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The Black List

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In The Black List, twenty-five prominent African-Americans of various professions, disciplines, and backgrounds offer their own

stories and insights on the struggles, triumphs, and joys of black life in America and, in the process, redefine "black list" for a new century.

As seen in original portraits by renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and in a series of
ebook, 208 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Atria Books
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I was a little put-off by this rambling, seemingly unedited collection of vignettes. The photo portraits aren't particularly inspiring, and the secondary portraits (for lack of a better term) are downright odd as they show the subjects at uncomfortable angles and each includes either the book's author, the photographer, or both (why?).

Many of the vignettes are as awkward and disjointed -which is exactly what one expects of normal, unedited human thought -which made me wonder about this book's i
Laurie Niestrath
A very interesting read and a more interesting exhibit. Some of the traditional people were included like Al Sharpton and Colin Powell, however, many people who were unknown to me were included. Information about each individual was included in the back of the book rather than before the interview began. The prose was presented as a conversation and often times it felt like the reader had entered a conversation already in progress. It become the responsibility of the reader to learn about the in ...more
Dave Woods
Really incredible insight into current A list black celebrities and what their experience with being black in America has been like. Goes across the gamut from Slash (arguably one the greatest guitarist of all time, next to Jimmy of course) to Sean Combs to Colin Powell to Toni Morrison. Music, Movies, the news might show one thing but this show a wide array of what different people went through and now and are on high class. They're are some things I don't agree with but let's treat this like a ...more
The portraits in this book are beautiful and honest, and whatever questions were asked clearly got the subjects of each photo to open up about their experiences in Black America. The only flaw was that the monologues sometimes got confusing since the questions were edited out of the interview transcript, and there were a few publishing errors that caused sections of the text to be repeated. Hopefully a new edition will come out, and this will be the must-have book for anyone raising a black chil ...more
I listened to this in an abridged version, and I really wish I had the full thing now. Wonderful snippets of leaders in the black community about the arts, society, racism, history, and more. I found it inspirational, educational, and insightful. I particularly enjoyed the excerpts from Slash, Chris Rock, and Al Sharpton. I highly recommend this in audio form, as the authors read their pieces. It adds to the overall book. Well worth the listen.
This is an interesting book with interviews of famous black/African American people. It is interesting to hear their thoughts and the narration is well done. (I listened to it on cd). Some people I know such as Collin Powell but others I did not know at all. The hard cover book has pictures of the people so I have ordered it from the library to view. I would give it an extra half star if I could.
Kristal Cooper
Dozens of famous African-Americans recall memories, struggles, and lessons learned on their path to success. I listened to this book on audio, which was great because it includes the voices of the interviewees, but disappointing because not all of the original subjects are included. (A puzzling choice, since the abridged audiobook is less than two hours long.) With regards to content, I found it to be interesting but not all that profound. I think I'll likely only remember one part: Rev. Al Shar ...more
Since this is a coffee-table book, I'm kinda-sorta "currently reading" that I pick it up when I think about it, read a profile, and put it down.
Mrs. T
Loved it. quick, nice images and found out some things I didn't know.
Wonderful--Great stories, wonderful photography

I am so happy this book was created. I think every person should own this to read about amazing pioneers and african americans should own it to know some of the people that are legends,still living and of african american decent.
Not iunterested in this right now.
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