Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 143
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  • ISBN-10: 1410323544
  • ISBN-13: 9781410323545
  • DDC: 920
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 312 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2018, 2018, 2017
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released 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 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

  • 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: 1410323420 | ISBN-13: 9781410323422

Table of Contents

David Adjaye.
Ghanaian-British architect who designed Smithsonian's African-American Museum
Eric Andre.
Outrageous comedian who hosts "anti-talk show."
Billy Bang.
Skillful and influential jazz violinist.
Zelia Breaux.
Legendary music teacher and theater owner in Oklahoma.
Lonnie Brooks
Multitalented blues showman.
Lonnie G. Bunch III.
Founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Ursula Burns.
Xerox CEO who was the first black women to lead a Fortune 500 firm.
Harry Carney.
Longtime Duke Ellington Orchestra member.
Cherrelle.
Classic R&B star of the 1980s.
William T. Coleman Jr.
Attorney and cabinet secretary who championed civil rights.
Morris Day.
Lead singer of the Time.
Lolis Edward Elie.
Civil rights lawyer who fought segregation in New Orleans.
Awol Erizku.
Ethiopian-American artist who took famous maternity photos of Beyonce.
Betty Gabriel.
Actress who had breakout role in Get Out.
James Genus.
Bassist who plays in the Saturday Night Live band.
Herb Hardesty.
Longtime saxophonist for Fats Domino.
Josh Harrison.
"Super-utility" player for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Louis Hayes.
Veteran jazz drummer.
Henry Aaron Hill.
Polymer scientist and consumer protection advocate.
Ernest Hogan.
Singer, dancer, and comedian who performed on Broadway in the 1890s.
Anthony Joshua.
British boxing champion.
Sean Kingston.
Hip-hop singer who had a hit with "Beautiful Girls."
Carroll M. Leevy.
Pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease.
Edna Lewis.
"Grand Dame" of southern cooking.
Sabby Lewis.
Pianist, bandleader, and disc jockey who helped build jazz scene in Boston.
Kirk Lightsey.
Pianist and champion of "straight-ahead" jazz.
Lizzo.
Hip-hop artist who preaches a message of self-acceptance.
Carmen Lundy.
Jazz singer who founded Afrasia label.
Sylvia Moy.
Motown songwriter who penned hits for Stevie Wonder.
Charlie Murphy.
Veteran actor and comedian.
Joe Newman.
Versatile jazz trumpeter and music educator.
Gift Ngoepe.
First African-born player in Major League Baseball.
Jimmie Noone.
Early jazz clarinetist.
Jessye Norman.
American opera diva.
Esther Afua Ocloo.
Ghanaian entrepreneur and advocate for women's economic empowerment.
Ebony G. Patterson.
Celebrated Jamaican visual artist.
Catherine Russell.
Jazz singer and interpreter of the Great American Songbook.
Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Grammy-winning jazz singer.
Ashton Sanders.
Young actor who starred in "Moonlight."
Ilyasah Shabazz.
Daughter of Malcolm X who preserved her father's legacy in books.
Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor.
Culinary griot and documenter of Gullah cooking.
Ellen Stewart.
Founder and artistic director of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club.
Clyde Stubblefield.
Drummer for James Brown who helped define funk music.
Eric Thames.
FIrst baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers.
John Thompson Jr.
Legendary Georgetown University basketball coach.
John Thompson III.
College basketball coach who succeeded his father at Georgetown.
Frances Tiafoe.
Up-and-coming American tennis player.
Faustin-Archange Touadera.
Mathematician elected president of the Central African Republic in 2016.
Eddie N. Williams.
Leader of think tank that promoted black's political advancement
Wiz Khalifa.
Pittsburgh-based rapper.