#BlackIsBeautiful: Celebrating the Beauty of Blackness with BCALA

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) thanks the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative for the opportunity to showcase titles that celebrate Blackness. It’s important to promote literature about Black people and written by Black people all year long. BCALA serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Celebrating the Beauty of Blackness with BCALA

#Black Is Beautiful: Past and Present

Black Is Beautiful In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Barbadian-heritage Kwame Brathwaite used his photography to popularize the political slogan “Black Is Beautiful.” This monograph―the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career―tells the story of a key, but under-recognized, figure of the second Harlem Renaissance.Inspired by the writings of activist and black nationalist … Continue reading #Black Is Beautiful: Past and Present

#BlackIsBeautiful: Sapeurs, Sapeuses, and Dandies

Sapeurs: Ladies and Gentlemen of the Congo British photographer Tariq Zaidi presents a fashion subculture of Kinshasa & Brazzaville: La Sape, Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes ("Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People"). Its followers are known as »Sapeurs« (»Sapeuses« for women). Most have ordinary day jobs as taxi-drivers, tailors and gardeners, but as soon as … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Sapeurs, Sapeuses, and Dandies

#BlackIsBeautiful Celebrating the Physical Beauty of Black People

African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album African American Faces of the Civi War: An Album by Ronald S. Codington Published by John Hopkins University Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-1421406251 Fighting for Freedom: photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture This is a fascinating and informative photo collection of seldom-seen … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful Celebrating the Physical Beauty of Black People

#BlackIsBeautiful: African Americans Living Abroad

By Deborah M. Robinson, MBA, PhD The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative strives to raise the visibility of world literature for adults and children at the local, national and international levels.  What about literature by and about African Americans who live/lived around the world?  This body of literature and the stories of the people it … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: African Americans Living Abroad

#BlackIsBeautiful Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty

“Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder” Clichéd but true, this month’s theme emphasizing the physical beauty of Black people underlines this saying. What better way to pay homage to the diverse beauty of Black people than through photography? This lovely coffee table book beautifully illuminates Black beauty as viewed through the camera lens … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty

#BlackIsBeautiful: Iman The Beauty of Color

The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color by Iman ISBN-10 : 0399532846ISBN-13 : 978-0399532849Published by Putnam Adult Iman The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color outlines a program of skin care and makeup for women of color, drawing on the author's experience as a supermodel and founder … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Iman The Beauty of Color

#BlackIsBeautiful: Black Hair is Beautiful

Cornrows Written by Camille Yarbrough Illustrated by Carole Byard Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons ISBN-10 : 0698114361ISBN-13 : 978-0698114364 In this heartwarming picture book, a hairstyling session prompts a discussion between a young girl and her great-grandmother about the history of cornrows.  The elder tells her entranced great-granddaughter about the endurance of the hairstyle from its origins … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Black Hair is Beautiful

#BlackIsBeautiful: Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope

Kwame Alexander Poet, Educator and Bestselling Author.  Alexander’s latest book of poetry, “A Thousand Words on Race And Hope, Light For The World to See” is a small but powerful commentary on the historical and current racial struggles of Black people.  The foreword touches on Alexander’s early participation, as a 10-year-old,  during the Civil Rights … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope

#BlackIsBeautiful: Brown Is Too!

Fostering a sense of self-worth and tenacity in children is a critical aspect of their development.  The following list is for those who wish to reinforce the importance of self worth in Black children, encourage them to see themselves as individuals, and to view their features, hair and complexion as elements of beauty and pride … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Brown Is Too!