Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images

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Sepia Dreams is a collection of wise words from and beautiful images of fifty black celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, art, sports, and more. Speaking candidly about the motivations and qualities they believe have made and kept them successful, each celebrity interview takes the form of a lesson-one that is useful in our daily lives, one that shows us that dreams can come true, including:

* Samuel L. Jackson discusses Endurance

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Overview

Sepia Dreams is a collection of wise words from and beautiful images of fifty black celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, art, sports, and more. Speaking candidly about the motivations and qualities they believe have made and kept them successful, each celebrity interview takes the form of a lesson-one that is useful in our daily lives, one that shows us that dreams can come true, including:

* Samuel L. Jackson discusses Endurance

" I was very fortunate that fame didn't come until I'd learned to do a whole lot of different things. The work is what makes me happy. It never occurred to me to quit. From early on, it was instilled in me that it was about the work and not the result of the work."

* Gordon Parks expresses Fearlessness

"People could do many things if they just tried, but they're afraid. I have always had a great desire and curiosity about the world and what you can accomplish in it. At times, I have been afraid, but I have never allowed fear to stand in my way."

* Lena Horne tells of living with Dignity

"Dignity is something that no one can take away from you. They may try-honey, they will try-but you don't have to let them."

* Susan Taylor talks about BALANCE

"When your emotional life is in balance, everything else works. I see myself as a student of my own life. I'm always reaching for something more."

Sepia Dreams showcases Matthew Jordan Smith's extraordinary talent, and his moving photographs stand on their own as striking works of art. Intuitive and enriching, practical and encouraging, as well as visually stunning, this book inspires and guides anyone who has ever had a dream to pursue it.

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What special qualities have enabled African-American men and women to achieve success and celebrity in the face of all-too-familiar obstacles? Sepia Dreams provides some answers to this question as it celebrates the beauty and achievement of 50 outstanding individuals. In combining fashion photographer Matthew Jordan Smith's stunning photographs with intimate celebrity interviews, Sepia Dreams honors not only black achievement but also the capacity of the human spirit.

Dancers, writers, athletes, actors, and musicians all come to the table here to relate how their passion and values guided them on the path of excellence. For basketball star Reggie Miller, it was mastery of the spirit of competition; for actor Samuel L. Jackson, endurance and a deep respect for his craft; and for singer Patti LaBelle, gratitude for both the good and the bad times.

Whatever the obstacles, these achievers know that it takes love, courage, and commitment to succeed. Gordon Parks, the first black Hollywood director and the first black photographer for Vogue and Life magazines, aptly echoes the theme of Sepia Dreams as he states in his interview: "I have always had a great desire and curiosity about the world and what you can accomplish in it. At times, I have been afraid, but I have never allowed fear to stand in my way."

If you want to be inspired, if you have a dream, and if you want to hold something beautiful in your hands, then you will cherish this book. (Jennifer Forman)

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In Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images, prominent entertainment photographer Matthew Jordan Smith's color and sepia-toned images and interviews with 50 black luminaries appear alongside Dionne Bennett's text and Vanessa Williams's introduction. Designer Karl Kani describes the clothing industry barriers for black designers and reveals the inspiration for his label: "`Can I?' has always been my question: Can I really achieve success... ?... So I just kind of put [my first name] Karl and `Can I' together...." Lena Horne recounts refusing to sing on MGM's WWII tour unless black soldiers were included in the audience. Iman, Samuel L. Jackson, Reggie Miller, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Missy Elliott are among the other featured celebrities. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312278175
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Jordan Smith is one of the most prominent photographers of celebrities in entertainment today. His work has appeared in such publications as Essence, GQ, Vibe, In Style, Mademoiselle, and People. Matthew has also contributed to several notable books, such as Lloyd Boston's Men of Color, Sam Fine's Fine Beauty, and Tyra Banks' Tyra Beauty Inside and Out. A graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Matthew taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and volunteers as a photography mentor for the New York City Board of Education in his spare time.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xv
Ambition: karl kani 1
Balance: susan I. taylor 4
Beauty: lela rochon 9
Blessings: smokey robinson 12
Community: tyson beckford 17
Competitiveness: reggie miller 20
Confidence: taye diggs 25
Determination: dominique dawes 28
Devotion: loretta devine 33
Dignity: lena horne 36
Discernment: boris kodjoe 41
Encouragement: star jones 44
Endurance: samuel I. jackson 49
Enthusiasm: robert townsend 52
Faith: tommy davidson 57
Fearlessness: gordon parks 60
Focus: russell simmons 65
Gratitude: patti labelle 68
Growth: maxwell 73
Image: tyra banks 76
Independence: shaun robinson 81
Individuality: leon robinson 84
Inspiration: kenny lattimore 89
Integrity: halle berry 92
Joy: gregory hines 97
Legacy: iman 100
Mothers and mentors: monica 105
Movement: debbie allen 108
Opportunity: holly robinson-peete 113
Overtime: ray allen 116
Passion: nicole ari parker 121
Patience: vivica a. fox 124
Paying dues: suzanne de passe 129
Potential: phylicia rashad 132
Preparation: n'bushe wright 137
Purpose: malik yoba 140
Refinement: lynn whitfield 145
Resilience: vanessa williams 148
Resourcefulness: terry mcmillan 153
Respect: eriq la salle 156
Responsibility: blair underwood 161
Self-acceptance: e. lynn harris 164
Self-mastery: bill t. jones 169
Stamina: jackie joyner-kersey 172
Struggle: veronica webb 177
Surrender: rupaul 180
Teamwork: rick fox 185
Tenacity: b. smith 188
Uniqueness: missy elliott 193
The word: cece winans 196
Acknowledgments 201
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    Sepia Dreams is simply amazing!

    From the moment I first opened this book, I haven't been able to stop talking about it to my co-workers, friends, and family. Never before have I been so proud to own a book . At a time when we could all use something upbeat and positive, this book is inspirational, motivational, and uplifting. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am!

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