“17 Black Women Bloggers To Know in 2013” and other, old-ass Twinks…

For Harriet [ForHarriet] 17 Black Women Bloggers To Know in 2013 http://t.co/oBYcQQIM0g

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] FBI places first woman on list of most wanted terrorists http://t.co/rJ8PIlOuuQ

michael massenburg [mikemassenburg] Urban Gardening: An Appleseed With Attitude http://t.co/h0E3IjsTmp

For Harriet [ForHarriet] The Art of Self Correction is an Essential Business Skill – “When you become competent at the art of self… http://t.co/CufnjVuat1

AfricanBurialGround [AFBurialGrndNPS] “sugar in the blood,” explores the intersection of sugar, slavery, and family in the West Indies: http://t.co/8SIb6VZIJk

hannibaltabu [hannibaltabu] You know, @BrandonEaston makes some good points about #manofsteelhttp://t.co/l4tNdeuUnd

For Harriet [ForHarriet] 30 Black Women in Indie Music You Should Know http://t.co/5XjIyDLkKH

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] Why More Women in Tech Equals Better Software – Forbes http://t.co/H9M4MkstPH

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Here’s Your Official Guide To Urban Bike-Share Programs Around North America http://t.co/m46nhS4vR3)

Democracy Now! [democracynow] Brazil: Hundreds of Thousands Take to the Streets in Historic Protests http://t.co/Dn6JLWR1KX

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Meron Russom speaks about his career, predicts Tour de France until 2020 http://t.co/nXfzmfjtdi via @capitaleritrea

Digital Trends [DigitalTrends] Maybe chill on the Facebooking, because ladies, your love-hate relationship with the Internet is stressing you out. http://t.co/GQUDrM8uqR

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Michael Douglas Says His Cancer Was Caused By Oral Sex http://t.co/LD7kqt0sUS)

Democracy Now! [democracynow] Florida Teen Charged, Expelled for Science Experiment Mishap http://t.co/NXOHV652kt

Salvo Lavis [salvolavis] Cycling is the new golf! | The Economist http://t.co/2PuER6gYVk #cycling #business

AfricanBurialGround [AFBurialGrndNPS] Read lectrures from both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. du Bois that were given in 1907 w/ @uncsotuh: http://t.co/31BwPj0uxr

Dave Winer ☮ [davewiner] Erasing History in the Internet Era. http://t.co/Q9CIIXKNPh

Dave Winer ☮ [davewiner] Suicide is the most common cause of death for those under 40 in South Korea. http://t.co/ugpEHfP2ie

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Roam 2 (2013) – Bikes | Giant Bicycles | United States http://t.co/ObdQeRLlSh via @sharethis

“…Silent Technical Privilege” and other somewhat older Twinks…

Hanna Wallach [hannawallach] Everyone should read “Silent Technical Privilege” by @pgbovine: http://t.co/6ypdaX9lqh #diversity

the kinte space [KinteSpace] DAK’ART 2014 – 11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06 http://t.co/RpfEoNZwKN

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Shadow And Act [shadowandact] ‘The Secret Disco Revolution’ In Theaters This Friday (You May Think You Know Disco, But…) http://t.co/6ApzCzxTlW

Chuck D [MrChuckD] IM 52 I last clubbed 28yrs ago when we ran them.Our music was so good that the bar was secondary.Today clubs MUST fuel patrons silly drunk

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Engadget [engadget] Scientists create malware that communicates using sound, no network required http://t.co/MgIQwtY7UU

The Verge [verge] David Lynch directs Nine Inch Nails’ latest music video, working in the medium of seizures http://t.co/eCBWQgXZ1l

Anil Dash [anildash] Compelling articulation of how South Asians in the U.S. have benefitted at the expense of anti-black prejudice: http://t.co/wpbJZntrHe

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Move over quinoa, Ethiopia’s teff poised to be next big super grain http://t.co/zWdl3Hezd2

michael massenburg [mikemassenburg] Art’s Dirty, Big Secret http://t.co/aPaGeghvc4 via @villagevoice

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Amiri Baraka: Poet On Fire http://t.co/xEsF4yZHPq via #mumia

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Stop selling off African land – invest in farmers instead http://t.co/dhehW8HTST

Steve Martin [SteveMartinToGo] A bit of trivia: Pulitzer Prize playwright Tracy Letts was the first actor to play the bartender in my play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.”

