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When we say "African" we mean those Sudanese who call themselves Africans,

the Blue Blacks of the Southern Nile

 

 

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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Black Americans Campaign to Save Kola Boof's Life

 

Press Announcement by Solomon Amadou Sept. 26, 2002

Dear Friends, Sudan's Arab Muslim government has declared fatwa on Kola Boof today following a very vicious article written by a Sudanese government official (diplomat Gamal Ibrahim) in London's largest Arabic daily newspaper.

Fatwa  basically means that the government will handsomely reward the person or group that KILLS Kola Boof for the crime of "blasphemy" against Islam. There is something small but effective that you can do to stop her assassination, however.  You can write a letter or an email (both addresses below) directly to Boof's killers--the National Islamic Front c/o Peter Gordon in London, UK. 

As these letters or emails pour in by the dozens, Sudan's NIF will realize that killing Kola Boof will only give the Arab Muslim government of Sudan more negative publicity.  This is important to them . . . because they have spent many decades cultivating a relationship with African Americans and have managed to convince many Black Americans that Arab Islamic governments (such as Sudan, Libya and Egypt) adore Black people and consider the Black man as their "Brother."

Any African from either of those countries would tell you otherwise.  There is chronic slavery in Sudan and continuing "ethnic cleansing" (2 million Nile River Southerners have been eliminated so far).  You must understand that many dark brown people in Sudan (the color of Kola Boof) do not consider themselves African, they claim to be "Arab" (many Nubians straighten their hair and convert to Islam just to stay alive!). 

When we say "African", we mean those Sudanese who call themselves Africans, the Blue Blacks of the Southern Nile. We remind you that Kola Boof was adopted and raised by an African-American couple in Washington, D.C. and that they are praying for your support. 

Many AA's who know Kola Boof--regard her as one of their own. Please take time out to write a short note expressing your displeasure...your protest...against the assassination of Kola Boof by writing either a letter or email to:

NIF (National Islamic Front) c/o Peter Gordon  / Al Sharq Al awsat 184 High Holborn / London WC V1 7AP United Kingdom

or send an email (which is quicker!) to: alrashed@asharqalawsat.com / Kola Boof's official website: http://www.kolaboof.com/

Thank you sincerely, Solomon Amadou

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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

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02_My_Story,_My_Song.mp3 (24503 KB)

(Kalamu reading "My Story, My Song"

Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

Audio: My Story, My Song (Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

 Parable of the Cellphone (Marvin X)

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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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The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 -- The Founding of Haiti 

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