Dec
05

Black Feminist Kola Boof Sun Dec 8 KCAA Radio Show Guest

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Author’s Bio: Kola Boof

 

PERSONAL LIFE HISTORY:

Kola Boof was born Naima Bint Harith circa 1969 in Omdurman, Sudan to Arab Egyptian archeologist Harith Bin Farouk and his wife Jiddi, a charcoal black Gisi-Waaq Oromo.

Kola’s birth parents were murdered in her presence in 1978 for speaking out against slavery and other atrocities by the Sudanese government, and in 1979, Kola was adopted and thereafter raised in Washington, D.C. by Black Americans, Marvin and Claudine Johnson.

In 1993, as an adult, Kola Boof became a citizen of the United States. In 1994, she returned to North Africa to pursue a career in modeling and acting.

Unfortunately, in 1996, she was the mistress of Osama Bin Laden, which caused a media frenzy, and though it was against her will, caused Ms. Boof to lose her writing post at NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” after sponsors became nervous.  Ms. Boof currently lives in Southern California and has two sons. Kola Boof has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, the New York Post, and the New York Times.

 

LATEST NOVEL:
The Sexy Part of the Bible” published by Akashic Books (New York) is both controversial and mainstream.  It received starred reviews from The Boston Globe and San Francisco Weekly and was praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Time Out New York and many others. It made Hey Small Press’s Best Book of the Year.

It tells the story of a beautiful and diabolical young African woman who harbors
a death-defying secret.

Through twilights of passion and adventure, she finds herself combating Western
Civilization’s “re-invention” of Africa as well as discovering her impatience for
injustice and her natural zeal for high life and glamor.

Her incessant fear of Dolls and her burgeoning sexuality are like raging rivers that
won’t be contained.  This is not only a deeply sexual, deeply spiritual novel…it’s
a novel about the real Africa and one woman’s tragic desire to see it survive in
its own magical and wondrous image.
Controversial for its much discussed “sex scene with Jesus Christ” and the
true story of African apes kidnapping and raping African virgins on the eves of
their weddings…”The Sexy Part of the Bible” also presents us with an array of
unexpected characters…from a marijuana growing India Jones type Englishman
to a Muslim Woman practicing Witchcraft to a Transsexual Mother and Scientist
who is determined to alter time and the universe to her liking.

One Woman and One Man…for all time. Mother and son.

This is a powerful, poet and altogether unforgettable novel of self-love and the
violent unfairness…of identity.
There has never been a book like “The Sexy Part of the Bible.”

 

ACHIEVEMENTS: 

 

Kola Boof won the “2007 World Author’s Woman to Woman Pen” for Non-fiction, awarded for Kola Boof’s essay “I Am My Own Daughter”, which appeared in the popular Swedish feminist magazine, OTTAR—Sweden.

 

Her autobiography “Diary of a Lost Girl” was chosen by famed Princeton

Critic Kam Williams as the “U.S. Best Book of 2006.”

 

Kola Boof has been published in “Harper’s Magazine” and was included

alongside top literary writers Noam Chomsky, Charles Baxter, Z.Z. Packer and Stewart O’Nan in the groundbreaking short story anthology

Politically Inspired“.

 

An editor at Paris Review, Oliver Broudy, called Ms. Boof’s story “The One You Meet Everywhere”–the best story in the whole collection.

 

KIRKUS REVIEWS gave “Politically Inspired” a Starred Review and

wrote: “Not a dud in the bunch!”

 

In African literary circles that include Chinua Achebe, Ms. Boof is widely referred to as “Daughter of Chinweizu.”  This comes from her

early “rebel girl” days in which Ms. Boof posed topless for the back of

her book covers and espoused the teachings of Nigeria’s greatest literary

Scholar, Chinweizu.

 

Ms. Boof no longer poses topless on her books, but she has been dubbed “Africa’s most important new writer” by the great Chinweizu himself!

 

Kola Boof has published several novels and poetry collections on

small black imprints to much acclaim.

 

These titles include “Flesh and the Devil,” ”Long Train to the

Redeeming Sin,” “Nile River Woman” and “Pure Nigger Evil.”

 

She has been one of only two black writers to write for the internationally

aired soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.”

In 2008, the government of South Sudan rewarded Kola Boof for years of

activism by appointing her National Chairwoman of the U.S. branch of its

peace organization The SSPP.

 

An organization whose members include Francis Bok, Garba Diallo and Ambassador Dudley Thompson.

 

She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX NEWS, CNN and featured in TV Guide, Time Magazine and the N.Y. Post and N.Y. Times.

 

PRAISE FOR KOLA BOOF:

 

The New York Times:

The African Garbo…Kola Boof is earthy, angry and alluring.”

Madison Smart Bell, Boston Globe:

“The most jubilant celebration of black African beauty so far seen in the English language.”

Derrick Bell:

“Kola Boof is a writer of courage, principle and loads of courageous

perseverance.”

Stephen Elliott (“Happy Baby”, “Looking Forward to It”:

Kola Boof writes like a singer. I loved ‘Long Train to the Redeeming Sin’.”

 

Tiki Barber, The Today Show:

Kola, everyone should read your autobiography…it’s wonderful.”

 

Kam Williams, Princeton :

My pick for the Best Book of 2006 is ‘Diary of a Lost Girl’ by Kola Boof.”

Keith Boykin (host, MY TWO CENTS, BET-J, MSNBC):

Kola’s books haunt you long afer you’re done with them.”

 

SOLOMON AMADOU (famed Nigerian Critic):

“One of the most original, enigmatic and gifted literary voices

to burst on the scene in the last 15 years…Innovative books like

‘Long Train to the Redeeming Sin’, ‘Pure Niver Evil’, ‘Flesh

and the Devil’ and ‘Nile River Woman’ prove beyond a doubt

that Boof is in a class by herself.  The living epitome of what

an artist should be.”

 

Sally Worwill (feminist Scholar, Sarah Lawrence):

“Kola Boof’s great magic is that she’s not afraid of squat!

Refreshing, daring, disturbing, imaginative and original.

I can’t believe she’s so underground.”

 

 

Dec
02

Kola Boof to Guest on Sunday December 8 Radio Show

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Oct
13

KCAA Radio Show Sunday 10-13-13 Part 4 Leonard Rowe

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Oct
13

KCAA Radio Show Sunday 10-13-13 Leonard Rowe Part 3

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Oct
13

Legendary Concert Promoter Leonard Rowe on Today’s Show

Legendary Concert Promoter

Leonard Rowe

Author of the New Bombshell Book

“What Really Happened to Michael Jackson, the King of Pop”

 

Legendary concert promoter Leonard Rowe’s career had an inspiring beginning.  He amusingly tells the story of how he became fascinated with concert promotion after standing in a line two blocks long to see the Spinners.  Tickets for the concert were $7 apiece.  Thinking to himself, but talking aloud, he wondered who was getting all of the money.  Someone from the crowd yelled out, “the concert promoter.”  On that day, Rowe decided he would become a concert promoter and he never looked back.

Today, Rowe is an entertainment veteran who started his career in 1975.   Over the years he has promoted some of the largest most successful national tours in music history including big name artists, Kool and The Gang, Barry White, Parliament Funkadelics, OJays, Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Prince, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind and Fire, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and many, many more.  Rowe has sold out arenas across America.

Near and dear to his heart is the history he made with Michael Jackson and the Jacksons.  He was the only African American concert promoter to ever tour the Jacksons, having produced and promoted the highly successful tour that launched Michael’s solo career, “Off The Wall” in 1979-80.  He continued his relationship with the family for more than 30 years.

