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My Brother, ChickenBones made my day today. I've been very depressed lately and

the soulful writings of this magazine help me. John Lennon once said "Whatever gets

you through the night, it's alright..." And that's how I feel with ChickenBones - my

therapy. No woman. No drugs. But I got ChickenBones. Thanks brother and

 in all seriousness keep up the good work. Dennis Leroy Moore

 
 

ChickenBones: A Journal

Letters to the Editor 2002

Hi Rudy,

I just spent the last three hours reading material posted on your site, in addition to some of what I found in the links. Your site is really shaping up. Congratulations! Before now, I did not have time to spend much time reading what you have posted, but since I just turned in my grades yesterday, I now have a few moments to catch up on e-mail and work on some of my ongoing projects.

Commenting on your two papers are on my list. I had not commented on the first paper, and now I have your October paper to read as well. I will try to write you during the holidays.

By the way, do you have a copy of my book? I'd like to send you a copy (with my compliments) if you don't own a copy. If you want one, send your mailing address. Today, I plan to order a copy of Bill Bryant's Nat Turner novel, Jerusalem Tomorrow. Do you have this one? It's on the Internet as well, but I plan to order a paperback copy. Do you know Bill? I hope that I've put the two of you in touch with each other already. Hang tough. MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Mary

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Blessed Love Bredren!

A truly lovely site that I has put to-gather....I n I do not have any other writings of Haile I Selassie's visit to New Orleans except the one posted on I n I site, including captions under the pictures, of which was gathered from the local newspaper......would this article be suitable? If so I n I will gladly send it. Much Loving RASpects, I-sis Jah Roots

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Great page I look forward to perusing it more thoroughly. I am presently at a week long conference in Belgium. I will be returning on Monday, 12th November. Fr. Linden

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The website looks great. I read a little bit but must be away for the next few days for meetings. Back on Saturday evening. Good luck with the site. Fr. Zilonka

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Dear Rudy, 

I finally managed to read all the nice things you had to say about me in ChickenBones. Thank you, Rudy, for supporting my work. I'm grateful. I was amazed to see how much history you managed to save. I thought I was the only one saving scraps of the past. . . . You have managed to air a lot of interesting stuff. You deserve any compliments that come your way. I've told a number of New Orleanians to send you work. Yusef called me yesterday. Nice to hear from him. Take care. Lee Grue

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Yo, Rudy - 

ChickenBones is looking damn good! Thank you for your generous coverage of my film "As an Act of Protest" - Rome told me about it and I swear that's the best news I've had all day. My producer Melissa and I are going through the wringer on this one, man. We ain't getting no support, no love no nothing - except from real folks like you and critics like Rome and Sharon. However, overall the film seems to be too weird for people. Brothers get mad at me and say I showed too much, I revealed too much of the black man's rage (can'you believe it?) and the white folks, for the most part, just think I'm a stark raving little-Mad-Nigger running around. That I actually enjoy...!

I'm glad you also printed Greg Johnson's horrible review because I think it gives readers a balance. One guy loves it, the other guy thinks I'm Satan. That's good - together there can be some constructive criticism, even though the majority of that brother's review was just crazy. He hates everything.

My producer is going to probably send you out a viewing copy of the film on VHS. I'm dying to know what you would think. Give us your mailing address ASAP.

Also, I have forwarded to you a copy of the analysis that I wrote about Marvin X's video-drama "One Day in the Life." Talk about raw and radical? This shit had people running out of the theatre cause it was so real. Blair Witch What? They should have seen "One Day in the Life" instead. Its so odd, its got to be a cult classic. Have you seen Marvin's play? Check it out.

