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Essays, Reviews, Commentaries,  Poems

By Amin Sharif



Amin Sharif, native of Baltimore, is co-editor I AM NEW ORLEANS & OTHER POEMS By Marcus B. Christian (1999) & author of The Story of Joseph: The Egyptian Elements in the Old Testament (1994). Sharif also has several manuscripts of plays he has written that are now in the process of revision. He is now also working on a novel. While employed as a counselor, he will continue his program of taking courses in mathematics in hope of obtaining a degree in that field of study. Sharif is a contributing writer of ChickenBones: A Journal.

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A Retrospective on 

H. Rap Brown’s Die Nigger Die!

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Commentaries (Bonehard Column)

American Institution of Lynching (commentary)  

The Assassination of Cool

Black Legion  (commentary)

Chester Himes’ Call for a Negro Revolution!!!(commentary)

The Confessions of the Murderers (commentary) 

Daisy Bates’ How My Mother Died (commentary)

A Bone to Pick: Saving Baltimore’s Kids  (human interest report)

Carol Moseley Braun’s Iowa Campaign (letter to Editor)

Is Hip Hop Really Dead? (commentary)

On J. A. Rogers’ “Hitler and the Negro” (commentary)

On Daisy Bates’ How My Mother Died

Response to Project 21 (letter to Editor)

Teaching Dred Scott to City College (commentary)

Ugliness in the Beautiful Game

Waking Mike Vick

What Will Be After An Iraqi War? (commentary)

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About Romare Bearden, Artist

The Birth of a Nation

Black Man Descending: On Mike Tyson (essay)

Blue Note: A History of Modern Jazz 

Chick Webb: Baltimore’s Jazz Giant (bio-sketch)

Etta James: The Caged Bird Sings

The Fifth Element: Send Forth the Word (new)

God’s Trombones  (review)

HyderBad: A Third World Cyber-City

Letters from Young Activists

Malcolm X Is Dead! (essay)

NetWar: The New Threat  (essay)

Notes from the Digital Revolution  (essay)

A Post Industrial Blues (essay)

A Post-Industrial Vision (essay)

Steal Big, Steal Little (essay)

Third World CyberActivists (essay)

We Sing the Revolution Electric! (essay)

Why I Support the Latino Demonstrators

The World to Come (essay)

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Fourth World Essays

Afro-America & The Fourth World 

The Black Middle Class & a Political Party of the Poor  (essay)

Dark Child of the Fourth World  

The Fourth World and the Marxists

The Fourth World: In the Belly of the Beast

New Orleans: The American Nightmare

On the Fourth World: Black Power, Black Panthers, and White Allies

Why I Support the Latino Demonstrators


Other Fourth World Essays

African America – A Fourth World 

(Waldron H. Giles)

Dark Child of the Fourth World Reaches Out   (Dennis Leroy Moore)

Fourth World Introduction (M.P. Parameswaran)

 Fourth World: Marxist, Gandhian, Environmentalist  (M.P. Parameswaran)

The Fourth World Multiculturalism (Rose Ure Mezu)

Fourth World Programme M.P. Parameswaran)

Neo-Liberalism Dictatorship of the Market  M.P. Parameswaran)

The Rise and Fall of the Socialist World  M.P. Parameswaran)

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A Black Imam Breaks Ground in Mecca—Two years ago, Sheik Adil Kalbani dreamed that he had become an imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city. 

Waking up, he dismissed the dream as a temptation to vanity. Although he is known for his fine voice, Sheik Adil is black, and the son of a poor immigrant from the Persian Gulf. Leading prayers at the Grand Mosque is an extraordinary honor, usually reserved for pure-blooded Arabs from the Saudi heartland.

So he was taken aback when the phone rang last September and a voice told him that King Abdullah had chosen him as the first black man to lead prayers in Mecca. Days later Sheik Adil’s unmistakably African features and his deep baritone voice, echoing musically through the Grand Mosque, were broadcast by satellite TV to hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world. NYTimes


Thank you for pointing me to the article. This move by the Saudis is part of an overall strategy to reclaim their leadership of the Umma—Islamic Community. Recent timidity by the regime had put into question what role they will play in the future, For years, they went unchallenged relying of there historical role as the guardians of the Kabbah to cover their indiscretions. Now they face an aggressive Shia threat in the form of Iran and Iraq. Will they be able to hold on to the leadership of nearly a million Sunnis is the questions.

