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Poetry on ChickenBones Guest Poets  

in the hot house of black poetry another furious flowering

A report by Kalamu ya Salaam

Part I  Part II    Part III    Part IV 

Jennifer Brown Banks 

 The Paradox of Racism  The Leather Pants CAN A WHITE WOMAN DO THIS?   

 City Living   Angry Black Man


Andrea Barnwell:  Poems

Alberto Cappas  

Doña Julia Review   Cappas Bio  Nubian Voices   Doña Julia    Her Borinquen   My Home  Haiti in Puerto Rico 


C.P. Gause  Man of Fire—Man of Passion 

Dwight Hayes Poems  

Niyi Juliad The Poet’s Pen & Other Poems

Patricia Wesley Wesley:  What I Tell My Daughter   In the Beginning  Monrovia Women  Surrender

Richard Lawson : The Shed View From Crook Peak  Tsunami  A Wood in Somerset, Iraq   Leaves on the lawn Hail to the Chief

Carolyn  Maun: Faceless / The Red Rat Snake / Colors ChickenBones Poetry Book for 2006 The Sleeping Poems

Rose Ure Mezu Poems: Chiege, Woman of Splendor   Obinna  To My Daughters and Kelechi


Ayodele Nzinga: Blessings Are Due — Remembrances of Thanksgiving Then & Now  Duet for The Godfather (Wordslanger) 

Glenis Redmond    What We Carry Lifting   Mama’s Magic   She   Mango  If I Ain’t African 

Vince Rogers Legends and Legacies     Necromancers of Negritude & Other Thoughts

Austin L. Sydnor Jr.: To Brother Rudolph Lewis   Idle Minds Have Idle Time   Home   Brother Rudy

Yictove American Money  Blue Print  (Poems) Jammin  Mr Politician  My Life Story  Tropical Love  (On the Passing of Malvina Turk )

Poems on Katrina Flood    After the Hurricanes

(Jerry Ward)

Neighbors and Invaders (Mackie Blanton) Sitting ducks at the superdome  (Claire Carew)  

It Ain’t About Race (Claire Carew     Big Easy Blues (Amin Sharif ) After Katrina . . .   (Latorial Faison)  Where’s Fats Domino?  (Marvin X

I’m in the Eye of Katrina  (Joe Williams)  A Survivor’s Poem (Denay Fields)  Battle for New Orleans ( Rudolph Lewis)  


To Brother Rudolph Lewis (Austin Sydnor)   A Poem for Rudy   Poem for Rudy   This Is Your Day

This Is Your Day . . . (Rev P. E. Adotey Addo) The Shed (Richard Lawson)  A Poem for Rudy (Latorial Faison)  Griot (Vince Rogers)

17 Poets Reading Series: Lee Grue     Brenda Marie Osbey P r o f e s s o r   A R T U R O My Name is New Orleans 

Brenda Marie Osbey at the GOLD MINE SALOON

Ceremony for Minneconjoux   In These Houses  Desperate Circumstance, Dangerous Woman   All Saints: New & Selected Poems

Fourteen Examples of Systemic Racism (Bill Quigley)

17 Poets Reading Series at the GOLD MINE SALOON

ChickenBones News Brief 

The judge just put a hold on Voter ID in PA—Just to keep things confusing, voters will be asked to show ID, but will not be prevented from voting if they don’t have one. What worries me are these “True The Vote” jerks who are going to be “observing” at the polls. I can imagine they’d be bent on challenging voters who don’t have the ID.—Aldon Lynn Nielsen (2 October 2012)

Many of the questions to Alice Walker at Spelman yesterday were about activism: how to overcome the apathy of others (ignore it; there was apathy during the civil rights era too); how to care without being overcome (“be sick” and then get back up). My favorite answer was in response to this student’s question: “What is the responsibility of the poet in times of upheaval in the world?” Walker’s answer: to be the best possible poet. To write with true craft and not simply emotion. And to write about “whatever is calling to you.” Profound visit!—Tananarive Due

 (2 October 2012)

The historian Eugene D. Genovese (1930-2012) died last week at the age of 82. I remember attending a lecture he gave at Howard back in the 1970s. This was after his important book on slavery, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made had been published. It won the Bancroft Prize for American history writing in 1975. Genovese was married to the noted scholar of women’s studies Elizabeth-Fox Genovese who died in 2007.—E. Ethelbert Miller

 (2 October 2012)

Horace Campbell: Pambazuka / Zimbabwe and the Question of Imperialism  / Chickens Come Home: US Credit Downgrade


Runoko Rashidi —

Delany and Blyden   Niger and the National Museum    African Libraries Project  Runoko Rashidi    The Black Presence in the Bible

Runoko in Budapest‏   / A Tribute to Ivan Van Sertima

Libya Getting It Right (Gerald A. Perreira)  / Gaddafi: A System of His Own  (Hakeem Babalola)


Can We Say No to a Pig in a Poke?