My Brother, ChickenBones made my day today. I've been very depressed lately and the soulful writings of this magazine help me. John Lennon once said "Whatever gets you through the night, it's alright..." And that's how I feel with ChickenBones - my therapy. No woman. No drugs. But I got ChickenBones. Thanks brother and in all seriousness keep up the good work. Dennis Leroy Moore

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Love the site - Brother Kaki told me to check this out and I am glad i did - this is so powerful - hope to meet you one day Doni Glover, publisher www.bmorenews.com

 

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Brother Lewis,

Thank you for printing that latest piece on As an Act of Protest that I cleaned up and edited for Joshua Kibuka. Rome and I get a kick out of telling folks that you were the first to publish us! There's a left-wing publication called "First of the Month" who are beginning to get interested in reviewing Moore's film because of ChickenBones' coverage. I spoke to the editor and Armond White is probably gonna be contacting you at some point because I always felt that White's coverage was getting too diluted and "pretty" for the black audience or serious lovers of art. He's appealing to the mainstream too much (How much more money does the brother, need?) and needs to get humbled by reading ChickenBones (or at least eating one!) and return to the basics. The Roots.

ChickenBones is so deceptive and charming that it weaves a lot around the mind very simply and then all of a sudden you realize you been caught in a web. From Nathaniel Turner to the spiritual art of William Johnson, from Satchmo to Haile Selassie - your mind takes in so much information that it can't helped but get excited about this little fact over here, that article over there...

At first I was overwhelmed, but there is poetry to the layout and how the accompanying articles or stories fit into each issue of the journal.

Thanks for printing "For Sisters Who Hate Fast Food," by the way. I'm urging some poets to submit work, and I'll probably write something on my own - outside of my film coverage - for the journal. Love, Sharon Gates BlackAuteur guerilla film newsletter - due in July 2002 blackauteur1@yahoo.com

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It's looking good, looking good, looking good. I told Dennis Leroy Moore to get his ass up and check out the spread! He called me and told me he was really excited, because ChickenBones has helped rev up interest about his film. Independents, guerilla artists, fringe thinkers, revolutionaries, educators - its always going to be harder for them than for mainstream peoples and ChickenBones is definitely doing what you set out to. Slowly, but surely...Congratulations, again.

Now, I read your piece on Nat Turner: "Nathaniel of Southampton or Balaam's Ass" and I've got to tell you I was really affected. I'm gonna print it out and discuss it with my group tomorrow. You see, every Friday night a bunch of us get together and talk about politics, or currents events, history, art, etc,. and we try to then put it into a contemporary context; make the connection to the here and now from whatever subject we bring up. I think a lot of people will really begin to "sankofate" once they discover the history, facts, stories, myths, and ideas of Nathaniel Turner.

I mentioned to Dennis getting you a video of his film and he said he would. He'll probably contact you today or tomorrow. He's been kind of down lately because he's been getting a lot flack about his film, and there's been a lot of drama going on.

I'm going to send you some leaner pieces this weekend about other films and an essay I'm writing on Bill Gunn's classic "Ganja & Hess." Peace and Blessings, Rome

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Man, you're really doing it. Between school, work and CB, you're earning that well-deserved praise. Again, my curiosity is sparked. What's the deal with Dennis Moore's film? Subject? Length? Availability/accessibility? Etc. CB is truly a wonderfully unique site. I've never seen anything like it. It's the type of site that I have to make quality time to peruse. So, tonight I'll look again and check out "Nathaniel of Southampton or Balaam's Ass" and give you feedback. Stuart

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Way to go Rudy!!!!! You see, good work is ALWAYS noticed. Keep on Keepin' On. Carol

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You are influencing people. How does that feel? I also enjoyed the review of "One Day in the Life". Continued peace and blessings. Jerhretta

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Thank you for forwarding these personal notes from your friends. They give me insight into a world of which I have little experience. You have obviously given a forum where many voices can be heard. Peace Fr. Zilonka

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Congratulations on your site. I am forwarding everyone your website. Good luck and thank you very much. respectfully, melissa dymock

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Great. Your site is doing good to be a new site. Keep up the good work. I know how exciting it is...You never know where this site can lead. Maxine Thompson

 

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If I have anything that would work on your site, I'll send it along. ChickenBones looks really interesting. Thanks for the interest. Keep up the good work. JB

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Hello,

As an undergraduate, I worked as a student worker in the History Dept. at the University of New Orleans. Marcus B. Christian, was a member of the faculty. I had the pleasure of working with him and listening to his powerful and captivating stories. I can remember spending time in his office talking to him. He was a private person, but he opened up to me and shared lots of his works and beliefs.

