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CSULA 510 Final Pp A Kaleidoscope Journey Thru African Diasporic Poetics Of Space CSULA 510 Final Pp A Kaleidoscope Journey Thru African Diasporic Poetics Of Space Presentation Transcript

  • A Kaleidoscope Journey thru African Diasporic Poetics of Space
    Dean
    Ramser
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    The Middle Passage
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  • Baba BrinkmanI am Africanhttp://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/album/the-rap-guide-to-human-nature
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  • pre-2001
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  • Derek RoseSlavery Names
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  • Algérie, Les hors la loi الجزائر، الخارجون عن القانون‏
    French historians and artists noted that the ongoing campaign by the "Nostalgic circles" of colonization against the film " Hors la loi" by Rachid Bouchareb, who will represent Algeria at the next International Film Festival of Cannes (2010), is "preventing freedom of creation and the necessary recognition of the colonial past of France." In a text entitled " Rachid Bouchareb’s ‘Hors la loi’ film: the war’s memories are back, those historians, among them Pascal Blanchard, Gilles Manceron, Jean-Pierre Peyroulou, Benjamin Stora, Mohamed Harbi, director Yasmina Adi, considered that these reactions are "a symptom the comeback of good colonial consciousness in some sectors of French society.“-http://www.elmoudjahid.com/en/Culture/5106.html
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  • post-2001
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  • Who are we looking for,
    who are we looking for?It's Equiano we're looking for.Has he gone to the stream?
    Let him come back. Has he gone to the farm?
    Let him return.It's Equiano we're looking for.   - Kwa chant about the disappearance
    of an African boy, Equiano
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  • Definitions of space on the Web:
    the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
    an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things);
    an area reserved for some particular purpose
    outer space: any location outside the Earth's atmosphere
    a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
    distance: the interval between two times
    a blank area
    one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff
    place at intervals
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  • Definitions of time on the Web:
    an instance or single occasion for some event;
    an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities);
    the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
    a person's experience on a particular occasion
    assign a time for an activity or event
    fourth dimension: the fourth coordinate that is required (along with three spatial dimensions) to specify a physical event regulate or set the time of
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  • Definitions of history on the Web:
    the aggregate of past events
    a record or narrative description of past events
    the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings
    the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future
    all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing
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  • Definitions of identity on the Web:
    the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
    the individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known
    exact sameness
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  • Definitions of place on the Web:
    put into a certain place or abstract location
    place somebody in a particular situation or location
    any area set aside for a particular purpose
    an abstract mental location
    home: where you live at a particular time
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  • Véronique Tadjo
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  • Véronique Tadjo
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  • Lagos, Nigeria
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  • Trinidad, August 2007
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    "You are not an African because you are born in Africa. You are an African because Africa is born in you." --Marimba Ani
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    WE ARE ALL PUTTING OUR HANDS TOGETHER TO REBUILD AND RESTORE THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AS IT SHOULD BE - A BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL CONTINENT.MAY GOD BLESS ALL MEMBERS OF THIS NETWORK.
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    "This propaganda of dis-associating Western Negroes from Africa is not a new one. For many years white propagandists have been printing tons of literature to impress scattered Ethiopia, especially that portion within their civilization, with the idea that Africa is a despised place, inhabited by savages, and cannibals, where no civilized human being should go, especially black civilized human beings. This propaganda is promulgated for the cause that is being realized today. That cause is COLONIAL EXPANSION for the white nations of the world."—Marcus Garvey (Philosophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey,edited by Amy Jacques-Garvey
    .. Africa is the mother of Homo Sapiens.
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    God Bless Africa
    We thy children and thy flock
    In all our endeavors Bless
    Africa, our family, God Bless Africa
    God Bless Africa
    Kingdom loyalty a must,
    Where Africa, the kingdom
    Africa, our family, God Bless Africa
    God Bless Africa
    Dear home we love and cherish
    Beloved home forever
    Africa, our family, until eternity
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    MICHAEL JACKSON DIES AT 50. R.I.P (1958 -2009)
    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE!
    “In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” -
    Michael Jackson quote
    Oath To The Ancestors
    O ancestors! Blacker than a thousand midnights.
    Afrikan Ancestors! It is YOU that we, your children , give respect and honor.
    O Ancestors! We call upon You and welcome you in this place.
    Afrikan Ancestors! Let your presence fill this place.
    O Ancestors! Who have been purposely excluded from the history books, so that the world would not know of your greatness.
