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A Theory of Justice: Revised Edition

 By John Rawls

Since it appeared in 1971, John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice has become a classic. The author has now revised the original edition to clear up a number of difficulties he and others have found in the original book. Rawls aims to express an essential part of the common core of the democratic tradition—justice as fairness—and to provide an alternative to utilitarianism, which had dominated the Anglo-Saxon tradition of political thought since the nineteenth century.  Rawls substitutes the ideal of the social contract as a more satisfactory account of the basic rights and liberties of citizens as free and equal persons. “Each person,” writes Rawls, “possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override.” Advancing the ideas of Rousseau, Kant, Emerson, and Lincoln, Rawls’s theory is as powerful today as it was when first published. . . . His student Samuel Freeman says that Rawls’s work will be recognized “for centuries to come.” Rawls received both the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy and the National Humanities Medal in 1999, the latter presented by President Bill Clinton, in recognition of how Rawls’ work “helped a whole generation of learned Americans revive their faith in democracy itself.—Wikipedia

Lonely Woman (Poem by Kalamu ya Salaam) / Let’s Have Some Fun  & the past predicts the future / What Renaissance?

Kalamu ya Salaam: A Primary Bibliography  /  Young, Gifted, and Black  Kalamu ya Salaam : Alabama   /  Clifford Brown: You Get Used to It 

Top Ten Catholic Teachings Santorum Ignores

By Juan Cole

Can Soldiers Tell Us Anything about Lincoln?By Chandra M. Manning

Louis Reyes Rivera Made His Transition  / Federalist and Fourteenth Amendment

James Forman: Talking about George Wallace  /Forman: SNCCJames Forman: Discussion with Martin Luther King, Jr.  /  James Forman: Becoming an Honor Student


Being a Maid By James McBride 

Say it Loud: Poems about James Brown

Edited by Michael Oatman and Mary E. Weems

Preface by Lamont B. Steptoe

Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty ( John M. Barry)

Fifty Influential Figures in African-American History  / A Caring and Just Society  (President Barack Obama) / 50 Fascinating Facts for Women’s History Month

King: Montgomery to Memphis  /  Pogus Caesar—Portrait Of Handworth riot in 1985  /  Rage Against The Machine—Revolution in The Head


Time to Repair the Constitution’s Flaws

By Sanford Levinson

Open Letter to Ed Schultz, MSNBC

The Scandal at Penn State

 By Wilson J. Moses

 Interview with Arundhati Roy  / The Liberal Republicanism of Gordon Wood (Hayward)

Wyclef Jean in live jamming battle with LucreciaKamau Daoud recites poem for Horace Tapscott  / Kamau Daaood  Poem for John Coltrane  /  Blacks Will Never Gain Wealth Parity

Richie Havens: Freedom Woodstock 1969 / Strawberry Fields Forever / Here Comes the Sun / All Along the Watchtower  / Handsome Johnny

Poet-Bashing Police

By Robert Hass

Bankster Coup d’etat

By Junious Ricardo Stanton

The Benefit and The Burden: Tax Reform: Why We Need It and What It Will Take (Bruce Bartlett)

Anastacia Tolbert: Kool Aid   Elvis at the dinner party   Breaking Down  Anatacia’s Lament  Baring My Soul   Fantasy Island   Sisters Who Hate Fast Food  Sonia’s Song  What’s Goin On 

Martin Luther King Jr. on Malcolm X  /  NGOs, an extension of US foreign policyBaby Doc Duvalier returns to Haiti  /  After Midnight—Coleman Hawkins

 Amin Sharif   Etta James: The Caged Bird Sings

       White Dog (Amin Sharif)

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

Film Review by Kam Williams

HBO Exposé Sheds Light on African Country’s Violence against Women

Kalamu ya Salaam :   in the hot house of black poetry another furious flowering

 Part I / Part II  /  Part III  /  Part IV  / What Is Black Poetry

Strange Fruit in Jena  /  Strange Fruit  / Lynching Index Without Sanctuary  /  A Time of Terror  / Lynching of James Cameron  / Strange Fruit  /  The Blues Are Brewin’ 

Marvin X: On Driving While Black in Post Racial Texas / Oakland, Toward Radical Spirituality  / Death from the Loss of Desire

  Ancestors and Spirituality   / Love and Spirituality //

Monkeys and Stimulus Bills (A ChickenBones Forum) / A Dialogic Forum on Cosmic Evil

An Open Letter to President Obama (Lewis) / Poetry and National Security  (Lorenzo Thomas) /


Jerry Ward: Table & Bio  Where is the French Obama?  /  The Narrative Does Not End  /   “The End of the Black American Narrative”

THE KATRINA PAPERS    Trouble the Water  The Katrina Papers  Making Peace with the Loss of Things     After the Hurricanes

Portrait of a Suicide/Death in Yellow Flooding      Dreamers Die Young; Dreams Die Eventually   NOLA SPEAKS   August 18-20, 2006: Returning to the Sources

Shaping Culture through Public Art

By Carolyn Warfield

 Center of 19th Century Textile History

Potential & Extraordinary Rendition

Poems by Ayodele Nzinga

Malik Zulu Shabazz, New Black Panther Chairman 

Speaks on Everything from Obama to Gaza

Interview by Kam Williams


Kalamu ya Salaam: What Is Life: Reclaiming the Black Blues Self  and  360° A Revolution of Black Poets  and  in a mississippi juke joint

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Okonkwo’s Curse

 Relevance of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

A Discussion by Dr. Rose Ure Mezu & Rudolph Lewis

The Immortal Henrietta Lacks

Faith, Cancer, Death, Racism, Science, and Ethics

A Research Sampling by Rudolph Lewis

Old School Music  (Love My Oldies) / Nigerian Elections 2007 (S. Okechukwu Mezu)

A Statement of Racism & Racial Oppression: “The virtuous aspirations of our children must be continually checked by the knowledge that no matter how upright their conduct, they will be looked upon as less worthy than the lowest wretch who wears a white skin. Daily Star (Alabama) 21 May 1867 [James S. Allen, Reconstruction: The Battle for Democracy (1937), pp. 237-238]

 Act Like We Know (Baraka) The Parade of Anti Obama Rascals (Baraka)


Grant Creates Nat Turner Rebellion Tour (Linda McNatt)

Lucille Clifton Still Missed and Always Loved (Jeffers) / The Black Beauty and the Beast (Giles)

Our Health System Better Than  Sudan’s?  (David Morse)  / Black Destiny and William Bennett 

African America  A Fourth World  /  

 Slavery and the American Economy

On the Responsibility of Intellectuals (Rivers)  /  Nigeria This House Is Not For Sale! (Ugochukwu)

365 Facts in Black Economic History (Julianne Malveaux )  / Minstrelsy and White Expectations (Lewis)

Ngugi: A Glimpse into African Consciousness   / Gramsci”s Black Marx   (Wilderson)

The 10 Best Black Books of 2010 (Non-Fiction) (Kam Williams)   / 4 Closure Poems (Weems)

Rethinking Black Liberation (Marable)  / An Unmistakable Shade of Red & The Obama Chronicles 


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Yelli—Baka women yodelers  /  Amanda Mutamba Muhunde—Africa’s rape victims   /  Liberia’s first postwar generation starts school  /  K’naan—Wavin’ Flag

The MatrixPresident’s Forum with Young African Leaders   /  Troy Davis about to be killed by the state of Georgia  / Eduardo Galeano: Mirrors: Stories


Soledad OBrien at Ground Zero

Japan’s Triple Crisis Interview with Kam Williams

Nuclear Nightmare: Disaster in Japan

By Ralph Nader

Confessions of Walter Cotton  /  For Walter Cotton, Outlaw  / Another Good Loving Blues Essay  /  Beyond the Skin Trade  (Victor Lavalle)

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

 Satchel Paige Sports TableHaiti Makes Its Case for ReparationsMarxism and the Monks  / The Obamas and Washington DC Statehood

Tea Party Nationalism: A Critical Examination of the Tea Party Movement

and the Size, Scope, and Focus of Its National Factions

By Devin Burghart, Leonard Zeskind, and Charles Tanner Jr.

