.
Actress known for her TV sitcom roles.
Clarence Wigington.
Pioneering municipal architect in St. Paul, Minnesota.
J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.
Mathematician who made important contributions to nuclear science.
Addie L. Wyatt.
Trailblazing labor union leader and minister.