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ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



ChickenBones: A Journal is a dynamic website; materials are being added daily and there is

always something surprisingly new. But we also have visitors from over 75 countries

(all six inhabitable continents) a month who come to ChickenBones. Persons in Canada,

the UK, Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, France, China are the most frequent visitors



ChickenBones: A Journal

“Empowering the Community Towards a Literary Lifestyle”


Poetry in the Rhythm of Life

A Benefit & Scholarship Luncheon


The Michael D. Terry Memorial Scholarship

c/o The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts

& ChickenBones: A Journal

November 22, 2003 — 2pm – 6pm

Donation: $15


Yvonne Terry — 410-396-6394


From Interstate 83 South, Take the 28th Street Exit

Remain on 28th to Greenmont Avenue

Turn left on Greenmont

Turn Right on 33rd Street

Turn Left onto Ellerslie Avenue

Waverly Elementary is on Left 

A Report  from the Editor

This November 2003 ChickenBones: A Journal will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary (with the above event). We went online Fall 200l. Though it has been a short period of time, it has been a wonderful and phenomenal journey. Those who direct the activities are a small group of six devoted individuals residing in Baltimore, Maryland: Amin Sharif, Kinya Kiongozi, Yvonne Terry, Keith “Bilal” Shortridge, Ernestine Holley, and me. These individuals have contributed financial resources from their shallow pockets and a great deal of time and energy to make ChickenBones a success.

Of course, there has been a great corps of writers and artists who have contributed their writings and work to make ChickenBones one of the most extraordinary sites dedicated to the free, independent, and noncommercial transmission of inaccessible information to the broadest number of people. Presently, we have over 1500 text files and over 15,000 image files that create one of the more informative, attractive websites on the Internet. Moreover, we have bridged a lot of gaps between writers and writers, writers and artists, and writers and readers, and so on. We are pleased with the service and sacrifice that all have made. But there is still much to do.

The November 22 Benefit “Poetry in the Rhythm of Life” is our first effort to broaden the financial base to support ChickenBones: A Journal. It has become a necessity. Our online journal has grown in traffic at a much faster rate than we anticipated. From January through June 2003, we averaged over a 1000 visitors a day. There were steady increases month by month and we began to receive warnings of traffic overages from our ISP and in July 2003 we had over 38,000 visitors and over 460,000 hits. For the year at that time, over 247,000 visitors and over 2.6 million hits. Presently (22 Oct.), we have had over 400,000 visitors and over 4 million hits.

The penalty for the overage for July was over $100. Instead of paying the penalty we decided to go from our Bronze plan to the ISP’s Silver Plan, which provided us 2.5 gigs more of transfer. That suited us fine for August: we ended the month with over 40,000 visitors and over 435,000 hits.

The September 2003 traffic of ChickenBones: A Journal leapt forward by over a 1,000 visitors a day. It seems many students learned about ChickenBones on their return to school and they have found it a great resource and they are coming back daily. For our website is a dynamic website; materials are being added daily and there is always something surprisingly new. But we also have visitors from over 75 countries (all six inhabitable continents) a month who come to ChickenBones. Persons in Canada, the UK, Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, France, China are the most frequent visitors. But there also visitors from South Africa and Zimbawe; Hong Kong and Brazil; India and Israel.

In September we averaged over 2100 visitors per day and over 19,000 hits a day. Thus ending the month with over 64,000 visitors and over 580,000 hits. There was another overage and a penalty of $66. Our Silver Plan was not sufficient to deal with the traffic. We expect the traffic to the site for October to be similar to September. At this writing (22 Oct.), for the month, we have had over 53,000 visitors and 420,000 hits. So it again looks as if we will go over 64,000 visitors for October.

In short, we need help from friends, writers, and artists to help us in our efforts to sustain ChickenBones: A Journal. We have need to go to the ISP’s Gold Plan. We need your help. And there is much to be done. Help us to sustain our momentum and service. 

If you cannot attend the November 22 event, Support ChickenBones: A Journal with your donation. Donations of any amount should be made out to ChickenBones: A Journal. Please send your check or money order to: 

We look forward to our continued cooperation and collaboration. As ever and always, Rudy

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We served a great audience in 2006: nearly 2 million sessions; over 3.3 million pageviews. In 2007, we still need your active financial support. ChickenBones is adding and supporting daily new and established writers, scholars and publishers. We are a unique and fresh experience in Internet publishing.  Our Black Arts  files are growing and including table of contents of anthologies of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s out of publication and not on the Internet.  We have archival material that is difficult to access. We have current African writers and a Nigerian audience. We have religionists of every stripe, including Turks and atheists, too. We have articles and materials still on the site published 5 years ago. We have free access. Artists, writers, publishers want to be on ChickenBones because google and other search engines put their work in the top ten hits. But they are lax in their financial support. I cannot accomplish what we do alone: we need your continuing support. Please send in your donations, today, encourage your friends, also.  Help Save ChickenBones

Sessions: Date Range: 1 January 2011 – 3 December 2011

Range Total: 1,434,688 Monthly Average: 119,557.33

Page Views Date Range:  1 January 2011 – 3 December 2011

Range Total:, 4,344,018  Monthly Average: 362,001.50

Send contributions to: ChickenBones: A Journal /  2005 Arabian Drive / Finksburg, MD 21048  

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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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Nina Simone—Go to Hell

Go to Hell

                      Lyrics by Nina Simone  

If your mind lies in the Devil’s workshop Evil-doin’s your thrill And trouble and mischief is all you live for You know damn well That you’ll go to hell (yeah) You’ll go to hell Now you’re living high and mighty Rich off the fat of the land Just don’t dispose of your natural soul ‘cos if you do you know damn well That you’ll go to hell (yes, you will) You’ll go to hell Hell Where your natural soul burns Hell Where you pay for your sins Hell Keep your children from doing wrong (if you can) ‘cos you know damn well That they’ll go to hell They’ll go to hell Hell Man, woman were created Hell To live for eternity Hell With an apple they ate from the tree of hate So you know damn well Oh… they went to hell (yes, they did) They went to hell Some say that hell is below us But I say it’s right by my side ‘cos you see evil in the morning Evil in the evening, all the time You know damn well That we all must be in hell We got to be in hell We all must be in hell We must be in hell.

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For July 1st through August 31st 2011  


#1 – Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark #2 – Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree #3 – Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane #4 – Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper #5 – Stackin’ Paper 2 Genesis’ Payback by Joy King #6 – Thug Lovin’ (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark #7 – When I Get Where I’m Going by Cheryl Robinson #8 – Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby #9 – The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 – Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

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#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

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#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King

#20 – Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey

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#1 – Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable #2 – Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans #3 – Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane #4 – Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper #5 – Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant #6 – Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey #7 – The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight #8 – The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing #9 – The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 – John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 – Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 –The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 – Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can’t Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 – Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 – John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 – Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 – 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino #23 – Chicken Soup for the Prisoner’s Soul by Tom Lagana #24 – 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 – Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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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. Wilderson’s observations about love within and across the color line and cultural divides are as provocative as his politics; despite some distracting digressions, this is a riveting memoir of apartheid’s last days.—Publishers Weekly

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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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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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery /

George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 — The Founding of Haiti 

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update 25 December 2011




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