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the first thing i notice is trash on the expressway. a couple of abandoned cars. then the blue

roofs as i past the treme area. treme is the oldest continuously existing black

community in the united states. much of it was built by free people of color and enslaved black

 

 

 

Books by Kalamu ya Salaam

 

The Magic of JuJu: An Appreciation of the Black Arts Movement  /   360: A Revolution of Black Poets

Everywhere Is Someplace Else: A Literary Anthology  /  From A Bend in the River: 100 New Orleans Poets

Our Music Is No Accident   /  What Is Life: Reclaiming the Black Blues Self

My Story My Song (CD)

 

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KALAMU YA SALAAM

("Pen of Peace")     

 

 

Kalamu ya Salaam was born Vallery Ferdinand III on March 24, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Carleton College (1964-1969), and Delgado Junior College from which he earned an A.A. (Associate Arts) degree in business administration. 

Mr. Salaam is a professional editor/writer, filmmaker, producer and arts administrator.  more

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Books

The Blues Merchant (New Orleans: BLACKARTSOUTH, 1969)

Hofu Ni Kwenu (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1973)

Pamoja Tutashinda (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1974)

Ibura (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1976)

Tearing the Roof Off the Sucker: the Fall of South Africa (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1977)

South African Showdown: Divestment Now (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1978)

Nuclear Power and The Black Liberation Struggle (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1978)

Revolutionary Love (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1978)

Who Will Speak for Us? New Afrikan Folk Tales, by Kalamu ya Salaam and Tayari kwa Salaam (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1978)

Herufi: An Alphabet Reader (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1978)

Iron Flowers: A Poetic Report on a Visit to Haiti (New Orleans: Ahidiana, 1979)

Our Women Keep Our Skies From Falling (New Orleans: Nkombo, 1980)

Play Productions

The Picket, New Orleans, Free Southern Theater, 1968

Mama, New Orleans, Free Southern Theater, 1969

Happy Birthday, Jesus. New Orleans, Free Southern Theater, 1969

Black Liberation Army, New Orleans, Free Southern Theater, 1969

Black Love Song, New Orleans, Free Southern Theater, 1970

The Quest, New Orleans, BLACKARTSOUTH, 1972

Somewhere in the World (Long Live Asatta), New Orleans, Art For Life Theater Company, 1082

Other

Black Love Song #1, in Black Theater, U.S.A., edited by James V. Hatch and Ted Shine (New York: Free Press, 1974), pp. 864-874

Periodical Publications

Drama

The Destruction of the American Stage (A Set for Non-Believers), Black World, 21 (April 1072): 54-69

Homecoming, Nkombo, no. 8 (August 1972): 3-15

The Turn of the Century. A set/for our rising . . . by Salaam, Kwesi, and Nyumba, Nkomba, no 8 (August 1972): 43-58

Fiction

"Cutting the Body Loose," in What We Must See: Young Black Storytellers, edited by Orde Coombs (New York: Dodd & mead, 1971)

"Sister Bibi," in We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Short Stories by Black Americans, edited by Sonia Sanchez

NonFiction

"News from BLACKARTSOUTH," Black Theater, mo. 4 (1970): 4

"On Black Theater in America: A Report," Negro Digest, 19 (April 1970): 23-31

"Annual Black Theater Round-Up: New Orleans," Black World, 21 (April 1972): 40-44

"Black Ritual Theater: The Destruction of the American Stage: A Set for Non-Believers," Black World, 21 (April 1972): 54-69

"Three Recent Photo Books," Black World, 22 (August 1973): 80-86

"James Baldwin: Looking Toward the Eighties," Black Collegiam, 10 (October/November 1979): 105-110

"Cuban Cinema," Black Scholar, 11, no. 3 (1980): 85-90

"Searching for the Mother Tongue: An Interview with Toni Cade Bambara"

