FBI’s 1800 Pages on Author James Baldwin

February 22, 2015

J. Giambrone


“Isn’t Baldwin a well-known pervert?”

-J. Edgar Hoover (well-known pervert)

The same FBI that sent Martin Luther King Jr. letters advising him to kill himself had institutionalized its surveillance of notable black authors.

Why James Baldwin’s FBI File Was 1,884 Pages

The Bureau director thus continued to explore ways to ban Baldwin’s book under the Interstate Transportation of Obscene Matter statute—this despite the report of the Justice Department’s General Crimes Section that “Another Country by James Baldwin has been reviewed…and it has been concluded that the book contains literary merit and may be of value to students of psychology and social behavior.”


FBI agents who supplied these files with literary notes and queries qualify as genuine critic-spies.

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Harry Belafonte Was Right About Jay-Z

February 20, 2015

Our Legaci with J.A.M. Aiwuyor


Jay-ZWith the current controversy surrounding high-end retail store Barneys and racial profiling allegations, one thing stands evident. Harry Belafonte was right about Jay-Z. In the midst of this controversy, fans have called on Jay-Z to end his partnership with Barneys, in which his new holiday fashion line is going to be sold. Jay-Z’s response has been a calculated public relations effort in which he negates any real responsibility to his default, “I’m doing it for charity” statement. Currently, Jay-Z is continuing his partnership with Barneys with his collection set to launch next week.

This “doing it for charity” response only further highlights Jay-Z’s disconnect with the masses that he often claims to represent. This notion of accepting racism in exchange for charity is downright laughable. If a charity is supposed to be helping people, why work with a store that appears to marginalize his own fan base due to class and race perceptions…

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Kanye’s Frantz Fanon Complex

February 20, 2015

Kanye’s Frantz Fanon Complex.

WELL- Smoke ON!!

February 20, 2015

First you Survive/ Then you Thrive

Today I am sad at hearing the news of the death of a friend’s mother.introspective

I am sad because she was a lovely vibrant woman, a real character and you don’t get a lot of those in this life. And because she was a big part of my childhood and that will never come again.

So, in celebration of her life I am telling one of my favorite memories of her.

When my Grandmother dies, after a long illness, the women gathered as we do, to prop up the exhausted family.

It was as the services and obituary were being prepared. There was wine and memories and laughter.

I was present with a girl friend who had come over expecting a more solemn occasion, my aunts, the surviving daughters of my grandmother and two family friends, Miss Bea and Miss Cindy.

Now as a point of information and a little…

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February 20, 2015

First you Survive/ Then you Thrive

Yes, I am on #TeamCookiecookie

Ok – I understand the EMPIRE controversy. It is a negative portal of the black community and black family. It glorifies the hip-hop music industry… it over insight into homophobia and homosexuality in the black community.

That said, I watched it and I have been team Cookie since she wailed on Hakeem. And I don’t believe in beating, whipping or spanking children.

I don’t know about selling drugs or doing time… I am not about that life.

What I know is that most men and many women HATE a strong woman – like Cookie.wrong bitch

Years ago I met a really nice woman at a party. I was struggling with some bullshit manipulation that my family was putting me through and she asked me, “what will make you happy?”

It took me years to wrap my head around that concept.   I had no reference for knowing…

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February 20, 2015

First you Survive/ Then you Thrive


I was born this way!egyptian queen

I woke up like this

I woke up QUEENblack elizabethian queen

Why do we tell little girls that she is a princess,

until some man makes her a /his queen.

Yet we tell little boys that they are Kings.

Did you ever tell a little boy that he is a prince,

until some woman made him a/her king.

No, he was born this way – he woke up like this.

You tell women that their value is tied to a man,

and without a man they are less than.

and then

you wonder why

they compete so for the attention of any ole piece of man.

are vicious and unloving toward each other.

I know two women who have shared with me,

that they were told by their mothers not to trust other women.

I don’t want my son marry a…

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Oklahoma Legislative Committee Votes to Ban AP U.S. History

February 18, 2015

An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools.

Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher (R) has introduced “emergency” legislation “prohibiting the expenditure of funds on the Advanced Placement United States History course.” Fisher is part of a group called the “Black Robe Regiment” which argues “the church and God himself has been under assault, marginalized, and diminished by the progressives and secularists.” The group attacks the “false wall of separation of church and state.” The Black Robe Regiment claims that a “growing tide of special interest groups indoctrinating our youth at the exclusion of the Christian perspective.”

Fisher said the Advanced Placement history class fails to teach “American exceptionalism.” The bill passed the Oklahoma House Education committee on Monday on a vote of 11-4. You can read the actual course description for the course here.

For other lawmakers, however, Fisher is thinking too small. Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern (R) claims that all “AP courses violate the legislation approved last year that repealed Common Core.” She has asked the Oklahoma Attorney General to issue a ruling. Kern argues that “AP courses are similar to Common Core, in that they could be construed as an attempt to impose a national curriculum on American schools.”

Diane Ravitch's blog

Oh, here we go again. Somebody is always banning something, and now it is the AP U.S. history course, on the grounds that it has an anti-American, unpatriotic slant. I haven’t seen the course and can’t weigh in on the facts, but it is troubling to see state legislatures deciding questions of history. That is not the right forum. Controversial issues should be resolved by competent scholars. of whom there are many. Typically, in history, there is not a right answer (even if the multiple-choice test-makers think so); in history, there are interpretations and debates. Students should be aware of those debates, not given pre-fab right answers.

An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all…

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Valentine’s Day for One

February 14, 2015

Valentine’s Day for One.

Valentine’s Day for One

February 14, 2015

First you Survive/ Then you Thrive

One of my good girlfriends asked me what I was doing for Valentine’s Day.

I told her about the care packages I was preparing for my children and getting started on my taxes.

She squinted I disbelief, “NO what are you going for you for Valentine’s Day?kelly confused

She spoke slowly as if she thought it would help me understand.  It did.

I realized that I didn’t have any plans for myself for valentine’s Day.  So often as women we are caregivers to a houseful of people and not to ourselves.  I have slipped into that mindset but like they tell you on the plane, put the oxygen mask over your mouth then attend to children and others in your area.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence,

it is self-preservation,

and that is an act of political warfare.”― Audre Lorde

So I sat out to have a plan to do…

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Inner Dialogue

February 14, 2015

Inner Dialogue.