📒Black Man White House ✍ D. L. Hughley

♠Book Title : Black Man White House
✍Author : D. L. Hughley
♛Publisher : HarperCollins
♣Release Date : 2016-06-07
✿Pages : 352
♠ISBN : 9780062399816
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Black Man White House Book Synopsis : New York Times Bestseller (Humor) "The book everyone is laughing about!"--Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe From legendary comedian D.L. Hughley comes a bitingly funny send-up of the Obama years, as “told” by the key political players on both sides of the aisle. What do the Clintons, Republicans, fellow Democrats, and Obama’s own family really think of President Barack Obama? Finally, the truth is revealed in this raucously funny “oral history” parody. There is no more astute—and hilarious—critic of politics, entertainment, and race in America than D. L. Hughley, famed comedian, radio star, and original member of the “Kings of Comedy.” In the vein of Jon Stewart’s America: The Book, Black Man, White House is an acerbic and witty take on Obama’s two terms, looking at the president’s accomplishments and foibles through the imagined eyes of those who saw history unfold. Hughley draws upon satirical interviews with the most notorious public figures of our day: Mitt Romney (“What’s ‘poverty’? Is that some sort of rap jargon?”); Nancy Pelosi (“I play F**k/Marry/Kill, and there’s a lot more kills than fu**ks in Congress, believe me.”); Rod Blagojevich (“You can’t sell political offices on eBay; I discovered that personally.”); Joe Biden (“I like wrestling.”); and other politicians, media pundits, and buffoons. It is sure to be the most irreverent—and perhaps the most honest—look at American politics today.

♠Book Title : A Black Man in the White House
✍Author : Cornell Belcher
♛Publisher :
♣Release Date : 2016-10-18
✿Pages :
♠ISBN : 162134360X
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝A Black Man in the White House Book Synopsis : Cornell Belcher presents stunning new research that illuminates just how deep and jagged these racial fault lines continue to be. Cornell has surveyed battleground voters from 2008 through the 2016 primary season, tracking racial aversion and its impact over the course of the Obama presidency. Given the heightened racial aversion as a consequence of the first non-white male living in the White House, the rise of Trump was a predictable backlash. The election of the nation's first Black president does not mean that we live in a post-racial society; it means that we are now at a critical historical tipping point demographically and culturally in Americaand this tipping point is indeed the wolf at the door for many anxious white Americans. In order to compete and win the future, America must let go of the historic tribal pecking order and a system gamed to favor the old ruling white elite. To paraphrase DuBois, "The problem of the twenty-first century remains the color line.

♠Book Title : The Black History of the White House
✍Author : Clarence Lusane
♛Publisher : City Lights Books
♣Release Date : 2013-01-23
✿Pages : 544
♠ISBN : 9780872866119
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝The Black History of the White House Book Synopsis : The Black History of the White House presents the untold history, racial politics, and shifting significance of the White House as experienced by African Americans, from the generations of enslaved people who helped to build it or were forced to work there to its first black First Family, the Obamas. Clarence Lusane juxtaposes significant events in White House history with the ongoing struggle for democratic, civil, and human rights by black Americans and demonstrates that only during crises have presidents used their authority to advance racial justice. He describes how in 1901 the building was officially named the “White House” amidst a furious backlash against President Roosevelt for inviting Booker T. Washington to dinner, and how that same year that saw the consolidation of white power with the departure of the last black Congressmember elected after the Civil War. Lusane explores how, from its construction in 1792 to its becoming the home of the first black president, the White House has been a prism through which to view the progress and struggles of black Americans seeking full citizenship and justice. “Clarence Lusane is one of America’s most thoughtful and critical thinkers on issues of race, class and power.”—Manning Marable "Barack Obama may be the first black president in the White House, but he's far from the first black person to work in it. In this fascinating history of all the enslaved people, workers and entertainers who spent time in the president's official residence over the years, Clarence Lusane restores the White House to its true colors."—Barbara Ehrenreich "Reading The Black History of the White House shows us how much we DON'T know about our history, politics, and culture. In a very accessible and polished style, Clarence Lusane takes us inside the key national events of the American past and present. He reveals new dimensions of the black presence in the US from revolutionary days to the Obama campaign. Yes, 'black hands built the White House'—enslaved black hands—but they also built this country's economy, political system, and culture, in ways Lusane shows us in great detail. A particularly important feature of this book its personal storytelling: we see black political history through the experiences and insights of little-known participants in great American events. The detailed lives of Washington's slaves seeking freedom, or the complexities of Duke Ellington's relationships with the Truman and Eisenhower White House, show us American racism, and also black America's fierce hunger for freedom, in brand new and very exciting ways. This book would be a great addition to many courses in history, sociology, or ethnic studies courses. Highly recommended!"—Howard Winant "The White House was built with slave labor and at least six US presidents owned slaves during their time in office. With these facts, Clarence Lusane, a political science professor at American University, opens The Black History of the White House(City Lights), a fascinating story of race relations that plays out both on the domestic front and the international stage. As Lusane writes, 'The Lincoln White House resolved the issue of slavery, but not that of racism.' Along with the political calculations surrounding who gets invited to the White House are matters of musical tastes and opinionated first ladies, ingredients that make for good storytelling."—Boston Globe Dr. Clarence Lusane has published in The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Baltimore Sun, Oakland Tribune, Black Scholar, and Race and Class. He often appears on PBS, BET, C-SPAN, and other national media.

