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The Last Holiday: A Memoir

By Gil Scott Heron

Shortly after we republished The Vulture and The Nigger Factory, Gil started to tell me about The Last Holiday, an account he was writing of a multi-city tour that he ended up doing with Stevie Wonder in late 1980 and early 1981. . . . At the time, Marley was dying of cancer, so Gil was asked to do the first six dates. He ended up doing all 41. And Dr King’s birthday ended up becoming a national holiday (“The Last Holiday because America can’t afford to have another national holiday”), but Gil always felt that Stevie never got the recognition he deserved and that his story needed to be told. The first chapters of this book were given to me in New York when Gil was living in the Chelsea Hotel. Among the pages was a chapter called Deadline that recounts the night they played Oakland, California, 8 December; it was also the night that John Lennon was murdered. Gil uses Lennon’s violent end as a brilliant parallel to Dr King’s assassination and as a biting commentary on the constraints that sometimes lead to newspapers getting things wrong. —Jamie Byng, Guardian / Gil_reads_”Deadline” (audio)

Ode to a Magic City


Didn’t He Ramble  by Rudolph Lewis  / Buddy Bolden in New Orleans  / A Time There Was: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony

Bob Dylan—Highway 51 Live at Town Hall 1963Bob Dylan—Ballad of Hollis Brown  /  Nina Simone—Go to Hell  /  Harry Belafonte—John Henry  Simone—

/ Nina:

Ballad of Hollis Brown 


Jerusalem: The Biography

By Simon Sebag Montefiore

Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics

By Nicholas Wapshott

The Price of Civilization

Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

By Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Price of Civilization is a book that is essential reading for every American. In a forceful, impassioned, and personal voice, he offers not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country’s economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity. Sachs finds that both political parties—and many leading economists—have missed the big picture, offering shortsighted solutions such as stimulus spending or tax cuts to address complex economic problems that require deeper solutions. Sachs argues that we have profoundly underestimated globalization’s long-term effects on our country, which create deep and largely unmet challenges with regard to jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment. America’s single biggest economic failure, Sachs argues, is its inability to come to grips with the new global economic realities. Sachs describes a political system that has lost its ethical moorings, in which ever-rising campaign contributions and lobbying outlays overpower the voice of the citizenry. . . . The Economy

What Color is Haitian Jesus?  /  What Happened to the Best African American Literary Magazines?  / Olbermann Calls Obama A Sellout, Republicans Treasonous / For Love of Liberty

Manning Marable Reinvents Malcolm X

Excerpts of Reviews of Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Compiled by Rudolph Lewis

My Mother Was a Maid

Letter to Don By Dr. Joyce E. King

 Film Reviews of The Help (Lewis) / Who or What Does “The Help” Help   / Omar Offendum: Soundtrack of the Revolution (Interview by Julia Pyper )

Nappy Headed Women By Peggy Bertram 

  Uncrowned Queens  / 

There Must Still Be Something Out of Kilter Response to Don Imus

Race, Incarceration, and American Values

By Glenn C. Loury


n this pithy discussion, renowned scholars debate the American penal system through the lens—and as a legacy—of an ugly and violent racial past. Economist Loury argues that incarceration rises even as crime rates fall because we have become increasingly punitive. According to Loury, the disproportionately black and brown prison populations are the victims of civil rights opponents who successfully moved the country’s race dialogue to a seemingly race-neutral concern over crime. Loury’s claims are well-supported with genuinely shocking statistics, and his argument is compelling that even if the racial argument about causes is inconclusive, the racial consequences are clear. Three shorter essays respond: Stanford law professor Karlan examines prisoners as an inert ballast in redistricting and voting practices; French sociologist Wacquant argues that the focus on race has ignored the fact that inmates are first and foremost poor people; and Harvard philosophy professor Shelby urges citizens to break with Washington’s political outlook on race. —Publishers Weekly  / Economist Glenn Loury  /Criminalizing a Race

Gadaffi—Obama and the Israeli Dimona Nuclear Plant  /  Key figures in Libya’s rebel council  /  Bob Marley—War—We Don’t Need No Trouble

Prince’s The Rainbow Children   /     /  Lizz Wright—Old Man   /   War Poems  /  God Parent of Hip Hop Nikki Giovanni: Peace Be Still

Malcolm X on Front Page Challenge, 1965  / Assocition on the Study of African African Life and history  /  Dr. John Henrik Clarke—A Great and Mighty Walk


Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack

Obama’s Speeches from the State House to the White House

By Mary Frances Berry and Josh Gottheimer


The Price of Civilization

Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

By Jeffrey D. Sachs

Notable Black Memphians by Miriam DeCosta-Willis—This biographical and historical study by Miriam DeCosta-Willis (PhD, Johns Hopkins University and the first African American faculty member of Memphis State University) traces the evolution of a major Southern city through the lives of men and women who overcame social and economic barriers to create artistic works, found institutions, and obtain leadership positions that enabled them to shape their community. Documenting the accomplishments of Memphians who were born between 1795 and 1972, it contains photographs and biographical sketches of 223 individuals (as well as brief notes on 122 others), such as musicians Isaac Hayes and Aretha Franklin, activists Ida B. Wells and Benjamin L. Hooks, politicians Harold Ford Sr. and Jr., writers Sutton Griggs and Jerome Eric Dickey, and Bishop Charles Mason and Archbishop James Lyke—all of whom were born in Memphis or lived in the city for over a decade. . .  . 

The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells /  Homespun Images  /   Through My Open Window  /  Ties that bind  /

Third Wave Feminism (Miriam DeCosta-Willis)

Barack Obama: The corporate masters’ 21st century ‘House Negro’  /  A Day in the Life—Marvin X and Discussion  / A Day in the Life— 2  / A Day in the Life—Marvin X and Discussion 3

 ChickenBones Best Book of 2008

The Katrina Papers: A Journal of Trauma and Recovery

Seeing Things from Inside the Circle

By Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

Rising and Recovering from the Water-Logged Ashes

A Review of The Katrina Papers by

 Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Smiley, Sharpton, West, and Dyson: The Tavis Smiley Presidential Forum   Pass the Mic Tour   Responses to Pass the Mic  Al Sharpton and Barack Obama 

Reverend Al Sharpton (interview)  

The State of the Black Union 2009 

Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye — Will Obasanjo Explode Yar’Adua’s Anti-Graft Balloon?  Who Cares If Kenya Bleeds To Death?

Obasanjo’s Probe: Mr. Ribadu’s Redeeming Job  / In Nigeria, Yar’Adua Reigns, Obasanjo Rules  / Dinner From A Lagos Dustbin  Global News: Politics

Yvette’s cookbook is a 2011 bestseller


GREAT BAY, St. Martin (July 31, 2011)—It’s official. It’s a bestseller! From Yvette’s Kitchen To Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman has sold out, according to House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). In a record seven weeks after its June 2011 release here, less than 80 copies of the cookbook are left in bookstores and with the author’s family representatives charged with distribution, said Jacqueline Sample, HNP president. The decision on whether to reprint a new batch of From Yvette’s Kitchen  … lies with the family of the late award-winning chef, said the publisher.“We are very thankful to the people of St. Martin for embracing Yvette’s cookbook. The visitors to our island also bought many copies of this beautifully designed book of the nation’s cuisine,” said Sample.From Yvette’s Kitchen  is made up of 13 chapters, including Appetizers, Soups, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Salads, Dumplings, Rice and Fungi, Breads, and Desserts.The 312-page full color book includes recipes for Souse, the ever-popular Johnny cake, and Conch Yvette’s.

Towards a Black Aesthetic By Hoyt W. Fuller, Author of Journey to Africa

ChickenBones Best Book of 2009


Go, Tell Michelle

 Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram

Las Acciones Simples

se Pueden Desarmar

By Rudolph Lewis

Women Talking to Michele Vas-y, Parle à Michelle  Par: Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste

 Floyd W Hayes, III:    Intergenerational Disconnect  / Politics of Knowledge Black Policy Professionals in the Managerial Age 

 The Collapse of Urban Public Schooling  / From Black Power to Africana Studies / Revisiting Hip Hop


Who or What Does “The Help” Help?

A Brief Review by C. Liegh McInnis

Remembrances of Poet Gil Scott Heron

By Jerry W. Ward Jr., et al

Quilting the Black Eyed Pea  /  Blues as Secularized Spirituals  /  God Parent of Hip Hop Nikki Giovanni   /  Gil Scott-Heron “Blue Collar”


Michelle Alexander Speaks At Riverside Church /  part 2 of 4  / part 3 of 4  / part 4 of 4   /  /  Cynthia McKinney—US lawmakers forced to support Israel  / Slum Stories: Lost Chanc

Kwazibani: Nomfusi & The Lucky Charms  / Portraits of Power December 7, 2009  / Immortal Technique: No Haiti escape from capitalism! /  Emperor Obama vs the Arab people

Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights

By Tananarive Due and  Patricia Stephens Due

While Martin Luther King was a major influence on Patricia Stephens Due, she knows that the civil rights movement was spurred on by average citizens like her throughout the South in the 1960s, and she sets out in this memoir to write her story as well as the stories of her fellow grassroots activists. Her tale is interwoven with that of her daughter, Tananarive, who won an American Book Award this year for her novel The Living Blood. Patricia’s narrative takes the reader through protests at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in Florida and numerous arrests that garnered national attention, leading to a correspondence with King as well as baseball hero and activist Jackie Robinson. . . . mother and daughter write (in alternating chapters) with an energy that is cathartic . , ,

Gil Scott-Heron: Work For Peace  /  Your Daddy Loves You  /  Originals 5/6  /  Originals 3/6  /  Originals 2/6  / Winter In America

