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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Smallwood  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1955, in


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Illinois Connection

Smallwood lives in the greater Chicago area. He has a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Interpersonal and Mass Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also attended Shimer College in Mount Carroll.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Smallwood is a journalist and the coauthor of Profiles of Great African Americans. He is a founder of, contributor to, and former editor of N'Digo, a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a former reporter and editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and Jet Magazine.


Published Works

  • Profiles of Great African Americans,Publications International,Ltd,1995
  • The Cool Gent: The Nine Lives of Radio Legend Herb Kent ,Chicago Review Press,2009
  • Who Says I'm an Addict?: A Book for Anyone Who is Partial to Food,Sex,Booze or Drugs,Hay House,2014
  • N'Digo Legacy Black Luxe 110: African American Icons of Contemporary History,Hartman Publishing Group,2017


Selected Titles At Your Library

Profiles of great African Americans /
ISBN: 0785319832. OCLC Number:

Publications International,. Lincolnwood, IL :. ©1996.

The cool gent :
ISBN: 1556527748. OCLC Number:

Lawrence Hill Books,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2009.

Known as the Cool Gent, King of the Dusties, and the Mayor of Bronzeville, Herb Kent is one of radio's most illustrious and legendary stars. This autobiography details both the high and low points of Kent's life - including his poverty-stricken childhood in the Chicago housing projects and his straight-years at Northwestern University.

Who says I'm an addict? :
ISBN: 1781804095. OCLC Number:

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David Smallwood looks at the issue of addiction with compassion, clarity, and wisdom that comes not only from his own difficult journey with addiction, but from his considerable experience overseeing treatment programmes in rehabilitation clinics. David looks in detail at all areas of addiction, from denial, hitting rock bottom, and dealing with shame and guilt, to how our family of origin and the traumas we go through in childhood influence us in later life. He then explores the road to long-term recovery, guiding the reader on how to do the emotional work necessary to ensure that they avoid relapse and can finally lay their demons to rest and get on with re-building their life.

N'digo legacy Black luxe :
ISBN: 0578189674. OCLC Number:

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Profiles and stories of historical Chicago icons in the African American community.


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