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SHAHRAZAD ALI IS BACK WITH ANOTHER BOOK BOMB-CHECK IT OUT!

May 28, 2010

FROM muhammadspeaks.com

In view of the events that took place on 9-11-2001 it’s time to pull this book back out and follow the instructions in it!
Learn how to survive the Holy War as it progresses here in America
There are no special provisions for people of Color.
This book is our Plan B
We are most at risk in th inner-city and nearby suburbs.
Prepare to Do-For-Self
A Handy Reference of Suppliers- Emergency Tactics- Hidden Resources – Support Groups – Desperate Measures- Protection

The Bravest Black Woman in America
Sister Shahrazad Ali

By Sister Zakiyah Karim

Reprinted from Muhammad Speaks Vol.1, No.5 /Written in January, 1992

The proportion of Black women who will probably never (legally) marry has nearly tripled in the past 30 years.

According to a recent Census Bureau study, Black Women outnumber Black men significantly.

Homicide remains one of the leading causes of death among Black men ages 15-34.

With the majority of Black men between the ages of 17 and 40 either incarcerated, on drugs, homosexual, lovers of women who are other than their own kind, or HIV positive; the chances of a Black woman finding a husband are to say the least, bleak.

Another problem in the quest of the Black woman find a Black husband out of the remaining few Black men who have managed to avoid being killed and who have dodged the other genocidal weapons aimed at our Nation (The Black Nation), is the fact that over half of those left are either unemployed or receive such low wages that they are not financially able to support a family and women who receive government assistance frequently find their benefits cut if they get married.

Subsequently, we find Black women taking on the attitude that “You don’t have to have a man on your are to be successful.” or “You don’t have to have a man, period.”

We found out in 1990, when Sister Shahrazad Ali’s book, The Blackman’s Guide To Understanding the Black Woman, arrived in bookstores nation-wide, how ashamed Black women are for taking on such an attitude of not needing the Black man.

Black women all over the country became furious with Sister Sharazad Ali for statements made concerning Black women; such as the fact that the Black woman is “out of control” and that one of the options available to the Black man when the Black woman’s mouth becomes uncontrollably disrespectful was that he could “offer her an open-handed slap in the mouth.”

Black women and, in a few cases, Black men used this, “slap-in-the-mouth”, phrase, which appeared in the seventeenth chapter of The Blackman’s Guide…, to condemn the entire eighteen chapter book.

In 1989, according to the 1991 Almanac, 18,435 Black men were arrested for “offenses against family and children” as opposed to 37,671 white men who were arrested for the same charge.

It is obvious that Black men were not waiting for Shahrazad to tell them that hitting was an option, even though it is the worst of all choices, to deal with the Black woman and her, frequently out-of-control mouth.

Some people acted as though Sister Sharazad had invented “domestic violence”, that physical fighting between the Black man and the Black woman did not exist and that as a result of “The Blackman’s Guide…” pandamonium would break out among Black people, and Black women all over the country would be doomed to the “opened-hand” of our men.

On the contrary, Sister Sharazad pointed out, in her book, and even more clearly, on the On Tour Video Tape, that as both Black men and the Black women we find ourselves in these undesirable and savage-acting situations (the Black woman having such an out-of-control mouth and the Black man dealing with it by hitting her) because of our following the life-style of the Caucasian white man and woman, who is none other than the devil.

Although Sister Shahrazad Ali was well aware of the opposition she would face, and stated so in the Preface of The Blackman’s Guide…, she stood toe to toe with one of the greatest oppositions imaginable, her sister (The Blackwoman). For this reason she has earned the title of being “The Bravest Black Woman in America”.

Many of the women, whom I ,know personally, that initially, disliked the book, The Blackman’s Guide To Understanding The Black Woman, whether they had read the book or not, in 1990; now say, in 1992, that what Sister Sharazad said was right.

In 1991, Sister Shahrazad Ali was, al but, lynched by an angry mob, on national television, where she appeared on several different talk shows, to defend her book that was based on the fact that “The Blackwoman’s disrespect for the Blackman was a direct cause of the breakdown in the Black family”, Sister Shahrazad Ali went on Tour to speak to Black men and women face to face. She now has released THE BLACKMAN’S GUIDE ON TOUR VIDEO TAPE.

This “On Tour” Video Tape has caused Black women, who initially argued that Sister Shahrazad’s examples were inaccurate, to admit that “she is telling the Truth”.

The Blackman’s Guide ON TOUR video tape has caused the Black women, who in 1990, opposed and became angry with Sister Sharazad Ali, to look into the mirror of reality and say, “Thank you” to The Bravest Black woman in America.

As a Muslim Believer in the Teachings and Programs of Messenger Elijah Muhammad, the only negative reaction I had to Sister Sharazad Ali was that I did not like that she had used Messenger Elijah Muhammad’s Teaching without letting the public know that Messenger Elijah Muhammad was the source or foundation of her information.

I was happy to hear, in the On Tour Video tape, Sister Shahrazad Ali give praises to Allah and to see The Message To the Blackman in America, by Messenger Elijah Muhammad, which is the most powerful book ever written, on the table in front of her.

Sister Sharazad Ali explained to me that she did not reveal her source, in the beginning, because “The people have already been taught to reject Islam”. Messenger Elijah Muhammad, himself, said, “Find someway to ease a little Islam into them while you are talking, not in no way to make them angry with you but come in on them easy…” “I have slipped up on them many times in their own way and when I’d get through with them they were in my way. It was Islam I was easing in on them, but I come in under the cross, and they didn’t see the crescent, until I had broken the cross.”

Sister Shahrazad, by no means, came in on The Blackwoman easy, so as to make them not be angry with her, but nevertheless; she made more progress in the way of introducing the Black Women in America to Islam, as taught by Messenger Elijah Muhamamd than any sister that I know of.

All of our lives, we have learned how strong and good the Black woman is by nature. Although non of us are perfect, Sister Shahrazad Ali represents “some of that monumental strength (and goodness) we say we have.”