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

By Bart D. Ehrman

The evocative title tells it all and hints at the tone of sensationalism that pervades this book. Those familiar with the earlier work of Ehrman, a distinguished professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of more than 20 books including Misquoting Jesus, will not be surprised at the content of this one. Written in a manner accessible to nonspecialists, Ehrman argues that many books of the New Testament are not simply written by people other than the ones to whom they are attributed, but that they are deliberate forgeries. The word itself connotes scandal and crime, and it appears on nearly every page. Indeed, this book takes on an idea widely accepted by biblical scholars: that writing in someone else’s name was common practice and perfectly okay in ancient times. Ehrman argues that it was not even then considered acceptable—hence, a forgery. While many readers may wish for more evidence of the charge, Ehrman’s introduction to the arguments and debates among different religious communities during the first few centuries and among the early Christians themselves, though not the book’s main point, is especially valuable.—Publishers Weekly  /  Forged Bart Ehrman’s New Salvo

Tracy Chapman: Baby Can I Hold You Tonight  /  Talkin bout a revolution  / Give me one reason  / Crossroad / New Beginning

Etheridge Knight—The Idea of Ancestry  / Ode to Obama: Amiri Baraka  / Maya Angelou 1993 Bill Clinton Inauguration  / Street Life in Lagos

Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century

By Dorothy Roberts

A decade after the Human Genome Project proved that human beings are not naturally divided by race, the emerging fields of personalized medicine, reproductive technologies, genetic genealogy, and DNA databanks are attempting to resuscitate race as a biological category written in our genes. In this provocative analysis, leading legal scholar and social critic Dorothy Roberts argues that America is once again at the brink of a virulent outbreak of classifying population by race. By searching for differences at the molecular level, a new race-based science is obscuring racism in our society and legitimizing state brutality against communities of color at a time when America claims to be post-racial. Moving from an account of the evolution of race—proving that it has always been a mutable and socially defined political division supported by mainstream science—Roberts delves deep into the current debates, interrogating the newest science and biotechnology, interviewing its researchers, and exposing the political consequences obscured by the focus on genetic difference. Fatal Invention is a provocative call for us to affirm our common humanity.—New Press

Read A Book – Get Crunk about Reading  /  Read A Book (Cartoon) / Bomani “D’Mite” Armah – Read a Book    /  Read a Book OKAYY!!!   /  CNN interview

 ]]> Devil in a Blue Dress and Cinnamon Kiss  (Mimi Ferebee)  / We Can’t Afford To Not Fix Justice System  (Benjamin Todd Jealous)

African Rhythms

The Autobiography of Randy Weston

Composed by Randy Weston; Arranged by Willard Jenkins

I am Not Sidney Poitier

Novel by Percival Everet

 Sonata Mulattica

By Rita Dove

Cane River and Red River

By Lalita Tademy

Thelonious Monk

The Life and Times of an American Original

By Robin D.G. Kelley

 Liberation Narratives

 New and Collected Poems 1966—2009

By Haki Madhubuti

Kiss the Sky

Novel by Farai Chideya

Two Thousand Seasons

By Ayi Kwei Armah

Shirley Sherrod—Fox News Destroying an Innocent Woman to Attack Obama / Rachel Maddow: Black People Are Coming To Get You Part 1 /  Part 2

To ‘Joy My Freedom  /  Washerwomen Sons and Daughters  Vanishing Washerwoman     Washerwomen in Brooklyn   Washer-Woman Poem 

The Intersection of Beauty and Crime

Poems by Jawanza Phoenix

Lunch Poems: Harryette Mullen  /  Left of Black—Episode 5, 10-18-10  /  Jimi Hendrix—All Along the Watchtower / Aminatta Forna discusses The Memory of Love

Farai Chideya, author of Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans (Plume Penguin 1995), now in it’s eigth printing, The Color of Our Future (William Morrow, 1999), named one of the best books for teens by the New York Public Library, and Trust: REaching the 100 Million Missing Voters (Soft Skull, 2004) has worked in print for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Time, Spin, Vibe, O, Mademoiselle, Essence, and more. Prior to joining NPR’s News & Notes, she hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show on San Franciso’s KALW 91.7.

Kiss the Sky crackles with raw energy . . . Farai Chideya’s prose is smart, fast, clever, and addictive, with not only a breathless tension in the literary flow, but infused with musicality. You’ll be rooting for Sophie to navigate her way through her relationships, her corporate television job, divey clubs, family dynamics, European music tours, industry sabotage, and self sabotage. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put this book down.—Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River and Red River

K’NAAN—T.I.A. (This Is Africa)Hugh Masekela—Coal Train LiveUnomathembaSoweto Freedom Song / Eric Dolphy—God Bless the Child

Larry Neal Speaks  / The Negro as Author  /  I Tried to Be a Communist  / César Vallejo  / C K Williams   / Clarence Major

Oklahoma City Music Deep Deuce and Beyond

By Peggy Brooks-Bertram


Tavis Smiley Questions Minister Louis Farrakhan on President Barack Obama: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Chinua Achebe wins $300,000 Gish prize—By Philip Nwosu—Monday, September 27, 2010—The author of the epic novel, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, has emerged winner of the United States Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The Gish prize, which was established in 1994 by the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Trust and administered by JPMorgan Chase Bank as trustee, is given annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” The prize is worth $300,000. . . . Achebe’s writings examine African politics and chronicle the ways in which African culture and civilization have survived in the post-colonial world. Some of his acclaimed works include A Man of the People (1966) and Anthills of the Savannah (1988). [The 80-year-old author has founded a number of magazines for African art, fiction and poetry.] Achebe, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a 1990 car accident, is currently Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.—SunNewsOnline

God Parent of Hip-Hop? Nikki Giovanni’s Truth is On the Way (Mark Anthony Neal)

k’naan song call (My God) Live at BB King feat Mos Def / Austin City Limits  K’Naan / Mos Def / Austin City Limits  Allen Toussaint / Michael S. Harper

Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media

The Return of the Nigger Breakers

By Ishmael Reed

For Ishmael Reed, Barack Obama, like Michelangelo’s St. Anthony, is a tormented man, haunted by modern reincarnations of the demonic spirits used to break slaves. These were the Nigger Breakers men like Edward Covey, who was handed the job of breaking Frederick Douglass. Isn’t it ironic, writes Reed: A media that scolded the Jim Crow South in the 1960s now finds itself hosting the bird. In this collection, which includes several unpublished essays, Ishmael Reed brings to bear his grasp of the four-centuries-long African-American experience as he turns his penetrating gaze on Barack Obama’s election and first year in power establishing himself as the conscience of a country that was once moved by Martin Luther King’s dream.—Baraka Books (April 15, 2010)

Shirley Sherrod—Fox News Destroying an Innocent Woman to Attack Obama / Rachel Maddow: Black People Are Coming To Get You Part 1 /  Part 2

Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid

By  Frank B. Wilderson III

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. —Publishers Weekly

Commodores: Brick House / Jesus Is Love  /  Nightshift  /  Sail On  /  Easy  / Three times a lady / Machine Gun / Slippery When Wet

It’s money that matters

The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson—On nearly every one of its 250-plus pages, a stark, unflattering graph shows the USA topping the charts among developed countries for some social ailment: drug use, obesity, violence, mental illness, teenage pregnancy, illiteracy. . . . It is economic inequality, not overall wealth or cultural differences, that fosters societal breakdown, they argue, by boosting insecurity and anxiety, which leads to divisive prejudice between the classes, rampant consumerism, and all manner of mental and physical suffering. . . . Their efforts have been hailed by left-leaning thinkers and critics as a compass for righting the nation’s current course; the book—its title refers to the tool known in America as a carpenter’s level, which measures slopes—is being translated into 13 languages, including Arabic, Korean, and Norwegian.  Boston Globe

Mamadou Lumumba ( b. October 11, 1938 – d. October 20, 2009) was editor of Oakland-based Soulbook

The Autobiography of Medgar Evers

A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches 2006

By Myrlie Evers-Williams and Manning Marable

In an era filled with charismatic leaders, Evers (1925–1963) came to national attention primarily as the victim of “the first political assassination of a major leader of the modern Black Freedom Movement.” As NAACP field secretary in Mississippi, Evers recruited NAACP members, desegregated schools, registered voters and organized boycotts. The work was usually undramatic, but always perilous. Evers’s widow and historian Marable seek to redress Evers’s relative absence from the historical record. But more than half of these 89 documents (from the years 1954–1963) are mundane monthly reports to or business correspondence with the NAACP. Ten Evers speeches are included along with eight newspaper articles, four press releases, a telegram to Eisenhower and one to Kennedy, an NAACP newsletter, a “text fragment,” a posthumous Life interview. There’s no clue to the principle of selection. With the exception of two very brief notes to his family, there is no personal correspondence. This monument is a tomb ready for excavation by historians of the Civil Rights movement, but it’s not for the ordinary reader looking for an autobiography of Medgar Evers. It reveals the quotidian work rather than the indomitable man. Publisher’s Weekly

Kiini Ibura Salaam: The Dance of Love / There’s No Racism Here? /  Reflections on Fiji  / Kiini Ibura Salaam Tells All from Mexico 

  Poems by Kalamu : Govern Yrself Accordingly   / You Can’t Survive on Salt WaterIf You’re Still the Same Afterwards . . . Be About Beauty  / Flying Over America

Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

By Rick Stengel

Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver­sation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.  In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction—our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories—of Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of eighty.

Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval,”Night in Tunisia” / gang starr— jazz thing  /ALICE COLTRANE—Something About John Coltrane

Leadership without a Moral Purpose

A Critical Analysis of Nigerian Politics and Administration

(with emphasis on the Obasanjo Administration, 2003-2007)

By Victor E. Dike

SNCC Freedom Singers: If You Miss Me from the Back of the Bus   / Keep Your Eyes on the Prize  /  This Little Light of Mine  / Nobody Gonna’ Turn Me Round


My Friend the Devil

A Memoir of My Association With Eldridge Cleaver

By Marvin X

Marvin X  Celebrates His 65th Birthday On May 29, 2009 /  contact:

We Are A Dancing People  /  Leslie Garland Bolling   / Wendy Stand Up with Your Proud Hair!  / Badge of Honor: Coming of Age

The Assassination of Fred Hampton

How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther

By Jeffrey Haas

It’s around 7:00 A.M. on December 4, 1969, and attorney Jeff Haas is in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton’s fiancée. She is describing how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, “He’s still alive.” She then heard two shots. A second officer said, “He’s good and dead now.” She looks at Jeff and asks, “What can you do?”  The Assassination of Fred Hampton is Haas’s personal account of how he and People’s Law Office partner Flint Taylor pursued Hampton’s assassins, ultimately prevailing over unlimited government resources and FBI conspiracy. Not only a story of justice delivered, the book puts Hampton in a new light as a dynamic community leader and an inspiration in the fight against injustice. /  Also Toward Freedom

Poet, Activist, Sonia Sanchez Reading Toni Cade Bambara / Kalamu ya Salaam Tribute to Toni Cade Bambara

“I like your Christ but I don’t like your Christians, your Christians are so unlike your Christ”—Gandhi

Working in the Shadows

A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won’t Do

By Gabriel Thompson

Thompson spent a year working alongside Latino immigrants, who initially thought he was either crazy or an undercover immigration agent. He stooped over lettuce fields in Arizona, and worked the graveyard shift at a chicken slaughterhouse in rural Alabama. . . . Thompson shines a bright light on the underside of the American economy, exposing harsh working conditions, union busting, and lax government enforcement—while telling the stories of workers, undocumented immigrants, and desperate US citizens alike, forced to live with chronic pain in the pursuit of $8 an hour. Gabriel Thompson has contributed to New York, The Nation, New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, In These Times and others. He is the recipient of the Richard J. Margolis Award, the Studs Terkel Media Award, and a collective Sidney Hillman Award. His writings are collected at Where The Silence Is .

The 10 Best Black Books of 2007  / The 10 Best Black Books of 2008 (Kam Williams)

America Is on Fire and Crumbling

By Bill Goodin

Bill Goodwin, an impasssioned activist, poet, and author speaks out against corruption in the government and religious institutions. He sounds the alarm for church leaders, politicians, prisoners and racists, warning of America’s crumbling in the blazes of sin. Goodin has written this powerful warning to the world and its people. he is author of the books, It Is Now Time, Breaking the Politics Chains, and Before I Die.

A Remarkably-Revealing, Evocative, Fully Humanizing Opus

Kam Williams Interviews  Condi and Reviews

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

By Condoleezza Rice


Sussex County: A Tale of Three Centuries / Public Education in Sussex County / The Official History of Jerusalem Baptist Church

Fraternal Lodges Developing & Expanding the Village  in Rural Southern Virginia   / Stith-Mason Family Reunion  / Rainbow Tea at Jerusalem

Commonwealth of Virginia Expresses  Profound Regret  / Virginia Prohibits the Teaching of Slaves, Free Negroes, or Mulattoes to Read or Write, 1831

The Origin of Violence in Virginia: A Brief History


The Black Arts Movement Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s  By James Edward Smethurst / ChickenBones Black Arts and Black Power Figures

Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage

By Rick Stengel

Richard Stengel, the editor of Time magazine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver­sation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague.  In Mandela’s Way, Stengel recounts the moments in which “the grandfather of South Africa” was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often “both,” how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction—our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories—of Mandela’s child­hood as the protégé of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison­ment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of eighty.

Bill Moyers Journal: Gretchen Morgenson  (video) /  Bill Moyers Journal: Gretchen Morgenson (transcript)  /

Who Fears Death  

By Nnedi Okorafor

Well-known for young adult novels (The Shadow Speaks; Zahrah the Windseeker), Okorafor sets this emotionally fraught tale in post apocalyptic Saharan Africa. The young sorceress Onyesonwu—whose name means “Who fears death?”—was born Ewu, bearing a mixture of her mother’s features and those of the man who raped her mother and left her for dead in the desert. As Onyesonwu grows into her powers, it becomes clear that her fate is mingled with the fate of her people, the oppressed Okeke, and that to achieve her destiny, she must die. Okorafor examines a host of evils in her chillingly realistic tale—gender and racial inequality share top billing, along with female genital mutilation and complacency in the face of destructive tradition—and winds these disparate concepts together into a fantastical, magical blend of grand storytelling

Sussex County: A Tale of Three Centuries  / Public Education in Sussex County in Black and White   / The Official History of Jerusalem Baptist Church

Harold Washington Remembered—When Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor, died on Nov. 25, 1987, many of us understood that his death marked the passing of a great man. But while we lamented the negative impact of his loss, few of us had any inkling of the vast political vacuum he would leave behind. As time passes, the vacuum expands. Back then, it seemed likely that Washington’s powerful presence could propel the formation of progressive alliances across the country. However, as we grope around in the political darkness he once illuminated, it seems clear that his unique personality was a major reason for his success. . . . Washington’s initial election occurred in 1983, when progressive forces were mired in the gloom of the Reagan administration. He found mayoral success using a formula that was part campaign and part crusade. But Washington was no political neophyte, full of naïve idealism. He had already served many years as a state legislator and a member of Congress, and was well versed in the nuts and bolts of pragmatic politics. Salim Muwakkil

Kirk Franklin:  Revolution  /  Declaration (This Is It!)  /  Lean On Me  /  September  /  Imagine Me  /  Why We Sing / More than I Can Bare

The 10 Best Black Books of 2008 (Non-Fiction)

By Kam Williams 

The 10 Best Black Books of 2007

From Orenthal to Obama: Who Has the Juice?

By E. Ethelbert Miller  E-Notes

The Meaning of Barack Obama

By E. Ethelbert Miller  E-Notes

It Must Be Lester Young

Al Green – Could I Be The One (Hi 1975) / Senor Blues Silver Horace 1959 / Horace Silver “Filthy McNasty” /

Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans 

By Louis Armstrong

“In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who’d stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn’t faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn.” So says Louis Armstrong about just one of the places he grew up in, a tough kid who also happened to be a musical genius. This story of his early life, concluding with his departure to Chicago to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, is a fascinating document. Contrary to popular belief, it turns out that life in New Orleans was an amazingly eventful and a basically happy experience for Louis Armstrong-and he ought to know-for in no other city in the world at the time could a boy discover and learn about the music that he loved, for this was New Orleans, and he was Louis Armstrong.

The Black Experience in America is Unique  /   The Fact of Blackness (1952) By Frantz Fanon  / Election Day Returns  / Emerge & See by Tony Medina

Send contributions to: ChickenBones: A Journal /  13219 Kientz Road / Jarratt, VA 23867  — I became aware of Rudy Lewis’ labor of love a few short months ago during a visit to Kalamu ya Salaam’s e-drum listserv. As soon as I saw the title of the journal I knew it was about Black folks, and the power of the written word.  A quick click took me into a journal that’s long on creativity, highlighting well-known, little known, and a little known writers, and commitment to the empowerment of Black folks. I contacted Rudy to ask if he’d consider publishing some of my work. His response was immediate, and a couple of days after I’d forwarded some poems to him—they were part of ChickenBones. What I didn’t know was that this journal has been surviving for the last five years with very little outside financial support. . .  If we want journals like this to “thrive” we need to support them with more than our website hits, praise, and submissions for publication consideration.

—Peace, Mary E. Weems (January 2007)                     

Dog-Heart, A Novel by Diana McCaulay

—the tale of a child caught in the clash between the two Jamaicas

The novel deals seriously with issues of race, class, taking responsibility for social change and the complexity of relationships between people of different backgrounds.  By telling the story in the voice of both the boy, Dexter and the woman, Sahara, Dog-Heart effortlessly highlights the “two Jamaicas” that coexist in one small space. . . . Diana McCaulay is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust, and is an outspoken advocate for Jamaica’s natural environment.  She also wrote a popular opinion column for the Gleaner for many years and her short stories have been published by the journal Caribbean Writer.  She writes a blog called SnailWriter . . .

Books by Cornel West  

Democracy Matters: The Fight Against Imperialism  /  Race Matters  / Cornel West Reader  /  The Future of the Race  

The American Evasion of Philosophy  /  African American Religious Thought  /  The War Against Parents 

The African American Century White on White / Black on Black  / Prophesy Deliverance  / The Soul Knows No Bars

Related files: Cornel West Moves to Princeton  West Cites Reason For Quitting  Cornel West: An Editorial  Pass the Mic

Holy Word I: Lamentations, The Sorrows of US Slaves

By Orisha Kammefa

This is Orisha Kammefa’s first book, a three chapter photodocument of what will ultimately be a four-book set. She reviews coverage of the pro-Black activities she initiated at the Maryland Department of Agriculture and notes her “can do” performance rating. She then revisits her miraculous life in Senegal and The Gambia, including her exciting name correction to “Kammefa!” Despondent back here in the usa, she concludes by probing her divorced husband’s “Spiritual Gifts” (p.73) about enslavement’s deadly HATE and vows to regain our pre-slavery lively LOVE!

