Contemporary Black Biography

  • Series Name: Contemporary Black Biography Series
  • Volume 134
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  • ISBN-10: 1410312143
  • ISBN-13: 9781410312143
  • DDC: 920.009296
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 318 Pages | eBook
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2016, 2016
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released October 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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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 quickscanning.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.)

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 1410312038 | ISBN-13: 9781410312037

Table of Contents

Chico Banks.
Versatile Chicago bluesman.
Holly Bass.
Performance artist who blends word and movement.
Salome Bey.
Singer and actress known as “Canada’s First Lady of the Blues.”
Big Time Sarah.
Longtime Chicago blues and jazz singer.
Tamar Braxton.
R&B singer and reality television star.
Tim Brown.
Hall of Fame wide receiver.
Margaret Taylor Burroughs.
Respected artist, author, and educator.
Park Cannon.
Democratic politician and activist in Georgia.
C. J. Chenier.
Musician who succeeded his father as zydeco’s standard-bearer.
Clifton Chenier.
Singer and accordionist known as the “King of Zydeco.”
Marie Maynard Daly.
Pioneering biochemist and medical researcher.
Walter Davis Jr.
Jazz pianist, accompanist, and composer.
Ricky Dillard.
Award-winning gospel choral director.
Brandon Victor Dixon.
Tony-nominated Broadway actor.
Channing Dungey.
Television studio executive named president of Disney/ABC.
Kim Foxx.
Candidate for state’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois.
Tyrese Gibson.
R&B singer and action film star.
Babs Gonzales.
Colorful bebop singer described as the “consummate hipster.”
Travis Greene.
Contemporary gospel singer and worship leader.
Charles Haley.
Fearsome NFL defensive end and linebacker.
Marvin Harrison.
Record-setting wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts.
Monte Irvin.
Negro league star who played in the majors.
Angela Jackson.
Poet, novelist, and playwright.
James P. Johnson.
Pivotal figure in the development of jazz.
Roy Jones Jr.
Champion boxer who won titles in four weight classes.
Geoffrey Kamworor.
Kenyan distance runner who aimed to break half marathon record.
Andy Kirk.
Leader of the Kansas City swing band Clouds of Joy.
Lee Andrews &.the Hearts.
Influential Philadelphia doo-wop group.
Jimmie Lunceford.
Popular big band leader from the 1920s to 1940s.
Nilah Magruder.
Animator and author of webcomics.
Christian McBride.
Accomplished bassist and director of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Chirlane McCray.
First lady of New York City.
Roscoe Mitchell.
Jazz saxophonist and proponent of free jazz.
Luis Ortiz.
Cuban heavyweight boxer.
Orlando Pace.
Dominating offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams.
Phife Dawg.
Trailblazing rapper with A Tribe Called Quest.
Katrina Pierson.
Spokesperson for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Prince.
Prolific pop artist who died in 2016.
Don Redman.
Musical innovator of early jazz.
José Reyes.
All-Star shortstop who faced suspension for domestic violence.
Norwell Roberts.
First black to serve on the London Metropolitan Police Service.
Harold M. Rose.
Influential scholar of urban geography.
Royce da 5’9".
Detroit rapper and protégé of Eminem.
Charlie Sifford.
Pioneering professional golfer.
Mary Carter Smith.
Educator who revived the art of storytelling.
Charles Henry Turner.
Scientist who studied insect behavior.
Michael Twitty.
Culinary historian who documents African-American foodways.
James L. Usry.
Atlantic City mayor who faced bribery scandal.
Vanity.
Singer who fronted Vanity 6 in the 1980s.
Lester Aglar Walton.
Diplomat, sportswriter, and playwright.
Kamasi Washington.
Inventive jazz saxophonist and composer.
Karen Weaver.
Mayor of Flint, Michigan, elected during public health crisis
Patrice Williamson.
Versatile jazz singer.
Sonny Boy Williamson.
Influential blues singer and harmonica player.
Teddy Wilson.
Jazz pianist who played with Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday.