Brown Sugar: Over 100 Years of America's Black Female Superstars (New and Updated Edition)

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With a wink or a nod, a shake of their shoulders or hips, America's "Dark Divas," "Sepia Sirens," "Black Beauties" have acted out fantastic stories full of whispers and secrets. They have played with the myths, created legends, turned the social order topsy-turvy. One thing is certain: in 20th- and 21st-century America, an impressive lineup of African American women have dazzled and delighted the world with their energy and style.

Who are these great women of the stage and screen? the singers, dancers, comediennes, actresses? In this groundbreaking book, Donald Bogle narrates a sweeping history and describes a remarkable tradition that was largely unknown or not understood - or simply unacknowledged.

Each of the women in Brown Sugar has a perfected public personality uniquely her own - Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Fredi Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Katherine Dunham, Marian Anderson, Moms Mabley, Eartha Kitt, Dorothy Dandridge, Leontyne Price, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Cicely Tyson, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Lil' Kim, Alicia Keyes, Beyoncé Knowles, and many others.

Diva style has sometimes been part put-on, part come-on, part camp, and part reflection of an authentic African American cultural tradition. Haughtiness, control, shrewdness, energy, extravagance, optimism, and humor are all a part of it. "Dazzle your audience," they seemed to say, "but never lose your cool."

Yet, there are often the tears behind the mask, the hideous realities of racism and exploitation, the pain hiding behind the smile, the concealed anxieties, private lives in ruins: all the obstacles and pressures involved in making it to the top.

Always, however, there is the redemption through these women's art.

In these pages are the incandescent women who have lit up Broadway and movie screens; turned clubs, cafés, concert halls, and televisions aglow with their particular brand of black magic; sold millions of cds and dvds; and are the subjects of endless fascination in the tabloids and on the Internet.

Onstage and off, the lives of these captivating women, their follies and fortunes, trials, tragedies, transformations, and triumphs, their inimitable style, have become a cherished part of our own.

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Donald Bogle is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in film and the arts. He is the author of the classic Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, which is published by Continuum. His best-selling Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood received the Hurston/Wright Finalist Legacy Award in Non-fiction. His other books include the critically acclaimed Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia; and Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television. He has appeared on such television programs as Entertainment Tonight; Today; Good Morning, America; and Nightline; and has served as a commentator on such documentaries as Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American, American Movie Classics' Small Steps . . . Big Strides, and TV Land's three-part series on African Americans on television. He also co-hosted Turner Classic Movies' award-winning series Race and Hollywood. The first edition of the present book, Brown Sugar, covered eighty years of America's black female superstars, and was turned into the highly successful four-part PBS documentary series by Mr. Bogle.

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"Let's all nod in appreciation to Donald Bogle for putting everything in historical perspective.... Mr. Bogle continues to be our most important noted Black cinema historian." —Spike Lee



"Thank goodness for Donald Bogle."—Essence



"America's leading historian on black cinema."—USA Today

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"Bogle is passionate and good-humored. His book is valuable as a film reference work and social document."—Gene Siskel



"Bogle (Dorothy Dandridge), a leading expert on blacks in popular culture, celebrates African American divas in this update of a classic, profiling the lives, careers, and sometimes disparaging images of such stars as Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Lena Horne, and Whoopi Goldberg. - Library Journal, November 1, 2006 (Library Journal)

"From Billie Holiday to Queen Latifah, from the Supremes to Destiny's Child, Brown Sugar rolls out the red carpet for decade after decade of delectable divas. Profiles include insightful and juicy historical perspectives on the rise, and sometimes fall, of a long list of America's most celebrated pop princesses." — Vibe Vixen



“Let’s all nod in appreciation to Donald Bogle for putting everything in historical perspective.... Mr. Bogle continues to be our most important noted Black cinema historian.” —Spike Lee



“Bogle is passionate and good-humored. His book is valuable as a film reference work and social document."—Gene Siskel



“From Billie Holiday to Queen Latifah, from the Supremes to Destiny’s Child, Brown Sugar rolls out the red carpet for decade after decade of delectable divas. Profiles include insightful and juicy historical perspectives on the rise, and sometimes fall, of a long list of America’s most celebrated pop princesses.” – Vibe Vixen

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