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This just ooze Koolness… He was at the Harlem Book Fair 2009 in NYC with his pal Amiri Baraka…

Other then these to Kool Kats, the Harlem Book Fair was a bust. 99.9% of o call authors and there books were just pitiful so called Street Literature.

Thank to C-Span for broadcasting the various panels that was going on inside the Schomburg Library where one can at least learn a thing or too…

Enough with the what I categorize as Stripper Lit, Hustler Lit, Pimp & Ho Lit and Get Money or Die Trying Lit. Get a damn blog and call it a day. How many good trees have been wasted to print these sorry books. I bet you reading these books is like inflicting damage to one’s brain cells.

Just Stop it!


Who Cares About the Death of Black Radio?

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It has just dawned on me that President Obama, who is visibly Black as the First USA President, does not carry a name like Jefferson, Jackson, Johnson, Washington etc. To simply put a White Slave Master’s Name.

It was weird how out of nowhere this string of thought pop up in my head. I found it a bit fascinating and tried to wrap my brain around this light bulb that just turned on. So I decided to process in hope of finding a meaning in this idea.

All can think of is that how our names were beating out us a la Kunta Kinte during slavery. How we were branded, killed and terrorized badly enough so we forget our Names. The trauma suffered, hunt us still to this very day. And God knows how much many of us have struggled to overcome this stigma. The sense of being nameless and lost hence belong to no one and nothing.

Many who were intuitive enough to sense what was waiting on the other side of the Atlantic chose their fate and willingly jumped, others starved themselves to death taken with them their Name. Intact.  

I may be over dramatic about this and making a big deal out of nothing but I could not help but find the irony and yet another profound meaning in the presidency of Barak Hussein Obama. The leader of the free world and yes he is Black.

This is an event that most had thought they would never live to witness and yet it is here and not only there is Black President in the White House, his name is OBAMA, an AFRICAN NAME. How Wonderful is that?



These are a couple of my shots that were selected by others to grace the pages of their online media.

1144715932_9783bae170_o1Young Dancers… Dance Theatre of Harlem

Here is a list of links where they can be seen.

Style Abound!.

Paradis du Fruit.

Velo Libre.



I Voted for Him . Just Because. He Is Black!

I have voted before. For others, No one cares. Because I was voting for

Coons, Two-timing Liberals, Political Whores,Great White Hopes

Than no one analyzed how voted, my vote was just another vote

and no one took offense I voted the status quo

I voted as a civic duty to honor those who got

Hosed down

Beat down

Bitten by dogs


And made into strange fruit. Hung on American trees

Yes, I voted for them. Black

I and along with others who look like Him

Are being accused of



Ethnic bias


For we dare to vote

For A Man  Black

Yes we are indeed voting Black

If these accusations them feel better of their demons,

By all means go ahead

And project. And demean. And belittle

My vote. My Black Vote.

Yes I Voted Black

I voted Black just because

He is Black

Black like Me

Black like Brothers in Prison

Black like Amadou

Black like Nat Turner

Black Like Toussaint

Black Like Senghor

Black Like Lumumba

Black like The Black Child birthed as I cast my vote

In the South Bronx

In Cite Soleil

In Soweto

In Libertade Favela

In  Monrovia

In Dafur

Yes I voted Black







A while ago I was trying to explain the differences between being RICH and Having Power. Oprah is indeed Super RICH but how Powerful is she really.

This election may give clarity to what i was trying to argue during many discussions I have had over the years… The latest critiques/ slack the Lady O is taking is for her decision to have Gov Sarah Palin on her show until after the November election.

I notice that how absent Oprah’s been at least in the political sphere, since she endorsed Obama for president. Suddenly, she says little and stays clear of the election subject altogether. I suspected that something was up and that she had heard a great deal from her prime constituency: White Middle Class Women and those who inspired to be like or at the very least enjoy the life style that these women enjoy.

The saddest thing I saw during the DNC convention in Denver was Oprah having an emotional moment during Obama’s acceptance speech to the presidency. The date and time was loaded with subtexts, one being the 45th Anniversary of the famous MLK Jr.’s I have a dream speech on the Mall in Washington. Oprah was in tears way up high in the stadium with friends consoling her.

I wonder how many of her White Women fans would want to know that Oprah.

Now, it seems there is this sick joke that being played on Women. White Women in particular with this Palin character as the VP on the RNC presidential ticket. The subplot is that Karl Rove (Satan’s Cursed Child), is at it again. He is the mastermind behind this picking Palin to be McCain running mate. The RNC is gambling on Women supporters of Hillary, the PUMA (Party Unity My Ass) and the so called Reagan Democrats crowds to vote Republican come November. I must say that I am afraid that he is so far to be succeeding. The choosing of Palin is to galvanize many among them the Oprah followers of Oprah. How long before these women demand of Oprah to bring Palin on as a guest of her show. The media is playing along in pushing and remaking Sarah Palin palatable for most Americans who are still for one reason or another can bring themselves to vote for Obama.

This is a perfect example between being RICH and being POWERFUL: Oprah is RICH but Karl Rove is POWERFUL!

It may be naive and simple of me but RACE is the issue why these folks would rather use the flimsiest of excuse to justify their true reason for not Voting Democratic this coming election.

Yes I am talking about far too many Whites and their affiliates who rather slash their own wrists than ever voted a black man for president.

Now I wonder how long will it take before the ratings for The Oprah Show to start to dwindle. Her standing as media maven diminished, her magazine folded and eventually reduce to mere footnote in American media history.

I hope Oprah is as smart as she has proven to be and has started making plans for what could be the beginning of her erasure in the american cultural landscape.



Just read this interesting article in the NYT online version. Apparently there is movement brewing in France for the last few years… This article take into account how Obama’s presidential run has provided the inspiration for many Afro French Brothers & Sisters to take the French society to task about its racial demons…

My advise to the French however you re(act) or respond to this social conversation, please do not follow the pathology that America has opted for in addressing its racial issues.

The Race Issue..