The following web sites
have been gathered and organized alphabetically,
beginning with Arts and ending with Web Directories
and Search Engines.
The Internet has a
wealth of information and hopefully the links provided
below will aid you in accessing what you are looking
for regarding the African American experience and
Listed below are
resources for individuals interested in audio, visual,
and performing arts.
in the Visual Arts: A Historical Perspective
This website, from Prof. Melvin R. Sylvester
at Long Island University, provides an overview
and history of African-Americans in the visual arts
as well as biographies of selected artists.
AFRICANHIPHOP.COM is a project created by the
non-profit organization Madunia.
This web site is a source for information on African
Hip Hop music.
Afropop Worldwide is an online resource for
information concerning African music worldwide.
About Jazz: Jazz Magazine and Resource
All About Jazz is an online resource for those
interested in jazz music. It includes articles,
interviews, links to biographies of jazz musicians,
audio downloads, and reviews of shows and albums.
National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art, a unit of the
Smithsonian Institute, is a web site that includes
several online exhibits.
African-American Images Revealed in Picture Books
This web site is a bibliography of children's
picture books that portray African American children
from Dr. Kay E. Vandergrift, Rutgers University,
Natural History Web: African Voices
African Voices is a permanent exhibition from
the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
It is a resource for information on African art
and the impact of African culture.
The following links are included for
individuals who are interested in contemporary literature
by African Americans. Some of the things you will
find on these web sites are book reviews and interviews
Black Book Review Online
This web site contains reviews of fiction and
non-fiction adult and children's books by and about
Issues Book Review
This is the online version of the Black Issues
Book Review bimonthly magazine. It contains reviews
of current adult fiction and nonfiction books, as
well as reviews of new children's books. There are
also regular articles and features pertaining to
books and the publishing world.
from the Gaps
This web site from the University of Minnesota
provides biographical information on women writers
of color from North America, as well as bibliographies,
literary criticisms, and links to related web sites
for each author.
The following links are sources of information
concerning minority homosexual communities.
This is an online newsletter featuring articles,
commentaries, and interviews concerning the minority
gay and lesbian communities.
Lesbians of African Heritage (ULOAH)
ULOAH is an organization founded by women.
Its goal is to provide support and act as a source
of information for lesbians of African American
heritage. ULOAH holds an annual three-day retreat
for women in Malibu, California.
The Internet has become one way of researching
a family's ancestry. The web site below is an excellent
starting point for individuals who wish to trace
their family's history.
American & African Ancestored Genealogy
AfriGeneas is focused on African related genealogy.
AfriGeneas provides an extensive list of useful
Christine’s Genealogy Website is an
excellent resource for people interested in researching
their family history.
Africana Heritage Project
The USF (University of South Florida) Africana Heritage
Project: Rediscovering records of African American
genealogy and history website provides information
concerning the lives of slaves, freedpersons, and
their descendents that has been transcribed from
valuable documents including census records, Freedman's
Bureau records, plantation journals, and many other
sources. In addition, you will be able to find book
reviews, articles concerning plantation life, and
lesson plans for teachers.
African American Resources
The following are general links related
to the African American experience.
American Movie Stars, Reviews, Interviews, and More!
web site includes reviews of films, interviews,
articles, and a searchable database of celebrity
profiles which includes filmographies. The web site
is dedicated to honoring the contributions of Black
professionals in the film industry.
Africaserver: Internet Gateway to Africa is
an online resource for a wealth of information and
Internet links concerning Africa: politics, economy,
human rights, travel, arts and culture, links for
children, and food, which has a link to The
African Cookbook. The African Cookbook
describes the culture of food in individual countries
and recipes. Click on "Africa on the Net thematically"
to access the individual subjects from Africaserver’s
homepage. Africaserver also has a link to its Africaserver
Magazine on the homepage.