Your journal has touched me, and it serves as a true tribute to such a dedicated and talent man who touched my life and goals. I was an undergraduate student at UNO from 1970-1976. Presently, I am an Assistant Professor of English and Administrative Assistant to the English Chair at Southern University at New Orleans. Deborah P. Cains

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Hi Rudy

I am really impressed. I mean it! I really like what you and your friends have done. You have put a lot of work into the site. I read some poetry and articles. The pictures and the layout are really good. I was really interested in an article about Cornell West. I wrote a paper on him for my class. I also read all the letters to the editor. I know you feel good about them. I spent a lot of time reading the articles. I will read some more tomorrow. I printed out some of the poems to read later. I read your poem "Back in Swamp Briars - for Nature Boy." I like it. I had to read it a couple of times to get into it. The site is really shaping up nicely. . . . The Vashti McKenzie article is wonderful and very insightful for me. My daughter and I have been reading some of the articles and poems for a few hours. My daughter really likes the poem entitled "Who Am I" by Nikki Stokes. I like it as well. I really like many of the poems. I can really relate to the Vashti article. You are doing a great service. Yvonne

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Your website is awesome, impressive and interesting! Love the graphics. Congratulations! Hope to see you on Sunday at Mama's for a Father's Day cook-out. Love, Tine

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Great to see your website advancing so beautifully. I checked out the Jamaican items you added. I also read the Walter Cotton story....powerful. Fr. Zilonka

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Shalom,

I viewed your site today for the first time and I think it is wonderful! I teach 6th and 7th grade in New Jersey and a few of my students, including myself, are interested in submitting poetry for your review and possible post. How could I go about doing that? Keep up the good work......our children NEED this. Narubi Selah

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Hi Rudy,

What a great issue! . . . . I always enjoy reading Kalamu. I think he's done a lot for poetry in New Orleans. I've copied your interview to print out and will do the same with Kalamu's poems. Did I send you a CD? I'll send you some new poems. They're not ready for publication. Just perusal. All for now. I'm trying to do a little work. Love, Lee

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Just stopped reading new goodies on the site to say "Well, you have been working hard, haven't you?" I am telling you, it is chock full of goodies. Congrats! What a coup de maî·tre! Right/ride on ChickenBones.....Peace and continued blessings, J. Suite

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Peace and blessings Rudy,

I love what you have done. It is truly awesome. My daughters and I are telling lots of people about the site. I love the layout. I like the way you have included a table of contents for all the Kalamu material to help the reader. I have only had an opportunity to read "A Poetic Journey with Writers in New Orleans" and part of Interview I. There is so much to read. Your piece is an excellent introduction to the new material. It is very personal and as the young people say deep. You are an extraordinary interviewer; you keep probing and asking tough questions. I have a lot of reading to do of the material on the site this summer. Again, I remain very proud of your work and the knowledge that you have about writing. You have opened up a whole new world to me. Yvonne

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Brother Lewis--

Congratulations on the magazine. It looks like a really important contribution. Kalamu's work deserves the comprehensive consideration that you give it. I have not yet had the time to read the journal but I look forward to it.

I must call your attention to an error regarding Tom Dent's very important relationship to the Free Southern Theater in your promotional email. The founders of the FST were Doris Derby, Gilbert Moses and myself, John O'Neal. Richard Schechner came later and Tom, though we'd already met him in New York where he was the principal organizer for the Umbra Society, he didn't join us until late in 1966, after we'd moved to New Orleans in 1965 as I recall. Read THE FREE SOUTHERN THEATER BY THE FREE SOUTHERN THEATER which Tom edited along with Gilbert Moses and Richard Schechner. Tom played a very important role in the FST which makes it even more important the information about his work be stated correctly. Best wishes for the success of your venture. Yours in the struggle, John O'Neal

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What a beautiful website, My Brother! Here are three poems, in case you are still interested. Thanks for asking. Mackie

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Rudy,

I was very, very impressed with your latest edition of ChickenBones. You bare your soul in "Poetic Journey." I was very impressed with your piece and the photos enhance the writing. I will try to do something for the Journal on Cuba. As ever, Herbert

