the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death [newyorker.com] » @tonetalks, @BreakingBrown

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Online Workers Are Getting A Raw Deal, With Far More People Seeking Work Online Than There Are Jobs Available [iafrikan.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs [what about Black unemployment?] – Evonomics [evonomics.com] » @khemenutwilhite, @IramiOF

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How Subtle Class Cues Can Backfire on Your Resume [hbr.org] » @tonetalks

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Populism is the result of global economic failure | Business | The Guardian [theguardian.com] » @BreakingBrown

the kinte space [KinteSpace] FCC security guards manhandle reporter, eject him from meeting for asking questions [washingtonpost.com] » @BreakingBrown

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing • The Register [theregister.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living | WIRED [wired.com] » @iAyori

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Farewell my guardian: Some Saudi women are secretly deserting their country | The Economist [economist.com] » @mmbilal

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Ignore politicians: lower fuel-economy rules don’t create jobs, analyst says [greencarreports.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Americans’ Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year [news.slashdot.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Inside China’s Almost-Totally-Legal $400M Fishery in Africa [wired.com]

Chimurenga [Chimurenga_SA] Malcolm would have been 92 today. His lifework and words at RAW Academy in Dakar from 6pm, via Wendell Hassan Marsh… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Archives: Malcolm X On Black Self-Sufficiency [blackstarnews.com] » @BreakingBrown

the kinte space [KinteSpace] young bruh, most Africans first learned about empire through enslavement -Asians learned through having their own little empire

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Preacher Lightfoot Murdered for Promising Blacks a Nonexistent Passage to Liberia [blackthen.com] » @BreakingBrown

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Bonanza Race War of 1904: Successful Attempt to Drive Blacks Out of Coal Mines [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Bessie Bruington Burke: First Black Principal of Los Angeles Public School [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Carl Thomas Rowan: First African American to Hold a Seat on the National Security Council [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Emory Douglas: Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The myth of the pristine Amazon rainforest [mpg.de]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] People who have seen their work destroyed in a failed rocket launch [theatlantic.com] » @Nalo_Hopkinson

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Arachnids eat as much animal food as all humans [economist.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] AT&T, other U.S. advertisers quit Google, YouTube over extremist videos [usatoday.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How Noisy Is Your Neighborhood? Now There’s A Map For That [tech.slashdot.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware [yro.slashdot.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Indian software engineers are so unemployable that HCL Technologies will train high-school graduates [qz.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Low levels of simple chemical associated with aging, DNA damage [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The three reasons YouTubers keep imploding, from a YouTuber – Polygon [polygon.com]

Maria Popova [brainpicker] James Baldwin’s advice on writing [brainpickings.org] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Every Page of Depero Futurista, the 1927 Futurist Masterpiece of Graphic Design & Bookmaking, Is Now Online [openculture.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Wilhelmenia Fernandez: African-American Soprano Known for 1981 Film, Diva [blackthen.com] » @RowenaMonde

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Thelonious Monk Lost Album Les liaisons dangereuses 1960 Announced | Pitchfork [pitchfork.com] » @megafunkmega

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Hear Jimi Hendrix’s Virtuoso Guitar Performances in Isolated Tracks:“Purple Haze,” “Third Stone from the Sun” & More [openculture.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Impressive surrealist photo editing by Hüseyin Şahin [designer-daily.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Dystopian dreams: on feminist science fiction [theguardian.com] » @Nnedi, @digitalafrican

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Problem with Poetry Students, and Other Lessons from Derek Walcott [newyorker.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Beautiful Renderings Resurrect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Demolished Buildings [wired.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Neo Nigeria Concept Art [africandigitalart.com] @digitalafrican

soulphoodie [soulphoodie] When “Soul” Became “Southern”: The Gentrification & Rebranding of African-American Food [bit.ly] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] young bruh, i will know that feminism is working when a woman that is *not* an officer in the Israeli army has the courage to ask me out

the kinte space [KinteSpace] People are quitting gig jobs in the sharing economy — Quartz [qz.com] » @YvetteDC, @tonetalks

