Contemporary Black Biography: Profiles from the International Black Community

Contemporary Black Biography: Profiles from the International Black Community

by Gale
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Contemporary Black Biography: Profiles from the International Black Community

Three times a year, this extraordinary reference series provides biographical profiles of important persons of African heritage. Whether they are personalities from the news, selected 20th-century notables, or individuals who are not yet household names, these are the men and women who are changing today's world and shaping the world of tomorrow.

Each volume of Contemporary Black Biography contains at least 65 full-length biographies written in an easy-to-follow prose style, ranging from 2 to 4 pages each. Arranged alphabetically, entries are divided by subheads for quick scanning. Sections cover:

Portrait (as available)

Date and place of birth

Educational background


Career data


Awards received

Detailed prose essay

Contemporary Black Biography is not limited to coverage of only notable black Americans, nor is it restricted by a manufactured definition of ""contemporary."" Its multinational coverage spans this century and includes rising personalities as well as groundbreakers and newsmakers in a variety of fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414432762
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/26/2008
Series: Contemporary Black Biography
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Photo Creditsxi
Adams Earley, Charity (Pioneering African-American WAC officer)1
Bambaataa, Afrika (Hip-hop pioneer)6
Beasley, Phoebe (Radio executive and talented artist)10
Benson, Angela ("Romantic" writer)13
Blige, Mary J. (The Queen of Hip Hop Soul)16
Bogle, Donald (Respected culture critic and historian)21
Bonds, Barry (National League four-time MVP)24
Brandy (Multi-talented singer and actress)28
Claiborne, Loretta (Inspirational Special Olympics athlete)31
Curling, Alvin (Reputable Canadian politican)34
Dadie, Bernard (Celebrated West African author)38
Davis, Viola (Tony award-winning actress)41
Delsarte, Louis (Gifted modern artist)44
Dobbs, Mattiwilda (Internationally-known opera singer)46
Ellington, Mercedes (Hard-working dancer and choreographer)50
Franklin, Shirley Clarke (Atlanta's first female mayor)53
Glover, Corey (Living Colour rocker)57
Hammond, Lenn (Canadian reggae star)60
Harper, Ben (Versatile musician)63
Harper, Michael S. (Revered poet)66
Harris, Claire (Leading Canadian poet)69
Holder, Laurence (Esteemed playwright)72
India.Arie (Up-and-coming Neosoul vocalist)75
Isaac, Julius (Former Chief Justice of Canada's Federal Court)78
Joachim. Paulin (Celebrated artist and critic)80
Jones, Merlakia (Determined Cleveland Rockers star)83
Kilpatrick, Kwame (Detroit's youngest mayor)85
Kodjoe, Boris (Socially-conscious actor)88
Kravitz, Lenny (Uncompromising rock musician)91
KRS-One (Hip-hop vanguard)96
Manley, Rachel (Autobiographical author)101
Marsalis, Branford (Grammy award-winning saxophonist)103
Mary, Mary (Popular Gospel duo)107
Mays, William G. (Mays Chemical Company founder)110
McKnight, Brian (Smooth R&B vocalist)113
MC Lyte (First female rapper to score a gold record)116
Mullen, Harryette (The "Queen of Hip Hop Hyperbole")119
Parks, Suzan-Lori (Avante-garde playwright)122
Powell, Renee (Ground-breaking golfer)125
Reid, Vernon (Living Colour guitarist)128
Robinson, Fatima (Hip-hop choreographer)131
Rucker, Darius (Hootie and the Blowfish baritone)133
Savimbi, Jonas (Charismatic Angolan rebel)136
Scott, Stuart (Successful ESPN sportscaster)140
Sly & Robbie (Jamaican musicians and record producers)143
Smith, Trixie (Southern blues singer)146
Talbert, David E. ("Soul" playwright)148
Taylor, Karin (Model-turned-businesswoman)151
TLC (Incendiary R&B trio)154
Walker, Hezekiah (The "Pastor of Hip Hop")159
Waters, Muddy (Beloved blues musician)162
White, Dondi (New York graffiti artist)165
Whitfield, Van (Bestselling author)169
Williams, Venus (Tennis prodigy)172
Woods, Sylvia (Soul-food restauranteur)176
Zuma, Nkosazana Dlamini (Powerful South African politican)179
Cumulative Nationality Index183
Cumulative Occupation Index195
Cumulative Subject Index213
Cumulative Name Index257

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