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave civilization to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave the arts to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave music to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave the sciences to the world.
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave mathematics to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave medicine to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave literature to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave philosophy to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave God consciousness to the world..
    O Ancestors, We thank you for devoting your life to make a future for us, your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
    Now stand with us, strengthen us, guide us, teach us, and protect us from the snare of our enemies!
    Rise up, O Afrikan Ancestors, and let our enemies be scattered! And give us the wisdom and the boldness to deal with our oppressors and those who would hinder the liberation and empowerment of our people.
    Rise up, O Afrikan Ancestors, and live in us.
    We will not fail to honor you!
    We will not fail to respect you!
    We will not fail to hear you!
    And we will Not betray you! Ase'
    Ase' (In Agreement With)
    "Written By Dr. Ray Hagins"
    THE BEAT GOES ON! AN ASPECT OF HISTORY: TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION From November 15, 1884 through February 26, 1885, an international conference, the first Berlin Conference was convened in Berlin/Germany, represented by Fürst Otto von Bismarck. France supported the German convening of the conference, with a clear diplomatic agenda: to resist the British and Portuguese attempts to control the Congo Basin. The conference's goal was to create an agreement, so as to restrain the existing tensions between the colonial powers and to rule Africa, by dividing the continent among the European states. David Livingston said, the mission of the Europeans in Africa had four purposes: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization and Conquest. 14 Nations participated in the Berlin Conference: Germany, Britain, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Also involved were Russia, Turkey, Austria/Hungary, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway/Sweden and the U.S.A.. Though it is widely thought the conference averted a European war, the occasion for Africa, resulted in the injustice and exploitation of African nations by European powers in the short term.
    Bitterness, disunity, wars and genocide were and are the results for Europe, Africa and the world, until the present.
    WHY AFRICA MATTERS
    Africa is the earth’s second-largest continent; a vast expanse stretching some 5,000 miles (8,000 km) between its most northern and southern tips, and 4,500 miles (7,000 km) between its most eastern and western points. With a population of approximately 1 billion, it is also the world’s second most populous continent, accounting for 15 percent of the global population. It encompasses numerous ethnic groups in 53 countries, speaking over 1,000 languages.
    The continent also leads the world in strategic minerals (rare minerals absolutely vital for industry), possessing 80 percent of the world’s platinum, 49 percent of its palladium, 55 percent of its chromium and 45 percent of its vanadium, among others.
    Its fertile fields have the potential to feed not only itself, but also many other countries. Its forests have enough timber to build homes for much of the world. Moreover, Africa’s massive rainforests have the potential for maintaining or destroying the equilibrium of the earth’s atmosphere and ecology. For example, massive deforestation could deplete the world’s ozone layer and adversely affect Earth’s climates.
    If the continent’s economic decline can be reversed, a prosperous, vibrant Africa, with its population of 1 billion, would become a huge market of consumers for products and services. A talented, educated populace would provide a skilled workforce, driving African economies capable of competing on the world stage, thus reducing—and possibly even eliminating—the need for aid.
    Africa already contributes internationally in many fields of human endeavor—and its contributions would be even more significant if the potential of its peoples and lands were fully unlocked. All nations would benefit.
    Africa is fabulously rich in natural resources, more than any other continent. According to Capitalism Magazine, it has 50 percent of the world’s gold and diamonds. It possesses a seemingly endless supply of minerals, including most of the world’s bauxite, chromium, cobalt, manganese and platinum, along with large untapped oil reserves. It has an abundance of timber, millions of acres of fertile land, and lakes and rivers capable of producing 40 percent of the world’s supply of hydroelectric power. The list could go on.
    Yet, despite these riches, most Africans live in societies troubled by war, instability, corruption, poverty, hunger, disease and untimely deaths. The United Nations said that Africa has the largest number of poor countries of any continent, including 34 of the 50 least developed countries. Tragically, as many as 50 percent of Africans live on less than $1.25 a day (USD throughout article).
    Wars ravage the continent. Since 1981, no fewer than 28 nations in sub-Saharan Africa have been at war.
    Deadly diseases like AIDS and malaria wreak havoc throughout nations.
    The world’s wealthiest countries have provided billions of dollars in aid, but to no avail. Indeed, Africa is poorer now than when it first achieved independence from the colonial powers some 50 years ago. Every year, the continent is high on the list of the world’s priorities for development, but its circumstances continue to deteriorate.