Transforming from scared to Sacred following her sojourn to Mama Afrika in 1988, she began to restore her Soul by Holy Kissing to counteract the ass kissing status quo and by writing Epistles (Sacred letters) to chronicle her efforts on behalf of us “protected class” persons!  Contact for Orisha Kammefa: 410-499-2555 or

“Bring me champagne when I’m thirsty, Bring me reefer when I want to get high”—Muddy Waters / Poetric Tribute to John Coltrane

Gray-Haired Witnesses for Justice / Modern Day Lynching of the Scott Sisters of Mississippi / Free The Scott Sisters / People Get Ready (alicia keys)


The Weight and Substance of A Father’s Law

Book Review by Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

Dr. Jerry Ward Lectures on Richard Wright

Read A Book – Get Crunk about Reading  /  Read A Book (Cartoon) / Bomani “D’Mite” Armah – Read a Book    /  Read a Book OKAYY!!!   /  CNN interview


Shelby Steele: The Why Obama Can’t Win

Interview with Kam Williams

Dennis Brown: Hold On To What You’ve Got Michelle Alexander: US Prisons, The New Jim Crow /

The Bandana Republic

A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates

Edited by Louis Reyes Rivera and Bruce George

Henry Dumas books:  Ark of Bones (1970) / Poetry for My People (1971) /   Play Ebony  Play Ivory   (1974)  / Jonah and the Green Stone (1976)

 Rope of Wind and Other Stories (1979)  / Goodbye, Sweetwater (1988) / Knees of a Natural Man: The Selected Poetry of Henry Dumas (1989)

 Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas  // Reviews of Play Ebony, Play Ivory:  Dumas Bio    / JLester Review / JWright Introduction



The Works of William Sanders Scarborough

Black Classicist and Race Leader

Edited by Michele Valerie Ronnick


The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough  

Invention of the White Race  

Theodore Allen begins Volume 1 by reviewing the many histories of American racism written in the 20th century. Dividing the arguments into the psycho-cultural school and the socio-economic school of thought, he teases out the strengths and flaws of their scholarship. Allen then posits racial oppression as a deliberate ruling-class decision (constantly undergoing renewal) to prevent property-less European Americans from allying themselves with enslaved and free African Americans by offering the European Americans privileges based on white skin. His solution is to study “racism” rather than “race” because studies of race always devolve onto discussions of the body–onto those who are perceived to possess race–and thus avoids the real issue. . . . It is a strong, well researched, tightly argued work. He proves that the “white race” can be “gotten on a technicality” because it was and is indeed an invented rather than a natural category. Amazon Reviewer

 Virginia Expresses Profound Regret

Do Me Twice: My Life after Islam

A Memoir by Sonsyrea Tate

Reviewed by Kam Williams

Books by Victor E. Dike,   Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria  & The Osu Caste System in Igboland: A Challenge for Nigerian Democracy

In-Dependence from Bondage

Claude McKay and Michael Manley

Defying the Ideological Clash and Policy Gaps in African Diaspora Relations

By Lloyd D. McCarthy

Scholarly Books on Langston Hughes

Martha Cobb. Harlem,  Haiti, and Havana: A comparative critical study of Langston Hughes, Jacques Roumain, Nicolás Guillén. 1979.

Faith Berry. Before & Beyond Harlem: Biography of Langston Hughes. 1995. / Onwuchekwa Jemie Langston Hughes: An Introduction to the Poetry. 1985

Edward J. Mullen. Langston Hughes in the Hispanic World and Haiti . 1971 / Steven C. Tracy. Langston Hughes and the Blues. 2001.

Arnold Rampersad. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America (Life of Langston Hughes, 1902-1941). 2002.

Arnold Rampersad. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1914-1967, I Dream a World (Life of Langston Hughes, 1941-1967). 2002.

R. Baxter Miller. The Art And Imagination of Langston Hughes. 2006. / Jonathan Scott Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes. 2006

A Game of Character: A Family Journey

from Chicago’s Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond

By Craig Robinson

Book Review by Kam Williams 

  Akoli Penoukou: Love One Another / The Ancestors Are Not Really Dead  /  Into His Arms  / On Learning of Walter Rodney’s Death & Other Poems 

Rivera files: Islam and the West: Competing Fundamentalisms  / Lest We Forget Killens  /  Inside the river of poetry  / Puerto Rican Sovereignty  

GreatThingsHappenin’    Louis Reyes Rivera Interview /  Scattered Scripture   / Mickey 

Support Writers Guild of America Strike

Radicalism in the South Since Reconstruction

Edited by Chris Green, Rachel Rubin, and James Smethurst

Books by Houston Baker, Jr.– Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader  / Afro-American Literary Study in the 1990s  /  Black Studies, Rap and the Academy 

Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance  /  Workings of the Sprit: The Poetics of Afro-American Women’s Writing  /   Blues, Ideology and Afro-American Literature

Files: Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance  /  Atlanta Exposition Address

Drusilla Dunjee-Houston’s

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Cushite Empire, Book II

Origin of Civilization from the Cushites. Edited by Peggy Brooks-Bertram

  Review by Larry Obadele Williams

Sons of Black Power Sixties as 21st-Century Militants

Reviews of Soul on Islam by Ahmad Cleaver and Hang Time! by Summer Hill Seven


Lynched Mau Mau Leader Dedan Kimathi

Honored with Statue  in Nairobi — His Remains Have Yet To Be Found

Clarence J. Munford — (files) N’COBRA  / Atlantic Slave TrafficRace and Reparations  / Benefits of Whiteness  / Atlantic Slave Traffic  / Boukman and His Comrades   //  (Books)  — Production relations, class and Black liberation: A Marxist perspective in Afro-American studies (1978) / The Black Ordeal of Slavery and Slave Trading in the French West Indies 1625-1715 (1991) /  Race and Reparations: A Black Perspective for the 21st Century   (1996) / Race and Civilization: The Rebirth of Black Centrality (2003) 

Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas

By Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher

Reviewed by George E. Curry

Cuba: A BookList The Autobiography of a Slave / Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba  / Fidel Castro and the Quest for a Revolutionary Culture in Cuba

Reyita: The Life of a Black Cuban Woman in the Twentieth Century  /  Singular Like a Bird: The Art of Nancy Morejon  / Caliban and Other Essays

In the Spirit of Wandering Teachers: Cuban Literacy Campaign / Santeria Aesthetics  / Castro’s Cuba, Cuba’s Fidel  / Man-making Words /Afro-Cuban Voices

Nicolas Guillen: Popular Poet of the Caribbean  /   The Altar of My Soul: The Living Tradition of Santeria Cuba: After the Revolution


The Dark Heathenism of the American Novelist Ishmael Reed

African Voodoo As American Literary Hoodoo

 By Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure

Yellow Back Radio Broke Down (1969) Mumbo Jumbo (1972) The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974)

Hitler’s African Victims: The German Army Massacres of 1940

During its campaign against France in 1940, the German army massacred several thousand black POWs belonging to units drafted in France’s West African colonies. Documenting these war crimes on the basis of extensive research in French and German archives, Raffael Scheck advances a nuanced interpretation of the motivation for the massacres. Reviving traditional images of black soldiers as mutilating savages, a massive Nazi Propaganda offensive approved by Hitler, created their rationale. The treatment of black French POWs remained, however, suprisingly inconsistent, with abuses often triggered by certain combat situations.

Aboard the African Star By Alex Haley  ]]>

Mutabaruka: Reggae Sunsplash-1982 / it no good(to stay in a white man country too long /dispel the lie / Spirituality / Blacks In Amerika

Mutabaruka: Live 1984  /  I Am The Man   / Johnny Drughead 198X Butta Pan Kulcha / Whey Mi Belang  /

Clarence Thomas the ‘Anti-Black’

By BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Little Rock Nine Caused a ‘Crack in Time’

 Check out ASILI‘s  Extraordinary Walls of Respect  (Photos) Celebrating Black Writers 

Marxist critical theory and analysis — Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature (Oxford University Press, 1977). / Fredric Jameson. Marxism and Form: Twentieth Century Dialectical Theories of Literature (Princeton University Press, 1971) / Eagleton, Terry.  Marxism and Literary Criticism (Routledge, 1976)

The Works of James McCune Smith

 Black Intellectual and Abolitionist

By John Stauffer

Ed Bullins Chronology Productions & Publications  /  Interview with Ed Bullins (Marvin X)

Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

By Ray Raphael

 The Ground on Which I Stand   Professor Sandra Shannon   Situating August Wilson   The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson

Interview with Caryl Phillips

Books by Caryl Phillips

Crossing the River The Atlantic Sound  / The State of Independence / Cambridge / The European Tribe

Extravagant Strangers The Nature of Blood / A Distant Shore / Final Passage Dancing in the Dark / Forigners /

Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the aftermath of the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, remains one of the most controversial movements of the 20th-century. Founded by the charismatic Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, the party sounded a defiant cry for an end to the institutionalized subjugation of African Americans. The Black Panther newspaper was founded to articulate the party’s message and artist Emory Douglas became the paper’s art director and later the party’s Minister of Culture. Douglas’s artistic talents and experience proved a powerful combination: his striking collages of photographs and his own drawings combined to create some of the era’s most iconic images, like that of Newton with his signature beret and large gun set against a background of a blood-red star, which could be found blanketing neighborhoods during the 12 years the paper existed. This landmark book brings together a remarkable lineup of party insiders who detail the crafting of the party’s visual identity. Publisher Rizzoli

Books by Countee Cullen

Color (1925) / Copper Sun (1927) / Caroling Dusk (1927)  / The Black Christ (1929)  / My Soul’s High Song (Anchor, 1990)

Houston Baker, Many-Colored Coat of Dreams: The Poetry of Countee Cullen. Broadside Press, 1974


We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party (Mumia Abu-Jamal)

What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation  (South End Press Collective)

August Wilson Plays and Critical Perspectives

August Wilson Century Cycle  /  Fences  / Piano Lesson  / Gem of the Ocean  / Joe Turner’s Come and Gone 

Radio Golf  /  King Hedley II  /  Jitney  /  Two Trains Running  /  August Wilson: Three Plays  /  Seven Guitars  

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom  / The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson / August Wilson and Black Aesthetics

Lessons from France  Tram Nguyen Interviews Brima Conteh

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

By Ishmael Beah

Fanon: A Novel by John Edgar Wideman / The Wretched of the Earth /  We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For  / Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher

 The Omni-Americans  / An Unmistakable Shade of Red & The Obama Chronicles  / Our Women Keep Our Skies From Falling  / Black Fire: An Anthology

