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Love, Sex, and Erotica Table

 

 

 

Overview

Robert Fleming's unique collection of erotic short stories reveals black sensuality that's imaginative and touching as well as breath-taking and sweat-breaking. Stereotyped as studs and dominatrices, portrayed in videos with gyrating booties backing it up to spraddle-legged loins, black people rarely encounter literary and pop images integrating their genital sexuality with head, heart, work, commitment and soul hunger. So, Fleming has intentionally selected stories about heterosexual coupling that illustrate a principle claimed by Maya Angelou: the hottest erogenous zone is between our ears, not between our legs. Have no fear, though; fire down below is by no means neglected here. But it ain't porn—sex reduced to its least human terms — when the titillation flows from the pens of Old Masters like John A. Williams and Clarence Major, the lush vision of Syracuse University fiction professor Arthur Flowers and the feminist consciousness of New Orleans arts guru Kalamu ya Salaam, who edited The Black Collegian for more than a decade and has moved on to co-found a multi-media publishing company, lead a poetry performance ensemble and cut a spoken-word CD. After Hours

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He was blessed with good looks and a bag full of humour and lies, but his luck never shone in the 419 business. He failed to make it even at a time when it seemed that every Igbo brother living in Festac town was hitting it big in the advance fee fraud scam, and relied on his charm and good looks to survive. He never lacked women (single desperate ladies and sugar mummies scattered all over Lagos) who are willing to take care of him.

When he met Chinwe, he told her that he was a business man, car importer, exporter and general contractor. He always managed to convince a friend to lend him one of their state-of-the-art cars which he used to take Chinwe for a spin around the block, and ferry her across town to Victoria Island where her office was located. What he didn’t tell her was that he was also a merchant in a special type of commodity – women like her. Chinwe fell for his charm, looks, lies and false promises. Contemporary African Women Struggle With Love

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This is not to say that black men are not capable of loving white women and vice versa, and don’t you go thinking that I’m racially biased/ No, I am not. I have been with white chics in the past but surely like attracts like. I’m down with our black sisters any day, for reasons that wifey won’t like to see me mention here. Again, don’t call me a racist, we sure do have lots of unmarried sisters in our communities, and it would help our cause if the likes of Ashley Cole do also look their way, as role models to young black men, they should set the pace.

Who says black sisters cannot generate enough column inches and media profile, capable of attracting sponsorships and increased earnings for black brothers? The person should check out Naomi Campbell, a sister like that is capable of reviving dead careers with her on your side. That’s what I’m talking about.  Black Brothers And Their White Chics

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Racism: A History, the 2007 BBC 3-part documentary explores the impact of racism on a global scale. It was part of the season of programs on the BBC marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. It's divided into 3 parts.

The first, The Colour of Money . . . Racism: A History [2007]—1/3

Begins the series by assessing the implications of the relationship between Europe, Africa and the Americas in the 15th century. It considers how racist ideas and practices developed in key religious and secular institutions, and how they showed up in writings by European philosophers Aristotle and Immanuel Kant.

The second, Fatal Impact . . . Racism: A History [2007] - 2/3

Examines the idea of scientific racism, an ideology invented during the 19th century that drew on now discredited practices such as phrenology and provided an ideological justification for racism and slavery. The episode shows how these theories ultimately led to eugenics and Nazi racial policies of the master race.

And the 3rd, A Savage Legacy . . .  Racism: A History [2007] - 3/3

Examines the impact of racism in the 20th century. By 1900 European colonial expansion had reached deep into the heart of Africa. Under the rule of King Leopold II, the Belgian Congo was turned into a vast rubber plantation. Men, women and children who failed to gather their latex quotas would have their limbs dismembered. The country became the scene of one of the century's greatest racial genocides, as an estimated 10 million Africans perished under colonial rule.

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Table

After Hours

     Contents  Contributors   Introduction    Review 

African Women Struggling with Love  

AFRO-DISIAC  

Alphabet vs Goddess Epilogue

Alphabet Versus Goddess Preface

Alphabet Versus Goddes Reviews   

America With Its Pants Down

Another Duke Ellington Story

Black Brothers And Their White Chics  A Rejoinder  

Brown Sugar

Contemporary African Women Struggling with Love

Could You Wear My Eyes  

The Dance of Love 

Do Me Twice: My Life after Islam

Equality in African Relationships 

Exploring Sexuality from a Black Perspective

Feminism and the Criminalization of Masculinity  

Feminism, Black Erotica, & Revolutionary Love 

Feminism in Africa 

FORBIDDEN FRUIT

Forty-Five Is Not So Old     

Feminism, Black Erotica, & Revolutionary Love

How To Love A Thinking Man (poem)

How to Love a Thinking Woman (poem)

Is Gay Marriage Anti Black

I Sing Because...