In the Name of Allah, Who came in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad and In the Name of His Last and Greatest Messenger, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I thank you for reading this article.

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SHAHRAZAD ALI IS BACK!-SHE BROKE THE JINX ON BLACK PUBLISHING IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY WITH HER BOOK “THE BLACK MAN’S GUIDE TO THE BLACK WOMAN” IN 1990!

May 28, 2010

from playahata.com

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BLACK WRITERS IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA!

Friday, May 28, 2010
SHAHRAZAD ALI MADE THE BREAKTHROUGH FOR BLACK WRITERS IN THE 1990’S WITH “THE BLACK MAN’S GUIDE TO THE BLACK WOMAN” AND SHE STILL THERE FIGHT FOR BLACK TRUTH!
Shahrazad AliFROM playahata.com

Mother of the Black Book Explosion?

Exclusive Feature: Shahrazad Ali on Terry McMillan, “Black Chic Lit”, and the Millions More Movement

In 2005 controversial topics are helping to drive Internet video sales, book sales and tabloid newspaper sales more than we have ever seen. The common belief is that controversy sells. That is not actually a fact, but should be weighed on a case-by-case basis. Controversy can be positive or negative but usually it is associated with negativity. Once upon a time in America a negative controversy could destroy one’s career. In 1990 many African Americans were caught up in a controversy of social merit. The discussion stemmed from issues touched upon in a very controversial book by Author Shaharazad Ali.
The book was called The Black man’s Guide to Understanding the Black woman. In the book Ali advocated a slap to the mouth of a loud, “out of control female” although her words were blown out of proportion – to those that read the book there was no denying that that they were in context of “controlling the black woman” – something many black woman will never forgive her for. Ali however, is not asking to be forgiven in fact she is just as controversial 15 years later.
If you don’t pay attention you might think that this controversy caused her to go dormant but she is still writing books and she’s starting to speak publicly again. In 2005 she seems to be re-energized by the media reports of salacious behavior involving African-Americans, particularly black women. Nowadays Black women find themselves equally part of the controversy landscape and infamy gets people paid as if they were famous. Witness Karrine Steffans and Nicole Narrain just this month. In 2005 negative controversy is so chronic and epidemic that it knows no racial boundaries. Ali may be annoyed but at the same time she says she is not surprised by anything she reads. As she played with her grandkids and spoke with Playahata.com the author did not mince words or any of the subjects we approached her with. She’s not one to bite her tongue in print or live conversation.
Those not familiar with the books of the outspoken society critic might have had a chance to catch her occasionally talking politics on the internet at http://www.Libradio.com or http://www.innerLightRadio.com, In Philadelphia on community Radio Station WURD 900 AM or in New York at Harlem community radio station WHCR 90.3 FM. However more frequently she has been talking to Hip-hop audiences with frequent appearances on the very controversial Star and Buck Wild Morning Show of 105.1, and although her support and placement there has raised the eyebrows of some of her peers, she seems to be consistent in her criticism of things and people.
Ali is the author of seven books How Not to Eat Pork, Life Without the Pig, Urban Survival for the Year 2000: How to Prepare for the Y2K Computer Problem in the Hood, How to Tell If Your Man Is Gay or Bisexual, The Black Woman’s Guide to Understanding the Blackman, The Black Man’s Guide to Understanding the Black Woman, and Are You Still a Slave? Things Your Parents Should Have Told You.
Ali told Playahata.com that she is basically the mother of non-fiction literature and Black female literature and all this explosion of Black female writers that we see today; she said there was no self-publishing going on until her books. According to Ali 98% of the titles that you see today all came after 1990 after her book opened up the market. Prior to that all you saw on shelves was Roots, Why the Caged Bird Sings, etc. She urged me to go into the bookstores and check the dates on all the black authors books and see if any were copy written before 1990 when she started publishing her books. I never checked, I took her word for it (but somebody please check this pretentious claim). However since Ali believes she is responsible for opening up the book market for all these authors today, she was a good person to talk with since we review a book per month in addition to movies and music.

Warning – Shaharazad Ali may offend, she is fearless and controversial but with those labels often comes confusion and inconsistency so I wanted to set the record straight by getting her thoughts on a few topics –Bruce Banter.

Millions More Movement in October – Support It or Not
Ali said she “supported the first march and it was a good thing for black men to all come together in solidarity to the tune of a million plus and not have to worry about having women present to confuse men issues and agenda. You can’t mix women and men together cause women have no self-control. However the first effort was spoiled and a lot of potential wasted because Minister Louis Farrakhan has strayed so much from the original teachings of Elijah Muhammad. He had all these black men at his disposal and the best he could do is tell them to go vote for somebody and this time around its not going to be more effective. All he is going to do is bring a whole lot of black people together converge on D.C. and make white folks richer. He has lost focus he is inviting everybody including poor whites almost like a politician now. I can’t throw my support behind that all inclusive efforts those are not the teachings I grew up on and I don’t care what anybody from the Nation Of Islam (NOI) has to say, I been a Muslim for 39 years and can’t none of’em try to tell me what to say. People think that I am a NOI Muslim but I am not, so I can just tell the truth whenever I feel like it. The National Urban league came out with their annual report in 2005 and it says we are in worse condition than we were in 10 years ago. Farrakhan should just stay home and tell people to send a check