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The High Cost of a Home Is Turning American Millennials Into the New Serfs – The Daily Beast [thedailybeast.com] » @tonetalks

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Netherlands Keeps Closing Prisons Because It Doesn’t Have Enough Prisoners [fastcoexist.com] » @YvetteDC

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How Romania is developing its own culture of protest: view | Euronews [euronews.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] When It’s Too Late to Stop Fascism, According to Stefan Zweig – The New Yorker [newyorker.com]

Mark Anthony Neal [NewBlackMan] Dr. Bettina Love: Low Performing Schools attended by Black girls who live in poverty too focused on discipline… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] California has the USA’s highest poverty rate, when factoring in cost-of-living [politifact.com] » @tonetalks, @megafunkmega

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Color of Wealth in a City of Angels | [inequality.org] [inequality.org] « @tonetalks » @megafunkmega, @khemenutwilhite

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Five Bleak Facts on Black Opportunity | Brookings Institution [brookings.edu] « @YvetteDC

Maria Popova [brainpicker] James Baldwin on the poet’s role in a divided society [brainpickings.org] #WorldPoetryDay [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Wealth inequality has widened along racial, ethnic lines since end of Great Recession | Pew Research Center [pewresearch.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] New Report: Typical Single Black Woman with College Degree is in Debt [eurweb.com] « @tonetalks » @tmrDevelops, @iAyori

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Minority Groups Lose When They Collaborate with Power [nautil.us] » @YvetteDC, @RowenaMonde, @tonetalks, @NewBlackMan

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Silicon Valley’s technolibertarian dream was invented by Timothy Leary | The Outline [theoutline.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] young bruh and unemployment:

blessed is man
who profit not
from the kingdom
of the ungodly

the kinte space [KinteSpace] A rash of invisible, fileless malware is infecting banks around the globe | Ars Technica [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] NSA contractor indicted for stealing more than 50TB of government secrets – The Verge [theverge.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The South African Reserve Bank Is Reportedly Considering A Blockchain-Based National Digital Currency [iafrikan.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Dictionary of dead language complete after 90 years – BBC News [bbc.com] » @khemenutwilhite

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why is NASA renting out its huge astronaut pool? To keep the lights turned on | Ars Technica [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Cosmos on Nautilus: Will We Ever Know What Dark Matter Is? [cosmos.nautil.us]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How To Stop Your Smart TV From Spying on You | WIRED [wired.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Overlearning hyperstabilizes a skill by rapidly making neurochemical processing inhibitory-dominant [nature.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Dramatic new discoveries illuminate the lost Indus civilization | Ars Technica [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] We finally have a computer that can survive the surface of Venus | Ars Technica [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] These analog tape and record players look gorgeous, but are only for the fabulously wealthy – The Verge [theverge.com] » @questlove

soulphoodie [soulphoodie] When “Soul” Became “Southern”: The Gentrification & Rebranding of African-American Food [bit.ly] [twitter.com]

soulphoodie [soulphoodie] How the Black Panther Party and womens’ organizations fueled American food policy. [bit.ly] via… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Atlanta’s Black Foodie gems: A snapshot of Black owned restaurants, events and companies | BLackFoodie [blackfoodie.co] @BlackFoodie

Mark Anthony Neal [NewBlackMan] Why Four Black Artists Purchased Nina Simone’s Childhood North Carolina Home [newblackmaninexile.net][twitter.com]

Open Culture [openculture] 1.5 Million Slavery Era Documents Will Be Digitized, Helping African Americans to Learn About Their Lost Ancestors… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Canada’s Dark Secret – Featured Documentary [youtube.com] @AJStream » @1491s, @digitalafrican

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Trailer Premiere: Award-Winning Senegalese Filmmaker Alain Gomis’ ‘Félicité’ (Berlin World Premiere Set) [shadowandact.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Left of Black with Hank Willis Thomas [youtube.com] @hankwthomas @NewBlackMan » @mikemassenburg, @JuneCarol_E, @digitalafrican

