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911 (Are We Flying the Same Flag Now?) by James Goodwyn

Afrika M.A. Abney


     Happy Love Day

     Mary McLeod Bethune 

     The Spirit Within Speaks Through Us

Alberto O. Cappas

     Cappas Bio

     Doña Julia  

     Doña Julia (review)

     Her Borinquen   

     Haiti in Puerto Rico 

     My Home

    Nubian Voices — African American & Latino Speakers Available

All We Are Asking by June Labyzon

Amin Sharif  Amin Sharif Table 

      Bloody Sunday at Pettus Bridge  

     A Blues for the Birmingham Four

     Resurrection in Mississippi

(For Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner)


Anupama Bhargava 


     Bungy Jumping

     A day before independence


     If Hindi was a respected language in Hindustan     

     Islami Romantics   

     On how to write songs of experience   

     On why people write poetry  


     Tomorrow Does Come!  


     Working on the cover page of a War magazine!  


Arthur R. Flowers

     Another Good Loving Blues

     De Mojo Blues 

     Mojo Rising  

     Rootwork By Patricia R. Schroeder 

     Rootwork and the Prophetic Impulse

     Up Against the Wall in Haiti


Asili Ya Nadhiri


     and how do you warm when you alone 


     Duh Measur’n Rod    


Ayisha Knight


     Artistic Credits

     Pass It On


     Royalty Revisited

Beverly R. Henry 


     Harriet Tubman  Salute to a Strong, Black Woman

     Soul Mate  

     Youth of Today


Brown Glass Windows a novel by devorah major


Carol Chehade


     Big Little White Lies 

     The Racial Lessons of 9/11   

     Slave Reparation Bill of 1867

     Special Order 15

     Ugly Truths:  An Essay 

     Why We Owe Them   


Carolyn A. Butts


     3,000 Souls 

     3-D Joy  

     Declaration of Independence (The Day My Mother Went Insane)

     God’s Pen


Chandra D. Lewis


     Black Man Where Do You Stand

     On the Wing of a Prayer

     A Shared Moment 

Cheryl Gittens-Jones

     The Cleansing

     Cleansing Prologue   

     Rememburin’ Queen ‘Lizbeth

Cliff Chandler

     Chandler Bio          


     The Paragons  

     Well Done, Miss Simone 

Crystal Cartier

     Bitter Valentine

     Crystal on Janet & Michael

     The Honeymoon Is Over  

     Missing You  

     Temporary Lovers  


Deborah Cains


     Life Is A Journey…

     Literary Soldier 

     A Mission  

     Yes, Dr. Christian   


Dee Freeman

     Ain’t I Somebody Too  

     I Weep

     The Journey  

     Love in the Flesh

     Oceans of Love: to Us from Us (Press Release)      To Us From Us  

     Who Am I?  

Dennis LeRoy Moore

     Anthology Film Archives

     Best Black Movie    

     Dennis in Charlotte

     Dennis Leroy Moore 

     Exposing the Black Man’s Psyche


     Miami Black Film Festival 

     Most Daring Film Out Right Now        

     The Pushkin Effect 

     Strong Black Atavistic Image 


Dietrich Bonhoeffer


     Bio & Chronology  


     Negro Aesthetics & Theology 

     Powers of Good

     Sorrow and Joy    

     Who Am I?  

Ekere Tallie 


     Elemental Sounds 

     Forced Entry

     The Jazz Musicians (for Arthur Doyle)  

     Permanent Rain   

     A Poem for A Man


     Suddenly I Need One Thing Constant     


E. Ethelbert Miller


     All that could go wrong


     Fathering Words by Julia A. Galbus

     In Shadows There Are Men

     It Must Be Lester Young

     New York: St. Vincent’s Hospital 

     Omar, Books, and Me  

     A Poem for Richard 


Etta Mae Ladson

     Sonnet #1  

     Sonnet #2

     Strange Land Songs

Ewuare Osayande  By Junious R. Stanton


Gillian Conoley

     Goat Without Horns

     Slave Quarter  

     Some Gangster Pain      

     Suddenly the Graves  

Gwendolyn Brooks

     Black Love 

     Content of In Montgomery

     Duke Ellington


     Gwendolyn Brooks Bio  

     In Montgomery and Other Poems By Gwendolyn Brooks

James Goodwyn

     9/11 (Are We Flying the Same Flag Now?)

