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The Autobiography of DMX

Author:DMX (Earl Simmons), Smokey D. Fontaine
DMX is an international superstar who has sold more than twenty-million albums and defined hip-hop culture better than any of his peers. He also lived the kind of rags-to-riches story that has molded some of the best American heroes. From a smart and mischievous young boy to a teenager dubbed "Crazy Earl" to the most feared MC on the street, DMX never stopped struggling for the kind of life he knew belonged to him. Born in Yonkers, New York, to a father who abandoned him and a mother ill equipped to raise her only boy, Earl Simmons grew to hate and distrust the world around him. But a passionate talent to rhyme gave him a dream, while a lifelong companionship with stray dogs gave him the strength to go on. His journey of self-discovery began with beatings, robbery, and group homes, lead to jails, car chases, gun battles, and rap wars, and culminated in commitment, love, fame, and fortune. This is the extraordinary first-person account of a man who gives expression to the thoughts and feelings of those who have never been heard. In the process, Earl Simmons became a father, a husband, a role model, and an international icon know as DMX. This is his story.


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Another Day at the Front

Author:Ishmael Reed
Dispatches from the Race War
An irreverent, brilliant, politically charged barrage of essays aimed at the perpetrators of America's war on blacks. African Americans have been at war with certain elements of the white population from the very beginning. Being black in this hemisphere is a battle, and each day is one spent at the front. In this new collection of essays, his first since Airing Dirty Laundry (1993), Ishmael Reed explores the many forms that this homefront war has taken. His brilliant social criticism feints deftly among past and present, government and media, personal and political. From the author whose essay style has been compared to the punching power of boxers Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali, this book is a series of fast, powerful jabs at America's long tradition of racism.


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Growing Up King

Author:Dexter Scott King, Ralph Wiley (Contributor)
A memoir of great style, exploration, and impact. "I was born worried. I was born anxious," writes the third child of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. It’s not surprising. Even in the beginning, when "we were kids just running around" in the bitterly segregationist Atlanta of the early 1960s, "a lot did rub off on us, just through osmosis, being in the environment, the SCLC conventions where Aretha Franklin sang." When Dexter was six, his father was killed. "Hope went out of many lives. We were not alone in that, and never would be alone in it from then on." Imagine the pressures: The requirement of being pious moral exemplar; the "if only I’d been more like my father" guilt; the failure to finish college; the love of music that earned him the black-sheep tag; the "extra oomph in my feelings of failure when I didn’t follow in his exact footprints." There would be highs and lows: the cruel politics of the King Center; the author’s inability to sustain a commitment because of his experience of what happens when you love somebody and they are taken away. But there were also his fights to secure the intellectual-property rights of his father and to try to learn the full circumstances of the assassination, both efforts that earned him the calumny of vested interests. Throughout, the memoir is wonderfully written: stories are nested within stories, pulled forward through history with a disarming openness--King is still very much a work in progress. There’s a lightness to his touch and a subversiveness to his humor. For all his black-sheep status, the author has found grace and purpose, and has stayed aware of his own identity, even when it was truly out of focus

ISBN: 0446529427

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A Lawyer's Life

Author:Johnnie Cochran, David Fisher (Contributor)
Johnnie Cochran gained international recognition for leading the "Dream Team" defense of O. J. Simpson. But long before and since then Johnnie Cochran has been a leader in the fight for justice for all Americans.
While often vilified for his defense of Simpson, Cochran emerged from the trial as a leading African American spokes person. But he has done most of his talking through the courtroom in such high profile cases as:
Abner Louima
Amadou Diallo
The Racially profiled New Jersey Turnpike Four
Sean "Puffy" Combs
Patrick Dorismond
Cynthia Wiggins

Cochran explains how he has used the law to force fundamental changes in America, it was Cochran, critics still claim, who dealt the first "race card." Here is his answer to that and other accusations.

Publisher:St Martin's

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Up From Slavery

Author:Booker T. Washington, Ishmwal Reed (Introduction)

Up from Slavery chronicles the life and times of Booker T. Washington. In this captivating autobiography, Washington recounts his personal voyage from the shackles of slavery to the pinnacle of prominence. The Tuskegee Institute, later to become today's Tuskegee University, plays a large role in the book, so much so that the latter half of Up from Slavery is as much about Tuskegee as it is about Washington.


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Up from Slavery

The Autobiography of Booker T. Washington
Author:Booker T. Washington

I was born a slave on a plantation in Franklin County, Virginia. I am not quite sure of the exact date of my birth, but at any rate I suspect I must have been born somewhere and at some time. As nearly as I have been able to learn, I was born near a cross-roads post-office called Hale’s Ford, and the year was 1858 or 1859. I do not know the month or the day. The earliest impressions I can now recall are of the plantation and the slave quarters—the latter being the part of the plantation where the slaves had their cabins.” Thus begins Booker T. Washington's fascinating autobiography, an important milestone in American history.