Jimmy Carter’s White House Diary

An Interview and Book Review by Kam Williams

Youth Fighting Old Men’s Wars –. Child soldiers in Sierra Leone helped rebel forces to wreak havoc in villages, creating instability that enabled the rebels to gain control of diamond fields. Teen soldiers in the United States are recruited and put in uniform at age 15 (JROTC) to fight at age 17 for oil in Iraq. Some child soldiers in Sierra Leone escaped their rebel “family” and the violence in overrun villages by running far into the jungle and eventually finding refuge from the violence. Some teen soldiers in the United States escaped their military “family” and the violence in Iraq by going AWOL in the United States or in Canada. Those from both countries who stayed with their “families” remained because of “family ties and bonds” formed by either rebel or national indoctrination and by steel – either machetes or guns. . . . Young men and women in Sierra Leone and in the United States are filled with lifetimes of nightmares from actions they have committed or from sights they have seen in war. Killing by machete or killing by guns results in the same emotional issues for those who have committed the acts. In Sierra Leone, child soldiers eventually were helped in internationally operated rehabilitation centers. In the United States, teen soldiers have gone to US military or Veterans Administration hospitals for assistance. Child soldiers from Sierra Leone are learning to deal with why they burned huts, and why they chopped off arms and legs. Teen soldiers from the United States are dealing with why one busted down doors and terrorized families, and why they sent blistering streams of lead into buildings and homes.  Colonel Ann Wright, “Blood Diamonds and Blood Oil.” Truthout

 The Achievements of Elijah Muhammad

 Message to the Blackman in America (1997)  /  How to Eat to Live, Book 1 (1997)  / How to Eat to Live, Book 2 (1997)

Yakub: The Father of Mankind  (2002)  / The True history of Master Fard  Muhammad  (1997)

The History of Jesus’ Bith, Death and What It Means to You and Me (1996) / The Secrets of Freemasonry  (1997)

The Theology of Time (The Secrets of Time) (2004) / The Mother Plane  (1996)

The Country We Believe In  (Obama)  / Tea Party, Schmee Party (Moses)  / A Time for Peace—A Time for War (Moses)  /The Reagan Doctrine of National Suicide (Moses)

Selected Works of James Baldwin

Go Tell It on the Mountain, 1953 / Notes of a Native Son, 1955 / Giovanni’s Room, 1956  / Nobody Know My Name (, 1962 / Another Country, 1962

The Fire Next Time, 1963 / Blues for Mister Charlie (a play, produced in 1964) / Going to Meet the Man, 1965 / Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, 1968

A Rap on Race, with Margaret Mead, 1971 / If Beale Street Could Talk 1974 / The Devil Finds Work, 1976 / Just Above My Head, 1979

The Evidence of Things Not Seen, 1985 / The Price of the Ticket: Collected Non-Fiction, 1948-1985, 1985 /Perspectives: Angles on African Art, 1987

Conversations with James Baldwin, 1989 /Early Novels and Stories, 1998 / Collected Essays, 1998 (ed. by Toni Morrison)


Books on Rap & Hip Hop

Todd Boyd,

The New H.N.I.C.: The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop (2003) / Sharif Responds to Todd Boyd / Is Hip Hop Really Dead?

Brian Cross, It’s Not About a Salary… Rap, Race and Resistance in Los Angeles: Rap, Race, and Resistance in Los Angeles (1993)

Tricia Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (1994)

Russell A. Porter,  Spectacular Vernaculars: Hip-Hop and the Politics of Postmodernism (1995)

Bakari Kitwana, The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture (2003)

Imani Perry,  Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (2004)



Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation

on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

By Harriet A. WashingtonReviewed by Kam Williams


Anarcha’s Story by Alexandria C. Lynch, MS III

Remembering June Jordan 1936-2002  — Books, Bio, and Poems

Books on — A Theology of Obligation: The Poor & Oppressed in the Pentateuch

Option for the Poor: Challenge to the Rich Countries (1986) / The Preferential Option for the Poor (1988)   /   Salvation and Liberation (1984)

Good News to the Poor: The Challenge of the Poor in History of the Church (1979) /

 Towards a Church of the Poor: The Work of an Ecumenical Group on the Church and the Poor (1981)

Champions of the Poor: The Economic Consequences of Judeo-Christian Values (1998)

The Social Vision of the Hebrew Bible: A Theological Introduction  (2001)  Bible of the Oppressed (1982)

Black America’s Real Issue with Barack Obama —Both Barack Obama’s Republican opponents and the centrist Democrats who support his presidential candidacy agree on one thing. They all agree that black opinion on the senator is both uninformed and irrelevant. To hear the mainstream media, black dissatisfaction with Senator Obama is all about his black African father, his white American mother, his light complexion and his Columbia and Harvard Law degrees. The day after Rush Limbaugh called the senator a “half-frican” on the air, the term was in the mouths of ignorant black talk show hosts in multiple cities. Black America was then admonished and chided by white Republicans and Democrats of all colors for not embracing Senator Obama based on some foolish standard of black authenticity. This is a racist calumny and slur of the first magnitude against all of black America. Our people have never rejected leading figures because of light complexions, immigrant parents or advanced degrees. Bruce Dixon Black Agenda Report  Hypocrisy on Health Care   Obama’s Audacious Deference to Power

Dudley Randall—Publisher, Editor, Poet

A Librarian as Guiding Light of Black Arts Movement

Bio-sketch by Lorenzo Thomas & Poems

American Women’s History

 Tony Bolden,. The Book of African-American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters.  Adams Media Corporation, 1996.

Jurate Kazickas, , and Lynn Sherr. Susan B. Anthony Slept Here. A Guide to American Women’s Landmarks. Random House, 1994

 Barbara A. Seals Nevergold,  and Peggy Brooks-Bertram. Uncrowned Queens:  African American Community Builders. Uncrowned Queens, 2002.

 Doris Weatherford, American Women’s History.  Prentice Hall General Reference, 1994

Tales of the Out & the GoneStories by Amiri BarakaAmiri

Baraka Bio  / Amiri Baraka Table  New Work by Baraka (Black World, 1973) / Something in the Way of Things (In Town)

Books by Baraka: The Essence of Reparations  and Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems  Autobiography of LeRoi Jones  Tales of the Out & the Gone 


On the Courthouse Lawn

Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twentieth-First Century

By Sherrilyn A. Hill

  George H. White & Ida B. Wells Lynching Index

Gwendolyn Brooks

Poetry: A Street in Bronzeville (1945) / Annie Allen (1949) /  Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1956)  /  The Bean Eaters (1960)  /   Selected Poems (1963)     We Real Cool (1966) /  The Wall (1967)  /   In the Mecca (1968)  /  Family Pictures (1970)  /  Riot (1970)  /  Black Steel: Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali (1971)     The World of Gwendolyn Brooks (1971)  /  Aloneness (1971)  / Aurora (1972)  /  Beckonings (1975)  /  Black Love (1981)  /  To Disembark (1981)     The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems (1986)  /  Blacks (1987)  /  Winnie (1988)  /  Gottschalk and the Grande Tarantelle (1989)

    Children Coming Home (1991)  /  In Montgomery and Other Poems (2003)

Prose: Report from Part One: An Autobiography (1972)  /  Report from Part Two: A Autobiography  /  A Capsule Course in Black Poetry Writing (1975)     Primer for Blacks (1981) /  Young Poet’s Primer (1981)  /  Very Young Poets (1983)

Novel:  Maud Martha (1953)


Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry

A Critical History by Eugene B. Redmond

   Books on Negro Spirituals

The Negro and His Music (Locke) / The Spiritual and the Blues: An Interpretation (Cone) / Best Loved Spirituals  (Mahalia)

The Book of the American Negro Spirituals (Johnson) / American Negro Songs: Folk Songs and Spirituals (Work)

Deep River and The Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death (Thurman)

Larry Neal Interview   Larry Neal Chronology  The Black Arts Movement  (Larry Neal)  Black Fire (Afterword)

Larry Neal Speaks on the Black Arts


Don’t Say Goodbye to the Pork Pie Hat                                      Sonnets for Larry Neal ( Rudolph Lewis)

New Negro Poets U.S.A. Edited by Langston Hughes Foreword by Gwendolyn Brooks

Thurmond Snyder ‘s “The Beast With Chrome Teeth”  and “Seeds”


The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

By Barack Obama

Book Review by Kam Williams

Hypocrisy on Health Care by Bruce Dixon  / Obama’s Audacious Deference to Power by Paul Street

The Black Arts Movement Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s  By James Edward Smethurst


Books by Arna Bontemps

Files:  A Black Man Thinks of Reaping  /  Southern Mansion By Arna Bontemps  /  Illinois WPA   / Advises Christian on a Rosenwald  /Acknowledges Documents  

Books: God Sends Sunday: Novel    Black Thunder, Gabriel’s Revolt: Virginia, 1800    /    Anyplace But Here   /   The Harlem Renaissance Remembered  

The Poetry of the Negro, 1746-1949     /  Bontemps, American Negro Poetry  /  Arna Bontemps-Langston Hughes Letters, 1925-1967 

 The Old South;: “A summer tragedy” and other stories of the thirties  /   The Story of the Jubilee Singers    Great Slave Narratives

Slavery by Another Name

The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

By Douglas A. Blackmun

Wall Street Journal bureau chief Blackmon gives a groundbreaking and disturbing account of a sordid chapter in American history—the lease (essentially the sale) of convicts to commercial interests between the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th. Usually, the criminal offense was loosely defined vagrancy or even changing employers without permission. The initial sentence was brutal enough; the actual penalty, reserved almost exclusively for black men, was a form of slavery in one of hundreds of forced labor camps operated by state and county governments, large corporations, small time entrepreneurs and provincial farmers. Into this history, Blackmon weaves the story of Green Cottenham, who was charged with riding a freight train without a ticket, in 1908 and was sentenced to three months of hard labor for Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad, a subsidiary of U.S. Steel. Cottenham’s sentence was extended an additional three months and six days because he was unable to pay fines then leveraged on criminals. Blackmon’s book reveals in devastating detail the legal and commercial forces that created this neoslavery along with deeply moving and totally appalling personal testimonies of survivors

Books by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Suppression of the African Slave Trade  (1896)  / The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study (1899)  / The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches (1903)  

 John Brown (1909)  / The Quest of the Silver Fleece (1911)  /  Darkwater: Voices Within the Veil (1920)  Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the Making of America (1924)  / Dark Princess: A Romance (1928)  / Black Reconstruction in America (1935) / Black Folk, Then and Now (1939)

Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace (1945)  / The World and Africa: An Inquiry (1947)  / In Battle for Peace (1952) /

A Trilogy: The Ordeal of Monsart (1957) Monsart Builds a School (1959) nd Worlds of Color (1961) / An ABC of Color: Selections (1963)

The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Soliloquy on Viewing My Life from the Last Decade of Its First Century (1968)

Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing

Edited by Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal

Larry Neal Interview   Larry Neal Chronology  The Black Arts Movement  (Larry Neal)  Black Fire (Afterword)

 Larry Neal Speaks on the Black Arts    Don’t Say Goodbye to the Pork Pie Hat             Sonnets for Larry Neal ( Rudolph Lewis)


Pop Culture Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race

Selected Critical Essays 1979 to 2001

By Carol Cooper

Keenan Norris Freedom Vision (On Chester Himes & prisons) fresno gone A short story  / Coal, Charcoal, and Chocolate Comedy

Books by Haki Madhubuti  — The Poetry of Don L. Lee

Think Black  / Black PrideWe Walk the Way of the New World  / Directionscore: Selected and New Poems  /  To Gwen with Love

Dynamite Voices I: Black Poets of the 1960s  /  Book of Life  /  From Plan to Planet  /  Enemies: The Clash of Races

Say That the River Turns: The Impact of Gwendolyn Brooks  / Killing Memory, Seeking Ancestors  / Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?