The New wave of “Black Chic Lit*”
“I don’t like any of it, I don’t like that name “Black Chic Lit” and I don’t like those books, they all look alike, it’s junk books, it’s nonsense romance nonsense, white publishers put this stuff together. They started grooming these women, flooding market with unheard of women whose whole world is based in sexual stuff, its just ignorance, Where are the health books at? White people have taken over the black book industry ” – when an attempt was made to clarify which books (chic lit or street lit*) and suggest she may be judging a book by its cover (some covers may look similar but the story may be nothing like what one assumes) the author said she just had to play it safe and that although some people who might not read are reading now its still not a good thing, its surely not what she envisioned when she was “paving the way”.
In a last ditch effort I attempted to differentiate the female authors in this explosion are not all the same, there are some books grouped in as bad that are not as known. However the street literature books have more popularity There are the very popular and now mimicked. Vicki Stringer type books of female gangsters, woman supporting her drug dealer boyfriend, etc Terri Woods, Nikki Turner and these books are saturating the market but – then there are others that book content separate themselves from other female authors, take a book like Drama Factor which, is about struggles of a Haitian buppie or a book life “Picture Me Rollin”, about a female Tupac by a Ivy league educated, activist.
Ali said she doesn’t waste time trying to figure out who is who; the book covers are all alike to her. It’s the same to me, same design, same type of illustrations, big type, line spacing “The other black chicks books not about guns- that I’ve seen, are about ‘gotta find a man’ no story development, copying what white people want them to say – citing an exception for sister Souljah books. These characters don’t have a background, they just exist in a controversial way. What happened to the real Black books we used to have asked Ali?
Ali herself has written, primarily controversial books but feels the difference is that her works are not fiction.

The Terry McMillan drama and her recent book How To Tell If Your Man Is Gay or Bisexual
“I could have saved Terry McMillan a lot of time in her situation, if she had only read my book, she wouldn’t be going through the stuff that she is going through now. She should have been able to see it; I mean look at him (Jonathan Plummer). She should have known better this stuff happens because Black women rejected my book it was received better by men both black and white but black woman rejected it. I believe they rejected it because they personalized the title of the book too much. I should have entitled it “How to tell if a man is gay or bi-sexual” instead of saying how to tell if your man is gay or bi-sexual by putting your man they took it personal as if I was talking about their man at home. Some women don’t even want to read that type of advice from other women. When J.L King came out with his down lo book they flocked to purchase that. He didn’t break it down like I did but they brought that book and my book didn’t sell as well. My book sold more with white men and black men. Also J.L. King had open invitation to the media. I break it down for everybody no matter who you are and what you been through my book will have the signs to identify a gay man. I just wanted to warn women.
You had Star Jones husband rumors before Terri McMillan and there are a lot of regular women still guessing because they have yet to read my book. In the end Terri relationship failed for the following reasons: Age Gap of 20 years is too big and she’s wiser and smarter than him and he knows it. The cultural differences, of the two he’ Jamaican and she’s black Negro and we as black people been in America so long they we are a new type of black people, we are Uncle Tom American Blacks, we just different we don’t mix too well with others”.

*Chick Lit – relationship and/or sex based literature geared towards single, upwardly mobile, women in their twenties and thirties.
*Street Lit – literature geared towards young crowds in their thirties and twenties (and maybe even younger) usually poorly written and marketed as Hip-hop books but generally have nothing to do with Hip hop. Often based around stories involving gangs, violence, crime, and street life (i.e. the Donald Goines book series )
Posted by YEYE AKILIMALI FUNUA OLADE at 12:53 AM
Labels: AFRICAN AMERICANS, BLACK MEN, BLACK MEN/BLACK WOMEN, BLACK PEOPLE, BLACK WOMEN MUST STOP PUTTING THE BLACK MAN DOWN, BLACK WOMEN WRITERS, SHAHRAZAD ALI, THE BLACK MAN’S GUIDE TO THE BLACK WOMAN
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>SHAHRAZAD ALI MADE THE BREAKTHROUGH FOR BLACK WRITERS IN THE 1990’S WITH "THE BLACK MAN’S GUIDE TO THE BLACK WOMAN" AND SHE STILL THERE FIGHT FOR BLACK TRUTH!

May 28, 2010

> http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=bib-05-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0933405014&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrShahrazad AliFROM playahata.com

 Mother of the Black Book Explosion?

 
Exclusive Feature: Shahrazad Ali on Terry McMillan, “Black Chic Lit”, and the Millions More Movement

In 2005 controversial topics are helping to drive Internet video sales, book sales and tabloid newspaper sales more than we have ever seen. The common belief is that controversy sells. That is not actually a fact, but should be weighed on a case-by-case basis. Controversy can be positive or negative but usually it is associated with negativity. Once upon a time in America a negative controversy could destroy one’s career. In 1990 many African Americans were caught up in a controversy of social merit. The discussion stemmed from issues touched upon in a very controversial book by Author Shaharazad Ali.
The book was called The Black man’s Guide to Understanding the Black woman. In the book Ali advocated a slap to the mouth of a loud, “out of control female” although her words were blown out of proportion – to those that read the book there was no denying that that they were in context of “controlling the black woman” – something many black woman will never forgive her for. Ali however, is not asking to be forgiven in fact she is just as controversial 15 years later.
If you don’t pay attention you might think that this controversy caused her to go dormant but she is still writing books and she’s starting to speak publicly again. In 2005 she seems to be re-energized by the media reports of salacious behavior involving African-Americans, particularly black women. Nowadays Black women find themselves equally part of the controversy landscape and infamy gets people paid as if they were famous. Witness Karrine Steffans and Nicole Narrain just this month. In 2005 negative controversy is so chronic and epidemic that it knows no racial boundaries. Ali may be annoyed but at the same time she says she is not surprised by anything she reads. As she played with her grandkids and spoke with Playahata.com the author did not mince words or any of the subjects we approached her with. She’s not one to bite her tongue in print or live conversation.
Those not familiar with the books of the outspoken society critic might have had a chance to catch her occasionally talking politics on the internet at http://www.Libradio.com or http://www.innerLightRadio.com, In Philadelphia on community Radio Station WURD 900 AM or in New York at Harlem community radio station WHCR 90.3 FM. However more frequently she has been talking to Hip-hop audiences with frequent appearances on the very controversial Star and Buck Wild Morning Show of 105.1, and although her support and placement there has raised the eyebrows of some of her peers, she seems to be consistent in her criticism of things and people.
Ali is the author of seven books How Not to Eat Pork, Life Without the Pig, Urban Survival for the Year 2000: How to Prepare for the Y2K Computer Problem in the Hood, How to Tell If Your Man Is Gay or Bisexual, The Black Woman’s Guide to Understanding the Blackman, The Black Man’s Guide to Understanding the Black Woman, and Are You Still a Slave? Things Your Parents Should Have Told You.
Ali told Playahata.com that she is basically the mother of non-fiction literature and Black female literature and all this explosion of Black female writers that we see today; she said there was no self-publishing going on until her books. According to Ali 98% of the titles that you see today all came after 1990 after her book opened up the market. Prior to that all you saw on shelves was Roots, Why the Caged Bird Sings, etc. She urged me to go into the bookstores and check the dates on all the black authors books and see if any were copy written before 1990 when she started publishing her books. I never checked, I took her word for it (but somebody please check this pretentious claim). However since Ali believes she is responsible for opening up the book market for all these authors today, she was a good person to talk with since we review a book per month in addition to movies and music.