Mr. Obama as Captain of the Titanic

By Rudolph Lewis

Experience, Wisdom, and a National Mystic

By Rudolph Lewis

Oedipus and Ordinariness: A Meditation on Barack Obama  / Obama’s Mojo Ain’t Working Like It Used To

Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower Only a pawn in their game 1963  /  Steal Away—Reverend Pearly Brown / March on Washington  1963


The Three Faces of Republican Change

Evangelical Christianity, Corporate Greed, and Militarism

An Editorial by Rudolph Lewis

Putting the Country First   Reaching Racial Heights  The Need for a Democratic Electoral Sweep   Straying from Official Orthodoxy

Staying Alive for the New Struggle  / The State of Black Journalism  / A Case for Condoleezza Rice for President  / Minstrelsy and White Expectations


What White Publishers Won’t Print

By Zora Neale Hurston


Dust Bowls and Wading Pools  / Black Boys and Burning Midnight Oil

Nina Simone—Young, Gifted And Black 1Nina Simone—Young,Gifted & Black 2Nina Simone—Young Gifted & Black 3Malcolm X at UC Berkeley

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

Juan Williams‏

It seems we have another clear case of the perverted message, as in the case of Shirley Sherod a few months back. Clearly, when we hear the full comments of Juan, we get another perspective. Hearing his full remarks make NPR into the Jim Crow Media and the Nigger Breakers, as per Ishmael Reed’s book title. NPR needs to take a look at itself for the residue of racist white supremacy in the deep structure of its programming.

The irony is that the negro has gone from the wolf into the full arms of the fox. Either way, he is still canine and dangerous, but with the fox persona we have no doubt about his viciousness as the fox is known to be wiser than the wolf! He claims to be a negro dedicated to civil rights but, as Sun Ra taught, he is about civil rites, or more properly last rites that may not be too civil. Throughout the years, his comments are often to the right of the righters, making us suspect NPR must  share some of his sentiments.—Marvin X

Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure

That Are Undermining Black America—and What We Can Do About It

By Juan Williams

Flagrant Racism: The Democratic Party Crisis (ChickenBones Editorial and Discussion) / Jeremiah Wright: Warrior and Trickster  Obama 2008 Table

The Roots of White Anxiety—Among the highly educated and liberal, meanwhile, the lack of contact with rural, working-class America generates all sorts of wild anxieties about what’s being plotted in the heartland. In the Bush years, liberals fretted about a looming evangelical theocracy. In the age of the Tea Parties, they see crypto-Klansmen and budding Timothy McVeighs everywhere they look.

This cultural divide has been widening for years, and bridging it is beyond any institution’s power. But it’s a problem admissions officers at top-tier colleges might want to keep in mind when they’re assembling their freshman classes. If such universities are trying to create an elite as diverse as the nation it inhabits, they should remember that there’s more to diversity than skin color — and that both their school and their country might be better off if they admitted a few more R.O.T.C. cadets, and a few more aspiring farmers. NYTimes

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In the first chapter of The New Jim Crow, I describe the ways in which poor whites and blacks have been repeatedly and deliberately pit against each other, triggering the rise of successive new systems of racial control. In the final chapter I suggest that affirmative action has operated as a “racial bribe”; it has helped to persuade middle class blacks to give up the radical social change that the Poor People’s Movement promised in exchange for a sprinkling of jobs in elite institutions.  Meanwhile, poor whites became more alienated than ever, feeling left behind and passed over. This racial anxiety virtually guaranteed support for the emergence of a new system of racial control—a backlash that aimed to put black folks “back in their place.” This article shows that white anxiety isn’t due to sheer paranoia. But the cause of white anxiety is NOT purely the fault of admissions officers at Harvard and Yale, as this piece erroneously implies. White anxiety has been carefully cultivated.—Michele Alexander

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I find Ross Douthat’s argument an interesting one of racialist justification: that is, working class white anxiety is caused by elite white institutions whose liberal racial policies favor black middle class persons over poor and white working class persons. That is probably true. For in the white-person anxiety every white should have more success than any black person. A class of blacks should not benefit more from American democracy than any white person. This argument argues for a white nationalism that favors every white person over all black persons.

That is, in the heart of Douthat’s argument in his description and defense of white anxiety is an argument for the reinstitution of a white American apatheid, especially at elite institutions. The argument in essence is that middle class blacks should have no advantages over poor and working class whites. Professor Ogletree suggests that this racial class view is the backdrop in the arrest of his friend Professor Skip Gates. And that black racial arrogance is not the best tactic in dealing with this class of whites who suffer from “white anxiety,” which is inessence a manifestation of white racism—Rudy (20 July 2010)








Will the Shadow Win Again

Sarah Palin  is the reverse of Barack Obama

By Deepak Chopra


Palin Is “Racist, Sexist,

Vindictive, And Mean”

By Charley James

Kwame Ture defines Pan-Africanism (1 of 2)  / Kwame Ture defines Pan-Africanism (2 of 2)  /  Debate James Baldwin and Malcolm X / African Hair and Its Significance

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

Does Wall Street Bailout Doom New Orleans Recovery? A New President, a New Depression: The Moment of Truth By J.B. Borders

Scattered Treasures

Losing the Legacy of Photographer Nestor Hernandez, Jr. 