Jamie Walker  Books N Review

     101 Ways Black Women Can Learn to Love Themselves 

     Bred in the Womb

     For Baraka

     For Big V 


     Haiku 2


     The Healing Power of Poetry

     Letter to Amiri  


     Manifesto for My Soul 

     Meet the New Generation of Civil Rights Leaders By Alanna Miller

     Praise & Support of Baraka

     Shifting Transitions     


Jeremiah Mickens

Crack House 

Hold onto the Wind   

The Poems & Life Story

Teach Them

Jerhretta Dafina Suite  

     Charm School


     I Wept Rivers  

     Mama and Me              


Jerry W. Ward, Jr.   

The Acklyn Model Not Sufficient  (conversation)         

The Art of Tom Dent: Early Evidence  (essay)

After the Hurricanes (poem)

Love Should Deflect Contentment   (conversation)


Jose Torres Tama








     Above America 

     God Fear America

     In Exile 

     Stars Are Eyes

Kalamu ya Salaam  Kalamu Table Kalamu Bio


     Bush Mama  

     Iron Flowers

     Nia: Haiku, Sonnets, Sun Songs


Kaleb F.A. Tshamba

     Eyes of a Poet (Preface)

     For Men Only

     Some Religious Pimps  

     The Struggle Continues 

Kil Ja Kim

     Black Immigrants Deported in Higher Numbers  

     Bought Colored Kids   

     Connecting the Dots: Michael Moore

     Image of the Black Criminal   

     Response to Shaquille O’Neal  

     To White Women Who Think  

     White Anti-Racist is an Oxymoron

Kiwana Terry 

     Black Santa

     My Five Senses    

     My Love for You

Kola Boof  


     Bio-Chronology of Kola’s Life  

     Bible Killers of Sudan

     Black Americans Campaign

     Boof Dismissed as Star

     Boof Surrenders

     Christmas on the Nile 

     Every Little Bit Hurts

     Gone Dry

     Kola Boof Pissed with Belafonte  

     My Master, My Husband (Kola Boof)

     SUDAN: Purple Eye   

     To Be Invisible

     Who is Kola Boof?


Latorial Faison


After Katrina . . . 


Sounds of Blackness  


When We Were Poor  

Laura Ivers


What’s For Supper?

The Proliferation of a Lie   


The Price of Ignorance

Textbook Victimization 

A Letter To Langston Hughes

lasana m. sekou

     Haiti 200

     Knighted ny Dutch Queen Beatrix 

     Tortured Fragments   

     Visit & Fellowship II


Liberty R. O. Daniels


     Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep 

     Refuse to Watch You Die  

     Those Were the Days 

     What’s Up Detroit?

Louis Reyes Rivera 

     (compulsion strikes the witness)

     Inside the river of poetry   

     Interview  by Rudolph Lewis

     jorge’s journey 

     Lest we Forget Killens

     Notes for (jorge’s journey) 

     On the Passing of Rich Bartee

     Rivera Bio

     Scattered Scripture

     Writers’ Workshop   

Mackie Blanton

     Beers and Transformation 

     Ode #95

     The Struggle Ode


Marcus Bruce Christian

     Drums of Menelik

     An Ex-King Speaks 

     Selassie at Geneva   

Margaret Walker

     The Ballad of the Free

     Conversations with Margaret Walker edited by Maryemma Graham

     Contents of Conversations  

     Walker Chronology

Marvin X  Marvin X Table

     Bio Sketch 

     How To Love A Thinking Man  

     How to Love a Thinking Woman

     Other Works  By Marvin X       Palestine  

     Tom Feelings

Mawelulu Onwuku

     Anti-P.I.M.P. Manifesto

     The White Lie Must Die

Melvin E. Brown

     New Day Poem    

     Root Song    

     A Smokey SlowDrag


Mevlut Ceylan  Ceylan Index 

     An Awkward End & Other Poems

     The Appointed Time

     Bare &The Letter

     The Birth 

     The Hanging    

     Living Is An Art   

     Open Your Arms  




    Time &  Freedom


Mona Lisa Saloy

    Comments on IT

     Mona Lisa Saloy Bio

     Mona Lisa Throws A Party

     Shine and the Titantic

     Still Laughing 

     When We Need to . . .