Warning – Shaharazad Ali may offend, she is fearless and controversial but with those labels often comes confusion and inconsistency so I wanted to set the record straight by getting her thoughts on a few topics –Bruce Banter.

Millions More Movement in October – Support It or Not
Ali said she “supported the first march and it was a good thing for black men to all come together in solidarity to the tune of a million plus and not have to worry about having women present to confuse men issues and agenda. You can’t mix women and men together cause women have no self-control. However the first effort was spoiled and a lot of potential wasted because Minister Louis Farrakhan has strayed so much from the original teachings of Elijah Muhammad. He had all these black men at his disposal and the best he could do is tell them to go vote for somebody and this time around its not going to be more effective. All he is going to do is bring a whole lot of black people together converge on D.C. and make white folks richer. He has lost focus he is inviting everybody including poor whites almost like a politician now. I can’t throw my support behind that all inclusive efforts those are not the teachings I grew up on and I don’t care what anybody from the Nation Of Islam (NOI) has to say, I been a Muslim for 39 years and can’t none of’em try to tell me what to say. People think that I am a NOI Muslim but I am not, so I can just tell the truth whenever I feel like it. The National Urban league came out with their annual report in 2005 and it says we are in worse condition than we were in 10 years ago. Farrakhan should just stay home and tell people to send a check

The New wave of “Black Chic Lit*”
“I don’t like any of it, I don’t like that name “Black Chic Lit” and I don’t like those books, they all look alike, it’s junk books, it’s nonsense romance nonsense, white publishers put this stuff together. They started grooming these women, flooding market with unheard of women whose whole world is based in sexual stuff, its just ignorance, Where are the health books at? White people have taken over the black book industry ” – when an attempt was made to clarify which books (chic lit or street lit*) and suggest she may be judging a book by its cover (some covers may look similar but the story may be nothing like what one assumes) the author said she just had to play it safe and that although some people who might not read are reading now its still not a good thing, its surely not what she envisioned when she was “paving the way”. 
In a last ditch effort I attempted to differentiate the female authors in this explosion are not all the same, there are some books grouped in as bad that are not as known. However the street literature books have more popularity There are the very popular and now mimicked. Vicki Stringer type books of female gangsters, woman supporting her drug dealer boyfriend, etc Terri Woods, Nikki Turner and these books are saturating the market but – then there are others that book content separate themselves from other female authors, take a book like Drama Factor which, is about struggles of a Haitian buppie or a book life “Picture Me Rollin”, about a female Tupac by a Ivy league educated, activist.
Ali said she doesn’t waste time trying to figure out who is who; the book covers are all alike to her. It’s the same to me, same design, same type of illustrations, big type, line spacing “The other black chicks books not about guns- that I’ve seen, are about ‘gotta find a man’ no story development, copying what white people want them to say – citing an exception for sister Souljah books. These characters don’t have a background, they just exist in a controversial way. What happened to the real Black books we used to have asked Ali?
Ali herself has written, primarily controversial books but feels the difference is that her works are not fiction.

The Terry McMillan drama and her recent book How To Tell If Your Man Is Gay or Bisexual
“I could have saved Terry McMillan a lot of time in her situation, if she had only read my book, she wouldn’t be going through the stuff that she is going through now. She should have been able to see it; I mean look at him (Jonathan Plummer). She should have known better this stuff happens because Black women rejected my book it was received better by men both black and white but black woman rejected it. I believe they rejected it because they personalized the title of the book too much. I should have entitled it “How to tell if a man is gay or bi-sexual” instead of saying how to tell if your man is gay or bi-sexual by putting your man they took it personal as if I was talking about their man at home. Some women don’t even want to read that type of advice from other women. When J.L King came out with his down lo book they flocked to purchase that. He didn’t break it down like I did but they brought that book and my book didn’t sell as well. My book sold more with white men and black men. Also J.L. King had open invitation to the media. I break it down for everybody no matter who you are and what you been through my book will have the signs to identify a gay man. I just wanted to warn women.
You had Star Jones husband rumors before Terri McMillan and there are a lot of regular women still guessing because they have yet to read my book. In the end Terri relationship failed for the following reasons: Age Gap of 20 years is too big and she’s wiser and smarter than him and he knows it. The cultural differences, of the two he’ Jamaican and she’s black Negro and we as black people been in America so long they we are a new type of black people, we are Uncle Tom American Blacks, we just different we don’t mix too well with others”.

*Chick Lit – relationship and/or sex based literature geared towards single, upwardly mobile, women in their twenties and thirties.
*Street Lit  – literature geared towards young crowds in their thirties and twenties (and maybe even younger) usually poorly written and marketed as Hip-hop books but generally  have nothing to do with Hip hop. Often based around stories involving gangs, violence, crime, and street life (i.e. the Donald Goines book series )

>BLACK POETS (IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA)-TO BE CONSTANTLY UPDATED AND NOT IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER YET

May 26, 2010

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 AMIRI BARAKA-MY CHOICE FOR THE GREATEST BLACK POET IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA!)

