Books by Asa G. Hilliard, III
Ptahhotep: The Oldest Book in the
The Maroon Within Us
SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind
Young Gifted and Black: Promoting High
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By Glenis Redmond
If I ainít African
someone tell my heart
stop beating like a djembe drum.
someone tell my hair
stop curling up like the continent
someone tell my lips
stop singing a Yoruban song.
Someone speak to my hips,
them their sway
come I know the way home
the Ivory Coast?
it in my breast of bones.
come my feet do this African dance?
come every time
New Orleans or Charleston
into a trance?
ainít African how come
things Iím not supposed to know
the middle passage-slavery
it deep down in my soul?
someone tell their gods
stop calling on me,
Obatala, Ellegba, Elleggua,
me why I faint
is a full moon.
come I hear
everywhere I go?
it in my heartbeat
someone tell my soul
lose itís violet flame.
Someone tell their gods
call another name.
Someone take this drumbeat
Someone give my tongue
someone tell my feet
speak to my knees
send word to my hips
press a message on to my breast
sing a song
whisper in my ear,
if I ainít African,
ainít liviní, and
posted 16 August 2007
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Glenis Redmond is an
award-winning performance poet, praise poet, teacher,
and writer. For the past twelve years, she has traveled
both domestically and abroad, performing and teaching.
Her poetry has won the Carrie McCray literary award
1995, NC Literary Artist Fellowship 2005, Denny C.
Plattner Award for Outstanding Poetry, 2005. She is also
the two-time recipient of fellowships from both the
Vermont Writing Center and the Atlantic Center for the
Arts. Glenis has been published in numerous literary
journals and publications including Stanford
University's Black Arts Quarterly, Obsidian II: Black
literature in Review, Emrys Journal, Bum Rush The Page:
Def Poetry Jam, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian
Heritage and African Voices
As a performer, Glenis Redmond was
the Southeast Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion
in 1997 and 1998, and placed in the top ten twice in the
National Individual Slam Championships. She currently
presents a variety of performances for audiences of all
ages in venues ranging from top performing arts centers
to juvenile detention centers. Glenis has performed in
many diverse locations including the Paddington Arts
Festival in England, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New
York City, the Poetry Circus Festival in Taos, New
Mexico, and the Peace Center in her native South
As a teacher, Glenis Redmond has recently been invited
to join the national touring roster for the Kennedy
Center's Partnership in Education Teacher Training. She
helps both professional and amateur writers from 9-90
find their own poetic voices through workshops and
classes across the nation. Email:
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Glenis, What a really marvelous
poem - so apt, so heart-touching,
soul-stirring, identity-affirming, so much of what
Africans need to hear - continental and diasporan!
Rose Ure Mezu
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in
By Melissa V.
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
Mammyís behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to
white folksí domestic concerns, often at the expense of
those of her own familyís 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.
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
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
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Sex at the Margins
Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry
By Laura MarŪa AgustŪn
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 AgustŪn 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."óLisa Adkins, University of London
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updated 16 October