Archive for 2008

“Who cares about ancestors? I’m broke.”*

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

For the first time in forever, I treated myself to a Saturday matinee courtesy of Netflix.  Just watched Ousmane Sembene’s “Black Girl” (1966), and “Borom Sarret (The Wagoner)” (1963). Both films are meditations on post-colonial reality in Africa: Surprise! Independence didn’t magically herald financial and social stability. If you don’t know about the Senegalese great, […]

Protected: What love is…

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

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Password Protected Posts (say that 5 times fast!)

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

If you are a real-life friend or a cyber-friend…if we’ve ever exchanged emails…if you know my middle name…I’ll probably give you the password to protected posts if you email me at deesha (at) deeshaphilyaw (dot) com. Why? Mini-Me has increasingly more freedom at the computer lab at school, and she knows my domain name. So […]

"I love music…just as long as it's groovin'"

Friday, February 8th, 2008

It’s Friday, and that means music during our 32 Days of Black History celebration. If you’re in a Quiet Storm kind of mood, you’ll love the playlist that Yvette has created. She dares you to listen all the way through without saying, “Ooooo, that was my song!” Over here, I’m featuring some gentlemen who are […]

“I love music…just as long as it’s groovin’”

Friday, February 8th, 2008

It’s Friday, and that means music during our 32 Days of Black History celebration. If you’re in a Quiet Storm kind of mood, you’ll love the playlist that Yvette has created. She dares you to listen all the way through without saying, “Ooooo, that was my song!” Over here, I’m featuring some gentlemen who are […]

Hair…Raising

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Years ago, I was asked to review Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption, a book about transracial adoption written by Barbara Katz Rothman, a white Jewish sociologist, who is the adoptive mother of a black child. I’ll admit that initially, I copped an attitude. If she doesn’t say something about black hair, I’m going […]

Take that, Gloria Steinem

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Excellent article at the Huffington Post by Kimberle Crenshaw and Eve Ensler..Feminist Ultimatums: Not in Our Name The rubble that was once the World Trade Center was still smoldering when President Bush issued an ultimatum that marked our foolhardy and tragic descent into war: Laying down the law, he declared, “Every nation, in every region, […]

I like Obama, but…

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Front-Row Seat to Black History: Guest Blogger, Connie Divers Bradley

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

It is an honor for us to welcome to our 32 Days of Black History celebration our first guest blogger, Connie Divers Bradley. Connie has carved out her niche as a long-time member of the cyber community of Thumper’s Corner at the African-American Literature Book Club. She is a testament to the idea that “age […]

Bo Knows: Bomani Jones, Black Blogger of the Week

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Bomani Jones is a cyber-buddy of mine, and pretty good people. When we first “met”, the rhythm and strength of his name struck me as begging to be put in short story. So, I did. The Bomani Jones in my story of the same name is the coolest boy in the 8th grade–too bad he’s […]