Donald J. Trump is the 45th president of the United States. This happened in 2016 and it is not a hallucination. Trump’s political ascendancy, cabinet-level federal appointments, and subtle endorsement of white nationalism, have expedited feelings of fear, loathing, and endless uncertainty among many Americans – in particular, the poor and working-class.
Not Our President: New Directions from the Pushed Out, the Others, and the Clear Majority in Trump’s Stolen America is a call-to-action for critical thinking and action, and progressive movement-building among everyday people – the vast majority of whom stand outside of Trump’s vision for America. This important volume addresses diverse areas including economics, education, culture, media, labor, religion, and politics.
The book includes a foreword by Cornel West and contributions from Molefi K. Asante, Edmund W. Gordon, Maulana Karenga, Henry Giroux, Mitch Landrieu, Greg Carr, Sonia Sanchez, Bill Ayers, Gerald Horne, Elizabeth Warren, Ishmael Reed, Julianne Malveaux, jessica
Care moore, Nikky Finney, Herb Boyd, Michael Simanga, Tallib Kweli Greene, and others.
How I Wrote ""Jubilee""
Compelling and insightful, this chronicle relays the birth, growth, and development of ""Jubilee,"" one of the most influential novels of the 20th century.
Joyce Ann Joyce
A landmark critical approach to the study of African American poetry, this seminal work sanctions the view that the voices of the Black Arts Movement are valid areas of scholarly inquiry.
Committed to Breathing
Emerging with a varied political sensibility, this book explodes the bourgeois self-indulgence of American culture to give a lambasting critique of its current global ultra-exploration and political repression. Exploring pressing and complicated social issues, the book incorporates humor, invective, and vigor while analyzing life, beauty, and the defiance of denial and despair.
Black Panther Paradigm Shift or Not?
Black Panther earns three Oscars. Since its inception Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has provoked and stoked a wide range of interest, and now that the blockbuster film is the recipient of three Oscars the film’s acclaim extends beyond the box office.
No, it didn’t get the top prize, but it was a barrier breaker as Ruth Carter was the first black woman to ever win in the Costume Design category; and another first for a black artist when Hannah Beachler took the trophy, which she shared with Set Decorator Jay Hart, in Production Design. Additional spice arrived when Ludwig Goransson earned an Oscar for the Best Score in a Motion Picture.
These awards and other nominations for Black Panther augurs well for populist cinema that is traditionally scorned when it comes to taking home the coveted awards, particularly an Oscar, which is Marvel’s first.
It’s a good bet the honors to Black Panther will not only boost the appreciation for populist cinema, it should also enhance the appeal of a number of products and projects such as Black Panther: A Paradigm Shift or Not? the forthcoming anthology at Third World Press, edited by Haki Madhubuti and Herb Boyd. “All of the celebration and awards for the film is nothing to thumb your nose at and we at Third World Press extend all our good wishes and hope we can do as well with our publication,” said Madhubuti, the press’s publisher and founder.
The anthology, which includes more than forty writers, film critics, scholars, and activists, has a timely appearance and should be able to reap some of the renewed media attention the film has sparked. Among the contributors are Nicole Mitchell Gantt, Jelani Cobb, Brent Staples, Abdul Alkalimat, Bobby Seale, Robyn Spencer, Diane Turner, Greg Tate, Maulana Karenga, Marita Golden, and Molefi Keta Asante, et al.
As may be discerned from the contributors the anthology is a compilation of mixed views and opinions—with both praise and a critique of the film. “The film has aroused a variety of conclusions, a wellspring of differences that we felt compelled to give them a forum,” said Boyd. “Like the film, the views expressed in the book are often very provocative.”
A penetrating exposition of the Black middle class individuals who do not accept their role and responsibilties as advocates for all African Americans.
Haki R Madhubuti
Brilliant Flame! Amiri Baraka
Brilliant Flame! Amiri Baraka is an intergenerational collection of writing from poets, dramatists, musicians, educators, historians and cultural workers and theorists examining the work and influence of Amiri Baraka.
