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The Claude McKay-- Romare Bearden

Literature & Arts Index

About Romare Bearden   The Negro Artist and Modern Art




Aduku Addae

     The ABCs of Class Struggle

     Feminism and the Criminalization of Masculinity 

     Freedom Ain't Come Yet!   

     Manley’s Legacy A Blemish on Our History

     Marxism Irrelevant  

     The Sting Oracle 

African Chief by William Cullen Bryant

Ahmose Zu-Bolton II

     Beachhead Preachment   

     A Crucifix for DeRidder

     A Neo-Folklore

Amin Sharif

     Amin Sharif Table  

Amiri Baraka Bio

     Drama Critique


     The Revolutionary Theatre 

     LeRoi Jones: Pursued by the Furies


   Death of Daughter


     Home-Going Celebration for Daughter of Amina & Amiri Baraka by Jamie Walker

     Poems of Remembrance by Marvin X

     Poet Amiri Baraka's Daughter Killed


     New Poetry Books

      Reviews of Two New Books




      Black Art

     Somebody Blew Up America

     Responses to Baraka's Removal as Poet Laureate

          The Battle is on to Save

          Baraka's Statement of Defense

          For Baraka

          Message from Amiri Baraka 

          New Jersey Govt. Moves to Remove Poet Laureate

          Praise & Support of Baraka

          Will Not Apologize, Will Not Resign


Arna Bontemps

     Anyplace But Here  (Preface)

    Centennial Celebration

     Southern Mansion 

Arthur Graham

     Bio & Interview  

     Image Coverage

     The Manichean Leitmotif    

The Birth of a Nation  A Racist American Epic (Amin Sharif)

Bernard Hoyes

     Jamaican Sources and African American Visions The Art of Bernard Hoyes by Paul Von Blum, J.D.


Bob Kaufman

     Bob Kaufman (1925-1986)  

     Letter to Bob Kaufman

Carrie Mae Weems Photographer (1953-   )

Chester Himes

     Chester Himes' Call for a Negro Revolution!!!  By Amin Sharif

     Negro Martyrs Are Needed by Chester Himes

Claudia Tate

     Freud and the Negro  

      Professor Claudia Tate  

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)  Harlem Renaissance Poet

Dennis LeRoy Moore

Anthology Film Archives

     Best Black Movie    

     Dennis in Charlotte

     Dennis Leroy Moore 

     Exposing the Black Man's Psyche


     Miami Black Film Festival 

     Most Daring Film Out Right Now        

     The Pushkin Effect 

     Strong Black Atavistic Image 


Eldridge Cleaver


     Black Panther Platform & Program 

     Eldridg Cleaver Bio 

     Cleaver Speaks to Skip Gates  

     Daniel Berrigan on Cleaver  

     Ishmael Reed's Preface  

     Maxwell Geismar's "Introduction"  

     Soul on Ice by Amin Sharif (a review)

     Tearing the Goats Flesh  


Ernest Withers--Civil Rights Photographer

Film & TV Review   See Also Kam Williams Table 


          The African Studies Film Festival Program at Morgan

          As An Act of ProtestDennis Leroy Moore Interview Dennis Leroy Moore Bio

          Anthology Film Archives  Exposing the Black Man's Psyche Best Black Movie   

          Most Daring Film Out Right Now   Strong Black Atavistic Image

          Antwone Fisher -- The Movie  by Kwaku Person-Lynn, Ph.D.

          Bringing Down The House A Film Critique By Junious Ricardo Stanton

          Daughter from Danang The Imperial Camera Lens as Documentary Form By Soo Na  

          Deacons for Defense   A Review of the Film by Amin Sharif

          Exploring Sexuality from a Black Perspective by Rudolph Lewis

          Good Looks! Programming of Interest to African-Americans! by Amin Sharif

          Hooked: The Legend of Demetrius 'Hook'  Mitchel (Documentary)

          I Couldn't Find Jesus at the Box Office A Review of The Passion of Christ by John Sankofa 

          Maibu's Most Wanted, The Beat Goes On  By Junious Ricardo Stanton

          Maangamizi (the Ancient One) Review by Marvin X

          The Pushkin Effect by Rome Canaal

          Save Me from All These Pimps by Esther Iverem

          The Right Time: Lesbian and Bisexual Characters in Black Movies  by Sarah Warn

          Tears of the Sun: Movie or Propaganda by Bakari Akil II

Gwendolyn Brooks

     Black Love 

     Content of In Montgomery

     Duke Ellington


     Gwendolyn Brooks Bio  

     In Montgomery and Other Poems By Gwendolyn Brooks

Haki Madhubuti (Don L. Lee)

