Africana: Arts and Letters : an A-to-Z Reference of Writers, Musicians, and Artists of the African American Experience

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Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates
Running Press, 2004 - Social Science - 655 pages
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Here’s an eminently readable reference of African-American contributions to the arts, faithfully adapted from the original one-volume encyclopedia Africana. Essays on such influential black figures as the writer and activist Amiri Baraka; singers Billie Holiday, Paul Robeson, and Lena Horne; painter Romare Bearden; filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, and poet Maya Angelou, as well as on black cultural events throughout modern history, create a rich resource of African-American arts and letters.
  

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Contents

Introduction
19
Table of Contents
21
Acknowledgements
29
Alvin Ailey
41
Marian Anderson
47
Jorge Artel
55
Josephine Baker
61
Breakdancing
103
I
295
Jack and Jill of America
301
Harriet Ann Jacobs
307
Jazz
309
Blind Lemon Jefferson
319
Sissieretta Jones
326
Patti LaBelle
339
Hudson William Ledbetter
346

George Frederick Polgreen
104
Claude Brown
110
Buck and Bubbles
116
Luther Campbell
123
Tracy Chapman
129
John Henrik Clarke
135
Robert H Colescott
141
Bill Cosby
147
LeonGontran Damas
155
Anthony Davis
161
Ruby Dee
167
Antoine Domino Jr Fats
173
The Drifters
179
Paul Laurence Dunbar
185
Edward Kennedy Ellington
191
Buchi Emecheta
199
Blacks in American Film
214
Ella Fitzgerald
215
Morgan Freeman
221
Ernest J Gaines
227
Charles Sidney Gilpin
233
Louis Gossett Jr
239
Angelina Weld Grimke
245
Henry Lewis
352
Alain Leroy Locke
358
Dewey Pigmeat Markham
364
Negro Ensemble Company
413
Harry Hubert Pace
423
Oscar Pettiford
430
The Pointer Sisters
437
Professor Longhair Henry
443
Benjamin Quarles
451
Gertrude Pridgett Rainey
457
Louis Allen Rawls Lou
463
Lloyd George Richards
470
Salt n Pepa
485
Hazel Scott
491
Ntozake Shange
497
Anna Deveare Smith
503
Willie Smith the Lion
509
Anne Spencer
516
Staple Singers
518
Sweet Honey in the Rock
524
Susie Baker King Taylor
530
Jean Toomer
536
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Kwame Anthony Appiah is the Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Humanities, chair of the Afro-American Studies Department, and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.

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