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“African Writing Online; Issue No. 8”

Tayari Jones: “The attraction to Africa is the obvious one. I am an African descended person. Going to Ghana was like returning home. When I was there, I was given a beautiful gold necklace with an adinkra symbol. As soon as I returned to the US, I lost it. It must have fallen off my neck. It seems like a metaphor. Everyday I search my apartment for the necklace. I want to have that connection again.”

DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“The Center for Black Diaspora was established to promote and support the production of scholarly, cultural and creative work related to the experiences of Black people in the Diaspora. The Center encourages and supports the study of Black Diaspora in all its complexities as shaped by the historical experiences of Africa and the West, and actively promotes comparative perspectives to illuminate the particular experiences of African people both on the continent and in the Diaspora.”

Benoit Mandelbrot

“Roman Slavery and the Question of Race” “To use modern terms, the Romans were ‘equal opportunity’ enslavers: they did not limit their enslavements to one people, place, or, in our terms, race. From the late third century BCE through the early third century CE, as the Romans conquered the Mediterranean basin, the Balkans, much of the modern Middle East, Europe west of the Rhine River, they often enslaved at least some of their defeated enemies. Although the numbers given in ancient sources are notoriously unreliable, a few examples indicate the scale of capture and enslavement.” Moment: “How Long Is the Coast of Britain? Statistical Self-Similarity and Fractional Dimension” “How Long Is the Coast of Britain? Statistical Self-Similarity and Fractional Dimension is a paper by mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot, first published in Science in 1967. In this paper Mandelbrot discusses self-similar curves that have Hausdorff dimension between 1 and 2. These curves are examples of fractals, although Mandelbrot does not use this term in the paper, as he did not coin it until 1975.”

See the TED talk: “Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness


  • ::: Gbola Adiamoh: The Lords
  • ::: kinte cast #2: enter the roach messiah
  • ::: Tayari Jones: Sunday Salon (

::: Gbola Adiamoh: The Lords

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Now, we indulge in our second selection from Dr. Jerry Agada’s labor of love, 500 Nigerian Poets. This Aboki Publishers volume, shipping from 43 New Bridge (Otukpo) Road in Makurdi, Benue State, sings with diversity. It is a rich tapestry of creative vision.

We present another one of the 500 poets, Gbola Adiamoh. At the time of publication, he’s a student of communication and language arts at the University of Ibadan and is a member of Ibadan Arts Renaissance.

::: kinte cast #2: enter the roach messiah

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This jam-packed episode is a meditation on one regular guy from the good state of Texas. Featured voices in order of appearance are:

  • Njoki Njehu of Kenya with The V-Man of (now 101.1 FM) in Santa Cruz in a show called “What’s Missing in US/Africa Policy?
  • Dr. John Marciano, Professor Emeritus, State University of New York, lecturing in a presentation called “Empire As A Way Of Life.”
  • Harold Pinter, speaking for his acceptance of the 2005 Nobel Prize of Literature in a show called “Art, Truth and Politics” produced by Maria Gilardin of
  • Amiri Baraka with Franklin and Commodore, KBFR, Boulder Free Radio (Colorado), featuring the banned poem “Somebody Blew Up America.”
  • Dr. Amos Wilson, a psychologist speaking in a presentation called “White Imperialism and Black Self-Annihilation”—this recording comes from sampler we called “Doctoral Warriors for the African Mind.”

Music in order of appearance:

  • Cassendre Xavier, performing “Love Is a Battlefield” composed by Mike Chapman and Holly Knight in a streaming audio presentation we call “Nothing Is All I Need.”
  • Afrofraktal, performing “Enter the Roach Messiah”,
  • Timeka Drew, performing “killing alley.”
  • Fumilayo Bankole, performing “Digital Chip” from her CD Baby album, L.A. River, which is featured in the streaming audio presentation “L.A. River.”

Audio components used in this mix include:

Most of the voices in this kinté cast are a remix of complete streaming audio presentations at

Direct Download: rasx_-_enter_the_roach_messiah.mp3

::: Tayari Jones: Sunday Salon (

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Novelist Tayari Jones is the author of Leaving Atlanta and The Untelling, winner of the Hurston/Wright and Lillian C Smith Awards. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, McSweeey’s, The Believer, and The New York Times. She is on the MFA faculty at Rutgers University.

We take three streaming videos from to showcase her engaging work.

Buy this book at! “I know that it’s sort of out of style to say you love Alice Walker. Her later novels have not been as good, there is the public feud with her daughter, and The Color Purple in all it’s many incarnations has taken of a life of its own. Alice Walker has sort of fallen into the same category as Maya Angelou—writers that the new generation likes to publicly mock even [though] we cut our teeth on [their] work. It’s our Electra complex showing. Maybe this is how we prove that we are grown, having our own voice and agenda. But we can’t deny that Alice Walker was a game changer who opened the doors for me and many other writers. You can’t take that away from her, and why would anyone want to?”

Firstly, I write here with a lack of experience with making thinkers like Alice Walker “fashionable”—such fashion shows most likely exist in academic circles from which I would remain separated… Additionally, every speaker that is allowed to spread their ideas throughout the world with mainstream mass media contributes to a pool of information that children use (correctly and incorrectly) for functional decision making—this is the main reason why I would “want to” “take that away” from a human being with such a media personality—even a charming and seemingly inexhaustibly pleasant person like Alice Walker.

For “us” to have an “Electra complex” imposes upon “us” a Greek model of consciousness. This is a style of thinking that often considers itself absolute in spite of the existence of theories of relativity. This is a style that sees itself embracing diversity and openness which implies that my developing style is “limited,” “rigid” and antagonistic without human reason or focus.

