ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
ChickenBones has adopted the following three steps that we hope will allow us to be around
when other websites have literally “dropped off the screen.” We offer these steps to all
who have set up websites for the benefit of African people.
This Year’s Review
The Future of ChickenBones: a Journal
In the last year, ChickenBones: A Journal has amassed and published over 100 megs of information–data, literary and artistic work. Much of the information that provided the base for the website was not readily accessible. Some of it were documents, manuscripts, articles published in small journals or essays presented at conferences or materials related to Marcus Bruce Christian, Nathaniel Turner of Southampton, black labor, and the racial repression of the Southern states. Like many, Christian and Turner were two writers who had problems getting a fair hearing. Many writers were still in the same situation as a result of the crass commercialism of publishing. So at the very beginning we solicited the work of others writers and artists.
With numerous gifts of writings, photos, images of artwork, with committed individuals willing to make sacrifices of time, energy and money, ChickenBones: A Journal has become one the most popular free, non-commercial, educational websites on the East Coast, if not in the entire country. This success has been expedited by the contribution of over 100,000 words (including essays, poems, interviews, and a play) by Kalamu ya Salaam. For last November 2002, we had record traffic: 18, 867 visitors and 186, 488 hits. For the year 2002, our total numbers will be over 90,000 visitors and over 750,000 hits! For a website that has been in existence only one year we think that this is a phenomenal showing.
We do not know personally all those who have come to the site. We know that there have been thousands of visits from hundreds of universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. We have had visits from over fifty countries — in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. We have regular visits from Belize and Mexico, from Seychelles and Egypt, from Netherlands and France, from Japan and Singapore. ChickenBones: A Journal is being accessed by personas around the world.
Just recently, ChickenBones entered into a three-year contract that will keep our site up until the year 2005. We have done this as part of a three-step strategy that will allow us to emerge in a stronger position to continue to present new and current African-American artists and their artistic and literary themes. When, we started this project we had in mind to establish a non-commercial website that would serve the needs and interests of African-Americans. In that such interests are varied; we have developed a website that reflects a wide spectrum of topics and concerns. We have thus opened our site to all writers and artists.
We, at ChickenBones, have looked at the myriad of African-American organizations that have “survived” and who have lost their vision of what it means to serve. ChickenBones is not interested in this kind of survival. We operate under a different kind of ethical standard. We possess a different “ethical sensibility” that requires us to think of our people first and to deal fairly and honestly with all those we come in contact with. This “ethical sensibility” we think has been one reason why so many artists have allowed us to present their work on our site. And, our sense of responsibility–in doing what is right by and for our people–is why we think African-American artists will continue to use ChickenBones as a venue for their works.ChickenBones has adopted the following three steps that we hope will allow us to be around when other websites have literally “dropped off the screen.” We offer these steps to all who have set up websites for the benefit of African people.Initiate! We need websites that are dedicated to serving the needs of children, young adults, students, the elderly; sites dedicated to learning, economic development, political education, social welfare, and other issues. This step is continuous. For we are at heart amateurs in cyberspace. We are still learning how to get things done.
Institutionalize! Organize websites to serve the African-American community for years and decades. This means entering into long term relationships with a web-page provider or host. But more importantly, it means entering into long-term reciprocal relationships with the people in your organization and the people you work with and for. This step also requires constant modifications to fit vital needs and the time.
Endure! We are in a struggle to serve the broad interests of our people! There are many African-Americans who have no practical knowledge of the struggles for civil rights and the black consciousness movements, and liberation struggles. There is much work to be done. Undoubtedly, there will be many obstacles that come with keeping a website up and running. We say to other young “web masters and mistresses”: Do not become discouraged! With struggle comes obstacles. Service requires confronting and overcoming obstacles. They must be accepted as part of the learning process. Foremost, we at ChickenBones: A Journal encourage cooperation among peoples, as well as websites. Our primary interests are education and the creation of a better world. And, we hope that whatever progress made by other web organizations will be posted on their sites for all to share. In the meanwhile, keep up the struggle. And, if we can help any of you out there, let us know. After all, cyberspace can be a lonely place. And without each other, it will remain that way.
The ChickenBones Family hopes all have enjoyed what we have done so far. We take our responsibility for serving your needs and interests seriously. We send out our love and gratitude to all those who have joined us on this journey. We greatly appreciate your efforts and contributions. We look forward to the coming year. We hope to look back a year from now and say that our advances have doubled. We wish all of you, too, enlightenment and much prosperity.
This “Review” has been presented to you by members of the ChickenBones Society: Rudolph Lewis, Chair; Amin Sharif, Vice-Chair; Kinya Kiongozi, Treasurer; and Yvonne Terry, Secretary.
posted (22 November 2003)
We served a great audience in 2006: nearly 2 million sessions; over 3.3 million pageviews. In 2007, we still need your active financial support. ChickenBones is adding and supporting daily new and established writers, scholars and publishers. We are a unique and fresh experience in Internet publishing. Our Black Arts files are growing and including table of contents of anthologies of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s out of publication and not on the Internet. We have archival material that is difficult to access. We have current African writers and a Nigerian audience. We have religionists of every stripe, including Turks and atheists, too. We have articles and materials still on the site published 5 years ago. We have free access. Artists, writers, publishers want to be on ChickenBones because google and other search engines put their work in the top ten hits. But they are lax in their financial support. I cannot accomplish what we do alone: we need your continuing support. Please send in your donations, today, encourage your friends, also.
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ChickenBones sessions for 2010 were 1,765,952 ; for 2011 they will be about the same, presently, 1,434,688. So for the year, the sessions will be about the same, maybe a 200,000 difference. Pageviews were 4,344,018: that number exceeds by which that which existed five years ago, though the sessions have remained stable.12 December 2011
Send contributions to: ChickenBones: A Journal / 2005 Arabian Drive / Finksburg, MD 21048
Rudolph Lewis, Editor
ChickenBones: A Journal
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#1 – Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark #2 – Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree #3 – Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane #4 – Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper #5 – Stackin’ Paper 2 Genesis’ Payback by Joy King #6 – Thug Lovin’ (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark #7 – When I Get Where I’m Going by Cheryl Robinson #8 – Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby #9 – The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane
#10 – Covenant: A Thriller by Brandon Massey
#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva by Ashley and JaQuavis
#12 – Don’t Ever Tell by Brandon Massey
#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide by Ntozake Shange
#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree
#15 – Homemade Loves by J. California Cooper
#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper
#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber
#18 – Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com 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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By Noam Chomsky
In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forwardin the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest “real progress toward freedom and justice.” Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. “This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the worldto millions, I suspectfor the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him.” John Pilger In dissecting the rhetoric and logic of American empire and class domination, at home and abroad, Chomsky continues a longstanding and crucial work of elucidation and activism . . .the writing remains unswervingly rational and principled throughout, and lends bracing impetus to the real alternatives before us.Publisher’s Weekly
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Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis
Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as “the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field ‘cut their teeth’.”
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update 12 January 2012