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Best African American Essays 2010

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ISBN-10: 0553385372

ISBN-13: 9780553385373

Edition: 2010

Authors: Gerald Early, Randall Kennedy, Chris Abani, Nikki Giovanni, Dorothy Sterling

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Here is the superb second edition of the annual anthology devoted to the best nonfiction writing by African American authors-provocative works from an unprecedented and unforgettable year when truth was stranger (and more inspiring) than fiction. The galvanizing election of Barack Obama was on the minds-and the pages-of authors everywhere.Best African American Essays 2010features the insights of writers from Juan Williams to Kelefa Sanneh and even Obama himself (his seminal speech on race is included here in its entirety). Ta-Nehisi Coates, in The Nation, proclaims that the president has "redefined blackness for white America," while Adolph Reed, Jr., in The Progressive, calls him a…    
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Gerald Early is Professor of English, African and African American Studies, and American Cultural Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Chris Abani is a poet and novelist and the author most recently of GraceLand, which won the 2005 PEN Hemingway Prize, a Silver Medal in the California Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His other prizes include a PEN Freedom-to-Write Award, a Prince Claus Award and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at USC.

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most prominent black poets of her generation. Born on June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., she graduated from Fisk University and later studied at Columbia University. Giovanni creates strongly written poems to convey messages of love, frustration, alienation, and the black experience. She gained national fame with the publication of Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgement in 1970. Full of the spirit of the black community during this era, her works captured the anger and frustration of many of its members. Giovanni has been the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. She has taught English at Rutgers…    

Author Dorothy Sterling was born on November 23, 1913 in Manhattan. She received a bachelor's degree from Barnard College in 1934. In the 1940's, she worked as a researcher for Life magazine, but left in frustration at a system under which women researchers gave material to men, who wrote the articles. Her first book, Sophie and Her Puppies, was published in 1951. She wrote more than 35 books for both children and adults throughout her lifetime including Freedom Train (1954), Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls (1958), Black Foremothers: Three Lives (1979) and Close to My Heart (2005). She won numerous awards for her work including the 1976 Carter G. Woodson Book Award for…    

Preface
Introduction
The Presidential Election of 2008
�A More Perfect Union"
�A Deeper Black"
�Obama No"
�Who Died and Made Tavis King?"
�What Obama Means to the World"
�Finally, a Thin President"
�Judge Obama on Performance Alone"
�Obama, the Instability of Color Lines, and the Promise of a Postethnic Future"
Our Michelle
�What Michelle Can Teach Us"
�Movin� On Up"
�The Other Obama: Michelle Obama and the Politics of Candor"
Reverend Wright Revisited
�Project Trinity: The Perilous Mission of Obama's Church"
�Rev Jeremiah Wright Isn't the Problem"
The United States, Past and Present
�America's Greatest Hits"
�The End of the Black American Narrative"
�In Defense of George Bush�
�The End of White America?"
Personalities
�Amy Winehouse and the (Black) Art of Appropriation"
�This Is How We Lost to the White Man"
�Before Grief�
Profiles
�The Other Black President"
�Family Matters"
�The Purrrfect Diva: Eartha Kitt Had a Taste For the Best Things in Life"
�Miriam Makeba: In Troubled Times, She Was the Voice of Country"
�Isaac Hayes: Unshackled by History's Chains"
Excerpt from Pig Candy
Race Talk
�Talking About Not Talking About Race"
�On Black History Month"
�On Race, Blacks Are Cowards, Too"
�What Is the Race Card?"
�Creature Features: A Two-Part Invention on Racial Profiling�
�This Machine Kills Fascists�
Sports
�Obama Victory Raises Social Significance of Basketball"
�Joe Louis Moment"
�Still Crazy After All These years"
�Ethical Treatment for a Quarterback"
Rita Dove
�The Fire This Time"
�On Rita Dove"
African American Literature
�Chester Himes: Exile & 125th Street"
Racial Identity, Enslavement, and the Law
�Multiracialism and the Social Construction of Race: The Story of Hudgins v. Wrights"
In Memoriam: John Hope Franklin
�The Dilemma of the American Negro Scholar"
Acknowledgments
Notable Essays
Permissions and Credits
About the Editors