ChickenBones A Journal as Historic Website

ChickenBones A Journal as Historic Website


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



The United States Library of Congress has selected your site for inclusion in its historic collections of Internet materials. The Library’s traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people to foster education and scholarship



ChickenBones: A Journal as Historic Website

Collected by Library of Congress



6 April 2006

To preserve and make available more widely access to the contents of ChickenBones: A Journal (, I have agreed to allow the Library of Congress to collect content from our web site  to “make this collection available to researchers onsite at Library facilities” and to make it  “available to offsite researchers by hosting the collection on the Library’s public access site.” This agreement was made with no stipulations other than that which is found below in their statement. Our website contains short stories, folklore, essays, sermons, a play, letters, reports, poems, emails, discussions, reviews, etc.—Rudy

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That’s good news, Rudy, and an indication of the value of the site to researchers.—Miriam

Dear Rudy, Congratulations.  Let those who have been most unkind to you now grow post-Katrina green with regrets.—Peace and brotherhood, Jerry

Congratulations Rudy, You work hard on ChickenBones, and it deserves to be preserved.—Latorial

Another reason I say keep the faith and do—lmsekou


I’m proud of how far ChickenBones has come. I know you are proud as well. Be blessed—Yvonne

Hello Rudy my brother, Congratulations to you on being included in the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. That is a unique form of appreciation for Chickenbones Online Magazine, making ChickenBones an official  standout example of an excellent and outstanding online magazine.—Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd,  geocities

Good day, Rudy, Congratulations on having your website chosen for inclusion in the Library of Congress network. This is certainly an acknowledgement of the importance of the materials you have been providing  up until now. It will also make these materials more widely diffused. I am not sure if this means a new surge of visitors directly to your own site but I presume it will, surpassing the impressive number of viewers you have already.Best wishes for this new honor.—Fr. Zilonka

Congratulations!!!!—Fred D. Mason, Jr. President, Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO,

Good move. Slwest


Hey now Rudy, Heartfelt congratulations Rudy on this GREAT NEWS!  Your earnest and sincere work is being recognized.  Wonderful news! Have been traveling a LOT!  Have slept in my own bed very little as a result.  Will forward the flyer of where I am (BR) and for what.  Yeah You!  Continued good fortune in all you do.Red Beans and Ricely Thankful and Hopeful,—Mona Lisa Well Done,  Rudy glad to see the recognition due your website.—Peace and Love, Buggy

EXCELLENT!!!!!  I didn’t realize that they invited scholars to become part of their archives!—Jennifer

Hey Rudy! I’ve been wondering how you’ve been, and apologize for not staying in touch. School has gotten hectic, blah blah! How are you? Looks like you’ve moved up to the next level with this phase! How did this come about?? anyway, it’s great that more perspectives of the Black and “minority” experience will be more accessible to those who are interested.—best wishes  cynthia

posted 7 July 2006

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

#10 – Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

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

#12 – Don’t Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 – Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

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

#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 – Purple Panties: An Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King

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

#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

#23 – Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

#24 – Married Men by Carl Weber

#25 – I Dreamt I Was in Heaven – The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter


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#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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Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007

By Matthew Wasniewski

Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007— beautifully prepared volume—is a comprehensive history of the more than 120 African Americans who have served in the United States Congress. Written for a general audience, this book contains a profile of each African-American Member, including notables such as Hiram Revels, Joseph Rainey, Oscar De Priest, Adam Clayton Powell, Shirley Chisholm, Gus Hawkins, and Barbara Jordan. Individual profiles are introduced by contextual essays that explain major events in congressional and U.S. history. Part I provides four chronologically organized chapters under the heading “Former Black Members of Congress.” Each chapter provides a lengthy biographical sketch of the members who served during the period addressed, along with a narrative historical account of the era and tables of information about the Congress during that time. Part II provides similar information about current African-American members. There are 10 appendixes providing tabular information of a variety of sorts about the service of Black members, including such things as a summary list, service on committees and in party leadership posts, familial connections, and so forth. The entire volume is 803 large folio pages in length and there are many illustrations. The book should be part of every library and research collection, and congressional scholars may well wish to obtain it for their personal libraries.—Pictures—including rarely seen historical images—of each African American who has served in Congress—Bibliographies and references to manuscript collections for each Member—Statistical graphs and charts

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Faces At The Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism

By Derrick Bell

In nine grim metaphorical sketches, Bell, the black former Harvard law professor who made headlines recently for his one-man protest against the school’s hiring policies, hammers home his controversial theme that white racism is a permanent, indestructible component of our society. Bell’s fantasies are often dire and apocalyptic: a new Atlantis rises from the ocean depths, sparking a mass emigration of blacks; white resistance to affirmative action softens following an explosion that kills Harvard’s president and all of the school’s black professors; intergalactic space invaders promise the U.S. President that they will clean up the environment and deliver tons of gold, but in exchange, the bartering aliens take all African Americans back to their planet. Other pieces deal with black-white romance, a taxi ride through Harlem and job discrimination. Civil rights lawyer Geneva Crenshaw, the heroine of Bell’s And We Are Not Saved (1987), is back in some of these ominous allegories, which speak from the depths of anger and despair. Bell now teaches at New York University Law School.—Publishers Weekly /  Derrick Bell Law Rights Advocate  Dies at 80

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The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance

Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity—and What We Can Do About It

By Les Leopold

How could the best and brightest (and most highly paid) in finance crash the global economy and then get us to bail them out as well? What caused this mess in the first place? Housing? Greed? Dumb politicians? What can Main Street do about it? In The Looting of America, Leopold debunks the prevailing media myths that blame low-income home buyers who got in over their heads, people who ran up too much credit-card debt, and government interference with free markets. Instead, readers will discover how Wall Street undermined itself and the rest of the economy by playing and losing at a highly lucrative and dangerous game of fantasy finance. He also asks some tough questions:  Why did Americans let the gap between workers’ wages and executive compensation grow so large? Why did we fail to realize that the excess money in those executives’ pockets was fueling casino-style investment schemes? Why did we buy the notion that too-good-to-be-true financial products that no one could even understand would somehow form the backbone of America’s new, postindustrial economy? How do we make sure we never give our wages away to gamblers again? And what can we do to get our money back? In this page-turning narrative (no background in finance required) Leopold tells the story of how we fell victim to Wall Street’s exotic financial products. Readers learn how even school districts were taken in by “innovative” products like collateralized debt obligations, better known as CDOs, and how they sucked trillions of dollars from the global economy when they failed. They’ll also learn what average Americans can do to ensure that fantasy finance never rules our economy again. The Economy

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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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