Selected Visitor Comments (2004)

Here’s a “greatest hits” collection of e-mail from years past. Click on the “e-mail” heading above right to send mail to us!
Note: Our latest threads for the year 2005 and beyond are now in our Blog.


From: Kwame M.A. Somburu [somburu of this domain:]
Subject: Visitor Space Mail
Date: Friday, December 24, 2004 at 12:44:07

Very impressed with your writings on African American history.

You are very progressively mature, and capable of making many more needed contributions to the enlightenment so sorely needed by not only (but most importantly us) our people but the masses of humanity. You have truly contributed to my consciousness, and knowledge that tremendous talent and desire to real change exists among us.

I was born in Harlem Hospital, New York City in 1934. In 1958, I began my search for knowledge and understanding that was vastly different from what I received through formal education, the mass media and institutions of culture. Look up both of my names on the internet, and you will get a synopsis of some of my background.

Yours for a positive future,
Kwame Montsho Ajamu Somburu


From: Bryan D. Wilhite
Subject: RE: Ship Of Fools / Re: Visitor Space Mail
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2004

The activity of realization is unpredictable in the way that you suggest. I will never know exactly when “they” are “ready to realize once again that their parents are wrong.”

Realization relates to reality and reality comes from laws. The laws come from the authority figures with a de facto mandate. We need to see what laws the youth obey to understand what they will realize.

So the reality of the human body according to the nutritional content of fast food restaurants run by multi-national corporations effectively dictates the reality of food for young people. Are most young people eating healthy? When the answer is no, then that would be the first indicator of whether “they” are “ready to realize once again that their parents are wrong.”

I write the previous paragraph to stress the importance of starting with the primitive basics instead of engaging in sophisticated speculation.


From: Lisa Diane Buckley Tyndall [sunshoez of this domain:]
Subject: Visitor Space Mail
Date: December 08, 2004 at 02:05:59

Dig! I found your site while googling my name and can’t say how exiting! Kinté Space looks like a place I have been looking for. Incredible first impression. The music that I have playing has even been in sync. Cheers to the greatness in the world.



From: Georg [GJSchi in this domain:]
Subject: Ship Of Fools / Re: Visitor Space Mail
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2004

Hey, so nice to hear from you again. The key word “WASP” took me to your homepage.

“Smells Like Teen Spirit”—Surely, if you’re talking about the “mountains of flesh”, there must be some other kind of smell in the air these days, leaving a “void” for many people to think about the old question of good and bad.

I just hoped you would comment on whether there is hope for a new generation of young Americans. Every generation has been misused for a new war.

Are they ready to realize once again that their parents are wrong and that it’s all up to them trying to find some new perspective? And leave this “Ship of Fools” at last?


From: Bryan D. Wilhite
Subject: RE: Visitor Space Mail
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2004

Much appreciation for your interest in “lines in the rasx context” and in the kinte space. The purpose of the youth is to expand upon the life force of those that came before them. The seduction of the youth is to expand upon the death force of those that come before them.

Angry voices like that of Kurt Cobain might argue that the children of the ’60s were seduced more than they were made truly great. So when he says, “Smells like teen spirit,” he alludes to the drug culture that replaced counter culture, leaving a void that the neo-conservative Christians and the other “good people” of Texas to fill with mountains of human flesh re-enacting the book of Joshua in an amateur drama show of psychotic art.


From: Georg [GJSchi with an email account in this domain:]
Subject: Visitor Space Mail
Date: Sunday, November 14, 2004 at 08:49:31

Hi Bryan,

It was interesting to read your comments on poetry in rock music.

Time is moving fast. The days of written poetry have gone like the radio days.

Nobody needs to be astonished finding those who manage to make a living out of words no longer sit in a secluded room like the poets of old. They take part in culture as it is and as it changes. Rock music like that of the Doors happened at a time when young people had enough time and money to support rock culture.

At that time it was mingled with the Vietnam war. Americans now have started (or if you like have let themselves be drawn into a new war). The American people (51% of the voters) have subscribed to it.

How long will it last according to your opinion until something like the youth movement in the 60s begins in the States. The situation looks really similar. Or do you think educated Americans will accept being taught lessons on morals by a bunch of Midwestern cowboys?



