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Unforgettable: The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole

Occasionally while "remotely" scanning cable TV's myriad offerings, I run across old reruns of Nat King Cole's late '50s ground breaking TV variety show. While the music is often hokey and tame by today's standards (my kids roll with laughter), what does remain timeless is that Nat, on top of being gifted with a golden voice, was one "smooth cat."

This well-written biography captures that and more. What the TV deftly hid and what the book brings to light are his many struggles with America's vicious, fickle racism. Despite his superstar status and his opulent California mansion, the powers that be couldn't let him forget his place as a "negro" in white-privileged America.

Grouse paints a sensitive, detailed portrait of the life of a true musical genius, an African-American original.

The Religion of Islam and The Nation of Islam: What Is the Difference?

The question posed by the book's title will be, in itself, a revelation in some quarters. El-Amin's straight-ahead approach defuses any allegations of bias. He uses the touted sources of the two entities being analyzed to construct his point-by-point investigation.

Covering such aspects as Revelation, God Concept, History, Judgement, Satan, Prayer, Fasting, Dress Code, and the Hereafter, El-Amin presents the teachings of the religion of Islam vis a vis the Nation of Islam and then lets the reader judge for himself or herself.

Critical Perspectives on Ayi Kwei Armah

While this volume may come off as a bit too scholarly for many tastes, its importance to the body of knowledge in the field of African literature should not be ignored. Armah's understanding of the political power of the written word is brought to the forefront. As one of Africa's most important literary figures, Armah's work merits such critical attention.

Why Is My Head Turned On Backwards?

Sharif Nadir has put together an intriguing collection of speeches in essay form structured around the theme that Divine truth is the bright light to wake up the sleeping giant--African-American people. He breaks down Qur'anic and Biblical teachings into everyday language and, in turn, he hopes, into everyday practice.

Color to Color: The Black Woman's Guide to a Rainbow of Fashion and Beauty

Targeted specifically to the African-American woman--with her rainbow of skin tones--Color to Color is designed to help women bring out their best in make-up, clothing, and hair styling. Complete with its own set of "before" and "after" makeovers, this book will surely peak the interest of image-conscious women.

Erotique Noire

Some of the poems and essays offered here are actually literary works; others are just plain, nasty lust, in print, trying to pass itself off as a "celebration of Black sensuality."

One of the "poems" (I use the term loosely) is actually entitled "F_CK," consisting of six words. The title's action is offered as the solution to the world's war problems. Give me a break!

Welcome to Islam

Every Ramadan Dr. Al-Mansour writes another book. Welcome to Islam, his 14th annual "assignment," is perhaps his most challenging. Comprehensive seems too small a word to describe this monumental accomplishment, all the more so when one realizes that Ramadan lasts at most 30 days. Covering everything from Islam's growth worldwide and in America (Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and in America, according to the United Nations' demographic projections.) to how Islam "fits" into the New World Order, Welcome is really several books in one. Of special note: his analysis of the political intrigue involved in the recent Gulf War is the sharpest and most logical I've seen anywhere. That section alone is worth the price of the book.

A Handbook for Scholars

Any student who needs to prepare a research report, term paper, or scholarly essay should have a copy of this handbook. It covers, in detail, all the mechanics of top quality scholarly writing from references and footnotes to bibliographies, format, and styling. Perhaps as indispensable as a dictionary or thesaurus.

Find the Job You've Always Wanted in Half the Time with Half the Effort

This book is billed as "The Career Discovery System for the '90s." That may be a tall order, but there are some interesting job-search techniques high-lighted. Its strong point may be the techniques outlined for learning about unadvertised jobs. Whether this volume can reduce your job hunting time from months to weeks as claimed, only time will tell.

Your Career Fast Track Starts in College

Solid, time-tested advice on long-term career preparation by a professional corporate recruiter. The major message: "Take responsibility for your career early in life." Good advice.

Medical School Admissions

Practically everything a student needs to know about the medical school admission process. For collegians seriously considering medical school, this book may be a worthwhile career investment.
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Title Annotation:books about and relevant to Afro-Americans
Author:Kazi-Ferrouillet, K.
Publication:The Black Collegian
Article Type:Bibliography
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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