Best African American Essays : 2009

ISBN-10: 0553385364

ISBN-13: 9780553385366

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gerald Early, Debra J. Dickerson

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This exciting collection introduces the first-ever annual anthology of writing solely by African Americans. Here are remarkable essays on a variety of subjects informed bybut not necessarily aboutthe experience of blackness as seen through the eyes of some of our finest writers. From art, entertainment, and science to technology, sexuality, and current eventsincluding the battle for the Democratic nomination for the presidencythe essays in this inaugural anthology offer the compelling perspectives of a number of well-known, distinguished writers, including Malcolm Gladwell, Jamaica Kincaid, James McBride, and Walter Mosley, and a number of other writers who are just beginning to be heard. Selected from an array of respected publications such as theNew Yorker,theVirginia Quarterly Review,andNational Geographic,the essays gathered here are about making history, living everyday lifeand everything in between. In "Fired," author and professor Emily Bernard wrestles with the pain of a friendship inexplicably ended. Kenneth McClane writes hauntingly of the last days of his parents' lives in "Driving." Journalist Brian Palmers shares "The Last Thoughts of an Iraq War Embed." In "Jamaica Girl," author Lori Cullen illustrates the struggle of immigrant blacks to become American without losing hold of their cultural roots, and writer Hawa Allan depicts the forces of race and rivalry as two catwalk icons face off in "When Tyra Met Naomi." A venue in which African American writers can branch out from traditionally "black" subjects,The Best African American Essaysfeatures a range of gifted voices exploring the many issues and experiences, joys and trials, that, as human beings, we all share. Please click the "Behind the Book" link for contributor's bios.
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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Gerald Early is the author of "The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, & Modern American Culture" & the editor of "The Muhammad Ali Reader". He is Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University in St. Louis.

Debra J. Dickerson holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.S. from St. Mary's University, and a B.A. from the University of Maryland. She is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and a columnist for She has been both a senior and a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report, and her writings have appeared in, among other periodicals, The New Republic, The Nation, Slate, The Village Voice, and Essence. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Series Editor Introduction
Guest Editor Friends, Family Fired: Can a Friendship Really End for no Good Reason?
Gray Shawl
Real Food
Entertainment, Sports, the Arts Hip Hop Planet
Writers Like Me
Dances with Daffodils
The Coincidental Cousins: A Night Out with Artist Kara Walker
Music: Bodies in Pain
When Tyra Met Naomi: Race, Fashion, and Rivalry
Dancing in the Dark: Race, Sex, the South, and Exploitative Cinema
Early Modern-Day Mammy?
Broken Dreams
Sciences, Technology, Education None of the Above: What I.Q. Doesn’t Tell You About Race
Part I: I Had a Dream
Part II: A Dream Lay Dying
Part III: The Once and Future Promise
Get Out of My Closet: Can You Be White and “On the Down Low”?
Girls to Men: Young Lesbians in Brooklyn Find That a Thug’s Life Gets Them More Women
Internationally Black A Slow Emancipation
Appiah Searching for Zion
Last Thoughts of an Iraq “Embed”
Stop Trying to “Save” Africa
We Are Americans
Activism/ Political Thought Jena, O.J. and the Jailing of Black America
One Nation…Under God?
Americans Without Americanness: Is Our Nation Nothing More Than an Address?
Barack Obama
Standing Up for “Bad” Words
“Driving While Black” Myth
Goodbye to All That: Why Obama Matters
The High Ground
Permissions and Credits
About the Editors
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