Pippins, Andrea. We Inspire Me : Cultivate Your Creative Crew to Work, Play, and Make
The best thing a creative person can have is a crew of friends, allies, and mentors to support them. Packed with inspiration and ideas from author-illustrator Andrea Pippins, this is a one-of-a-kind handbook for doers and makers looking to expand and nourish their creative community. Drawing on her own network of talented artists, designers, and friends, Pippins offers tips on how to: reach out to your heroes; use your art or work to empower your community; learn about a new culture and shake up your perspective; take a class, join a team, plan brunch—have fun! And she delivers her advice in style. Colorful pages feature patterns, portraits, and hand-lettered quotes alongside tips for fostering genuine connections and supportive relationships.
Number of Pages: 160
Genre: Self Improvement, Art, Family + Relationships
Chang, Jeff. We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation
In these provocative, powerful essays acclaimed writer/journalist Jeff Chang (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Who We Be) takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, passionately personal writing, and distinguished cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. He argues that resegregation is the unexamined condition of our time, the undoing of which is key to moving the nation forward to racial justice and cultural equity.
Mann, Aaron. Equal by Design (Thesis)
Equal By Design is a thesis project that addresses the lack of African American graphic designers. It shows that African Americans are in the graphic design field and have made big contributions to the industry. Equal By Design hopes to spark curiosity among black youth, inform readers on the history of African American designers, and give future graphic designers some reassurance.
Rogers, Jamala. Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion: There is no algorithm, no theory that can predict when human rage reaches its boiling point.
One year after Mike Brown was brutally killed by police: How will we make sure that Black lives matter?
On August 9, 2014, Ferguson, St. Louis County, MO became the epicenter of a major political earthquake, shaking the core of how we see Black America, police and policing—jolting us into a new political normal.