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The way her pants rested on her shoes / Or her hair against her cheekbones

My sister / Was/is / Ablackgirlpoet

And she meant everything / She didn't say

 

 

Books by Ras Baraka

 

Black Girls Learn Lover Hard   /  In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers

 

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A Poet Grieves for His Sister

poem from Black Girls Learn Love Hard

 

       #1

                By Ras Baraka

My sister

Was/is

a blackgirlpoet

The way she bit her bottom lip

To the passion of her crossover dribble

To the basket

The way her pants rested on her shoes

Or her hair against her cheekbones

My sister

Was/is

Ablackgirlpoet

And she meant everything

She didn't say

So Imagine . . . when she did . . . speak

Yeah,

My sister

Was/is

A blackgirlpoet.

Source: Black Girls Learn Love Hard

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Ras Baraka Bio 

Growing up in Newark, NJ, Baraka says, "What I write about I have witnessed. I always knew Black Girls loved hard because they are triply oppressed because of their gender, their nationality, and their class." As the son of revered poet-activists Amina and Imamu Amiri Baraka, activism and art have always been synonymous. "Poetry and art is culture," says Baraka. "Art is activism. There is no division for me with art and politics."

A graduate of Howard University, Baraka received his degree in political science and history in 1991. While a student he formed Black Nia F.O.R.C.E. (Freedom Organization for Racial and Cultural Enlightenment) - a student group at the forefront of campus political and social activism. Baraka served as Assistant Youth Coordinator for the Commission for Racial Justice, and traveled with G.E.T.B.U.S.Y. —a tour of rappers and political activists who lectured at jails and schools around the country.

In his junior year, Baraka successfully led the 1989 historic student protest to remove Lee Atwater, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, from the university’s Board of Trustees. The following year, Baraka was elected as Vice President of the Howard University Student Government.

Baraka ran for Newark's Mayoral position in 1994, garnering nine percent of the vote—a significant task for the then 24 year old. In 1998, he ran for Newark Councilman-at-Large and won the general election, but missed in the run off election. In 2002, once again he ran for Councilman-at-Large impressingly marshalling over 13,000 votes but again missing in the run-off. His political leverage did not go unnoticed. On September 27, 2002, Ras was sworn in to serve as Deputy Mayor for Newark Mayor, The Honorable Sharpe James until October 31, 2005. On, November 2, Ras was voted by Newark’s Municipal Council to serve out the remaining Councilman-at-large seat vacated by the death of Councilman Donald K. Tucker.

photo left: Ras Baraka and Barack Obama

It is no surprise this vice principal of Weequahic High School in Newark has been such an active participant in the politics and culture of his native New Jersey.  As an artist, Baraka independently released his debut spoken word CD, Shorty for Mayor, with the acclaimed single "Hot Beverage in the Winter" featuring Grammy award winning artist Lauryn Hill. Baraka also edited In the Tradition with Kevin Powell, and anthology of young Black poets and writers (1991). He recently appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry on HBO, and is currently working on his second book of essays and poem. more on RasBaraka

How Ras Baraka Beat Oscar S. James II for [South Ward Councilman]—Wednesday, May 12, 2010—James was defeated by Ras Baraka, the man that James replaced four years ago. New Jersey

posted 3 March 2006

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City of Newark 2010 Inauguration—Part 7—Ras Baraka Speech

On Thursday, July 1, 2010, the City of Newark inaugurated the Mayor and Municipal Council to new four-year terms.

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"American Poem" Ras Baraka (Def Poetry) /  Lauryn Hill and Ras Baraka—Hot Beverage In Winter

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

Fiction

#1 - Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark
#2 - Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree
#3 - Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane
#4 - Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper
#5 - Stackin' Paper 2 Genesis' Payback by Joy King
#6 - Thug Lovin' (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark
#7 - When I Get Where I'm Going by Cheryl Robinson
#8 - Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby
#9 - The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 - Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 - Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

#12 - Don't Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 - For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 - For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 - Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

#16 - The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

#17 - Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 - Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 - Stackin' Paper by Joy King

#20 - Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey

#21 - The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

#23 - Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

#24 - Married Men by Carl Weber

#25 - I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter

Non-fiction

#1 - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
#2 - Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
#3 - Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane
#4 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
#5 - Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant
#6 - Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey
#7 - The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight
#8 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
#9 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

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

#11 - Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 -The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 - The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 - Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can't Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 - Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 - Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#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

#20 - Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 - Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
#23 - Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Tom Lagana
#24 - 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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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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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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Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery / George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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