📒Guest Of Honor ✍ Deborah Davis

♠Book Title : Guest of Honor
✍Author : Deborah Davis
♛Publisher : Simon and Schuster
♣Release Date : 2012
✿Pages : 308
♠ISBN : 9781439169810
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Guest of Honor Book Synopsis : Documents the 1901 White House dinner shared by former slave Booker T. Washington and President Theodore Roosevelt, documenting the ensuing scandal and the ways in which the event reflected post-Civil War politics and race relations.

📒Black Man In The White House ✍ E. Frederic Morrow

♠Book Title : Black Man in the White House
✍Author : E. Frederic Morrow
♛Publisher : BookBaby
♣Release Date : 2014-01-31
✿Pages : 375
♠ISBN : 9780989671446
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Black Man in the White House Book Synopsis : An outstanding contribution to the literature of African-American history, Black Man in the White House is the first-person account of E. Frederic Morrow, the first African-American to reach an executive position in the White House. He served with distinction as Administrative Officer for Special Projects under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1955-61. Originally published in 1963, Morrow’s recollections are masterfully written, colorful, and filled with the day-to-day intrigue and office politics associated with the most powerful executive office in the world. This book is especially important in the story of the civil rights struggle because Morrow was instrumental in gently pushing the ever-cautious president into an acceptance of the plight of black Americans and into meeting with leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King. In the book Morrow discusses his triumphs and disappointments with candor, wit, and an unswerving devotion to the America he believed in. Black Man in the White House is an excellent choice for Black History Month studies. This annotated edition of the book features extensive end notes to aid students and a touching afterword essay written by journalist Les Smith.

📒Black Man In A White Coat ✍ Damon Tweedy, M.D.

♠Book Title : Black Man in a White Coat
✍Author : Damon Tweedy, M.D.
♛Publisher : Picador
♣Release Date : 2015-09-08
✿Pages : 304
♠ISBN : 9781250044648
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Black Man in a White Coat Book Synopsis : A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S TOP TEN NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK SELECTION • A BOOKLIST EDITORS' CHOICE BOOK SELECTION One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans When Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center. The recipient of a scholarship designed to increase black student enrollment, Tweedy soon meets a professor who bluntly questions whether he belongs in medical school, a moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face throughout his career. Making matters worse, in lecture after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases resounds, "More common in blacks than in whites." Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of many health problems in the black community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care.

♠Book Title : Black Men Built the Capitol
✍Author : Jesse Holland
♛Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
♣Release Date : 2007-09-01
✿Pages : 216
♠ISBN : 0762751924
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Black Men Built the Capitol Book Synopsis : The first book of its kind, with comprehensive up-to-date details Historic sites along the Mall, such as the U.S. Capitol building, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial, are explored from an entirely new perspective in this book, with never-before-told stories and statistics about the role of blacks in their creation. This is an iconoclastic guide to Washington, D.C., in that it shines a light on the African Americans who have not traditionally been properly credited for actually building important landmarks in the city. New research by a top Washington journalist brings this information together in a powerful retelling of an important part of our country's history. In addition the book includes sections devoted to specific monuments such as the African American Civil War Memorial, the real “Uncle Tom's cabin,” the Benjamin Banneker Overlook and Frederick Douglass Museum, the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans, and other existing statues, memorials and monuments. It also details the many other places being planned right now to house, for the first time, rich collections of black American history that have not previously been accessible to the public, such as the soon-to-open Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Monument, as well as others opening over the next decade. This book will be a source of pride for African Americans who live in or come from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area as well as for the 18 million annual African American visitors to our nation's capital. Jesse J. Holland is a political journalist who lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. He is the Congressional legal affairs correspondent for the Associated Press, and his stories frequently appear in the New York Times and other major papers. In 2004, Holland became the first African American elected to Congressional Standing Committee of Correspondents, which represents the entire press corps before the Senate and the House of Representatives. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, he is a frequent lecturer at universities and media talk shows across the country.

