Jumping the Broom, Second Edition

The African-American Wedding Planner

Harriette Cole

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“This gorgeous book is not merely a wedding guide, but a celebration of African-American culture.” —Billboard

Jumping the Broom is newly revised for the twenty-first century. The bestselling—and the first—comprehensive wedding guide written and designed expressly for African Americans, it presents everything you need to know to plan an event that is truly an expression of your personal style and heritage.

Harriette Cole, former fashion editor of Essence magazine, offers hundreds of original ideas for enhancing your wedding with Afrocentric touches at every stage—from announcements, rings, and clothes to music, food, and vows. Her suggestions range from the simple, such as having your wedding rings cast with ancient Khamitic symbols, to the elaborate, such as adorning your wedding party in traditional Yoruba asooke formal wear, and an extensive resource guide will help you manage logistics. Historical anecdotes and information on cultural traditions from all over the Motherland—as well as the Caribbean and the American South—are sprinkled throughout.

Lavishly illustrated, this new edition features twice the number of color photographs found in the original book and a completely up-to-date resource guide. Jumping the Broom makes an exquisite gift book for a special friend or family member and an indispensable planner for the most important day of your life.

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PART IWill You Marry Me?CHAPTER 1Marriage via the Ancestors


I remember riding on the back of a motor scooter on the small island of Tobago, sister island to Trinidad just off the coast of Venezuela, when I happened upon a wedding. My friend and I had ridden into a large, open field, one half of which was empty, the other half alive with a soccer game in full motion. Surrounding the field on three sides was a small village. Neat little houses lined the streets. Beyond the field, with the backdrop of an old fort framed by the setting sun, rushed the vivid blue ocean.

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Harriette Cole

Harriette Cole spent eleven years as an editor at Essence magazine before founding Profundities, Inc., an image-development and production company. Her nationally syndicated advice column, “Sense & Sensitivity,” reaches more than twelve million readers, and her advice about African American weddings has been featured on Oprah, the Today Show, and NPR. She counts among her clients Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, and Erykah Badu. She lives in New York City.

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Jumping the Broom, Second Edition
The African-American Wedding Planner
Harriette Cole

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
January 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805073294
ISBN10: 0805073299
7 3/8 x 9 1/8 inches, 304 pages, 35 b&w throughout, 2 16pp. color insert
$21.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
January 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429996693
ISBN10: 1429996692
304 pages, Includes thirty-five black-and-white pictures and thirty-two pages of color pictures
$7.99
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