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African Americans in the Performing Arts
     

African Americans in the Performing Arts

by Steven Otfinoski
 

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From Sidney Poitier and Billie Holiday to Halle Berry and Tupac Shakur, Afrrican Americans in the Performing Arts, Revised Edition profiles African-American actors, dancers, singers, musicians, composers, and choreographers from the early years of American entertainment until the present day. Each entry provides a biographical profile, concentrating on the events

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From Sidney Poitier and Billie Holiday to Halle Berry and Tupac Shakur, Afrrican Americans in the Performing Arts, Revised Edition profiles African-American actors, dancers, singers, musicians, composers, and choreographers from the early years of American entertainment until the present day. Each entry provides a biographical profile, concentrating on the events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments in the performing arts, as well as a list of further reading. A general bibliography and subject indexes complete this fascinating title. This revised volume in the A to Z of African Americans set offers a wealth of useful information for students, general readers, and lovers of the performing arts.

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Library Journal
For this inaugural volume in Facts On File's "A to Z of African Americans" series, writer Otfinoski (Great Black Writers; Alexander Fleming) collected 190 contemporary and historical figures in the performing arts, including actors, singers, musicians, comedians, dancers, composers, and choreographers, ranging from 19th-century Shakespearean actor Ira Alridge to contemporary singer/actress Brandy. Designed to provide basic knowledge and thus not very detailed, the one-page entries offer biographical information, performer's significance, a brief bibliography, "Further Viewing/Listening" titles, and sometimes photographs. Performers were chosen on the basis of the editor's personal preference, historical importance, variety, and level of importance, and most of the names will be familiar to either a younger or an older crowd, but perhaps not both. Approximately a third of the people covered are deceased. As for contemporary individuals, the editor features those who are either unique among their peers or who have already made a substantial contribution to their discipline. He also gives attention to a variety of disciplines, including country music and ballet. The sole complaint might be with omitted performers, such as triple Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald, but Otfinoski's choices are reasoned given space limitations. Lists of performers by activity and year of birth conclude the volume. Recommended for undergraduate and public library collections to complement African American Almanac, 8th ed., and Contemporary Black Biography.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-These biographical dictionaries highlight the lives and accomplishments of notable individuals, past and present. Each volume contains 125 to 200 alphabetical entries, all of which provide some biographical details and concentrate on events related to achievements in that field. Athletes includes sports from automobile racing to wrestling. An appended list subdivides major sports, so Ernie Banks and Derek Jeter are grouped under "Baseball Infielder" and Gale Sayers and Marshall Faulk under "Football Running Back." Unheralded women such as Earline Brown (shot putter) and Flo Hyman (volleyball) accompany more common names such as Althea Gibson. Performing Arts includes actors, dancers, choreographers, composers, and musicians and singers from ragtime to rap. Many entries, including those on Angela Bassett, Fats Waller, and Leontyne Price, provide cross-references to individuals who influenced the performers. Social Leaders contains abolitionists, separatists, civil rights activists, educators, newspaper publishers, and others whose efforts focused on the issues of their day. Entries on W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks accompany those on scores of lesser-known men and women. Nearly all entries have a Web-site reference. Science, Math, and Invention includes trailblazers who broke color barriers in their field, such as Frederick Drew Gregory, Deputy Administrator of NASA; and Sarah Breedlove Walker, the first self-made woman millionaire in the U.S. Average-quality, black-and-white portraits are scattered throughout. Overall, these are fine reference sources.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816078387
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
A to Z of African Americans Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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