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 Kola Boof  Table




Books by Kola Boof  


Nile River Woman (Poems, Feb. 10, 2004)  / Long Train to the Redeeming Sin-Stories About African Women (April 6, 2004)

 Flesh and the Devil: A Novel (May 11, 2004)  /   Diary of a Lost Girl (2007)

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Sudanese born novelist, poet and freedom fighter, Kola Boof lives under government protection in the United States because of death threats made against her life by the government of Sudan and other Arab Muslim fundamentalist groups.

“I am an American citizen. I came to America in 1980 when my Black American parents adopted me and brought me from London to Washington, D.C. I was born on the Nile River in Omdurman, Sudan…I believe in March of 1969. I have prepared a Chronology of my life that reveals for the very first time ever…my real birth name, my father’s real name and other facts about my life.” However, in the interest of protecting my relatives who still live in Sudan (several of Kola Boof’s uncles in Kom Ombo, Egypt were beaten and jailed simply for being related to her)…and in protecting my new Black American relatives in Washington, D.C. . . . there is much that I cannot reveal at this time. Truly, I don’t want to mention what High School attended . . . when perhaps my Sister and her children live only 3 blocks from that school. Just imagine how easy it would be for Jihad to hurt or kill my loved ones…in lieu of catching me and my own children. The police authorities have instructed me not to give vital information about my life and my past to members of the press–or people who might only be “claiming” to be press…they warned me against giving my passport to the media…because one such mistake could result in my murder and the murder of my children.” “I am a Black women’s writer, I have been a published author now for five years. My books have been sold in 8 countries and originated in Arabic. My biggest fan base in London. My admirers are usually Black women, Black Academics and homosexuals. My books first began appearing here in America in Nov. 2001, which is the same time that I became an internet presence . . .”—more bio

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Kola Boof: The African American Literature Book Club (

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Bible Killers of Sudan 


Black Americans Campaign  

Boof Banned in Anacostia 

Boof Dismissed as Star 

Boof Surrenders  

Christmas on the Nile 

Diary of a Lost Girl (book review)

Every Little Bit Hurts 

Gone Dry 

I’m So Pissed Off

Kola Boof Fraud 

Kola Boof  (interview)

Kola Boof Speaks on Deng Ajak

My Master, My Husband  

SUDAN: Purple Eye   

To Be Invisible 

Virgins in the Beehive  

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Related files

Ain’t I Somebody Too  

Black Funk

Diary of a Lost Girl (book review)

Dont Kill Mother!  

A Hymn to Kola Boof 

I Weep 

The Journey 

Letter from Chinweizu

Love in the Flesh 

June, The Colonel’s Youngest Daughter 


Poems  by Andrea Barnwell

Poems by Christopher Barnes

Poems by Cynthia McOliver

Poems by Dwight Hayes

Poems from Ten Years of Feelings

Poetry She Wrote  

Tornado Child 

To Us From Us 


Who Am I?  

Wisteria, Twilight Songs  

Women of Color Now an Impoverished Majority in New York City

 The Wondrous Wolf

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“TOPLESS” in America! Ms. Boof states that her decision to be topless on the back of her books has been the most painful source of criticism in her life, both professionally and personally…IN HER OWN WORDS: “I am topless to honor my mother and my grandmother. I am topless to pay homage to all the centuries upon centuries of AUTHENTIC African women who revered the bare breast just as Christians revere the crucifix. It’s no different than that, to me. I am proud to be from those BLACK, topless spirit women who created and sustained the natural world. But then there’s another reason. “I prefer my own African image to a Eurocentric one, so being topless is also a rebuke against the tragic image of Michael Jackson’s white flesh—and it’s my rejection of the image of Lil’ Kim’s blond, blue-eyed insult. It hurts me that Black American women have not supported me in my decision—I feel BETRAYED that they haven’t. But, of course, they are Americans and I notice that most of the opinions that they have are the ones that Europeans gave them. So I try to be understanding.”

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Review of Long Train to the Redeeming Sin-Stories About African Women

Kola Boof, a respected literary writer, is a rising “womanist” sage. She has become very popular with Black American women readers, particularly Afrocentric women. To her surprise, Boof has become extraordinarily popular with Black male readers. “That was the biggest shock…that so many Black men embraced me, wrote to me, acknowledged and supported my work. That really stunned me.”

She began her career in 1997 with her stunning poetry collection, Every Little Bit Hurts.  Boof courted feminist readers, and has taken up the civil rights campaign of African lesbians and saying out loud, “I’m not a lesbian or bisexual…but if I could’ve been I would’ve been. I would love to be free from my obsession with men. I would have chosen being a lesbian if I could have chosen it.”

“In the tradition of Alice Walker, Ntzoke Shange, Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison…Kola Boof’s debut short story collection, Long Train to the Redeeming Sin-Stories About African Women…is turning out to be more than just a notable fiction book with good reviews. It’s becoming a social echo. A stone thrown at the windows of Black women around the world…that wakes them up! Here-let the critics tell you about it: “This is dangerous writing in its rawest form…a treasured discovery.”—Jaqueline Jones LaMon


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Escape from Slavery: The True Story

of My Ten Years in Captivity and My Journey to Freedom in America

By Francis Bok

Slave: My True Story

By Mende Nazer

Alek: My Life from Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel

By Alek Wek

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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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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir

By Gil Scott Heron

Shortly after we republished The Vulture and The Nigger Factory, Gil started to tell me about The Last Holiday, an account he was writing of a multi-city tour that he ended up doing with Stevie Wonder in late 1980 and early 1981. Originally Bob Marley was meant to be playing the tour that Stevie Wonder had conceived as a way of trying to force legislation to make Martin Luther King’s birthday a national holiday. At the time, Marley was dying of cancer, so Gil was asked to do the first six dates. He ended up doing all 41. And Dr King’s birthday ended up becoming a national holiday (“The Last Holiday because America can’t afford to have another national holiday”), but Gil always felt that Stevie never got the recognition he deserved and that his story needed to be told. The first chapters of this book were given to me in New York when Gil was living in the Chelsea Hotel.

Among the pages was a chapter called Deadline that recounts the night they played Oakland, California, 8 December; it was also the night that John Lennon was murdered. Gil uses Lennon’s violent end as a brilliant parallel to Dr King’s assassination and as a biting commentary on the constraints that sometimes lead to newspapers getting things wrongJamie Byng, Guardian

Gil_reads_”Deadline” (audio)  / Gil Scott-Heron & His Music  Gil Scott Heron Blue Collar  Remember Gil Scott- Heron

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Predator Nation

Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America

By Charles H. Ferguson

If you’re smart and a hard worker, but your parents aren’t rich, you’re now better off being born in Munich, Germany or in Singapore than in Cleveland, Ohio or New York. This radical shift did not happen by accident.  Ferguson shows how, since the Reagan administration in the 1980s, both major political parties have become captives of the moneyed elite.  It was the Clinton administration that dismantled the regulatory controls that protected the average citizen from avaricious financiers.  It was the Bush team that destroyed the federal revenue base with its grotesquely skewed tax cuts for the rich. And it is the Obama White House that has allowed financial criminals to continue to operate unchecked, even after supposed “reforms” installed after the collapse of 2008. Predator Nation reveals how once-revered figures like Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers became mere courtiers to the elite.

Based on many newly released court filings, it details the extent of the crimes—there is no other word—committed in the frenzied chase for wealth that caused the financial crisis.  And, finally, it lays out a plan of action for how we might take back our country and the American dream.—Read Chapter 1

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake.

She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—


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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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