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"Let's all nod in appreciation to Donald Bogle for putting everything in historical perspective.... Mr. Bogle continues to be our most important noted Black cinema historian." —Spike Lee



"Thank goodness for Donald Bogle."—Essence



"America's leading historian on black cinema."—USA Today

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"Bogle is passionate and good-humored. His book is valuable as a film reference work and social document."—Gene Siskel



"Bogle (Dorothy Dandridge), a leading expert on blacks in popular culture, celebrates African American divas in this update of a classic, profiling the lives, careers, and sometimes disparaging images of such stars as Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Lena Horne, and Whoopi Goldberg. - Library Journal, November 1, 2006
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"From Billie Holiday to Queen Latifah, from the Supremes to Destiny's Child, Brown Sugar rolls out the red carpet for decade after decade of delectable divas. Profiles include insightful and juicy historical perspectives on the rise, and sometimes fall, of a long list of America's most celebrated pop princesses." — Vibe Vixen



“Let’s all nod in appreciation to Donald Bogle for putting everything in historical perspective…. Mr. Bogle continues to be our most important noted Black cinema historian.” —Spike Lee



“Bogle is passionate and good-humored. His book is valuable as a film reference work and social document."—Gene Siskel



“From Billie Holiday to Queen Latifah, from the Supremes to Destiny’s Child, Brown Sugar rolls out the red carpet for decade after decade of delectable divas. Profiles include insightful and juicy historical perspectives on the rise, and sometimes fall, of a long list of America’s most celebrated pop princesses.” – Vibe Vixen

About the Author

Donald Bogle is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in film and the arts. He is the author of the classic Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, which is published by Continuum. His best-selling Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood received the Hurston/Wright Finalist Legacy Award in Non-fiction. His other books include the critically acclaimed Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia; and Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television. He has appeared on such television programs as Entertainment Tonight; Today; Good Morning, America; and Nightline; and has served as a commentator on such documentaries as Spike Lee's Jim Brown: All-American, American Movie Classics' Small Steps . . . Big Strides, and TV Land's three-part series on African Americans on television. He also co-hosted Turner Classic Movies' award-winning series Race and Hollywood. The first edition of the present book, Brown Sugar, covered eighty years of America's black female superstars, and was turned into the highly successful four-part PBS documentary series by Mr. Bogle.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; Expanded edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826416756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826416759
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald Bogle is the author of the groundbreaking Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, a classic study of Black movie images; as well as the acclaimed biography Dorothy Dandridge; the bestselling Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood; and Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television. Mr. Bogle's newly updated Brown Sugar: Over 100 Years of America's Black Female Superstars has been adapted for a highly successful four-part documentary series for PBS. He teaches at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in New York City.

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This book is an excellent source for anyone doing research on modern Black film history.
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I love that Mr. Bogle continues to uncover and expand on African-American female superstars in his book, "Brown Sugar"; however, I would've liked to see more coverage on two of the following actresses: Meagan Good and Jurnee Smollett. While they are mentioned, it is nothing more than a passing glance, and with the body of work that both of these young ladies are known for, I just feel that they deserve more coverage in Mr. Bogle's future considerations. Nonetheless, it is a great read.
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Donald Bogle gave an informative look at the struggles and joys of 100 of America's Black female and respected superstars.
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Excellent, historical very well researched and written.
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Beautiful book! (have the original already) Well-written & nicely updated. Too bad whoever packed it didn't bother to check the cover for flaws, as it had a rather obvious, big white dollup on the back. Permanent, too. Heart-breaking, as the book was a gift for someone special.
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