Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 138
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  • ISBN-10: 1410323498
  • ISBN-13: 9781410323491
  • DDC: 920
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 303 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2017, 2017, 2017
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released March 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Overview

Each volume of Contemporary 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: 1410323374 | ISBN-13: 9781410323378

Table of Contents

Tunde Adebimpe.
Frontman for indie rock band TV on the Radio.
Vernel Bagneris.
Versatile performer who brought the music of New Orleans to Broadway.
Mookie Betts.
Dynamic outfielder for the Boston Red Sox.
Selwyn Birchwood.
Up-and-coming bluesman who released his debut in 2015.
Blue Magic.
Philly soul quintet of the 1970s.
Mike Carey.
Longtime NFL referee.
Michelle Carter.
Olympic gold medalist in the shot put.
Dee Clark.
Indefatigable soul singer.
Betty Davis.
Free-spirited R&B and funk singer of the 1970s.
Desiigner.
Brooklyn rapper promoted by Kanye West.
Robert Nathaniel Dett.
Composer and choral director who joined spirituals with classical music.
Ashton Eaton.
Record-setting track and field athlete.
Sonny Fortune.
Energetic jazz saxophonist, flutist.
Slim Gaillard.
Eccentric singer, pianist, and guitarist.
Kenny Garrett.
Influential jazz saxophonist.
Youree Dell Harris.
Late-night television psychic known as Miss Cleo.
Jay Hoggard.
Jazz musician who composed works for vibraphone.
Linda Hopkins.
Enduring gospel, jazz, and blues singer.
Tony Jackson.
Singer and pianist who helped popularize jazz.
E. J. Josey.
Librarian who worked to recruit blacks into library science.
T. B. Joshua.
Charismatic preacher who leads lucrative Nigerian ministry.
Colin Kaepernick.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sparked controversy in 2016.
Leontine Kelly.
Prominent bishop in the United Methodist Church.
Matt Kemp.
Outfielder for the Atlanta Braves.
Edgar Lungu.
President of Zambia elected in 2015.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
South African politician and women's rights activist.
Idris Muhammad.
Versatile R&B and jazz drummer.
Ola Orekunrin.
Founder of first air ambulance service in West Africa.
Oscar Peterson.
Virtuosic jazz pianist.
Andre Pierre.
Celebrated Haitian artist.
Jean Ping.
Gabonese official who lost presidential election in 2016.
Trudy Pitts.
Organist known as the "Godmother of Jazz."
Bashir Ramathan.
Blind Ugandan boxer.
A. C. Reed.
Jazz and blues tenor saxophonist.
Doc Rivers.
NBA veteran and coach of the Boston Celtics.
John Saunders.
Longtime ESPN host and announcer.
Columbus Short.
Actor whose career was overshadowed by personal problems.
Weston Sprott.
Trombonist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Louis Stokes.
Longtime Democratic congressman from Cleveland, Ohio.
Harold Sylvester.
Actor and producer known for his role on "Married . . . with Children."
Christian Taylor.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump.
Timbaland.
Prolific producer and hitmaker.
Tink.
Young female rapper championed by Timbaland.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
French tennis player who sought first Gram Slam title.
Bebo Valdes.
Pioneer of Cuban jazz.
Dorothy Vaughan.
NASA mathematician portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures."
Wilbur Ware.
Jazz bassist who played with Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane.
Maurice Williams.
R&B singer best known for his 1960 hit "Stay."
Edwin T. Witt.
Respected physician and pediatrician.
Charles Woodson.
NFL defender turned broadcaster.