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Griffin, Farah Jasmine

Overview
Works: 31 works in 95 publications in 1 language and 9,704 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Documentary films  Records and correspondence  Autobiographies  Personal narratives  Nonfiction films  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: E444.J17, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Farah Jasmine Griffin
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 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Who set you flowin'?" : the African-American migration narrative by Farah Jasmine Griffin( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ralph Ellison, while continuing Wright's vision, reexamined the significance of Black Southern culture. Griffin concludes with Toni Morrison and rappers Arrested Development embracing the South "as a site of African-American history and culture," "a place to be redeemed."
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 761 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 )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 698 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 )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 674 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
Harlem nocturne : women artists & progressive politics during World War II by Farah Jasmine Griffin( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 606 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."--
Uptown conversation : the new jazz studies by Robert G O'Meally( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Uptown Conversation' asserts that jazz is not only a music to define, it is a culture. The essays illustrate how for more than a century jazz has initiated a call and response across art forms, geographies, and cultures, inspiring musicians, filmmakers, painters and poets
A stranger in the village : two centuries of African-American travel writing( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toward an intellectual history of Black women by Mia Bay( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite recent advances in the study of black thought, black women intellectuals remain often neglected. This collection of essays by fifteen scholars of history and literature establishes black women's places in intellectual history by engaging the work of writers, educators, activists, religious leaders, and social reformers in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean. Dedicated to recovering the contributions of thinkers marginalized by both their race and their gender, these essays uncover the work of unconventional intellectuals, both formally educated and self-taught, and explore the broad community of ideas in which their work participated. The end result is a field-defining and innovative volume that addresses topics ranging from religion and slavery to the politicized and gendered reappraisal of the black female body in contemporary culture." -- Publisher's description
The souls of Black folk by W. E. B Du Bois( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the 1903 work depicting the spirit, status, and problems of African Americans since emancipation and reflecting on the history of race and democracy in America
The souls of black folk by W. E. B Du Bois( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 222 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
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 152 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
Living thinkers : an autobiography of Black women in the ivory tower( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Living Thinkers ... examines the intersection of race, class and gender for Black women professors and administrators working in U.S. colleges and universities today. Through their diverse narratives, from girlhood to the present, Black women from different disciplines share experiences that have shaped them, including segregated schooling as children, and the trials, disappointments and triumphs encountered in Academia. Though more than 100 years have passed since the doors to higher education opened for Black women, their numbers as faculty members are woefully low and for many still, the image of Black women as intellectuals is incomprehensible. And while overtly expressed racism, sexism and discrimination have declined, their presence is often still often unacknowledged. Through frank and sometimes humorous conversations, this documentary interrogates notions of education for girls and women and the stereotypes and traditions that affect the status of Black women both in and out of the Academy. A perfect companion film for any classroom discussion on the intersection of racism, sexism and/or feminism."--Container
Lady day : the complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933-1944 by Billie Holiday( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 53 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
Textural rhythms : quilting the jazz tradition by Carolyn Mazloomi( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A child is born by Geri Allen( Recording )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 28 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
Strange Fruit( 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
Transcending traditions : featuring major papers from the Conference on African, African-American and African Diaspora studies in the 21st century( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

Key texts in African American literary criticism by Farah Jasmine Griffin( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 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
 
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"Who set you flowin'?" : the African-American migration narrative
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Griffin, Farah J.

Griffin, Farah J. 1963-

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If you can't be free, be a mystery : in search of Billie HolidayBeloved sisters and loving friends : letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut, 1854-1868Clawing at the limits of cool : Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the greatest jazz collaboration everUptown conversation : the new jazz studiesA stranger in the village : two centuries of African-American travel writingThe souls of Black folkThe souls of black folkIncidents in the life of a slave girl : written by herselfTextural rhythms : quilting the jazz tradition