📒Black Like Me ✍ John Howard Griffin

♠Book Title : Black Like Me
✍Author : John Howard Griffin
♛Publisher : Wings Press
♣Release Date : 2006-04-01
✿Pages : 256
♠ISBN : 9781609401085
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Black Like Me Book Synopsis : This American classic has been corrected from the original manuscripts and indexed, featuring historic photographs and an extensive biographical afterword.

📒A Slave In The White House ✍ Elizabeth Dowling Taylor

♠Book Title : A Slave in the White House
✍Author : Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
♛Publisher : St. Martin's Press
♣Release Date : 2012-01-03
✿Pages : 336
♠ISBN : 9781137000187
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝A Slave in the White House Book Synopsis : Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, write the first White House memoir, and see his sons fight with the Union Army in the Civil War. He died a free man in northwest Washington at 75. Based on correspondence, legal documents, and journal entries rarely seen before, this amazing portrait of the times reveals the mores and attitudes toward slavery of the nineteenth century, and sheds new light on famous characters such as James Madison, who believed the white and black populations could not coexist as equals; French General Lafayette who was appalled by this idea; Dolley Madison, who ruthlessly sold Paul after her husband's death; and many other since forgotten slaves, abolitionists, and civil right activists.

📒The Invisibles ✍ Jesse Holland

♠Book Title : The Invisibles
✍Author : Jesse Holland
♛Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
♣Release Date : 2016-01-01
✿Pages : 256
♠ISBN : 9781493024193
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝The Invisibles Book Synopsis : The Invisibles chronicles the African American presence inside the White House from its beginnings in 1782 until 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that granted slaves their freedom. During these years, slaves were the only African Americans to whom the most powerful men in the United States were exposed on a daily, and familiar, basis. By reading about these often-intimate relationships, readers will better understand some of the views that various presidents held about class and race in American society, and how these slaves contributed not only to the life and comforts of the presidents they served, but to America as a whole.

♠Book Title : Herbert Hoover in the White House
✍Author : Charles Rappleye
♛Publisher : Simon and Schuster
♣Release Date : 2016-05-10
✿Pages : 576
♠ISBN : 9781451648676
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Herbert Hoover in the White House Book Synopsis : Describes the uphill battle faced by the thirty-first president, who served his single term during the Great Depression, portraying the man as bright, well-meaning, and energetic but ultimately lacking in the tools of leadership. --Publisher

📒The Black Presidency ✍ Michael Eric Dyson

♠Book Title : The Black Presidency
✍Author : Michael Eric Dyson
♛Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
♣Release Date : 2016-02-02
✿Pages : 288
♠ISBN : 9780544386426
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝The Black Presidency Book Synopsis : A provocative and lively deep dive into the meaning of America's first black presidency, from “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today” (Vanity Fair). Michael Eric Dyson explores the powerful, surprising way the politics of race have shaped Barack Obama’s identity and groundbreaking presidency. How has President Obama dealt publicly with race—as the national traumas of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott have played out during his tenure? What can we learn from Obama's major race speeches about his approach to racial conflict and the black criticism it provokes? Dyson explores whether Obama’s use of his own biracialism as a radiant symbol has been driven by the president’s desire to avoid a painful moral reckoning on race. And he sheds light on identity issues within the black power structure, telling the fascinating story of how Obama has spurned traditional black power brokers, significantly reducing their leverage. President Obama’s own voice—from an Oval Office interview granted to Dyson for this book—along with those of Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, and Maxine Waters, among others, add unique depth to this profound tour of the nation’s first black presidency.

