A Memoir

Author: M.K. Asante

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0679645454

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6483

A coming-of-age story about navigating the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family, Buck shares the story of a generation through one original and riveting voice. MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: his mother a dancer, his father a revered professor. But as a teenager, MK was alone on the streets of North Philadelphia, swept up in a world of drugs, sex, and violence. MK’s memoir is an unforgettable tale of how one precocious, confused kid educated himself through gangs, rap, mystic cults, ghetto philosophy, and, eventually, books. It is an inspiring tribute to the power of literature to heal and redeem us. Praise for Buck “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.”—Maya Angelou “In America, we have a tradition of black writers whose autobiographies and memoirs come to define an era. . . . Buck may be this generation’s story.”—NPR “The voice of a new generation. . . . You will love nearly everything about Buck.”—Essence “A virtuoso performance . . . [an] extraordinary page-turner of a memoir . . . written in a breathless, driving hip-hop prose style that gives it a tough, contemporary edge.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Frequently brilliant and always engaging . . . It takes great skill to render the wide variety of characters, male and female, young and old, that populate a memoir like Buck. Asante [is] at his best when he sets out into the city of Philadelphia itself. In fact, that city is the true star of this book. Philly’s skateboarders, its street-corner philosophers and its tattoo artists are all brought vividly to life here. . . . Asante’s memoir will find an eager readership, especially among young people searching in books for the kind of understanding and meaning that eludes them in their real-life relationships. . . . A powerful and captivating book.”—Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times “Remarkable . . . Asante’s prose is a fluid blend of vernacular swagger and tender poeticism. . . . [He] soaks up James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston and Walt Whitman like thirsty ground in a heavy rain. Buck grew from that, and it’s a bumper crop.”—Salon “Buck is so honest it floats—even while it’s so down-to-earth that the reader feels like an ant peering up from the concrete. It’s a powerful book. . . . Asante is a hip-hop raconteur, a storyteller in the Homeric tradition, an American, a rhymer, a big-thinker singing a song of himself. You’ll want to listen.”—The Buffalo News From the Trade Paperback edition.

Not in My Neighborhood

How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City

Author: N.A

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781566639002


Page: N.A

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Wicked Baltimore

Charm City Sin and Scandal

Author: Lauren R. Silberman

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1614232695

Category: True Crime

Page: 144

View: 4642

With nicknames such as Mob Town and Syphilis City no one would deny that Baltimore has its dark side. Before shows such as The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Streets brought the city's crime rate to national attention, locals entertained themselves with rumors surrounding the mysterious death of writer Edgar Allan Poe and stories Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who spent time in a Baltimore area sanitarium in the 1930s. Tourists make the Inner Harbor one of the most traveled areas in the country, but if they would venture a few streets north to The Block on Baltimore Street they would see an area once famous for its burlesque shows. It is only the locals who would know to continue north on St. Paul to the Owl Bar, a former speakeasy that still proudly displays some of its Prohibition era paraphernalia. Wicked Baltimore: The Seedy Side of Charm City, details the salacious history of Baltimore and its denizens from the city's earliest history up to through Prohibition.

Baltimore: Past and Present

With Biographical Sketches of Its Representative Men

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Baltimore (Md.)

Page: 562

View: 6285

"Brown" in Baltimore

School Desegregation and the Limits of Liberalism

Author: Howell S. Baum

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801457106

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 7983

In the first book to present the history of Baltimore school desegregation, Howell S. Baum shows how good intentions got stuck on what Gunnar Myrdal called the "American Dilemma." Immediately after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, the city's liberal school board voted to desegregate and adopted a free choice policy that made integration voluntary. Baltimore's school desegregation proceeded peacefully, without the resistance or violence that occurred elsewhere. However, few whites chose to attend school with blacks, and after a few years of modest desegregation, schools resegregated and became increasingly segregated. The school board never changed its policy. Black leaders had urged the board to adopt free choice and, despite the limited desegregation, continued to support the policy and never sued the board to do anything else. Baum finds that American liberalism is the key to explaining how this happened. Myrdal observed that many whites believed in equality in the abstract but considered blacks inferior and treated them unequally. School officials were classical liberals who saw the world in terms of individuals, not races. They adopted a desegregation policy that explicitly ignored students' race and asserted that all students were equal in freedom to choose schools, while their policy let whites who disliked blacks avoid integration. School officials' liberal thinking hindered them from understanding or talking about the city's history of racial segregation, continuing barriers to desegregation, and realistic change strategies. From the classroom to city hall, Baum examines how Baltimore's distinct identity as a border city between North and South shaped local conversations about the national conflict over race and equality. The city's history of wrestling with the legacy of Brown reveals Americans' preferred way of dealing with racial issues: not talking about race. This avoidance, Baum concludes, allows segregation to continue.

