Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
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DescriptionA revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, Black artists and intellectuals of the twentieth century. Lorraine Hansberry, who died at thirty-four, was by all accounts a force of nature. Although best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, her life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements with an unflinching commitment to social justice. Though she married a man, she identified as lesbian and, risking censure and the prospect of being outed, joined one of the nation'Äôs first lesbian organizations. Hansberry associated with many activists, writers, and musicians, including Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, W.E.B. Du Bois, among others. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been relegated to one work'Äîuntil now. Looking for Lorraine is a powerful insight into Hansberry'Äôs exceptional life'Äîa life that was tragically cut too short.
September 18, 2018
5.7 X 0.4 X 4.9 inches | 0.1 pounds
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About the Author
Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she also teaches in the Programs in Law and Public Affairs, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Perry holds a BA from Yale and a PhD in American Studies and law degree from Harvard. She is the author of Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop and More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States.
LisaGay Hamilton is an American actress best known for her role as attorney Rebecca Washington in the legal drama The Practice. Her other television credits include Law & Order, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City, ER, and Without a Trace. In addition to her work on television, she has narrated numerous audiobooks and has had roles in several films, including Twelve Monkeys, Jackie Brown, and The Sum of All Fears.