By Donna M. Wells


Obama-McCain Debate # 1 Foreign And National Security Policy (Tom Haydn) / Confronting an Economic Crisis  (Obama’s speech in Colorado)


The Top Seven Suppliers of Oil to the US—8 July 2010—The top seven countries on the following list account for more than $140 billion worth of oil every year—1. Canada 2. Mexico 3. Saudi Arabia  4. Venezuela  5. Nigeria 6. Angola 7. Iraq—Truth-Out

Those Missing Noses in Kemet Ancient Egypt Sculpture

Letter from Runoko Rashidi Okello  

Profound Evil in the Congo  / Bob Herbert

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

Margot Wallstrom – “Almost Total Impunity for Rape in Congo”

Do I Have to Be a Starving Artist in the 21st Century?

Hisani Dubose  / Review by Kam Williams 

Both Water & Bridges  /  Kalamu ya Salaam

Heartbop  / Mary E. Weems

Bill Moyers and James Cone (Interview) 

 A Conversation with James Cone

Mission of the Black Church (James Cone)  / Black Liberation Theology ( James Cone)

Gil Scott-Heron 1 of 6Gil Scott-Heron 2 of 6  /  Gil Scott-Heron 3 of 6Gil Scott-Heron 4 of 6  /  Gil Scott-Heron 5 of 6  /  Gil Scott-Heron 6 of 6

Laughter for Poor Robin

By Rudolph Lewis

Jerry Ward: Table & Bio  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


Pondering Minds

“We are a nation that . . . rewards the wealthy for being wealthy.”

By Austin L. Sydnor, Jr.

Luqman Dawood Translation

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

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

Reverse Images

The acrimonious debate on race in Cuba

By Jean Damu

Nobel Peace Prize Speech

President Barack Obama

African Genesis Media Group  

Junious Ricardo Stanton

The Biography of Philip Reid

Historical Fiction by Eugene Walton

Recasting the Statue of Freedom  Eugene Walton

A Case for Condoleezza Rice for President Editorial by Rudolph Lewis / Twice as Good: Condolezza Rice and Her Path to Power (Review)

Joe Zawinul, The Viennese WonderBoL — Music Commentary by Mtume & Kalamu ya Salaam

Towards a Strategic Geopolitical Vision of Afro-Arab Relations

Race, Discrimination, Slavery, Nationalism

 and Citizenship in the Afro-Arab Borderlands

By Kwesi Kwaa Prah

No New Thinking on Africana Politics and Philosophy

Book Review by Floyd W. Hayes, III

 Aristide Under Lock & Key, U.S. Delegation Says

Jeremiah Wright: Warrior and Trickster

A ChickenBones Editorial and Discussion

Telling the Truth about Africa Letting Her Become What She Can and Will Be By Rudolph Lewis

Nuking Nagasaki & Hiroshima, Our Nuking Nevada

Incinerating Pretty Girls, Atmospheric Radiation, Our Callousness

Americans Remember & Speak Out

Like a Tortoise Shell  (Rudy and  & Peggy) / Asa G. Hilliard III Obituary  / The Exhilarating Generosity of Asa Hilliard  / Wonderful Ethiopians  Book II

The Mindlessness is Total: Are You Ready for Nuclear War?—It is obvious that American foreign policy, with its goal of ringing Russia with US military bases, is leading directly to nuclear war.  Every American needs to realize this fact. The US government’s insane hegemonic foreign policy is a direct threat to life on the planet. Russia has made no threats against America.  The post-Soviet Russian government has sought to cooperate with the US and Europe.  Russia has made it clear over and over that it is prepared to obey international law and treaties.  It is the Americans who have thrown international law and treaties into the trash can, not the Russians. .—Paul Craig Roberts   Reaganite Denounces Bush? 

New Yorker Cover Depicts the Obamas as Terrorists (Williams) 

William Greider on the Legalizing of Usury by Congress

Putting the Country First   Reaching Racial Heights 

The Need for a Democratic Electoral Sweep   Straying from Official Orthodoxy

Nuking, Westerns, & White Manliness  An Exchange between Rudolph Lewis and Ralph Garlin Clingan

Remembering the Spirit of the Sixties: A Symposium—Panelists: Dr. Samuel Hay, Lafayette College; Dr. M. Njeri Jackson, Virginia Commonwealth University; Dr. Judson L. Jeffries, Ohio State University, Dr. Charles Jones, Georgia State University.  Monday, November 12, 2007. Center for Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 4:00-6:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Dr. Floyd W. Hayes, III, at

It is Darfur again and the misery goes on

By E. Ablorh-Odjidja, Ghanadot

A Case for Condoleezza Rice for President Editorial by Rudolph Lewis / Twice as Good: Condolezza Rice and Her Path to Power (Review)

White Privilege ,White Entitlement, and the 2008 Election

By Tim Wise

Children of Prometheus

The modern world was invented in the Caribbean

By John Maxwell

Hurricane Devastation in Cuba and Haiti

Bush administration’s heartless lack of compassion for poor countries

By Miriam DeCosta-Willis

Protests, Resignation After BART Shooting  /  Hound Dog Taylor & Little Walter Amiri Baraka: Evolution of a Revolutionary Poet

