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the short answer to a couple of unasked questions. i do not plan to move back

to new orleans. at this point i plan to travel around to where the people of new

orleans are. i plan to  give voice to those who are traditionally left out of history.




Books by Kalamu ya Salaam


The Magic of JuJu: An Appreciation of the Black Arts Movement  /   360: A Revolution of Black Poets

Everywhere Is Someplace Else: A Literary Anthology  /  From A Bend in the River: 100 New Orleans Poets

Our Music Is No Accident   /  What Is Life: Reclaiming the Black Blues Self

My Story My Song (CD)


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Message from Kalamu 

just some quick notes from the field


1. i am well. i am in houston at the moment (sunday, sept. 4, 2005), but will be traveling over the next week or so. driving my daughter-in-law and her two daughters to nashville tennesse. my wife is flying out to oakland. the plan is i will drive from nashville to chicago for a program at eta on saturday, 10 sept. 2005, and then on to oakland, with a possible stop in detroit.

we were extremely fortunate, our house did not receive any flood damage. a couple of trees fell on the house but there doesn't seem to be any major structural damage. my son-in-law, who elected to remain behind in new orleans, was able to walk over to the house to check on it a couple of days ago. i live in the algiers section of new orleans, which is on the west bank. new orleans is divided by the mississippi river into two major parts, the east and the west bank.

the east bank is the main part of the city where over 90% of the population lives and is also the most developed. it is the east bank that was 80% under water. however, there was widespread wind damage, as well as fire and looting on the west bank. but there is no urban infrastructure in place and at this point people are not allowed back into the city, so i don't know when we will be able to get back to the house or what shape it will be in when we get there.

meanwhile we have to push on. we've got to live.

the short answer to a couple of unasked questions. i do not plan to move back to new orleans. at this point i plan to travel around to where the people of new orleans are. i plan to give voice to those who are traditionally left out of history.

those of us alive are presented with an unprecedented opportunity to write our own history. this is what i intend to do.

2. e-drum will continue without interruption for as long as i can get internet access—and i'm resourceful. some days, such as yesterday, it might take us a number of hours to get e-drum posted but it will continue.

our new music website, breath of life, will also continue, although it will take a lot more work and coordination because i don't have my cd/record collection (over 5000 cds / 3500 lps), plus mtume is probably going to be in the los angeles area but regardless, we intend to overcome all the obstacles and continue.

we will expand our base domain "" to include the "neo-griot new orleans project." or, at least, that's the preliminary plan.

3. i am working on a major, long term project to document the lives and views of our people from new orleans. in a nutshell my goal is to travel around from shelter to shelter, community to community and work with people so that they can document their own lives and share their views with the world via the internet.

as some people know, i have been intensively working with digital technology over the past decade. i have been working with computers since the late seventies. i started on a kaypro with a cpm operating system, then went to dos, then to windows, and now use macs almost exclusively. i have been teaching digital video to high school students for seven years now.

the "new orleans neo-griot project" will include a website that will stream audio and video in addition to text, and possibly a bulletin board.

anyone who wants to help with the project can send me an email and i will put you in our databank and get back to you as we develop the specifics.

a luta continua (the struggle continues),

kalamu  or

posted 1 September 2005

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The Great Divergence

America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It

By Timothy Noah

For the past three decades, America has steadily become a nation of haves and have-nots. Our incomes are increasingly drastically unequal: the top 1% of Americans collect almost 20% of the nation’s income—more than double their share in 1973. We have less equality of income than Venezuela, Kenya, or Yemen. What economics Nobelist Paul Krugman terms "the Great Divergence" has until now been treated as little more than a talking point, a club to be wielded in ideological battles. But it may be the most important change in this country during our lifetimes—a sharp, fundamental shift in the character of American society, and not at all for the better. The income gap has been blamed on everything from computers to immigration, but its causes and consequences call for a patient, non-partisan exploration.

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The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story

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The White Masters of the World

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