"Hey, can I crash with you this weekend?" "I'm working all weekend." "You don't need to be there." "Well, THAT'S not very nice." "I'm a little worried about the fire." "What fire?" "The FIRE." "Oh. I thought they put that out on Monday. Sorry..I've been busy. And it's SIX O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING and I haven't gotten coffee. You're lucky I even picked up." "Why do you even have a television?" "So I can watch dvds!"
At a school board meeting in June 2004, when she was no longer on the board, Callahan recalled board member Bill Buckingham complaining that a biology book recommended by the administration was "laced with Darwinism."
"They were pretty much downplaying evolution as something that was credible," she said.
In the lawsuit challenging the intelligent design policy, Buckingham was further quoted as saying: "This country was founded on Christianity and our students should be taught as such."
His name is Tom Spurgeon and he runs the Comics Reporter. The daily updates I hit during the morning news troll. But because I'm busy, often I don't get around to the commentary and features until the weekend or during down time. Which is why I missed this essay he put up yesterday ...
Olaudah Equiano[o-lah-oo-day ek-wee-ah-no], called Gustavus Vassa by his white masters, became a legend through his words. In 1788 England published his autobiographical work, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, which set the precedent for anti-slavery literature written by former slaves themselves, which would have a profound impact on the abolition movements in the eighteenth century.
If you've never read his narrative, it is very vivid at times, once you get into the flow of how differently people wrote way back then. And he does things like quote Milton. You can take a look at his narrative here, courtesy of the Hanover Historical Texts Project, which I keep meaning to add to the linkys along the side rail but forget to do moments after the thought passes. Great stuff on that site. Rather skimpy in some sections, though.
In essence, Equiano's work = extremely important keystone to the cannon of slave narratives. We're talking Holocaust studies/Diary of Anne Frank level of importance.
Zipping around to other stories, it appears Carretta has been putting forth his take on this narrative in academic since at least 1995, but nobody noticed. Including me, I must admit. I HAVE the edition where he has the South Carolina thing in the footnotes. I THOUGHT IT WAS A TYPO. Haven't thought about it again until now! Anyways, in essence this is the first I've heard of this controversy and I tend to track stuff under my Geek umbrella fairly closely, even if I do have to dip into academic journals every once in a while to keep up.
Have no idea if his claims are true. I just now that I. Must. Have. This. Book. NOW.
Interesting that Carretta says in a couple of the stories that the evidence he turned up is not conclusive. But at the same time, he says what he turned up is extremely difficult to discount. (I think academics perfected the art of waffling far before any politician did.)
Random thought ... Carretta has academic black history creds out the wazoo. I have two of his other books. If he did not have those creds - say he had been a professor of rhetoric or literature or something - would he have been able to get this book published? Would his findings have been ignored and marginalized, and himself dismissed as another white revisionist?
I am at this moment reading a news story about a situation in Africa where the writer has described a person in the story as "nut brown". This is the sixth time in three days I have read a news story set in Africa where someone is described as nut brown. We need not get into how many genre stories I have read over my lifetime where the primary descriptor given to a not-white character was "nut brown". Elsewhere, I am reading one such story, now. No, wait. TWO.
Look at an acorn. Look at a walnut. Look at a pecan. Look at a chestnut. Look at a Macademia. Look at a coconut.
So, when I started this site it was read only by Me, then it was read by Me and the few friends I told about it, and then it was being read by a few of their friends or family, and now, based on the visitor stats, I'm pretty sure it's being read by lots of people I don't know. (Not a whole hell of a lot, but far more than the original six or so and far more than I expected.) Hello! I'm not going to tone down the occasional Language. I assume you've already figured that out, and can live with it.
When I started getting ref links from Negrophile, I wondered about that. I read that site regularly but I never submitted my url to it because, frankly, the thought never hit me. There's TONS of links on Negrophile. You'll understand why I never noticed that Myself had been added. Everyone I can think of who might have submitted it has denied it, so I can only assume someone I don't know did it. Thank you, o unknown one, because I think it's cool that the man who is my first stop in the daily news troll to find out What They're Saying About Black People Today has BGF Central on his side rail.
And for you DC/Baltimore people, I'm totally going to break out with my adventure visiting the set of Homicide as soon as I can find the pictures. I've been looking for them on and off for weeks. If I can't find them, maybe I'll post scans of the business cards.
Anyways, there IS a reason this place of Geekery is called And We Shall March. It is in the interests of that Mission that I'm posting this note below from Jeremy Lassen of Night Shade Books. What you need to know:
Yes, he is serious.
you will not
see or find further details about it on the Night Shade website, or on any other
No, I can't answer any questions beyond what he says below, and
I will not
attempt to do so. How handy not to have comments!
You can find this note on the archives of his personal
journal, but I've
pretty much just replicated it verbatim here except for one line I cut because
Jeremy is fine with this going out far and wide outside of the usual haunts.
aware that not-white fans and creators do not necessarily congregate at genre hot spots, he
is fine with
this call for a novel being sent to places he's not immediately aware of. So if
you want to
email or post it around further, do so.
Cut, paste and do what you will.
Please note: It is not a requirement that you are not-white in order to make an
You just need to be able to pull of hiphop and Cthulu at the same time, in the
The "Move Under Ground" guy (which this Cthulu Geek got a big kick out of, and people who complain about the ending are WRONG) is already at work on a book to submit. Should you care? No. Should you let that stop you? No. If you are jazzed about the idea, or know someone who might be, or know where a bunch of not-white writers lurk harboring secret dreams of indescribable horrors hang out? Send Lassen's note to them.