But the road has not always been easy.  From the very beginning of his career, Rowe – as he likes to be called – encountered institutionalized racism in the music industry.  He learned early that an African American concert promoter was not allowed to work with caucasian artists.  He said that when he would ask for them, the talent agencies would laugh.

Not willing to settle for this obvious discrimination, eventually Rowe took action and sued all of the agencies and top promoters.  Although he describes the suit as somewhat successful, he knows that justice has not been done; racism in the music industry continues today.  He believes that his stance against racism and inequality in the concert promotion industry is the reason why he has been ridiculed and his character continuously assassinated.

But Rowe is determined and he doesn’t give up easy.  In 1996, he co-founded the Black Concert Promoters Association and served as its president for 10 years.  Today, he mentors other minority promoters advising them on how to compete nationally and internationally in the cut-throat world of entertainment.

A close friend of Michael Jackson, Rowe has become a crusader for justice for Michael – who he believes fell victim to the evils of the entertainment industry.  He has written a tell-all book, “What Really Happened to Michael Jackson The King of Pop” The book is a must-read bombshell with shocking evidence about the greed, corruption and underhanded dealings surrounding the needless and untimely death of the Popstar.

“Michael was a dear friend of mine,” said Rowe.  “Now finally on the anniversary of his death, the truth about what really happened to Michael Jackson will be told.”

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Oct
10

Leonard Rowe to Guest on Sunday Radio Show

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Leonard Rowe asks: Why Aren’t Black People Winning Discrimination Lawsuits Anymore?

by Leonard Rowe

Most Black Americans are not aware that there is an on going conspiracy currently being waged against them in this country. This conspiracy is designed to keep Black People powerless and financially drained. The way this is being accomplished is by keeping Black America totally divided and eliminating as many possibilities for prosperity as possible, without it being detected. Having money gives us power. Most of us remain ignorant to the tactics that are being used to keep us subservient. When Black People come together on any given issue we are a powerful race of people. Why? Unlike other races of people in America, we have no fear of anyone or anything when we feel that we are being mistreated or discriminated against as a group. This is why all efforts are made to keep Black People separated in this nation, and to eliminate our access to the media.

When Black People were fighting for civil rights in the 60′s, there were other groups that secretly stayed out of sight, that were with us, morally and financially, but did not want it to be known that they were supporting us, because of their fear of whites in this country. While knowing all along that the passing of a civil rights bill would also benefit them as well as it would us, they privately gave us their support. Today, the same group of people that stood with us secretly are mainly the ones that are mistreating Black People and violating our civil rights. We, as African Americans, have been mistreated by this country more than any other race of people on earth, but have never received compensation for the abuse. Practically all other groups and nations that have been mistreated by America have received some form of compensation for past wrong doings committed by our country.
I have often wondered how we as Black Americans can support and approve of our tax dollars going to countries like Israel to help the Israeli People, but never demand that our homeland, which is Africa, receive the same financial and military support as we give to other nations. We must always remember, the wealth of this country was mainly created from the forced free labor, provided by our enslaved ancestors who were kidnapped from our native continent of Africa.

Black People, we must wake up, we are still asleep and being bamboozled and tricked. Do you ever hear of minorities, especially African Americans wining discrimination lawsuits in our courts anymore? I don’t.  It’s not because whites have stop discriminating; they will never stop giving the advantage to their own people.

Rather in most cases, Judges have been put in place in our federal court system to ignore the law as well as the evidence and dismiss the discrimination cases, not allowing them to ever be heard and decided by a jury. I had often wondered what white Republican politicians like New York former mayor Giuliani meant when they would say that they are not for redistributing the wealth. I learned later that what they really meant was that no matter how they obtained the wealth, whether by fraudulent or discriminatory means, they are not giving it back. To ensure this, they have quietly taken control of our courts, and we as Black People are not aware of it.

Our federal court system has become biased when it comes to the rights of African Americans. I hope this next statement does not sound racial because I am not a racist. Black people must stop allowing an all white jury to decide their fate in our courts. We must also make wise decisions when choosing our attorney or attorneys.