Okonkwo’s Curse

 Relevance of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

A Discussion by Dr. Rose Ure Mezu & Rudolph Lewis

Vulture Capitalism—In the African country of Zambia, over 70 percent of people live in poverty. The average wage is just over a dollar a day, one in five people are infected with HIV/AIDS and life expectancy is merely 37.7 years. Yet, in the midst of qualifying for debt cancellation by G-8 nations, the Donegal Corporation, owned by American businessman Michael Sheehan, bought Zambian debt from Romania. In April, British courts awarded Donegal 15 million dollars, almost five times the value Donegal paid for the debt.The morally bankrupt actions of vulture funds render the commitments to debt relief made by the U.S. and other wealthy nations meaningless. U.S. taxpayer money, pledged to provided relief and assistance through debt relief, will fall into the hands of these greedy corporations. At the upcoming G-8 Summit President Bush should call for a commitment by world leaders to address debt relief and vulture funds. The U.S. Treasury should follow the lead of U.K. Chancellor Gordon Brown and limit the awards vulture funds can claim for these debts. Congress must examine this practice and its impact on our overall foreign policy interests. The international community must employ effective means to protect countries like Zambia who have fallen prey to these vulture funds, including implementing fair and transparent international mechanisms to resolve these matters. Danny Glover and Nicole Lee. Poverty Scavengers


Straying from Official Orthodoxy

A ChickenBones editorial by Rudolph Lewis

What do you say to fathers . . . (Joseph Jordan)

Obama Insults Half a Race   (Glen Ford)

Sexual Morality, Black Male Abandonment, and Stable Households (Lewis)

 The Importance of Civil Disobedience in Post-Katrina New Orleans By Elizabeth Cook  Katrina New Orleans Flood Index

McCain’s dangerous choice‏—Yesterday was John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people. Huh?

Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK

Will George Bush Be Impeached   Just Another Dead Nigger!  Cynthia McKinney Confronts Corporate Media  Time To Impeach Bush 

The Origin of Violence in Virginia: A Brief History  Pass the Mic! Tour of Tavis Smiley

: Con Game or True Struggle for Social Justice



Killens, the Black Man’s Burden, and the Jena 6  

An Editorial by Rudolph Lewis


Daisy Bates, 1914-1999: What It Means to Be Negro  / The Death of My Mother  / The Death of Daddy  /  Daisy Bates: Civil Rights Crusader from Arkansas

Does Wall Street Bailout Doom New Orleans Recovery? A New President, a New Depression: The Moment of Truth By J.B. Borders


Colonial and Early National Financial History

A Memo on a Selective Supplemental Bibliography

By Edwin J. Perkins

Katrina, the Pain Index

 46,000 Fewer Black Voters in New Orleans

By Bill Quigley

Jordan Flaherty about New Orleans (video)  /  New Orleans pre-Gustav (video)

Gnarlins ’07   / Framework for African Students (Biblio)  / Chuck Siler Response to Katrina  

Oil Wars in the Niger Delta New Ministry Not the Solution By Hakeem Babalola

Obama and the Hunger for a Black President (Rudolph Lewis )

Running While Black—So there he was this week speaking evenly, and with a touch of humor, to a nearly all-white audience in Missouri. His goal was to reassure his listeners, to let them know he’s not some kind of unpatriotic ogre. Mr. Obama told them: “What they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He’s risky.” The audience seemed to appreciate his comments. Mr. Obama was well-received. But John McCain didn’t appreciate them. RACE CARD! RACE CARD! The McCain camp started bellowing, and it hasn’t stopped since. With great glee bursting through their feigned outrage, the campaign’s operatives and the candidate himself accused Senator Obama of introducing race into the campaign — playing the race card, as they put it, from the very bottom of the deck. Whatever you think about Barack Obama, he does not want the race issue to be front and center in this campaign. Every day that the campaign is about race is a good day for John McCain. So I guess we understand Mr. McCain’s motivation.

Nevertheless, it’s frustrating to watch John McCain calling out Barack Obama on race. Senator Obama has spoken more honestly and thoughtfully about race than any other politician in many years. Senator McCain is the head of a party that has viciously exploited race for political gain for decades. He’s obviously more than willing to continue that nauseating tradition. NYTimes

Grace Boggs: The Worst and Best of Times  Crime Among Our People   The Dropout Challenge  Give Detroit Schools a Fresh Start   Food Future Past                                    Going Beyond Black and White     A Thoughtful Conversation about Religion


Cynthia McKinney Confronts Corporate Media Malice in Court

By Glen Ford, BAR executive editor

Radical in Pursuit of Peace and Justice    Letter to Sister Cynthia McKinney

Dr. Nathan Hare’s Foreword for Marvin X’s How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy: A Pan African 12 Step Model

Marvin X —The Pain of Violence and Death in the Hood  / How to Stop the Killing in the Pan-Africa Hood

The Courage and Character of Obama—“That is why the greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.

