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Ras Baraka represents the only really grass roots candidate left standing. For

12 years he has “labored in the vineyards” of Newark politics, the last four

as Deputy Mayor as well as Vice Principal of Weequahic High School,

 

 

Books by Amiri Baraka

Tales of the Out & the Gone  / The Essence of Reparations / Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems  / Blues People

 Autobiography of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka / Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones / Black Music

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Books by Ras Baraka

 

Black Girls Learn Lover Hard   /  In the Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers

 

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A Plea from Amiri Baraka

Ras Baraka Must Be Reelected

in the June 13 Run-Off Election

 

By waiting till day last to tell the world he was leaving the battlefield, Sharpe James left a lot of people hanging. Some people say that it was the Bush Feds who told Sharpe that if he ran they would run him in, for whatever. Others say it had to do with the sudden firing of Black police director Rankin, and replacing him with Ambrose, from the family that owns the infamous C&J Towing Company.

The fact that the courts recently ordered James to pay Rankin around 400,000 for damages seems to make the last claim close. The courts have also ordered the Newark City Council to stop “the fire sale” as the New York Times calls selling off Newark Land for about 4$ an acre. The Times also said that if the City Council had followed Ras Baraka’s earlier proposed resolution for a Moratorium on the operation they could not be accused of impropriety.  But, so be it!

Anyway, now Corey Booker has won the May 9 election and brought in three of his “team”. The Booker T’s, if you will. And that’s not an empty phrase. Booker is looking to sweep the entire city with his Booker T. But in most of the races there is a June 13, 06 Run-Off Election.

Ras Baraka finished 3rd among 12 Council At Large Candidates. Now there are only 8. Since none of the candidates got  50% plus l of the total votes a state law aimed at eliminating young and progressive candidates calls for a run off.

Ras Baraka represents the only really grass roots candidate left standing. For 12 years he has “labored in the vineyards” of Newark politics, the last four as Deputy Mayor as well as Vice Principal of Weequahic High School, the largest in Newark. He also affected a truce between sets of the Bloods and Crips youth organizations and was voted the Urban League “Man of the Year” in 2004.

The recent scam in which the Star Liar (Ledger) claims that Booker has been threatened with assassination (by the Bloods) is a double dose of poison to come. First it shows what Booker intends for our youth. It seems obvious that Booker’s pr people have conjured up this phoney threat to create a sensation throughout the city (and on the same day his new Booker T literature reached Newark Citizens)!  This is a way of re-hyping his Booker T’s and drawing sympathy from the ingenuous!

Even worse, as one observer pointed out, it now prepares his “Newark Citizens must be safe” anti crime campaign placing the blame on the heads of Newark’s youth. Remember Corey Booker is a man who says he admires Rudy Giuliani and now NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg.

THESE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL THAT RAS BARAKA WIN RE-ELECTION IN THE JUNE 13 RUN-OFF ELECTION.

RAS NEEDS MONEY AND HE NEEDS ELECTION DAY VOLUNTEERS. CALL 973  623-9009 or send Checks to

COMMITTEE TO ELECT RAS BARAKA / BOX 1207 NEWARK ,NJ , 07101                                                          

Amiri Baraka   6/8/06 Amirib@aol.com

posted 8 June 2006

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Ras Baraka Bio 

Growing up in Newark, NJ, Baraka says, "What I write about I have witnessed. I always knew Black Girls loved hard because they are triply oppressed because of their gender, their nationality, and their class." As the son of revered poet-activists Amina and Imamu Amiri Baraka, activism and art have always been synonymous. "Poetry and art is culture," says Baraka. "Art is activism. There is no division for me with art and politics."

A graduate of Howard University, Baraka received his degree in political science and history in 1991. While a student he formed Black Nia F.O.R.C.E. (Freedom Organization for Racial and Cultural Enlightenment) - a student group at the forefront of campus political and social activism. Baraka served as Assistant Youth Coordinator for the Commission for Racial Justice, and traveled with G.E.T.B.U.S.Y. —a tour of rappers and political activists who lectured at jails and schools around the country.

In his junior year, Baraka successfully led the 1989 historic student protest to remove Lee Atwater, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, from the university’s Board of Trustees. The following year, Baraka was elected as Vice President of the Howard University Student Government.

Baraka ran for Newark's Mayoral position in 1994, garnering nine percent of the vote—a significant task for the then 24 year old. In 1998, he ran for Newark Councilman-at-Large and won the general election, but missed in the run off election. In 2002, once again he ran for Councilman-at-Large impressingly marshalling over 13,000 votes but again missing in the run-off. His political leverage did not go unnoticed. On September 27, 2002, Ras was sworn in to serve as Deputy Mayor for Newark Mayor, The Honorable Sharpe James until October 31, 2005. On, November 2, Ras was voted by Newark’s Municipal Council to serve out the remaining Councilman-at-large seat vacated by the death of Councilman Donald K. Tucker.

photo left: Ras Baraka and Barack Obama

It is no surprise this vice principal of Weequahic High School in Newark has been such an active participant in the politics and culture of his native New Jersey.  As an artist, Baraka independently released his debut spoken word CD, Shorty for Mayor, with the acclaimed single "Hot Beverage in the Winter" featuring Grammy award winning artist Lauryn Hill. Baraka also edited In the Tradition with Kevin Powell, and anthology of young Black poets and writers (1991). He recently appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry on HBO, and is currently working on his second book of essays and poem. more on RasBaraka

How Ras Baraka Beat Oscar S. James II for [South Ward Councilman]—Wednesday, May 12, 2010—James was defeated by Ras Baraka, the man that James replaced four years ago. New Jersey

posted 3 March 2006

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City of Newark 2010 Inauguration—Part 7—Ras Baraka Speech

On Thursday, July 1, 2010, the City of Newark inaugurated the Mayor and Municipal Council to new four-year terms.

"American Poem" Ras Baraka (Def Poetry) /  Lauryn Hill and Ras Baraka—Hot Beverage In Winter

Books by Amiri Baraka

Tales of the Out & the Gone  / Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems  / The Essence of Reparations

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

Fiction

#1 - Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark
#2 - Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree
#3 - Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade by Zane
#4 - Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper
#5 - Stackin' Paper 2 Genesis' Payback by Joy King
#6 - Thug Lovin' (Thug 4) by Wahida Clark
#7 - When I Get Where I'm Going by Cheryl Robinson
#8 - Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby
#9 - The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth by Zane

#10 - Covenant: A Thriller  by Brandon Massey

#11 - Diary Of A Street Diva  by Ashley and JaQuavis

#12 - Don't Ever Tell  by Brandon Massey

#13 - For colored girls who have considered suicide  by Ntozake Shange

#14 - For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree

#15 - Homemade Loves  by J. California Cooper

#16 - The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper

#17 - Player Haters by Carl Weber

#18 - Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Sidney Molare

#19 - Stackin' Paper by Joy King

#20 - Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey

#21 - The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

#22 – Thug Matrimony  by Wahida Clark

#23 - Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark

#24 - Married Men by Carl Weber

#25 - I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter

Non-fiction

#1 - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
#2 - Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans
#3 - Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane
#4 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
#5 - Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant
#6 - Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey by Marcus Garvey
#7 - The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight
#8 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
#9 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 - John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 - Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 -The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 - The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 - Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can't Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 - Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 - Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 - Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 - Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
#23 - Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Tom Lagana
#24 - 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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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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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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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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