The United States Constitution entitles you to a jury of your peers. When you allow an all white jury to decide your fate, in most cases you are being tricked, no matter what your attorney may tell you, don’t do it. An all white jury will not be able to relate with your struggles in life and very seldom will they have compassion or sensitivity for you or your family. No matter what, don’t do it, stand firm on this issue.

Black People do not own much of anything any longer in this country. Why?  Because the white power structure makes it their business to buy it, and take it away from us, once they see that we have something that has the potential to become a profitable or a successful business venture. Money is power, and they know it. Basically all groups and races have their own business industries except African Americans. Let’s take a close look at our Black hair care products industry. We don’t even own that any longer, It has been taken over by the Koreans. Black People should stop buying their own hair care products from the Korean people and demand that they give us back our business. If we would stop patronizing them, they would have no choice but to relinquish it and turn our business back over to us. We are the only race of people that would allow this type of financial rape of their own people and community.

Let’s take a look at the Black record companies that were once thriving, but are now gone and out of business. Such as LaFace Records that was located in Atlanta, Philly International Records that was in Philadelphia and Solar Records that was run by my good friend the late d**k Griffey in Los Angeles, and there were many others. The closing of these companies was not coincidental, like they would have you to believe. It was all part of a plan by those that control the music industry and Hollywood. The same thing has happened to all Black Concert Promoters, who have all been run out of business solely because of their race. We don’t even own Jet or Ebony Magazines any longer. They bought them from us as well. These moves are done to take away our voice, financial power and means of communication. BET is gone now also, they bought that from us as well. It became too powerful of a communication tool for a Black person to own and control. By controlling the media and all communication outlets they control the way we think as well as the conscience of America.

I would like for you to also take a close look at what happened to my close and dear friend, Michael Jackson. He owned a billion dollar music catalog, which was, to my knowledge, the largest and most valuable music catalog owned by any individual in the world. He personally told me that he would never sell or relinquish it. He wanted to keep it and pass it on to his children. That, also, was too much power for a Black Man to have and control in the entertainment industry, so they killed him and took it back. We don’t even control our civil rights organizations any longer. Such as The NAACP, The Urban League, the MLK Center For Social Change, Operation Push, Al Sharpton’s Action Network, and even The SCLC. Have you ever though about it, you never see or hear of these organizations fighting for the protection of Black People’s civil rights any longer. When was the last time you saw one of these organizations picketing or marching against discrimination? You haven’t, why? It’s not because discrimination has stopped. Let me tell you why, it’s very simple. We have allowed these organizations to be infiltrated by others with the use of their finances. They all are doing something that the late Malcolm X. said we must not do, and that is to accept their money. This is how these civil rights organizations have been neutralized and they don’t even know it. They are afraid of loosing that annual contribution that they are receiving each year, which is tax deductible to the contributor. These donations are often given to those organizations to ensure that they will turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the discriminatory policies and practices designed to prevent African America People from advancing. These donations mostly come from the very same people that discriminate against African Americans on a daily bases, such as Hollywood and the Entertainment Industry. These donations keep our Black leaders silent, and allow these racist companies to continue discriminating against Black people with continuity.

When Black People charge Hollywood companies with discrimination, such as I did, with documented proof in hand, showing that behind closed doors Hollywood executives have been referring to Black People as “n*****s,” “coons”, and “spooks” hundreds of times; our federal courts turn a blind eye to this racist behavior.

Our civil rights leaders become hard to reach once they see who the perpetrators of this racism are. You can no longer reach them by phone because they have all been bought. It is so awful what we have allowed these people to do to us in this country. We are loosing ground rapidly, and we must wake up people. All of this is being planned and accomplished by destroying and neutralizing our leadership. They never want to see another creation of an Obama or Martin Luther King JR. in this country. They are targeting our future Black leaders at an early stage and destroying them. They have tarnished the legacy of our future leaders like Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr. and Kwami Kilpatrick the former mayor of Detroit. I am not saying that these individuals are innocent, but what I do want to say is that white politicians and federal judges are committing more heinous and despicable crimes than these two individuals have been accused of and are not being pursued as vigorously by our government or FBI as these individuals were, and most of us don’t even have a clue that all of this is being done intentionally.