“We know they have fallen before. After centuries of strife, the people of Europe have formed a Union of promise and prosperity. Here, at the base of a column built to mark victory in war, we meet in the center of a Europe at peace. Not only have walls come down in Berlin, but they have come down in Belfast, where Protestant and Catholic found a way to live together; in the Balkans, where our Atlantic alliance ended wars and brought savage war criminals to justice; and in South Africa, where the struggle of a courageous people defeated apartheid.” Berlin Speech July 2008

The media problem with black lesbians (Irene Monroe) / The battle on the home front

Fidel Castro May Day Speech 2007  It Is Imperative to Immediately Have an Energy Revolution

Haiti on the UN Occupationon the 92nd anniversaryof the first US occupation of Haiti (1915- 1934)

Racial Integration Has Run Its Course—The resilience of civil-rights groups is praiseworthy, but future litigation, even if successful, is not going to alter the fact that most poor children, regardless of race, are attending schools that are not meeting their educational needs. Their dire condition, and that of the schools they attend, is not solely the result of an insensitive Supreme Court majority quite ready to manipulate precedent to stifle well-intended racial-diversity plans. The plain fact is that a great many white Americans, including many with otherwise liberal views on race, do not want their offspring attending schools with more than a token number of black and Latino children. Whatever their status, they do not wish to be burdened by efforts to correct the results of racial discrimination that they do not believe they caused. Their opposition may not be as violent or as vast as it was during the early years after the Brown decision, but it is widespread, deeply felt, and if history is any indication not likely to change any time soon. Derrick Bell. Desegregations Demise.  The Chronicle of Higher Education 

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

(In Memory of My friend, Chauncey Bailey)

By Dr. M (aka Marvin X)

What’s Going On? by Kam Williams  The Assassination of Chauncey Bailey by Jean Damu

Ngugi wa Thiong’o Moving the Center: Language, Culture, and Globalization / Happy Birthday Miles – an interview + three performances

Labor Must Battle Racism to Elect Obama (Trumka)

Sexual Morality, Black Male Abandonment, and Stable Households (Lewis)

Ten Days That Changed Capitalism—Officials Improvised To Rescue Markets (Wall Street Journal )  

Hancock: A Black Family Man’s View‏ (Agozino)

The Economy, Workers, and Financial Markets Table

Myths of Low-Wage Workers

The Wondrous Wanda Coleman

Depression Shopping List: 1932 to 1934

Death of the American Republic—In years to come, historians may look back on U.S. press coverage of George W. Bush’s presidency and wonder why there was not a single front-page story announcing one of the most monumental events of mankind’s modern era – the death of the American Republic and the elimination of the “unalienable rights” pledged to “posterity” by the Founders. The historians will, of course, find stories about elements of this extraordinary event—Bush’s denial of habeas corpus rights to a fair trial, his secret prisons, his tolerance of torture, his violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, his “signing statements” overriding laws, the erosion of constitutional checks and balances. But the historians will scroll through front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post and every other major newspaper – as well as scan the national network news and the 24-hour cable channels – and find not a single story connecting the dots, explaining the larger picture: the end of a remarkable democratic experiment which started in 1776 and which was phased out sometime in the early 21st century. Robert Parry, Bush’s Mafia Whacks the Republic  (



Will George Bush Be Impeached 

for Breaking the Law? Some Think It’s Time!


Time To Impeach Bush   by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon

Telling the Truth about Africa Letting Her Become What She Can and Will Be By Rudolph Lewis

In a world where poetry is a contest at best and a competition at worst, where the importance of a painting is gauged by the price it can be sold for—we are to be counted among the lost. And so when I say that we need leaders and that those leaders must come from our youth, it is no idle statement. We need our young people because without their dreams to guide us we will have only cable TV and grain alcohol for succor. —

Walter Mosley,

A New Black Power    Responses to WM

“I still think today as yesterday that the color line is a great problem of this century. But today I see more clearly than yesterday that back of the problem of race and color lies a greater problem which both obscures and implements it: And that is the fact that so many civilized persons are willing to live in comfort even if the price of this is poverty ignorance and disease of the majority of their fellow men.” — W.E.B. Du Bois

The Cost of Lies — America With Its Pants Down   Locked Up in Land of the Free  A Lie Unravels the World  Lies Truth and Unwaged Housework

John Maxwell TableFrom the Frying Pan into the Red Mud  / My Grandfather’s Bones   /  The World Exhales   / A Week as Long as the Titanic            

 The Duty of a Leader  / Giving Genocide a Bad Name


Secretary Condoleezza Rice as President

The Best Thing for America & the Survival of the Planet?

