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Family Affair: What It Means to be African American Today [NOOK Book]

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It’s no secret that the African American community is in crisis. From health disparities and political injustice to crime statistics and a variety of social ills, it is a community teetering on the edge. Through personal stories and essays, Family Affair addresses this imbalance, offering insight on issues and topics that the majority of African Americans only talk about in secret. The goal: to stimulate dialogue that supports reflection, healing, and understanding. Family Affair comprises five sections ...
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Overview


It’s no secret that the African American community is in crisis. From health disparities and political injustice to crime statistics and a variety of social ills, it is a community teetering on the edge. Through personal stories and essays, Family Affair addresses this imbalance, offering insight on issues and topics that the majority of African Americans only talk about in secret. The goal: to stimulate dialogue that supports reflection, healing, and understanding. Family Affair comprises five sections representing the key features that influence the African American identity: History, Politics, Behavior, Beliefs, and Self-evaluation. The book showcases a wide cross-section of contributors representing various elements of the black community. Each section features at least one religious leader and one institutional leader, as well as many celebrities from the worlds of music and broadcasting, along with ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
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Starred Review.This thoughtful collection of short essays, addressing a wide range of issues and emotions facing African Americans, should become a well-thumbed nightstand fixture. Organized into five themes (family, culture, relationships, community and self), contributors range from celebrities like Isaiah Washington and supermodel Beverly Johnson to education administration authority Ontario S. Wooden and self-described "Black Male Teen in America" Bernard Harrison, a 16-year-old from Queens, N.Y. In the "relationship" section, actress Hattie Marie Winston pens a loving letter to her husband Harold, while documentary filmmaker Muta'Ali Muhammad confesses his ambivalence toward "modern black women." Another essay, by young writer Denise L. McIver, conveys her shock at being told to "go back to Africa!" ("My mouth dropped... I had never set foot in Africa"), while a few pages away Tracy Pierre delivers the strident poem, "I Am ... African / (No Hyphen! No Hype!)" Other essays lament the distance among modern African Americans ("We just don't seem to care as much about each other"), but this community-minded collection provides inspiration and reason for hope. Readers should resist the urge to read through these essays all at once; concise and thought-provoking, they deserve to be savored.
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"This thoughtful collection of short essays, addressing a wide range of issues and emotions facing African Americans, should become a well-thumbed nightstand fixture. ...concise and thought-provoking, they deserve to be savored." —starred review, Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572846517
  • Publisher: Agate
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,242,844
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Gil L. Robertson IV is a veteran journalist whose syndicated column, "The Robertson Treatment," appears in more than 30 newspapers and reaches more than 2 million readers around the country. He is also the editor of Not In My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community (Agate, 2006).
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Family 1

1 The Family Must Stand Carolyn Kilpatrick Kilpatrick, Carolyn 3

2 The Out-House Generation Raegan L. Burden Burden, Raegan L. 8

3 Journey for Love Venus Bivins Bivins, Venus 16

4 A Family Moment Vicangelo Bulluck Bulluck, Vicangelo 22

5 DNA Has Memory: We Are Who We Were Isaiah Washington Washington, Isaiah 28

6 A Black Family Living in Japan Leslie Bardo Bardo, Leslie 32

7 Return to the Village Harold Wheeler Wheeler, Harold 38

8 Home Training Betty Winston Baye Baye, Betty Winston 44

9 The African-American Family: Giving the Gifts of Roots and Wings Sandra Jowers-Barber Jowers-Barber, Sandra 47

10 Family Affair Kelley Bass Jackson Jackson, Kelley Bass 53

11 The Place I Call Home Cynthia Powell-Hicks Powell-Hicks, Cynthia 61

12 Loving You, Loving Me Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. Morton, Bishop Paul S., Sr. 66

13 "Golden" Women of Faith (Originally Titled "A Salute to Black Women") Stacey Evans Morgan Morgan, Stacey Evans 70

14 Mourning a Child's Choice Rochelle Riley Riley, Rochelle 72

Pt. II Culture 77

15 Soul Music: The DNA of Our Destiny A. Scott Galloway Galloway, A. Scott 79

16 Black Like You Laz Alonzo Alonzo, Laz 84

17 What It Means to Be Gullah Ronald Daise Daise, Ronald 86

18 The Little Red School House Bridget Isaac Isaac, Bridget 94

19 The African-American Tradition: A Framework for Increasing Educational Outcomes for Our Children Ontario S. Wooden Wooden, Ontario S. 105

20 Growing Up Creole in Los Angeles Mark Broyard Broyard, Mark 116

21 Urgent Message: We've Got a Problem Here. Fortunately, It's Never Too Late to Do Something About It Geraldine Westbrooks Westbrooks, Geraldine 124