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Our Trash Has Become A New Ocean Ecosystem Called “The Plastisphere” http://t.co/LoBbb7Qk3O

Necemon Yai [NecemonYai] Your Dream is not what you see in sleep, it’s the thing which doesn’t let you sleep. – Abdul Kalam

TWITCH [TwitchFilm] GODZILLA Trailer Presents A Monstrous Nightmare http://t.co/P1Bqss4D7y

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Richard Sherman’s Perfect Response To Being Called A ‘Thug’ http://t.co/aqdoSQGgLY)

Harriet Tubman NM [TubmanNPS] A portrait of the activist as a young man. Check out Thurgood Marshall’s high school graduation photo: http://t.co/gZYoJEtdUM

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Why crowdfunding isn’t funding anything at all http://t.co/DsU6mxUZwa)

Dr. Vandana Shiva [drvandanashiva] My new article in Asian Age http://t.co/axBXemwVKO

Jennifer Thompson [rawfoodbliss] Try Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) 5-10 drops in water, 4x daily…it’s excellent for colds and flus, Mother Nature’s antibiotic!

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Half Of Fast Food Workers Get Public Assistance, And It’s Costing Taxpayers $7 Billion A Year http://t.co/WbTTdVnnVM)

AfricanBurialGround [AFBurialGrndNPS] Learn how African people were recruited for service in colonial armies during WWI in w/ @bbcnews: http://t.co/VuQ2uDPWmQ

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Water, water everywhere—in our Solar System http://t.co/SnxrZO4wXB)

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] The Scramble For Africa Continues — iROKOtv Closes $8M To Be The Netflix Of Africa http://t.co/QHnKmH2WHa

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Estates agents discriminate against black people, finds BBC investigation http://t.co/CxDuPyLRGY

Medical Daily [medicaldailycom] A very disturbing new statistic: http://t.co/E7R2XPSxBO

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Harriet Tubman NM [TubmanNPS] Visit a cemetery in MA that houses many memories of the Underground Railroad w/ @natlparkservice: http://t.co/OzyyF4NBGk

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] The Man Who Popularized Kung Fu Films Has Died At Age 107 http://t.co/y5SS9IboyM)

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Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Sneak Peek: ‘Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century’ http://t.co/jp2XROnUhl

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Why Viola Davis Says Black Actresses Are In Crisis Mode + Actresses On Light Vs. Dark Debate http://t.co/PQ6Rc2mEI7

ReadWrite [RWW] As much as Netflix worries about being HBO, it actually looks more like CompuServe, says @mjasay http://t.co/SJIQ55T6C1

Laughing Squid [LaughingSquid] 50 Years 50 Toys, An Infographic of Popular Holiday Toys from 1963 to Today http://t.co/mA3ZZU55QG

U.S. News [usnews] Why there are so many empty houses that aren’t for sale http://t.co/oJY6K28Snx

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] Tutu ditches ruling ANC, backs new opposition party http://t.co/bsXSJ3WKub #SouthAfrica

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Engadget [engadget] US creates the most e-waste, cellphones top the heap http://t.co/C7QRxwwz0w

Neil deGrasse Tyson [neiltyson] June 21 — 1:04 AM ET. Geeks: Sun reaches north-most spot on ecliptic above celestial equator. Everyone else: Summer begins.

“DakarSoFar: ‘There are no Bees in Dakar’” @Mayathepoet and other Twinks…

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ST [seyitaylor] CcHub’s KidsZone ‘Summer of Code’ Programme Now Open to Applications http://t.co/UfrqphL4Kx via @techcabal http://t.co/RH45nKrDXc

marlyn [virtualactivism] What happened when Palestinian children were killed in front of a hotel full of journalists http://t.co/HAiuhnYgFA via wessam dad

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Deceased Brown Bodies Unceremoniously Displayed on Our Screens… http://t.co/rMJoDBoMFQ by @digtanya

michael massenburg [mikemassenburg] Terry Adkins, Artist, Musician and Educator, Dies at 60: http://t.co/OaKZX5kgej via @gallerist

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Rio, we have a problem!! Second black male found naked & tied to a pole; this time, face down in the scorching heat! http://t.co/g8iaTh6cva

Chuck D [MrChuckD] Stupid sht.USA does its best keepn black celeb artists about as Internationally scared & dumb as a walking paintbrush http://t.co/c7OR2meJ26

The Sojourner Truth [sotrueradio] LAPD Cop Beat Man on His Knees Near Staples Center, D.A. Says http://t.co/aKtKQ54Y36 via @laweekly

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the kinte space [KinteSpace] 75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life http://t.co/cLX6OJ672L

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] ‘Tiger Mom’: Data Prove The Longer You’re In America, The Worse You Perform http://t.co/nGlWCJcoBe)

Ferrari Sheppard [stopbeingfamous] Oppressed people often become so obsessed with their oppression that they don’t recognize that they’re doing it to others.

