Number of page: 320
Publisher: Little, Brown
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A New York Times bestsellerA New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post Notable Book A Publishers Weekly Book of the Year As seen on CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, and People MagazineA New York Times Book Review Editor’s ChoiceA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Library Journal Nonfiction Pick of SeptemberThe New York Times bestseller about a young black man’s journey from violence and despair to the threshold of stardom .
- Barbara Hoffert
Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family Ryan Speedo Green had a hard upbringing, spending time in juvenile detention, but pulled his life together and was so floored by a performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera that he decided to become an opera singer. Now he strides the Met’s stage. Not just for opera fans.
From Plantation to Paradise?: Cultural Politics and Musical Theatre in French Slave Colonies, 1764–1789
In 1764 the first printing press was established in the French Caribbean colonies launching the official documentation of operas and plays performed there and marking the inauguration of the first theatre in the colonies A rigorous study of pre French Revolution performance practices in Guadeloupe Martinique and Saint Domingue now Haiti Powers s book examines the elaborate system of social casting in these colonies the environments in which nonwhite artists emerged and both negative and positive contributions of the Catholic Church and the military to operas and concerts produced in the colonies The author also explores the level of participation of nonwhites in these productions as well as theatre architecture décor repertoire seating arrangements and types of audiences The status of nonwhite artists in colonial society the range of operas in which they performed their accomplishments praise criticism and the use of créole texts and white actors singers à visage noirs with blackened faces present a clear picture of French operatic culture in these colonies Approaching the French Revolution the study concludes with an examination of the ways in which colonial opera was affected by slave uprisings the French Revolution the emergence of patriotic theatres and their role in fostering support for the king as well as the impact on subsequent operas produced in the colonies and in the United States
Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males
Today young Black men are more likely to be killed or sent to prison than to graduate from college Yet despite all the obstacles some are achieving at the highest academic and professional levels Beating the Odds tells their remarkable stories and shows us what African American families have done to raise academically successful sons sons who are among the top two percent of African American males in terms of SAT scores and grades The result of extensive and innovative research Beating the Odds goes beyond mere analysis and beyond the relentlessly negative media images to show us precisely how young Black men can succeed despite the roadblocks of racism the temptations of crime and drugs and a popular culture that values being cool over being educated By interviewing parents and children from a range of economic and educational backgrounds and from both single and two parent homes the authors identify those constants that contribute to academic achievement and offer step by step guidance on six essential strategies for effective parenting child focused love strong limit setting and discipline continually high expectations open consistent and strong communication positive racial identity and positive male identity and full use of community resources The proof of the effectiveness of such strategies is in the sons themselves who speak eloquently in these pages about their struggles and successes in both the classroom and the often hostile world that surrounds it Essential reading for parents teachers and school administrators Beating the Odds offers insight guidance and hope for anyone concerned about the plight of young African American men and the society they live in
“Or Does It Explode?”: Black Harlem in the Great Depression
The Great Depression was a time of hardship for many Americans but for the citizens of Harlem it was made worse by past and present discrimination Or Does It Explode examines Black Harlem from the 1920s through the Depression and New Deal to the outbreak of World War II It describes the changing economic and social lives of Harlemites and the complex responses of a resilient community to racism and poverty Greenberg demonstrates that far from remaining passive in the face of hard times Harlemites mobilized to better their opportunities and living conditions through numerous organizations and grass roots political activism Their successes led to changed employment practices and new government programs This progress was not always enough however and the resulting anger of the community twice exploded in riot in 1935 and 1943 The book traces the history of these protests both organized and spontaneous It places them within their political and economic contexts by exploring the diversity of Harlem s family and community life its experiences with work and relief and its interaction with the administrations of New York City and New Deal agencies
Black Imagination and the Middle Passage
This volume of essays examines the forced dispossession caused by the Middle Passage The book analyzes the texts religious rites economic exchanges dance and music it elicited both on the transatlantic journey and on the American continent The totality of this collection establishes a broad topographical and temporal context for the Passage that extends from the interior of Africa across the Atlantic and to the interior of the Americas and from the beginning of the Passage to the present day