The dramatist, novelist and poet, Amiri Baraka is one of the most respected and widely published African-American writers. With the beginning of Black Civil Rights Movements during the sixties, Baraka explored the anger of African-Americans and used his writings as a weapon against racism. Also, he advocated scientific socialism with his revolutionary inclined poems and aimed at creating aesthetic through them. Amiri Baraka’s writing career spans over nearly fifty years and has mostly focused on the subjects of Black Liberation and White Racism. Often recognized as a key founder of the Black Arts Movement, Amiri Baraka was a prolific writer and world-renowned poet. While this book provides its contributors a forum in which to examine his poetic and artistic aesthetics, Brilliant Flame! will more importantly bring to the forefront Baraka’s reach as political activist, historian and cultural visionary.
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright
In His Image
More than forty stunning etchings depict scenes from the Bible from an African perspective in this collection of inspiring passages from the Old and New Testaments. The drawings by late Italian American print-maker Letterio Calapai illustrate favorite Bible stories such as David and Goliath, Noah and the flood, Daniel and the lions, and the battle of Jericho, and depict favorite heroes such as Moses, Job, Sampson, and King Solomon as Africans. Each drawing is accompanied by powerful passages from the scriptures. With a Foreword by Dr. Jeremiah Wright and an Afterword by Dr. Frank M. Reid, two of today’s most well known Black theologians, In His Image is a gift quality book to treasure for decades to come.
A poem distinguishing the difference between loneliness and aloneness, and the virtue of the latter.
A Sound Investment
A reprint of Sanchez' classic collection of children's stories.
Dr. Lawson Bush, a leading expert on the relationship between Black mothers and their sons and the author of the widely used ""African Educator's Declara-tion,"" assembled a team of advocates for young Black men to create this guide to help mothers understand and navigate the unique challenges of raising African American boys in a culture that sets deliberate traps for failure. An accompanying workbook provides exercises to help parents raise boys to be-come educated and successful men.
Joyce A Joyce
Warriors, Conjurers and Priests
In Warriors, Conjurers and Priests: Defining African-centered Literary Criticism, Joyce Ann Joyce brilliantly merges her vision of African American literary criticism with her understanding of the politics of higher education. Collected together, these essays depict the literary critic as a shaman and literary conjurer, steeped in the spirituality and history of Black culture. Her analysis offers perceptive readings of major Black literary figures of the 20th century - including Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, James Baldwin, Ann Petry, Terry McMillan, Ishmael Reed and others. Professor Joyce demonstrates extensive research, while illustrating the interconnectedness of fiction and poetry to historical, political and cultural reality. At the same time, she provides balanced critiques rather than one-sidedness posing as universality. Most importantly, hers is a voice that recognizes the heterogeneity of the Black community and, in hopes of heightening understanding, does not fear discussing the strengths and weaknesses of diverse views.
Quraysh Ali Lansana
They Shall Run
These poems trace the journeys of the great Black historical figure Harriet Tubman and her fugitives through the backwoods of America.
The Art of Work
This comprehensive analysis of the life and work of Haki R. Madhubuti demonstrates why he is such a pivotal figure in black literature. Both his life experiences and literary contributions are explored, highlighting his roles as political activist, writer, educator, and husband. A concise yet thorough examination of an oft-overlooked period of black literary history is also included. This discussion argues that Madhubuti more than most of his contemporaries successfully transformed from poet-activist to modern-day visionary and continues to challenge the status quo in pursuit of justice and peace.
Unforgettable poetic imagery by one of the greatest female African American poets that captures the viality and complexity of Black life.