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] The Devil’s Eye Syndrome: Creative Jealousy Against the Black Independent Filmmaker http://t.co/FdezKDy9wx http://t.co/sE6qRz1ulH

Sian Staley [SianStaley] @Strong_BlackMan: “How different would our education be if we sent our children to school to create jobs for themselves?”-Amos Wilson”

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Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Move over quinoa, Ethiopia’s teff poised to be next big super grain http://t.co/zWdl3Hezd2

Dave Winer ☮ [davewiner] School ditches rules and loses bullies. http://t.co/IFKnmo0MTZ

Africa is a Country [AfricasaCountry] “Not too long ago, right here in America (if you’re over 45, you’ll remember), there was a restaurant called Sambo’s” http://t.co/mHCb99ejEJ

Engadget [engadget] Netflix’s first taste of ‘Star Wars’ coming with exclusive ‘Clone Wars’ series in March http://t.co/VAb5klpatO

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] This World Map Shows The Enormity Of America’s Prison Problem http://t.co/cSVwOyGrax)

Medical Daily [medicaldailycom] Changing Your Meal Times Can Have A ‘Significant’ Impact On Your #Liver http://t.co/OnrnTg7JEm

Dr. Vandana Shiva [drvandanashiva] #Roundup #glyphosate affects earthworms & symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi in model ecosystem.Impact Soil fertility http://t.co/f1folL4lS0

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Critter & Guitari’s tiny homemade synths feel good on your brain http://t.co/j085z8Tfv7

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Darwin’s complete Galapagos library posted online | Ars Technica http://t.co/t3E9Nr7AJm

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Coursera withdraws its online learning service from Cuba, Iran and Sudan to comply with US law http://t.co/3lnRJ6Rvqj

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“La culture est dans la rue du 030614 [@DakartBiennale]” and other Twinks…

Dak'Art Biennale [DakArtBiennale] @DakartBiennale sur @telesud_ : La culture est dans la rue du 030614 : http://t.co/jmu72mIBy4

Karen Turner [beautifulzion1] My sis @afrofuturist looking out at the ‘Door of No Return’, Goree Island, House of Slaves #Senegal http://t.co/NeopHVKNLC

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Shocking History: Why Women of Color in the 1800s Were Banned From Wearing Their Hair in Public http://t.co/GY2cKK4sL5 via @bglhonline

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ST [seyitaylor] Zimbabwe Could Become Africa’s First Truly Cashless Economy http://t.co/fBa0PO7ucq via @techcabal http://t.co/yM4ScC9NCt

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Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] The rise of Africans Investing in Africa (AIA) | VC4Africa http://t.co/DkMLzHv1s4

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Great folks found in Dakar: Tafsir Diop of Baye Fall

Tafsir Diop (Baye Fall), My Interpreter and Guide

I am self-described momma’s boy. I tell this to my sisters very quickly to prevent them from not recognizing my basic human rights out of concern for their own safety. This effort of mine never works, largely because of the burden of the 21st-century socialite: she deals with people in bulk and tends overlook the fine details.

When I went to Africa for the first time in my life I did several momma’s-boy things: I took rooms at a “four star” hotel; I wore way too much anti-mosquito skin cream; I was in my hotel for the night at or before six; and I had way too much fun with my compatriot elders.

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One of the “big-boy” things I did was make a point of walking the streets of Dakar (instead of going everywhere in a taxi). Since I was not going to be yelling broken French into the ear of a beautiful Senegalese woman with too much western makeup on in a night club full of chain-smoking French men of all skin colors, this was going to my way of getting close to Dakar. And walking is the second-best thing a cyclist can do (I saw, by the way, only two cyclists in Dakar—one looked to me in great danger with a taxi close on his tail—by the way, many taxis in Dakar have ‘tails,’ tufts of blonde animal hair gingerly touching the street from the rear of the cab for “protection”).

Outside of the gates of my momma’s-boy hotel there are street vendors (many with mobile-phone SIM cards) and others waiting for tourists. Two young men waiting outside my hotel volunteered themselves to be my guide for DAK’ART 2014. The first dude was, ahem, not qualified to help me and the second man was Tafsir Diop—who was not only my guide (because a map was not going to help me much) but was my interpreter. He understood immediately that I intended to walk to most DAK’ART venues and, as we walked through the streets, many, many people of diverse walks of life seemed to know him and greet him with genuine pleasantries.

One “big boy” fantasy I had before travelling to Africa was engaging a beautiful, Senegalese, female interpreter. This is just more Hollywood imagery coming ironically from someone that claims to be so anti-Hollywood. First of all, in the real world of Dakar, there would not be a beautiful, educated young woman just standing in front of a hotel with a bunch of men waiting for a Black stranger like me that she will then brazenly walk up to and volunteer herself. There are only two adventuresome sights seen in Dakar that featured such attractive Senegalese women: one was a female taxi driver that had something like “Sister Taxi” painted on her cab (she made point of parking her cab inside the gates of my hotel unlike most of the male drivers) and two was this stunningly, superfine sister that was putting a helmet on her head, as I walked past her, to get on the back of a Mobylette, driven by a greying, heavy-set French man, old enough to be her father.