📒Paint The White House Black ✍ Michael P. Jeffries

♠Book Title : Paint the White House Black
✍Author : Michael P. Jeffries
♛Publisher : Stanford University Press
♣Release Date : 2013-02-13
✿Pages : 224
♠ISBN : 9780804785570
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Paint the White House Black Book Synopsis : Barack Obama's election as the first black president in American history forced a reconsideration of racial reality and possibility. It also incited an outpouring of discussion and analysis of Obama's personal and political exploits. Paint the White House Black fills a significant void in Obama-themed debate, shifting the emphasis from the details of Obama's political career to an understanding of how race works in America. In this groundbreaking book, race, rather than Obama, is the central focus. Michael P. Jeffries approaches Obama's election and administration as common cultural ground for thinking about race. He uncovers contemporary stereotypes and anxieties by examining historically rooted conceptions of race and nationhood, discourses of "biracialism" and Obama's mixed heritage, the purported emergence of a "post-racial society," and popular symbols of Michelle Obama as a modern black woman. In so doing, Jeffries casts new light on how we think about race and enables us to see how race, in turn, operates within our daily lives. Race is a difficult concept to grasp, with outbursts and silences that disguise its relationships with a host of other phenomena. Using Barack Obama as its point of departure, Paint the White House Black boldly aims to understand race by tracing the web of interactions that bind it to other social and historical forces.

📒Speak Brother ✍ Roland S. Martin

♠Book Title : Speak Brother
✍Author : Roland S. Martin
♛Publisher : Martin Media Group
♣Release Date : 2002
✿Pages : 168
♠ISBN : NWU:35556038862124
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝Speak Brother Book Synopsis : Unrelenting, uncompromising and downright honest, Roland S. Martin offers a bold and fresh perspective for the st century. He tackles a variety of issues with passion, knowledge and spirituality. Whether its commentaries on sports, social justice or business, Martin isnt a conservative or a liberal Democrat or a Republican. He is simply a black man in America.

📒The White House Chandeliers ✍ Stewart Stevens, Sr.

♠Book Title : The White House Chandeliers
✍Author : Stewart Stevens, Sr.
♛Publisher :
♣Release Date : 2016-04-22
✿Pages : 142
♠ISBN : 0997492503
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝The White House Chandeliers Book Synopsis : Inspirational book written by Stewart Stevens Sr., a white house employee for over thirty years. This unique piece of literature chronicles Mr. Stevens experiences as a valued white house employee who worked for seven U. S. Presidents.

♠Book Title : The Black Man s Guide to Working in a White Man s World
✍Author : E. LeMay Lathan
♛Publisher : Stoddart
♣Release Date : 1997
✿Pages : 144
♠ISBN : 1575440512
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝The Black Man s Guide to Working in a White Man s World Book Synopsis : Provides advice for African Americans in succeeding in a predominantly white-controlled society

📒At Mama S Knee ✍ April Ryan

♠Book Title : At Mama s Knee
✍Author : April Ryan
♛Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
♣Release Date : 2016-12-15
✿Pages : 180
♠ISBN : 9781442265646
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝At Mama s Knee Book Synopsis : In her first book, The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan examined race in America through her experience as a White House reporter. In this book, she shifts the conversation from the White House to every home in America. At Mama’s Knee looks at race and race relations through the lessons that mothers transmit to their children. As a single African American mother in Baltimore, Ryan has struggled with each gut wrenching, race related news story to find the words to convey the right lessons to her daughters. To better understand how mothers transfer to their children wisdom on race and race relations, she reached out to other mothers—prominent political leaders like Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett, celebrities like Cindy Williams, and others like Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, whose lives have been impacted by prominent race related events. At a time when Americans still struggle to address racial division and prejudice, their stories remind us that attitudes change from one generation to the next and one child at a time. Features interviews with: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; John Lewis, congressman; Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, Secretary of State, Presidential candidate; Cindy Williams, actress known for role of Shirley on Laverne & Shirley; Cory Booker, United States senator; Christopher Darden, OJ Simpson prosecutor; Michael Cole, actor best known for role of Pete on The Mod Squad; Valerie Jarrett, presidential advisor; Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy; Iyanla Vansant, author, life coach and television personality; Harry Belafonte, singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist; President Barack Obama; and President Jimmy Carter.

