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Smeeth, Ruth Lauren

in Who's Who

P ublished online December 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Politics. 88 words.

Born Edinburgh 29 June 1979; d of Lucille Kelly; m 2004, Michael Smeeth

MP (Lab) Stoke-on-Trent North, since 2015

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Smith, Michael Garfield (1921–1993), social anthropologist

Philip Burnham.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

P ublished online September 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Society and Culture; Education. 1030 words.

Smith, Michael Garfield (1921–1993), social anthropologist, was born in Church Street, Kingston, Jamaica, on 18 August 1921, the second son of Charles Garfield Smith (b. 1874), a produce...

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At the Crossroads: The Intersection of Poetry and the Blues

Keith Flynn.

in The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

December 2011; p ublished online March 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 6694 words.

America’s poets and musicians have fostered a symbiotic relationship, especially in the last five decades. Some of the poets who have been influenced by the blues they have heard range from...

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The Feel-Bad Film

Nikolaj Lübecker.

October 2015; p ublished online January 2016 .

Book. Subjects: Film. 192 pages.

In recent years some of the most innovative European and American directors have made films that place the spectator in a position of intense discomfort: Feel-Bad Films. Systematically...

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Clifton, Lucille

Theresa W. Bennett-Wilkes.

in Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century

January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 855 words.

poet and author of children's books. Clifton was born Thelma Lucille Sayles in Depew, New York, the daughter of Samuel Louis Sayles Sr., a steelworker, and Thelma Moore Sayles, a...

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Jones, Frederick McKinley

Robert C. Hayden.

in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 710 words.

Frederick McKinley Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. His mother died when he was an infant, and his father died about nine years later. He moved to Kentucky, where he lived with a...

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Desdunes, Rodolphe Lucien

Dorothea Olga McCants.

in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 776 words.

Rodolphe Desdunes was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 15, 1849, the oldest of several children of Jeremiah and Henrietta Desdunes. His mother was a Cuban; his father was a...

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Gregory, Dick

Shelia Patrice Moses.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1020 words.

comedian, civil right activist, nutritionist, and actor, was born Richard Claxton Gregory in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up on North Taylor Street with his mother, Lucille, and his five...

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Young, Kevin

Maggie Gerrity.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1066 words.

poet, editor, and teacher, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Azzie Young, a chemist and healthcare administrator, and Paul Young, an ophthalmologist. The family moved frequently during...

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Little, Vera (<i>born</i> 1932), Rock Musician / Singer, Pianist, Songwriter

Eric Weisbard.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1478 words.

pioneering rock and roll singer, songwriter, and pianist, was born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, the third of twelve children born to Charles “Bud” Penniman, a brick mason,...

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King, Albert (1923 - 1992), Blues Musician / Singer, Guitarist

Mark Steven Maulucci.

in African American National Biography

January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1415 words.

blues singer and guitarist, was born Albert Nelson in Indianola, Mississippi, one of thirteen children of Will Nelson, an itinerant preacher, and Mary (Blevins) Nelson. Why and exactly...

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Jones, Gayl (<i>born</i> 1949), Fiction Writer, Poet

Amy S. Gottfried.

in The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 1888 words.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, a state that surfaces in much of her work, Gayl Jones has forged an eclectic career, marked by periods of silence, and since the early 1980s, a withdrawal...

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Children's and Young Adult Literature

Dianne Johnson-Feelings.

in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 6416 words.

The American Library Association makes formal distinctions between children's literature and young adult literature as distinct categories, although they overlap. Literature for children...

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Poetry

Daniel Donaghy.

in Black Women in America, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 11596 words.

Despite popular belief, the African American literary tradition did not begin in 1773, when Phillis Wheatley, a well-educated slave, published a poetry collection entitled Poems on...

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Music Industry

in Black Women in America, Second Edition

January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History. 6149 words.

The story of black women in the American music industry reflects all the issues of gender, class, and race that have bedeviled Americans throughout their history. Still, black women have...

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