 PHYLLIS WHEATLY (1753-1784)-thought to be the first Black poet in the U.S.A.

LANGSTON HUGHES

 SONIA SANCHEZ( MY MENTOR!)

BLACK POETS(IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA)

SANCHEZ,SONIA

GIOVANNI,NIKKI

ROGERS,CAROLYN

OLADE,YEYE AKILIMALI FUNUA

DUNBAR,PAUL LAWRENCE

HUGHES,LANGSTON

BROOKS,GWENDOLYN

BARAKA,AMIRI

MADHUBUTI,HAKI

CULLEN,COURTEE

JOHNSON,JAMES WELDON

YOUNG,AL

HARPER,MICHAEL S.

JORDAN,JUNE

GARVEY,MARCUS

THE LAST POETS

WALCOTT,DEREK

FAUSET,JESSIE REDMON

TROUPE,QUINCY

WALKER,ALICE

SPENSER,ANNE

GLIMKE,ANGELINA W.

HARPER,TRANCIS E.W.

PHYLLIS WHEATLEY (1753-1784)-thought to be the first Black poet in the U.S.A.

MADGETT,NAOMI LONG

CLIFTON,LUCILLE

RANDALL,DUDLEY

KOMANYAKAA,YUSEF

DOVE,RITA

BONTEMPTS,ARNA

MCKAY,CLAUDE

>A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT NIGERIAN/AFRICAN-CHIEF N.O. IDOWU BY BAYO ADEBOWALE,AFRICAN WRITER-FROM THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER,APRIL 28,2010

May 23, 2010

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BAYO ADEBOWALE (CENTER) WITH CHIEF AFE BABALOLA

FROM THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

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The N.O. Idowu that I know The beauty of Africa
Is slain upon the high places.
How are the mighty fallen!

SIR: The Erin-wo epitaph clearly sums up people’s general opinion of the eventful life and times of Chief (Dr) Nathaniel Olabiyi Idowu (OFR), the Mayeloye and the Okanlomo of Ibadan land. Chief Idowu led a crowded life of progress and specular achievements in virtually all fields of human endeavour Ð as a community leader, philanthropist, pillar of sports, business tycoon, devout Christian, committed family man and a complete Omoluwabi.
Steadfast, diligent, disciplined, intelligent, honest, firm and forthright, N.O. all though, kept his head while others were losing theirs, in the face of challenges and vicissitudes of life. He was adored by his admirers and venerated even by his detractors, over whom he perched mightily like an eagle bird on the giant Baobab tree. He was in perfect accord with friends and at peace and harmony with all who dug holes round him.
Chief Nathaniel Olabiyi Idowu had no space in his tender heart to harbour malice, rancour and recriminations. His heart was a level-ground for positive thinking and record-breaking tendencies. No nooks, no crannies. Several times he had summoned us in African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre (AHRLC) to Lagos, to discuss confidential matters which touched his heart intimately, and these were matters concerning the progress and development of Eniosa, Adeyipo, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria and Africa. At such meetings, N. O. would bubble with hope, optimism and the commitment of a true messiah, on a rescue mission to improve the lot of his people. A great lover of the rural communityÉ When we took the news to him about Chief Afe Babalola’s unprecedented act of philantropism to AHRLC at Adeyipo village, he grabbed his phone and poured encomiums on the legal luminary telling him, “You have done what Napoleon would not do, Afe, turning back the Duke of Wellington. May Almighty God continue to enrich your purse and bless you abundantly as you put smiles on the faces of my people. Congratulations.”
On Saturday, September 24, 2005, during the official commissioning of AHRLC, Chief N. O. Idowu risked his health to grace the occasion. That day, he met with seven thousand jubilating community people of Olorunda Abaa, Igbo-Elerin and Igbo-Oloyin waiting impatiently to welcome their mentor and leader with traditional dundun and sekere music. Fortified by a sudden gift of good health and strength from above, N.O came that day to Adeyipo smiling, singing and dancing (in company of late Archdeacon Emmanuel Alayande and Chief Mrs. C.A. Idowu, his amiable wife, in front of a vociferous community audience who bestowed on him honour and recognition, never before witnessed in Lagelu Local Government Council of Ibadan, Oyo State. Together with Chief N. O. Idowu (our beloved Grand Patron) we formulated a universal caption for the task ahead of us in AHRLC, it is that: We have great works to do,
We have been called upon to build a new Africa
And a new Black World.
The N.O. Idowu that I know was a patriotic and worthy son of Africa. A man who stretched himself to ensure relief and comfort for the poor and the needy. A man who put others first and himself last; who kept sleepless nights to secure solutions to the problems of the society. A great man who left his footmarks boldly in the sands of time.
Chief (Dr.) Nathaniel Olabiyi Idowu (OFR) can never die, in the hearts of all of us who love him at home and abroad. He will forever be aliveÉ so, Death be not proud! Because those whom thou thinketh thou slayest, Dieth not, Poor Death!
Bayo Adebowale.
Adeyipo Village, Ibadan

>BAYO ADEBOWALE-A GREAT AFRICAN WRITER-A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

May 23, 2010

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from africanliterature.wordpress.com BAYO ADEBOWALE,EXTREME RIGHT,WITH OLOYE AFE BABALOLA ATI IYAAFIN YEYE AKILIMALI FUNUA OLADE (ABOVE)

BAYO ADEBOWALE:BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
By Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade

Bayo Adebowale, poet,novelist,short story writer,critic, teacher and librarian,was born in Adeyipo Village, Lagelu Local Government Area of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, on 6th June, 1944,to a peasant farmer and traditional drummer, Alagba Ayanlade Oladipupo Akangbe Adebowale. His mother, Madam Abigael Ayannihun Atunwa Adebowale is a traditional rara chanter and dancer,who hails from the neighbouring Apon Onilu Village,Ibadan, Oyo State.