     Laughter Keepers

     A Rooster’s Tale


Naomi Ayala


     Chicken Bones


     Naomi Ayala Reading at Montgomery College April 2, 2003, 7 p.m. 

     Naomi Ayala Publications   

     Naomi Ayala Review  

     Puerto Rico University  


     Who Am I?

The Need for Martyrs  by Robert Jones

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

     After All the Flame by Randy Wells

     Becoming Ebony  

     In the Begnning  

     Monrovia Women

     This is What I Tell My Daughter   

Paula M. Patton-Ross


     Book Review

     Miss LeReba’s Potato Salad

     Tell Me Where Poem  

Peter Eric Adotey Addo

     The African Queen 

     Books by Peter Addo 

     For Kwame Nkrumah

     Ghana – A Year Ago  

     How a Black African Views His American Black Brothers 

     Origins Of African American Spiritualism

Poem at Central Booking by DeAndre McCullough


Poems about Palestine by Laila Yaghi

Poetry in the Rhythm of Life (fundraiser)


     Brotha Soul


     Lickwid  Langwij   


Related Files


     Belafonte Interview    

     Toussaint Table   


Remembering Borsodi


Rich Bartee


     A Light in the Tunnel Portrait of a Subway Swami by Scott Kalechstein

     Elegy For Richard Bartee  

     For Rich Bartee

     In Confidence  

     More Hugging

     On the Passing of Rich Bartee  by Louis Reyes Rivera


     Tribute to Bartee


Robert Jones The Need for Martyrs

Roy L. Pickering, Jr.

     Bio & Interests 

     First day on the Job



Rose Ure Mezu  Mezu Table  


     A Birthday Prayer

     Chiege, Woman of Splendor

     National and Racial Archetypes   

     Religion & Society

     Songs of the Hearth

     To My Daughters and Kelechi  

     Voices: At A Catholic Black Church  

Roxann “Kujitua Baraka” Latimer Dadzie

     An African Love Story  

     Love Blossoming  

     Silent Touch



     Warrior King   


     You Never Know    

Second2Last, Inc. (Brian Polite, Aisha Bell, Akhigbade Francis, and  Johny Lashley)

     The 10 Step Program 


     Conversations with Myself     


     A Date With The M.T.A 

     a generation that has yet to be heard… 




     Truth B  

Sibbie O’Sullivan

     Pack Up Virginia

     The Plane Crash   

Stacey Tolbert


     Anatacia’s Lament

     Baring My Soul   

     Breaking Down

     Elvis at the dinner party  

     Fantasy Island

     Kool Aid   

Ted Wilson


     Celebrating the Release

     Introduction by Amiri Baraka

     Mobutu and Zaire 

     The Protector  

     A Real Long Look

     Slo’ Dance  

     Slo Dance Table 


Terry O’Neal


     Bio Terry a O’Neal  

     Here I Go Again   

     my backyard

     The Poet Speaks In Black 


Thomas Long


     1 in 2 Million

     Black Woman 

     The Chosen One

     Closing Thoughts

     Cries of a Ghetto Child  


     Dogs for Life

     Introduction to Reflections 

     Mr. Officer

     My Mighty Pen    

     Renaissance Man

     Store Locations

     Table of Contents Reflections

     Thug Life

     U Made Sense 2 Me          


Timothy Melton


     AntiChrist King  

     Concentration Camp

     I Too Have Felt Been

     The Old Black Rock Church


Van G. Garrett

     12 jazz haiku  

     African Folktales Still Influence Modern Thought  

     The Cruelty of Age  in Lorenzo Thomas’ “Tirade”  

     for nia long 

     Instructions for Your New Osiris 

Walter Mosley Signs Deal  with Black Classic Press of Baltimore

Wanda Coleman

Water Street  by Crystal Wilkinson




     American Money 

     Blue Print  (Poems)


     Mr Politician 

     My Life Story  

     Tropical Love   

Yvonne M. Terry

     Inspiration for My Body

     I Trust You Lord!

     Shocking Bleeding Heart   

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For July 1st through August 31st 2011  


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

#10 – Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

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

#12 – Don’t Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

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

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

#15 – Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

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

#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 – Purple Panties: An Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King

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

#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

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

#24 – Married Men by Carl Weber

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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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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