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Rudolph, 

I have seen the website. It is excellent. I will send a word around to look at it. Thanks. Mankekolo

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Greetings, 

I just visited the site, and enjoyed all of the valuable information offered. Thanks for the beautiful display of the MAWA's "Call for Papers." I have spent the last hour reading your journal. It is so informative. Thank you so much for all that you are doing. Will I see you in October? Grace Coffey

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Rudolph,

Phenomenal interview! You are a damn good interviewer. You understand it's all about your subject (interviewee) and you let his voice and his perspectives be heard, and his influence be felt by the reader. (Bob Costas ranks high; Oprah sucks.) And, ooooh, you're an honest one, too. No edits whatsoever in areas where some academicians and journalists would have tried to save their Pulitzer-Prize-seeking faces. Hell, your whole site is honest, which is the beauty of it. Always a treat when I find a few minutes to delve into it.

I've always dug Trane ("Equinox" is a favorite) and, sure, I've read Baldwin, Hughes (even portrayed Jesse B. Simple in Simply Heavenly.) et.al., but now I'm moved to revisit those folk from a critical and personally educational viewpoint. And, Malcolm I've got to check out. You're gooooooood, dude.Keep it up.Stu

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Peace and blessings Rudy,

Today I read "My Lips, Her Palms" and all of the Nia Poems. I was just mesmerized. I also read the Yusef interviews. The new interview and the one you did seventeen years ago. You are so good at interviewing. Did you ever want to be a reporter? I loved both Yusef interviews. I printed them out. Rudy, because of our emphasis on reading and writing in the school system, I read a lot of books about the writing process and how to teach writing. It was so fascinating to me to see the same statements in the Yusef piece. . . . You know I was interested in his discussion what it was like working with elementary school students. I have learned so much from the site and have shared information about ChickenBones with lots of people. Please keep the faith. You are doing an excellent job! Yvonne

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Hello, 

The journal is great and unique. I have read it over and over; its captivating, informative, and entertaining. You should feel proud of the service you are rendering . You are doing a superb job; your dedication is commendable and admirable. Keep up the good work: I am sure that your audience is increasing daily. Thanks for including the Christian essay. I thought I should do it, for he gave so much and asked and got so little it seems for his great works and dedication as a poet, historian and educator.

Thanks for the opportunity to add to his legacy. Best, Deborah HATS OFF TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hey, now Rudy

Just perused the ChickenBones: A Journal. AWESOME! It's blossomed wonderfully. Congratulations to you. I'm sure that I'll be reading this enlarged and lovely issue for some time. Hope all is well with you. Really, congratulations on your continued success. Red Beans and Ricely yours Mona Lisa

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GREAT Lou Fields

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Greetings,

Thank you for emailing me about using some of my work on your site. I would be honored. I visited "ChickenBones," that's good stuff! Thanks again. one love, Ekere Tallie

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I love what you did with the page. everything was perfect. thank you brother thank you! T. Long

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Peace and Power my Brother Rudolph,

I hope all is well with you and yours Big Bro. All is well with I pretty much. Steadily trying to gain and maintain as ALWAYS. Thanks for the notice of what the new issue of ChickenBones consists. Looks like another dynamite issue Brotha. Lookin' forward to gettin' to it and indulging in the powerful and vital information you and others haves provided there. You are doing the Nubian diaspora a great service Rudolph, as well as other ethnic groups. It brings connection, unity and overstanding, which is what we need more of in these trying days in time. Remain progressive and positive my friend. Peace and Prosperity ALWAYS, Soul aka Christopher One Love

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What an interesting and informative journal. alona

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Hello:

I just read yr journal ChickenBones, and it is absolutely amazing! I've never seen anything like it, and haven't heard of anything comparable since the 1960s. Will enthusiastically support yr efforts. Lots of the people featured are from New Orleans, where I developed myself, so that doesn't hurt. But the breadth, the insight therein is much needed on any urban area in the U.S. right now. Many thanks to you and the rest of the people who have made this happen. Tony

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Rudy,

The web site is a breath of fresh air. Continue in peace and in the sunshine of understanding! Goody

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Dear Rudolph:

