I knew about the HARLEM RENAISSANCE, but I fell in love with the time period when I studied it in Humanities at MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. This book is I knew about the HARLEM RENAISSANCE, but I fell in love with the time period when I studied it in Humanities at MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. This book is an excellent further exploration of that time period. The book not only highlights the key figures, but the entire environment in which this historically cultural time took place.
Black folk didn’t have a lot of money, didn’t have a lot of anything, but what we had was SOUL. In the book you can see that ever since our presence on this continent, black folk had to do more with less and DID, even to the admiration and adoration of white folk. This book expertly details a lot of that. It also details the patrons of the Renaissance and how that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. The book touches on all aspects of the renaissance, including the environment/community like the section on the famous “Harlem Rent Parties”, the night life, the famous clubs like THE COTTON CLUB and THE SAVOY BALLROOM and the music artists/performers like JOSEPHINE BAKER, EARL “SNAKEHIPS” TUCKER, BESSIE SMITH, BILL “BOJANGLES” ROBINSON and ETHEL WATERS. The book focused most on the intellectuals, writers and journalists of the renaissance.
Famous figures like W. E. B. DU BOIS, LANGSTON HUGHES and ZORA NEALE HURSTON are heavily featured, but also JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, ALAIN LOCKE, ARTURO SCHOMBURG, WALLACE THURMAN, CLAUDE MCKAY, JEAN TOOMER and COUNTEE CULLEN are featured prominently. The book also highlighted the patrons of the renaissance like the “Harlem Hostess” A’LELIA WALKER, but also white patrons like CHARLOTTE MASON and CARL VAN VECHTEN.
As a passage in the book stated, “CONTROLLING THE BLACK IMAGE. One consequence of the rising white interest in African-American literature was the black intelligentsia's drive to control its own image. Renaissance writers, intellectuals, and artists were charged with articulating a racial identity that not only plumbed indigenous black experience but simultaneously assumed a positive face for white society.“ This is ALWAYS the struggle.
The book was a WEALTH of information on this time period. This was SUCH a prodigious time for black artists and being a black artist, the Harlem Renaissance has always made me PROUD.
As I write this review, April 18, 2019, we are a mere hour or so away from the public FINALLY getting to see “The Mueller Report”.
I just finished theAs I write this review, April 18, 2019, we are a mere hour or so away from the public FINALLY getting to see “The Mueller Report”.
I just finished the book yesterday and BOY was it a doozy. The recounts are as ridiculous as you’d think they are, but truthfully it doesn’t sound in any more disarray than any large organization where ideas are flying back and forth. Like any organization though, it all stems from the TOP. Yes it starts with T and ends with P.
The book IS NOT flattering to Trump and only reinforces that he was utterly unprepared and ill equipped to be President of the United States.
The book also makes it clear that while some in his circle thought he was “utterly unprepared and ill equipped” he WAS a “people person”. He seems to have known how to incite loyalty at the drop of a hat. Most people seemed to know he was full of it, but still enjoyed the praise heaped upon them.
Among the many books written about Trump since he was elected and sworn into office, I chose THIS ONE because it was written by a noted journalist. I minored in journalism in college so I know that done right, journalism is supposed to adhere to a “code of ethics” like “truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality and fairness" (American Society of News Editors (ASNE)). Part of that code is to base your information on FACTS and reliable sources. I trusted BOB WOODWARD to adhere to all of that. In fact a whopping (29) twenty-nine pages at the end of the book lists every source for his information.
I have to say I, a notoriously slow book reader, “read” the book by LISTENING also to the audio book version and bravo to the narrator of the book ROBERT PETKOFF. He read every argument and mostly profanity laced discussion with flair. As a filmmaker I also appreciate the voice work that went into that. He also had a “Trump voice” in his narration. Nothing over the top or distracting like a parody though.
I thought this was a very good book that gave insight into what many people already knew or felt about the Trump Administration. It also gave insight into what politicians and people of power will go through to deal with someone in charge and like it or not Trump is in charge. For better or worse.
This book was solid. It seemed geared towards young women/girls in general and those who may want to pursue acting. It's filled with a lot of personalThis book was solid. It seemed geared towards young women/girls in general and those who may want to pursue acting. It's filled with a lot of personal stories that are raw and uncensored. You can see she is truly from around the way and this stardom she has attained did not come easy....more
Wow. I don't even remember many details of the book, but my Status Updates (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) show that I really enjoyed it anWow. I don't even remember many details of the book, but my Status Updates (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) show that I really enjoyed it and ranked it excellent! WOW! I would never do that unless I really meant it. LOL You can read those updates for more. Review written February 26, 2015...more
Not all of these stories were gems, but I enjoyed them for the most part. Some of these stories were rather grim for children, but I think high schoolNot all of these stories were gems, but I enjoyed them for the most part. Some of these stories were rather grim for children, but I think high school students should be fine. The illustrations across the board were great and I think this book would be a good way to expose teenagers to black literature! ...more