The Importance of the Presidency with Respect to the Negro

A Case for Condoleezza Rice for President

Conversations with Kind Friends / Katrina New Orleans Flood Index  /  New Orleans Shelters

Sudanese Moving North to Israel—Excessively harsh socio-economic conditions and racist attitudes in Egypt seem to be the main reason why Sudanese refugees want to relocate to Israel. Of the Sudanese refugees now resident in Israel 71 per cent report verbal and physical abuse as the main reason for their fleeing Egypt. Some 86 per cent had refugee status with the UNHCR in Egypt, though those crossing the border spent an average of six months in detention upon arrival in Israel. Others are subject to indefinite detention. Sudan is considered an enemy state by the Israelis and Sudanese refugees are viewed as suspect. This is especially the case with Muslim Sudanese from Darfur and northern Sudan. Southern Sudanese are culturally more attuned to Israeli culture, and Israelis warm up to them. “The Israelis are suspicious of us because we are Muslim,” complained a Sudanese originally from Darfur.  .  .  . There are an estimated 400,000 Sudanese refugees in Kenya, 400,000 in Chad and 100,000 in Egypt. Yet on the UN human development index, Israel stands at 23, Egypt at 111 and Kenya at 152. Chad is among the world’s poorest and least developed nations and Sudan is not far behind. –Gamal Nkrumah. Sudanese refugees fleeing Egypt for Israel

In Nigeria, Yar’Adua Reigns, Obasanjo Rules

By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

No Tears for Brown v Board of Education—In 1990, after months of interviews with Justice Thurgood Marshall, who had been the lead lawyer for the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund on the Brown case, I sat in his Supreme Court chambers with a final question. Almost 40 years later, was he satisfied with the outcome of the decision? Outside the courthouse, the failing Washington school system was hypersegregated, with more than 90 percent of its students black and Latino. Schools in the surrounding suburbs, meanwhile, were mostly white and producing some of the top students in the nation. Had Mr. Marshall, the lawyer, made a mistake by insisting on racial integration instead of improvement in the quality of schools for black children? His response was that seating black children next to white children in school had never been the point. It had been necessary only because all-white school boards were generously financing schools for white children while leaving black students in overcrowded, decrepit buildings with hand-me-down books and underpaid teachers. He had wanted black children to have the right to attend white schools as a point of leverage over the biased spending patterns of the segregationists who ran schools — both in the 17 states where racially separate schools were required by law and in other states where they were a matter of culture.— Juan Williams Don’t Mourn Brown v. Board of Education   Education & History

White Privilege Shapes the U.S.  /  Myths of Low-Wage Workers   /  Ujamaa   /  New Deal / Raw Deal  /  Stalling the Dream by Meizhu Lui         


The Venezuela Connection: Beating the Gas-Gouging Blues By J.B. Borders

  Making the Crackers Crumble

 Kalamu ya Salaam Reports: Post-Katrina New Orleans

  I Love You  It’s Hard   I’m Crazy  Cracking Up  Stephanie  Take Deep Breaths  Spirits in the Dark  I Am Ashamed of Myself 

Breath of Life  The Storyteller of New Orleans  by Elizabeth D. /  LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE: The Neo-Griot New Orleans Project 

Reconstruction of a Poet: The Call: Ideology or Poetry?    My Life Is the Blues   Producing & Recording Poetry    A Black Poetics    African-American Language


   Politics of Knowledge 

Black Policy Professionals in the Managerial Age   

By Floyd W. Hayes, III 

 Other Floyd Hayes files: Letters in Support of Maryland House Bill 101 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


The Fourth World Multiculturalism as Antidote to Global Violence

By Rose Ure Mezu

Chinua Achebe: The Man and His Works (2006)

Black American males inhabit a universe in which joblessness is frequently the norm: ‘Seventy-two percent jobless!’ said Senator Charles Schumer, chairman of Congress’s Joint Economic Committee, which held a hearing last week on joblessness among black men. ‘This compares to 29 percent of white and 19 percent of Hispanic dropouts.’ Senator Schumer described the problem of black male unemployment as ‘profound, persistent and perplexing.’ Jobless rates at such sky-high levels don’t just destroy lives, they destroy entire communities. They breed all manner of antisocial behavior, including violent crime. One of the main reasons there are so few black marriages is that there are so many black men who are financially incapable of supporting a family. ‘These numbers should generate a sense of national alarm,’ said Senator Schumer. . . . Robert Carmona, president of Strive, an organization that helps build job skills, told Senator Schumer’s committee, ‘What we’ve seen over the last several years is a deliberate disinvestment in programs that do work.’  Bob Herbert. The Danger Zone March 15, 2007

Atlanta Constitution on Race Problem    Origin of Segregation     Intermarriage a No-No       Who Wants Integration      The Problem of Integration      The Racial Problem

History of the Negro Negro Press  /  Negro Progress in American Education 

 Cornish and Russwurm   /  A Black Aesthetic

Obama 3 and Other Poems (Mawiyah Kai EL-Jamah Bomani)

The 10 Biggest Myths About Black History  (Bennett) 

The Propaganda of History (Du Bois)  

 Victor E. Dike,   Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria  &

The Osu Caste System in Igboland: A Challenge for Nigerian Democracy

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


Citizens As Journalists

By Uche Nworah

  The African World

Nuking, Westerns, & White Manliness  An Exchange between Rudolph Lewis and Ralph Garlin Clingan

 Should whites wear shackles 

and chains to reverse history?

Rodney D. Foxworth, Jr.-School Daze  A Depravity of Logic    A Naïve Political Treatise  A Report on a Gathering  at Red Emma’s   Urban Legends

President Omar al-Beshir

Do You Know This Man?

Is He Africa’s Saddam Hussein?