Thank you, my brother, for setting up my work on your very handsome web site. I saw the site last night and was very impressed. It is an honor to be in such cyber space company as Kalamu and Hakim. I have had the honor of performing on the same stage with Kalamu in New Orleans, and he has had me on his WWOZ Community radio show a few times. I also know Ms. Mona Lisa Saloy and have performed at Dillard. As such, I am in the company of a family of poets that I know and respect on your site. And thank you for posting the listing of the current show at the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe. I greatly appreciate it. The shows have gone well, and I believe the audiences will swell this weekend for the final four shows. I look forward to having an opportunity to meet you in the future. I will send you a copy of my spoken word music CD in the snail mail for you to enjoy. paz y viva el arte subversivo! Jose Torres Tama

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Rudy,

you have such a great emag. I am sending the page out to announce the exhibit so others on my email and my relay emailers can get your mag too. Its good for us all. thanks a million, stay well and happy Phyllis

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Rudy,

You sure are quick with the post!! Man, you are baddDDDD. :) Yeah, I am a poet, I am a student of Sonia Sanchez actually :) And a friend of Kalamu's. I call him one of my mentors, but he doesn't know it yet. :) I think I did tell him. Sonia is definitely a mentor of mine and lately I've been keeping correspondence with Dr. Nathan Hare. :) He's so deep, he puts footnotes in his emails!!! :) Are you keeping a printed version of all of this? This is archival stuff you know and I am fowarding your website also to Janet Sims-Wood at Moorland-Spingarn at Howard University in Washington, DC. It's amazing.

Janet, the info is here: http://www.nathanielturner.com

Thanks for the wonderful compliment too. I'll get you a few poems. Maybe three. Is there a limit? You can tell me what you think too. Of course, they all sound better when they are read aloud. But that's every poem right? Take care. Jamie

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Brother Rudy-

Hell of a Web Page!. Congratulations on a job well done! The site looks beautiful. Thank Yvonne for her kind words. I am still struggling with Black Power. And, I have some doubts as to what to turn my attention to next. Logically, George Jackson would come next. Then, Huey P. Newton and the Panthers. But that will require me reading four books:

1. Soledad Brothers
2. Blood in My Eye
3. The Huey P. Newton Reader
4. Seize the Time

This would give us a review of six important books from or about the sixties. The next step would be an analysis of the "riots" and I look for you to help me find the appropriate books or articles to cover that section. Perhaps, we could also do a listing of hit music, plays, lists of books, television shows, etc. to fill out this data base. An article on "Soul" music might fit in nicely. Maybe, we could put up headlines from black newspapers from that time period.

You could write an article on the 60's as the second Negro/Black Renaissance. There is also the problem of how to deal with Dr. King. What books do you suggest I read to cover him. Suprisingly, I have read very little on him. But, we can't build a 60's database without him. I been also thinking about a list of black leaders with short bios that we could add to the database. I'm talking about forgotten leaders like Innis and Foreman as well as, Malcolm. Anyway, these are just a few ideas. Run them through your mind and see what happens. Again, congratulations on this issue of ChickenBones!!! The Struggle Continues, Sharif

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Rudy,

Just checked out the September ChickenBones issue. That was an excellent essay from Dietrich Bonhoeffer' s No Rusty Swords on "The Negro Church." Fascinating...Also, it was rather pleasant reading the "Back to School" bit on the opening page and listing some books for students. "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears" and "The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe" are to this day two of my favorite books. It brought back interesting memories seeing those titles.

ChickenBones is looking amazing, I have to admit. Bless you a million times. I can't wait to rap with you, man. Peace & Love, Dennis Leroy Moore

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Greetings,
It seems to me that every time the negative actions of far too many African-Americans starts to get to me, I am reminded by some unseen force that the struggle for dignity and self understanding is alive and well. I don't know who forwarded to me the link to nathanielturner.com but it was a refreshing escape from the suicidal idleness and the self genocidal apathy that permeates my neighborhood, my city, my world. It was a needed reminder that the struggle of one can lead to the survival of many. I will forward this site to all of my contacts and suggest it as a teaching tool to educators of African American Children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thank You Sincerely, Dwight Williamson  

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Hi Rudy,

The September issue is very good. Although, I certainly have not read everything; the pieces that I have had an opportunity to read are fantastic. You did an excellent job of compiling all of that information in so short a time-frame. Everything that was included in this month's issue is so informative and thought provoking. I am honored that the school piece was on the opening page because the other submissions seem so deep. I started reading some of Kalamu's essay 'Debunking Myths". I think it is fascinating.