When whites victimize Black people, our law enforcement agencies do not move as expeditiously or as vigorously as they do when White citizens are victimized by Blacks. In most cases they pretend not to see the crime. Our sons, daughters, fathers and mothers go abroad, when asked by our government, and put their lives on the line for this country, but are denied equal protection under the law upon their return, solely because of their race, think about it. This is all being accomplished and done with their control of the media and the courts. We as Black people have very little in the way of communication. The media is often used by those that control it to destroy the character of African Americans that are viewed as a threat to their corrupt way of life. It is not used in the same manner to destroy the character of White American citizens, because they will not allow it, and if it was attempted, it would be taken away from those that maintain control of it. And they know it. It’s mainly used (the media) to destroy African Americans and other nations and leaders that are disliked by those in control of it.

We as Black People must first come together and confront our civil rights leaders, organizations, politicians and demand that they stop being controlled by those that are hurting and destroying prosperity for our race of people. We must also come to the aid of other Black Americans when they are being denied justice by our judicial system; we did that when the brutal beating of Rodney King took place in California. We also stood up when Trayvon Martin’s life was unjustly taken in Florida. We must also stand with Black Americans like Mr. Marcus Washington who is presently fighting for his constitutional rights in a discrimination law suit in New York District Court against the financially powerful giant, The William Morris Agency. Because what affects him in his fight directly, will affect all African Americans indirectly. His fight, as well as my own against this entertainment giant is similar to the fight of David and Goliath, but we must always remember that David came out ok.

We can’t make people change how they feel about us but we have laws firmly put in place to make sure people change their wrong behavior towards us. We can never change things if we continue tolerating them. I write this article with the belief that it is sinful for one not to share the wisdom and knowledge that God has given them.

I pray that Dr. Boyce Watkins will continue to have the courage to bring us your Black World News, which I view as being truthful and reliable. We as Black People must support him in every way possible. We need this publication now more than ever to ensure that the voice and conscious of Black America will continue to be heard.

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Oct
10

Cynthia McKinney to Guest on Sunday 10-13-13 Radio Show

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Cynthia McKinney

Cynthia McKinney has become an internationally renowned human rights activist because of her readiness to step into the line of fire in order to achieve her goals. Cynthia has been stranded in international waters and rescued by the Lebanese Navy as she attempted to deliver humanitarian assistance to the besieged people of Gaza during Israel’s 22-day military attack on Gaza, Palestine–Operation Cast Lead. Also as a result of her activism around Israel/Palestine issues she served 7 days in an Israeli prison for attempting to deliver school supplies to Gaza’s children in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead.

Cynthia had traveled to Libya just days before U.S./NATO operations against that country. After the outbreak of actual bombing of that country, Cynthia assembled a team of journalists and took them to Libya to report the truth as opposed to the war propaganda that the world’s people–especially inside the United States–were being fed. Cynthia reported on many war crimes from the U.S./NATO operation against Libya and noted that she could taste the grit of the bunker busters as they pounded that African country’s soil. Cynthia’s book, “Illegal War On Libya” is a report on Libya before, during, and after the bombing from people who were familiar with or traveled to that country with Cynthia.

Cynthia recently completed a fact-finding mission to Syria to understand the complexities of the push for U.S. war against that country. Her report on Syria will be forthcoming.

Cynthia was recently invited to speak at a Conference sponsored by IBON International, a human rights organization headquartered in the Philippines. Many heroes of the Philippine Independence Movement were there as well as international leaders of the Kurdish and Tamil human rights movements.