The way he put it was "Far and wide. Think big. Spread the meme."
The way I put it is Each One Tell One.
www.nightshadebooks.com. Editorial contact information at the website.
Here's the note from Jeremy.
I'm only half kidding...
The first writer to send me a publishable novel entitled "Straight out of
features a a gangster/hip-hop protagonist from the "dark" side of Arkham, who
battling the forces of whitey/cthulhu.... That person will get a contract, and
I'm serious. Give Me your Gangsta-Cthulhu fiction now! I can sell something if I
describe it as "NWA meets HPL"
Though not a requirement, it would help if you the author was Afircan American.
really... Nobody takes vanilla Ice or Marshal Mathers seriously.... It's all
about the PR... I
can't put a picture of whitey on the back cover of "gangsta cthulhu" novel, and
my street cred. Sorry.
Seriously... If you can write a decent Lovecraft pastiche... and a decent
pastiche... drop me a line with a sample chapter, synopis, and outline. I'll let
you know if
you should continue or not.
And with that, tomorrow brings the original post that was supposed to go up today. It is a
tale of fact and woe and people who know more than they need to and
decide not to keep it to themselves. Okay, I don't mean that. Victor Carretta definitely should NOT have kept this information to himself.
I'm just still in shock about it, and so a bit Sensitive.
Thank goodness for the telephone, and for people who know informed people of their own whom they're willing to offer up, and for the willingness of these strangers to listen to hazy descriptions of vaguely remembered album covers, that's all I have to say. It takes a village.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you THE SYLVERS!!
The BEAUTY of that hair! The POWER! The round, full, cuddly FLUFF of it! I could never get my hair to do that, but I stepped out those dashikis Mom made for me anyway.
I totally forgot there were women in the group. Ladies, THAT'S how you pull of lip gloss.
During the phone tree it was pointed out to me that I should have have looked under "disco" or "R&B/Soul" first, which is a very good point. HOWEVER, Foster and Edmond were bonafide 1970s teen idols. They SHOULD have come up under a generic search for such persons. But because of the nature of fandom, the Internet(s) and the myopia of white people, they did not. That is the issue which annoys Me.
Waitaminute...disco? DISCO?? Oh, right. In my defense, this was back in the day before I developed Taste and Discernment. I'm pretty sure that began with my first exposure to Wendy O. Williams, but don't hold me to that.
So, when I'm not being obsessive, this is how I do it. I write what I want to write. Once I get to the end and I've got a solid working Pre-First Draft (PFD), I go into the land of research and fill in the missing details in order to create my Official First Draft (OFD).
This weekend I finished the PFD on the thing I started last weekend. Tonight (it's Monday as I type) I zip over to Google to fill in three details so I can polish off the OFD. One of those details is the name of a member of a 70s singing group whose middle singer I thought was just ever so dreamy. Why should I deprive you of all the fun? Want to see what I turned up, then do this:
Go to Google and type in this search string: 70s "teen idol". View results. Count the number of pages of results.
Now type in this search string: 70s "black teen idol". View results. Count the number of pages of results.
You know why those results are so vastly different? Because of the demographics of fandom, the nature of the Internet(s) and the impact of white people on both.
Now, because the 70s were my years of pre-adolescent squealing, I KNOW I was there. I remember this group I'm trying to locate. I remember having all of their albums and I remember one album cover in particular. They were an R&B/Jackson 5-type group. Huge afros. Lots of teeth. I just don't remember this group's name, because it's 2005 now and a lot of my brain cells have retired. But if I could see those album covers again, I'd spot them in a second and spot the guy I'm after.
But as I'm typing this, I'm now remembering another thing. Tiger Beat and that ilk celebrated the lily white teen idol. If it wasn't the Jackson 5, it wasn't on the cover and probably wasn't in the inside of the magazines beyond a picture or two and a cutline. That's why it was such a big deal the time Menudo started to get mentions during the next decade. I now remember that, with the help of my parents, had to go elsewhere to find cheesy fangirl black teen magazines because they weren't always available at the drugstore. We had to go to the Woolworth's across town to get them, and half the time we had to hit more than one. Of course I can't remember the names of any of those black teen magazines, either, but I can see them in my head. I had a huge stash. And now my memory is skittering ahead a few decades to recall what happened that time Living Color made the cover of one of the big guitar magazines. Readers defaced the pages and mailed them back to the editorial offices.
"Never give up. Never surrender." ***
I'm going to have to hunt this information down the old fashioned way, work the phones, maybe scam my way into archives at one of the colleges. But I have to take that route, when the Internet(s) ARE RIGHT HERE AT MY FINGERTIPS AND FILLED WITH 50 MILLION PAGES OF WHITE TEEN IDOL SPOTS PISSES ME OFF.
I could just use Robby Benson, now that I think about it. A lot of us liked him a lot. But, No. This is about Principle. And also about needs of this particular character. I'll put Robby in as a place holder for now, just so I can send it off to the first readers. I'm going to have to rewrite anyway once their crits come back.
*** Galaxy Quest. What??? This IS Black Geek And Fine With That Central after all. Geekdom is one of the filters between Us and the World.