As you know there has been a general decline in the appeal of Christianity in the West. I am sure you have seen the latest cover of Newsweek. You should pick up a copy. The greatest threat to Christianity is not Islam but the secular ideas of the West. Informed Muslims have said this for decades and now their predictions of a secular West are coming true. Islamic scholars have said that their best chance to influence the United States policy may lie in Islam as an emerging force among African American males. They see hundreds of thousands of African American men as the next Obama—especially after this phrase of Islamic extremism begins to wane.

Christianity in the eyes of these scholars has been the arena of Black women and white male preachers (conservatives) and drew its strength from their economic status. Islam with its emphasis on learning can easily counter this effect if it can retool Black men—get them out of the gangster mode. This they acknowledge may take several decades. But inroads are being made. Knowledge that a Black man can reach the highest positions in the United States and within the Umma can only bolster the view that success can be found beyond the street corner.

In any case, Islam by all estimates is poised to be the first world religion to have 2 billion members. It will be the largest religion in the world within a century. And just the shear number of Muslims in the world will be enough to change the political landscape. The next phase of Islamic development will come from a struggle to solve the question of modernity which includes solving the woman question. But younger generations of Muslims will be brought up under a system of horizontal—not vertical power.

Surprisingly, horizontal power is precisely how the Prophet (PBUH) wanted Islam to develop. So, in a sense, modernity will be a kind of return to the true fundamentals of the Faith.

Again, I thank you for pointing me to the article. I also thank you for posting White Dog so quickly.—Amin Sharif

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JazzTimes in B’more Town

By  Amin Sharif


just back from the E.R. at Good Samaritan. I’ve been watching CNN in the E. R. all day. Folks are pissed off about AIG. I knew Obama should have let those fuckers fail. I spoke with a young black guy in the waiting room while I was reading the latest issue of JazzTimes. We got into the Beyonce/Etta James thing. I had to school him on Etta James. Let him know that Beyonce did not have the chops or the experience to sing like Etta. I told him that real fans of classic African-American music had to stop that kind of shit before it got started. Otherwise, they might have my favorite rapper-Coolio play Sam Cooke or Otis Redding in a film. Anyway, the whole Capitol Record thing will probably be a flop—just like the Biggie film.

What a shame. Such films could really present/be a window into the genius of rap/hiphop culture and talent. Personally, I like Beyonce, Jill Scott, etc.—the new brand of singers/actresses. I find them more interesting than the men. Beyonce is talented but she doesn’t seem to able to focus that talent into something timeless and classical. I often point out to young folk how Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughan did it. Franklin was a soul singer who producers attempted to turn into a jazz singer.

Sarah was a jazz singer who everyone wanted to sing pop. Each artist found their voice in a genre that suited her best. Franklin became a great soul singer—maybe the greatest of all times. Sarah became one of the five greatest singers of jazz—depending on taste. My fear is that the kind of risk taking and exploration that expands and validates talent will not be part of the experience of the new generation. There are just too many handlers out there who want to turn these female talents into vanilla ice cream.

Anyway to get back to the conversation I had with this young man in the E. R. He pointed out how beautifully Beyonce sang the National Anthem down on the mall. I told him I would have liked to hear Will I AM sing it. I also asked him had he ever heard Marvin Gaye sing the National Anthem back in the day. He said he was not aware that Marvin Gaye ever recorded it. I responded that Marvin’s version was filled with tears rung from a thousand broken promises—that it came up from the cotton fields of Mississippi and the rhythm of brothers and sister walking the streets of Harlem and Detroit.

Beyonce’s National Anthem was predicated on the “possible” fulfillment of those broken promises. By making this distinction, I was able to get him to see that what Beyonce accomplished and what Marvin accomplished were very different things. Beyonce held up a candle of hope at the dawn of a new day. Marvin held up a candle at darkest midnight. The conversation turned to other things. But the young man thanked me for the rap and the knowledge before he got released.

I love talking to young black men, Rahim. He did more for my mental and physical health than all the IV’s that they put in me today. The work continues. peace.                            (Read also Etta James: The Caged Bird Sings)

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Marvin Gaye and The Star Spangled Banner

By Mtume ya Salaam, Breath of Life Music Commentary

Live Performance at the NBA All-Star Game (1983) video of the performance

Marvin Gaye – American National Anthem – 1979

Marvin Gaye sings the National Anthem at Oakland Raiders

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Interviews with Lil Joe on Class & Race

Nuai Interview

Sharif Interviews Junious

Tim Berens Interviews Jimmy Ponder


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Big Easy Blues (poem)

Bloody Sunday at Pettus Bridge

A Blues for the Birmingham Four

The Day the Devil Has Won

The First Time I Heard Billie (new)