22 SoulSurvivor Isaac Hayes Hayes, Isaac 129

23 BrookVirgiBadian: My Mixed-In Life Kevin Harewood Harewood, Kevin 135

24 A Legacy That Lives Through Me Rani Whitfield Whitfield, Rani 139

25 Bridging the Divide Otis Moss III Moss, Otis, III 145

26 A Legacy of Mother-Wit Stacey Evans Morgan Morgan, Stacey Evans 150

27 I Am... African (No Hyphen! No Hype!) Tracy Pierre Pierre, Tracy 155

28 Growing Up African in America Robert Emeka Mark Ajakwe Ajakwe, Robert Emeka Mark 158

Pt. III Relationships 161

29 Love, Marriage, and Struggle Ruby Dee Dee, Ruby 163

30 Living Single Gilda N. Squire Squire, Gilda N. 168

31 Modern Black Love: Phase Three Muta'ali Muhammad Muhammad, Muta'ali 174

32 Relationships Matter Felicia "The Poetess" Morris Morris, Felicia "The Poetess" 181

33 Gone Terese Harris Harris, Terese 184

34 Home Is Calling Me: Blacks, Religion, and Multiculturalism Korie L. Edwards Edwards, Korie L. 190

35 R(evolution) David J. Malebranche Malebranche, David J. 196

36 Dear Harold Hattie Mae Winston Winston, Hattie Mae 203

37 The Responsibility David Horton Horton, David 208

38 This Dope Called Hope Malcolm-Jamal Warner Warner, Malcolm-Jamal 211

Pt. IV Community 215

39 Actionable Pride Cathy Hughes Hughes, Cathy 217

40 Not Denise Huxtable Shelby Powell-Hicks Powell-Hicks, Shelby 221

41 My American Dream H. Alexander Robinson Robinson, H. Alexander 227

42 An Artist's Colorful Palette Bret Eileen Wilson Wilson, Bret Eileen 231

43 The Courage to Dream William "Billy" Bass Bass, William "Billy" 233

44 How Long Will We Continue to Allow the Destruction of the Global Image of the Black Woman? Jasmyne Cannick Cannick, Jasmyne 235

45 I'm Black, but Am I Black Enough? Nadia Utaillade Utaillade, Nadia 241

46 The Complexity of Race and Class Harold A. Dawson, Jr. Dawson, Harold A., Jr. 247

47 On Freedom Logan H. Westbrooks Westbrooks, Logan H. 252

48 Pushed to the Edge: Katrina Stories Sally Ann Roberts Roberts, Sally Ann 257

49 The Black Community: For Sale by Owners Angelo B. Henderson Henderson, Angelo B. 264

50 A Journey into Manhood James Worthy III Worthy, James, III 273

51 Pay It Forward Gil L. Robertson IV Robertson, Gil L., IV 275

52 Old Times Talib Latif Latif, Talib 278

53 Something Extraordinary, Something Unique - It's All Up to You Thurbert E. Baker Baker, Thurbert E. 280

Pt. V Self 285

54 The Psychology of Beauty Beverly Johnson Johnson, Beverly 287

55 To Thine Own Self, Be True Bunnie Jackson-Ransom Jackson-Ransom, Bunnie 291

56 Better than Equal: Love, Community, and Struggle Forged this Manhood Anthony Asadullah Samad Samad, Anthony Asadullah 302

57 What Happens in the Dark Michele Edwards Edwards, Michele 309

58 Part-Time Thuggin': Redefining a Generation by Discarding the Thug Swagger P. Frank Williams Williams, P. Frank 313

59 Monica, Katrina, & Michelle: The Journey to Obama Ava DuVernay DuVernay, Ava 318

60 Just Who I Am Joseph R. Whitfield Whitfield, Joseph R. 327

61 Staying True to Your Dreams Tasha Smith Smith, Tasha 331

62 History Informs Who I Am, or How I Narrowly Escaped Backslapping Iona Morris Morris, Iona 333

63 A Black Male Teen in America Bernard Harrison Harrison, Bernard 339

64 Comfortable Being Me Michelle Falconer Falconer, Michelle 341

65 Black Like Me? Denise L. McIver McIver, Denise L. 346

66 Finding My Niche Allycin Powell-Hicks Powell-Hicks, Allycin 352

67 A Multicultural African Victoria Rowell Rowell, Victoria 355

68 Why Not? Gerald S. Brooks Brooks, Gerald S. 358

69 By Any Other Name Hasna Muhammad Muhammad, Hasna 361

70 Black Enough for Me Donald K. Sherman Sherman, Donald K. 367

71 I Am a New Mrikan Dee Robinson Robinson, Dee 371

72 Little Black Girl in an All-White World Candi Carter Carter, Candi 374

73 Memo to Myself: I Can Grieve Now Christopher D. Cathcart Cathcart, Christopher D. 379

74 Short Cuts: A Hairstory Regina R. Robertson Robertson, Regina R. 384

75 Didn't You Get The Memo? African Americans Come in All Shades! Chandra R. Thomas Thomas, Chandra R. 388

76 Calm within the Storm Max L. Siegel Siegel, Max L. 392

Appendix I 399

Appendix II 404

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