Black Sun Signs
An African-American Guide to the Zodiac
Paperback ISBN: 0684812096
An African American perspective on astrology is tailored to the experience, interests, and culture of the African American community, offering profiles of each sign as well as lighthearted advice on an array of subjects
Lost in Language & Sound
Or How I Found My Way to the Arts: Essays
Hardcover ISBN: 031220616x
Explores language, music and dance as interpreted though the award-winning author's legendary works, combining memoir and essay to explore such topics as her deconstruction of English in her celebrated play for colored girls and her views on the dynamics of life as a woman and a black individual.
The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South
Paperback ISBN: 0195174127
Twenty-five years after its original publication, Slave Religion remains a classic in the study of African American history and religion. In a new chapter in this anniversary edition, author Albert J. Raboteau reflects upon the origins of the book, the reactions to it over the past twenty-five years, and how he would write it differently today. Using a variety of first and second-hand sources-- some objective, some personal, all riveting-- Raboteau analyzes the transformation of the African religions into evangelical Christianity. He presents the narratives of the slaves themselves, as well as missionary reports, travel accounts, folklore, black autobiographies, and the journals of white observers to describe the day-to-day religious life in the slave communities. Slave Religion is a must-read for anyone wanting a full picture of this "invisible institution."
The New Spirituality of African American Women
Paperback ISBN: 089281943x
Through fascinating and heartfelt conversations with some of today's most creative and powerful women the author explores how a new spiritual consciousness is manifested, how it affects the women who practice it, and how its effects can be carried to others. Using a unique and readable blend of interviews, storytelling and literary critique, Soul Talk shows how personal and social change become possible by reconnecting with the spirit.
The Slave Journey to an Afro-Baptist Faith
Paperback ISBN: 0691006032
Mechal Sobel's fascinating study of the religious history of slaves and free blacks in antebellum America is presented here in a compact volume without the appendixes. Sobel's central thesis is that Africans brought their world views into North America where, eventually, under the tremendous pressures and hardships of chattel slavery, they created a coherent faith that preserved and revitalized crucial African understandings and usages regarding spirit and soul-travels, while melding them with Christian understandings of Jesus and individual salvation.