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Rock This Way

Cultural Constructions of Musical Legitimacy

What remixes, covers, mash-ups, and parodies say about the perceived legitimacy of music making

Racing the Great White Way

Black Performance, Eugene O’Neill, and the Transformation of Broadway

How artists of color challenged racist stereotypes on the Broadway stage

Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies

Performance, Race, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance

Gay and lesbians in Harlem nightclubs, speakeasies, rent parties, and on Broadway stages

For the Culture

Hip-Hop and the Fight for Social Justice

Examines the relationship between social justice, Hip-Hop culture, and resistance

Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-Hop Theater and Performance

Explores expressions of Blackness in Hip-Hop performance by non-African American artists

Land of Opportunity

One Family's Quest for the American Dream in the Age of Crack

The story of the Chambers brothers’ crack cocaine empire and the city that made them

Collected Prose

A collection of essays on poetry and the experiences that influenced this poet

A Change Is Gonna Come

Music, Race & the Soul of America

Revised Edition

The new edition of the groundbreaking chronicle of forty years of black music in America

Clothed in Meaning

Literature, Labor, and Cotton in Nineteenth-Century America

Textured readings of the literary expression of workers in the era of big cotton


Black Lawmaking in the U.S. Congress from Carter to Obama

New Edition, With New Preface and Afterword

Revised, With New Preface and Afterword
As black leaders have turned from political activism to formal politics, they have moved closer to the political center

Bad Boys

Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity

with a foreword by Pedro A. Noguera

The classic ethnography on how implicit bias impacts black male students’ identities

Rhymes in the Flow

How Rappers Flip the Beat

Reveals the deep roots, poetic structures, and uncommon artistry of rap poetry and performance

Playing in the Shadows

Fictions of Race and Blackness in Postwar Japanese Literature

How do encounters with black literature, music, culture, and thinking invite postwar Japanese authors to re-envision the relationship between race and literature in the wake of world war?

Of Vagabonds and Fellow Travelers

African Diaspora Literary Culture and the Cultural Cold War

Yields new insights by connecting Cold War counter-hegemonic writings in English and French by intellectuals of the African diaspora

Jackie Ormes

The First African American Woman Cartoonist

Now in paperback—the biography of a pioneering woman artist and the characters she created

Intents and Purposes

Philosophy and the Aesthetics of Improvisation

A bold exploration of how we define improvised music

Robert Hayden in Verse

New Histories of African American Poetry and the Black Arts Era

Remaps Robert Hayden’s proper place within African American poetry, and traces his legacy

The Harvest of American Racism

The Political Meaning of Violence in the Summer of 1967

In print for the first time--the document that the Kerner Commission did not want to see released

White Rebels in Black

German Appropriation of Black Popular Culture

Investigates the appropriation of black popular culture as a symbol of rebellion in postwar Germany

Uncle Tom's Cabins

The Transnational History of America's Most Mutable Book

Explores the many ways this mid-nineteenth-century U.S. bestseller functions as world literature and enduring icon

Ellen Stewart Presents

Fifty Years of La MaMa Experimental Theatre

A stunning visual chronicle of New York’s iconic performance venue


Memory, Meaning, and Resistance

Reflecting on Oral History and Women at the Margins

A pioneering oral historian analyzes recurring themes in the lives of poor and working-class women

The British Blues Network

Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity

An exciting new examination of how African-American blues music was emulated and used by white British musicians in the late 1950s and early 1960s