Item description for Essence: 50 of the Most Inspiring African-Americans by Editors of Essence Magazine...
ESSENCE Books presents an updated edition of its popular book that features dynamic profiles of some of today's most influential, powerful and, above all, inspiring African-Americans. 50 of the Most Inspiring African-Americans is a coffee-table softcover that features people of color who are breaking barriers in political, educational, business and entertainment arenas, as well as those building up their communities.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 8.9" Height: 1" Weight: 2.3 lbs.
Publisher Time Inc Home Entertainment
ISBN 1931933200 ISBN13 9781931933209
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Good job Mar 18, 2006
This was a very uplifting and positive reading. I own it and my 9 year old was surprised by it. We read it together. I agree a nice coffee table addition!
Shame on Essence! Featuring Halle Berry as a role model :( Feb 15, 2005
Black History Month - Feb., 2005. Black parents, more than ever, need to be careful about the choice of role models for their black children. If you take a look at the prominent themes in many black music videos and movies -- you will notice a gradual glorification of the Ho, Pimp and Thug theme for young black kids. Take a look at any 7 out of 10 music videos and you will see black women loosely dressed to seduce men. Take a look at 7 out of 10 music videos and you will notice the black men portrayed at pimps and thugs. The sorry part is that in real life there are too many black men in prison and young black girls getting pregnant at an early age; and all of this contributes to the high school drop out rate and aids. Too much sex and crime glorified in black music videos and movies. And now Hollywood gives it top award to the Queen Black Ho -- Halle Berry. What kind of role model is that? Based purely on good looks and a golden idol (Oscar); but look at how she had to debase and degrade herself to get it. Okay young black girls, have sex with Billy Bob and you can be successful like me? What stupid values to pass along to our kids. All of this means a black kid does not have a snowball chance of hell of surviving with idiotic role models like Halle, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent. As though dealing with racism in this country was not bad enough, black kids are now being fed a steady diet of negative role models and entertainment that guarantee that they will be losers. Instead of glorifying the non-role models like Halle, Snoop and 50cent, Black people need to BOYCOTT them. All they do is encourage negative behavior, such as being a ho, being a pimp and being a thug. At what point does Essence magazine suggest that young black girls watch Monster's Ball? Just because someone gave her an Oscar (that should have gone to Lena Horne years ago); black people think that it is okay to accept porn for the 1st Oscar given to a black woman. The first white woman to get an Oscar did not have to get naked and have sex -- but the first black woman did. By the way, Hollywood has not given an Oscar to any White woman having down and dirty sex with a black man; but because black women and girls were raped by white men for years during slavery, I guess we are thought of as being "less" so it is okay to give a black woman an award for having down and dirty sex with a white man (just like those good ole slavery days). I think that Essence is owned by a white person, but black people should be smart enough to just say "no" to this gradual emphasis on a Slave Mentality pushed by people who are just in it for the money, but don't have to worry about having their kids fall prey to the same negative stuff that they put out in the world. Let's give our kids something better and encourage education and self respect, rather than putting people like Halle Berry on a platter, when all she did was give good sex to Billy Bob!
pretty picture book Nov 18, 2002
Essence has come up with a very attractive coffe table book. The photos are lovely and the profiles/commentary is pleasant and non demanding. If you are serious collector of books on black culture you can safely skip this one but if you just want a pretty picture book then this is a nice addition.