2024 Black History Month: African Americans and the Arts - Adults

Celebrate Black History Month 2024's theme African American and the Arts for adults.

Updated January 16, 2024
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The Look of Things: A Visual Essay by Carrie Mae Weems
A little devil in America : notes in praise of black performance
Abdurraqib, Hanif
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A sweeping, genre-bending "masterpiece" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) exploring Black art, music, and culture in all their glory and complexity--from Soul Train, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Whitney...
Lena Horne : goddess reclaimed
Bogle, Donald
From Donald Bogle, the award-winning author of Hollywood Black and leading authority on Black cinema history, this is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive and lavish biography of Hollywood's first African American movie goddess. Lena Horne's life and career are...
Kwame Brathwaite : black is beautiful
Brathwaite, Kwame
"From Beyoncé to Barack Obama, it's hard to think of a black figure who does not owe their prominence, in some measure, to the ethos of 'Black is Beautiful'" --Ekow Eshun, Financial Times In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to...
Rediscovering Black portraiture
Brathwaite, Peter
Join Peter Brathwaite on an extraordinary journey through representations of Black subjects in Western art, from medieval Europe through the present day.   "These mirror images with their uncanny resemblances traverse space and time, spotlighting the black lives...
Black TV : five decades of groundbreaking television from Soul Train to Black-ish and beyond
Butler, Bethonie
With iconic imagery and engrossing text, Black TV is the first book of its kind to celebrate the groundbreaking, influential, and often under-appreciated shows centered on Black people and their experiences from the last fifty years.   Over the past...
Queen Bey : a celebration of the power and creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter
Chambers, Veronica
FEATURED IN: The New York Times Book Review ("New and Noteworthy") * Essence * Newsweek * People * Bustle * PopSugar * Refinery 29 * HelloGiggles' * PureWow * Newsday * AMNewYork The...
The Black joy project
Cruz, Kleaver
"A beautiful love letter to Black joy, as a source of self-preservation and survival as well as a form of resistance"--
Harmonia Rosales : master narrative
Daigle, Patricia Lee
A collection of work from contemporary Afro-Cuban American artist Harmonia Rosales. This vibrant catalog presents the work of contemporary artist Harmonia Rosales. Featuring over twenty paintings and a monumental sculptural installation, Harmonia Rosales: Master...
Finding me
Davis, Viola
OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * A HARPERS BAZAAR BEST BOOK OF 2022 * A PARADE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK * A MARIE CLAIRE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK "It's clear from the first page that Davis is going to serve a more intimate, unpolished account than is typical of the average (often ghost-written)...
Black futures
Drew, Kimberly
"A literary experience unlike any I've had in recent memory . . . a blueprint for this moment and the next, for where Black folks have been and where they might be going."-The New York Times Book Review(Editors' Choice) What does it mean to be Black and alive right...
I too sing America : the Harlem Renaissance at 100
Haygood, Wil
Winner of the James A. Porter and David C. Driskell Book Award for African American Art History, I Too Sing America offers a major survey on the visual art and material culture of the groundbreaking movement one hundred years after the Harlem Renaissance emerged as a creative force at the...
Black artists in America : from the Great Depression to civil rights
Jenkins, Earnestine
Exploring how artists at midcentury addressed the social issues of their day--from Jacob Lawrence to Elizabeth Catlett, Rose Piper to Charles White   This timely book surveys the varied ways in which Black American artists responded to the political, social, and...
Between Harlem and Heaven : Afro-Asian-American cooking for big nights, weeknights, & every day
Johnson, J. J.
Winner of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook "Between Harlem and Heaven presents a captivatingly original cuisine. Afro-Asian-American cooking is packed with unique and delicious layers of flavor. These stories and recipes lay praise to the immense influence...
Walk through fire
Johnson, Sheila C.
The cofounder of BET and first African American woman billionaire shares her deeply personal journey through love and loss, tragedy and triumph--an inspiring story of overcoming toxic influences, discovering her true self, and at last finding happiness in her work and life. From...
Leslie f*cking Jones : a memoir
Jones, Leslie
WINNER OF THE 2024 AUDIE AWARD FOR HUMOR A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A BARNES AND NOBLE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR  A TOWN & COUNTRY BEST CELEBRITY MEMOIR OF 2023 A VULTURE BEST COMEDY...