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Left of Black with Yaba Blay [youtube.com] @fiyawata @NewBlackMan #professionalblackgirl

the kinte space [KinteSpace] This website displays a collection of twelve code poems [code-poetry.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Hank Willis Thomas: Pitch Blackness [amazon.com] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present [amazon.com] » @Blaque_Madonna,… [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The best of “1984” book covers – Designer Daily: graphic and web design blog [designer-daily.com] » @digitalafrican

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Retirement Life [amazon.com] «… [twitter.com]

A 2016 Blog post from @KushitePrince has an image in it that symbolically says it all. It shows—with mediocre Photoshop skills—a black-man-superhero in a red-black-green skin suit. This is just the kind of masculine-prioritizing imagery folks like Mychal Denzel Smith would not celebrate.

Here in the rasx() context, both of these people are disrespecting their ancestors. On one hand you have investment in an image of a hero with white eyes (which symbolize death in many, many traditions as the color of bones are white)—and the white-man’s map of Africa (arguably upside down) is emblazoned on his chest. The golden color of this white-geography could easily be mistaken for a Chinese-yellow, yes-kinda-ironically-racist reference as this emerging super-power influences the continent.

On the other hand, a @Blavity article by Regina Smith heaping praise on Mychal Denzel Smith roused my suspicions because young, black cosmopolitan, east-coast womanhood rarely praises black men unless the black “man” is not really a “man” (by the standards set by the Black women that were my role models). Regina Smith’s celebration of Mychal’s deprecation of the absence of black fathers fell right in line with the new white trend of packing the Black Supreme Court with clones of James Baldwin and Audre Lorde. (By the way, should Mychal Denzel Smith actually be an invisible man, then the lovely ladies at blavity.com will be unable to see him—no matter how many child support payments go unmissed.)

Our ancestors made humanity possibly through matriarchal societies based in what the white folks call “biological altruism” which means “ain’t got a damn thang to do with dominator culture”—it’s older than the concept of “empire.” When witch-burning King James had the words “be fruitful and multiply” printed in his York Times Bestseller he did not know that he was telling all of us that making people from scratch is very, very hard. When a “god” takes the time to invoke these words, we (as dumb-ass urban people) should struggle to remember how difficult it was. Making sure that we celebrate Young Thug for wearing a dress would not be one of the ancient, matriarchal priorities. It would simply not be… because Young Thug is the symbolic descendant of the slave ship cabin boy. The sexuality of the slave ship cabin boy is controlled by white people and you can ask the eldest black male associate of Anna Wintour he’ll tell you: it feels so-so good.

So here in the rasx content, I am trapped with my hands full of the toys of two kids. One is terrible at Photoshop (and ancient African symbolism) and the other is probably your good friend because he seems like a reasonable guy in view of what has happened on Earth since 550 B.C.

Solution: stop feeling trapped. Make more freedom in the heart. …why did I bother to reference Young Thug?

Karen Turner [beautifulzion1] @afrofuturist @ Sandra Brewster’s Open House -with her photography from The Door of No Return, Goree Island, #Senegal http://t.co/S4o0vRc1bF

the kinte space [KinteSpace] DAKhandheld 02 Jin Jiangbo & Hongli Zhao – YouTube https://t.co/C5h7sySKuO @another_africa @DakArtBiennale @afrofuturist @beautifulzion1

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Poéfrika: Jamyang http://t.co/mwfHA9j0x3

Calestous Juma [calestous] #Africa holds about 50% of the world’s uncultivated land #Infographic http://t.co/yhiqfNFoaK by @GroIntel

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Indigenous child removal in Victoria ‘highest since white settlement’ | World news | http://t.co/SUlPsJPFWO http://t.co/bHd6Pz3NcL