     Black Male Development Tour

     From A Black Perspective: The Poetry of Don L. Lee by Paula Giddings

     Haki Madhubuti Bio    

     Hard Truths  

Harold Cruse  

The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual  

Henry Dumas

     Julius Lester Review  

     J Wright Introduction

     Play Ebony  Play Ivory by Henry Dumas

James Baldwin

     Call for Papers:  Go Tell It on the Mountain

     Fire Last Time (Gates)

     Hughes Reviews Notes of a Native Son

      If Beale Street Could Talk  By James Baldwin

    James Baldwin Bio 

     James Baldwin's Jeremiad [Or Baldwinism Gone Awry] By Albert B. Southwick

     Go Tell It on the Mountain  by James Baldwin  Reviewed by T.E. Cassidy

     Rainer Reviews Notes of Native Son    

     Sermon and Blues By James Baldwin


John Greenleaf Whittier


     The Christian Slave  

     New Hampshire

John Maxwell

     John Maxwell Table  

John Oliver Killens

     Contents of Liberation Memories 

     Interview with Keith Gilyard on Liberation Memories  

     Killens "Literary Heroes"

     Lest We Forget Killens (by Rivera)

     Memories Reviews     

June Jordan poet, activist, professor Dead at 65


Junious Ricardo Stanton


     Sharif Interviews Junious

     Positively Black Table   

     Stanton Bio   

Kalamu ya Salaam

     Kalamu ya Salaam Table

Kil Ja Kim

     Black Immigrants Deported in Higher Numbers  

     Bought Colored Kids   

     Image of the Black Criminal   

     Response to Shaquille O’Neal  

     To White Women Who Think  

     White Anti-Racist is an Oxymoron

Langston Hughes


     In Praise of Langston Hughes

     Langston Hughes Bio

     Notes of a Native Son By Langston Hughes  

     Sermon and Blues

     A New Song


Larry Neal


The Black Arts Movement  (Larry Neal)

Don't Say Goodbye to the Porkpie Hat Mingus, Bird, Prez, Langston, and them By Larry Neal

Larry Neal Bio  

Larry Neal Chronology 

Larry Neal Interview in Omowe   

Larry Neal Speaks

Lee Meitzen Grue

     A Tribute to Lee Meitzen Grue

     French Quarter Poems  -- Introduction

Lil Joe

     Lil Joe Bio  

     Lil Joe Index

Louis Reyes Rivera

     (compulsion strikes the witness)

     Inside the river of poetry

     Interview with Louis Reyes Rivera   

     jorge's journey    

     On the Passing of Rich Bartee

     Scattered Scripture   

     Writers' Workshop    

Margaret Walker

     The Ballad of the Free

     Conversations with Margaret Walker edited by Maryemma Graham

     Contents of Conversations  

     Walker Chronology

Marvin X

    Marvin X Table 

     The San Francisco Tenderloin Book Fair

     When I'll Wave the Flag 


Michael S. Harper  Poet Scholar, University Professor

The Mystic Life  By Phyllis Parun


Nate Shaw


     All God's Dangers The Life of Nate Shaw By Theodore Rosengarten

     "All God's Dangers Ain't White Men."

     Crane's Ford and the Sharecroppers Union (SCU)

Nicholas Guillén  Cuban Poet  (1902-1989)


Prince Twins Seven Seven


     Prince Twins Seven Seven

     Workshops - Lectures - Demonstrations 


Ralph Ellison

    Ellison Biography

     Review of Invisible Man  

     Review 2 of Invisible Man  

     What America Would Be Like Without Blacks A Time Essay (April 6, 1970)  by Ralph Ellison

Related Files


          Chicken Soup for the Peace Lover’s Soul Candice C. Carter

          Outside Within Transracial Adoptees Write on Race and Belonging

          Published Author Looking for Centenarians Karen E. Quinones Miller


     Martial Arts

          Capoeira Angola  presents  Besouro Preto



          National Association of Black Storytellers Conference


Remembering Bob Borsodi

The Revolutionary Theatre   by Leroi Jones

Richard Wright

    African American Confinement Literature

    I Bite the Hand That Feeds Me by Richard Wright (A response to David Cohn)

     Blueprint for Negro Literature

     I Tried to Be a Communist  (William Paterson Bio  Benjamin J. Davis Bio  Big Tom the Red)

    The Negro Novel: Richard Wright  [A Review of Native Son] by David L. Cohn

     The Outsider by Richard Wright Reviewed by  Majorie Crowe Hughes      

     Richard Wright's Native Son A review by Edward Skillin, Jr.