Sweet Home Cafe cookbook : a celebration of African American cooking
Lukas, Albert
A celebration of African American cooking with 109 recipes from the National Museum of African American History and Culture's Sweet Home Cafe. A James Beard Foundation Book Award nominee for best American cookbook; a Food & Wine best cookbook; a Booklist top 10 food book; an...
The visual blues
Mault, Natalie A.
The Visual Blues explores the enormous impact that blues and jazz music emanating from the Deep South and moving north had on artists associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Through a synthesis of interdisciplinary studies, The Visual Blues will fill a major gap in the...
Illustrated Black history : honoring the iconic and the unseen
McCalman, George
*AWARD WINNER* of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author / and the NCBR Recognition Award A gorgeous collection of 145 original portraits that celebrates Black pioneers--famous and little-known--in politics, science, literature, music, and more--with...
Black smoke : African Americans and the United States of barbecue
Miller, Adrian
Across America, the pure love and popularity of barbecue cookery have gone through the roof. Prepared in one regional style or another, in the South and beyond, barbecue is one of the nation's most distinctive culinary arts. And people aren't just eating it; they're also reading books and articles...
Black ink : literary legends on the peril, power, and pleasure of reading and writing
Oliver, Stephanie Stokes
Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word. Throughout American history black people are...
My America : recipes from a young black chef
Onwuachi, Kwame
A BON APPETIT BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR * What is American food? In his first cookbook, the acclaimed author of Notes from a Young Black Chef shares the dishes of his America; dishes that show the true diversity of American food. Onwauachi is "the most important chef in...
Notes from a young Black chef : a memoir
Onwuachi, Kwame
"Kwame Onwuachi's story shines a light on food and culture not just in American restaurants or African American communities but around the world." --Questlove   By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi (winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Award for ...
Gordon Parks : segregation story
Parks, Gordon
This new edition of Gordon Parks' Segregation Story includes several never-before-published photographs, as well as enhanced reproductions created from Parks' original transparencies. A selection of 26 images from Segregation Story first appeared in the September 24, 1956 issue of Life<...
Hip hop family tree. 1, 1970s-1981
Piskor, Ed
The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium âe" the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker...
Mo' meta blues : the world according to Questlove
Questlove
"You have to bear in mind that [Questlove] is one of the smartest motherf*****s on the planet. His musical knowledge, for all practical purposes, is limitless." --Robert Christgau A punch-drunk memoir in which Everyone's Favorite Questlove tells his own story while tackling some of...
Tupac Shakur : the authorized biography
Robinson, Staci
The authorized biography of the legendary artist, Tupac Shakur, a "touching, empathetic portrait" (The New York Times) of his life and powerful legacy, fully illustrated with photos, mementos, handwritten poetry, musings, and more Artist, poet, actor,...
The rise : Black cooks and the soul of American food
Samuelsson, Marcus
An Eater Best Cookbook of Fall 2020 * This groundbreaking new cookbook from chef, bestselling author, and TV star Marcus Samuelsson celebrates contemporary Black cooking in 150 extraordinarily delicious recipes. It is long past time to...
Watermelon & red birds : a cookbook for Juneteenth and black celebrations
Taylor, Nicole A.
The very first cookbook to celebrate Juneteenth, from food writer and cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor--who draws on her decade of experiences observing the holiday. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Major...
Black food : stories, art & recipes from across the African diaspora
Terry, Bryant
A beautiful, rich, and groundbreaking book exploring Black foodways within America and around the world, curated by food activist and author of Vegetable Kingdom Bryant Terry. WINNER OF THE ART OF EATING PRIZE . JAMES BEARD AWARD NOMINEE . ONE OF THE TEN BEST COOKBOOKS...
Thicker than water : a memoir
Washington, Kerry
Award-winning actor, director, producer, and activist Kerry Washington shares the deeply moving journey of her life so far, and the "beautiful" story of discovering her truth in this instant New York Times bestseller (Oprah Winfrey). While on a drive in Los...
Cooking with Miss Quad : live, laugh, love, and eat
Webb, Quad
Featured in US WEEKLY, ESSENCE, BRAVO TV, BOSSIP, AJC, and more, 100 MUST-HAVE recipes from Married to Medicine and Sister Circle's Quad Webb "Miss Quad ain't playing around, and you can taste it in every bite." --Pat Neely, from his introduction Welcome...

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