    As the international community ponders the plight of this troubled continent, the question must be asked: “Can Africa be saved?”
    Simply put, Africa is a treasure trove of natural resources.
    EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I
    H.I.M. Haile Selassie I Speech to the United Nations (excerpt)
    New York City, NY October 4, 1963
    "...until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil..."
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    MARCUS GARVEY
    "This propaganda of dis-associating Western Negroes from Africa is not a new one. For many years white propagandists have been printing tons of literature to impress scattered Ethiopia, especially that portion within their civilization, with the idea that Africa is a despised place, inhabited by savages, and cannibals, where no civilized human being should go, especially black civilized human beings. This propaganda is promulgated for the cause that is being realized today. That cause is COLONIAL EXPANSION for the white nations of the world."
    —Marcus Garvey (Philosophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey,
    edited by Amy Jacques-
  • POEM BY MUTABARUKA – Reggae Artist/Dub Poet
    dis poem
    shall speak of the wretched sea
    that washed ships to these shores
    of mothers cryin for their young
    swallowed up by the sea
    dis poem shall say nothin new
    dis poem shall speak of time
    time unlimited time undefined
    dis poem shall call names
    names like lumumba kenyatta nkrumah
    hannibal akenaton malcolm garvey
    haile selassie
    dis poem is vexed about apartheid rascism fascism
    the klu klux klan riots in brixton atlanta
    jim jones
    dis poem is revoltin against 1st world 2nd world
    3rd world division man made decision
    dis poem is like all the rest
    dis poem will not be amongst great literary works
    will not be recited by poetry enthusiasts
    will not be quoted by politicians nor men of religion
    dis poem s knives bombs guns blood fire
    blazin for freedom
    yes dis poem is a drum
    ashanti mau mau ibo yoruba nyahbingi warriors
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  • uhuru uhuru
    uhuru namibia
    uhuru soweto
    uhuru afrika
    dis poem will not change things
    dis poem need to be changed
    dis poem is a rebirth of a peopl
    arizin awaking understandin
    dis poem speak is speakin have spoken
    dis poem shall continue even when poets have stopped writin
    dis poem shall survive u me it shall linger in history
    in your mind
    in time forever
    dis poem is time only time will tell
    dis poem is still not written
    dis poem has no poet
    dis poem is just a part of the story
    his-story her-story our-story the story still untold
    dis poem is now ringin talkin irritatin
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  • makin u want to stop it
    but dis poem will not stop
    dis poem is long cannot be short
    dis poem cannot be tamed cannot be blamed
    the story is still not told about dis poem
    dis poem is old new
    dis poem was copied from the bible your prayer book
    playboy magazine the n.y. times readers digest
    the c.i.a. files the k.g.b. files
    dis poem is no secret
    dis poem shall be called boring stupid senseless
    dis poem is watchin u tryin to make sense from dis poem
    dis poem is messin up your brains
    makin u want to stop listenin to dis poem
    but u shall not stop listenin to dis poem
    u need to know what will be said next in dis poem
    dis poem shall disappoint u
    because
    dis poem is to be continued in your mind in your mind
    in your mind your mind
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  • WE ARE ALL PUTTING OUR HANDS TOGETHER TO REBUILD AND RESTORE THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AS IT SHOULD BE - A BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL CONTINENT.MAY GOD BLESS ALL MEMBERS OF THIS NETWORK.
    Abuja Time
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  • "You are not an African because you are born in Africa. You are an African because Africa is born in you." --Marimba Ani
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  • "This propaganda of dis-associating Western Negroes from Africa is not a new one. For many years white propagandists have been printing tons of literature to impress scattered Ethiopia, especially that portion within their civilization, with the idea that Africa is a despised place, inhabited by savages, and cannibals, where no civilized human being should go, especially black civilized human beings. This propaganda is promulgated for the cause that is being realized today. That cause is COLONIAL EXPANSION for the white nations of the world."
    —Marcus Garvey (Philosophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey,
    edited by Amy Jacques-
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  • Oath To The Ancestors
    O ancestors! Blacker than a thousand midnights.
    Afrikan Ancestors! It is YOU that we, your children , give respect and honor.
    O Ancestors! We call upon You and welcome you in this place.
    Afrikan Ancestors! Let your presence fill this place.
    O Ancestors! Who have been purposely excluded from the history books, so that the world would not know of your greatness.
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave civilization to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave the arts to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave music to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave the sciences to the world.
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave mathematics to the world..
