Indie Groundbreaking Book: (1)ne Drop

Posted in Articles, Arts, Book/Video Reviews, History, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Social Science, United States on 2014-10-07 18:12Z by Steven

Indie Groundbreaking Book: (1)ne Drop

Independent Publisher
October 2014

Craig Manning
Western Michigan University

Landmark Photo Essay Book Seeks to “Shift the Lens on Race”

Has the social and political mindset on race in 2014 changed from where it was 100 years ago? What is the definition of “Blackness” in the modern age? These are just a few of the many questions posed by (1)ne Drop, a landmark new book that seeks to “shift the lens on race” in more ways than one. Written and compiled by Dr. Yaba Blay, Ph. D., a teacher and scholar in the subject of African Studies at Drexel University in Sacramento, CA [Philadelphia, PA], (1)ne Drop is an ambitious project. Part textbook, part photo essay, part academic thesis, (1)ne Drop is also this month’s indie groundbreaking book, and for more reasons than I can list.

On one hand, (1)ne Drop is groundbreaking for shedding a light on the troubling biological basis for much of the racism that has existed in the United States for more than 200 years. That basis is called the “one-drop rule,” a concept that says a person should be identified as “Black” if they have so much as a trace of Black ancestry (or so much as a single drop of Black blood) in their heritage. In the 1900s, the one-drop rule was an actual law, used throughout the southern parts of the country to promote “White racial purity” and overall White supremacy. But while the law is gone, the concept and the thought behind it still persists, and that question of racial identification permeates (1)ne Drop

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2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results

Posted in Articles, Media Archive on 2014-05-08 00:52Z by Steven

2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results

Independent Publisher
May 2014

Congratulations to all of this year’s medalists and sincere thanks to the 2,500+ independent authors and publishers who participated. Even if you didn’t win a medal, know that the competition was very fierce, and that everyone involved in the independent publishing movement is a winner!

Listed here are the 78 National Category medalists, 275 in all, chosen from about 4,000 entries. Click the links below to visit the Regional, Ebook and Outstanding Book of the Year medalist pages.

The 2014 IPPY Awards medal ceremony will be held on May 28th in New York, on the eve of the BookExpo America convention…

29. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult

Gold: (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, by Yaba Blay, Ph.D. (BLACKprint Press)

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