Why L.A. Happened: Implications of the `92 Los Angeles Rebellion  / Claiming Earth: Race, Rage, Rape, Redemption

 Million Man March/Day of Absence: A Commemorative Anthology

Amiri Baraka Files: Baraka Bio  Tales of the Out & the Gone  A Political Evolution  A BAM Roll Call    Black Art    The Revolutionary Theatre   Black Dada Nihilimus             Somebody Blew Up America  Baraka on who blew up america  Praise & Support of Baraka   For Baraka Daughter Killed   Remembering Shani    Home Going Celebration      The Essence of Reparations  and Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems 

LeRoi Jones: Pursued by  Furies  Autobiography of LeRoi Jones  

Amiri Baraka: A Selected Bibliography

Poetry Preface to a Twenty-Volume Suicide Note (1961) / The Dead Lecturer (1964)  / Black Art (1969)  / Black Magic: Collected Poetry 1961-1967 (1969)

It’s Nation Time (1970)  /  Spirit Reach (1972)  / Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka  (1979)  /Confirmation: An Anthology of African-American Women (1983)

The Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader (1991) ed. William J. Harris / Wise Why’s Y’s: The Griot’s Tale (1995) Transbluesency: The Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones (1961-1995) (1995)  /  Funk Lore: New Poems (1984-1995) (1996)  / Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems (2003)


Prose Black Music  /  Home: Social Essays (1966)  / Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing (1969) Raise, Race, Rays, Raze: Essays Since 1965 (1971)

Daggers and Javelins: Essays, 1974-1979 (1984)  / Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka (1984)  / The Music: Reflections on Jazz and Blues (1987)

Conversations with Amiri Baraka (1994)  Eulogies (1996) ed. Michael Schwartz  / Jesse Jackson & Black People (1996)


Drama The Baptism and The Toilet (1967) / Four Black Revolutionary Plays, All Praises to the Black Man (1969)


Fiction  The System of Dante’s Hell (1965) /  Tales (1967) / Three Books by Imamu Amiri Baraka   / Tales of the Out & the Gone

From A Black Perspective: The Poetry of Don L. Lee by Paula Giddings

Black Nationalism in America

Edited by John H. Bracey, Jr., August Meier, & Elliott Rudwick

The Biography of Philip Reid Historical Fiction by Eugene Walton


Books by Albert Murray — South to a Very Old Place  /  Stomping the Blues  /  Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray  From the Briarpatch File: On Context, Procedure, and American Identity  / Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie

Train Whistle Guitar: A Novel   / The Hero and the Blues  / Conversations with Albert Murray  / The Magic Keys  / Seven League Boots / The Spyglass Tree 

The Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement   /  File: A Summer Reading of Albert Murray (Lewis)


Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes


By Jonathan Scott

Scott files: Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes The Niggerization of Palestine The Staying Power of Rap   Remembering to Not Forget

   If White America Had a Bill Cosby   

Reflections on Octavia Butler  Notes on Political Education

Books on the Blues — Houston A. Baker Jr., Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory (1987)

Howard W. Odum and Guy B. Johnson, Negro Workaday Songs (1926) / Samuel Charters, The Country Blues (1959) and The Poetry of the Blues (1963)

Steven Calt, The Country Blues Songbook (1973) / Charles Keil, Urban Blues (1966)  / Peter Guralnick, Feel Like Going Home (1971)

LeRoi Jones, Blues People (1963)  / Steven Tracy, Langston Hughes and the Blues (2001) / Paul Oliver The Story Of The Blues

Jeff Todd Titon, Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis (1995) and Downhome Blues Lyrics: An Anthology from the Post-World War II Era

W. C. Handy. Father of the Blues: An Autobiography / Robert Palmer, Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta

 David Evans Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues / Eric Sackheim, The Blues Line: Blues Lyrics from Leadbelly to Muddy Waters

Houston A. Baker Jr., Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory (1987) / Jonathan Scott, Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes

Why Black Radical Politics Has Failed

Stirrings in the Jug

 Black Politics in the Post-Segregation Era

By Adolph Reed Jr.

Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Family  Edited by Gil L. Robertson, IV A review by Kam Williams

Related files: Where will the leadership on HIVAIDS come from in the black community?

Rough Crossings: Britain the Slaves and the American Revolution By Simon Schama

Liberation Memories

the Rhetoric and Poetics of John Oliver Killens

By Keith Gilyard

 An Interview with Keith Gilyard Liberation Memories

Rose Ure Mezu Index 

Africana Women Intro

Black Nationalists Intro

Homage to My People Intro 

Dog’s Day

a belated note to the editors of

The Norton Anthology of African American Literature

By Alvin Aubert author of Harlem Wrestler

Kola Boof: Long Train to the Redeeming Sin-Stories About African Women  Diary of a Lost Girl Kola Boof Video

Books on Religion

Katherine Clay Bassard, Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, gender, and community in Early African American Writings (Review)

Brian K. Blount, Cultural Interpretations: Reorienting New Testament Criticism  ( Review)

Brian K. Blount, Then the Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics an African American Context (Review)

Freddie C. Colston, ed.,  Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks: Representative Speeches of a Great American Orator (Review) (Contents )

James H. Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation (Review) / James H. Cone, God of the Oppressed (Review)  

James H. Cone, The Spiritual and the Blues: An Interpretation (Review)

Miguel A. De La Torre, The Quest for the Cuban Christ: A Historical Sketch  (ReviewTable of Contents  Foreword  Ajiaco Christianity

Miguel A. De La Torre, Santeria: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Review

Charles R. Foster & Fred Smith, Black Religious Experience: Conversations on Double Consciousness and the Work of Grant Shockle (Review)  Shockley Vita

Justo L. Gonzalez, Manana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective  (Review)

Robert E. Hood, Begrimed and Black: Color Prejudice and the Religious Roots of Racism (Review) Biblio for B and B Intro Contents of B and B   Daedalus Contents  Daedalus Preface  Daedalus Contributors

Stephen Haynes, Noah’s Curse The Biblical Justification for Slavery in America   (Review)

Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Soul Pearls: Worship Resources for the Black Church (ReviewContents

Anthony B. Pinn,  Fortress Introduction to Black Church History (Review)

Anthony B. Pinn, By These Hands: A Documentary History of African American Humanism  (Review)

Anthony B. Pinn, Moral Evil and Redemption Suffering: A History of Theodicy in African-American Religious Thought  (Review)


The Devil’s Garden

By Adrian Matejka Reviewed by Van G. Garrett


Poems by Drisana Deborah Jack

Introduction  saturday night  a poet’s farewell  waterpoem 5

Ronald W. Walters White Nationalism, Black Interests Reviews  Contents Introduction  Legitimacy to Lead  

More Nina Simone:  Bio-Chronology  Four Women  To be Young, Gifted and Black  Well Done, Miss Simone  An Angelic Trio

Unburnable By Marie-Elena John  / Densie Nichols Freshwater Road


Lasana Sekou in Oxford Poetry Book 

and Caribbean Encyclopedia

By Jacqueline Sample

  Haiti 200

A selection of six (6) poems The Salt Reaper      Tortured Fragments  Visit & Fellowship II  Sekou Knighted

Black Girls Learn Love Hard Poems by Ras Baraka

Sample poems #1  #4  There Are Some Black Men

Ralph Garlin Clingan Against Cheap Grace  An Annual Clingan Christmas Letter, 2005 

Encounter of Europe and Native American — Files:  Aristotle and America to 1550  / Pre-Reformation Religious Ideas  /  Indian Question

Books: The Columbian Exchange  (2003) / Europe and the People without History (1982) / Aristotle and the American Indians (1959)  / The Fall of Natural Man: The American Indian and the Origins of Comparative Ethnology (1982)  / The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other (1984)  /  Genesis (1985), Faces and Masks (1987), and Century of the Wind (1988)  /  The Vision of the Vanquished (1977)  /  Maya Society under Colonial Rule: The Collective Enterprise of Survival (1984)  / Huarochiri: An Andean Society under Inca and Spanish Rule (1984)  /  Resistance, Rebellion and Consciousness in the Andean Peasant World, 18th to 20th Centuries (1987)  / Riot, Rebellion and Revolution: Rural Social Conflict in Mexico (1988)  / Indian & Jesuit A Seventh Century Encounter (1982)  / Harvest of Violence: The Maya Indians and the Guatemalan Crisis (1988)  / The first social experiments in America: A study in the development of Spanish Indian policy in the sixteenth century (1964)

Homespun Images

An Anthology of Black Memphis Writers and Artists

Miriam DeCosta-Willis & Fannie Mitchell Delk, Editors

Philip Dotson, Art Editor

Etheridge Knight:  He Sees Through Stone   Once on a Night in the Delta

The Venezuelan Revolution 100 Questions-100 Answers

By Chesa Boudin, Gabriel Gonzalez, and Wilmer Rumbos

Book Reviewed by Amin Sharif 

Snake Walkers By J. Everertt Prewitt    Austin  Reviews Snake Walkers  

 Amin Sharif   Letters from Young Activists Today’s Rebels Speak Out (Review ) 

