Most African Americans, in tracing their family’s past, encounter a series of daunting obstacles. Slavery was a brutally efficient nullifier of identity, willfully denying black men and women even their names. Here, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., backed by an elite team of geneticists and researchers, takes 19 extraordinary African Americans on a once unimaginable journey, tracing family sagas through US history and back to Africa.Those whose recovered pasts collectively form an African American "people’s history" of the United States include celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker, Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, and Quincy Jones; writers such as Maya Angelou and Bliss Broyard; leading thinkers such as Harvard divinity professor Peter Gomes, the Reverend T. D. Jakes, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; and famous achievers such as Mae Jemison, Tom Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Linda Johnson Rice.More than a work of history, In Search of Our Roots is a book of revelatory importance that, for the first time, brings to light the lives of ordinary men and women who, by courageous example, blazed a path for their famous descendants. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dominic Hoffman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/001172/bk_bkot_001172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don’t know is her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, Penny takes us from the stage of The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955 to Hollywood’s star-studded sets, offering up some hilarious detours along the way. My Mother Was Nuts is an intimate backstage pass to Penny’s personal life, her breakout role on The Odd Couple, her exploits with Cindy Williams and John Belushi, and her travels across Europe with Art Garfunkel on the back of a motorcycle. We see Penny get married. And divorced. And married again (the second time to Rob Reiner). We meet a young Carrie Fisher, whose close friendship with Penny has spanned decades. And we see Penny at work with Tom Hanks, Mark Wahlberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro, and Whitney Houston. Throughout it all, from her childhood spent tap dancing in the Bronx, to her rise as the star of Laverne & Shirley, Penny lived by simple rules: “try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.” With humor and heart, My Mother Was Nuts reveals there’s no one else quite like Penny Marshall. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Penny Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/004188/bk_brll_004188_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Quincy Harker - demon killer, monster hunter, & kin to Dracula, yeah, THIS is who I want protecting the world! I love these books. (Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg)She gave up her divinity to save the world. Now, Quincy Harker has to track down a bunch of missing archangels to find Glory's wings. If only getting her wings back were as easy as ringing a bell. Also included - the Harker weird Western short story "Redemption Song", originally published in The Weird Wild West Anthology. They are humanity's defense against the supernatural. They are the light in the darkness. They are the guardians who walk in the night. They are the Shadow Council. Damnation: Quest for Glory, Book I collects the four novellas from Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter, Year Three. The story concludes next year in Salvation: Quest for Glory, Book II. Calling All Angels - This Shadow Council Case Files novella features Jo Henry, great-granddaughter or legendary steel-driving man John Henry, as she searches for an angel in an underground cage-fighting ring. Jo finds more than she bargained for when she stumbles across a fighter who is more than meets the eye. Devil Inside - Quincy Harker takes center stage to battle a demon in the City of Churches. Harker hunts an angel in Charleston but finds much more as he fends off attacks from local magic users and a vengeful demon summoner determined to do to Charleston what General Sherman didn't - destroy it. Angel Dance - What brings Victor Frankenstein's most famous creation to New Orleans? Well, it ain't the Cajun food, so it must be the jazz! Adam Franks searches the bayou and the back streets for an angel, but finds fire, murder, and blood instead in this Shadow Council Case Files novella. Running with the Devil - We all have our quirks, but Quincy Harker gets downright fetishist in the finale to Book I. He descends into Purgato 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Anderson Foster. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/136129/bk_acx0_136129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a 1998 romance film, directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. The film stars Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg and Regina King. This film is an adaptation of Terry McMillan's bestselling novel by the same title. The original music score was composed by Michel Colombier.