In Praise of Langston Hughes (poem)

i speak of bones (poem)

miles davis (poem)

Resurrection in Mississippi (poem for Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner)

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About Romare Bearden (art/artist review) Song of a New Race (website review)

Arturo Sandoval in Baltimore (concert review)

The Bandana Republic

Black Snake Moan: Passion in the Southland (film review)

Deacons for Defense  (film review)

Etta James: The Caged Bird Sings (Film review)

Good Looks! Programming (African American TV programs recommended)

Scandalize My Name and the Howling Wolf Story

An HBO Special –UnChained Memories (film review)

H. Rap Brown’s Die Nigger Die!  (book review)

If You Only Knew: A Film Review (film review)

Letters from Young Activists (book review)

Mama’s Letters from Jerusalem (review) 

Muddy Waters on PBS (Documentary review)

Retrospective on Soul on Ice (book review)

A Review of The Bandana Republic (book review)

Unchained Memories (HBO on Slave Narratives)

Unforgivable Blackness (documentary review)

The Venezuelan Revolution 100 Questions-100 Answers (book review)

White Dog of Hellhounds and Racism (film review)

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The Meaning Of Malcolm X

Merchant of Baghdad

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan

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The Death of Emmett Till

                                     By Bob Dylan 


‘Twas down in Mississippi not so long ago, When a young boy from Chicago town walked through a Southern door. This boy’s fateful tragedy you should all remember well, The color of his skin was black and his name was Emmett Till. Some men they dragged him to a barn and there they beat him up. They said they had a reason, but I disremember what. They tortured him and did some things too evil to repeat. There was screaming sounds inside the barn, there was laughing sounds out on the street. Then they rolled his body down a gulf amidst a blood-red rain And they threw him in the waters wide to cease his screaming pain. The reason that they killed him there, and I’m sure it ain’t no lie, He was a Black skin boy so he was born to die And then to stop the United States of yelling for a trial, Two brothers they confessed that they had killed poor Emmett Till. But on the jury there were men who helped the brothers commit this awful crime, And so this trial was a mockery, but nobody seemed to mind. I saw the morning papers but I could not bear to see The smiling brothers walkin’ down the courthouse stairs. For the jury found them innocent and the brothers they went free, While Emmett’s body still floats the foam of a Jim Crow southern sea. If you can’t speak out against this kind of thing, a crime that’s so unjust, Your eyes are filled with dead men’s dirt, your mind is filled with dust. Your arms and legs they must be in shackles and chains, and your blood it must cease to flow, For you let this human race fall down so God-awful low! This song is just a reminder to remind your fellow man That this kind of thing still lives today in that ghost-robed Ku Klux Klan. But if all us folks that thinks alike, if we gave all we could give, We could make this great land of ours a greater place to live.

The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan

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Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues

                                                         By Ida Cox

I hear these women raving ’bout their monkey men About their fighting husbands and their no good friends These poor women sit around all day and moan Wondering why their wandering papas don’t come home But wild women don’t worry, wild women don’t have the blues. Now when you’ve got a man, don’t ever be on the square ‘Cause if you do he’ll have a woman everywhere I never was known to treat no one man right I keep ’em working hard both day and night because wild women don’t worry, wild women don’t have no blues. I’ve got a disposition and a way of my own When my man starts kicking I let him find another home I get full of good liquor, walk the streets all night Go home and put my man out if he don’t act right Wild women don’t worry, wild women don’t have no blues You never get nothing by being an angel child You better change your ways and get real wild I wanna tell you something, I wouldn’t tell you no lie Wild women are the only kind that ever get by Wild women don’t worry, wild women don’t have no blues.  Born Ida Prather,25 February 1896 in Toccoa, Habersham County, Georgia, United States. Died 10 November 1967 (aged 71) Genres Jazz, Blues Instruments Vocalist.

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Bill Moyers Interviews Douglass A. Blackmon

Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II (2008)

The State of African Education  / Attack On Africans Writing Their Own History Part 1 of 7

Dr Asa Hilliard III speaks on the assault of academia on Africans writing and accounting for their own history.

Dr Hilliard is A teacher, psychologist, and historian.