  Visited Home on Monday  


Update on the Re-Building of New Orleans 

A Report from Mona Lisa Saloy

A Life Won with Blood & Tears (Book Review)

Visited Home on Monday  

 For Frank Fitch  For Daddy V  

 Mother with Me on Canal Street, New Orleans  

Santeria The Beliefs and Rituals  of a Growing Religion in America by Miguel A. De La Torre

Quest for the Cuban Christ   Table of Contents  Foreword  Ajiaco Christianity

A Review of Brian Johnson’s  Du Bois on Reform (2005) Du Bois & Civil Religion Social Role of Black Journalism By Rudolph Lewis

The Death Bound Subject Richard Wright’s Archaeology of Death by Abdul R. JanMohamed

We Flew Over the Bridge The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold

Black Education

A Transformative Research and Action Agenda

for the New Century

Edited by Joyce E. King

More African American Special Days   By Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan Soul Pearls: Worship Resources 

Books by Eldridge Cleaver: Soul on Ice Post-Prison Writings and Speeches  / Target Zero; A Life in Writing  / Conversation with Eldridge Cleaver

Being Black / Education and Revolution / Eldridge Cleaver  / Eldridge Cleaver Is Free  /

Related files: Cleaver Bio   Retrospective on Soul on Ice By Sharif   Cleaver Speaks to Skip Gates   Tearing the Goats Flesh  /  Ishmael Reed’s Preface Maxwell Geismar’s “Introduction”  /  Black Panther Platform & Program  /  Daniel Berrigan on Cleaver


Southern Journey

A Return to the Civil Rights Movement

By Tom Dent

Reviewed by Rudolph Lewis

Hit Me, Fred Recollections of a Sideman by Fred Wesley Jr. / Cotton Field of Dreams By Janis F. Kearney

Focus on African Films  Edited by Francoise Pfaff  

The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship

Edited with an Introduction by Michelle Valerie Ronnick Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Politics of Public Housing Black Women’s Struggles Against Urban Inequality

By Rhonda Y. Williams

Dreaming Underground (Poems)  By Monifa A. Love Winner of the 2003 Naomi Madgett Poetry Award

Ama A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade  By Manu Herbstein 

Dawnsong The Epic Memory of Askia Touré By Askia M. Touré Introduction by Joyce M. Joyce    Rudy Interviews Askia Touré Karibu Books stocks over 6,500 titles in a variety of subjects

Rudy Interviews  Carlyle Van Thompson author of  The Tragic Black BuckRacial Masquerading

 in the American Literary Imagination

Uncle Jeff and His Contempos  The Eternal Linkage of Literature and Society


 Creative Conflict in African-American Thought

Frederick Douglass, Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington

W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey

By Wilson Jeremiah Moses

The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson by Sandra Shannon




Rudy’s Recommended Book List

(Additions forthcoming)



Abby Arthur Johnson & R.M. Johnson’s Propaganda and Aesthetics: The Literary Politics of African-American Magazines  . . .

Adelaide M Cromwell., The Other Brahmins : Boston’s Black Upper Class, 1750-1950.

Adolph Reed Jr., Stirrings in the Jug (Review)

Albert Murray, The Omni-Americans: New Perspectives on Black Experience and American Culture (1970) (Review)

Aldon Lynn Nielson, Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism

Amiri Baraka andLarry Neal, Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing (Review)

Amiri Baraka, Tales of the Out & The Gone: Short Stories  (Review)

Carol Cooper,  Pop Culture Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race: Selected Critical Essays 1979 to 2001 (Review)

Carol E. Henderson, James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain: Historical And Critical Essays. Peter Lang Publishing, 2006.

Caroline Maun, The Sleeping (Review)— ChickenBones Poetry Book for 2006 (read also the poems Katrina   Faceless / The Red Rat Snake / Colors)

Caryl Phillips, A Distant Shore (Review) (Interview with Caryl Phillips)

Charles A. Cerami. Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot (Review)

Chester Himes, The Quality of Hurt (Review)

Dan Poynter, The Self-Publishing Manual: How to Write, Print, and Sell Your Own Book, 15th Edition (Paperback)

Dudley Randall. The Black Poets. (Review)

Eugene B. Redmond. Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, A Critical History (Review)

Frank M. Snowden Jr ., Blacks in Antiquity: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience. Belknap Press, 2005. (Review)

Frank M. Snowden Jr ., Before Color Prejudice: The Ancient View of Blacks. Harvard University Press; Reprint edition, 1991 (Review)

George Kent, Blackness and the Adventure of Western Culture (Review)

Harriet A. Washington Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Houston A. Baker, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance (Review) (Read also, Atlanta Exposition Address)

James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain. Penguin Books New Ed, 2001 (Review)

James Baldwin,  The Fire Next Time. Vintage; Reissue edition, 1992 (Review)

James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son. Beacon Press; Reissue edition 1984 (Review)

James Baldwin,  If Beale Street Could Talk. Vintage; Reprint edition, 2006 (Review)

James Edward Smethurst, The Black Arts Movement Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s (Review)

Jerry W., Ward,  Jr., editor , Trouble the Water (Review)

John H. Bracey, Jr., August Meier, and Elliott Rudwick. Black Nationalism in America. (Review)

John A. Williams and Charles F. Harris, Amistad 2 (Review)

Jonathan Scott Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes. (Review)

Joyce E. King, Black Education (Review)

Julius E. Thompson. Dudley Randall, Broadside Press, and the Black Arts Movement in Detroit, 1960-1995 (Review)

Kalamu ya Salaam with Kwame Alexander, eds.  360° A Revolution of Black Poets. (Review)

Kwame Dawes, Wisteria, Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country (Review) (Tornado Child   Black Funk  Vengeance)

Langston Hughes, ed., New Negro Poets U.S.A. (Review)

Lasana Sekou,  The Salt Reaper – Poems from the Flats  (Review)

Louis Armstrong, Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans  (Excerpts)

Louis Reyes Rivera, Scattered Scripture  (Review)

Marvin X , Land of My Daughters ChickenBones Poetry Book 2005 (Review) (read also poem, What if there was no God but God)

Miriam DeCosta-Willis, The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells (Review)

Mohammed Naseehu Ali, The Prophet of Zongo Street  (Review)

Mona Lisa Saloy,  Red Beans and Ricely Yours (2005)



Nina Simone, I Put a Spell on You  (Review)

Ronald W. Walters, White Nationalism Black Interests (Review )

Rose Ure Mezu , Chinua Achebe: The Man and His Works (Review )(read also, Africana Women   A History of Africana Women’s Literature)

Tom Dent, Southern Journey  (Review)

Tony Bolden, The Book of African-American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters.

Tram Nguyen, We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant America After 9/11 (Commentary)

Wilson Moses, Afrotopia: The Roots of African American Popular History (Review) 

Yambo Ouologuem Bound to Violence (also Bio & Review  The Legend of the Saifs   Night of the Giants)         



More Books Recommendations



Adam Gussow

     Blues Recordings 

     Excerpt of Apprentice    

     Mister Satan’s Apprentice   

     Seems Like Murder Here  Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition


Adeyinka Makinde

     Dick Tiger: The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal A Biography by  — Reviewed by Gavin Evans

     Book Reviews by Adeyinka Makinde Battling Siki / Becoming Something—The Story of Canada Lee

Africa, Love by John Hatch


Afrotopia: The Roots of African American Popular History  by Wilson Jeremiah Moses


After Hours: A Collection of Erotic Writing by Black Men edited by Robert Fleming

     A Selection of the Black Expression Book Club

     Publishers Weekly Review of After Hours (July 15, 2002)

Alberto O. Cappas  

     Cappas Bio   

     Doña Julia 

     Doña Julia and Other Selected Poems  

     Haiti in Puerto Rico 

     Her Borinquen     

     My Home

     Never Too Late to Make a U-Turn

Amiri Baraka

     Amiri Baraka Bio 

     Baraka on who blew up america

     The Essence of Reparations 

     Somebody Blew Up America  & Other Poems

      Somebody Blew Up America (poem)

Anthony B. Pinn

     Black Church History

     By These Hands A Documentary History of African American Humanism

     Moral Evil and Redemption Suffering A History of Theodicy in African-American Religious Thought


Arlene R. Keizer


     Black Subjects Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery


Arthur Flowers

     Another Good Loving Blues

     De Mojo Blues

     Mojo Rising  The Confessions of a 21st-Century Conjureman By  Flowers

     Mojo Rising: 5th Movement

      Rootwork By Patricia R. Schroeder 

     Rootwork and the Prophetic Impulse

     Up Against the Wall in Haiti

 Askia Touré


       Rudy Interviews Askia Touré


Bare Your Soul The Thinking Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment edited by Angela Watrous


Benjamin Looker


BAG “Point from which creation begins” The Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis 


Benjamin Mays


     Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Speaks Edited by Freddie C. Colston


Books on Nathaniel Turner  (1800-1831)

     The Manichean Leitmotif by Arthur Graham

    Nat Turner A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory by Kenneth Greenberg

     Nat Turner Before the Bar of Judgment by Mary Kemp Davis

     Nat Turner’s Tragic Search  by Catherine Hermary-Vielle

     The Rebellious Slave Nat Turner in American Memory by Scot French


Bottom Heights by Irene Nichole Harris


Brent Hayes Edwards


     The Practice of Diaspora Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism


Brian Johnson

     Du Bois & Civil Religion A Review of Du Bois on Reform (2005)


Brian K. Blount

     Cultural Interpretations

     Then the Whisper Put on Flesh New Testament Ethics an African American Context 


Brown Glass Windows a novel by devorah major


Camera Man’s Journey Julian Dimock’s South Edited by Thomas L. Johnson and Nina J. Root