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  • Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave medicine to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave literature to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave philosophy to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave God consciousness to the world..
    O Ancestors, We thank you for devoting your life to make a future for us, your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
    Now stand with us, strengthen us, guide us, teach us, and protect us from the snare of our enemies!
    Rise up, O Afrikan Ancestors, and let our enemies be scattered! And give us the wisdom and the boldness to deal with our oppressors and those who would hinder the liberation and empowerment of our people.
    Rise up, O Afrikan Ancestors, and live in us.
    We will not fail to honor you!
    We will not fail to respect you!
    We will not fail to hear you!
    And we will Not betray you! Ase'
    Ase' (In Agreement With)
    "Written By Dr. Ray Hagins"
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  • Saul WilliamsWhy Africa Matters
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  • WHY AFRICA MATTERS
    Africa is the earth’s second-largest continent; a vast expanse stretching some 5,000 miles (8,000 km) between its most northern and southern tips, and 4,500 miles (7,000 km) between its most eastern and western points. With a population of approximately 1 billion, it is also the world’s second most populous continent, accounting for 15 percent of the global population. It encompasses numerous ethnic groups in 53 countries, speaking over 1,000 languages.
    The continent also leads the world in strategic minerals (rare minerals absolutely vital for industry), possessing 80 percent of the world’s platinum, 49 percent of its palladium, 55 percent of its chromium and 45 percent of its vanadium, among others.
    Its fertile fields have the potential to feed not only itself, but also many other countries. Its forests have enough timber to build homes for much of the world. Moreover, Africa’s massive rainforests have the potential for maintaining or destroying the equilibrium of the earth’s atmosphere and ecology. For example, massive deforestation could deplete the world’s ozone layer and adversely affect Earth’s climates.
    If the continent’s economic decline can be reversed, a prosperous, vibrant Africa, with its population of 1 billion, would become a huge market of consumers for products and services. A talented, educated populace would provide a skilled workforce, driving African economies capable of competing on the world stage, thus reducing—and possibly even eliminating—the need for aid.
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  • WHY AFRICA MATTERS
    Africa already contributes internationally in many fields of human endeavor—and its contributions would be even more significant if the potential of its peoples and lands were fully unlocked. All nations would benefit.
    Africa is fabulously rich in natural resources, more than any other continent. According to Capitalism Magazine, it has 50 percent of the world’s gold and diamonds. It possesses a seemingly endless supply of minerals, including most of the world’s bauxite, chromium, cobalt, manganese and platinum, along with large untapped oil reserves. It has an abundance of timber, millions of acres of fertile land, and lakes and rivers capable of producing 40 percent of the world’s supply of hydroelectric power. The list could go on.
    Yet, despite these riches, most Africans live in societies troubled by war, instability, corruption, poverty, hunger, disease and untimely deaths. The United Nations said that Africa has the largest number of poor countries of any continent, including 34 of the 50 least developed countries. Tragically, as many as 50 percent of Africans live on less than $1.25 a day (USD throughout article).
    Wars ravage the continent. Since 1981, no fewer than 28 nations in sub-Saharan Africa have been at war.
    Deadly diseases like AIDS and malaria wreak havoc throughout nations.
    The world’s wealthiest countries have provided billions of dollars in aid, but to no avail. Indeed, Africa is poorer now than when it first achieved independence from the colonial powers some 50 years ago. Every year, the continent is high on the list of the world’s priorities for development, but its circumstances continue to deteriorate.
    As the international community ponders the plight of this troubled continent, the question must be asked: “Can Africa be saved?”
    Simply put, Africa is a treasure trove of natural resources.
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  • "This propaganda of dis-associating Western Negroes from Africa is not a new one. For many years white propagandists have been printing tons of literature to impress scattered Ethiopia, especially that portion within their civilization, with the idea that Africa is a despised place, inhabited by savages, and cannibals, where no civilized human being should go, especially black civilized human beings. This propaganda is promulgated for the cause that is being realized today. That cause is COLONIAL EXPANSION for the white nations of the world."—Marcus Garvey (Philosophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey,edited by Amy Jacques-Garvey
    .. Africa is the mother of Homo Sapiens.
    This network is dedicated to our Africa , to both blacks and whites on the globe .
