A collection of some 40 essays in African-American studies, reflecting important issues in the field such as identity, class and culture, the Afro-centric debate, race and aesthetics, race relations, and education and development. Additional topics are crime and punishment, sociological and economic issues, theology and liberation, political identification and political strategies, pan-Africanity, and intellectual wars. Specific subjects include Afrocentrism and a new world order, Afrocentric television programming, the biracial assault on blackness, and minority male joblessness. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.