Prisoner Advocate Elaine Brown on Georgia Prison Strike   /  Fela Kuti on Colonial mentality  /  Fela Kuti—Look and Laugh  /  Memphis Minnie—Dirty Mother for You

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

Love Letter to Gay and Lesbian Youth

A Look Inside Baraka’s The Toilet By Marvin X


Feminist Africa

How Africom contributes to militarisation in Africa


Griot Tradition in the Americas by Mwatabu S. Okantah


Privatizing VA medical care

Another Tea Party attack against blacks, Latinos, and poor whites

By Jean Damu

What White Publishers Won’t Print (Hurston)


The Characteristics of Negro Expression (Hurston)


 Amite County   Beginning   Kish Mir Tuchas    Black Power   A Tribute to Kwame Toure/Stokely Carmichael


 Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African-Americans

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


Why isn’t Washington paying what it owes to black farmers?

By Chris Kromm

The Real Story of Racism at the USDA  / Black farmers, Indians closer to US settlement

Crew from Oakland Dancing in the Rain!  / Cuba: An African Odyssey  /  Miles Davis – Bye Bye Blackbird ’56 Erykah Badu—Window Seat

The Fifth Element: Send Forth the Word!  /  The First Time I Heard Billie (Sharif)

Poetry and National Security  (Lorenzo Thomas) /

  Ancestors and Spirituality   / Love and Spirituality 

(Marvin X)

ChickenBones Black Arts and Black Power Figures (Compiled by Rudolph Lewis)

Age of the Terminator

Beyond Resistance and Salvation

Letter to Seneca Turner on the New Way

By Floyd W. Hayes, III

Liberated Territory

Untold Local Perspectives on the Black Panther Party

By Yohuru Williams and Jama Lazerow

Reviewed by Dr. Floyd W. Hayes, III

Seneca Turner’s Thoughts upon Revisiting Hip Ho

Bio-Chronology of Sun Ra Composer and Arranger      The Cosmic Equations of Sun Ra Arkestra  / Happy Birthday Sun Ra

Responses to Post-Midterm Elections  /Open Note to President Barack Obama (Jerry W. Ward, Jr.)


They’re Counting on Your Silence, on Amnesia

Speech by President Barack Obama

Bowie State University / Bowie, Maryland

The History of White People ( Nell Irvin Painter)  / President Obama Announces Vote 2010

Dianne Reeves & Russell Malone—Embraceable You  / Dianne Reeves and Casandra Wilson—Come Together / Dianne Reeves—You go to my head

Feminist Africa: How Africom contributes to militarisation in Africa  /  Lizz Wright—Old Man  /  Lizz Wright—Stop  /  Lizz Wright—Hit The Ground

Is Your Hair Like Mine?‏

I had to fwd this one.

I left the comments of friends:

I had nothing better to add . . .

Here is an image of humility: 

a scene of empowerment. 

There is only ONE picture.

Many of us still can’t believe our eyes,

understand how unreal to every

little black boy and how each sees

every day for the rest of their lives.

That what change means . . .     Little boy visiting the White House. He wants

to feel Obama’s hair. He wants to know if the

President’s hair feels just like his. Obama obliges.


                                         Found poem, 10 June 2009

Jazz Poems by Roger Singer  / Global News: Politics—Literature & the Arts

Winnie Mandela accuses Nelson of ‘betraying’ the blacks of South Africa

“This name Mandela is an albatross around the necks of my family. You all must realise that [Nelson] Mandela was not the only man who suffered. There were many others, hundreds who languished in prison and died, Mrs [Winnie] Mandela said. [Nelson] Mandela did go to prison and he went in there as a young revolutionary but look what came out,’ she told the London Evening Standard. [Nelson] Mandela let us down. He agreed to a bad deal for the blacks. Economically we are still on the outside. The economy is very much ‘white’. “It has a few token blacks, but so many who gave their life in the struggle have died unrewarded. . . . ‘I cannot forgive him for going to receive the Nobel [Peace Prize in 1993] with his jailer [FW] de Klerk. Hand in hand they went. Do you think de Klerk released him from the goodness of his heart. . . . ‘He had to. The times dictated it, the world had changed, and our struggle was not a flash in the pan, it was bloody to say the least and we had given rivers of blood. I had kept it alive with every means at my disposal.”

Mrs [Winnie] Mandela was married for 38 years – although they were only together for five of these.  She also criticised the Truth and Reconciliation Committee – which she appeared before in 1997 – and implicated her for “gross violations of human rights. ‘Look at this Truth and Reconciliation charade. . . . What good does the truth do? How does it help to anyone to know where and how their loved ones are killed or buried?”  DailyMail

The Art of Tom Dent  / Tom Dent Bio  / Jessie Covington Dent  /  My Father Is Dead  / Southern Journey     Niyi Files: I am Alive  / Osundare’s Universe of Burdens  /  Niyi Niyi Osundare (poem) /   Katrina New Orleans Flood Index  

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

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

Amiri Baraka’s “Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)”  /  Tribute to Artist Jacob Lawrence Painting “Duke Ellington” by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Kwanzaa 2009

 Pre-Kwanzaa Expo, Celebration Set For Dec. 15 In East St. Louis

Eighty Moods of Maya  / Images and Homages: “Memwars” 

Eugene B. Redmond Table  The Practical Significance of Kwanzaa

Dhu’l Nun  / The Three Alis  / Luqman  / The Name of Allah Be Round  / The Ways of Women   /  Merchant of Baghdad  / Isaac in Heaven: An Interview

The Complexity of Iraq  /

Islam Needs a Martin Luther /

Open Letter to Dr. Hussein Shahristani  /

At Fitnah

Mary E. Weems Table /  4 Closure Poems / Mary Weems on YouTube  / Nomination  / Marvin X, Essays on Education (e-Book)

How the U.S. Impoverished Haiti (Jean Damu) / Also Poems on Haiti by Marvin X, Ayodele Nzinga, and  Dr. Rose Ure Mezu

Jean Saint-Vil of Canada Haiti Action is interviewed by Pat Van Horne / New Orlean’s Heart is in Haiti

No, Mister! You Cannot Share My Pain! (John Maxwell)   / The hate and the quake (Sir Hilary Beckles)

R. Dwayne Betts. A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (2009): At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts—a good student from a lower-middle-class family—carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. In Virginia, carjacking is a “certifiable” offense, meaning that Dwayne would be treated as an adult under state law. A bright young kid, weighing only 126 pounds—not enough to fill out a medium T-shirt—he served his eight-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state.

A Question of Freedom: is a coming-of-age story, with the unique twist that it takes place in prison. Utterly alone—and with the growing realization that he really is not going home any time soon—Dwayne confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Above all, A Question of Freedom: is about a quest for identity—one that guarantees Dwayne’s survival in a hostile environment and that incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of his crime.

