ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
The problem is we and all the rest of the people in this society, the whites, Asians including black people, despise our Africaness. Why do our girls give themselves up to men something like twenty times greater than the white girls? Why do we have teen pregnancy four or five hundred per cent greater than any other race in America?
African Genesis Media Group
By Junious Ricardo Stanton
There is an Akan Adinkra symbol of the people of Ghana called Akoben (pronounced ah-ko-ben). It is the symbol of action, readiness or all to war. It was the symbol of a horn sounded to alert the villages and the people to danger, all for action or a needed collective task such as defending the village. Scholar, researcher, author, attorney, lecturer and entrepreneur Dr. Edward Robinson is ninety-one years old. He has issued an all to action similar to the Akoben of the Akan people. Dr Robinson is calling on people of African ancestry to step up and help him create the mechanism to help heal the psyches of our people and scientifically counter the devastating deep seated causes of self-hatred amongst African people, white supremacist programming and brainwashing. His research and passion have led Dr. Robinson to launch a new initiative and form a new company called the African Genesis Media Group.
The mission of the African Genesis Media Group is promote positive images of the African and African-American community using motion pictures, television, print materials, the arts, lectures and educational trips to educate people about the truth of African greatness and accomplishments, and demonstrate to the world Africans created human civilization. Dr. Robinson theorizes that without race esteem, a sense of collective worthiness and accomplishment, African people will remain mired in the self-destructive cognitive and behavioral patterns that permeate our community: addictions, fratricide, lethargy, incarceration and early pregnancy.
The problem is we and all the rest of the people in this society, the whites, Asians including black people, despise our Africaness. Why do our girls give themselves up to men something like twenty times greater than the white girls? Why do we have teen pregnancy four or five hundred per cent greater than any other race in America. The reason that Ive thought through is lack of self-esteem. Why do we have greater incarceration? Its a lack of self- esteem? Why do we have disproportionate illnesses? It all comes back to a lack of self-esteem. But you cant have self-esteem if you lack race esteem. shared Dr Robinson at a recent affair to launch the company.
Over the years, on numerous occasions, Dr. Robinson has proven his theory that an infusion of history, positive images overt and subliminal encouragement will significantly raise the self-esteem, mental acumen, educational levels and productivity of African-American students. Using his African Genesis corrective history curriculum Dr. Robinson has demonstrated time and again, that black childrens learning skills will improve drastically once they are taught and reinforced the accomplishments of their African ancestors. Dr Robinson wrote the curriculum that is being used in the Philadelphia public schools to incorporate African and African-American history as part of mandatory requirements towards a high school diploma.
Now at ninety-one years of age, Ed Robinson plans to take his theories and proven successes to another level. By forming the African Genesis Media Group Robinson intends to produce, and market in theaters and direct to consumer high quality, large budget motion pictures that depict the grandeur, history, and accomplishments of African people, films and programs that correctly tell our story. These movies, television projects, books and CDs are designed to boost our race and self-esteem as well as teach corrective history so the world becomes familiar with the greatness of African people. To that end Dr Robinson and his team of media professionals are putting out a serious call to action. They need a groundswell of supporters to help them prove to investors that their films have a viable market and huge profit potential. Investors know African-Americans are great consumers of Hollywood media. However, the African Genesis media groups need to convince their backers we will support high quality, big budget positive African centered films.
The African Genesis Media Group is in this to be successful. The only way they can be successful is to get financial backers. The only way investors will back their projects is by seeing numbers. Projects such as these have never been done before so there is no precedent or model. The African Genesis Media Group will be pioneers. They already have four scripts and screenplays for projects. They are in negotiation with investors but they need to demonstrate there is large sale support for their plans. They are in the process of creating a data base of one hundred thousand supporters who are willing to make the commitment to buy tickets to see their movies.
If you think this is a sound strategy, and a much needed initiative to counter the negative images and content the corporate media and educational system constantly spews out about us, and you would like to be a part of this project go to www.agmg1.com and sign up. Or you can either call (215) 247-1545 or E-mail email@example.com for more information.
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For July 1st through August 31st 2011
#1 – Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark #2 – Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree #3 – Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane #4 – Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper #5 – Stackin’ Paper 2 Genesis’ Payback by Joy King #6 – Thug Lovin’ (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark #7 – When I Get Where I’m Going by Cheryl Robinson #8 – Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby #9 – The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane
#10 – Covenant: A Thriller by Brandon Massey
#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva by Ashley and JaQuavis
#12 – Don’t Ever Tell by Brandon Massey
#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide by Ntozake Shange
#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree
#15 – Homemade Loves by J. California Cooper
#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper
#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber
#18 – Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Sidney Molare
#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King
#20 – Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey
#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe
#22 Thug Matrimony by Wahida Clark
#23 – Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark
#24 – Married Men by Carl Weber
#25 – I Dreamt I Was in Heaven – The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter
#1 – Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable #2 – Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans #3 – Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane #4 – Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper #5 – Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant #6 – Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey #7 – The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight #8 – The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing #9 – The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson
#10 – John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History by Ahati N. N. Toure
#11 – Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley
#12 –The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell
#14 – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
#15 – Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can’t Commit by RM Johnson
#16 – Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins
#17 – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell
#18 – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
#19 – John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard
#20 – Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris
#21 – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice
#22 – 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino #23 – Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul by Tom Lagana #24 – 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields
#25 – Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class by Lisa B. Thompson
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A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family thats about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrinas inexorable winds is the voice of Wards narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her familys raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brothers blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt. Her fathers hands are like gravel, while her own hand slides through his grip like a wet fish, and a handsome boys muscles jabbered like chickens. Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isnt usually just metaphor for metaphors sake.
She conveys something fundamental about Eschs fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, whats salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.
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Wilderson, a professor, writer and filmmaker from the Midwest, presents a gripping account of his role in the downfall of South African apartheid as one of only two black Americans in the African National Congress (ANC). After marrying a South African law student, Wilderson reluctantly returns with her to South Africa in the early 1990s, where he teaches Johannesburg and Soweto students, and soon joins the military wing of the ANC. Wilderson’s stinging portrait of Nelson Mandela as a petulant elder eager to accommodate his white countrymen will jolt readers who’ve accepted the reverential treatment usually accorded him. After the assassination of Mandela’s rival, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, Mandela’s regime deems Wilderson’s public questions a threat to national security; soon, having lost his stomach for the cause, he returns to America. Wilderson has a distinct, powerful voice and a strong story that shuffles between the indignities of Johannesburg life and his early years in Minneapolis, the precocious child of academics who barely tolerate his emerging political consciousness.
Wilderson’s observations about love within and across the color line and cultural divides are as provocative as his politics; despite some distracting digressions, this is a riveting memoir of apartheid’s last days.Publishers Weekly
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posted 7 December 2009