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Jewels : 50 phenomenal Black women over 50

by Cunningham, Michael, 1969 February 27-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 3 copies
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CLP - Hill District Non-Fiction Collection E185.86.C985 2007
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A photographer and a New York Times bestsellingnovelist profile 50 women over the age of 50 who have been remarkably successful -- whether in reaching the top of thecorporate ladder, finding fame in politics or the arts, orraising a son to be proud of a single mother -- and revealthe ways that they have prevailed despite daunting obstacles.

Jewels includes well-known and little-known womenalike, from teachers and executives to artists, authors, andentertainers. Among the celebrities profiled in the book areRuby Dee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, S. Epatha Merkerson,and Marion Wright Edelman. Coauthor Connie Briscoe alsoappears here as one of the featured Jewels, telling herinspiring personal story. World-renowned poet, writer,commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovannicontributes an original poem to the book.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Photographer Cunningham and best-selling novelist Briscoe offer a stunning photo-essay tribute to 50 black women over the age of 50 who defied racism and sexism to realize rich lives of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. Each striking black-and-white portrait accompanies a personal essay as the women often recall the people who came before them, inspiring them to achieve and admonishing them not to allow themselves to be defeated by the limitations they faced. The women also recall many firsts: the first black woman to achieve some status in the nation to the first black woman (or person) in her family to get a college degree. The subjects include celebrities and noncelebrities in medicine, education, business, and social activism. Among the jewels are Ruby Dee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Marian Wright Edelman, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Briscoe herself. Poet Nikki Giovanni is also here and contributed an original poem in tribute to the achievements of black women. A beautiful and inspirational book. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Photographer Cunningham (Crowns) and popular novelist Briscoe (Big Girls Don't Cry, etc.) honor 50 women, more than half over 60, in this collection of stunning photographs and inspiring personal recollections. While a few have officially retired, none of these women can be described as retiring. I'm having a wonderful time being exactly who I am at the age that I am, says one, reflecting the general sentiments of this diverse group, which includes a financial consultant, reading specialist, sign language interpreter, tax lawyer, real estate broker and a bookstore owner (Clara Villarosa). Some are familiar (e.g., Ruby Dee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Nikki Giovanni, S. Epatha Merkerson), but most are not. Several are involved with powerful institutions little known outside the black community-sororities, women's clubs and service organizations. Tucked into their succinct narratives is a surprising abundance of practical advice about maneuvering between the worlds they have survived and mastered (corporate, military, entertainment, government, entrepreneurial). Some recall hard knocks, having faced deaths, depression and divorce, cancer, a child with Down syndrome and teenaged pregnancy, but all acknowledge the helping hands of parents, grandparents, teachers and mentors. This book will have special resonance for black women, but offers its inspirational message to all. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects African American women -- Portraits.
African American women -- Biography.
Middle-aged women -- United States -- Portraits.
Middle-aged women -- United States -- Biography.
Successful people -- United States -- Portraits.
Successful people -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Little, Brown and Co.,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Briscoe, Connie.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description ix, 213 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 0316113042
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