Black Masculinity in the Obama Era:Outliers of Society. 1st ed. 2014 W. Hoston
Black Masculinity in the Obama Era:Outliers of Society W. Hoston
Barack Obama is widely considered one of the most powerful and charismatic speakers of our age. Without missing a beat, he often moves between Washington insider talk and culturally Black ways of speaking--as shown in a famous YouTube clip, where Obama declined the change offered to him by a Black cashier in a Washington, D.C. restaurant with the phrase, ´´Nah, we straight.” In Articulate While Black, two renowned scholars of Black Language address language and racial politics in the U.S. through an insightful examination of President Barack Obama´s language use--and America´s response to it. In this eloquently written and powerfully argued book, H. Samy Alim and Geneva Smitherman provide new insights about President Obama and the relationship between language and race in contemporary society. Throughout, they analyze several racially loaded, cultural-linguistic controversies involving the President--from his use of Black Language and his ´´articulateness´´ to his ´´Race Speech,´´ the so-called ´´fist-bump,´´ and his relationship to Hip Hop Culture. Using their analysis of Barack Obama as a point of departure, Alim and Smitherman reveal how major debates about language, race, and educational inequality erupt into moments of racial crisis in America. In challenging American ideas about language, race, education, and power, they help take the national dialogue on race to the next level. In much the same way that Cornel West revealed nearly two decades ago that ´´race matters,´´ Alim and Smitherman in this groundbreaking book show how deeply ´´language matters´´ to the national conversation on race--and in our daily lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mirron Willis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014008/bk_adbl_014008_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Who can stop the violent black man? He murders children, murders his ex-girlfriends and wives, and then cries inequality. The United States government´s remedy of incarcerating black men is not the answer for saving them. Everyday a black man is dying by the hands and gun of another black person, and redirecting them toward positive choices will save us all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rafael Osaba. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077251/bk_acx0_077251_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The historical significance of Barack Obama´s triumph in the presidential election of 2008 scarcely requires comment. Yet it contains an irony: He won a victory as an African American only by denying that he was the candidate of African Americans. Obama´s very success, writes Fredrick Harris, exacted a heavy cost on black politics. In The Price of the Ticket, Harris puts Obama´s career in the context of decades of black activism, showing how his election undermined the very movement that made it possible. The path to his presidency began just before passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, when black leaders began to discuss strategies to make the most of their new access to the ballot. Some argued that black voters should organize into a cohesive, independent bloc; others urged a more race-neutral approach, working together with other racial minorities as well as like-minded whites. This has been the fundamental divide within black politics ever since. At first, the gap did not seem serious. But the post-civil-rights era has accelerated a shift towards race-neutral politics. Obama made a point of distancing himself from older, race-conscious black leaders, such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson - even though, as Harris shows, he owes much to Jackson´s earlier campaigns for the White House. Unquestionably Obama´s approach won support among whites, but Harris finds the results troublesome. The social problems targeted by an earlier generation of black politicians - racial disparities in income and education, stratospheric incarceration and unemployment rates, rampant HIV in black communities - all persist, yet Obama´s election, ironically, marginalized them. Meanwhile, the civil-rights movement´s militancy is fading from memory. Written by one of America´s leading scholars of race and politics, The Price of the Ticket will reshape our understanding of the rise of Barack Obama and the decline of a politics dedicated to challenging racial in 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Kane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011604/bk_adbl_011604_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Barack Obama’s inspirational politics and personal mythology have overshadowed his fascinating history. Young Mr. Obama gives us the missing chapter: the portrait of the politician as a young leader, often too ambitious for his own good, but still equipped with a rare ability to inspire change. The route to the White House began on the streets of Chicago’s South Side. Edward McClelland, a veteran Chicago journalist, tells the real story of the first black president’s political education in the capital of the African American political community. Obama’s touch wasn’t always golden, and the unflappable and charismatic campaigner we know today nearly derailed his political career with a disastrous run for Congress in 2000. Obama learned from his mistakes, and rebuilt his public persona. Young Mr. Obama is a masterpiece of political reporting, peeling away the audacity, the T-shirts, and the inspiring speeches to craft a compelling and surpassingly listenable account of how local politics shaped a national leader. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dean Sluyter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009714/bk_adbl_009714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Michelle Obama´s family saga is a remarkable, quintessentially American story - a journey from slavery to the White House in five generations. Yet, until now, little has been reported on the First Lady´s roots. Prodigiously researched, American Tapestry traces the complex and fascinating tale of Michelle Obama´s ancestors, a history that the First Lady did not even know herself. Rachel L. Swarns, a correspondent for the New York Times, brings into focus the First Lady´s black, white, and multiracial forebears, and reveals for the first time the identity of Mrs. Obama´s white great-great-great-grandfather - a man who remained hidden in her lineage for more than a century. American Tapestry illuminates the lives of the ordinary people in Mrs. Obama´s family tree who fought for freedom in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars; who endured the agonies of slavery, the disappointment of Reconstruction, the displacement of the Great Migration, and the horrors of Jim Crow to build a better future for their children. Swarns even found a possible link to the Jewish Reform movement. Though it is an intimate family history, American Tapestry is also the collective chronicle of our changing nation, a nation in which racial intermingling lingers in the bloodlines of countless citizens and slavery was the crucible through which many family lines - black, white, and Native American - were forged. Epic in scope and beautifully rendered, this is a singularly inspiring story with resonance for us all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Claudia Alick. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002909/bk_harp_002909_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this highly moving narrative, author Michael Henderson takes a deep dive into the lives, achievements, and challenges of some of the most influential African Americans today. Inspirational Black Biographies offers a detailed look into the characters of inspirational modern black figures including Oprah Winfrey, Trevor Noah, Michelle Obama, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, LeBron James, Beyoncé, and Charlamagne tha God. This comprehensive resource presents an accurate picture and reveals the contributions of these great men and women to the modern-day America. Within this audiobook, you’ll get biographical information about each of these individuals and a thorough assessment of their place in the present-day history of African Americans while considering their relationships and influences on the whole world. You’ll discover what makes them different and what drives them. The story of how these Americans are overcoming the challenges they´ve faced to bring smiles to the faces of millions of people is so inspiring and is sure to capture the imagination of every listener. This audiobook provides a welcome source of information for individuals who love biographical stories. Listening to this audiobook can inspire lifestyle changes and give anyone the ability to find their true selves and make meaningful impacts in their own generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D. Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142563/bk_acx0_142563_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.