Looking for Lorraine Book
Score: 4.5
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Looking for Lorraine

  • Author : Imani Perry
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807064498

Looking for Lorraine Excerpt :

Winner of the 2019 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction Winner of the Shilts-Grahn Triangle Award for Lesbian Nonfiction Winner of the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 A revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, Black artists and intellectuals of the twentieth century. Lorraine Hansberry, who died at thirty-four, was by all accounts a force of nature. Although best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, her short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements, and she had an unflinching commitment to social justice, which brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been diminished and relegated to one work—until now. In 2018, Hansberry will get the recognition she deserves with the PBS American Masters documentary “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” and Imani Perry’s multi-dimensional, illuminating biography, Looking for Lorraine. After the success of A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry used her prominence in myriad ways: challenging President Kennedy and his brother to take bolder stances on Civil Rights, supporting African anti-colonial leaders, and confronting the romantic racism of the Beat poets and Village hipsters. Though she married a man, she identified as lesbian and, risking censure and the prospect of being outed, joined one of the nation’s first lesbian organizations. Hansberry associated with many activists, writers, and musicians, including Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois, among others. Looking for Lorraine is a powerful insight into Hansberry’s extraordinary life—a life that was tragically cut far too short. A Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Book for

To be Young  Gifted  and Black Book
Score: 5
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To be Young Gifted and Black

  • Author : Lorraine Hansberry
  • Publisher : Samuel French, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 124
  • ISBN 10 : 0573616760

To be Young Gifted and Black Excerpt :

The story of black playwright Lorraine Hansberry. Woven together from letters, diaries, notebooks and extracts from her plays by Robert Nemiroff, her husband and literary executor. Arranged chronologically but without sharp divisions between scenes. No single member of the cast plays Lorraine Hansberry - all in turn (both male and female) play her, as well as characters from her plays and the people who most affected her. Specifies three black actresses (one older), one black actor, two white actresses and one white actor. More people can be used with less doubling.

Breathe Book
Score: 4.5
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  • Author : Imani Perry
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2019-09-17
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807076569

Breathe Excerpt :

2020 Chautauqua Prize Finalist 2020 NAACP Image Award Nominee - Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction) Best-of Lists: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews) · 25 Can't-Miss Books of 2019 (The Undefeated) Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world. Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life—and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition. Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools. With original art for the cover by Ekua Holmes, Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience.

Radical Vision Book
Score: 2
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Radical Vision

  • Author : Soyica Diggs Colbert
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022-02-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 030026478X

Radical Vision Excerpt :

A "loving, lavishly detailed" (New York Times) and captivating portrait of Lorraine Hansberry's life, art, and political activism--one of O Magazine's best books of April 2021 "A devoted and deeply felt account of the development of an artist's mind."--Dave Itzkoff, New York Times Book Review (2021 Summer Reading issue) In this acclaimed biography of Lorraine Hansberry, Soyica Diggs Colbert narrates a life at the intersection of art and politics, arguing that for Hansberry the theater operated as a rehearsal room for her political and intellectual work. Celebrated for her play A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry was also the author of innovative journalism and of plays touching on slavery, interracial communities, and Black freedom movements. Hansberry was deeply involved in the Black freedom struggle during the Cold War and in the early civil rights movement, and here Colbert shows us an artist's life with the background of the Greenwich Village art scene in the 1960s, the homophile movement, Black diasporic freedom movements, and third-wave feminism. Drawing from Hansberry's papers, speeches, and interviews, this book provides a new point of entry in the history of Black radicalism, and a new perspective on Black women in mid‑twentieth‑century political movements.

May We Forever Stand Book

May We Forever Stand

  • Author : Imani Perry
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2018-02-02
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 297
  • ISBN 10 : 9781469638614

May We Forever Stand Excerpt :

The twin acts of singing and fighting for freedom have been inseparable in African American history. May We Forever Stand tells an essential part of that story. With lyrics penned by James Weldon Johnson and music composed by his brother Rosamond, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was embraced almost immediately as an anthem that captured the story and the aspirations of black Americans. Since the song's creation, it has been adopted by the NAACP and performed by countless artists in times of both crisis and celebration, cementing its place in African American life up through the present day. In this rich, poignant, and readable work, Imani Perry tells the story of the Black National Anthem as it traveled from South to North, from civil rights to black power, and from countless family reunions to Carnegie Hall and the Oval Office. Drawing on a wide array of sources, Perry uses "Lift Every Voice and Sing" as a window on the powerful ways African Americans have used music and culture to organize, mourn, challenge, and celebrate for more than a century.

Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry Book

Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry

  • Author : Mollie Godfrey
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2021-01-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496829658

Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry Excerpt :

Spanning from the debut of A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway in 1959 to her early death from cancer in January 1965, Lorraine Hansberry’s short stint in the public eye changed the landscape of American theater. With A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry (1930–1965) became both the first African American woman to have a play produced on Broadway and the first to win the prestigious New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Resonating deeply with the aims of the civil rights movement, Raisin also ushered in a new era of Black representation on the stage and screen, displacing the cartoonish stereotypes that were the remnants of blackface minstrelsy in favor of complex three-dimensional portrayals of Black characters and Black life. Hansberry’s public discourse in the aftermath of Raisin’s success also disrupted mainstream critical tendencies to diminish the work of Black artists, helping pave the way for future work by Black playwrights. Conversations with Lorraine Hansberry is the first volume to collect all of her substantive interviews in one place, including many radio and television interviews that have never before appeared in print. The twenty-one pieces collected here—ranging from just before the Broadway premiere of A Raisin in the Sun to less than six months before Hansberry’s death—offer an incredible window into Hansberry’s aesthetic and political thought. In these conversations, Hansberry explores many of the questions most often put to Black writers of the mid-twentieth century—including everything from her thinking about the relationship between art and protest, universality and particularity, and realism and naturalism, to her sense of the relationship between Black intellectuals and the Black masses, integration and Black Nationalism, and African American and Pan-African liberation. Taken together, these interviews reveal the insight, intensity, and eloquence that made Hansberry such a transformative figure in American letters.

Lorraine Hansberry  The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun Book
Score: 4
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Lorraine Hansberry The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun

  • Author : Charles J. Shields
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Release Date : 2022-01-18
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250205520

Lorraine Hansberry The Life Behind A Raisin in the Sun Excerpt :

The moving story of the life of the woman behind A Raisin in the Sun, the most widely anthologized, read, and performed play of the American stage, by the New York Times bestselling author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee Written when she was just twenty-eight, Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark A Raisin in the Sun is listed by the National Theatre as one of the hundred most significant works of the twentieth century. Hansberry was the first Black woman to have a play performed on Broadway, and the first Black and youngest American playwright to win a New York Critics’ Circle Award. Charles J. Shields’s authoritative biography of one of the twentieth century’s most admired playwrights examines the parts of Lorraine Hansberry’s life that have escaped public knowledge: the influence of her upper-class background, her fight for peace and nuclear disarmament, the reason why she embraced Communism during the Cold War, and her dependence on her white husband—her best friend, critic, and promoter. Many of the identity issues about class, sexuality, and race that she struggled with are relevant and urgent today. This dramatic telling of a passionate life—a very American life through self-reinvention—uses previously unpublished interviews with close friends in politics and theater, privately held correspondence, and deep research to reconcile old mysteries and raise new questions about a life not fully described until now.

Lorraine Hansberry s The Sign in Sidney Brustein s Window Book

Lorraine Hansberry s The Sign in Sidney Brustein s Window

  • Author : Lorraine Hansberry
  • Publisher : Samuel French, Inc.
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.)
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN 10 : 0573615411

Lorraine Hansberry s The Sign in Sidney Brustein s Window Excerpt :

This is the probing, hilarious and provocative story of Sidney, a disenchanted Greenwich Village intellectual, his wife Iris, an aspiring actress, and their colorful circle of friends and relations. Set against the shenanigans of a stormy political campaign, the play follows its characters in their unorthodox quests for meaningful lives in an age of corruption, alienation and cynicism. With compassion, humor and poignancy, the author examines questions concerning the fragility of love, morality and ethics, interracial relationships, drugs, rebellion, conformity and especially withdrawal from or commitment to the world.

A Raisin in the Sun Book
Score: 4
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A Raisin in the Sun

  • Author : Lorraine Hansberry
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2004-11-29
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679755333

A Raisin in the Sun Excerpt :

"Never before, in the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of Black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959. This edition presents the fully restored, uncut version of Hansberry's landmark work with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff. Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected profoundly with the psyche of Black America—and changed American theater forever. The play's title comes from a line in Langston Hughes's poem "Harlem," which warns that a dream deferred might "dry up/like a raisin in the sun." "The events of every passing year add resonance to A Raisin in the Sun," said The New York Times. "It is as if history is conspiring to make the play a classic."

More Beautiful and More Terrible Book

More Beautiful and More Terrible

  • Author : Imani Perry
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2011-02-28
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814767368

More Beautiful and More Terrible Excerpt :

For a nation that often optimistically claims to be post-racial, we are still mired in the practices of racial inequality that plays out in law, policy, and in our local communities. One of two explanations is often given for this persistent phenomenon: On the one hand, we might be hypocritical—saying one thing, and doing or believing another; on the other, it might have little to do with us individually but rather be inherent to the structure of American society. More Beautiful and More Terrible compels us to think beyond this insufficient dichotomy in order to see how racial inequality is perpetuated. Imani Perry asserts that the U.S. is in a new and distinct phase of racism that is “post-intentional”: neither based on the intentional discrimination of the past, nor drawing upon biological concepts of race. Drawing upon the insights and tools of critical race theory, social policy, law, sociology and cultural studies, she demonstrates how post-intentional racism works and maintains that it cannot be addressed solely through the kinds of structural solutions of the Left or the values arguments of the Right. Rather, the author identifies a place in the middle—a space of “righteous hope”—and articulates a notion of ethics and human agency that will allow us to expand and amplify that hope. To paraphrase James Baldwin, when talking about race, it is both more terrible than most think, but also more beautiful than most can imagine, with limitless and open-ended possibility. Perry leads readers down the path of imagining the possible and points to the way forward.