Ultimately, I am very pleased that Tayari Jones mentioned Toni Morrison while she celebrates Alice Walker. Ms. Jones praises Alice Walker for being “open” about her life which implies that there is something wrong with being the apparently closed way Toni Morrison sees. My ignorant, savage guess is that Toni Morrison understands that the concept of fame and its subsidiary, celebrity, are based on relatively recent inventions (like radio, television and the earth satellite). My ignorant, savage guess is that Toni Morrison places these relatively new things in a larger context, implying a functional knowledge of the ancient world that lowers the priority of celebrity for the sake of mental health. While Alice Walker is a “game” changer, I don’t think Toni Morrison is playing the same “game”—and we often assume that they are in the same league without quoting vital stats.

“Brain Reads Word-by-word” “The data suggests that readers grasp real words as whole objects, rather than focusing on letters or letter combinations. And as a reader’s exposure to a word increases, the brain comes to recognize the shape of the word. Meaning is assigned after recognition in the brain, Riesenhuber says.” The implication here is that the modern brain still sees words as pictures even though occidental writing has never had pictographs. Those that want to level the accusation of “player hater” better recognize: these words you are reading right now have a heritage that reveals a fundamental lack of understanding of how the brain works. So it’s very sad to encounter a “Chinese-American” poet or an “African-American” poet that is so completely satisfied with writing with these words. Simultaneously, it is important to understand why these words are they way they are. The ancient Romans were not stupid. The Roman imperial character set is designed to pass official messages throughout the empire (note the use of present tense here). Pictures are missing from this set because it is designed to be portable from conquered region to conquered region. These words you are making out of these letters are more for military intelligence/espionage weapons than quanta of beautiful poetry. Sure, kid, we can celebrate our ability to “redefine” something like Roman imperial intentions but we can also work with tools that were designed from the beginning to be sacred and taxonomically coherent. To be so violently uninterested in these pre-imperial alternatives of perceiving the world—even when you are a colored descendant of such an incredible heritage—tells me yet again: the ancient Romans were not stupid.

“Team’s re-creation of ancient Karnak brings history of pharaohs to life”

Meg Sullivan: “After being crowned one of ancient Egypt’s rare female pharaohs, Queen Hatshepsut renovated a coronation hall lined with statuary depicting her father, her highly regarded predecessor, as a god. …‘Karnak is one of the most dazzling sites in Egypt nowadays, but if you try to figure out what any one feature originally looked like, you get in trouble because you have all these elements from different periods standing next to each other, many of which were moved or altered over time,’ said Favro, a professor of architectural history. ‘We set out to give people a clear sense of the chronology of site’s development.’” Since Jay-Z will never fund Black 21st century research into this area, we have to take what we can… but as we read articles like these, we need to continually be on guard with questions like: are we currently in possession of a universal concept of “god” or are we imposing ethnic words on another ethnic group that does not use those words? How do we know when we are observing “art” and “religion”? And, in the specific case of ancient Egypt, anything that occurs after the collapse of the so called “Old Kingdom” is considered an episode in a series of apocalyptic emergencies that eventually led to the fall of civilization and the rise of empire. It is this last sentence that would certainly guarantee my expulsion from any Indo-European funded egyptological study.

Buy this Book at! Tayari Jones: “I was on the phone yesterday with a poet-friend who was feeling very demoralized about all of the contests to which she had submitted her manuscript. (For those of you not in the poetry loop: Many poets publish their first books by sending the manuscripts to contests. There is a fee, usually about $20. The winner gets a small cash prize and publication. Winning the ‘right’ contest can launch a career.) My friend was just plain wore out. She had taken on considerable student debt to get her MFA and she has spent hundreds of dollars in fees and postage. She has a love/hate relationship with the mailman. She was hoping for The Letter but she knew that he may be bringing a rejection letter. She said sometimes she wants to give up writing.”

I appreciate that an “officially” accepted writer like Tayari Jones is writing about this issue. The usual Negro tactic is to commune in quiet desperation until the proper (white) third party validation comes in (from the loved/hated mailman). The problem with this is that young people (“at risk”/“of color”) who see you as famous because you won the “right” (white) contest are deliberately misinformed about how mafia-like the real world actually is… This is far from a meritocracy, ladies… In my very particular and “strange” case, I prefer to be respected and recognized by other Black writers (who gives a f’ about a god-damned Grammy)—and there are very few Black poetry contests that launch careers. Am I wrong by saying there are none? The folks over at Cave Canem took over year to send me one t-shirt—they were happy to take my money tho’…

In order for the self-described “average Negro” of our post-modern world to vaguely understand where I am coming from, we have to go back to the days of Mile-Davis-era music—what music-playing contest run by white folks would “launch” Miles’ career? Yes, Miles went to Julliard—but go into his autobiography (with poet Quincy Troupe) to find out about what he thought of that “robot-music” school… Now, of course, my little analogy falls apart very quickly when we recall the Harlem-Renaissance, white-sponsored world Langston Hughes lived in… Some footsteps ain’t made to follow…

“Alan Moore takes Watchmen movie money to sue DC for print rights reversion…” “In what may go down as the biggest sucker-punch to hit DC Comics since the Superboy lawsuit, Alan Moore has reversed his position on taking money from the film version of Watchmen. The reason is elegant and ironic; he’s using the money to fund a lawsuit against DC, with the intent of forcing a reversion of rights to the print edition of Watchmen.”

“YouTube Monty Python Videos Boost DVD Sales 23,000%”

Kit Eaton: “And now for something completely fantastic: The trick of making Monty Python videos available for free online has boosted DVD sales of the comedy sketch show. If you compare DVD sales figures on Amazon before and after the creation of the Monty Python YouTube channel, the boost apparently tallies in at around 23,000%.”