    With all respect for our great mother land . - Eric Eyutchae
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    God Bless Africa
    We thy children and thy flock
    In all our endeavors Bless
    Africa, our family, God Bless Africa
    God Bless Africa
    Kingdom loyalty a must,
    Where Africa, the kingdom
    Africa, our family, God Bless Africa
    God Bless Africa
    Dear home we love and cherish
    Beloved home forever
    Africa, our family, until eternity
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    MICHAEL JACKSON DIES AT 50. R.I.P (1958 -2009)
    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE!
    “In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” -
    Michael Jackson quote
    Oath To The Ancestors
    O ancestors! Blacker than a thousand midnights.
    Afrikan Ancestors! It is YOU that we, your children , give respect and honor.
    O Ancestors! We call upon You and welcome you in this place.
    Afrikan Ancestors! Let your presence fill this place.
    O Ancestors! Who have been purposely excluded from the history books, so that the world would not know of your greatness.
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave civilization to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave the arts to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave music to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave the sciences to the world.
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave mathematics to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave medicine to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave literature to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave philosophy to the world..
    Our Afrikan Ancestors! Who gave God consciousness to the world..
    O Ancestors, We thank you for devoting your life to make a future for us, your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
    Now stand with us, strengthen us, guide us, teach us, and protect us from the snare of our enemies!
    Rise up, O Afrikan Ancestors, and let our enemies be scattered! And give us the wisdom and the boldness to deal with our oppressors and those who would hinder the liberation and empowerment of our people.
    Rise up, O Afrikan Ancestors, and live in us.
    We will not fail to honor you!
    We will not fail to respect you!
    We will not fail to hear you!
    And we will Not betray you! Ase'
    Ase' (In Agreement With)
    "Written By Dr. Ray Hagins"
    THE BEAT GOES ON! AN ASPECT OF HISTORY: TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION From November 15, 1884 through February 26, 1885, an international conference, the first Berlin Conference was convened in Berlin/Germany, represented by Fürst Otto von Bismarck. France supported the German convening of the conference, with a clear diplomatic agenda: to resist the British and Portuguese attempts to control the Congo Basin. The conference's goal was to create an agreement, so as to restrain the existing tensions between the colonial powers and to rule Africa, by dividing the continent among the European states. David Livingston said, the mission of the Europeans in Africa had four purposes: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization and Conquest. 14 Nations participated in the Berlin Conference: Germany, Britain, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Also involved were Russia, Turkey, Austria/Hungary, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway/Sweden and the U.S.A.. Though it is widely thought the conference averted a European war, the occasion for Africa, resulted in the injustice and exploitation of African nations by European powers in the short term.
    Bitterness, disunity, wars and genocide were and are the results for Europe, Africa and the world, until the present.
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    MARCUS GARVEY
    H.I.M. Haile Selassie I Speech to the United Nations (excerpt)
    New York City, NY October 4, 1963
    "...until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil..."
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  • Long Roadby Bessie Smith
    recording offrom The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (Columbia/Legacy 52838),copyright notice
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  • It's a long road, but I'm gonna find the endIt's a long road, but I'm gonna find the endAnd when I get back, I'm gonna shake hands with a friendOn the side of the road, I sat underneath a treeOn the side of the road, I sat underneath a treeNobody knows the thought that came over meWeepin' and cryin', tears fallin' on the groun'Weepin' and cryin', tears fallin' on the groun'When I got to the end I was so worried downPicked up my bag, baby, and I tried it againPicked up my bag, baby, and I tried it againI got to make it, I've got to find the endYou can't trust nobody, you might as well be aloneYou can't trust nobody, you might as well be aloneFound my long lost friend and I might as well stayed home
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  • Yinka Shonibare: The anarchist artist‏
    Yinka Shonibare MBE:
    Where Art meets
    Post-Colonial African Artifice
    “I am very interested in using the idea of something which is visually very beautiful because I think that I want my audience to engage with my work even though I am actually tackling quite serious issues…” Yinka Shonibare
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  • A Kaleidoscope Journey Thru African Diasporic Poetics of SpaceDr. RameyCSULA 510 Spring 2010
    Dean Ramser
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    • “VISITORS to London about 1816 were amazed to see people in the streets gazing skyward through pasteboard tubes. But these watchers were peering at no eclipse or comet. They were fascinated by a scientific novelty that had taken London by the kaleidoscope, invented by Sir David Brewster. First regarded only as a toy, it was soon adopted by artists as an aid in originating new designs. Sir David named his invention by combining three Greek words: kalos, meaning beautiful; eidos, form; and skopeo, I see. Almost anyone who has looked through a kaleidoscope will agree that the name is appropriate. Two mirrors on facing walls create the familiar illusion of an endless succession of walls. Multiple reflections also produce the patterns in a kaleidoscope, but the mirrors are joined at one edge, so that the reflections form a circle. Their number depends upon the angle between the mirrors.”