Have a blessed day! Yvonne

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Hi Rudy,

Thank you so much for everything. Blessings. I will send people to your website. Stacey

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Reader response

In your educational section you highlighted books. I suggest you find more books by afro american authors and artists (tom feelings, etc). I would like to see some information about afro american artists in your journal. thanks for the good work. M. Hoo

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tremendous site/right to work. stumbled across your site whilst researching right to work states - what bullshit!!! I am presently in New Mexico - a third world nation to be sure, and headed for NC where my daughter is in school - I am originally from the NW; to work people's asses and spirits to this level is a crime against humanity - NM has a "wage" of 2.13 hr for waitstaff and they deduct 8% of your sales from this - I am an artist with 2 college degrees waiting tables and bartending for art supplies, and hear the stories of my coworkers who are attempting to support families this way - For the sake of brevity and decency I will not go off as I feel I should - I did notice that some states are lower - the fact that people are motivated to go to work and take care of their families should be rewarded. I do have a background in political activism, so let me know if you need some assistance with all this. Reva

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Hi Rudolph,

It looks great. I feel very honored to be on the same page with Kalamu ya Salaam who is one of my heroes and Carol Chehade who I love with all my heart. Kola Boof

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Peace and blessings Rudy,

Clever article. I had a few minutes to print the "Retrospective on Soul on Ice" article today. I can see your hands in this article. I have read two thirds of it. It is very good. I skipped to the end to see how you would bring closure. I really like what you did. You and Sharif are to be commended. Yvonne

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Rudy,

Another birthday for Nat and a triumph for ChickenBones. Keep up the good work. Love the site. Chuck Siler, N'yawlins

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Rudolph,

What an exciting piece of work. There's not a thing posted on the site that I don't want to read! I just finished an email note to Ayisha Knight's mother just prior to opening your Journal. I'm working on a play about the 1831 Rebellion which is focused on Nat Turner's mother, grandmother, and wife. Your book will certainly help me do a better job of it. I'm helping out with an educational project here in New Orleans that Kalamu is co-director of. The whole book seems like a meeting of colleagues and friends who are working hard to deepen their understanding and ours of what we must learn to make of the world a place that supports and sustains life.

I haven't forgotten your invitation to do a piece for ChickenBones. I hope the door's still open. The task that you suggested was so daunting that I have postponed thinking of it. Perhaps I can submit something that isn't quite so far from what I'm presently working on? In any case, I celebrate your magnificent accomplishment as an editor and as a writer of great substance. Yours in the struggle, John O'Neal

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Rudy,

Hello! Hope all is well. Just writing to compliment your web page. I read an editorial in the local paper on the Baraka poem which your page recently covered. You really have your finger on the pulse of many issues across the country. I can't say that I agree with all of the positions presented in the material on your page, but it certainly does challenge all of us to think about where we stand and why. Take care and God bless! Fr. Marc Stockton

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Hi,

I just visited your website, I thought it was really spectacular. I am a beginning writer, and I was wondering if you would be interested in reading some of my work. I write short stories, poems and letters. All which surround everyday issues about my life, culture and people. If you think you would be interested in viewing my work and sharing it with others via your website, please e-mail me. I hope you are having a good week. Thank you Motun

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Rudy:

I never formally thanked you for what you've created. Your site is profoundly educational. I, myself, have learned so much from reading it. I was especially touched when you showed that, unlike many people, you are courageous enough to unapologetically feature people like my beloved poetic sister, Kola Boof.

Marcus Bruce Christian? My ignorance didn't even know he existed until you taught me that his existence left behind beautiful, deeply etched imprints. Nathaniel Turner. One of his greatest gifts was his ability to build an army of justice seekers in the face of brute hostility. Your site's name befits you. Your great-grandfather would be proud.