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AfroCubaWeb is dedicated to preserving the
culture of African Cubans. The web site includes
information regarding music, news, race and identity,
and travel, as well as conferences, newsletters,
and discussion groups.
Excel: the College Help Network
Black Excel is a resource for students planning
for college. The web site offers tips on applications,
essays, financial aid, and scholarships, profiles
of colleges and universities, and access to their
newsletter, Black Excel.
In addition to providing a career center, Black
Voices is an online resource for news, entertainment,
music, shopping, and business information.
The Digital Librarian has an extensive listing
of web sites related to African American resources
and Black History resources.
Diversity Job Bank: Where Careers, Opportunities,
and Diversity Connect
IMDiversity is an online resource with searchable
job listings. IMDiversity features articles, background
information on employers, and individual sections
containing resources for African Americans, Asian
Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans,
The following links are resources for
health information on the Internet.
Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services-
Office of Minority Health (OMH)
NJ's OMH is a state agency that is focused
on improving the health of New Jersey's diverse
of Minority Health (OMH)
The OMH is a federal agency focused on improving
the health of minorities and improving the health
services for minorities in the United States.
There are numerous sources of news information
on the Internet. The news web sites provided below
are a sampling of what you can find on the Internet
concerning Africa and African Americans.
This is a searchable news resource web site
covering north, west, east, central, and southern
BlackPressUSA is sponsored by the National
Newspaper Publishers Association and the Black Press
Institute. It features articles by African American
journalists and from Black community publications
from around the nation.
This is the online version of USAfrica,
the newspaper which includes material written specifically
for the USAfrica Online website. The web site features
a business section and biographies and profiles
of influential people.
Many magazines provide online versions
of their paper issues. While you may access the
following online versions for free, keep in mind
that the paper issues may differ significantly in
content. The Ocean County Library has holdings for
several African American periodicals, including
American Legacy Magazine, Black Enterprise,
Essence, Vibe, The Network Journal,
Black Issues Book Review, Savoy, and
Smith with Style
is the online version of the B. Smith with Style
magazine. B. Smith is the first African American
woman to be elected to the Board of Trustees of
Institute of America.
The Black Collegian Online is a resource
for African American students. It provides an online
job bank, resume services, and full-text articles.
This is the online version of Essence
magazine. Essence is a lifestyle magazine
focused on African American women.
The Network Journal: Black Professionals
and Small Business Magazine is the online version
of the monthly magazine featuring regular articles
on banking, taxes, personal finance, book reviews,
business law, and technology.
This is the online version of Vibe
magazine. Vibe is focused on African American
music and cinema, and features current news reports.
organizations provide information about themselves
through their web sites. Many organizations publish
newsletters and list press releases on their web
sites, as well as provide information concerning
National Congress (ANC)
This is the web site for the majority party
in the South African government. Featured in this
web site are press releases, speeches, links to
South Africa news sources, and biographies of ANC
Studies Association (ASA)
ASA is a non-profit organization open to
anyone with a scholarly or professional interest
in Africa. In addition to providing services to
the African community, ASA publishes periodicals,
books, grants awards to individuals, and holds annual
Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS)
AAHGS is a non-profit organization dedicated
to the preservation of the African American culture
Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
The BCALA is an organization devoted to
developing library and information services for
people of African descent. This web site features
information on BCALA conferences, BCALA scholarship
awards, BCALA literary awards, and job postings.
Black Culinarian Alliance (BCA)
This web site features information on BCA's
scholarship foundation, which is intended to provide
aid to minority students attending the Culinary
Institute of America. BCA is a not-for-profit
national organization whose goal is to improve the
professional opportunities of Blacks in the culinary
Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The NAACP is "the oldest, largest and
strongest civil rights organization in the United
States." Its mission has been to ensure that
all minority groups share political, educational,
social and economic equality. Links to current press
releases are listed on the right side of the web
National Black United Front (NBUF)
The NBUF is an organization dedicated to improving
the lives of people of African descent.