Subject: Chicago Poets in L.A.
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 16:13:39 -0700

Chicago Poets in L.A.: Haki R. Madhubuti and Kelly Norman-Ellis

The Los Angeles Black Book Expo in association with the International Black Writers & Artist Los Angeles will host discussions and readings by poets Haki R. Madhubuti and Kelly Norman-Ellis of Chicago State University, Saturday November 6th at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA (135 Haines Hall).

Norman-Ellis will hold a discussion and reading on “Creative Women Writers” at 10:30 AM, and Madhubuti will discuss and read via the topic “Poetry & The Black Arts Movement: Run Towards Fear” at 1:30 PM.

November 6, 2004
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA
135 Haines Hall
10: 30 AM

The event is free (parking is $7.00) and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information call Itibari M. Zulu at 310-825-6060, or send e-mail to

Kelly Norman-Ellis, Ph.D. is a poet and assistant professor of English at Chicago State University. Her latest collection of poetry is entitled Tougaloo Blues.

Haki R. Madhubuti is the Distinguished University Professor, founder-director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program at Chicago State University. As a poet, publisher (Third World Press), editor and educator, he serves as a pivotal figure in the development of a strong Black literary tradition, emerging from the era of the sixties and continuing to the present.


Subject: Local Political Cartoonist Honored by National Black Publishers Association
From: DavidG Brown <>
Delivered-To: mailing list
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 23:01:53 -0700

David G. Brown

Local Political Cartoonist Honored by National Black Publishers Association

LOS ANGELES—In only his first year in his new role as an editorial cartoonist, artist David G. Brown has received the prestigious 2004 Merit Award for “Best Editorial Cartoon” from the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA).

Brown, who replaced award winning Clint Wilson who retired in June 2003, joins a distinguished list of past recipients of the national honor. The award is presented each year at the culmination of the NNPA’s annual conference for contributions upholding the highest standards of journalism in black newspaper publishing.

With his winning entry entitled “The Governator,” Brown depicted California Governor Arnold Swartzenegger walking into a Sacramento sunset with several African American community leaders struggling to hold on to his coattail.

When Brown is not busy putting together timely editorial cartoons to coincide with updated current events, he is usually at work conducting art workshops for kids, and producing ward-winning graphics and comics for children.

In addition to his newly found gift of producing clever humor through editorial cartoons, Brown’s versatility and entrepreneurial talents are producing excellence in other areas as well, including his love of graphic design.

Brown’s impressive list of clients include the City of Los Angeles Warner Bros., Wells Fargo Bank, ABC-TV, Automobile Club of Southern California, and Times Mirror Company.

David Brown can be reached at


Subject: Nichelle Holliday performs @ Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, Aug. 8th
From: Holliday []
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 16:51:21 +0100

Peace All,

I will be back on stage again to bring forth the “spoken word.” On Sunday, August 8, 2004 at the 5th Annual Instrumental Women In Jazz Concert. I will be performing with, Lesa Terry, one of the top 3 Female African-American Jazz violinist in the country. There will also be 3 other groups performing a variety of music from different cultures.

It is slated to be “The Night You Won’t Forget.” So, come check us out because we will be putting on a show. If you have never had the opportunity to see me perform with Lesa Terry, trust me, you will enjoy it.

Keep this info:
Instrumental Women’s “Lady Jazz”
2nd Sunday, August 8, 2004 (7:00pm)

Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, California 90068
(Just off the 101 (Hollywood) across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios)

(323) 461-3673
$30, $20, $12 full-time students and children 12 & under

Directions and more info:

I’ll look to see you there!!!

Peace & Blessings,

Editor’s note: features Ms. Holliday here:


Aaron Wilhite

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Editor’s Post: Aaron Wilhite at

I got family in high places! Much respect to my cousin Aaron Wilhite who made it to the splash page of a few weeks back. Keep hangin’ cuz!

Subject: Re: Downtime announcement? [re: annadorfman]
Posted by: mxe20 (DH New User )
Posted on: 03/29/04 05:46 PM

Finally, a somewhat useful announcement:

Dear Everyone,

Our apologies for the repeated outages today. It turned out our router problems were caused by a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack aimed at a site we hosted (note past tense). It was a pretty massive attack, more than doubling the amount of inbound traffic we normally receive.