Cynthia McKinney served twelve years as a Member of the United States Congress House of Representatives. She was elected six times by the people of the State of Georgia.

Cynthia exposed corruption in Washington, D.C. and did not hesitate to hold responsible position holders accountable. Her questioning of Donald Rumsfeld on fiscal responsibility and the tragic events of September 11th has become legendary. Video of Cynthia can be found here. As a Member of Congress, Cynthia challenged then-Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff to tell the truth about his failures as an important leader in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She challenged the Africa Policies of both George W. Bush’s Secretary of State Colin Powell as well as Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Cynthia thinks the public has a right to know what its government does in its name using its tax dollars. Therefore, she has consistently sought to release records pertaining to the surveillance and murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as Tupac Shakur. Cynthia has studied the U.S. government’s organized efforts to quash dissent during the 1960s and 1970s in its CounterIntelligence Program (known as COINTELPRO) and in the findings of assassination attempts against foreign leaders (among other things) contained in the Church Committee Reports. Cynthia continues to contribute to the scholarship on these important issues in her work researching COINTELPRO against the American Indian Movement, the Black Panther Party, and the Puerto Rican Independence Movement. Cynthia believes that while COINTELPRO might have ended, U.S. government surveillance on its own people did not. Her thoughts have been vindicated by recent revelations by Eric Snowden of National Security Agency wiretapping practices.

As a Member of Congress, Cynthia tackled tough domestic and international issues. At home, Cynthia became the tireless defender of her constituents in Georgia as well as the poor, the middle class, farmers, students, and veterans. And she produced results.

While regularly feeding the homeless families on Atlanta’s streets, Cynthia discovered the sad fact that a sizable proportion of U.S. homeless are veterans. This caused her to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that her veteran constituents were receiving their fair share of benefits. Cynthia is also responsible for the 25-year extension of Agent Orange benefits to Vietnam War era veterans.

Cynthia authored the legislation that authorized the disparity study that found that Black farmers in the United States had suffered intentional and willful discrimination for generations. Cynthia continues to work with the farmers as they seek delayed justice.

She brought back to her constituents over $300 million for senior citizen housing, transportation, MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), GRTA (the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority) HOV lane construction through DeKalb and Rockdale Counties, sound barrier construction along I-20 interstate highway, community recreation and arts facilities, and a national heritage designation for Arabia Mountain.

Cynthia tackled unethical mining operations in her State and was able to recover increased revenues for landowners affected by the international corporations that operated kaolin mines in Georgia. She worked until her constituents in Augusta, Georgia received much-needed medical attention when she learned that they were dying from exposure to arsenic and other toxins. She successfully got transplants for people about to die. She worked with the Clinton Administration to get entire neighborhoods in Savannah, Georgia moved away from toxic exposure and continual flooding. And, in a district with active Ku Klux Klan membership, Cynthia worked unceasingly to bring people together. One small-town mayor whispered in Cynthia’s ear in surprise that she had even “brought the Klan in” to her UNITY Receptions that Cynthia regularly held throughout her District.

Cynthia served four years in the Georgia General Assembly as a Member of the Georgia House of Representatives. While there, she became known nationally as a forceful opponent of war and injustice and a persuasive proponent of peace, human and earth dignity, and civil rights.

Cynthia has the distinction of having served as a juror on the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine and of working with: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s Perdana Global Peace Foundation, the Brussels Tribunal on Iraq, and a successful effort in Spain to indict and hold accountable soldiers of the Rwandan Patriotic Army who committed genocide against Congolese citizens inside Democratic Republic of Congo.

Cynthia has won many awards and continues her human rights activism around the world.

Cynthia is a bicycle enthusiast who wants to find more riding opportunities while looking forward to another cross-country ride with Bike4Peace.

Cynthia is currently working on her dissertation in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change.

Cynthia has written an autobiography, “Ain’t Nothing Like Freedom” and maintainsa Facebook Page.