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lucy-coats's picture
May.01.2009
"Imagine, if you will, a handful of families in Africa at the very beginning of the Human Race," said the BBC trailer. So I did. Inconceivable, really that that small group should have engendered the billions who live on the earth today. But it set me to wondering (as I occasionally do)...
charles-a-ray's picture
Apr.05.2009
Following is a speech delivered at the closing session of the 10th Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies (SIRA) at Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY on April 4, 2009.      Africa is a continent of remarkable contrasts.        On the one hand, it has some of the world’s...
robert-earle's picture
Mar.31.2009
Doris Lessing's autobiography begins with a citation from Idries Shah that contends that no one will be able to reform society, or deal with others, without being first able to locate herself within the coercive institutions that exert great influence over her. In many ways Lessing's story is one...
rosy-cole's picture
Mar.16.2009
A passage from my Marion Grace novel, The Godmother, as yet unedited and unrevised. The world is on the cusp of the new millennium.   WHO WASTES TIME MURDERS SUCCESS. This was the warning stamped upon the moonfaced clock in Mr Adrian Goodman’s office. Its second hand jerked, puppet-fashion,...
margie-marybelle-mckinnon's picture
Mar.11.2009
Sexual abuse in Africa 4:25 PM PDT, March 11, 2009 I received the following email yesterday: "I am a slave in Africa, I have been sexually abuse by my buyer for 5 yrs now, I am a young Girl of 19yrs of age I was sole out to slavery at the age of 14yrs.   I don’t know what to do I tried running...
james-whyle's picture
Mar.10.2009
Van der Spuit pulls the trigger. The cone of brass and steel spinning from the barrel, parting air, smashing through bark, wood, bark, air, hair, skin, bone, membrane. Into the softness. Twisting now, no longer a cone, but a changing, complex form, burrowing in Chris' dreaming head.“Now you know...
margie-marybelle-mckinnon's picture
Feb.27.2009
This morning I received an email from Care2 Action Alerts at actionalerts@care2.com. Their website is at http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AFKNs/zjwm/Ap_d4.  They told of the devastating situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and are asking for people to sign a petition to ask President Obama...
zhana-books's picture
Feb.18.2009
This year, with the election of President Obama, we have more to celebrate than usual. Check out this article about Black History International. It includes Harriet Tubman Harriet Jacobs Rosa Parks  Malcom X African and African American freedom fighters, writers, entertainers and more....
steve-hauk's picture
Feb.07.2009
In the summer of 2000 Michael Katakis, preparing for an exhibition of his photographs at the Royal Geographical Society, wrote from London: ``I no longer believe in countries, corporations, nationalism or unbridled capitalism. What I believe in is the right of the people in these photographs to...
robert-earle's picture
Feb.05.2009
The Heart of the Matter is very pure Graham Greene, centered on a tortured but good man's loss of faith, his infidelity, the impossibility of reconciling human passion and divine order, and the ragged reality of British colonialism expiring in the dust of World War II. The heaviest burden in this...