As a result, our routers were overwhelmed. Due to the nature of the attack and the circumstances surrounding it, we were not able to immediately trace down the cause of the problems. We have now blocked the target’s IP address and are keeping a close eye on our inbound traffic so that we can act quickly to prevent this from impacting customers any further.

We are also in the process of adding new routers and upgrading our existing routers to provide more capacity so that in the future such attacks will be easier to withstand - so that we are better able to react to similar attacks and take action before wide-scale problems develop. Due to the unprecedented scale of this particular attack, we were caught unprepared and for that we apologize.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at or via the web panel. Due to the large amount of correspondence we have received from customers we are experiencing heavy support loads, but we will try to get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

The DreamHost Distributed-Denial-of-Sleep-Team

Well, that sucks but it is hard to really hold it against them, sounds like they are handling it pretty well for the future. My only recommendation to them is to get more information out faster. There STILL has been no email sent to customers as far as I know (I haven’t received anything)

Editor’s note: when you can read this that means is running with DreamHost or another hosting service. It must be said that DreamHost—just like Alex from Focal Hosting (before they were bought out in 2003 by Web Hosting Logistics without notifying the users)—makes a human effort to explain their mistakes.


From: “Marc S. Arranaga” <>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 10:46:51 -0800
To: Marc Arranaga <>
Cc: <>
Subject: “Art must never be considered a luxury”—Jean Cocteau

Dear Friends,

I am deeply disturbed by the trend in disappearing art programs in our community. If you don’t already know, the Mayor of Los Angeles is proposing that the Cultural Affairs Department (CAD) be abolished and absorbed into other departments within the city bureaucracy. This is a recipe for disaster. I highly respect the people in the CAD department that do so much and yet are so unappreciated. If you have ever been to a street fair in any of the various communities, if you have ever attended art exhibits throughout the city, LACMA, MOCA, Museum of Science and Industry, or have been in aw of a fabulous deco or historical monument, or been to community theater or a music festival at the bowl, then you have unknowingly been affected by this department. This department is also responsible for approving new artwork that is installed in new construction. A committee of art professionals convenes and decides if it is appropriate for the area. Artist participate in the process and are sometimes called by the city to bid for these projects. If we leave it up to building owners to decide community standards then we might as well all live in Las Vegas. Their budget doesn’t even come from our tax dollars; it comes from tourist taxes on hotels and new construction. I don’t remember what the budget is, but is not much, considering the decline in travel to the US.

This is our only LA public cultural arts program. If culture is a barometer of civilization, what will historians write about the time we live in? We cannot afford to let CAD die. Please forward this email to alert friends and families. CAD is also responsible for sustaining and introducing our youth to the Arts (Barnsdall Park). Please take a moment to call or write the Councilmen, Councilwomen and Board members.

This is a very frightening time. What’s next? Will they try to close our public libraries?

I have attached an essay by a good friend. I believe it speaks loudly about the need for “Culture” for our mind, and our souls.

Marc S. Arranaga
Visual Director
Marc Arranaga Contemporary Art

cul·ture n

  1. art, music, literature, and related intellectual activities
  2. enlightenment and sophistication acquired through education and exposure to the arts
  3. the beliefs, customs, practices, and social behavior of a particular nation or people
  4. a group of people whose shared beliefs and practices identify the particular place, class, or time to which they belong
  5. a particular set of attitudes that characterizes a group of people


  • Call and/or write every City Council Budget & Finance Committee Member and every Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee Member, demanding their support for CAD. Their contact info is at the end of this E-mail, in the City Council list.
  • Tell your family and friends to do the same. Only a big loud protest from a spectrum of the citizenry will make the difference.
  • Budget and Finance Committee
    Bernard Parks, Chair
    Cindy Miscikowski, Vice Chair
    Tony Cardenas
    Eric Garcetti
    Greig Smith
    Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee
    Tom LaBonge, Chair
    Alex Padilla
    Martin Ludlow
  • Call and/or write every City Council person, demanding their support for retaining an intact Cultural Affairs Department. (If you have limited time, just do your own and let her/him know that you vote.) If you don’t know your Councilperson, check out (a list is also provided at the end of this E-mail).
  • Write to the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, and other papers’ editorial pages, expressing your outrage. Where to write is included in every paper’s masthead or on the editorial page.
  • Attend any City Council meeting you can and sign up for three minutes of free speech. Flood the chambers. Tell them what you think. Tell them you vote.

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