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I  feel  so. . . devastated that people will do anything to destroy me

(and lie on me) and suppress my work

 

 

Books by Kola Boof  

 

Nile River Woman (Poems, Feb. 10, 2004)  / Long Train to the Redeeming Sin-Stories About African Women (April 6, 2004)

 Flesh and the Devil: A Novel (May 11, 2004)  /   Diary of a Lost Girl (2007)

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Boof Banned in Anacostia

A Letter  from Kola "Naima" Boof 

Read this carefully:

I was booked to appear on August 28th at the Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C.-- just a block and a half from where I grew up.

 Mysteriously today...the Museum informs me that they can't host my event because they "forgot" that they can't sell books on the Museum property (although they just had a major book event last month and have Edwidge Danticat coming soon).

From a black woman who works for the Museum, I have learned however that what has happened is . . . people from the media began phoning the museum and complaining that hosting Kola Boof could be "dangerous" and that my word lacks "credibility".  As well, several important black men complained that I don't represent the D.C. community well and that I'm a slut, a fraud and a clown.  One of those men...is a high ranking official in the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Sudanese Liberation Movement, another one is a respected local newspaper editor.

I feel so enraged...and of course...devastated that people will do anything to destroy me (and lie on me) and suppress my work...for reasons of which I truly have no understanding of . . . whatsoever.

At this moment, I just want to commit suicide.

It seems that no matter how many times the media has now proven my story (those brave few that would report it) . . . there is a very powerful contingent of people who greatly fear me and do not want me to exist. 

You would think that I was the most powerful woman since Eve and that my 3 books that are translated to English and released in America were Holy Scripture.

I really am beginning to hate these motherfuckers in America.  But my birth name is "Naima"—the one who is victorious.

Kola Boof

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Alek: My Life from Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel

By Alek Wek

"When I cleaned toilets, I only saw it as work to give me the means to achieve my goals. Of course I hated it," the Sudanese supermodel exclaimed. "Waking up at 4 a.m. when it's freezing cold is not easy, followed by Uni, coursework and my evening baby-sitting job, but it made me disciplined and gave me a huge sense of self-appreciation."

Born the seventh of nine children Alek, meaning 'black-spotted cow' (one of Sudan's most treasured cows, which represents good luck), never dreamt of becoming a model. Both in her motherland, where she was considered to be inferior due to her Dinka tribe (dubbed as 'zurqa', meaning dirty black) and again in Britain when she arrived in 1991, she faced hostility.—Jamaica-Gleaner

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

 

The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery

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update 16 May 2010

 

 

 

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