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“Many men in our culture never recover from childhood unkindnesses.” — bell hooks (born 09/25/52 as Gloria Watkins)


The books of Pearl Cleage and Rosie Perez’s Handbook for an Unpredictable Life (N.Y.: Crown Archetype, 2014) can be of interest to our readers. Cleage’s father, Reverend Albert Cleage (1911-2000,) was a Detroit minister who knew Malcolm X.

June Jordan (1936-2002) also remembers Malcolm X at Temple Number Seven Restaurant, headquarters of Malcolm X. She wrote, “He was devastatingly hilarious, at will, steadily to the point, and gallantly respectful without exception. He was so clean, his hair cut so short, his suit so plain: it was an austerity, a focus of purposive being.”

Cleage worked with Richard Pryor (1940-2005) as a writer on his films and with former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson (1938-2003) on his mayoral campaigns. In her most recent book Things I Should Have Told My Daughter (N.Y., Atria Books, 2014), Cleage (b. 12/07/48) feels her feminist stance as strong and as important as her civil activism. Continue Reading →

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Marlon Wayans continuing family’s comedic legacy

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


If there’s a Black family of comedic aristocracy, it’s the Wayans of New York. With older brothers Keenen Ivory and Damon, and big sister Kim preceding him, whether it was natural or a mistake for Marlon to follow them, the former clearly is the answer. As a teenager, the then 16-year-old Marlon made his film debut in older brother Keenen Ivory’s I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. After graduating from high school in 1990 and two years as a student at Howard University, Marlon dropped out and took a role on In Living Color. He later teamed up with his brother Shawn on Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and later on television on The Wayans Bros. Continue Reading →

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The Good Wife Works – On race and culture

  “There are no ni**ers here. The people here, they still have their self-respect, their pride.” Richard Pryor (1940-2005) 


There is only the Human Race; there is no legitimacy to “race” based on adaptations of human hair and skin color to geography and climate. At a recent discussion in a Black student group at a local college the talk revolved around how our surface variations, even height and weight (too much? Not enough?) and dress, can and are unfairly used to judge our worth. Whether you’re a redhead in Iceland and hence the descendent of slaves, or a mestizo of mixed blood in South America, or the son of a U.S. soldier and a Vietnamese mother, or a Chechen despised by a Russian, or born to the lower caste in India, the distinguishing marks of your birth can be used against you. Continue Reading →

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Recently e-published writer ‘digs humanity’

Name the subject — any subject — and Dwight Hobbes will have something unique to say about it. After his writing appeared over the years in such publications as Reader’s Digest, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Essence and the MSR, Hobbes finally relented after being oft-asked when he’d write a book. Continue Reading →

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