Katherine McKittrick [demonicground] @AsiaLeeds @hystericalblkns there is no black studies dept in canada. there never will be as it ensures the erasure of black canadian slaves

Maria Popova [brainpicker] “Use your ability to slow-read, or lose your ability to slow-read.” The brain on digital reading—important stuff http://t.co/qcHsowfUtA

the kinte space [KinteSpace] What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station? | The Verge http://t.co/ivvtZS42Vu

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Florescent Axe | Megasutra http://t.co/on9UA4bpZQ @megafunkmega

Maria Popova [brainpicker] George Orwell on writing and the 4 questions to ask yourself in order to be a great writer http://t.co/5LusoPHQMm http://t.co/vaPn9xfeyo

the kinte space [KinteSpace] We Asked 20 Women “Is the Art World Biased?” Here’s What They Said. – http://t.co/hQGDtOREKT

KING TERRY III [KingTerryIII] Once you realize that you don’t have to prove anything to anyone but yourself, life gets easier, more enjoyable, and makes more sense.

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] AFROFUTURISM TAPES 1989-2010 on Vimeo http://t.co/zxnnV15XUb

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Activists Call on Daniele Watts to Apologize to LAPD for Racial Profiling Claims http://t.co/JVCCpKOPZX

Speak & Spell [TamTamsWorld] and i would say more guys crave attention from women, than women crave attention from men. not scientific! @ndophumlani @DarknLurvely

Sara Winge [sarawinge] Still true, dammit: http://t.co/qXxWHkfri9 Happened to me way back when I was one of the first women firefighters in the Forest Service.

Speak & Spell [TamTamsWorld] …whereas nearly every girl i know that has a very close relationship with their father are never single. @YeshYeshCharity @DarknLurvely

Andreia Gaita [sh4na] So the Met appears to have three d20 dice from ancient Egypt in its collection :) http://t.co/q9V5kDDtNg http://t.co/bQfK67XL8L

Moses LEMUKOL [mlemukol] Anybody asking about northern Kenya challenges and solutions? READ THIS: http://t.co/8IKTah7zA2 cc @AbdirahmanDuale @gathara @peteretelej

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Hello Africa – Mobile Phone Culture in Africa – YouTube https://t.co/WxiDLTAh7M

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Sodom and Gomorrah – Digital Dumping Ground in Ghana – YouTube https://t.co/DqHZfz9a4j

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Zadie Smith on the psychology of the two types of writers – applies to all creative endeavors http://t.co/2dboLxJB7c http://t.co/IBLlgF11vg

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Duke Ellington’s artistry and artifice – how the jazz icon engineered his own myth and image http://t.co/U4XeR57E2r http://t.co/tdX10kauTJ

Maria Popova [brainpicker] For Stanley Kubrick’s birthday, the greatest movie he never made http://t.co/1wdcyaIR25 http://t.co/Hd0yZveXvq

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Anna Deavere Smith on what discipline really means and how to stop letting others define us http://t.co/bItbEuzs2e http://t.co/9lYeOnSq8I

Maria Popova [brainpicker] James Baldwin on the creative process and the artist’s responsibility to society – superb read http://t.co/cYVlQ8WIVD http://t.co/XGHQJviXTn

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Chinua Achebe on the meaning of life and the writer’s responsibility in the world http://t.co/jK5bASbaub http://t.co/0E3mvj8bHy

Maria Popova [brainpicker] THIS is how you encourage emerging talent: Emerson’s letter to young Walt Whitman http://t.co/WiQYY8S8zZ http://t.co/vSPuZTjCQK

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Swami Vivekananda on the secret of work — beautiful and ever-timely read from1896 http://t.co/CSUUc26VAI http://t.co/ozfSeqzMcr

The only game in many, many towns is Liberator Magazine. I ordered my copy of Liberator 8.1 because of the thought-provoking article “Past Afrocentricity” by my new Facebook friend, Lafayette Gaston. This article has two issues that jumped out at me:

  • One: Diop felt that his work never received “proper feedback” (during his lifetime)—from his would-be African-centered colleagues.
  • Two: “At La Sorbonne, Diop’s first doctorate theses [about the African origin of the ancient Egyptians]…were not actually refused. The professors informed Diop that if he wanted to complete his dissertation, he would have to choose another topic. Thus, Diop’s theses were never even defended.”