       Wright Bio-Chronology   

     Uncle Tom's Children  & Native Son

Robert Penny

     Brentin Mock

     Frances Lee Wilson     

     Kuntu Writers Workshop Resumes

     Peter Hart

     Robert Lee "Rob" Penny (Playwright, 1941-2003)


Roots: A Powerful Impact


Rose Ure Mezu  Mezu Table


     Chiege, Woman of Splendor

     Igbo Marriage

     National and Racial Archetypes

     Religion & Society

     Songs of the Hearth

     Voices: At A Catholic Black Church  

Sonia Sanchez: Poet & Educator


Sterling Brown


     Dunbar and Traditional Dialect (excerpts) [1937]

     Sterling Brown & Marcus Christian    

Ted Joans

     Charlie Parker

Tom Dent

     The Art of Tom Dent: Early Evidence By Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

     Jessie Covington Dent  

     My Father Is Dead  by Kalamu ya Salaam

     Tom Dent Bio  

     Tom Dent Speaks

Tony Medina

     Emerge & See

W.E.B. Du Bois

     Dawn of Freedom (A SYMPOSIUM The Legacy of The Souls of Black Folk)

     DuBois' Credo  

     Du Bois Chronology

     Jacob and Esau  

     Negro Church (1903)

     The Souls of Black Folk  Introduction by Saunders Redding

     Table of Soul of Black Folk

     Toussaint L'Ouverture and Nat Turner


Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Armstrong's Trumpet

     Babii Yar

     Evtushenko in Satchmo's New Orleans

     Lit a la Russe

Yusef Komunyakaa Yusef Komunyakaa Table



     Interview with Yusef Komunyakaa (New Orleans, May 1985)

     Our Sincere Condolences Go Out (Deaths of Yusef's son & consort)

     Yusef Speaks 1    

     Yusef Speaks 2    

     Yusef Speak 3

Zora Neale Hurston A Bio-Chronology (1903-1960)

Related files

Claude McKay--Romare Bearden

Literature and Arts

Literature & Arts 2

Mau Mau Aesthetics

Sons & Daughters

Trouble the Water      

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Manning Marable's Malcolm X Book

By Amiri Baraka

The Mask: Remembering Slavery, Understanding Trauma

By Grada Kilomba

Streets of Despair, Street of Protest (Social Essays by LeRoi Jones)  / Manning Marable Reinvents Malcolm X  / / Immortal Technique--Bin Laden

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My Long Trip Home A Family Memoir (Mark Whitaker) / Subsidising Fraud, Lies & Blood (Babalola)

 With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful (Greenwald) 

Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Red Tails (Kam Williams)

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DVDs -- A Huey P. Newton Story 2001  / What We Want, What We Believe The Black Panther Party Library 

The Spook Who Sat By the Door  / Passin' It On; The Black Panthers' Search for Justice /

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

The Katrina Papers, by Jerry W. Ward, Jr. $18.95  The Richard Wright Encyclopedia (2008)

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.”

Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.WashingtonPost

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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.

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The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story

of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government

By Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer

American democracy is informed by the 18th century’s most cutting edge thinking on society, economics, and government. We’ve learned some things in the intervening 230 years about self interest, social behaviors, and how the world works. Now, authors Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer argue that some fundamental assumptions about citizenship, society, economics, and government need updating. For many years the dominant metaphor for understanding markets and government has been the machine. Liu and Hanauer view democracy not as a machine, but as a garden. A successful garden functions according to the inexorable tendencies of nature, but it also requires goals, regular tending, and an understanding of connected ecosystems. The latest ideas from science, social science, and economics—the cutting-edge ideas of today—generate these simple but revolutionary ideas: (The economy is not an efficient machine. It’s an effective garden that need tending. Freedom is responsibility. Government should be about the big what and the little how. True self interest is mutual interest.

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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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Ancient African Nations

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