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Black Light
     

Black Light

by Paul Carter Harrison, Danny Glover, Bill Duke
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to Harrison, the purpose of this collection of 86 profiles is ``to identify those persons of African descent in recent times whose individual actions will have a lasting impact and effect on sustaining an affirmative transformation of the black experience into the twenty-first century.'' African American authors, athletes, media stars, musicians and other performers, and social activists parade past the reader in thumbnail biographies, each paired with a photograph. The editorial preference for breadth over depth, however, often results in frustratingly sketchy portraiture. Some of the author's pronouncements invite skepticism (we learn, for example, that Arsenio Hall's mother was ``constantly abused by his father simply because of differing opinions''), and, indeed, objectivity is not always evident: an entry on Carol Mosely Braun praises her ``stout-hearted and confrontative campaign'' while ignoring the scandals that surfaced during it; in the section devoted to Hill, the authors describe the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas (who is not profiled in the book) as ``clearly a political ploy, rather than a recommendation based upon merit.'' Ages 12-up. ( Nov. )
Library Journal
Eighty-six African Americans whose outstanding achievements have had a significant effect on the black experience are presented in this gallery of heroes. Divided into 13 broad categories, ranging from social activists to rappers, the book offers a comprehensive scope but relies heavily on well-known stars and athletes such as Bill Cosby and Magic Johnson. The book's highlight is the poignant introduction by actor Danny Glover, who defines his heroes as those family members who instilled wholesome values despite hard times. Glover's mother and grandfather outshine many of the other heroes included. Each two-page entry contains biographical information and a photograph of the subject. Harrison, a playwright, author, and director, has compiled this work primarily for youth. It is therefore recommended for public libraries.-- Jonathan Jeffrey, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560250609
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/23/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.64(d)

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