Bayo Adebowale attended St. Andrew’s Kindergarten School at Kufi I Village, and St. Andrew’s Senior Primary School, Bamgbola, Igbo-Elerin District of Ibadan, where he obtained his Grade A Primary School Leaving Certificate in December, 1955. Thereafter, he was admitted to the Local Authjority Secondary Modern School, Aperin, Ibadan, between 1956 and 1958. In 1959,he became a pupil teacher at St. Mathias Primary School, Busogboro,Oluyole Local Government Area, Ibadan. The need to be trained as a teacher took him to Ilesa where he was admitted to St Peter’s Grade III Teacher College between 1960 and 1961. He was headmaster of St. Michael’s Primary School,Eko-Ajala,near Ikirun, Osun State, from January 1962 to December 1964. He was transferred to head another school in 1965-St. Andrew’s Primary School, Ilawe,three miles from Ifon, Osun State.

In 1966, the year of Nigeria’s military coup,Bayo Adebowale gained admission to Baptist College, Ede for his Higher Elementary Grade II Teacher Training Programme, which he finished in 1967 with Merit in ten subjects, including English Language, English Literature and Music. At Baptist College, Ede, Adebowale’s creativity boomed. He was a College House Prefect, the Secretary Literary and Debating Society,and the Editor of the College magazine,The Echo . He was a voracious reader of English and African novels;an ardent reader of the works of great writers like Gerald Durrel,Rider H.Haggard,Jane Austen, Daniel Defoe,John Buchan,R.L. Stevenson,Alexandre Dumas, Charles Dickens,Cyprian Ekwensi, Chinua Achebe, Elechi Amadi, Alan Paton, Peter Abrahams and Amos Tutuola. Bayo Adebowale’s creative ebullience was kept alive as a Higher Elementary (H.E.) teacher at Baptist School, Afolabi Apasan (near Araomi Akanran)Ibadan,between d1968 and 1970 and also at Ibadan City Council Primary School, Agugu, between 1970 and 1971.

In October,1971,he was admitted to read English at the Universtiy of Ibadan, having passed his General Certificate of Education(GCE) at both the Ordinary and the Advanced levels, between 1968 and 1971. He graduated Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) English in 1974 and had his National Youth Service Corps at St. Augustine’s Teachers’ College, Lafia, Benue-Plateau State, Northern Nigeria, from July 1974 to July 1975.

Bayo Adebowale was employed as an Education Officer (English) by the Western State Public Service Commission Between August, 1975 and August 1979 when he was posted to the Government Trade Centre at Oyo as an English Instructor. But in-between, Adebowale was given admission to the University of Ibadan for his Post Graduate Diploma in Applied English Linguistics (1976) and his Master of Arts Degree in English, which he successfully completed idn December 1978. His higher educational status qualified him for employment at the Oyo State College of Education,Ilesa,where he was appointed a Lecturer I in English in September 1979. He was posted back to St. Anderew’s College(then a Campus of OYSCE Ilesa) to head the School of Arts as the Deputy Dean,in 1981. He became athe Acting Dean of the School of Arts in Oyo State College of Education,Ila-Orangun in 1987. After the creation of Osun State(out of Oyo State) in 1991,Bayo Adebowale returned to his State of origin, with other officers of Oyo State indigenes working at OYSCE Ila-Orangun and was redeployed to The Polytechnic,Ibadan where he,at various times, as a Senior Principal Lecturer,was a Head of Department, and Acting Dean, and the Deputy Rector of the Institution between 1999 and 2003. Bayo Adebowale completed his Doctor of Philosophy Programmed in Literature in English at the University of Ilorin in May,1997.

To date, Bayo Adebowale has published over one hundred short stories in magazines, journals and papers in Nigeria and abroad.He admires a lot the works of distinguished writers, in the short story genre, like Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, Ernest Hemingway, Somerset Maugham, Toni Morrison, Doris Lessing, O. Henry,Jack London, Stephen Crane, Judith Wright, Agnus Wilson, Chinua Achebe,Eyprian Ekwensi, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o,Ben Okri, A.G.S. Momodu, Rasheed Gbadamosi,Lekan Oyejide, Nadine Gordimer, Lekan Oyegoke and Danbudzo Marechera.

In 1972,Adebowale’s short story,”The River Goddess” won the Western State Festival of Arts Literary Competition, in Ibadan, Nigeria and in 2002,he edited a collection of new Nigerian short stories-Talent-involving the words of fifteen Nigerian writers,including those of Femi Osofisan, Wale Okediran, Akeem Lasisi,Lekan Oyegode, Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade,and Amos Tutuola. Adebowale’s short stories had appeared in important Anthologies like Frontiers:Nigerian Short Stories (1992)d;A Passage to Modern Cicero (2003) and Horizon Journal,University of Ibadan (1975). Adebowale’s short stories are collected in book form in Iron Hand,Girl About Town; and Book Me Down. His collection A New Life was published in 2006 by Bounty Press,Ibadan.

Over ninety per cent of Bayo Adebowale’s short stories have rural setting, and deal with local community people in Nigerian villages and hamlets. A common trend of culture runs through them, stretching into his poetry and his three full-length novels.

For Adebowale the so-called modern society has nothing to offer to communal African village life “except chaos, corruption and other manifestations of of western narcissim”. Africa,for Adebowale,is a passion. “The contemorarisation of the mystic of the African essence is an addiction”.