 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Page / Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story (video)

Mo’Nique Oscar-Worthy! The Precious Interview with Kam Williams /

Harry Belafonte on Terrorism-from 2006 (video)

“Black Schools Kill Smart Niggers?” Reconciling the Romance for Black Institutions in the Post-Soul Era

By Mark Anthony Neal


  Rudy’s Place : Sussex County: A Tale of Three Centuries  Public Education in Sussex County in Black and White   History of Jerusalem Baptist Church

Kam Williams Interviews:  Alicia Keys  Cornel West   Naturi Naughton  Malik Zulu Shabazz  / Djimon Hounsou in New Movie  / Kam Williams Interviews Rashida Jones

Shawn and Damien Wayans Will. i. Am of Black Eyed Peas  / Jamie Foxx Riveting as Homeless Savant

On Silences and Father’s Day

By E. Ethelbert Miller

 June 20, 2009

What credibility is there in Geneva’s all-white boycott?—What do the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy and Israel have in common? They are all either European or European-settler states. And they all decided to boycott this week’s UN ­conference against racism in Geneva – even before Monday’s incendiary speech by the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad which triggered a further white-flight walkout by representatives of another 23 European states. In international forums, it’s almost unprecedented to have such an ­undiluted racial divide of whites-versus-the-rest. And for that to happen in a global meeting called to combat racial hatred doesn’t exactly augur well for future international understanding at a time when the worst economic crisis since the war is ramping up racism and xenophobia across the world. . . .The dispute was mainly about Israel and western fears that the conference would be used, like its torrid predecessor in Durban at the height of the Palestinian intifada in 2001, to denounce the Jewish state and attack the west over colonialism and the slave trade. Guardian

Writings by Rose Ure Mezu  

Chinua Achebe: The Man and His Works (2006) /  An Africana Blueprint for Living  /  Igbo Marriage (photos and commentary) / Chinua Achebe The Man and His Works

This is about the vulnerability of black men in America.

By Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

 I gave him the two IDs and I demanded to know his name and his badge number. Are you not responding to me because you’re a white police officer and I’m a black man?

Egypt Tombs Suggest Pyramids Not Built by Slaves / Cleopatra’s mother ‘was African’ /

Lynching in America—Crucifixion and lynchings are symbols. They are symbols of the power of domination. They are symbols of the destruction of people’s humanity. With black people being 12 percent of the US population and nearly 50 percent of the prison population, that’s lynching. It’s a legal lynching. So, there are a lot of ways to lynch a people than just hanging ’em on the tree. A lynching is trying to control the population. It is striking terror in the population so as to control it. That’s what the ghetto does. It crams people into living spaces where they will self destruct, kill each other, fight each other, shoot each other because they have no place to breathe, no place for recreation, no place for an articulation and expression of their humanity. So, it becomes a way, a metaphor for lynching, if lynching is understood and as one group forcing a kind of inhumanity upon another group. James Cone   Bill Moyers Interviews James Cone  /  Eric Dyson on Bill Cosby (video)


It looked like a police convention, there were so many policemen outside. I stepped out on my porch and said, I want to know your colleague’s name and his badge number. . . .

It was the fault of the policeman who couldn’t understand a black man standing up for his rights right in his space. And that’s what I did. And I would do the same thing exactly again. . . .

Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man

Editorial by Rudolph Lewis

It was terrifying. And I realized…

I knew that I was in danger but I knew, too, that as soon as my friends could get to jail, starting with Professor Charles Ogletree, who is my friend and lawyer, that eventually I would be OK.

But what it made me realize was how vulnerable all black men are, how vulnerable all people of color are and all poor people to capricious forces like a rogue policeman. And this man clearly was a rogue policeman.

They took me to the Cambridge Police station and booked me, fingerprints, mug shot, which has now been all over the universe.

See also: Skip Gates and the Talented Fifth  Noise of Class Ideology  Responses to Skip Gates’   The Talented Fifth   Master of the Intellectual Dodge  

 Gates the Birth Encarta Africana   The Fire Last Time   Cleaver and Gates  Lincoln on Race and Slavery


The Face of Emmett Till (Updated)  by Big Tex—So I lived in southern Mississippi. Emmett Till, this 14-year old black boy, who’d gone to Tallahatchie County, Money, Mississippi in the Delta, to visit his great uncle for summer holiday, from Chicago, was lynched. And as a child of 12, I can not remember having felt more vulnerable, more frightened, more—but at the same time more angry.

And I can remember my 12-year old anger very, very much.And when I met people like Judy and SNCC in 1962, ’63, all of us remembered the photograph of Emmett Till’s face, lying in the coffin, on the cover of Jet Magazine. […] And when I met Mrs. Mamie Bradley, Emmett Till’s mother, many years later, I asked her, “Why did you not have the undertaker do some cosmetic work on his face?” And her response was that, “I wanted the world to see what they did to my baby.”— Joyce Ladner  / Confessions of the Killers of Emmett Till

Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley—Within the most remote part of Ethiopia, centuries from modernity, Hans Sylvester photographed for six years tribes where men, women, children and elders are true geniuses of ancestral art. At their feet the Omo River across a triangle of Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya, the grand valley of the Rift that is slowly separating Africa.  It is a volcanic region providing an immense palette of pigments, ocher-red, white kaolin, copper-green, luminous yellow and ash-grey. They are painting geniuses and their six feet tall bodies are an immense canvas. The strength of their art can be defined in three words: their fingers, speed, and freedom. They draw with their open hands, their nails and fingertips, sometimes with a wooden stick, a reed, a smashed stalk. They draw with swift, rapid and spontaneous gestures beyond childlikeness, these essential movements that great contemporary masters are looking for when they have learned a lot and are trying to forget it all. The Omo merely want to decorate themselves, to seduce, be beautiful, have fun and endless pleasure.  Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa  /  Online slideshow

The State of the Black Union 2009

Kam Williams Interviews Tavis Smiley

Jerry Ward: Table & Bio  Where is the French Obama?  /  The Narrative Does Not End  /   “The End of the Black American Narrative”

THE KATRINA PAPERS    Trouble the Water  The Katrina Papers  Making Peace with the Loss of Things     After the Hurricanes

Portrait of a Suicide/Death in Yellow Flooding      Dreamers Die Young; Dreams Die Eventually   NOLA SPEAKS   August 18-20, 2006: Returning to the Sources

US Aircraft and Elite Navy SEALs Defeat Three Somalis in a Lifeboat—What a weekend for American foreign policy! The United States Navy, backed up by warships from 20 other nations, knocked off three Somali guys crouching with rifles in a lifeboat tied by a rope to a U.S. destroyer. To hear the U.S. corporate media tell it, the Americans had won a huge victory over the forces of evil. The sole surviving Somali was in custody—a 16-year-old who essentially gave himself up, earlier, after being hurt in a scuffle with the American cargo ship captain who is now celebrated as a hero of the seven seas and defender of United States national honor.

There is something obscene about a superpower whose media and population find great satisfaction, and some sick form of national catharsis, every time they manage to overcome a weak and desperate opponent. . . . An estimated $300 million worth of Somali sea life is pirated by foreigners every year. BlackAgendaReport         Pirate Suspect Charged as Adult in New York


The Bandana Republic

A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates

Edited by Louis Reyes Rivera and Bruce George

A Review of The Bandana Republic (Sharif)

Images and Homages:‘Memwars’ From the Eugene B. Redmond Collection

 Edited by Howard Rambsy II

Christmas in Hell

By John Maxwell

Christmas in New Orleans

By Fatima Shaik


Christmas on the Nile

By Kola Boof  

A Lively, Living Word

By Ralph Garlin Clingan

Jeremiah Wright: Warrior and Trickster

A ChickenBones Editorial and Discussion

Jena and the Judgment of History (Karenga) / Jena Ignites a Movement / Thoughts on Jena & the Dirty South  / Photos from Jena  / Blackout 2 November 2007

Jena (song by John Mellincamp)  Killens, the Black Man’s Burden, and the Jena 6  / Jena and the New Movement  / The road to justice in Jena

Malcolm X and the “Pan-African Pantheon”

By Jared A. Ball, Ph.D

Study Shows Blacks Will Never Gain Wealth

Parity With Whites Under the Current System

By  Glen Ford

Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come

By Kalamu ya Salaam

 Dennison Bertram, Fashion Photographer

Son House: My Black Mama (1930) / Preachin’ Blues / Low Down Dirty Dog Blues Grinnin’ In Your Face / Downhearted Blues / Death Letter / Levee Camp Blues

Ralph Ellison: A Biography (Rampersad) / Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man  / The Creator has a Master Plan (Pharoah Sanders )/ Shango (Katherine Dunham)


Third Wave Feminism

By Miriam DeCosta-Willis


Human Rights and Women’s Rights   The Ground Beneath Her Feet 

Debate ’08: Obama Girl vs Giuliani Girl (video)

“I Got a Crush…On Obama” By Obama Girl  (video)

Chris Rock’s 2008 Election Analysis (video)

Barack Obama: The Death of White Supremacy?