National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW)
The NCNW is a non-profit organization whose
goal is to improve the lives of women, children,
Urban League (NUL)
NUL is a nonprofit organization devoted
to improving the lives of African Americans through
education, economic self-sufficiency, and racial
inclusion. There is a Career
Center on NUL's website, as well.
Negro College Fund (UNCF)
UNCF is a non-profit organization that provides
college students and faculty with scholarship opportunities.
Directories and Search Engines
The following Web Directories and Search
Engines are more ways to access African American
related web sites on the Internet.
EverythingBlack.com is a searchable directory
of black resources on the Internet.
Mosaic Web is a directory of selected web
sites concerning the African American experience.
Search Black is a search engine focused
on the African American experience.
SeeingBlack.com provides current articles on
a variety of subjects with related links, as well
as a search engine and free email service.
at the Library
Ocean County Library
has a large collection of print and electronic
materials related to African American culture
and history. To find books on a particular topic,
perform a subject search in the library
catalog using the terms:
- African American
- African American
- African American
- African Americans
- African Americans
You can also search
for books on African American literature using
African American Authors
Or you can search
for a specific author by name.
If you have trouble
performing a search, please ask for assistance
at the information desk or call your local
American biographies: profiles of 558 current
men and women.
1992. R J920.009296 Haw
Provides brief biographies of African Americans
who have made positive contributions to the African
American community or who have made other notable
achievements and who have died after the year
6 volumes. 1994. R J973.0496 Afri
Provides brief biographies of living and deceased
notable African Americans. An image of each individual
covered in the series is included next to his
or her biography.
American women: a biographical dictionary.
1993. R 920.72 Afri
Includes nearly 300 biographies of notable African
American women. Each entry includes a bibliography.
encyclopedia of the Negro baseball leagues.
1994. R 796.357 Rile
Provides biographies of 4,000 Negro baseball league
players, as well as a brief history of the Negro
Black American scientists.
1999. R 509.2 Nota
Contains over 200 profiles of African American
scientists, researchers, teachers, and inventors.
Black American men.
1999. R20.71 Nota
Contains 500 biographies with references.
Black American women.
1991. and Notable Black American women,
Book II. 1996. R 920.72 Nota
These titles contain 500 biographies and 300 biographies,
respectively. The biographies range from pioneers,
educators, activists, artists, athletes, and physicians
and each entry includes references.
8th Edition. 2000. R 973.0496 Afri
Provides a wealth of information related to African
American history and events from the recent past.
atlas: Black history and culture, an illustrated
R 973.0496 Asan
Provides a wealth of information on African American
history and culture.
6 volumes. 1993. R 973.0496 Afri
A resource that provides information on individuals,
organizations, events, and arts related to African
American culture and history.
experience on file.
1998. R 973.0496
Provides a brief history of Africa, the development
of slavery, the political and social African American
history to the present, including civil rights.
The encyclopedia of the African and African American
R 909.0496 Afri
Africana is a scholarly encyclopedia covering
not only African American culture and history,
but also the entire African Diaspora.
of African-American heritage. 2nd Edition.
2000. R 973.0496 Altm
Provides information on places, people, vocabulary,
and events significant to African American history
Great books for
1999. 028.162 Tous
An annotated reading list of books that have strong
African American characters and focus on the African
American experience. The reading levels covered
in the book range from babies and toddlers to
souls singing: African American books for our
daughters and our sisters.
1998. R J028.162 Stro
Strong Souls Singing is an annotated bibliography
of recommended books for African American children,
girls in particular.
writers. 2nd Edition.
2 volumes. 2001. R 810.9896 Afri
Presents essays by scholars on a range of authors
with selected bibliographies.
II: African American literature series.
3 volumes. 1994. R 810.9896 Mast
Masterplots II includes 266 essays covering
various African American authors and literary
movements. Each essay includes a bibliography.
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