If I forget to tell you every now and then, please remember that I am always thankful for the humility you displayed, that went out of its way to reach out to people who others deem unreachable. A generous spirit thrives on sharing. You are very aware that knowledge is not ours to horde. Carol Chehade

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Rudy,

I'd like to review Chehade's book. She's coming to my next screening on Tuesday, October 29th. I'm going to introduce myself to her. I've read her book and think it is an impressive, daring, intelligent piece of work. To be honest, I was a bit shocked at its honesty and its insight into the problem of Racism and white people being sealed in their whiteness. It was encouraging to read a new writer with a unique voice and also to read the work of an Arab-American woman...something I'm not used to. I want to interview her, if she'll let me.

When I can, I'd like to start contributing articles on artists and activists I am meeting whom I find interesting and worth supporting. One thing that ChickenBones has helped to revive is that of the Artist supporting his fellow brethren. The French New Wave Filmmakers all wrote and critiqued each other similarly as Baraka, Marvin X, Ed Bullins, etc,. all wrote and interview one another during BAM in the 1960's. That definitely is something that needs to be brought back into vogue. I want to read Louis' book as well as Kola's also . . . I'll be in touch. Gotta bounce to rehearsal. Dennis Leroy Moore

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Dear Rudy,

I'm thrilled to hear how well ChickenBones is doing! Lots of hard work and inspiration on your part. Congratulations! It's hard to sustain the kind of effort you've made to put out something fine, and online seems the way to go if you really want to reach people. I'm proud to be part of the journal; there are so many sharp views on it. Lee

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Mr. Lewis,

Thank you so much for your continuous update. It's rare that one works with anyone so sincere and willing to treat the other person as they would wish to be treated. I look forward to seeing my book and info out on your site. I am humbled to have this opportunity and so very pleased to have met for myself (if only on paper) someone who truly wants to help and see us advance, and apparently in a position to do so. Reaching out to help someone else is truly our only avenue to ever get any notice, press or anything else, not to mention justice or equality. We are forced to make our own as no one is willing to give us a fair share, nor even let us work for that same fair share. Then, our duty should be to share with our own and not continue to remain so divided, as others would have us. Sorry, get me started and I do go on and on. My family and friends all call me Dee. Please feel free to do so. Thanks Dee

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Dear Editor, 

Just came across your web site, ChickenBones, with the link to the Black Indian Research Narrative of Geraldine Elliot Robinson. We share a common ancestor, Cow Tom. I am a descendant of Melinda Cow Tom. I would very much like to get in contact with Geraldine Robinson, however she had no email address or way to contact her. Do you have contact information. If so, please relay my message and email address to her, I would greatly appreciate it. I am in contact with three other descendants

Sincerely, Grant Perryman

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Mr. Lewis,
Thank you for seeking me out (smile). It's always good to hear from a home brother. I was quite excited, and your site is simply marvelous. I just browsed it, but I love it and will be recommending it to my email list definitely.

We'll get into swapping links later. I edit this poetry site www.poeticallyspeaking.net and you've seen my personal site at www.latorial.com Also, after Nat Turner and where we're from, my husband and I just created a small publishing company www.crosskeyspress.com I will definitely be submitting some poetry most appropriate for your site this weekend. I already have a few poems in mind. Continue doing what you do? Where are you located now? NY or DC area? Guess what? I've gotten quite a few letters from Kola Boof. That sister is something else. Take care. Latorial Faison www.latorial.com

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Mr. Lewis,

You have made my day, my week, my month!!!!!!!! I love the site!!! My daughter, who lives in New (York) Jersey, has already been out to view it. She loves it as well. I hope your hits and visits (stats) will increase due to me, my family and friends, for I've told literally everyone I know with e-mail. I initially saw Walter Mosley on the site, but he is no longer there. What is the time frame for which you will allow me to remain on your site? I saw a request for donations earlier, but must have overlooked it in my last visit. I need an address and I will happily forward a donation. It is only right that I support this cause. I wish I had all day just to peruse all the good info piled into that one small space. Peace and Blessings, Sir, Dee

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Rudy,

I have an idea that has been haunting me and it will not let me forget it. So I will now share it with you its all about Christian and your work. Think about it. I envision you putting on a conference/seminar/ workshop/symposium you pick the one. It might be entitled A Marcus B. Christian Seminar held in n\New Orleans. Call for papers-presentations of papers on some aspect of Christian his works, and his life etc. I am sure UNO will allow this to take place on its campus; Mackie Blanton and James Perry can work on this with you perhaps.

