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Brown Sugar: Over One-Hundred Years of America's Black Female Superstars
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bloomsbury USA Academic
Publication date May 20, 2007
Pages 376
Binding Paperback
Edition Exp new up
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780826416759
ISBN-10 0826416756
Dimensions 0.75 by 7 by 10 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $46.95
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Summary
This newly designed, typeset, and updated edition of Donald Bogle$s classic study and celebration of America$s $dark divas$ now takes readers up to the present. Originally published in 1980, Brown Sugar was also the basis for the four-hour, four-part, documentary that appeared on PBS as well as on German Education Television, all also written by Bogle. Lavishly illustrated, Brown Sugar is a pioneering book.
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With a wink or a nod, a shake of their shoulders or hips, America's "Dark Divas," "Sepia Sirens," "Black Beauties" have acted out fantastic stories full of whispers and secrets. They have played with the myths, created legends, turned the social order topsy-turvy. One thing is certain: in 20th- and 21st-century America, an impressive lineup of African American women have dazzled and delighted the world with their energy and style.

Who are these great women of the stage and screen? the singers, dancers, comediennes, actresses? In this groundbreaking book, Donald Bogle narrates a sweeping history and describes a remarkable tradition that was largely unknown or not understood - or simply unacknowledged.

Each of the women in Brown Sugar has a perfected public personality uniquely her own - Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Fredi Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Katherine Dunham, Marian Anderson, Moms Mabley, Eartha Kitt, Dorothy Dandridge, Leontyne Price, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Cicely Tyson, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Lil' Kim, Alicia Keyes, Beyoncé Knowles, and many others.

Diva style has sometimes been part put-on, part come-on, part camp, and part reflection of an authentic African American cultural tradition. Haughtiness, control, shrewdness, energy, extravagance, optimism, and humor are all a part of it. "Dazzle your audience," they seemed to say, "but never lose your cool."

Yet, there are often the tears behind the mask, the hideous realities of racism and exploitation, the pain hiding behind the smile, the concealed anxieties, private lives in ruins: all the obstacles and pressures involved in making it to the top.

Always, however, there is the redemption through these women's art.

In these pages are the incandescent women who have lit up Broadway and movie screens; turned clubs, cafés, concert halls, and televisions aglow with their particular brand of black magic; sold millions of cds and dvds; and are the subjects of endless fascination in the tabloids and on the Internet.

Onstage and off, the lives of these captivating women, their follies and fortunes, trials, tragedies, transformations, and triumphs, their inimitable style, have become a cherished part of our own.



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Hardcover
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With Alasdair Roberts | from Pergamon Pr (December 1, 1980); titled "Out to Play: The Middle Years of Childhood"
9780080257198 | details & prices | List price $22.00
This edition also contains Out to Play: The Middle Years of Childhood
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Exp new up edition from Bloomsbury USA Academic (May 20, 2007)
9780826416759 | details & prices | 376 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $46.95
About: This newly designed, typeset, and updated edition of Donald Bogle’s classic study and celebration of America’s “dark divas” now takes readers up to the present.

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