A Discussion with Amiri Baraka, Chinweizu, Floyd Hayes, Lloyd McCarthy,

Jonathan Scott, Glen Ford, Jean Damau, and others


Clinton or Obama: Who’s Best on Darfur?

By David Morse


 Act Like We Know

By Amiri Baraka

The African Writer Is an Orphan Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye (interview)

Henry Blasius Masuko Chipembere Chipembere: The Missing Years.

The Difference Between Black Brazil and Black U.S.   (Italo Ramos) /  Chinese Invasion of Nigeria (Alinnnor Arinze)


Do Cowboys Dance?

Poems from Kin’lin for the Soul by Beverly Jenai

That which binds . . .‏  /  My Friend Yictove  /  Richard Chenault II—2007 A Hero Passed On

Fidel Castro May Day Speech 2007  It Is Imperative to Have an Energy Revolution / Global News: Politics—Literature & the Arts

“One drop . . .”




carry a burden

so sweet,

so low

down, marrow deep;

creating a lattice

between us; so

we hemorrhage;


our prayers blur.

© 2008 Dorothy Marie Rice

Christians Are Forgivers

Obama as Healer

By Dorothy Rice


Native Americans say NO to Hilary Clinton by Carter Camp, Ponca Nation


Reconciling, Audience, Nationalism, and Race in the Writings of Frederick Douglass

By Raymond Brookter

The Healing Power of Words  windowshades and other poems  / Global News: Politics—Literature & the Arts

Sandra West files: We Are A Dancing People  Leslie Garland Bolling   Wendy Stand Up with Your Proud Hair!   Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

Iraqi Journalist Hurls Shoes at Bush Press Conference

Security agents destroyed the shoes thrown at US President

Ugliness in the Beautiful Game

The United States Women’s Soccer Team Loses to Brazil

By Amin Sharif

Why was Belafonte’s Oakland star-studded gathering whited out by mainstream media? (Marvin X)


Banning Saggy Pants is the Wrong Conversation (Bruce Dixon)   Sagging Pants: The Real Deal  (Ramey)


In Memory of Mother Griot Mary Carter Smith

Poem by Beverly Fields Burnette


Searching for my Great Grandmother at Stonewall  / Voices of the Culture  /  Search for Black Men: Vietnam Post-Mortem  /  A Season’s Griot Poems

Farewell Letter from Curtis Muhammad

A Message the Left and Progressive Forces inside the USA

‘Self-Help’: A Stolen Word Wielded as a Weapon Against Black Activism  By BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Alice Walker to Place her Archive at Emory University

Man dies after cop hits him with Taser 9 times—A police officer shocked a handcuffed Baron “Scooter” Pikes nine times with a Taser after arresting him on a cocaine charge. He stopped twitching after seven, according to a coroner’s report. Soon afterward, Pikes was dead. Now the officer, since fired, could end up facing criminal charges in Pikes’ January death after medical examiners ruled it a homicide. Dr. Randolph Williams, the Winn Parish coroner, told CNN the 21-year-old sawmill worker was jolted so many times by the 50,000-volt Taser that he might have been dead before the last two shocks were delivered. Williams ruled Pikes’ death a homicide in June after extensive study. CNN

How Scores of Black Men Were Tortured Into Giving False Confessions by Chicago Police—How Scores of Black Men Were Tortured Into Giving False Confessions by Chicago Police—By 1999, it was “common knowledge,” according to U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur, “that in the early to mid-1980s, (Jon Burge) and many officers working under him regularly engaged in the physical abuse and torture of prisoners to extract confessions. Both internal police accounts and numerous lawsuits and appeals brought by suspects alleging such abuse substantiate that those beatings and other means of torture occurred as an established practice, not just on an isolated basis.” Alternet

Oprah’s Bid for Obama Oppresses Gays  (Irene Monroe)

The battle on the home front   The media problem with black lesbians  / Global News: Politics—Literature & the Arts

Jonathan Scott files: Heroic Minds: All the Great Ones Have Been Anti-Imperialist 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

For No Particular Reason

By  Vince Rogers

Jazz Moves

Studying Black Progressive Music

 Paper delivered by Dr. Floyd Hayes, III

Beyond Black Rage/White Supremacy

By Dr. M

An Interview with Michael A. Gonzales

By Invisible Woman

Manley’s Legacy / Southern Needs   

Race Struggle is Class Struggle

Black Votes, the Senate, and Voter Suppression

Vote NO on Hans von Spakovsky’s Confirmation

By The Color Of Change Team

Mary Carter Smith is Now an Ancestor Known Nationwide for Reviving and Promoting Storytelling as an Art


Just Another Dead Nigger! By Wise Intelligent

Market for Ni$$as       Global News:Politics—Literature & the Arts

The State of HBCUs for Black Students & Faculty  /  Wole Soyina Kongi’s Harvest  /  Black Mama, White Son


Nuking Nagasaki & Hiroshima, Our Nuking Nevada

Incinerating Pretty Girls, Atmospheric Radiation, Our Callousness

Americans Remember & Speak Out

Nappy Headed Women 

Uncrowned Queens

The media problem with black lesbians By Rev. Irene Monroe The battle on the home front

The Black Arts Movement

Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s 

By James Edward Smethurst

ChickenBones Black Arts and Black Power Figure

The Fourth World and the Marxists  /  Letters from Young Activists 

Lessons from France   Paris Is Burning 

“The Pyres of Autumn” Responses to Jean Baudrillard

 Geraldine Robinson  Remembers The Family of Cow Tom

 The Connection of Africans &  the Civilized Tribes

Bio-Chronology of Sun Ra Composer  /   The Cosmic Equations of Sun Ra Arkestra  / Towards a Black Aesthetic By Hoyt W. Fuller, Author of Journey to Africa

Blackout 2 November 2007

Don’t Spend ANY money — Show a sign of solidarity

It is outrageous that Walters is still pursuing charges against the Jena 6, and it’s even more outrageous that he’s being given political cover by the Governor, by Louisiana’s District Attorney Association, and even by the New York Times. Anyone can file a complaint against an attorney by sending a letter to the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, the organization that has the power to take action against Walters, and we want them to hear from as many of us as possible. We’ve prepared the letter. All you have to do is add your address and put it in the mail. When you send your letter, please let us know at . If lots of you send letters, we’ll use those numbers to get the media to cover the story, adding more pressure on the Disciplinary Board to act. The road to justice in Jena Or Jena, Take Those Nooses Down

When I Became a Woman By Vera Ezimora


[Or a Post-Katrina Cop TV Show] By Jordan Flaherty

Urban Expressionism   (Mwalim*7) / Radicalism in the South Since Reconstruction (Smethurst)

Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption

Edited By Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah, Sun Yung Shin

The whole truth about Barack Obama—Barack Obama has repeatedly made it crystal clear that he is pro Zionist, pro the interests of big business corporations over common people, pro widening the US military/industrial complex through increasing the US military and its budget, and last but certainly not least—he is not opposed to using unilateral US military force to insure what he refers to as “US interests” in other parts of the world. . . . Barack Obama’s being biologically an African American is absolutely no legitimate reason to discard honest and in-depth coverage of where he really stands and has stood on life and death economic and military matters affecting this nation and the entire world. Blindly supporting the candidacy of Barack Obama is in fact inverse white racism, and there is nothing in the least bit progressive about that. Barack Obama and those who support him need to be asked the hard and tough questions, not “coddled”. . . . Putting a biologically Black face on imperialism and empire as if that changes or ameliorates its horrible affects is entirely unacceptable. As a member of the human family, a Black person, and a US citizen, I am deeply disappointed with Democracy Now, but sadly, not surprised.— Larry Pinkney

Articles by Deborah D. Moseley — Beethoven, the Black Spaniard  Review of Amiri Baraka’s Essence of Reparations     Sam Cooke and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Post-Katrina Redevelopment excludes ‘poor and working-class black New Orleanians from returning home’—Katrina pummeled nearly 51,700 rentals in the area. More than 29,000 affordable-rent units vanished. The social-service coalition UNITY estimated last year that homelessness had roughly doubled to about 12,000 people across New Orleans and neighboring Jefferson Parish. Yet HUD has opposed a recent proposal in Congress to mandate that all demolished units are comparably replaced in the redevelopment process. Meanwhile, using HUD’s data, advocates estimate that restoring the projects would cost less than demolition and redevelopment. . . . The Brookings Institute, a centrist think tank, reports that over two years since Katrina made landfall, the area still counts among the casualties about two fifths of its public schools and two fifths of its hospitals. Of over $2 billion in federal funds allocated for infrastructure restoration in Orleans Parish, only about 30 percent has actually been distributed to projects. ‘It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy on the government’s part,’ says Anita Sinha, an attorney with the Advancement Project, one of the groups litigating the class-action suit. ‘They’re making it such that people can’t come home.’ Women’s International Perspective

A 19th-century Don Imus—In 1895 John W. Jacks, president of the Missouri Press Association, wrote an open letter denigrating Black women, claiming that they were “wholly devoid of morality and that they were prostitutes, thieves and liars.”  He was referring to ALL of them.  The letter was sent to Florence Balgarnie of the British Anti-Lynching  Committee in an attempt to discredit Ida B. Wells and her  anti-lynching campaign in the South.  Ida B. Wells had written her book on the number of lynchings in the South and had visited Britain and traveled throughout that country telling the world about lynching in America.  The British population was outraged as the British Press gave a lot of copy to Ida B creating great embarrassment in the US.  Sooooooooooo, more than 100 years ago, a white man—note that he was with a PRESS association—was calling black women prostitutes or  in the truncated version “hos” and this was more than 80 years before black male rappers used the term.  Don”t get me wrong, I hate the term but let’s just set the record straight.  Remember, John Henri Clarke said:  History is the clock by which we tell our cultural and political time of day.  Let us not be lazy with our history, it can come in handy.

—Peggy Bertram, African American Women 


Rudy I want to know…. 

A Post-Imus Discussion

on Race, Gender, & Corporate Power in America

Rudy                                                                                                                                                                                        Mackie

Gladys Barker Grauer Defends Artistic Freedom  “Free Mumia Abu Jamal” and “Free Leonard Peltier” Removed from Exhibit

Our Women Keep our Skies From Falling

 Six Essays in Support of The Struggle To Smash Sexism/Develop Women

By Kalamu ya Salaam

 “Revolutionary Struggle/Revolutionary Love”  / Our Women Keep Our Skies From Falling  /  Preface: It Aint Easy  

 Debunking Myths  /  Rape: A Radical Analysis   /  “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights”

Charles Tisdale Newspaper and Community Man  By C. Liegh McInnis



Historical Context for Hip Hop Store in Malawi

A Response by Masauko Chipembere  

 Son                                                                                                                                                                                                        Father

Lives and Times of the Quadroons (Excerpts by Eleanor Early)  / For the Love of Rebecca The Murder of Charlie Poole


The “N-Word” and the Psychology of Black Oppression

By Professor Gershom Williams

Black Women as Washerwomen — To ‘Joy My Freedom  /  Vanishing Washerwoman  /  Washerwomen  / Sons & Daughters  /  Amanda Smith Autobiography 

 Washerwomen in Brooklyn   Washer-Woman Poem    Washerwomen in Baltimore   John Henrik Clarke    Fifty Influential Figures


Of Obama and Oakland

By Keenan Norris

Coal, Charcoal, and Chocolate Comedy  fresno gone     Freedom Vision  The Dark Role of Excess in Literary Marketplace

Obama’s Community Roots—After a transient youth and an earnest search for identity, Obama also found a home—a community with which he continued relationships, a church and a political identity. He honed his talent for listening, learned pragmatic strategy, practiced bringing varied people together and developed a faith in ordinary citizens that still influences his campaign message. He discovered the importance of personal storytelling in politics (and wrote short stories that refined his style). Later, as a politician, he worked closely with community groups (though not as ardently as another community organizer turned politician, the late Senator Paul Wellstone). As a presidential candidate, he frequently refers to his community organizing, asking supporters to treat his campaign as a social movement in which he is just “an imperfect vessel of your hopes and dreams.” David Moberg The Nation

Flowers for the Trashman —for Grace Claiborne Johnson  (Lewis)


In Search of an African Identity / Feminism, Black Erotica, & Revolutionary Love

 Essays by Rudolph Lewis

Robert “Kaki” McQueen Baltimore’s #1 Ragamuffin Artist & Musician by Rudolph Lewis


Pediatrician Eliseo Rosario Dreams Like Roberto Clemente

Danny Torres Interviews Dr. Eliseo Rosario

Clines Reflects on Clemente, Stargell, and the Team of Color

Worship of white supremacy, fundamentalism, and capitalism —  It isn’t very likely that Americans will get smarter anytime soon. Politicians know that appealing to their worst instincts is usually a winning formula. The corporate run media is not only unhelpful in enlightening the public but is in fact complicit in keeping them in the dark. The New York Times is once again leading the charge in helping the Bush administration push bogus information. This time around Iran is the bogeyman maligned by unnamed sources. It is déjà vu all over again. Belief in American superiority and particularly the superiority of white people, will always win the day and will always keep the nation ignorant. It isn’t surprising that politicians evoke the name of Davy Crockett and peddle nonsense about the sun rotating around the earth. After all, leaders can only be a reflection of the people they serve. Margaret Kimberley, “Freedom Rider: America the Stupid.”

