Part of an excellent new Black History series from a British author, this title looks at the contribution of black people to the world of art, literature and music. It charts the artistic achievements of successive generations in giving their own shape and form to black experience - with its roots in African heritage, the legacy of slavery and the struggle for civil rights. It combines profiles of individuals - from pioneering artists such as the actor, Ira Aldridge, who performed Shakespearean roles in Victorian Britain, to the latest hip-hop musicians, poets and writers - with accounts of creative styles and movements that originated in the USA and Caribbean but which have fed into a distinctive British black culture. The attractive layout draws in the reader with a variety of texts and a fascinating array of visual materials. There is also a timeline, glossary, bibliography and list of websites for further research.