Black Men in Their Own Words

Black Men in Their Own Words

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by Patricia Mignon Hinds
     
 
From ESSENCE Books comes an exquisitely designed collection of essays from some of today’s most influential, respected, and recognized Black men, who speak candidly and eloquently about their lives and passions.

Black Men: In Their Own Words is an inspiring look at men of color who have reached the top of their chosen professions. Beautifully

Overview

From ESSENCE Books comes an exquisitely designed collection of essays from some of today’s most influential, respected, and recognized Black men, who speak candidly and eloquently about their lives and passions.

Black Men: In Their Own Words is an inspiring look at men of color who have reached the top of their chosen professions. Beautifully illustrated with striking photographs, it features prominent Black men speaking openly about the forces that have shaped their lives—from their friendships, passions, loves, and family relationships to racism and historical legacies.

A unique who’s who of contemporary African-American history and culture, Black Men: In Their Own Words is a fascinating compilation of personal testimonies from almost a hundred men. Filled with rich and powerful reflections from leading civil-rights activists and news-making politicians (Julian Bond, Jesse Jackson, Jr.), artists and entertainers (Samuel L. Jackson, Damon Wayans, Wynton Marsalis), sports stars (Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), media stalwarts (Ed Bradley, Tavis Smiley), and powerful thinkers and businessmen (Omar Wasow, Alvin Poussaint, Russell Simmons), this book’s thoughtful, enlightening stories and dynamic photographs will evoke feelings of pride and purpose in every reader—male or female.

A wonderful combination of poignant writing and photographic artistry, Black Men: In Their Own Words is a deeply felt and engaging book that acknowledges the past, celebrates today’s accomplishments, and salutes the future of Black men in all walks of life.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Featuring nearly 100 black men, from Jesse Jackson Jr. to Wynton Marsalis. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Adult/High School-More than 90 black men from a wide variety of backgrounds, professions, and age groups share their insights with readers. Nine chapters address themes of manhood, passion, the arts, family, friendship, success, choices, the Civil Rights Movement, and legacies. Each one, prefaced with a poem by Amiri Baraka, features the personal experiences and ideas of several men on the selected theme. Black-and-white photographs appear throughout. Captions next to the pictures briefly summarize the men's professional achievements, but the focus of the book is on their words of wisdom on how to live life, achieve goals, and contribute to the well-being of others. Teens will be familiar with most of the athletes and performing artists included, but they may be less familiar with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder, and the University of Maryland's president, Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Authors, businessmen, visual artists, ministers, and others who have broken down barriers to progress and helped improve our society are all featured. The examples of what these men have achieved combined with the impact of the stories that they share make for powerful inspirational reading.-Joyce Fay Fletcher, Rippon Middle School, Prince William County, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609603666
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/14/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Essence Communications Partners is a business of diverse media properties and communications systems that includes ESSENCE, its flagship magazine, launched in 1970.

Patricia Mignon Hinds is the director of ESSENCE Books and the owner of Mignon Communications. She is the editor of 21st Century Sister: The ESSENCE Five Keys to Success, Total Makeover: Body, Beauty, Spirit, and ESSENCE: 25 Years Celebrating Black Women, as well as the author of nine children’s books. She lives in New York City.

Susan L. Taylor is the editorial director of ESSENCE magazine, the author of In the Spirit and Lessons in Living, and the coauthor of Confirmations.

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Black Men in Their Own Words 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fasinating, excellent read, should be required reading for all black males. We're showing the world what we really and truly are