 Anna Schmidt, An Examination of the Authenticity of Phillis Wheatley

Stereotypes and Degradation—”I respect the First Amendment, but rights without responsibility is anarchy, and that’s much of what we have now,” he said. “It’s time for responsible people to stand up and accept responsibility.” Despite its focus on Hip-Hop, other media will be face scrutiny at the hearing, which is being held by the subcommittee. “I want to engage not just the music industry but the entertainment industry at large to be part of a solution,” said Rush. Witnesses for the hearing include Philippe Dauman of Viacom, Doug Morris of Universal Music Group and Edgar Bronfman Jr. of Warner Music Group. “I want to talk to executives at these conglomerates who’ve never taken a public position on what they produce,” said Rush, who added that it was “surprisingly very difficult to get them to commit to appearing.” Despite the struggle to get leaders and artists to commit to the hearing, Rush has received confirmation from one artist, Percy “Master P” Miller. The rap mogul, who started out as a gangsta rapper, has recently made news for his new focus on creating positive images and message in his music.  Chris Richburg. Congress To Hold Hearings On Hip-Hop Lyrics.  All Hip Hop

Time To Impeach Bush  / Hillary Turns on the Demo Light  / A Case for Condoleezza Rice  /  Hunger for a Black President  / Clinton Obama Ticket in 08

Kam Williams Interviews Colin Roach

Author of  Light the Flambeau & Son of Poet Eric Roach

A Looming Intra-Black Political Civil War? In today’s social-political environment, with hostile, outside forces actively recruiting Black “spokespersons” and financing Black “role models,” the Jim Crow-era Black worldview is not just obsolete—it is a formula for disaster. The contradiction between the two opposing currents—the Black progressive struggle to transform society vs. celebration of individual Black advancement within the existing framework—became dramatically apparent with the advent of Barack Obama’s stealth corporate presidential candidacy. The tragedy also unfolds in the ranks of the Congressional Black Caucus, which in less than a decade has been neutered as an institution for social change by relentless corporate penetration. . . . Our correspondent, who shall remain anonymous, wrote:

“I have had uncomfortable feelings at these meetings seeing large photographs on display of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as icons alongside those of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.  I wondered to myself, Is this the NAACP that W.E.B Du Bois envisioned? Are all African-Americans supposed to admire the servants of blood-soaked imperialism alongside the peacemakers, seeing them as African-Americans of achievement?  At this year’s…meeting, I heard the African-American president of McDonald’s (a company which produces poison for food) speak and be honored.  I also heard one of the pastors of our AME church laud BP Amoco for its contributions to NAACP programs.  BP Amoco is known to me as a party just as guilty of launching our war of aggression against Iraq as are George Bush and Dick Cheney.”  Glen Ford, “Letters Column.” Black Agenda Report

The Child of a Poet Murdered & Celebrated: Baraka’s Daughter Killed     Home Going Celebration    Poems of Remembrance     #1    #4 

Lessons from France

Tram Nguyen Interviews Brima Conteh

Ban Firearms in South Africa  / Tin Mining in the Congo War, Murder, Rape . . . All for Your Cell Phone By Stan Cox, AlterNet

Yambo Ouologuem, author of Bound to Violence

 Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes  by Jonathan Scott


The Niggerization of Palestine

By Jonathan Scott

What do you call a Black man with a PhD?  Nigger. —Malcolm X

 Jon Scott: The Staying Power of Rap   Remembering to Not Forget

   If White America Had a Bill Cosby   

Reflections on Octavia Butler  Notes on Political Education

Anarcha’s Story

By Alexandria C. Lynch, MS III


“Anarcha’s Story” exposes the Nazi-like experimentation on African-American female Christian slaves by Dr. James Marion Sims  (1813-1883) of South Carolina, the so-called “Father & Founder of of Modern Gynecology. His purported medical advances are still hailed despite his utter butchery and murder of the oppressed (black) and poor (Irish) women of America. Here is a measured and passionate account.

For the Love of Rebecca The Murder of Charlie Poole by the Black Legion By Mary Teresa Coulter



Water Street

An excerpt by Crystal Wilkinson


 Dennis Leroy Moore:   Notes of a Neurotic  Writing on Napkins A Dark Child of the Fourth World Reaches Out   Gargles in the Rat Race Choir  

A Hurricane for Irene  A Story by Jessie Calliste / Short Stories 

Diary of Zena el-Khalil:  Lebanese Artist Living in Beirut Petitiononline / Army Chief Brig. Gen. Dan Halutz warned that “nothing is safe” in Lebanon.


The Train Journey

A short story by Onyeka Nwelue

 Interview with Onyeka Nwelue   Onyeka Nwelue Interviews Jude Dibia

Thoughtful Notes By G. David Schwartz:


  Our Shared History


Fighting the Sickle Cell Anemia Stigma By J.R. Perry III Cure every cell—a sickle cell support  group / Related file: Anarcha’s Story

The Cultural Politics of Paul Robeson and Richard Wright

Theorizing the African Diaspora

By Floyd W. Hayes, III

 Other Floyd Hayes files: The Cultural Politics of Paul Robeson and Richard Wright       Race in US Politics: A Syllabus    Pragmatic Solidarity

   Politics of Knowledge  A Tribute to Kwame Toure/Stokely Carmichael


Kam Williams Interviews Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

Who Starred as Freddie “Boom-Boom” Washington in TV-series Welcome Back, Kotter

Kam Williams Table

Nagin’s Reelection as Mayor of New Orleans Anatomy of a Civil Rights Protest By Mtangulizi Sanyika

  Katrina New Orleans Flood Index   Gulf Coast Evacuees Have the Right to Return



Urban Expressionism

The Roots and Influences of Modern Urban Rituals

By Mwalim*7)

   Mwalim Bio A Rooster’s Tale   Laughter Keepers

Articles by Charles Chea

Graffiti Takeover, Bombing, & Racism


 Poor White Boys and the Future of Hiphop

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

Power Plays and Useful Idiots

 The mayor’s race is about the next four generations for black folks, not simply the next four years

By J.B. Borders 

When Music is a Poet’s Tool: Tame turmoil. Transform all the bile-flavored anger and anxiety into words. Vent. Review the outburst to discover the pattern the turmoil never told you it had. Reshape the pattern into stanzas or lyrics, dramatic monologues, and narratives. Polish. Repolish. Publish. There are times when poems must respond  to natural disasters and subsequent pandemics to the reflux acid of war, racism, genocide. At those times, it is only normal for poets to let the turmoil roll. If you want a poem rather than the droppings of a vatic pigeon, you must dance in a music that takes you to the other side of natural disaster and national tragedy.

Jerry Ward, Jr., “The Katrina Papers,” DrumVoices, Spring-Summer-Fall 2006

 Fourth World White Allies

Why I Support the Latino Demonstrators

 By Amin Sharif

Dark Child of the Fourth World  Afro-America & The Fourth World   The Fourth World: In the Belly of the Beast 



“Liberals” Hate the Military?

Everybody Hates Social Welfare

By Rodney D. Foxworth, Jr.

Responses to  “A New Black Power”  A New Black Power  

Rodney D. Foxworth, Jr.: School Daze  A Naïve Political Treatise   A Report on a Gathering  at Red Emma’s    A Depravity of Logic   Statistics on the Inequities 

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)                     

Back to New Orleans, Going Home: Post Katrina

By Kiini Inura Salaam

Kiini Ibura Salaam Tells All from Mexico

By Jane Musoke-NteyafasToronto, Canada

There’s No Racism Here? A Black Woman in the Dominican Republic By Kiini Ibura Salaam Reflections on Fiji    The Dance of Love  

Fourth World Art

Rebellions of African People in the Diaspora

Painting by Kimathi Donkor

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 

Remembering My Adult Education Students

The Learning Place Northwest (1990-1993)

By Rudolph Lewis

Poems  Learning to be Black   Heroes of the Hood   Thoughts from the Hood  On the Future

Where Do We Go from Here—Chaos or Community By Stanford Lewis

Martin and Malcolm on Nonviolence and Violence By James H. Cone

The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  From The Center For Nonviolent Social Change, Inc.

Chronology of the Life of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Karenga Reiterates the Importance of Kwanzaa  (Stanton)


A War on Error

National Security, the Media, & Cynthia McKinney 

By Andrea Roberts

The Cost of a Chocolate City: Blacks and the Need


  The Fourth World: In the Belly of the Beast  The Fourth World and the Marxists  On the Fourth World  Letters from Young Activists



Report: BAM Conference

at Howard University March 23-24, 2006

By Marvin X

Marvin X Table  Artist Profile: Marvin X  Should BAM Conference at Howard University Be Boycotted?  Black Dada Nihilimus

Is Gay Marriage Anti Black???