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  • Kalos- Beautiful
    Eidos- Form
    Skopeo- I see
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  • Using the kaleidoscope as a functioning metaphor, I intend to explore how the selected writings intersect. It is my belief that the between and within these Diasporic Poetics of Space, exists ‘beauty’ in an aesthetic form. I will use the physicality of the instrument invented by Sir David to see how ‘Time/History’ and ‘Space/Place’ affect each other’s identity. Because of multiple reflections caused by the succession of mirrors, the Kaleidoscope, like ‘Time’ and ‘History,’ cause a ripple of distortion. As with Double Consciousness, ‘Space’ and ‘Place’ are the creation of each other’s spatiality to one another.
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    • As the tapestry of the patchwork weaves together multiple voices, the selection of reading we have focuses on the journey of the heart in a time/history, a space/place, totally unknown to my eyes and ears. Like As the Crow Flies, by Véronique Tadjo a “crow” relates the struggles of love and life; Waiting for an Angel, Helon Habila, the imprisoned heart walks through the torture of space removed from place by time; or a young boy’s journey amongst ghosts in My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, by Amos Tutuola; or the effort to dance away the horror in Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa, ed. Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Kadija Sesay. These tales, and the others I have yet to read, however grounded by suffering, refuse to be part of the banality of modern political horror.
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  • My aim is to look, and feel, these tales thru the lenses of ‘Time’ and ‘History,’ and ‘Space’ and ‘Place.’ As Edward W. Soja stated "whenever you read a sentence that empowers history, historicality, or the historical narrative, substitute space, spatiality, or geography and think of the consequences”(Thirdspace, 182-83). In exploring the dynamic relationships between the texts, my goal is to realize the aesthetic beauty I feel exists within the ideological plane of kaleidoscopic intersection.
    I hope to not treat my learning as an exercise in Orientalism, for my belief is that the song sung in the Diasporic Space is ‘beauty,’ as opposed to fetishizing a convention.
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  • 1) What did you know about the African Diasporic Poetics of Space at the start of the course and what do you know now?
    As I read I have become more aware of the perceived irony of many situations described in our texts. I say perceived because as a reader I am aware that torture and horror are not part of my life, and they are part of the narratives I am reading.
    2) How have the class materials and experiences contributed to your current knowledge of African Diasporic Poetics of Space?
    The breadth of texts adds to the beauty of the academic odyssey.
    3) What remains for you to complete on your patchwork text between now and the end of the course?
    I must read all of the texts. I then will synthesize their meanings, organize the themes into my kaleidoscope model, and create the folded paper game paradigm to initiate the random relationships to be explored.
    4) What would help you in completing your patchwork text in a spirit of calmness, meaningfulness, satisfaction and support?
    Time.
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  • Bibliography
    The African Origins of UFOs, Anthony Joseph (Cambridge: Salt, 2007).
    As the Crow Flies, Véronique Tadjo (London: Heinemann, 2001).
    Flight to Canada, Ishmael Reed (NY: Scribner, 1976).
    Waiting for an Angel, Helon Habila (NY: Norton, 2002).
    The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Amos Tutuola (NY: Grove, 1994).
    Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa, ed. Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Kadija Sesay (London: Flipped Eye, 2005).
    American Negro Spirituals, Volumes 1 and 2, James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson (Da Capo Press reprint). [Selections, on Electronic Reserve]
    The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness, Paul Gilroy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993). [Selections, on Electronic reserve]
    Place and Space in Modern Fiction, Wesley A. Kort (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2004). [Selections, on Electronic Reserve]
    Slave Songs and the Birth of African American Poetry, Lauri Ramey (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd. ed., pbk, 2010).
    Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities, Avtar Brah (London: Routledge, 1996). [Selections, on Electronic Reserve]
    Place and Space in Modern Fiction, Wesley A. Kort, FL: University Press of Florida, 2004
    Mapping the Sacred: Religion, Geography and Postcolonial Cultures, ed. Jamie S. Scott and Paul Simpson-Housley (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 2001).
    Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005, James T. Campbell (NY: Penguin, 2006).
    Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Powetics and Cultural Displacement, ed. Carrie Noland and Barrett Watten (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
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  • Bellflower High SchoolHaiti Youth Photo Exhibit February 19, 2010
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