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African and African American Studies (AAAS)

Resources for researching African and African American culture and history at the University of Memphis Libraries.

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Ebony: The cast of "Good Times", September 1975 | Ebony magazine cover,  Ebony magazine, Black magazine

The sitcom Good Times aired six seasons on CBS from February 8, 1974 thru August 1, 1979. The sitcom's creators were Eric Monte and Mike Evans. The producer of the show was Norman Lear. The sitcom Good Times featured the Evans family and their struggles to survive life in the ghetto. Unfortunately, the Evans family was poor, but they were rich in love. The tv show Good Times was a hit, and its popularity grew over the years. The cast members of Good Times have graced the cover of well-known magazines such as Ebony, JET, and many other African American magazines. Today, the reruns of Good Times are aired on TVOne. 



Black Enterprise [microfiche] Located in the McWherter Library, 2nd floor - holdings v. 5 (1975) - v.10 (1981) 

Black Enterprise is a black-owned multimedia company. Since the 1970s, its flagship product Black Enterprise magazine has covered African-American businesses with a readership of 3.7 million. The company was founded in 1970 by Earl G. Graves Sr.

The Crisis, 1910 - 2010

The Crisis, founded by W.E.B. Du Bois as the official publication of the NAACP is a journal of civil rights, history, politics, and culture and seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues that continue to plague African Americans and other communities of color. For nearly 100 years, The Crisis has been the magazine of opinion and thought leaders, decision-makers, peacemakers, and justice seekers. It has chronicled, informed, educated, entertained, and in many instances, set the economic, political, and social agenda for our nation and its multi-ethnic citizens.

Ebony [electronic resource], also on microfilm in the McWherter Library - 2nd floor,  Microfilm holdings, v1 (1945) - v.70 (2015)

Ebony is a monthly magazine that focuses on news, culture, and entertainment. Its target audience is the African-American community, and its coverage includes the lifestyles and accomplishments of influential black people, fashion, beauty, and politics.

Essence [electronic resource], also on microfilm in the McWherter Library - 2nd floor, Microfilm holdings, v.1 (1970) - v.45 (2015) 

Essence is a monthly lifestyle magazine covering fashion, beauty, entertainment, and culture. First published in 1970, its target audience is African - American women. 

Jet [electronic resource]

Jet is an American weekly magazine that focuses on news, culture, and entertainment related to the African-American community. Founded in November 1951 by John H. Johnson of t the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, Illinois. 

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