CERTAIN PEOPLE: AMERICA'S BLACK ELITE
by STEPHEN BIRMINGHAM
301 pages. Little, Brown. $8.95.
In his latest social history, Stephen Birmingham does for the black rich what he did for the Irish rich in Real Lace, the Jewish rich in Our Crowd, and the Wasp rich in The Right People. With a raconteur's ear for a good anecdote and an interior decorator's eye for a well-placed objet d'art, he classifies the values of the wealthy blacks, their habits, schools, clubs, skin tones, accents, charities and floor plans.
We learn, for instance, that the Chicago apartment of Ebony...