Part 2 of 7  /  Part 3 of 7  / Part 4 of 7  / Part 5 of 7 / Part 6 of 7  /  Part 7 of 7

John Henrik Clarke—A Great and Mighty Walk

Go, Tell MichelleAfrican American Women Write to the New First Lady

Edited Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram

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Not Gone With the Wind Voices of Slavery—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—9 February 2003—Unchained Memories, an HBO documentary that makes its debut tomorrow night, provides a powerful answer to that question. It gives us, through the faces and voices of African-American actors, an introduction to a vast undertaking that took place in the 1930’s: the collection and preservation of the testimonies of thousands of aged former slaves in an archive known as the Slave Narrative Collection of the Federal Writers’ Project. This archive unlocked the brutal secrets of slavery by using the voices of average slaves as the key, exposing the everyday life of the slave community. Rosa Starke, a slave from South Carolina, for example, told of how class divisions among the slaves were quite pronounced:

”Dere was just two classes to de white folks, buckra slave owners and poor white folks dat didn’t own no slaves. Dere was more classes ‘mongst de slaves. De fust class was de house servants. Dese was de butler, de maids, de nurses, chambermaids, and de cooks. De nex’ class was de carriage drivers and de gardeners, de carpenters, de barber and de stable men. Then come de nex’ class, de wheelwright, wagoners, blacksmiths and slave foremen. De nex’ class I members was de cow men and de niggers dat have care of de dogs. All dese have good houses and never have to work hard or git a beatin’. Then come de cradlers of de wheat, de threshers and de millers of de corn and de wheat, and de feeders of de cotton gin. De lowest class was de common field niggers.”



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#10 – Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

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The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story

of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government

By Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer

American democracy is informed by the 18th century’s most cutting edge thinking on society, economics, and government. We’ve learned some things in the intervening 230 years about self interest, social behaviors, and how the world works. Now, authors Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer argue that some fundamental assumptions about citizenship, society, economics, and government need updating. For many years the dominant metaphor for understanding markets and government has been the machine. Liu and Hanauer view democracy not as a machine, but as a garden. A successful garden functions according to the inexorable tendencies of nature, but it also requires goals, regular tending, and an understanding of connected ecosystems. The latest ideas from science, social science, and economics—the cutting-edge ideas of today—generate these simple but revolutionary ideas: (The economy is not an efficient machine. It’s an effective garden that need tending. Freedom is responsibility. Government should be about the big what and the little how. True self interest is mutual interest.

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Life on Mars

By Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly noted the collection’s “lyric brilliance” and “political impulses [that] never falter.” A New York Times review stated, “Smith is quick to suggest that the important thing is not to discover whether or not we’re alone in the universe; it’s to accept—or at least endure—the universe’s mystery. . . . Religion, science, art: we turn to them for answers, but the questions persist, especially in times of grief. Smith’s pairing of the philosophically minded poems in the book’s first section with the long elegy for her father in the second is brilliant.” Life on Mars follows Smith’s 2007 collection, Duende, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, the only award for poetry in the United States given to support a poet’s second book, and the first Essence Literary Award for poetry, which recognizes the literary achievements of African Americans. The Body’s Question (2003) was her first published collection.

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By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice.

“Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The Shadows of Youth

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By Andrew B. Lewis

With deep admiration and rigorous scholarship, historian Lewis (Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table) revisits the ragtag band of young men and women who formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Impatient with what they considered the overly cautious and accommodating pace of the NAACP and Martin Luther King Jr., the black college students and their white allies, inspired by Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence and moral integrity, risked their lives to challenge a deeply entrenched system. Fanning out over the Jim Crow South, SNCC organized sit-ins, voter registration drives, Freedom Schools and protest marches. Despite early successes, the movement disintegrated in the late 1960s, succeeded by the militant Black Power movement. The highly readable history follows the later careers of the principal leaders.

Some, like Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown, became bitter and disillusioned. Others, including Marion Barry, Julian Bond and John Lewis, tempered their idealism and moved from protest to politics, assuming positions of leadership within the very institutions they had challenged. According to the author, No organization contributed more to the civil rights movement than SNCC, and with his eloquent book, he offers a deserved tribute.—Publishers Weekly

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Michelle Alexander: US Prisons, The New Jim Crow  / Judge Mathis Weighs in on the execution of Troy Davis

The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness 

By Michelle Alexander

The mass incarceration of people of color through the War on Drugs is a big part of the reason that a black child born today is less likely to be raised by both parents than a black child born during slavery. The absence of black fathers from families across America is not simply a function of laziness, immaturity, or too much time watching Sports Center. Hundreds of thousands of black men have disappeared into prisons and jails, locked away for drug crimes that are largely ignored when committed by whites. Most people seem to imagine that the drug war—which has swept millions of poor people of color behind bars—has been aimed at rooting out drug kingpins or violent drug offenders. Nothing could be further from the truth. This war has been focused overwhelmingly on low-level drug offenses, like marijuana possession—the very crimes that happen with equal frequency in middle class white communities.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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