Also the program will consist of readings of Christian's works-like a dramatization segment. There can be workshops, panels etc. It can take place for 2 days that will keep expense down if that is a concern and it probably is. It can create the mood of a Marcus B. Christian festival-like a Shakespeare Festival etc. Also similar to the conference held that focused on Langston Hughes this year. With the right people involved and good public relations, I think it can fly.

I suggest New Orleans because it is the place he loved and people do remember and appreciate him here. I will do all I can to help and be a part-I already have ideas for a fantastic paper, ideas for discussion, programs etc. Please let me know what you think. I think it will certainly coincide with your efforts and the journal-all which can be a part of this seminar, conference etc. Let me know. About me being the third authority person on Christian, I love it thanks for thinking of me. I am honored. Let me hear from you.

Best, Deborah

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What a beautiful, fulfilling, and copious issue this one is, My Brother! I'm jealous that I've not sent you anything for this one. It makes me want to send you a whole manuscript of poems, just for you, just to be up on your site. I am going to send this one around to lots of friends and tell them to get on board, now! Mackie

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What a tremendous and well-executed undertaking. This is wonderful. How do I keep it coming? I'd like to send it to everyone on my list. Hope I can print it out. I want to explore and savor every bit of this. Congratulations to Rudy Lewis. Thanks, for this marvelous feast for the soul in these barren times. Audreen

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Dear Rudolph Lewis,

I am deeply appreciative for the spotlight on Passed On on your site. It's a tremendous honor to be a part of such a comprehensive focus on African American Literature. And I want to say again, thank you for this very generous consideration. Sincerely, Karla

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Dear Mr. Lewis,

I am writing a paper on Nat Turner and I have been using some of your writings from ChickenBones. I want to give credit to the person(s) who wrote these papers. My question is, did you write all the articles and papers on Nat Turner? I am indebted to you and your Journal for them. thank you, Sincerely, Peter, San Rafael , CA.

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Brother Rudolph,

I can see why the site is so popular. When Jamie told me about it and I first saw it I was impressed by the breath of material, the seriousness of the contributors as well as the lay out. Outstanding! Thank you for making me look so good. I hope my contribution helps stimulate thought and adds something positive to your fine site. Actually Sistah Jamie Walker told me about it several months ago in reference to Amiri Baraka's piece on why he refused to apologize for his poem, "Who Blew Up America." I checked it out and was surprised to see my review of Marvin X's book and several other familiar faces like Kalamu ya Salaam there. You guys are serious, I like that.

As for Roy Innis I received a post from TheBlackList E-group about the article. When I read it, I was moved to write something about it. It's amazing what some Negroes will do to ingratiate themselves with the oppressor. Anyway you can use the Innis piece and any subsequent pieces I send at no extra charge. :0). If you want I can send you something on a regular basis and you use your discretion whether you want to run it or not. Won't cost you a dime.

Thanks for the fine layout and presentation. By the way would you be interested in being a guest on my Internet radio program? You could talk about the site and the state of African cultural liberation etc. It airs live on Sundays from 12 Noon to 2 PM on www.NewBlackCIty.com. If so let me know and we'll make the connection. Stay strong Black Man!

The struggle intensifies. Junious

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Hi Rudy,

I have been perusing your website. I'm tremendously impressed. I will definitely pass it around. Hope things are going well. Laura

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Wow Rudy

. . . you are fast. . . . I just looked at the website again...it seems like it changes everyday: I don't know how you do it!!! Anyway, thank everyone down at ChickenBones for their constant and loyal support. I pray you have a blessed holiday season. Blessings and God's peace ALWAYS... Carol

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Mockingbirds at Jerusalem (poetry Manuscript)

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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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