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Sepia dreams : a celebration of Black achievement through words and images
Smith, Matthew Jordan.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
xviii, 203 pages : portraits (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
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E185.96 .S425 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Sepia Dreams is a collection of wise words from and beautiful images of fifty black celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, art, sports, and more. Speaking candidly about the motivations and qualities they believe have made and kept them successful, each celebrity interview takes the form of a lesson-one that is useful in our daily lives, one that shows us that dreams can come true, including:

* Samuel L. Jackson discusses Endurance
" I was very fortunate that fame didn't come until I'd learned to do a whole lot of different things. The work is what makes me happy. It never occurred to me to quit. From early on, it was instilled in me that it was about the work and not the result of the work."

* Gordon Parks expresses Fearlessness
"People could do many things if they just tried, but they're afraid. I have always had a great desire and curiosity about the world and what you can accomplish in it. At times, I have been afraid, but I have never allowed fear to stand in my way."

* Lena Horne tells of living with Dignity
"Dignity is something that no one can take away from you. They may try-honey, they will try-but you don't have to let them."

* Susan Taylor talks about BALANCE
"When your emotional life is in balance, everything else works. I see myself as a student of my own life. I'm always reaching for something more."

Sepia Dreams showcases Matthew Jordan Smith's extraordinary talent, and his moving photographs stand on their own as striking works of art. Intuitive and enriching, practical and encouraging, as well as visually stunning, this book inspires and guides anyone who has ever had a dream to pursue it.

Author Notes

Matthew Jordan Smith is one of the most prominent photographers of celebrities in entertainment today. His work has appeared in such publications as Essence, GQ, Vibe, In Style, Mademoiselle, and People . Matthew has also contributed to several notable books, such as Lloyd Boston's Men of Color , Sam Fine's Fine Beauty , and Tyra Banks' Tyra Beauty Inside and Out . A graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Matthew taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and volunteers as a photography mentor for the New York City Board of Education in his spare time.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images, prominent entertainment photographer Matthew Jordan Smith's color and sepia-toned images and interviews with 50 black luminaries appear alongside Dionne Bennett's text and Vanessa Williams's introduction. Designer Karl Kani describes the clothing industry barriers for black designers and reveals the inspiration for his label: "`Can I?' has always been my question: Can I really achieve success... ?... So I just kind of put [my first name] Karl and `Can I' together...." Lena Horne recounts refusing to sing on MGM's WWII tour unless black soldiers were included in the audience. Iman, Samuel L. Jackson, Reggie Miller, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Missy Elliott are among the other featured celebrities. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xv
Ambition: karl kanip. 1
Balance: susan I. taylorp. 4
Beauty: lela rochonp. 9
Blessings: smokey robinsonp. 12
Community: tyson beckfordp. 17
Competitiveness: reggie millerp. 20
Confidence: taye diggsp. 25
Determination: dominique dawesp. 28
Devotion: loretta devinep. 33
Dignity: lena hornep. 36
Discernment: boris kodjoep. 41
Encouragement: star jonesp. 44
Endurance: samuel I. jacksonp. 49
Enthusiasm: robert townsendp. 52
Faith: tommy davidsonp. 57
Fearlessness: gordon parksp. 60
Focus: russell simmonsp. 65
Gratitude: patti labellep. 68
Growth: maxwellp. 73
Image: tyra banksp. 76
Independence: shaun robinsonp. 81
Individuality: leon robinsonp. 84
Inspiration: kenny lattimorep. 89
Integrity: halle berryp. 92
Joy: gregory hinesp. 97
Legacy: imanp. 100
Mothers and mentors: monicap. 105
Movement: debbie allenp. 108
Opportunity: holly robinson-peetep. 113
Overtime: ray allenp. 116
Passion: nicole ari parkerp. 121
Patience: vivica a. foxp. 124
Paying dues: suzanne de passep. 129
Potential: phylicia rashadp. 132
Preparation: n'bushe wrightp. 137
Purpose: malik yobap. 140
Refinement: lynn whitfieldp. 145
Resilience: vanessa williamsp. 148
Resourcefulness: terry mcmillanp. 153
Respect: eriq la sallep. 156
Responsibility: blair underwoodp. 161
Self-acceptance: e. lynn harrisp. 164
Self-mastery: bill t. jonesp. 169
Stamina: jackie joyner-kerseyp. 172
Struggle: veronica webbp. 177
Surrender: rupaulp. 180
Teamwork: rick foxp. 185
Tenacity: b. smithp. 188
Uniqueness: missy elliottp. 193
The word: cece winansp. 196
Acknowledgmentsp. 201