Source: Arthenia J. Bates Millican. "Kalamu ya Salaam (Vallery Ferdinand III)." In Afro-American Writers After 1955: Dramatists and Prose Writers. Edited by Thadious M. Davis and Trudier Harris. Detroit, Michiagan, 1985

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Audio: My Story, My Song (Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

Fiction

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#10 - John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

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#18 - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

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#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
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#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Hopes and Prospects

By Noam Chomsky

In this urgent new book, Noam Chomsky surveys the dangers and prospects of our early twenty-first century. Exploring challenges such as the growing gap between North and South, American exceptionalism (including under President Barack Obama), the fiascos of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, and the recent financial bailouts, he also sees hope for the future and a way to move forward—in the democratic wave in Latin America and in the global solidarity movements that suggest "real progress toward freedom and justice." Hopes and Prospects is essential reading for anyone who is concerned about the primary challenges still facing the human race. "This is a classic Chomsky work: a bonfire of myths and lies, sophistries and delusions. Noam Chomsky is an enduring inspiration all over the world—to millions, I suspect—for the simple reason that he is a truth-teller on an epic scale. I salute him." —John Pilger

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America.

This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid

By  Frank B. Wilderson III

Wilderson, a professor, writer and filmmaker from the Midwest, presents a gripping account of his role in the downfall of South African apartheid as one of only two black Americans in the African National Congress (ANC). After marrying a South African law student, Wilderson reluctantly returns with her to South Africa in the early 1990s, where he teaches Johannesburg and Soweto students, and soon joins the military wing of the ANC. Wilderson's stinging portrait of Nelson Mandela as a petulant elder eager to accommodate his white countrymen will jolt readers who've accepted the reverential treatment usually accorded him. After the assassination of Mandela's rival, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, Mandela's regime deems Wilderson's public questions a threat to national security; soon, having lost his stomach for the cause, he returns to America. WPublishers Weekly

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Allah, Liberty, and Love

The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

By Irshad Manji

In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to transcend the fears that stop so many of us from living with honest-to-God integrity: the fear of offending others in a multicultural world as well as the fear of questioning our own communities. Since publishing her international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She shows how any of us can reconcile faith with freedom and thus discover the Allah of liberty and love—the universal God that loves us enough to give us choices and the capacity to make them. Among the most visible Muslim reformers of our era, Manji draws on her experience in the trenches to share stories that are deeply poignant, frequently funny and always revealing about these morally confused times.

What prevents young Muslims, even in the West, from expressing their need for religious reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims about openly supporting liberal voices within Islam? How did we get into the mess of tolerating intolerable customs, such as honor killings, and how do we change that noxious status quo?

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The New New Deal

The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era

By Michael Grunwald

Time senior correspondent Michael Grunwald tells the secret history of the stimulus bill, the purest distillation of Change We Can Believe In, a microcosm of Obama’s policy successes and political failures. Though it is reviled by the right and rejected by the left, it really is a new New Deal, larger than FDR’s and just as transformative. It prevented an imminent depression, while jump-starting Obama’s long-term agenda. The stimulus is pouring $90 billion into clean energy, reinventing the way America is powered and fueled; it includes unprecedented investments in renewables, efficiency, electric cars, a smarter grid, cleaner coal, and more. It’s carrying health care into the digital era. Its Race to the Top initiative may be the boldest education reform in U.S. history. It produced the biggest middle-class tax cuts in a generation, a broadband initiative reminiscent of rural electrification, and an overhaul of the New Deal’s unemployment insurance system. It’s revamping the way government addresses homelessness, fixes infrastructure, and spends money.

Grunwald reveals how Republicans have obscured these achievements through obstruction and distortion. The stimulus launched a genuine national comeback. It also saved millions of jobs, while creating legacies that could rival the Hoover Dam: the world’s largest wind farm, a new U.S. battery industry, a new high-speed rail network, the world’s highest-speed Internet network.  Its main legacy, like the New Deal’s, will be change.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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