Kalamu's Feminist Erotica

A Lie Unravels the World

A Look inside Baraka's Toilet (Marvin X)

Love And Be Loved

Love Poems by Amendrius Elizabeth McRae

Murder 

My Beautiful Wife

Negro Psychosexuality

The Painting: "My Friend Yictove”

Poems of Love and Pain 

Problem of Settling

Raoul's Silver Song 

Rape: A Radical Analysis

Reflecting on Love Puny Bad

Remembering Chinwe

Revolutionary Struggle/Revolutionary Love

Sex Time and Power 

Sexual Morality Black Male Abandonment (Lewis)

Some Brothers Do Have 'Em 

State of Black Erotica

Waiting for You 

We're in Love, But You Don't Know Me

Where Do Dreams Come From 

Women We Hate  / 

 

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This Time

This time
I won't show I'm vulnerable
This time
I won't give in first
This time
I will hold out with my love
This time
I will not be hurt

I'm gonna love myself
More than anyone else
I'm gonna treat me right
I'm gonna make you say
That you love me first
Tracy Chapman

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With clothes in hand, Mavis stood trying to figure what was the better choice, try to dress quickly and silently in here, or slip naked back into the front room and dress in there. Suppose Raoul woke up while she was dressing? Suppose when she moved to go into the front room the floor squeaked or the door squealed and Raoul saw her naked? How could she explain this to Raoul? Raoul Silver Song

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Dark Eros: Black Erotic Writings

By Reginald Martin, Ph.D.

Editor Martin, who coedited Erotique Noire (LJ 9/1/92), continues his study of erotica by African American writers with this compilation of short fiction and avant-garde poetry by largely unknown authors; most of the 70-odd pieces are published here for the first time. Although a few of the pieces portray sex in sensual or humorous tones, many treat it disturbingly to express rage at both relationships and the inner-city black experience. Martin's annotations and the afterword by poet Lenard D. Moore attempt to place the works in the context of modern African American urban literature and to offer an academic introduction to a genre that would otherwise have limited appeal. The result may be interesting, but many of the pieces lack polish or eroticism. Recommended for libraries with large African American collections.—Ellen Flexman, Library Journal

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She was wearing an all-blown out Afro which circled her head like an angel’s halo, immaculate Mac makeup and a beautiful, colourful flowered summer dress which revealed her well-shaped shoulders, part of her back and pronounced her breasts sensuously. At 5 feet 7 she was all curves with cello-shaped hips and a considerable Africa-blessed behind. Her pretty feet were in flat brown Aldo sandals and her toes were perfectly manicured with silver nail polish. She wore a toe-ring on each second toe. She did not quite look like those high-maintenance girls who men tried to avoid in an effort to control their wallet strings, but it was clear that she took care of herself. She looked beautiful with her small nose, thick lips, trimmed eyebrows, long lashes, high cheekbones and her large sepia-coloured eyes. Forbidden Fruit

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Intimacy: Erotic Stories of Love, Lust, and Marriage by Black Men

Edited by Robert Fleming

Inventive conceits dominate in Fleming's second collection of erotic stories (after 2002's After Hours) by African-American writers both new and established. Sexual frustration proves to be a nice point of entry for sci-fi writer Stephen Barnes in "Jet Lag," as a writer's busy schedule and a visiting mother-in-law keep the flames of love in check until a final, explosive release. Kinky sex takes center stage in Reginald Brown's "Almond Eyes," a cautionary tale about a young man whose hot, older and erotically adventurous girlfriend might be sucking the life out of him. In Gary Earl Ross's "Lucky She's Mine," a criminologist rescues and marries a battered woman, only to be stalked by her ex after he gets out of prison, while in "Forty-five Is Not So Old," Kalamu ya Salaam  presents the sad dilemma of a middle-aged woman lamenting her husband's lack of desire for her even as he lies in a hotel with his mistress. Cecil Brown provides a cheeky moment of comic relief in an excerpt from his novel Days Without Weather, "A Fan's Love," in which a woman seduces a comedian after his show, and demands good loving and good jokes to spur her to a stirring climax. Despite the occasional clunker, and the lack of a couple of longer, more complex stories to balance the quick-hit situational material, Fleming has assembled another volume that's sure to please.