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Complete History of the Negro Leagues

Author:Mark Ribowsky
In their heyday, the Negro Baseball Leagues were an important part of black America, with games played between black teams drawing as many as 40,000 fans in some large cities, and casting its players in the role of celebrated heroes.
This exhaustive yet concise history masterfully evokes these long-gone days with portraits of such Hall of Fame's as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell, who played for teams like the Kansas City Monarchs, the Chicago American Giants, and the Pittsburgh Crawfords.
It is also a window into the black culture of the times, reflecting the pride and the dreams of a people living under the shameful burden of segregation. This rich volume offers the story of this great American epic one that continues to fascinate today.


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Seventh Child

Author:Rodney P. Collins with A. Peter Bailey

This is the most important book on Malcolm X since publication of the Autobiography. In African mythological culture it is believed that the seventh child will emerge as a leader of his people. Malcolm X was his father's seventh child. Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X is a valuable contribution to our knowledge of a great and controversial figure. No other book about Malcolm X—and there have been more than forty, in eight different languages—provides such enlightenment on the man, except, of course, his own autobiography. Told by loving sister Ella Little Collins, who knew Malcolm X better than anyone else, and her son, Rodnell P. Collins, to whom Malcolm X was a much-loved and admired uncle and mentor, Seventh Child adds immeasurably to our knowledge of the man.


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Adam by Adam

Author:Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was loved; he was hated. He was admired; he was vilified. Few who heard this Congressman's fiery oratory or read his impassioned writings will forget him. Now a whole new generation will discover the fascinating life of this flamboyant, controversial, and wildly popular figure.
With colorful details, Powell recounts his childhood in early 20th century Harlem, his education at an all-white college, his years preaching gospel and his rise in American politics. He takes readers inside the halls of Congress, where he served as Chairman of the powerful House Education and Labor Committee and was instrumental in the passage of Civil Rights legislation. And with his superb skills as a raconteur, he tells vivid stories of the influential people he'd met along the way, from celebrities to presidents to kings.
With a foreword by his son Adam Clayton Powell III--one that offers a richly perceptive explanation of what made his father the man he was--Adam By Adam reveals the heart and soul of a true original who remains among the most influential black politicians in our nation's history.


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Frederick Douglass

Author:Frederick Douglass

Born in slavery in Maryland in 1817, Frederick Douglass escaped from servitude twenty years later, joined the ranks of abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips and John Brown, and devoted a long and fruitful life to the winning of freedom for his people. A fervent integrationist, Douglass believed that true freedom could not come for him until all blacks were free and equal, and he gave voice and direction to the movement to achieve this goal. Told in Frederick Douglass's own words, this volume stands as one of the most important chronicles of one man's courageous fight to end slavery.


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Paul Robeson Speaks

Edited by:Professor Phillip S. Foner

Many remember Paul Robeson for his magnificent singing voice and for his stirring interpretations of Othello and The Emperor Jones. But how many are aware that forty years before Alex Haley's Roots, Robeson wrote and spoke about African culture; thirty years before “black is beautiful,” he described his pride in being African American; and twenty years before détente, he wrote and argued against The Cold War?
Paul Robeson—all-around athlete, All-American football player, Rutgers University scholarship student, Columbia Law School graduate, internationally acclaimed actor and singer—made a choice. Leaving the “heights of purely individual achievement to enter the day-to-day, rank-and-file struggles of my people,” he placed himself squarely on the side of those who fought against imperialism and racial discrimination.
In this volume, Professor Philip S. Foner has brought together a stirring collection of Robeson’s speeches and writings, as well as interviews, newspaper reports and photographs. It is a vivid portrait of a towering African American, told in his own unforgettable words.


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Spike Lee Interviews

Author:Spike Lee, Cynthia Fuchs (Editor)

Introduction-Chronology-Filmography-Lee Way-Spike Lee's Bed-Stuy BBQ-He's Gotta Have It: An Interview with Spike Lee- Spike Lee: The Playboy Interview- Our Film Is Only a Starting Point: An Interview with Spike Lee-Doing the Job- Interview with Spike Lee-Between "Rock" and a Hard Place-Spike Speak-Interview with Spike Lee-The Demystification of Spike Lee-An Interview with Spike Lee, Director of 4 Little Girls-Hoops to Conquer-Big Words: An Interview with Spike -Spike Lee's Seventies Flashback-The Demystification of Spike Lee-An Interview with Spike Lee, Director of 4 Little Girls-Hoops to Conquer-Big Words: An Interview with Spike Lee -Spike Lee's Seventies Flashback-Delroy Lindo on Spike Lee-Summer of Sam: An Interview with Spike Lee-By Any Means Necessary: Spike Lee on Video's Viability-Spike's Minstrel Show-Black like Spike-Interview with Spike Lee-Thinking about the Power of Images: An Interview with Spike Lee.


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