Cotton Comes to Harlem


Author: Chester Himes

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141196467

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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A preacher called Deke O'Malley's been selling false hope: the promise of a glorious new life in Africa for just $1,000 a family. But when thieves with machine guns steal the proceeds - and send one man's brain matter flying - the con is up. Now Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed mean to bring the good people of Harlem back their $87,000, however many corpses they have to climb over to get it. Cotton Comes to Harlem is a non-stop ride, with violence, sex, double-crosses, and the two baddest detectives ever to wear a badge in Harlem. With a new Introduction by Will Self.

The Harlem Cycle


Author: Chester B. Himes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780862416928

Category: Fiction

Page: 534

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This third omnibus edition from the Harlem Cycle sees three more novels featuring Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones. The novels include: Cotton Comes to Harlem, Blind Man with a Pistol and Plan B. Chester Himes is the author of A Rage in Harlem and The Real Cool Killers.

The Harlem Reader

A Celebration of New York's Most Famous Neighborhood, from the Renaissance Years to the 21st Century


Author: Herb Boyd

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307422089

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9827

There is no neighborhood in America as famous, infamous, and inspiring as Harlem. From its humble beginnings as a farming district and country retreat for the rich, Harlem grew to international prominence as the mecca of black art and culture, then fell from grace, despised as a crime-ridden slum and symbol of urban decay. But during all of these phases there was writing in Harlem—great writing that sprang from one of the richest and most unique communities in the world. From Harlem’s most revered icons (like Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Ann Petry, and Malcolm X) to voices of a new generation (including Willie Perdomo, Mase, Grace Edwards, and Piri Thomas), The Harlem Reader gathers a wealth of vital impressions, stories, and narratives and blends them with original accounts offered by living storytellers, famous and not so famous. Fresh and vivid, this volume perfectly captures the dramatic moments and personalities at the core of Harlem’s ever-evolving story. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Spectacular Blackness

The Cultural Politics of the Black Power Movement and the Search for a Black Aesthetic


Author: Amy Abugo Ongiri

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813928591

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 223

View: 9809

Exploring the interface between the cultural politics of the Black Power and the Black Arts movements and the production of postwar African American popular culture, Amy Ongiri shows how the reliance of Black politics on an oppositional image of African Americans was the formative moment in the construction of "authentic blackness" as a cultural identity. While other books have adopted either a literary approach to the language, poetry, and arts of these movements or a historical analysis of them, Ongiri's captures the cultural and political interconnections of the postwar period by using an interdisciplinary methodology drawn from cinema studies and music theory. She traces the emergence of this Black aesthetic from its origin in the Black Power movement's emphasis on the creation of visual icons and the Black Arts movement's celebration of urban vernacular culture.

America's Mistress

Eartha Kitt, Her Life and Times


Author: John L. Williams

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780875576

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5967

Eartha Kitt was a skinny, mixed-race woman with an odd, angular face, who seduced fifties white America into thinking that she was, in the words of Orson Welles, 'the most exciting woman in the world'. She could count Marilyn Monroe, T.S. Eliot, Prince Philip and Albert Einstein among her friends and admirers, and was almost able to forget she had once been a poor black girl from the Deep South. But her new persona was also a prison from which she found it impossible to escape. John L. Williams' moving and unsettling biography shows a star adrift in a bewildering new America torn apart by the Civil Rights movement. Shunned by many of her former friends, shocked by her country's insiduous racism, and with a perilously fragile sense of her own identity, Eartha Kitt would pay the price that came from trying to be America's mistress.

In The Space Of A Song

The Uses of Song in Film


Author: Richard Dyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136641920

Category: Music

Page: 224

View: 4723

Songs take up space and time in films. Richard Dyer's In the Space of a Song takes off from this perception, arguing that the way songs take up space indicates a great deal about the songs themselves, the nature of the feelings they present, and who is allowed to present feelings how, when and where. In the Space of a Song explores this perception through a range of examples, from classic MGM musicals to blaxploitation cinema, with the career of Lena Horne providing a turning point in the cultural dynamics of the feeling. Chapters include: The perfection of Meet Me in St. Louis A Star Is Born and the construction of authenticity ‘I seem to find the happiness I seek’: Heterosexuality and dance in the musical The space of happiness in the musical Singing prettily: Lena Horne in Hollywood Is Car Wash a musical? Music and presence in blaxploitation cinema In the Space of a Song is ideal for both scholars and students of film studies.

Conversations with Chester Himes


Author: Chester B. Himes

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9780878058198

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 150

View: 5859

Collected interviews with the celebrated African American novelist