Both of these statements lead to yet another precedent that proves yet again nothing is new under the sun. Diop was caught in the middle of two large camps: the political, emotional, non-scientific Blacks and Negroes who could only wave at Diop from a distance with “duao” or “right-on brother” and, of course, the white-power establishment of all skin colors denying his existence. I am no C.A. Diop but let me tell you: being caught in such a no-man’s land (actually more of a no-woman’s land) is the essence of hell.

So let me drop the bombshell: I was under the impression that Diop was allowed to defend his first doctorate theses at La Sorbonne. It definitely follows that I rushed toward the footnotes of this Lafayette Gaston article, looking for the details. There are two sources cited: one in French not in my possession and another in my collection—the 1986 James G. Spady article “The Changing Perception of C.A. Diop and His Work: the Preeminence of a Scientific Spirit” in Great African Thinkers: Cheikh Anta Diop. Until I get my hands on the French source, I can definitely say I have no explicit reference to the details. However, the Spady article has a quote from James Baldwin about Diop that is astonishing:

The evening session began with a film, which I missed, and was followed by a speech from Cheikh Anta Diop, which, in sum, claimed the ancient Egyptian empire as part of the Negro past. I can only say that this question has never greatly exercised my mind, nor did M. Diop succeed in doing so—at least not in the direction he intended. He quite refused to remain within the twenty-minute limit, and while his claims of the dishonesty of all Egyptian scholars [sic] may be quite well founded for all I know, I cannot say that he convinced me.

Buy this Book at Amazon.com! So this missionary position taken by Baldwin surprised me at first. (And, yes, you may ask, “How could a book in his collection surprise him? Isn’t the great Bryan reading his books?”) But then it began to make sense: how can James Baldwin return to Giovanni’s Room and accept Diop at the same time? Certainly, such a split would be schizoid. You see, kids, some people just grow up watching American Idol and others have to build a sophisticated intellectual framework to actually decide to watch American Idol—and James Baldwin clearly would be one of those intellectual people.

Let’s try another approach: when bell hook’s allegedly said (somewhere in the 1980s–90s) that Oprah Winfrey sucks white dick—I assumed such an aggressive, non-Buddha-like statement was symbolic, referring to a way of thinking. In the case of James Baldwin, the shit is fucking literal. It is common sense to not want to lose your real and present social life over some “black dogma”—James Baldwin was tossing salad of some real shit and would have to live his life as a chaste priest after failing to get his “friends” to go along with Diop’s news—after realizing what his “friends” really think about him (slave ship cabin boy) after trying to “share” Diop’s news.

But don’t diagnose my homophobia as paraplegic. First of all, when visualize homophobia—I don’t see the genius of, say, Keith Haring being tragically ignored because he is “gay”—I see a prison gang rape by crazed body builders—grown men attacking a juvenile—this is the imagery of homophobia for me. Secondly, even after finding this new shit out about James Baldwin I will still cite his series of black-and-white-television interviews about racism as the benchmark for all Black celebrities. James Baldwin’s celebrity is galactic units ahead of anything coming out as “talking about race” in media today…

There are 21st-century, young, self-described “black” people who still think that “all we need to do” is open a “public dialog on race” and the world will change. These kids definitely have not seen James Baldwin on national television over 40 years ago doing this exact thing. And now that I am a little older I accuse the bleeding-heart liberals that put him on television as being slightly attracted to Baldwin for less than idealistic reasons. There are few white things more delicious than knowing that the “black man” you are talking to about the freedom of what we assume to be straight Black men (statistically speaking) literally sucks white dick. Kids, there is a sense of white, upper-class humor you know little about…