(Kenyon Farrow)  We Real Cool (Kenyon Farrow)   Connecting the Dots: Michael Moore



Reflections on Octavia Butler

By Jonathan Scott

Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is forever a work in progress, never completed, and,

if we’re as intelligent as we like to think we are, never abandoned.—Octavia Butler

Jonathan Scott   Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes  / Heroic Minds: All the Great Ones Have Been Anti-Imperialist 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

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

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

Notes of a Neurotic  Writing on Napkins  As An Act of Protest  

Responses to Damon Wayans’ Trademarking N-Word

By Ro Deezy and Dennis Leroy Moore

A Dark Child of the Fourth World Reaches Out   Gargles in the Rat Race Choir  

      Black Tech Review (by Rudy)              Digital Technology & Telling Our Story


The Impact of the Internet  /  Citizens As Journalists 

Responsibility of Blacks in Cyberspace  / Neo-Griot Manifesto  /  President Museveni of Uganda Opens First E-School   / No phone, No computer for Most Africans


Slavery and the American Economy

By Waldron H. Giles, Ph.D.

African America – A Fourth World   Black Destiny and William Bennett  

VIDEO: Nneka – Heartbeat (Live In Philly) HD

Source:  / Music  Musicians  


An Open Letter to the African American Community 

On Marriage Equality

By Irene Monroe

A queer year in the black community


Black Ministers and Queer Community  Should Kwanzaa Stay in our Neighborhoods

 Rev. Irene Monroe: Kwanzaa Message 2004  A queer year in the black community


Bush cronies turning campuses dissent-free No Marriage Between Black Ministers  

Gargles in the Rat Race Choir   Notes of a Neurotic  Writing on Napkins 

A Dark Child of the Fourth World Reaches Out 

A Letter to Amin Sharif from Dennis Leroy Moore

Sharon Gates Interviews Dennis  Strong Black Atavistic Image  Dennis Leroy Moore Bio  Notes of a Neurotic 

  Best Black Movie


Kam Interviews Dennis / Most Daring Film Out Right Now  /  Exposing the Black Man’s Psyche 


Were whites really more likely than blacks to die in Katrina? 

Race and the Casualties of Hurricane Katrina

By Pat Sharkey

The Contradictions of Black Comprador Rule  Missing School in the Big Easy


Osundare’s Universe of Burdens

By Niyi Juliad

The Poet’s Pen & Other Poems

Thoughtful Notes By G. David Schwartz:


  Our Shared History



Kalamu ya Salaam‘s  Tales of Black Liberation  Feminism, Black Erotica, & Revolutionary Love

Murder  Do Right Women   Forty-Five Is Not So Old   

I Sing Because…      Could You Wear My Eyes       Another Duke Ellington Story

  Raoul’s Silver Song    Where Do Dreams Come From    zora smiles (part 2 of 2) –kalamu Saul Williamsmy generational son 

Marvin X: On Driving While Black in Post Racial Texas / Oakland, Toward Radical Spirituality  / Death from the Loss of Desire

  Ancestors and Spirituality   / Love and Spirituality //

Monkeys and Stimulus Bills (A ChickenBones Forum) / A Dialogic Forum on Cosmic Evil

An Open Letter to President Obama (Lewis) / Poetry and National Security  (Lorenzo Thomas) /



Filiberto Ojeda Rios & Puerto Rican Sovereignty

By Louis Reyes Rivera


 What’s Happening @ Sista’s Place 

Purple Ribbon Cross News No. 2, November 11, 2005  Jeannette Drake, LCSW, Publisher


The Artful Dodger

By John Maxwell

The War Against Civilisation

   John Maxwell Table    Washington’s Tar Baby  Lies, Malice, and Machetes    “Imagine! Niggers Speaking French!!!”  

A Letter to the Red States Our Split Will Be Beneficial to the Nation By A Thinking American


A Matter of Human Rights

Bill H.R.40: The Commission to Study the Reparations Proposal

By M. Quinn     

  Cataclysmic Katrina

  Race and ReparationsRace Racism Reparations / N’CobraBenefits of Whiteness / Boukman and His Comrades

Film Review: Exploring Sexuality from a Black Perspective: Mya B’s Silence: In Search of Black

Female Sexuality in America


Conversation on Black Film


There is a need for Jobs, Jobs and more Jobs! / With 16 Million Jobless, Should the Feds Pay People to Work? Blacks hit hard by economy’s punch—34.5 percent of young African American men are unemployed—Joblessness for 16-to-24-year-old black men has reached Great Depression proportions — 34.5 percent in October, more than three times the rate for the general U.S. population. And last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment in the District, home to many young black men, rose to 11.9 percent from 11.4 percent, even as it stayed relatively stable in Virginia and Maryland.—Washington Post

Cornel West As Angry Black Man (Marvin X

Marvin X at the Philadelphia International Locks Conference  (video about Mythology of Pussy)

Stand Up Against Police BrutalityIn the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania from May 2008 until April 2009 there have been 36 unarmed African American men killed by the Philadelphia Police Department. The racist Fraternal Order of Police has also gone after a strong and courageous African American judge, Judge Craig Washington.  The reason for this vicious attack is because he refuses to turn his courtroom into a tool of propaganda for the Philadelphia Police Department.Bro. Robert – African American Freedom and Reconstruction League; Sister Debbie Moore and Bro. Harold Fisher, Attorney Leon A. Williams — more information 215-474-3677  215-732-0180

It Ain’t About Race


 Willie Ricks 60s Civil Rights Worker Beaten at Morehouse 

Message From  Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown)


H. Rap Brown’s Die Nigger Die!    Fred Hampton Jr Interviews Imam Jamil Al-Amin

DO RIGHT WOMEN Black Women, Eroticism and Classic Blues

Feminism, Black Erotica & Revolutionary Love  Essay by Rudolph Lewis Responses to Feminism, Black Erotica, & Revolutionary Love

Always on Sunday


By Brenda C. Wilson

Fourth World Poems: For Stan Tookie Williams   Postcard from Hell  Ode to Bowling Balls   When They Flooded New Orleans   The street I live on is dying  

Will the people ever wake up?   I Choose Us: The African  Mosquitoes Fly Out My Head

Forgotten & Under-Appreciated Black Women

We Are A Dancing People

By Sandra L. West

Driving Drops as Gas Prices Hit $4—The Department of Transportation said figures from March show the steepest decrease in driving ever recorded. . . .Compared with March a year earlier, Americans drove an estimated 4.3 percent less—that’s 11 billion fewer miles, the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration said day, calling it “the sharpest yearly drop for any month in FHWA history.” Records have been kept since 1942. . . . According to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of regular gas rose to a record $3.936. That compares with an average price per gallon of $3.23 last Memorial Day. . . . The Energy Information Administration says gas consumption for the first three months of 2008 is estimated to be down about 0.6 percent from the same time period in 2007. For the summer season, gas consumption is expected to be down 0.4 percent from last year Money AOL

Remembering to Not Forget

A Reflection on Jubilee

By Jonathan Scott

If White America Had a Bill Cosby  The Staying Power of Rap       Margaret Walker Chronology 

Kenyon Farrow We Real Cool?  Connecting the Dots    Is Gay Marriage Anti Black


Threats to Veteran Benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A Message from Veteran Tiger Davis

  For Stan Tookie Williams (poem) Responses to the   State Murder of Stan Tookie Williams By  Michael Kroll, Eric L. Wattree, Sr., Marvin X and Joe Veale