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Actually, the Crack Ho put the prostitute out of business in the hood. How can a nigguh pimp a two dollar Crack Ho? Those men familiar with the crack ritual no longer bothered dating square women. The Crack Ho made the "chase" unnecessary. She was more accessible and reasonable than the square woman and the prostitute. No conversation was necessary, just drop the rock on the table and it was on. She performed all manner of tricks, surpassing any monkey in the zoo. 

And now her sexual manners have infected hip hop culture. The video ho's reflect the Crack Ho's unabashed shamelessness and debauchery. Actually, the video ho is a Miller lite version of the Crack Ho. The video ho's origin is the Crack House because it was there that the negress performed for basically nothing, a crumb of crack. The video ho's also perform for nothing, for a chance to be seen. My daughter closed down her New York casting company because she became tired and disgusted sending her sisters out to be video ho's.

It is almost laughable to hear women speak of themselves as "Sisters of Integrity," in light of all I have seen and participated in during my sojourn as a Crack Head Negro Psychosexuality

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Erotique Noire/Black Erotica

Edited by Miriam Decosta-Willis, Reginald Martin, and Roseann P. Bell

The editors are to be congratulated for amassing a collection of erotica worthy in its own right because of the writers showcased, among them Alice Walker, Chester Himes, Gloria Naylor, Jewelle Gomez, Charles Blockson, Audre Lorde, and Essex Hemphill. Coverage is not limited to African American writers but includes African, Caribbean American, and Latin American writers, whether straight or gay, of prose, poetry, or fiction. For some authors, this anthology features their first piece of erotic writing. Readers will be familiar with other selections, for example, Lorde's "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power." As a whole, this book successfully challenges stereotypical notions about black erotica and serves up delightful sexual tidbits for just about everyone's taste.—Faye A. Chadwell, Library Journal

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Brown Sugar 2 features renowned black authors writing outside of the genre they are known for, but in their own unique style, creating sexually real and emotionally vulnerable, women and men. Whether born in the North, South, East, or West, or the Caribbean, whether living uptown, downtown or in small town middle America; whether a college freshmen or a sexy senior citizen; the collection's eclectic characters share a common bond: the yearning for a purely passionate connection for just that moment. "A one-night stand is not about the unremarkable, the practical or the mundane," Taylor states. "It is about the fantasy of what could be though we know it will not be and the beauty of not caring. Either way, it feels good to be bad. That's probably why we do it."  Brown Sugar

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Life on Mars

By Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly noted the collection's "lyric brilliance" and "political impulses [that] never falter." A New York Times review stated, "Smith is quick to suggest that the important thing is not to discover whether or not we're alone in the universe; it's to accept—or at least endure—the universe's mystery. . . . Religion, science, art: we turn to them for answers, but the questions persist, especially in times of grief. Smith's pairing of the philosophically minded poems in the book’s first section with the long elegy for her father in the second is brilliant." Life on Mars follows Smith's 2007 collection, Duende, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, the only award for poetry in the United States given to support a poet's second book, and the first Essence Literary Award for poetry, which recognizes the literary achievements of African Americans.

The Body’s Question (2003) was her first published collection. Smith said Life on Mars, published by small Minnesota press Graywolf, was inspired in part by her father, who was an engineer on the Hubble space telescope and died in 2008.

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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?

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Sister Grief: Defined and Conquered in Jesus

By Yvonne Terry-Lewis

"Sister Grief: Defined and Conquered in Jesus" is an engaging book that confronts the universal experience of living with death and dying. The author personifies the personal loss of loved ones as "Sister Grief." The book, partly autobiographical, provides a holistic plan for conquering grief through faith, through a special relationship with Jesus. This plan is designed to help navigate one through the grieving process.

The book includes personal stories, poetry, testimonials, letters, practical suggestions, and strategies based on a love for the divinity in one's life. Although the circumstances that cause grief may be sad, this book is filled with love, encouragement, and hope that lead one towards spiritual health and wholeness. What Consolation Is Christ to Suffering   

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The White Masters of the World

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

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