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Griffin, Farah Jasmine

Works: 29 works in 88 publications in 1 language and 8,753 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives  Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  Music 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: E185.6, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Farah Jasmine Griffin
"Who set you flowin'?" : the African-American migration narrative by Farah Jasmine Griffin( Book )
15 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twentieth-century America has witnessed the most widespread and sustained movement of African-Americans from the South to urban centers in the North. Who Set You Flowin'? examines the impact of this dislocation and urbanization, identifying the resulting Migration Narratives as a major genre in African-American cultural production. Griffin takes an interdisciplinary approach with readings of several literary texts, migrant correspondence, painting, photography, rap music, blues, and rhythm and blues. From these various sources Griffin isolates the tropes of Ancestor, Stranger, and Safe Space
Uptown conversation the new jazz studies by Robert G O'Meally( )
11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jackson Pollock dancing to the music as he painted; Romare Bearden's stage and costume designs for Alvin Ailey and Dianne McIntyre; Stanley Crouch stirring his high-powered essays in a room where a drumkit stands at the center: from the perspective of
Inclusive scholarship : developing Black studies in the United States : a 25th anniversary retrospective of Ford Foundation grant making, 1982-2007 ( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Harlem nocturne : women artists & progressive politics during World War II by Farah Jasmine Griffin( Book )
8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"As World War II raged overseas, Harlem witnessed a battle of its own. Brimming with creative and political energy, Harlem's diverse array of artists and activists launched a bold cultural offensive aimed at winning democracy for all Americans, regardless of race or gender. In Harlem Nocturne, esteemed scholar Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists whose creative and political efforts fueled this movement for change: novelist Ann Petry, a major new literary voice; choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus, a pioneer in her field; and composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, a prominent figure in the emergence of Be-Bop. As Griffin shows, these women made enormous strides for social justice during the war, laying the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement before the Cold War temporarily froze their democratic dreams. A rich account of three distinguished artists and the city that inspired them, Harlem Nocturne captures a period of unprecedented vitality and progress for African Americans and women in the United States."--
If you can't be free, be a mystery : in search of Billie Holiday by Farah Jasmine Griffin( Book )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Griffin argues that the stereotype of a black woman who can always take center stage to command an audience because of her incredible ability to feel, but not to think, continues to hide the real Holiday from public view. Instead of a mindless "natural" with incredible talent but no discipline, Griffin's Holiday is a jazz virtuoso whose passion and technique made every song she sang forever hers. Instead of being helpless against the racism, sexism and poverty that dominated her life, Holiday is an artist, willing to pay a tremendous price to change the sound of jazz forever. And far from being a victim of overwhelming obstacles, Lady Day is an independent spirit whose greatest legacy is that all hurdles can be overcome, whatever the odds."--Jacket
Beloved sisters and loving friends : letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut, 1854-1868 by Rebecca Primus( Book )
6 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A riveting collection of letters written at the time of the Civil War that chronicle the lives of two African American women from New England; one who went to the South to found a school, the other a domestic servant who stayed in the North, in New York and New England. Rebecca Primus, daughter of a prominent black Hartford family, was one of the many women who traveled south after the Civil War to teach the newly freed men and women. She was sent by the Hartford Freedmen's Aid Society to Royal Oak, Maryland, where she helped to foung a school later named in her honor, the Primus Institute. Addie Brown was a domestic servant who worked in various households in Connecticut and New York."