So, based on my complete stranger-hood and my limited knowledge of Dakar, my ‘close’ interaction with Senegal was going to be close interactions with the men of Senegal. To many of my homeboys (and, ironically, some homegirls) that have some kind of idea of how much money I spent on this trip, the previous sentence was a declaration of total disaster. To many of my homeboys who still claim to be “afro-centric” after it went well out of style after the Public-Enemy 1980s—those homies who claim to “love” the motherland—this “disaster” should look like me paying respect for the real situation on the ground—and the idea that a Black Man coming to the motherland for exploitative, imperialistic, patriarchal sex-tourism should be nauseating.

Tafsir Diop primarily reminded me of two things about Africa: there still struggles a man’s world of honorable men in Africa and me being in Africa close to my people with economic problems is just like me being North America close to my people with economic problems—eventually a mufukka is going to ask for too much money (I spent about a half-million “cifa” on the streets of Dakar—not including my personal hotel shit). But let’s concentrate on the honorable man stuff that Tafsir brings to the table. It begins when he tells you his name. He referred to himself with first name last name and he referred to himself with first name and Baye Fall. I has no idea what Baye Fall meant for my entire time in Senegal. He invoked Baye Fall in a musical way like how Rasta people invoke Rastafari. He referred to certain other young men as Baye Fall as well. It took a while for me even me to break through my western programming and simply Google Baye Fall and the Wikipedia article came to me:

One famous disciple of Bamba, Ibra Fall, was known for his dedication to God, and considered work as a form of adoration. Amadou Bamba finally decided that Ibra Fall should show his dedication to God purely through manual labor. Ibra Fall founded a sub-group of the Mouride brotherhood called the Baye Fall (Baay Faal in Wolof), many of whom substitute hard labor and dedication to their marabout for the usual Muslim pieties like prayer and fasting.

I knew there was something about Tafsir because we walked through the streets of Dakar for hours and he never complained about the effort involved (even by local-folk standards). Once—and I do mean only once for my duration in Dakar—an elderly woman was really persistent about getting money from us (usually young men were persistent like this)—and I told Tafsir give her one thousand “cifa” and he did so immediately. A more western-impoverished young thinker would immediately insist that I give her money, but Tafisr knew (I guess) that I would hand him five thousand or more later—and very possibly he knew that I was the kind of man who traded cash for work, I was not a typical westerner that would “give” money to people for nothing but begging (I can do that shit at home with a small number of persistent folk in my own family).

When a street merchant wanted to sell me sandals and I did not have the tens of thousands of “cifa” on me (I would have to walk back to the hotel ATM), the merchant trusted Tafsir enough to give him the sandals and collect the money from me later in the day. This level of trust (not just for fear of thievery but just general “forgetful” incompetency) is very much impossible in too many places of the world I come from. So I knew there was something ancient and pre-western about Baye Fall and the honorable ways of Tafsir.

So Tafsir Diop always makes me remember Cheikh Anta Diop and the idea of checking the index of his books for Baye Fall led me to page 148 of Civilization or Barbarism. During an exploration of “the Islamic Revolution in Africa” Diop refers to Cheikh Ibra Fall:

Islam might have eliminated castes and started a social revolution, the basis of all progress; but the religious dignitaries of common origin preferred to become “ennobled,” in a way, by marrying princesses, so that their children would be nobles through their mothers and marabouts through their fathers. Thus, outwardly, the model of the conquered aristocratic society continued to be conveyed, in some manner, by the subconscious of those whose mission had been to eradicate it from the mental universe of the people. The failure of the social revolution was painful. However, some religious chiefs did at times put the nobility back in its place. This was the case with “Lamp Fall” (Cheikh Ibra Fall), creator of the Muride subsect of the Bay Fall. He had a calabash full of sun-dried “turds” given to all of his princess wives who were demanding the privilege of having their meals separately, apart from the other wives of popular or slave origin, and exclaimed indignantly: “Try to tell your ‘turds’ from those of the common women!”

Immediately we see the Baye Fall style, a mixture of formal piety with street vulgarity. I relate to this extremely quickly. We see very little patience with the pettiness of imperial womanhood—something keeping me very sad and single to this day.

So whatever is “tragic” about my time in Dakar is weighted against what came close to me in Dakar. I came very close to the brothers of Dakar—and it gave me a reason to pull out my old, cherished Diop books. I have found my interest in Cheikh Anta Diop a very lonely pursuit and any little thing helps a momma’s boy like me. Much respect Tafsir! Baye Fall!