Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 135
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  • ISBN-10: 1410312151
  • ISBN-13: 9781410312150
  • DDC: 920.009296
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 310 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2016, 2016
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released December 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Overview

Each volume of Contemporary Black Biographycontains 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 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: 1410312046 | ISBN-13: 9781410312044

Table of Contents

Kenya Barris.
Creator of the hit ABC series "black-ish."
Daisy Bates.
Civil rights activist who fought for school desegregation in Arkansas.
Peg Leg Bates.
One-legged tap dancer of the 1930s.
Margot Bingham.
Up-and-coming actress and singer.
Tony Burton.
Boxer turned actor known for his role in the "Rocky" films.
Jimmy Butler.
All-Star forward for the Chicago Bulls.
Toronzo Cannon.
Chicago bluesman who incorporates R&B, gospel, and rock.
Dwane Casey.
NBA coach who revived the Toronto Raptors.
Julius Cheeks.
Pioneering gospel singer.
Terence Crawford.
Versatile boxer known for his technical prowess.
Rajai Davis.
Outfielder for the Cleveland Indians.
David Graham Du Bois.
Scholar who carried on the work of his famous stepfather.
Jennifer Ellis.
Trailblazing cardiac surgeon.
Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette.
Pioneer in the treatment of sickle cell anemia.
Meta Golding.
Actress who appeared in the "Hunger Games" films.
Bessie Griffin.
Gospel vocalist who introduced the genre to a wider audience.
Bessie Blount Griffin.
Physical therapist whose inventions helped disabled soldiers.
Regina Hall.
Actress known for her comedic roles.
Errol Hill.
Playwright and scholar of Caribbean and African-American drama.
Gil Hill.
Police officer who appeared in the "Beverly Hills Cop" films.
Elmo Hope.
Jazz pianist and composer who contributed to the development of bebop.
Michelle Hurst.
Late-blooming actress in "Orange Is the New Black."
Jean Blackwell Hutson.
Librarian who guided development of the Schomburg Collection.
The Impressions.
R&B vocal group that epitomized "Chicago soul."
Niger Innis.
Conservative activist and media personality.
Vernon D. Jarrett.
Pioneering journalist for the black press.
Moise Katumbi.
Opposition political leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Labrinth.
Rising British singer-songwriter.
Kyle Lowry.
All-Star guard for the Toronto Raptors.
Jack McVea.
Musical stylist who became a fixture at Disneyland.
Getatchew Mekurya.
Masterful Ethiopian saxophonist.
Lamorne Morris.
Comedic actor on CBS's "New Girl."
Bennie Moten.
Influential Kansas City jazz bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s.
Ruth Negga.
Actress who had breakout role in the 2016 film "Loving."
Helen Oyeyemi.
Nigerian-born British novelist and short story writer.
Don Patterson.
Master of the jazz organ.
Billy Paul.
R&B singer known for his hit "Me and Mrs. Jones."
Papa Wemba.
Pioneer of Congolese music.
Tony Phillips.
Versatile utility player who spent 18 seasons in the major leagues.
Noah Purifoy.
Artist who created sculpture from debris of riots.
Hanley Ramirez.
Prolific hitter for the Boston Red Sox.
Johnny Rawls.
"Soul blues' guitarist and singer.
Dewey Redman.
Jazz saxophonist who accompanied Ornette Coleman.
Ruth B.
Canadian singer who became a hit on social media.
Afeni Shakur.
Civil rights activist who preserved her son's musical legacy.
Will Smith.
Retired NFL defensive end who was killed in 2016.
Valaida Snow.
Sensational singer, dancer, and trumpet player.
Songhoy Blues.
Malian musical quartet in exile.
Jabo Starks.
R&B and blues drummer who played with James Brown.
Michael Strahan.
NFL start turned television host.
Harriet Tubman.
Underground Railroad conductor to be memorialized on the $20 bill.
Williams Brothers.
Prolific Mississippi gospel music group.
Lil'Ed Williams.
Chicago blues singer and guitarist.
Charlie Wilson.
Gap Band singer who launched a successful solo career.
Anna Mae Winburn.
Leader of all-female swing band in the 1940s.