Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 121
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  • ISBN-10: 1573024309
  • ISBN-13: 9781573024303
  • DDC: 920.0092
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 318 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2015, 2014
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released March 2015
  • 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. 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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Contemporary Black Biography Series

Each volume of Contemporary Black Biography contains at least 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. 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

  • Entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning.
  • Includes four cumulative indexes: Nationality, Occupation, Subjects and Name.

What's New

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

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1573024201 | ISBN-13: 9781573024204

Table of Contents

Mo Abudu.
Nigerian talk show host known as "Africa's Oprah."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Acclaimed Nigerian writer.
Dani Alves.
Brazilian star for Barcelona soccer club.
Biyi Bandele.
Nigerian playwright and novelist who depicts African and immigrant life.
Dean Baquet.
First African American to become executive editor of the New York Times.
Ras J. Baraka.
Progressive Democrat elected mayor of Newark, New Jersey, in 2014.
Brook Benton.
R&B crooner who sang with Dinah Washington in the 1960s.
Earl Bostic.
Jazz saxophonist and bandleader.
Alex Bradford.
Theatrical gospel singer who appeared on Broadway.
Robert D. Bullard.
Sociologist known as the "Father of the Environmental Justice Movement."
Ed Bullins.
Award-winning playwright of 1960s black drama.
Henry Butler.
Exuberant New Orleans pianist and singer.
Rubin Carter.
Boxer wrongfully convicted of 1966 triple murder.
Paul Chambers.
Bassist who played a role in the development of jazz.
William Jelani Cobb.
Noted social commentator and historian.
The Detroit Emeralds.
R&B and soul group that had a hit in 1972 with "I Feel the Need in Me."
DJ Rashad.
Chicago DJ who pioneered "footwork" music and dance.
Hamid Drake.
Improvisational jazz drummer.
The Drifters.
Classic R&B group headed by Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King.
Nima Elbagir.
CNN correspondent in Africa.
Ron Funches.
Portland comedian who made television debut in 2014.
Anna Gordy Gaye.
Late wife and musical inspiration of Marvin Gaye.
Hampton Hawes.
Influential bebop and jazz pianist.
Lou Hudson.
All-Star guard known as "Sweet Lou."
Mark Jackson.
NBA veteran who became ESPN commentator.
Rita Jeptoo.
Three-time Boston Marathon winner.
J. Rosamond Johnson.
Composer and performer who worked to preserve Negro spirituals.
Robert L. Johnson.
Businessman who founded BET cable television network.
Bomani Jones.
ESPN commentator on sports and race.
Jon Jones.
Ultimate Fighter who became light heavyweight champion at 24.
Philly Joe Jones.
Hard-hitting jazz drummer who worked with Miles Davis.
Meb Keflezighi.
American runner who won Boston Marathon at age 38.
Wynton Kelly.
Pianist during the golden age of jazz.
W. W. Law.
Civil rights leader in Savannah, Georgia.
Lil B.
Unusual and prolific rapper.
Cuonzo Martin.
College basketball coach who left Tennessee for Berkeley.
Robert Mathis.
Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts.
Harry McAlpin.
First black reporter admitted to a White House press conference.
Raymond Anthony Myles.
Flamboyant gospel singer who was murdered in 1998.
Raful Neal.
Louisiana blues harmonica player.
Robert Nighthawk.
Distinctive blues guitar master.
Yannick Noah.
French tennis star turned pop singer.
Jeffrey Osborne.
R&B balladeer.
Michael Pineda.
All-Star pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees.
Rare Essence.
Washington, DC-based R&B group.
Pete Rock.
Prolific rapper and producer.
Michael Sam.
First openly gay football player drafted into the NFL.
Clarence Seedorf.
Dutch soccer star.
Thabo Sefolosha.
Swiss-born swingman for the Atlanta Hawks.
Wayne Simmonds.
Playmaker for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Stromae.
Rwandan-Belgian pop star.
P. K. Subban.
Electrifying defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens.
Deontay Wilder.
Undefeated boxer known as the "Bronze Bomber."
Larry Wilmore.
Comedian who starred on "The Daily Show."
Stevie Wonder.
Motown superstar.