Clawing at the limits of cool : Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the greatest jazz collaboration ever by Farah Jasmine Griffin( Book )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the collaboration between Miles David and John Coltrane, focusing on their influences upon each other and the impact their music has made in the jazz world
The souls of Black folk essays and sketches by W. E. B Du Bois( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the most influential books ever published in America, W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk is an eloquent collection of fourteen essays that describe the life, the ambitions, the struggles, and the passions of African Americans at the transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. The first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Du Bois was a sociologist, historian, novelist, and activist whose astounding career spanned the nation's history from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement. In The Souls of Black Folk, published in 1903, Du Bois argued against the conciliatory position taken by Booker T. Washington, at the time the most influential black leader in America, and called for a more radical form of aggressive protest--a strategy that would anticipate and inspire much of the activism of the 1960s. Du Bois's essays were the first to articulate many of Black America's thoughts and feelings, including the dilemma posed by the black psyche's "double consciousness," which Du Bois described as "this twoness--an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings . . . in one dark body." Every essay in The Souls of Black Folk is a jewel of intellectual prowess, eloquent language, and groundbreaking insight. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the struggle for Civil Rights in America. --Publisher
A stranger in the village : two centuries of African-American travel writing ( Book )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Incidents in the life of a slave girl : written by herself by Harriet A Jacobs( Book )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In what has become a landmark of American history and literature, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl recounts the incredible but true story of Harriet Jacobs, born a slave in North Carolina in 1813. Her tale gains its importance from her descriptions, in great and painful detail, of the sexual exploitation that daily haunted her life-and the life of every other black female slave. As a child, Harriet Jacobs remained blissfully unaware that she was a slave until the deaths of both her mother and a benevolent mistress exposed her to a sexually predatory master, Dr. Flint. Determined to escape, she spends seven years hidden away in a garret in her grandmother's house, three feet high at its tallest point, with almost no air or light, and with only glimpses of her children to sustain her courage. In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, she finally wins her battle for freedom by escaping to the North in 1842. A powerful, unflinching portrayal of the brutality of slave life, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl stands alongside Frederick Douglass's classic autobiographies as one of the most significant slave narratives ever written
Lady day the complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 by Billie Holiday( Recording )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The song selections on this 10-CD set are programmed in chronological order, from her first commercial recording in 1933 to the last 78 RPM side she cut for Columbia Records in 1942. These 153 tracks are contained in CDs 1 through 7. A further 77 tracks will be found on CDs 7 through 10. These comprise all known alternate versions of the 153 songs that were either released at a much later date, or never issued at all; broadcast and film soundtracks from the same period; and two 1944 concert performances that originally appeared on V-Discs, a label that was distributed exclusively to the US Armed Forces
Living thinkers : an autobiography of Black women in the ivory tower ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A child is born by Geri Allen( Recording )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Geri Allen is getting in the Christmas spirit with her first album of holiday material! A Child is Born features fourteen festive tracks of seasonal splendor that focus on the instrumental music of Allen. From a jazzy improvisation on the classic 'Angels We Have Heard On High' to a rousing 'Amazing Grace' with some impeccable piano work, Allen offers an elegant, peppy album that will make gift giving more stylish
Textural rhythms : quilting the jazz tradition by Carolyn Mazloomi( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Can anything beat white? a Black family's letters by Elisabeth Petry( )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ann Petry (1908-1997) achieved prominence during a period in which few black women were published with regularity in America. Her novels Country Place (1947) and The Narrows (1988), along with various short stories and nonfiction, poignantly described the struggles and triumphs of middle-class blacks living in primarily white communities. Petry's ancestors, the James family, served as in-spiration for much of her fiction. This collection of more than four hundred family letters, edited by the daughter of Ann Petry, is an engaging portrait of black family life from the 1890s to the early twenti
Beloved sisters and loving friends : Rebecca Primus and Addie Brown correspondence by Rebecca Primus( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of letters written at the time of the Civil War that chronicle the experiences of two African-American women, one who went to the South to start a school, and another who worked as a domestic servant in New England
Key texts in African American literary criticism by Farah Jasmine Griffin( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author presents a selection of African American literary criticism from a historical perspective. Literary criticism was of central importance to Harlem Renaissance intellectuals such as Alain Locke, W. E. B. DuBois, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, the author notes. Griffin compares the perspectives of DuBois and Hughes, who argued that black art comes from the spirituals, blues, and humor of the urban black working class rather than the black elite. The author notes the emphasis of the protest novel envouraged by Richard Wright. As with Hughes, Wright cites the culture of working-class African Americans as the most fruitful source of inspiration for black artists, but stresses the significance of cultural and political separatism in the lives of black Americans, a black nationalism born of segregation. Griffin notes criticisms of the black protest novel by James Baldwin and others in the 1940s, and discusses the advent of the Black Arts movement in the 1960s. The Black Arts critics were explicitly Black Nationalist in character, but eschewed protest and transcendence from nationalism. The rise of black feminist literature and criticism in the 1970s, the increasingly academic focus of African American literary criticism in the 1980s, and the advent of black queer studies in the 1990s is highlighted. Following the essay, a bibliography of recommended reading, a chronology of events from 1746 to 2004, and a glossary are presented
Strange fruit by Billie Holiday( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A examination of the anti-lynching protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. Reviews the historical events, contexts and incidents of racial hatred that the song's title represents, and then the subsequent performances by Billie Holiday that brought the song and its message to a national audience. The film also follows the underlying problem of racism that continues into contemporary culture
Songs for the people : a survey of the life and works of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper by Farah Jasmine Griffin( )
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
" Sister, Sister?" : recent writings on black and white southern women by Farah Jasmine Griffin( )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Griffin, Farah J.
Griffin, Farah J. 1963-
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