Sonia On My Mind By Askia Muhammad  / Obama and the Hunger for a Black President by Rudolph Lewis



Telling the Truth about Africa

Letting Her Become What She Can and Will Be

By Rudolph Lewis

Gospel for the Poor by Bill Cosby

Escaping the Black-Bible Belt  America With Its Pants Down

William Rhoden’s Forty Million Dollar Slaves and the Call for Black Athletic Leadership

By William Broussard

 Lies, Truth and Unwaged Housework

A Response to   The Lie That Unraveled the World  


By Peter Taylor

Nobody ever chose to be a slave by Thabo Mbeki & a Note from Ezili Dantò

No Oil, No Reconstruction—On Thursday, May 24, the US Congress voted to continue the war in Iraq. The members called it “supporting the troops.” I call it stealing Iraq’s oil – the second largest reserves in the world. The “benchmark,” or goal, the Bush administration has been working on furiously since the US invaded Iraq is privatization of Iraq’s oil. Now they have Congress blackmailing the Iraqi Parliament and the Iraqi people: no privatization of Iraqi oil, no reconstruction funds. This threat could not be clearer. If the Iraqi Parliament refuses to pass the privatization legislation, Congress will withhold US reconstruction funds that were promised to the Iraqis to rebuild what the United States has destroyed there. Ann Wright What Congress Really Approved: Benchmark No. 1: Privatizing Iraq’s Oil for US Companies

Will the Shadow Win Again

Sarah Palin  is the reverse of Barack Obama

By Deepak Chopra

The Three Faces of Republican Change

Evangelical Christianity, Corporate Greed, and Militarism

An Editorial by Rudolph Lewis

Palin Is “Racist, Sexist,

Vindictive, And Mean”

By Charley James

Zakaria: McCain’s VP decision is ‘fundamentally irresponsible

Ghanaian Writers: Rev. Addo: Ourselves in Africa  The Dignity of Vision   For Kwame Nkrumah   Ghana – A Year Ago  The African  Queen  African American Spiritualism  // Ablorh-Odjidja files: This WeekGhana     The Joseph Principle Enacted  A Critique of the book Out of America Disadvantaged by race, set back by language   —  The story peddled by imperial apologists is a poisonous fairytale   // Jean Y.T. Lukaz: Dark Tourism in Ghana

Dreams Buried in Freedom’s Coffin

An Editorial by Rudolph Lewis


In Defence of Humanity—we take a stand against the unrestrained and undemocratic power, which the mainstream media wield with total impunity, as they try to impose their viewpoints and values. These oligopolies only serve to defend the political and economic interests of shareholders, financiers and advertisers. . . . In the words of President Hugo Chávez, we are not fighting against freedom of the press, rather we are re-establishing it. In Defence of Humanity, as a network of networks, underscores the right to information and communication as a fundamental human right. To that end, the illegitimacy of the current system within which media are only serving the powerful must be emphasized. We point out that this has resulted in an incredible, anti-democratic media concentration overwhelmingly controlled by financial capital. The media allies and enemies of the people need to be identified. We denounce all intellectual mercenaries who have sold out their ideas to transnational corporations. We also denounce communication groups and institutions that in the name of a distorted idea of the freedom of expression are serving economic and imperialist structures, such as Reporters Without Borders and the Inter-American Press Association. The Declaration of Cochabamba – In Defence of Humanity—5th Conference of Intellectuals and Artists in Defence of Humanity—May 22nd & 23rd, 2007 in Cochabamba, Bolivia latinlasnet

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

 Skip Gates and the Talented Fifth 

The Doublespeak of Academic Equivocation

Editorial by Rudolph Lewis

Wilson Moses Files:   Andromeda 19 Afrotopia   Creative Conflict    Dwight David Eisenhower  Teflon Sense of History   Uncle Jeff and His Contempos 

 The Eternal Linkage of Literature and Society     New Orleans and American Exceptionalism 

Legitimacy to Lead

By  Dr. Ronald Walters

 Marvin X Table  The News Ain’t News  / Powell, the Running Dog, Raps


No Brass Check Journalists

By Studs Terkel

Lies, Truth and Unwaged Housework By Peter Taylor /  A Response to   The Lie That Unraveled the World  

 Selling AmeriKKKan Imperialism

By Junious Ricardo Stanton

Carol Moseley Braun’s Presidential Campaign  / An HBO Special –UnChained Memories 1930s WPA Slave Narrative

Other Editorials

5 Tragic Stereotypes, Part I by Bakari Akil II

50 Cent: A Metaphor for Change by Intel


Amin Sharif Amin Sharif Table

Carol Moseley Braun’s Presidential Campaign  

An HBO Special –UnChained Memories 1930s WPA Slave Narratives

A Post Industrial Blues “Sittin’on the dock of the bay, wastin’ time”

Response to Project 21  

 Teaching Dred Scott to City College Students on Public Transportation Dred Scott Case

Asian America’s Response to Shaquille O’Neal  by Kil Ja Kim 


D. Morton Glover


Historic Pennsylvania Avenue

Who Will Lead? 