While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it,  and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” — Eugene V. Debs

Stories by Stoyan Valev

June, The Colonel’s Youngest Daughter

Dont Kill Mother!   The Wondrous Wolf

Translated from Bulgarian by: Nevena Pascaleva

 Corporate Plantation: Political Repression and the Hampton Model


S Renee Greene Blinder Justice  How Columbus Georgia Can Lead the Way for America in the Matter of Racial Profiling  

The Cruelty of Age  in Lorenzo Thomas’ “Tirade” 

Instructions for Your New Osiris

remembering professor lorenzo thomas (1944-2005)

By Van G. Garrett

“Air of Freedom”: Poetry and National Security 

 Kam Hei Tsuei  Hurricane Katrina: Did the Chinese Help  Chinatown Blues

Juneteenth: Slavery v. Freedom

June 19th marks the “Juneteenth National Freedom Day.” Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is the name given to Emancipation Day (or Freedam Day) by African-Americans in in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in town and read General Order #3 to the people of Galveston. It stated, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact.—Marcus Garvey

An Examination of the Authenticity of Phillis Wheatley By Anna Schmidt

A Review by Joyce and Leon Nower Arthur J. Graham. Subliminal Racism, Essays. 


On Richard Wright and Our Contemporary Situation



By Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

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Tom Dent Speaks Tom Dent Bio  My Father Is Dead  Jessie Covington Dent  When I Do That Thing  



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By Tom Dent

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Why Africa Is Not Israel in Today’s African-American Thinking  / Bearing the Owners’ Names & Other Burdens / Sensualization of Pain

Activism of Thomas’s Wife Could Raise Judicial Issues—By Jackie Calmes—Richmond, VA— As one of the keynote speakers here Friday at a state convention billed as the largest Tea Party event ever, Virginia Thomas gave the throng of more than 2,000 activists a full-throated call to arms for conservative principles. For three decades, Mrs. Thomas has been a familiar figure among conservative activists in Washington—since before she met her husband of 23 years, Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court. But this year she has emerged in her most politically prominent role yet: Mrs. Thomas is the founder and head of a new nonprofit group, Liberty Central, dedicated to opposing what she characterizes as the leftist “tyranny” of President Obama and Democrats in Congress and to “protecting the core founding principles” of the nation. It is the most partisan role ever for a spouse of a justice on the nation’s highest court, and Mrs. Thomas is just getting started. “Liberty Central will be bigger than the Tea Party movement,” she told Fox News in April, at a Tea Party rally in Atlanta.—NYTimes

Peggy Brooks-Bertram, DrPH, PhD and Barbara Seals Nevergold  / New Call for Letters for sequel

PhD, Co Editors  of: Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady / African Sisterhood ( Peggy Brooks-Bertram)

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Cushite Empire, Book II  / CNN Interview of Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram

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Reflections on Senegal and Australia

By Danille K. Taylor

Guerilla warfare and sniping, / Shun every open fight; / But snipe their flanks through the livelong day / And harry them through the night.  —Beleagured Men  

Marvin X: A Critical Look at the Father  of Muslim American Literature   (Preface)

Edited by El Muhajir (Marvin X

Introduction  Dedication Contents The Contributors   Bibliography of Marvin X

Baseball: A job African Americans won’t do?   / Did the White House force the indictment of Barry Bonds?  / Indictment of Barry Bonds

Essays on African Identity

What Does It Mean to Be Black in the 21st Century ( Senegal and Australia) By Danille K. Taylor

I Am Memory By Jerhretta Dafina Suite

A Seminarian’s Religious Journey to Ghana  by Jennifer McGill

The Forts and Castles of Ghana  by Kalamu ya Salaam

Remembering Chinwe & Teaching in Nigeria

by Larry Ukali Johnson-Redd

In Search of an African Identity by Rudolph Lewis

In Search Of Our Culture An American Travels to Marrakech by Cliff Chandler

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The Impact of the Internet  /  Citizens As Journalists 

Responsibility of Blacks in Cyberspace  / Neo-Griot Manifesto  /  President Museveni of Uganda Opens First E-School   / No phone, No computer for Most Africans


Sussex County: A Tale of Three Centuries

Compiled by Workers of the Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration  in the State of Virginia. Illustrated. American Guide Series. Sponsored by The Sussex County School Board.

Talmage D. Foster, Superintendent. 1942

Public Education in Sussex County in Black and White   The Official History of Jerusalem Baptist Church

VIDEO: Nneka – Heartbeat (Live In Philly) HD

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Lucy Eldine Gonzalez Parsons (born circa 1853 – March 7, 1942) was an American labor organizer and radical socialist. She is remembered as a powerful orator. Lucy (or Lucia) Eldine Gonzalez was born around 1853 in Texas, likely as a slave, to parents of Native American, Black American and Mexican ancestry. In 1871 she married Albert Parsons, a former Confederate soldier, and both were forced to flee from Texas north to Chicago by intolerant reactions to their interracial marriage.

Described by the Chicago Police Department as “more dangerous than a thousand rioters” in the 1920s, Parsons and her husband had become highly effective anarchist organizers primarily involved in the labor movement in the late 19th century, but also participating in revolutionary activism on behalf of political prisoners, people of color, the homeless and women. She began writing for The Socialist and The Alarm, the journal of the International Working People’s Association (IWPA) which she and Parsons, among others, founded in 1883. In 1886 her husband, who had been heavily involved in campaigning for the eight hour day, was arrested, tried and executed on November 11, 1887, by the state of Illinois on charges that he had conspired in the Haymarket Riot—an event which was widely regarded as a political frame-up, and which marked the beginning of May Day labor rallies in protest.—Wikipedia

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Support Writers Guild of America Strike

 Conjuring & Doctoring 


The Fabled Doctor Jim Jordan

A Story of Conjure

 By F. Roy Johnson

   From the Shadows  Herb Remedies  Early Manhood  Hard Twenty Years  Full Time Practice Moves on Highway

An Annual Clingan Christmas Letter, 2005 from Rev. Ralph G. Clingan, Ph.D.

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The Slave Ship

By Marcus Rediker

In this groundbreaking work, historian and scholar Rediker considers the relationships between the slave ship captain and his crew, between the sailors and the slaves, and among the captives themselves as they endured the violent, terror-filled and often deadly journey between the coasts of Africa and America. While he makes fresh use of those who left their mark in written records (Olaudah Equiano, James Field Stanfield, John Newton), Rediker is remarkably attentive to the experiences of the enslaved women, from whom we have no written accounts, and of the common seaman, who he says was a victim of the slave trade . . . and a victimizer. Regarding these vessels as a strange and potent combination of war machine, mobile prison, and factory, Rediker expands the scholarship on how the ships not only delivered millions of people to slavery, [but] prepared them for it. He engages readers in maritime detail (how ships were made, how crews were fed) and renders the archival (letters, logs and legal hearings) accessible. Painful as this powerful book often is, Rediker does not lose sight of the humanity of even the most egregious participants, from African traders to English merchants.— Publishers Weekly

Marcus Rediker is professor of maritime history at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1987), The Many-Headed Hydra (2000), and Villains of All Nations (2005), books that explore seafaring, piracy, and the origins of globalization. In The Slave Ship, Rediker combines exhaustive research with an astute and highly readable synthesis of the material, balancing documentary snapshots with an ear for gripping narrative. Critics compare the impact of Rediker’s history, unique for its ship-deck perspective, to similarly compelling fictional accounts of slavery in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Charles Johnson’s Middle Passage. Even scholars who have written on the subject defer to Rediker’s vast knowledge of the subject. Bottom line: The Slave Ship  is sure to become a classic of its subject.—Bookmarks Magazine  

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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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