Bayo Adebowale exhaustively examines the theme of culture in his poetry. Village Harvest,his first book of poetry,bears testimony to this. All the fifty-eight poems in the collection discuss sceneries,seasons,people,places, experiences,events and beliefs of the rural community people. This same trend is discernible in his second book of poetry,A Night of Incantations; where Yoruba traditional incantations are broken into three broad categories, viz: Malevolent Incantations;Benevolent Incantations and Propitiatory Incantations. In 1992,Bayo Adebowale’s poem, “Perdition” won the Africa Prize in the Index on Censorship International Poetry Competition in London. Quite a good number of his poems have been anthologized in Poetry for Africa 2(United Kingdom),Index on Censorship Journal (United Kingdom),African Literature Association Bulletin(Canada);Poetry Drum (Nigeria) and Crab Orchard Review(United States of America).Adebowale’s latest collection of poems, African Melody (2008) gives a realistic literary repositioning of the African Continent and has been acknowledged as”deeply reseached and a compotently crafted work of art”.

Today, Bayo Adebowale is most well-known as a novelist. His first novel,The Virgin, has been adapted into two home videos under the titles of “The White Hankerchief” and later as a thirteen week National Television Serial under yet another tile- “The Narrow Path” -all by the Main Frame Film Organization of Lagos under the directorate of the ace Nigerian cinematographer-Tunde Kelani. Adebowale’s second novel,Out of His Mind has several tiimes also been adapted for the stage. Both novels have been used by researchers as final-year Long Essay Projects in Colleges of Education, and for the Bachelor of Artrs degree final-year research and for Master of Arts dissertations in Nigerian Universities. His third novel, Lonely Days is probably his most ambitious literary endeavour to date. The novel predictably deals with an important aspect of the African culture-widowhood- and has its setting, predictably also, in African rural environment. Adebowale has two other yet to be published novels:Sweetheart and Lone Voice Bayo Adebowale has been described variously as “an advocate of the grassroots people”,”a village novelist” and “a protagonist of the African culture and tradition”and “Africa’s Charles Dickens”.

His pet project, The African Heritage Research Library (at Adeyipo Village, Lagelu Local Government Area,Ibadan,Oyo State,Nigeria) is the first rural community-based African studies research library on the Continent. The objectives of the Centre are (i) to serve the educational needs of students, researchers, scholars, documentalists, and archivists in Africa and all over the world;and (ii) to serve the socio-cultural needs of the local community people:peasant farmers,local artisans, craftsmen and women in African villages and hamlets. Adebowale’s Centre at Adeyipo Village, now incorporates the cultural aspect of the life of the people with the introduction of a Music of Africa Auditorium,a Medicinal Herbs Garden and a Talking Drum Museum.
The establishment of the African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre (AHRLC) has helped a lot to enhance the quantity and quality of Bayo Adebowale’s literary output.The African Heritage Research Library has a formidable Board of Advisors which include eminent scholars and writers all over the world like Ngugi Wa Thiong’o,Elechi Amadi, Niyi Osundare,Bernth Lindfors,Akinwumi Isola;Femi Osofisan;Sam. A. Adewoye,Lekan Oyegoke, Tony Marinho and Niara Sudarkasa.
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A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT NIGERIAN/AFRICAN,CHIEF N.O. IDOWU-BY BAYO ADEBOWALE-FROM THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER,APRIL 28,2010

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The N.O. Idowu that I know

The beauty of Africa
Is slain upon the high places.
How are the mighty fallen!

SIR: The Erin-wo epitaph clearly sums up people’s general opinion of the eventful life and times of Chief (Dr) Nathaniel Olabiyi Idowu (OFR), the Mayeloye and the Okanlomo of Ibadan land. Chief Idowu led a crowded life of progress and specular achievements in virtually all fields of human endeavour Ð as a community leader, philanthropist, pillar of sports, business tycoon, devout Christian, committed family man and a complete Omoluwabi.

Steadfast, diligent, disciplined, intelligent, honest, firm and forthright, N.O. all though, kept his head while others were losing theirs, in the face of challenges and vicissitudes of life. He was adored by his admirers and venerated even by his detractors, over whom he perched mightily like an eagle bird on the giant Baobab tree. He was in perfect accord with friends and at peace and harmony with all who dug holes round him.

Chief Nathaniel Olabiyi Idowu had no space in his tender heart to harbour malice, rancour and recriminations. His heart was a level-ground for positive thinking and record-breaking tendencies. No nooks, no crannies. Several times he had summoned us in African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre (AHRLC) to Lagos, to discuss confidential matters which touched his heart intimately, and these were matters concerning the progress and development of Eniosa, Adeyipo, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria and Africa. At such meetings, N. O. would bubble with hope, optimism and the commitment of a true messiah, on a rescue mission to improve the lot of his people. A great lover of the rural communityÉ When we took the news to him about Chief Afe Babalola’s unprecedented act of philantropism to AHRLC at Adeyipo village, he grabbed his phone and poured encomiums on the legal luminary telling him, “You have done what Napoleon would not do, Afe, turning back the Duke of Wellington. May Almighty God continue to enrich your purse and bless you abundantly as you put smiles on the faces of my people. Congratulations.”

On Saturday, September 24, 2005, during the official commissioning of AHRLC, Chief N. O. Idowu risked his health to grace the occasion. That day, he met with seven thousand jubilating community people of Olorunda Abaa, Igbo-Elerin and Igbo-Oloyin waiting impatiently to welcome their mentor and leader with traditional dundun and sekere music. Fortified by a sudden gift of good health and strength from above, N.O came that day to Adeyipo smiling, singing and dancing (in company of late Archdeacon Emmanuel Alayande and Chief Mrs. C.A. Idowu, his amiable wife, in front of a vociferous community audience who bestowed on him honour and recognition, never before witnessed in Lagelu Local Government Council of Ibadan, Oyo State. Together with Chief N. O. Idowu (our beloved Grand Patron) we formulated a universal caption for the task ahead of us in AHRLC, it is that: We have great works to do,

We have been called upon to build a new Africa

And a new Black World.

The N.O. Idowu that I know was a patriotic and worthy son of Africa. A man who stretched himself to ensure relief and comfort for the poor and the needy. A man who put others first and himself last; who kept sleepless nights to secure solutions to the problems of the society. A great man who left his footmarks boldly in the sands of time.