Freed Rights Abusers Back in the Streets by Trenton Daniel and Susannah A. Nesmith


Haiti’s Murderous Army Reborn by Jean Charles Moise


Henry Louis Gates

Master of the Intellectual Dodge

The Noise of Class Ideology


in Gates’ Tour of the Rich & Famous  by Rudolph Lewis

Responses to Skip Gates’ 

The Talented Fifth: The Doublespeak of Academic Equivocation

How Quick We Are To Judge by D.C. Moore


J.B. Borders


Making the Crackers Crumble 

What Would “Dr. Kang” Say? 

Junious Ricardo Stanton Positively Black Table  Stanton Bio 

AmeriKKKan Foreign Policy 


Another Quagmire for the Amerikkan Empire

Blacks As Whipping Boys


The Euro, the Dollar, & Iraqui Oil

The Media/Fascist Collaboration

Reinstituting the Military Draft: Politically Activating America’s Youth

Selling AmeriKKKan Imperialism

What The “Liberation of Iraq” Really Means

Legitimacy to Lead by  Dr. Ronald Walters

Lies, Truth and Unwaged Housework By Peter Taylor

A Response to   The Lie That Unraveled the World  


Marvin X Marvin X Table  Marvin X Bio  Other Works  By Marvin X 

The News Ain’t News

Powell, the Running Dog, Raps

White Power


No Brass Check Journalists by Studs Terkel


Reflections on Bush’s NBC Interview by Fubara David-West

Related Files

America Beyond the Color Line  

Myths of Low-Wage Workers

Press Release from United for a Fair Economy

Responses to Skip Gates

Skip Gates and the Talented Fifth 

Social Role of Black Journalism 

State Of Black America  

 The State of Black Journalism  

state of black nation 2005

State of the Dream    

The State of the Dream 2005

The State of HBCUs

 What Would “Dr. Kang” Say?

White Privilege Shapes the U.S.      

Robert Byrd

     Deeper into the Mouth of Hell

We Must Find an Exit from Iraq

     I Weep For My Country: The Arrogance of Power  

Rudolph Lewis  Rudy Index

Dean Fades, Kerry Soars Clark Waits in the Wings

Dreams Buried in Freedom’s Coffin

In Defense of Aristide & the Viability of Haitian Democracy

Israeli State Terror & the Palestinian Liberation Struggle 

Jesse Jackson Scourged in The Baltimore Times

  Promoting Project 21 & Conservative Blacks


The Noise of Class Ideology


in Gates’ Tour of the Rich & Famous

A Note To Yvonne:  Malcolm’s Letter to Elijah

Pass the Mic! Tour of Tavis Smiley

: Con Game or True Struggle for Social Justice



Reconsidering Our History & Our Aims The Dilemma of Pete Rawlings

Retaking America, Again A poem by Rudolph Lewis

Skip Gates & the Talented Fifth: The Doublespeak of Academic Equivocation

The United States of America has gone mad by John le Carre

What price the American empire? by Patrick J. Buchanan

World Empire and the Balance of Power by James Burnham

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              By Lorraine Hansberry

I can hear Rosalee See the eyes of Willie McGee My mother told me about Lynchings My mother told me about The dark nights And dirt roads And torch lights And lynch robes

The faces of men Laughing white Faces of men Dead in the night sorrow night and a sorrow night


Source: AmericanLynching

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Writer Lorraine Hansberry’s sober eulogy of the death of Willie McGee weighed heavy on the hearts and minds of the American Left. On May 8, 1951, a crowd of five hundred lingered outside the courthouse of Laurel, Mississippi, to witness the execution of yet another black man convicted for allegedly raping a white woman. His 1945 lightning trial resulted in a guilty conviction delivered in less than two and a half minutes by an all-white, male jury, setting off a heated five-year legal struggle that drew national headlines. Despite an aggressive appeals defense team who attempted every legal maneuver in the book, the US Supreme Court ultimately chose not to intervene. With the legal lynching of the Martinsville Seven in February, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg’s conviction in March, followed by the execution of McGee in May, 1951 was a bad year for Left-leaning lawyers (Parrish 1979; Rise 1995). Most discouraging, national news sources like the New York Times and Life magazine red-baited the “Save Willie McGee” campaign and—as Life reported—its “imported” lawyers (Popham 1951a; Life 1951). Few felt McGee’s passing with as heavy a heart as his chief counsel, thirty-one-year-old Bella Abzug.

Before Abzug became a representative in Congress and a leader in the peace and women’s movements, she confronted the Southern political and legal system at the height of the early Cold War. Retained in 1948 by the Civil Rights Congress (CRC)—a New York-headquartered Popular Front legal defense organization—the novice labor lawyer honed her civil rights . . .

Source: https://Litigation-Essentials.LexisNexis

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

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery

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Panel on Literary Criticism

26 March 2010

 National Black Writers Conference

Patrick Oliver, Kalamu ya Salaam, Dorothea Smartt, Frank Wilderson discuss the use of literature to promote political causes and instigate change and transformation.  The event is at the Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York. C-Span Archives

Panel on Politics and Satire

26 March 2010

 National Black Writers Conference

Herb Boyd, Thomas Bradshaw, Charles Edison and Major Owens discuss how current events are reflected in the writings of African Americans.  The event is at the Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York. C-Span Archives

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