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  • In celebration of Black History Month, we at AFPLS bring you a special edition of "Featured African-American Authors." Instead of showcasing only a few of the many African-American masters of the written word, we present to you a very introductory look at the grandeur of African-American art, a rich and complex collage of the written word, the sung word, the painted word, the photographed word, the filmed word, any and all words that mirror the pain and beauty and truth of existence.

    "An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose."

    ---- Langston Hughes, writer & activist, 1902-1967

    Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection By Burnett, Charles 2009-08 - Oscilloscope Pictures 0784148010748 Check Our Catalog

    A slaughterhouse worker provides for his poor Los Angeles family. More

    Beah: A Black Woman Speaks By Hamilton, Lisagay 2003-12 - HBO Home Video BL08910DVD000 Check Our Catalog

    Winner of the Grand Jury prize of the 2003 AFI Film Festival, this documentary presents Richards' shared wisdom and truths and explores the deep and tender relationship that developed between

    legendary actress Richards and actress-turned-director, LisaGay Hamilton. More

    Sketches of Spain By Davis, Miles Recorded by Davis, Miles 1997-09 - Columbia 0074646514221 Check Our Catalog

    Miles Davis's impact on jazz is almost incalculable. From his early days as a sideman for Charlie Parker, through his groundbreaking Birth of the Cool sessions, to his stunning small groups of the '50s and '60s, through to his electric renaissance, the trumpeter, bandleader, and composer has left a deep mark on all

    who came after. He is one of jazz's true giants. Sketches of Spain, though one of More

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  • Go Tell It on the Mountain By Baldwin, James A. 1995-09 - Modern Library 0679601546 Check Our Catalog

    "Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and

    a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a More

    Best of - 20th Century Masters By James, Etta 2006-09 - 602517078345 Check Our Catalog

    Hear the reigning queen of cool jazz croon her way through 11 of her best tunes on this greatest hits collection.

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    Collected Poems By Hayden, Robert Afterword by Rampersad, Arnold Editor Glaysher, Frederick 2013-04 - Liveright Publishing Corporation 9780871406798 Check Our Catalog

    Enhanced by a biographical portrait and a critical analysis of Hayden's poetry, an anthology featuring the work of one of the most important African-American poets of the twentieth century contemplates the black experience and deals with such themes as dreams, mortality, nature, travel, and memory.

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    The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde By Lorde, Audre 2000-02 - W. W. Norton & Company 9780393319729 Check Our Catalog

    A complete collection over 300 poems from one of this country's most influential poets. More

    Dutchman and the Slave By Barbaka, Amiri Author Baraka, Imamu Amiri Author Jones, LeRoi 1971-01 - Harper Perennial 0688210848 Check Our Catalog

    Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict, both "Dutchman "and "The Slave "are literally shocking plays--in ideas, in language, in honest anger. They illuminate as with a flash of lightning a deadly serious

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  • problem--and they bring an eloquent and exceptionally powerful voice to the American theatre.

    "Dutchman "opened in New York City on March 24, 1964, to perhaps the most excited acclaim More

    Beloved By Demme, Jonathan 2011-03 - Buena Vista Home Entertainment 0717951002365 Check Our Catalog FRE

    From the Academy Award-winning director of "Silence Of The Lambs," comes the powerful story of a woman's journey to find freedom. With the help of an old friend, she is able to rediscover who she is and

    regain her sense of hope. More

    Bloodchild: And Other Stories By Butler, Octavia E. 2005-10 - Seven Stories Press 9781583226988 Check Our Catalog

    "An outstanding short story collection . . . [Butler] is an impressive writer whose work displays how science fiction readily transcends the perceived stylistic limitations of the genre."-"St. Petersburg Times"

    ""Bloodchild" is a compelling and horrifying novella . . . [by an] exceptionally talented writer."-"Publishers Weekly"

    "The title story is justly famous . . . splendid pieces, set More

    Out to Lunch By Dolphy, Eric 1999-03 - Blue Note Records 0724349879324 Check Our Catalog

    His brilliant 1964 debut as a leader on Blue Note, recorded just four months before his death. More

    Song of Solomon By Morrison, Toni 1977-08 - Knopf Publishing Group 0394497848 Check Our Catalog

    Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, a novel of large beauty and power, creates a magical world out of four generations of black life in America, a world we enter on the day of the birth of Macon Dead, Jr. (known as Milkman), son of the richest black family in a mid-western town; the day on which the lonely

    insurance man, Robert Smith, poised in blue silk wings, attempts to fly from a steeple of the More

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  • Boyz N the Hood By Singleton, John Producer Nicolaides, Steve 2007-02 - Sony Pictures Home Ent 0043396508194 Check Our Catalog

    Three friends struggle to survive in South Central Los Angeles where friendship, pain, danger and love

    form a true picture of life in the 'hood. More

    Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences By Pryor, Richard Author Gold, Todd Author Prior, Richard 1997-08 - Pantheon Books 9780375700484 Check Our Catalog

    A candid, funny, often outrageous memoir by the comedian spans his childhood in the whorehouses, bars, and pool halls of Peoria, Illinois, his army service, his ascent to fame, and his tragic fall at the

    hands of drugs. Reprint. 35,000 first printing. More

    Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project By Weems, Carrie Mae Author Patterson, Vivian Joint Author Johnston, Frances B. 2001-02 - Aperture 9780893819132 Check Our Catalog

    Foreword by Paula S. Wallace, Stephanie S. Hughley. Text by Laurie Ann Farrell, Deborah Willis.

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    Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism By Hooks, Bell 1999-07 - South End Press 9780896081291 Check Our Catalog

    A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression. Ain't I a Woman examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women's

    movement, and black women's involvement with feminism. More

    Eyes with Winged Thoughts By Parks, Gordon, Jr. 2005-11 - Atria Books 9780743279628 Check Our Catalog

    Fifty-eight new photographs and more than 40 new poems from the acclaimed photographer, composer,

    filmmaker, painter, novelist, and journalist are included in this volume. More

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