The Art & Activism of Marion Perkins
The Art and Activism of Marion Perkins: “To see reality in a new light” edited by Julia Perkins, Michael Flug and David Lusenhof preserves the art of Marion Perkins (1908-1961), a self-taught sculpture who became one of the most important visual artists in the Chicago Renaissance. Now fifty years after his death, Perkins work has inspired a new audience of artists, art enthusiast and art historians to study the rich cultural history of Chicago’s black artists and writers. This book includes commentary, photography and documents from the 2009 year-long exhibit held at the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Third World Press was pleased to partner with the Harsh Society on the production of this book, which will serve as the official archival record of the exhibit.On preserving the art and legacy of Marion Perkins“Through his art, Marion Perkins imparted social and political commentary on the injustices and challenges faced by African Americans during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This catalogue is a tribute to the man and the exhibition “‘to see reality in a new light’:the Art & Activism of Marion Perkins,” which marked the first comprehensive survey of his legacy and contribution to the landscape of American art.” —Julia Perkins
Haki R Madhubuti
Why L.A. Happened
A series of essays discussing the reasons for and the solutions to the rioting that took place in Los Angeles in 1992 and the violence that grew out of it in Atlanta.
Kalamu Y Salaam
What Is Life?
An eclectic group of poems and essays using the theme of Black culture as the thread. Salaam engages in a self assessment of his life and work using the template of Black culture.
The Ugly Side of Beautiful
Racially profiled and wrongfully imprisoned during his second year at Harvard Law School, hip-hop activist Bryonn Bain successfully sued the New York City Police Department and wrote the ""Village Voice ""cover story ""Walking While Black."" Now Bain has taken his own disturbing experiences of racial profiling and personal demoralization and turned them into teachable moments for an entire nation. ""The Ugly Side of Beautiful ""takes an unflinching look at the injustices of our prison system and strives to help us think outside the cage.
Kelly Norman Ellis
The Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS
As HIV continues to change life on this planet, encouraging tough conversations about sex, sexual orientation, healthy relationships and trust, it invigorates those young and old to challenge the status quo of silence. Editors Kelly Norman Ellis and M.L. Hunter have assembled established and emerging writers and artists from around the globe, such as American Book Award and Pew Fellowship winner Lamont B. Steptoe; renown poet and educator Tony Medina; and Emmy award-winner Kwame Dawes, for this haunting and inspiring collection of poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction that paints living portraits of HIV/AIDS.
""Deliciously rife with power, sleaze, and treachery."" -""Chicago"" magazine ""First-time novelist Benson concocts a well thought-out story composed of equal parts political thriller, . . . romance, and upscale urban mystery taken right out of today's headlines. . . . The denouement is shocking."" ""-Black Issues Book Review "" ""[A] FAST-PACED POLITICAL THRILLER . . . The hallmark of any good suspense novel is that it keeps you guessing. And Benson doesn't disappoint. When readers reach the surprise ending . . . they'll be eager for the next installment in this series."" ""-Jet ""magazine"" "" ""HIS TIMELY PLOT AND WELL-DRAWN CHARACTERS BODE WELL FOR FUTURE ENDEAVORS."" -""ForeWord"" magazine
A group of poems dedicated to Winnie Mandela, the wife of Nelson Mandela who was the first indigenous leader to hold the office of President of the Republic of South Africa.
Sound Bites of Protest
Urban issues and creative African American leadership are addressed in this compendium of art, quotations, and critical essays. As the media and the internet continue to change the face of American culture, the tradition of political tomes and textbooks as primary information sources is quickly becoming outmoded. The solution utilized here is geared toward bringing plain and simple truths to a new generation of readers who seek useful information--striking and immediate--regarding politics, race, affirmative action, justice, and gender.
Velvet Bebop Kente Cloth
This collection is the third in a trilogy of poetic works created by Sterling Plumpp to allow audiences to explore the language of music articulated through the nuances of jazz, blues, and bebop. The poetry in Velvet Be Bop Kente Cloth utilizes distinct rhythms and a non-conventional use of line and line breaks. It also draws upon the musical innovations established by Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillispie, and others.
B J Bolden
Urban Rage in Bronzeville
An examination of the work of Gwendolyn Brooks with the background of the current socio-political scene in Chicago's Bronzeville in its heyday.