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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 traditionjustice as fairnessand 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 Rawlss 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
By Juan Cole
Can Soldiers Tell Us Anything about Lincoln?By Chandra M. Manning
Being a Maid By James McBride
Edited by Michael Oatman and Mary E. Weems
Preface by Lamont B. Steptoe
The Scandal at Penn State
By Robert Hass
Film Review by Kam Williams
By Carolyn Warfield
Poems by Ayodele Nzinga
Speaks on Everything from Obama to Gaza
Interview by Kam Williams
Relevance of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
A Discussion by Dr. Rose Ure Mezu & Rudolph Lewis
Faith, Cancer, Death, Racism, Science, and Ethics
A Research Sampling by Rudolph Lewis
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]
Grant Creates Nat Turner Rebellion Tour (Linda McNatt)
Japan’s Triple Crisis Interview with Kam Williams
By Ralph Nader
and the Size, Scope, and Focus of Its National Factions
By Devin Burghart, Leonard Zeskind, and Charles Tanner Jr.
Mamadou Lumumba ( b. October 11, 1938 d. October 20, 2009) was editor of Oakland-based Soulbook
A Look Inside Baraka’s The Toilet By Marvin X
Griot Tradition in the Americas by Mwatabu S. Okantah
Another Tea Party attack against blacks, Latinos, and poor whites
By Jean Damu
What White Publishers Wont Print (Hurston)
The Characteristics of Negro Expression (Hurston)
By Chris Kromm
Poetry and National Security (Lorenzo Thomas) /
ChickenBones Black Arts and Black Power Figures (Compiled by Rudolph Lewis)
Beyond Resistance and Salvation
Letter to Seneca Turner on the New Way
By Yohuru Williams and Jama Lazerow
Reviewed by Dr. Floyd W. Hayes, III
Speech by President Barack Obama
Bowie State University / Bowie, Maryland
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
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
Pre-Kwanzaa Expo, Celebration Set For Dec. 15 In East St. Louis
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 Bettsa good student from a lower-middle-class familycarjacked 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 poundsnot enough to fill out a medium T-shirthe 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 aloneand with the growing realization that he really is not going home any time soonDwayne confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Above all, A Question of Freedom: is about a quest for identityone that guarantees Dwaynes survival in a hostile environment and that incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of his crime.
“Black Schools Kill Smart Niggers? Reconciling the Romance for Black Institutions in the Post-Soul Era
By Mark Anthony Neal
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
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 youre a white police officer and Im a black man?
Lynching in AmericaCrucifixion 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 colleagues name and his badge number. . . .
It was the fault of the policeman who couldnt understand a black man standing up for his rights right in his space. And thats what I did. And I would do the same thing exactly again. . . .
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.
The Face of Emmett Till (Updated) by Big TexSo 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, morebut 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 ValleyWithin 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
Kam Williams Interviews Tavis Smiley
US Aircraft and Elite Navy SEALs Defeat Three Somalis in a LifeboatWhat 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 custodya 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
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
By John Maxwell
By Fatima Shaik
By Kola Boof
By Ralph Garlin Clingan
A ChickenBones Editorial and Discussion
By Glen Ford
A Discussion with Amiri Baraka, Chinweizu, Floyd Hayes, Lloyd McCarthy,
Jonathan Scott, Glen Ford, Jean Damau, and others
By David Morse
By Amiri Baraka
The Difference Between Black Brazil and Black U.S. (Italo Ramos) / Chinese Invasion of Nigeria (Alinnnor Arinze)
Poems from Kin’lin for the Soul by Beverly Jenai
One drop . . .
carry a burden
down, marrow deep;
creating a lattice
between us; so
our prayers blur.
© 2008 Dorothy Marie Rice
By Dorothy Rice
Native Americans say NO to Hilary Clinton by Carter Camp, Ponca Nation
By Raymond Brookter
Security agents destroyed the shoes thrown at US President
The United States Womens Soccer Team Loses to Brazil
By Amin Sharif
Poem by Beverly Fields Burnette
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
Man dies after cop hits him with Taser 9 timesA 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 PoliceHow Scores of Black Men Were Tortured Into Giving False Confessions by Chicago PoliceBy 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
By Vince Rogers
Paper delivered by Dr. Floyd Hayes, III
By Dr. M
By Invisible Woman
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
Incinerating Pretty Girls, Atmospheric Radiation, Our Callousness
Americans Remember & Speak Out
Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s
By James Edward Smethurst
The Connection of Africans & the Civilized Tribes
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
Edited By Jane Jeong Trenka, Julia Chinyere Oparah, Sun Yung Shin
The whole truth about Barack ObamaBarack 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 leasthe 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
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 ImusIn 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 mannote that he was with a PRESS associationwas 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.
A Post-Imus Discussion
on Race, Gender, & Corporate Power in America
Gladys Barker Grauer Defends Artistic Freedom “Free Mumia Abu Jamal” and “Free Leonard Peltier” Removed from Exhibit
Six Essays in Support of The Struggle To Smash Sexism/Develop Women
By Kalamu ya Salaam
Charles Tisdale Newspaper and Community Man By C. Liegh McInnis
A Response by Masauko Chipembere
By Professor Gershom Williams
By Keenan Norris
Obama’s Community RootsAfter a transient youth and an earnest search for identity, Obama also found a homea 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)
Essays by Rudolph Lewis
Robert “Kaki” McQueen Baltimore’s #1 Ragamuffin Artist & Musician by Rudolph Lewis
Danny Torres Interviews Dr. Eliseo Rosario
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.