Lost Baltimore

Author: Gregory J. Alexander,Paul Kelsey Williams

Publisher: Pavilion Books, Limited

ISBN: 9781909108431

Category: Architecture

Page: 142

View: 6268

Profiles places in Baltimore that have been destroyed, altered, or demolished during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with photographs of the original structures, background information, and stories about memorable individuals.

Walking Baltimore

An InsiderÕs Guide to 33 Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, and Hidden Treasures in Charm City

Author: Evan Balkan

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 0899977014

Category: Travel

Page: 256

View: 6942

Presents a collection of thirty-three self-guided walking tours of Baltimore highlighting cultural attractions, historical sites, museums, monuments, religious institutions, outdoor acitivies, shopping, and restaurants for each route.


Author: Tim Junkin

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1565125142

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 294

View: 6452

Charged with the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland’s gas chamber. From the beginning, he proclaimed his innocence, but when he was granted a new trial because his prosecutors improperly withheld evidence, the second trial also resulted in conviction. Bloodsworth read every book on criminal law in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then-innovative DNA testing. After nine years in one of the harshest prisons in America, Kirk Bloodsworth was vindicated by DNA evidence. He was pardoned by the governor of Maryland and has gone on to become a tireless spokesman against capital punishment.

Baltimore, a Living Renaissance

Author: Lenora Heilig Nast,Laurence N. Krause,Richard C. Monk

Publisher: N.A


Category: Baltimore (Md.)

Page: 320

View: 3817

The Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City

Letters and Documents Relating to Its Foundation and Organization, with the Dedicatory Addresses and Exercises January 4, 1886

Author: Enoch Pratt Free Library

Publisher: N.A


Category: Libraries

Page: 122

View: 867


In Vintage Postcards

Author: Joe Russell,Kate Shelley

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738502427

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 9831

From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication, and many of the postcards produced during this "golden age" can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and assembling crowds of local children only too happy to pose for a picture. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores across the country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history. This fascinating new history of Baltimore, Maryland, showcases more than two hundred of the best vintage postcards available.


Its History and Its People

Author: Lewis Historical Publishing Co

Publisher: N.A


Category: Baltimore (Md.)

Page: N.A

View: 1298

Pill City

How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire

Author: Kevin Deutsch

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250110041

Category: True Crime

Page: 288

View: 5072

In 2015, Baltimore plunged into the worst American riots in recent history. In the chaos, two high school honor-roll students, “Brick” and “Wax, used their smarts, computer skills, ambition and gang connections to change the world of illegal drugs forever. With their gang associates, they looted pharmacies and robbed dealers, stealing over one million doses of prescription narcotics and heroin with a street value of more than $100 million. “Brick” and “Wax” were not going to sell drugs on corners; they used location-based technology and encrypted messaging software to dispatch ordered drugs via delivery drivers—an Uber-like service that eliminated street deals and easily tapped phones. They were soon supplying cities along the East Coast, creating a whole new class of opioid addicts with the FBI and DEA trailing in their wake. To ensure their supply of drugs did not run out, the teens formed an alliance with members of the Sinaloa cartel, headed by El Chapo. Veteran Newsday crime reporter Kevin Deutsch has been reporting on the ground in drug-ravaged neighborhoods for over a year. He’s seen the bodies. Across America, thousands are dying from opioid overdoses. This middle-class crisis has been well documented, but the inner cities, where families are being swallowed up by addiction, have been ignored. Deutsch brings us into this underworld, where social unrest and cutting-edge technology allow criminals to seed the next wave of dysfunction and despair.

Little Moments of Love

Author: Catana Chetwynd

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449496644

Category: Humor

Page: 160

View: 5583

What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd’s boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. Little Moments of Love collects just that – the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.