Chief (Dr.) Nathaniel Olabiyi Idowu (OFR) can never die, in the hearts of all of us who love him at home and abroad. He will forever be aliveÉ so, Death be not proud! Because those whom thou thinketh thou slayest, Dieth not, Poor Death!

Bayo Adebowale.
Adeyipo Village, Ibadan

GABOUREY SIDIBE’S MOTHER DEFENDS HER AGAINST WHITE HOWARD STERN’S SKINNY WHITE GIRL LOVING SELF!-IN AFRICA BLACK IS BIG AND BEAUTIFUL WOMEN-GABOUREY SIDIBE IS A BIG BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!

May 22, 2010

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Sidibe’s Mom Slams Howard Stern for Fat Jab: “Get a Life!”

Us Magazine – March 16, 2010 4:30 PM PDT

Story photo: Gabourey Sidibe’s Mom Slams Howard Stern for Fat Jab: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.comUs Magazine

Gabourey Sidibe’s mom is making a big deal about Howard Stern’s criticism of her daughter.

“Get a life!” Alice Tan Ridley fumed on Inside Edition Monday of the shock jock, who called the Oscar nominee, 26, the “most enormous fat black chick I’ve ever seen… She should have gotten the Best Actress award because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?”

See which stars love their curves

Added Ridley, “He can see, you can see, I can see Gabby is a big girl. She’s a big woman, so what’s wrong with that?

“She’s not like everyone else in the world. I don’t see him giving jobs out to anybody, so why should we care what he says?” Ridley — who performs in the New York City subway for a living — continued. “He might not hire her, but someone else will.”

Party! See photos of stars hitting up Oscar bashes earlier this month

The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) also defended the Precious actress Tuesday — one day after weight loss company AcaiSupply.com publicly offered her a one-year supply of their product to “reach your goal of someday winning an Oscar… by being active, fit, and most of all, healthy!”

Said NAAFA’s spokeswoman Peggy Howell, “You cannot tell by looking at a person if they are healthy. Fat does not equal disease and thin does not equal healthy… Achievements come in all sizes.”

Sidibe — who will star in the Showtime dark comedy series The Big C beginning this May — recently told Oprah Winfrey that she’d come to terms with her weight.

29 Pics! See what all the stars wore to the 2010 Oscars

It’s something I’ve had to work at. My first diet started when I was six years old,” she said. “I’ve never been a small girl. One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body.”

Sidibe will also appear alongside Zoe Kravitz in “Yelling to the Sky,” which hits theaters later this year.

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eric
victoria mary strong is a fat nasty
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VICTORIA MARY STONG
DOWN WITH HOWARD STERN. BOYCOTT HOWARD STERNS SHOW! KEEP AWAY FROM HOWARD STERNS SHOWS IF YOU WANT OUR CHILDREN AND EVERYONE TO GET MORE MORALS,STANDARDS,VALUES&PRINCIPLES.
report abuseposted March 19, 2010 9:16 PM PDT
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VICTORIA MARY STONG
By the way,Stern never had any respect really for ANY woman.This disrespectful statement should NOT surprise anyone.If a person is allowed to disrespect anyone,they just keep going&graduate until they get enough ratings to have their own shows in many circumstances.THANK GOD we have”The Steve Wilkos Show”&”Oprah”etc. that make it through for bein
report abuseposted March 19, 2010 9:13 PM PDT
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VICTORIA MARY STONG
With the exception of idiot”0986″,THANKS TO EVERYONE’S SUPPORT SO FAR HERE!God bless you all for educating,enlightening&scolding the other idiots out there that discriminate&are mean-spirited to plus size women.The gorgeous Gabourey Sidibe’s beautiful Mother Alice Tan Ridley is a friend of mine.I thank God she’s my friend because shes(&
report abuseposted March 19, 2010 9:03 PM PDT
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paddicakes
Stern should shut up. His wife may be thin but she looks like a ferret.
report abuseposted March 18, 2010 2:02 AM PDT
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Michael
If Stern goes to Idol, it’s over, only in America can you be paid to be an Ass!!!
report abuseposted March 17, 2010 6:53 PM PDT
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Tee
She is beautiful and talented and secure in herself which is a lot more than the people talking about her can say. God bless her
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Liv
Hey ……DIVERSITY is the sweetness of life….
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rainbow
leave her alone i think she is beautiful with so much talent to offer to all of us. god didn’t make all of us to be the same and look the same . at least she is not jessica simpson who has nothing talent or singing voice. and she needs to look at the mirror when i see her i don’t see a beautiful person / i see a dumb young woman who bleach her hair.
report abuseposted March 17, 2010 4:42 AM PDT
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keep it real
leave the woman alone.

OBAMA!-HIS AFRICAN RELATIVES ARE BEING TAKEN CARE OF BY OLODUMARE(GOD!)!

May 19, 2010

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US immigration court grants asylum to President Barack Obama’s African aunt
Monday, May 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM by GottaLaff View Comments

A news alert, via a Yahoo e-mail:

CLEVELAND (AP) US immigration court grants asylum to President Barack Obama’s African aunt.

She moved to the U.S. in 2000.

Here’s an update:

The decision was mailed Friday and comes three months after Kenya native Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father, testified at a closed hearing in Boston, where she arrived in a wheelchair and two doctors testified in support of her case.

The basis for her asylum request hadn’t been made public. People who seek asylum must show that they face persecution in their homeland on the basis of religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group.

And before all the crazies get up in arms… which they will anyway:

Obama said he did not know his aunt was living here illegally and believes laws covering the situation should be followed.

A judge later agreed to suspend her deportation order and reopen her asylum case.

Wong has said that Obama wasn’t involved in the Boston hearing. The White House also said it was not helping Onyango with legal fees.

Does she look illegal?

She better stay out of Arizona.


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