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
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 obsoleteit is a formula for disaster. The contradiction between the two opposing currentsthe Black progressive struggle to transform society vs. celebration of individual Black advancement within the existing frameworkbecame 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
Tram Nguyen Interviews Brima Conteh
Socialist Joy in the Writing of Langston Hughes by Jonathan Scott
By Jonathan Scott
What do you call a Black man with a PhD? Nigger. Malcolm X
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
An excerpt by Crystal Wilkinson
A short story by Onyeka Nwelue
Thoughtful Notes By G. David Schwartz:
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
Who Starred as Freddie Boom-Boom Washington in TV-series Welcome Back, Kotter
Nagin’s Reelection as Mayor of New Orleans Anatomy of a Civil Rights Protest By Mtangulizi Sanyika
The Roots and Influences of Modern Urban Rituals
Articles by Charles Chea
The mayors 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.
By Amin Sharif
Everybody Hates Social Welfare
By Rodney D. Foxworth, Jr.
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 Salaams 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 thats 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 hed consider publishing some of my work. His response was immediate, and a couple of days after Id forwarded some poems to himthey were part of ChickenBones. What I didnt 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)
By Kiini Inura Salaam
By Jane Musoke-NteyafasToronto, Canada
Rebellions of African People in the Diaspora
Painting by Kimathi Donkor
Reverend Al Sharpton (interview)
The Learning Place Northwest (1990-1993)
Where Do We Go from HereChaos or Community By Stanford Lewis
The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. From The Center For Nonviolent Social Change, Inc.
National Security, the Media, & Cynthia McKinney
By Andrea Roberts
at Howard University March 23-24, 2006
By Marvin X
By Jonathan Scott
Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is forever a work in progress, never completed, and,
if were 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
Frederick Douglass, Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington
W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey
By Wilson Jeremiah Moses
By Waldron H. Giles, Ph.D.
An Open Letter to the African American Community
By Irene Monroe
A Letter to Amin Sharif from Dennis Leroy Moore
Were whites really more likely than blacks to die in Katrina?
By Pat Sharkey
By Niyi Juliad
Thoughtful Notes By G. David Schwartz:
By Louis Reyes Rivera
Purple Ribbon Cross News No. 2, November 11, 2005 Jeannette Drake, LCSW, Publisher
By John Maxwell
A Letter to the Red States Our Split Will Be Beneficial to the Nation By A Thinking American
Bill H.R.40: The Commission to Study the Reparations Proposal
By M. Quinn
Film Review: Exploring Sexuality from a Black Perspective: Mya Bs Silence: In Search of Black
Female Sexuality in America
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 punch34.5 percent of young African American men are unemployedJoblessness 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
Marvin X at the Philadelphia International Locks Conference (video about Mythology of Pussy)
Stand Up Against Police Brutality—In 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
Message From Imam Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown)
DO RIGHT WOMEN Black Women, Eroticism and Classic Blues
By Brenda C. Wilson
By Sandra L. West
Driving Drops as Gas Prices Hit $4The 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 lessthat’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
A Reflection on Jubilee
By Jonathan Scott
A Message from Veteran Tiger Davis
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
Translated from Bulgarian by: Nevena Pascaleva
S Renee Greene Blinder Justice How Columbus Georgia Can Lead the Way for America in the Matter of Racial Profiling
remembering professor lorenzo thomas (1944-2005)
By Van G. Garrett
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.
By Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
A Return to the Civil Rights Movement
By Tom Dent
Reviewed by Rudolph Lewis
Activism of Thomass Wife Could Raise Judicial IssuesBy Jackie CalmesRichmond, 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 Washingtonsince 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 nations 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
PhD, Co Editors of: Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady / African Sisterhood ( Peggy Brooks-Bertram)
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
Edited by El Muhajir (Marvin X )
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 Seminarians Religious Journey to Ghana by Jennifer McGill
The Forts and Castles of Ghana by Kalamu ya Salaam
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
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
More Exciting News from 17 Poets! Yusef Komunyakaa & Lee Grue Will Read in New Orleans
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 Riotan event which was widely regarded as a political frame-up, and which marked the beginning of May Day labor rallies in protest.Wikipedia
A Story of Conjure
By F. Roy Johnson
An Annual Clingan Christmas Letter, 2005 from Rev. Ralph G. Clingan, Ph.D.
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Arthur R. Flowers
Rootwork By Patricia R. Schroeder
Frederick B. Hudson
Inventing Africa: New York Times by Milton Allimadi
Jerhretta Dafina Suite
Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
The Acklyn Model Not Sufficient (conversation)
Love Should Deflect Contentment (conversation)
I Couldn’t Find Jesus at the Box Office (The Passion of Christ)
Louis Reyes Rivera
Interview by Rudolph Lewis
Van G. Garrett
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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 Redikers history, unique for its ship-deck perspective, to similarly compelling fictional accounts of slavery in Toni Morrisons Beloved and Charles Johnsons Middle Passage. Even scholars who have written on the subject defer to Redikers 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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