♠Book Title : I Want You to Shut the F ck Up
✍Author : D.L. Hughley
♛Publisher : Crown Archetype
♣Release Date : 2012-07-31
✿Pages : 288
♠ISBN : 9780307986269
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝I Want You to Shut the F ck Up Book Synopsis : “Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth to see it like it is, and tell it like it is.” —Richard Nixon “I believe America is the solution to the world’s problems.” —Rush Limbaugh “SHUT THE F#CK UP.” —D. L. Hughley The American dream is in dire need of a wake-up call. A f*cked up society is like an addict: if you are in denial, then things are going to keep getting worse until you hit bottom. According to D. L. Hughley, that's the direction in which America is headed. In I Want You to Shut the F*ck Up, D.L. explains how we've become a nation of fat sissies playing Chicken Little, but in reverse: The sky is falling, but we're supposed to act like everything's fine. D.L. just points out the sobering facts: there is no standard of living by which we are the best. In terms of life expectancy, we're 36th--tied with Cuba; in terms of literacy, we're 20th--behind Kazakhstan. We sit here laughing at Borat, but the Kazakhs are sitting in their country reading. Things are bad now and they're only going to get worse. Unless, of course, you sit down, shut the f*ck up, and listen to what D. L. Hughley has to say. I Want You to Shut the F*ck Up is a slap to the political senses, a much needed ass-kicking of the American sense of entitlement. In these pages, D. L. Hughley calls it like he sees it, offering his hilarious yet insightful thoughts on: - Our supposedly post-racial society - The similarities between America the superpower and the drunk idiot at the bar - Why Bill Clinton is more a product of a black upbringing than Barack Obama - That apologizing is not the answer to controversy, especially when you meant what you said - Why civil rights leaders are largely to blame for black people not being represented on television - Why getting your ghetto pass revoked should be seen as a good thing, not something to be ashamed of - And how hard it is to be married to a black woman

📒My American Odyssey ✍ Roger Griffith

♠Book Title : My American Odyssey
✍Author : Roger Griffith
♛Publisher : Silverwood Books
♣Release Date : 2015-02-18
✿Pages : 246
♠ISBN : 1781323062
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝My American Odyssey Book Synopsis : 'My American Odyssey - From Windrush to the Whitehouse' charts the life of a Black British boy, growing up in 1980s England, and travelling around America, sharing the cultural, historical and, at times emotional, links and contrasts between the two countries. Roger Griffith is a successful social entrepreneur and local radio personality - also known as the G-Man - with 24,000 listeners every week on a community radio station he (co-owns) called Ujima Radio 98FM. He has a passion for sharing stories, observations and insights on a perspective seldom shown - the special relationship between America and Britain, as seen through a black man's eyes. In 'My American Odyssey', Roger documents the experiences of his parents generation - known as the Windrush Generation - arriving from the Caribbean to help rebuild the 'Motherland' after World War II and his generation the first generation of Black-Britons born in the UK. He reflects on growing up within two cultures, through Thatcher's turbulent 1980s to the present day - with a black man as the US president - Roger explores the influence of Black-British and African-American culture through the prism of the civil rights struggle and the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King. In sharing his story, an evocative combination of travelogue, history, politics and social commentary, Roger celebrates the lives of African-Americans, West Indians and Black Britons, from their roots of origin to the present day, as a new era of hope is not just dawning but continues to rise.

📒The Man ✍ Irving Wallace

♠Book Title : The Man
✍Author : Irving Wallace
♛Publisher : iBooks
♣Release Date : 1999
✿Pages : 751
♠ISBN : 067103894X
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝The Man Book Synopsis : The first black American president encounters resistance from a group of congressmen who wish to have him removed from the nation's highest office.

♠Book Title : The Presidency in Black and White
✍Author : April Ryan
♛Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
♣Release Date : 2015-02-02
✿Pages : 220
♠ISBN : 9781442238428
♬Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📝The Presidency in Black and White Book Synopsis : 2016 NAACP Image Award Nominee, Essence Top 10 books of 2015, African American Literary Show Inc. 2015 Best Non Fiction Award In The Presidency in Black and White, journalist April Ryan gives readers a compelling and personal behind-the-scenes look at race relations in contemporary America from the epicenter of American power and policy making—the White House, her beat since 1997. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her "Fabric of America" news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.” Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unique insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation’s last three presidents. In Bill Clinton, Ryan saw both a savvy politician who did his best to stay above the racial fray in public, and a man privately pained from the wrongs done to African-Americans throughout our history, not unlike those with whom he’d grown up in Arkansas. In George W. Bush, a man she respected as a faithful husband and father, an unprecedented amount of backlash against what was spun and perceived as racism in his policies – particularly those surrounding his administration’s horrendous handling of Hurricane Katrina – from which he never truly recovered, and by which he remained personally haunted for years. And in Barack Obama – a President expected to transcend divisions and raise us above our racial squabbling simply by taking office – a leader who, especially early in his administration, drew his own form of fire from those who noted his surprising absence from various racial issues that presented themselves on the national stage, but upon which he did not seem moved to comment, much less act. With humor, grace, and determination, April shares the highs and lows of her sometimes lonely but rewarding battle to keep questions of race relations in America on the political front burner, and in the President’s ear. She has made this battle her life’s work and will never stop fighting to give a voice to those members of our society who have too long been silenced.