Carol E. Henderson




     Scarring the Black Body Race and Representation in African American Literature


Carol Taylor

Brown Sugar 2 Great One Night Stands A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction

Table of Contents

Carolyn Mattocks

     Black Church

      Essays of W.I.I.T.S. Wisdom, Insight, Inspiration and Truth, Volume I

     Male v. Female    

Caryl Phillips

A Distant Shore

Interview with Caryl Phillips

Charles R. Foster & Fred Smith

     Black Religious Experience Conversations on Double Consciousness a

     Grant Shockley Vita

Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan


     Soul Pearls: Worship Resources  for the Black Church


Cheryl Gittens-Jones

     The Cleansing

     Cleansing Prologue   

     Rememburin’ Queen ‘Lizbeth

Cliff Chandler

     Chandler Bio


     The Paragons

A Conversation with Edwidge Danticat Author of The Dew Breaker


Dan Berger, Chesa Boudin, and Kenyon Farrow

    Letters from Young Activists


Danyel Smith


     More Like Wrestling

Dee Freeman

         Oceans of Love To Us From Us    Table of Contents

                 The Journey   To Us From Us  Love in the Flesh  Who Am I? Ain’t I Somebody Too  I Weep 

       Poetry She Wrote I Oh Magnify Him


Drisana Deborah Jack

     Skin  Introduction  saturday night  a poet’s farewell  waterpoem 5


DuEwa M. Frazier 

     Born Remembering   

     Haiku #7

     To Hope For 

E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson

     Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology

Essie P. Knuckle and Mittie P. Glymph

     Other People’s Rotten Kids

Etta Mae Ladson


     Strange Land Songs   Sonnet #1  Sonnet #2

Fred Wesley Jr.

     Hit Me, Fred

Gwendolyn Brooks


     Black Love


     Duke Ellington


     In Montgomery and Other Poems


Ira Berlin

     Charles B. Dew Review   Generations of Captivity Reviews 


     Generations of Captivity A History of African American Slaves

     Many Thousands Gone

James W. Loewen


     Sundown Towns A Hidden Dimension of American Racism — Book Review by Kam Williams


Jamin B. Raskin


     Jamin Raskin Bio  

     Overruling Democracy Contents

     Overruling Democracy The Supreme Court vs. The American People


 J. Angelo Corlett

     Race, Racism & Reparations


J. Everertt Prewitt

     Austin  Reviews Snake Walkers  

     Snake Walkers


Jill Nelson

     Media & Tour

     Interview with Jill Nelson 

     Sexual Healing


Joan Martin




     More Than Chains and Toil A Christian Work Ethic of Enslaved Women


John Stauffer 


     Black Hearts of Men Contents

     The Black Hearts of Men  Radical Abolitionists  and the Transformation of Race 

     Introduction, The Black Hearts of Men

     More Review

The Jones Family Express by Javaka Steptoe


Journey to the Motherland by Larry Uklai Johnson-Redd


Joyce E. King

     Black Education


Julianne Malveaux & Regina A. Green



     The Paradox of Loyalty An African American Response to the War on Terrorism

     Table of Contents  


Kam Williams Reviews

     Sundown Towns

 Kam Williams Interviews Kola Boof  Diary of a Lost Girl     Revisiting a Banner Year for Black Writers Deal with the Devil  Maxine Waters        Rough Crossings      Gore Goes Off     Election Day Returns


Kamau Daáood


   DANCING IN A BOOK’S ARMS  Review of The Language of Saxophones: Selected Poems  

     Zillion Tambourines  

     The Language of Saxophones    

     Los Angeles

Karla FC Holloway

     Karla Responds to to Questions  

     Memorial to Family Business   Other Reviews  

     Passed on African American Mourning Stories A Memorial

     Press Release  

Funeral Sermon, Virginia Style (Related file)

Katherine Dunham Dancing a Life by Joyce Aschenbreener

Kenneth S. Greenberg

Nat Turner A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory edited by Kenneth S. Greenberg

News from Oxford University Press –For Immediate Release

Table of Contents for Nat Turner: Slave Rebellion . . .


 Keith Medley

     We as Freemen Plessy v. Ferguson

     Plessy v Ferguson Court

     Seat of Honor — Homer Plessy  

Kirk Byron Jones

The Jazz of Preaching How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy

lasana m. sekou

     Haiti 200

     Lasana Sekou in Oxford Poetry Book 

     The Salt Reaper 

     A selection of six (6) poems  

     Tortured Fragments   

     Visit & Fellowship II 

Latorial Faison

     2002 Nat Turner Poetry Prize


     Immaculate Perceptions (Cross Keys Press, 2002


     Sounds of Blackness    

     When We Were Poor     

Leonard Shlain

The Alphabet Versus The Goddess The Conflict Between Word & Image



 Sex Time and Power  

Sex, Time, and Power Contents

Tour Cities and Dates 

The Lie That Unraveled the World The Relevance of Alice Walker, the Mundo

& By The Light of My Father’s Smile by Rudolph Lewis


Louis Chude-Sokei



     The “Last Darky”: Bert Williams


Louis Reyes Rivera

    (compulsion strikes the witness)

     Inside the river of poetry

     jorge’s journey

    Scattered Scripture

     Writers’ Workshop       


Luticia Santipriya


     The Ipuwer Chronicles



Magnificent Montague with Bob Baker

     The Autobiography of Magnificent Montague

Manthia Diawara


     Diawara Preface

     We Won’t Budge An African Exile in the World


Marie-Elena John




Marcus Harris


    Poems from Songs in Search of a Voice

    Songs in Search of a Voice


Margaret Walker



     Conversations with Margaret Walker edited by Maryemma Graham

Marvin X Table 

     Land of My Daughters 

Meet Julius Carmichael; First Day Blues by Jonathan Carroll

Meri Nana-Ama Danquah


     Shaking the Tree A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women

     Table of Contents

Michelle Valerie Ronnick

     The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough


Miguel A. De La Torre

     Ajiaco Christianity


     The Quest for the Cuban Christ  A Historical Search

     Santeria: The Beliefs and Rituals

     Table of Contents    

Milton Allimadi

     The Hearts of Darkness 

     Inventing Africa: New York Times

     Times Cocted Darkest Africa  

Miriam DeCosta-Willis & Fannie Mitchell Delk

     Homespun Images

Mona Lisa Saloy

    A Life Won with Blood & Tears (Book ReviewRed Beans and Ricely Yours (2005)


Naomi Ayala Bio 

     Chicken Bones (poem)

     CreeCree (poem)


     Puerto Rico University (poem)

     Purification  (poem)

     Reading At Montgomery College April 2, 2003, 7 p.m


      Who Am I?  (poem)

Noah’s Curse The Biblical Justification for Slavery in America  by Stephen Haynes


One Woman, One Hustle By Sheri Booker


Open Gate An Anthology of Haitian Creole Poetry (2001) by Paul Laraque and Jack Hirschman 


Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

     After All the Flame by Randy Wells

     Becoming Ebony  

     In the Begnning  

     Monrovia Women


     This is What I Tell My Daughter   

Paul C. Gutjahr

An American Bible A History of the Good Book  in the United States, 1777-1880

Table of Contents

Paul Kingsnorth

One No, Many Yeses  A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement

A Shattered Dream “The ANC bought into a very one-sided Faustian pact.”


Paula M. Patton-Ross


     Book Review 

     Miss LeReba’s Potato Salad

     Tell Me Where Poem  

Race, Racism & Reparations by J. Angelo Corlett


Ralph Garlin Clingan


     Against Cheap Grace

    An Annual Clingan Christmas Letter, 2005 


Raquel Z. Rivera


     New York Ricans  from the Hip Hop Zone

     Rivera Vitae

     Table of Contents   

Rhonda Y. Williams

The Politics of Public Housing Black Women’s Struggles Against Urban Inequality

Robert W. Fuller


     Somebodies and Nobodies Overcoming the Abuse of Rank

     Table of Contents

Ronald W. Walters



     Legitimacy to Lead


     White Nationalism, Black Interests Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community


Rose Ure Mezu  Index 

     Africana Women

     Africana Women Intro

     Black Nationalists Intro

     Homage to My People Intro 


Ruth Needleman

     Black Freedom Fighters in Steel The Struggle For Democratic Unionism


     A Review by Steve Early  


Sandra Shannon

     The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson  


Scot French

     A Conversation with Scot French

     The Rebellious Slave


Sheree R. Thomas


     Dark Matter Reading the Bones 


Stacey Tolbert

     Baring My Soul  

     Breaking Down        

     Elvis at the dinner party   

     Fantasy Island  

     For Sisters Who Hate Fast Food 

     Kool Aid

Stephen Haynes

     Noah’s Curse The Biblical Justification for Slavery in America  


Summerhill Seven

     Hang Time!

     Notes of a Neurotic

Ted Wilson


     Celebrating the Release

     Introduction by Amiri Baraka

     Mobutu and Zaire 

     The Protector

     A Real Long Look

     Slo’ Dance 

     Slo Dance Table  


Terry O’Neal


     Bio Terry a O’Neal  

     Here I Go Again   

     my backyard

     The Poet Speaks In Black 


To ‘Joy My Freedom Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors by Tera W. Hunter


Related files: Vanishing Washerwoman Washerwomen  Sons & Daughters  Amanda Smith Autobiography  Washerwomen in Brooklyn   Washer-Woman Poem   Washerwomen in Baltimore


Tom Dent

     Southern Journey


Walter Mosley


What Next A Memoir Toward World Peace 


Walter White

     Letter from Eleanor on Lynching

     White: The Biography  of Walter White, Mr. NAACP by Kenneth Janken

     Walter White on Lynching  

Wilson Jeremiah Moses

     Afrotopia: The Roots of African American Popular History

     Creative Conflict in African-American Thought

       The Eternal Linkage of Literature and Society 

       Teflon Sense of History

       Uncle Jeff and His Contempos   


Yambo Ouologuem

     Bio & Review


     The Legend of the Saifs  

     Night of the Giants


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