Learning to Love Book

Learning to Love

  • Author : Lorraine Rose
  • Publisher : Aust Council for Ed Research
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 155
  • ISBN 10 : 9780864313652

Learning to Love Excerpt :

'Learning to Love: The Developing Relationships between Mother, Father, and Baby During the First Year' is an informative and engaging book for new and expectant parents that explores the evolving relationship between mother, father and baby. Focusing on the first year of life, it looks at the emotional dimension of becoming a parent and offers an understanding of the baby's emotional needs. Author Lorraine Rose understands the hopes and fears that every new parent has. In 'Learning to Love' she describes how the process of becoming a parent puts a person in touch with feelings and with memories of their own infancy and childhood. These can help parents relate to their own child, or can make it more painful and difficult. 'Learning to Love' reveals the emotional intensity of pregnancy, childbirth and the first year of parenting. It brings alive the reality of the baby's emotional world and looks at how relationship and love grow and how emotional growth can be felt and enjoyed. Lorraine shows parents how they can learn from their baby as it grows, and how both the baby and parent can guide each other. She reassures parents about the daily subtle shifts in feeling and confidence they will experience as they and their baby gradually come to know, trust and understand each other. The delicacy of this relationship is sensitively, reassuringly and informatively described. A capacity to 'read' each other develops within the parent and the baby. It is this capacity that lays the foundation for empathy with others and for future intimate relationships. 'Learning to Love' examines the key mental and emotional milestones in the first 12 months, parents' changing relationship with each other as well as their baby, and common parenting dilemmas. Unlike many books about early parenthood, 'Learning to Love' gives important information about the emotional lives of infants and their parents.

From God  with Love Book

From God with Love

  • Author : Ophelia Lorraine
  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Release Date : 2021-01-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 110
  • ISBN 10 : 9781664218611

From God with Love Excerpt :

From God, With Love is a faith filled love story about a woman who is making a slow journey back to her faith in God, and in love, and a man quickly bailing on hope in finding "the one" God has for him -- each finding things they weren't looking for along the way. Follow Credence and Franklin as they navigate learning to trust God again as he renews their faith in his ability to guide them through the unknown and belief that their most precious desires are safe with Him.

To the Fullest Book

To the Fullest

  • Author : Lorraine Bracco
  • Publisher : Rodale Books
  • Release Date : 2015-04-07
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781623364939

To the Fullest Excerpt :

Lorraine Bracco is one of the world's most dynamic actresses, but when she reached her fifties, she felt she was losing her luster. During the long illnesses of her parents, she began to gain weight and felt her energy and self-confidence take a dive. Watching her parents die within 9 days of each other was her wake-up call to take charge of her life. She made a commitment to herself to stay healthy. In To the Fullest, Bracco presents her Clean Up Your Act Program, a comprehensive plan to help women over 40 look and feel younger. The program includes an intensive liver cleanse to reboot the body to start fresh on the path to optimal health by eliminating gluten, sugar, eggs, and dairy. Two weeks of meal plans and a varied list of meals and snacks illustrate that hunger is not part of the program and that eating clean has endless flavorful options. Her Clean Up Your Act Diet, which follows the cleanse, will help you lose pounds and deliver supercharged energy. Bracco adds her own mouthwatering recipes to ease the transition to clean eating and suggests an abundance of satisfying breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. She gradually lost 35 pounds and has kept it off. The book also includes testimonials gathered from women who have participated in Rodale's 6-week test panel. With winning honesty, Bracco provides the perfect combination of humor, comfort, and motivational support that women need to rise to life's challenges. From attitude adjustments to style tips, from finding new passions to making movement a habit, her advice and personal insights both inspire and entertain.

A Raisin in the Sun Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

A Raisin in the Sun

  • Author : Lorraine 1930-1965 Hansberry
  • Publisher : Hassell Street Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-09
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 1013700368

A Raisin in the Sun Excerpt :

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

City Farmer Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

City Farmer

  • Author : Lorraine Johnson
  • Publisher : Greystone Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781553655190

City Farmer Excerpt :

Celebrates the innovative and inspiring ways that ubran dwellers are reimagining our cities as places of food production. Original.