A History of America in Ten Strikes

Author: Erik Loomis

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1620971623

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 7590

A thrilling and timely account of ten moments in history when labor challenged the very nature of power in America, by the author called “a brilliant historian” by The Progressive magazine Powerful and accessible, A History of America in Ten Strikes challenges all of our contemporary assumptions around labor, unions, and American workers. In this brilliant book, labor historian Erik Loomis recounts ten critical workers’ strikes in American labor history that everyone needs to know about (and then provides an annotated list of the 150 most important moments in American labor history in the appendix). From the Lowell Mill Girls strike in the 1830s to Justice for Janitors in 1990, these labor uprisings do not just reflect the times in which they occurred, but speak directly to the present moment. For example, we often think that Lincoln ended slavery by proclaiming the slaves emancipated, but Loomis shows that they freed themselves during the Civil War by simply withdrawing their labor. He shows how the hopes and aspirations of a generation were made into demands at a GM plant in Lordstown in 1972. And he takes us to the forests of the Pacific Northwest in the early nineteenth century where the radical organizers known as the Wobblies made their biggest inroads against the power of bosses. But there were also moments when the movement was crushed by corporations and the government; Loomis helps us understand the present perilous condition of American workers and draws lessons from both the victories and defeats of the past. In crystalline narratives, labor historian Erik Loomis lifts the curtain on workers’ struggles, giving us a fresh perspective on American history from the boots up. Strikes include: Lowell Mill Girls Strike (Massachusetts, 1830–40) Slaves on Strike (The Confederacy, 1861–65) The Eight-Hour Day Strikes (Chicago, 1886) The Anthracite Strike (Pennsylvania, 1902) The Bread and Roses Strike (Massachusetts, 1912) The Flint Sit-Down Strike (Michigan, 1937) The Oakland General Strike (California, 1946) Lordstown (Ohio, 1972) Air Traffic Controllers (1981) Justice for Janitors (Los Angeles, 1990)

Annals of Baltimore

Author: Thomas Waters Griffith

Publisher: N.A


Category: Baltimore (Md.)

Page: 240

View: 8426

Bluegrass in Baltimore

The Hard Drivin' Sound and Its Legacy

Author: Tim Newby

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476619522

Category: Music

Page: 244

View: 1786

"The first book to take an in-depth look into how the music that was played in Baltimore came to wield influence across a broad musical landscape."--Cybergrass Bluegrass Music News With an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 1950s, Baltimore found itself populated by some extraordinary mountain musicians and was for a brief time the center of the bluegrass world. Life in Baltimore for these musicians was not easy. There were missed opportunities, personal demons and always the up-hill battle with prejudice against their hillbilly origins. Based upon interviews with legendary players from the golden age of Baltimore bluegrass, this book provides the first in-depth coverage of this transplanted-roots music and its broader influence, detailing the struggles Appalachian musicians faced in a big city that viewed the music they made as the "poorest example of poor man's music."

Baltimore Iconoclast

Author: William C. Hughes,William Hughes

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595215513

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 6687

Baltimore Iconoclast covers the waterfront. From an article on the Black Panther, Marshall "Eddie" Conway; to a profile of WWII hero; Angelo Agro; to a conversation with Anti-Nuke leader, Philip Berrigan; to a call for justice for the gallant crew members of the USS Liberty; to an analysis of the flawed federal mail fraud case that wrongly brought down the then Maryland governor, Marvin Mandel, its author touches every base. William Hughes has been a champion of the underdog in all of his writings. A former Associate City Solicitor, he has also been deeply interested in free speech, due process of law, media criticism, Irish Freedom, and the preservation of human dignity. Although politics and human rights are Hughes' main passions, he also makes room for music, environmental concerns, humor, and sports. He has a special fondness for the halcyon days of the NFL's Baltimore Colts. Hughes' insights into the clubhouse politics of Baltimore City ring with authenticity. Each of his 85 commentaries tells a story, that will surely move its readers. Buckle your seat belts! And, open up Baltimore Iconoclast for a journey into the heart of one of America's greatest cities, by one of its favorite sons.

Baltimore Close Up

Author: Christopher T. George

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738589794

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 869

Combining old Southern charm with Northern practicality, Baltimore is a city of unique flavor. With close to 200 images, including many never before seen, historian Christopher T. George explores and celebrates the history of the city that gave us our national anthem. In Baltimore Close Up, readers will discover the heritage of this important American community. Once home to Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, Babe Ruth, Frederick Douglass, and Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore boasts an impressive and unique history. It is a fabled sports city, known for Chesapeake Bay seafood and for our nation's first major monument to George Washington. In this impressive and unprecedented collection, the author illustrates what makes Baltimore famous