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Posted @ 12/8/2013 2:32 PM By Kathleen
Kola Boof is a writer, however, she is also famously known or rather infamously known, for being the unwilling mistress of Osama bin Laden
She was born Naima Bint Harith in Omdurman, Sudan to an Arab Egyptian archeologist father and, a Gisi-Waaq Oromo mother.
In 1978, Kola’s birth parents were murdered in her presence for speaking out against slavery and other atrocities by the Sudanese government, and in the following year, she was adopted and raised in Washington, D.C. by Black Americans -- Marvin and Claudine Johnson.
In 1993, Kola Boof became a citizen of the United States. In 1994, she returned to North Africa to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Ms. Boof has written for NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”
She 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.
Her LATEST NOVEL:“The Sexy Part of the Bible” -- 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
Ms. 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.”
Kola Boof won the “2007 World Author’s Woman to Woman Pen” for Non-fiction, awarded for her 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.”
She 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.
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!
Praise for Ms. Boof's work:
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.”
“Kola Boof is a writer of courage, principle and loads of courageous
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.”
Posted @ 11/17/2013 2:24 PM By Kathleen Wells
Taki S. Raton is an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
He is former founder and principal of Blyden Delany Academy in Milwaukee. Operating under the African Centered instructional and student-centered developmental model, this all-Black private school served area children from 1998 to 2008 in K4 through 8th grade learning levels. A writer and lecturer on the national stage detailing African World Historiography, urban community concerns with emphasis on education, the social development of Black youth and African American male issues, Raton is additionally host of the weekly Thursday evening radio show, “MenThink” on the Harambee Radio & TV Internet Broadcast network.
His work and authorship in the education of African American youth has been referenced in A House Divided No More – Time for Indigenous Communal Healing (James, 2011), “Why aren’t African Centered charters running turnarounds” (Herold, “The NoteBook” – February 2011), “The Afro-Centric Education Debate Alive in Milwaukee” (Asmerom, The Atlanta Post – November 22, 2010) Brother to Brother – A Message of Hope (James, 2008), American Journal of Education (Merry and New, 2008), and Why our children hate us – How Black adults have betrayed Black children (Grimes and Slaughter, 2006).
He is a contributing writer for The Milwaukee Community Journal and Milwaukee Courier newspapers. His series “Young, Gifted & Black” appears bi-monthly in the Courier highlighting exemplar achievements of African American youth elementary through college. Twenty-six articles will have been published under this banner marking its first year continuous series run as of February 22, 2013. He further organized and moderated two panel presentations on Tom Burrell’s book Brainwashed in Milwaukee at UW-M on May 7, 2010 and at Chicago’s Black Star Project on July 31, 2010. Raton has and currently assist in a consultantship capacity with private schools in obtaining their pre-accreditation and accreditation standard requirements.
Under the co-sponsorship of 100 Black Men Chicago and Milwaukee chapters, Mr. Raton has over the past four years from 2009 through 2012 respectively coordinated the bus coach trip of a total 65 top African American seniors from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison for the annual Honors Student Reception in Chicago. Joining over 200 other Chicago area seniors, these select Southeast Wisconsin achievers are invited to interact with national college and university representatives to explore admissions and scholarship opportunities. Invitational student criteria include 3.3 GPA and 23 cum or above on the ACT.
Posted @ 11/2/2013 11:30 PM By Kathleen
Los Angeles based Shadi Petosky is the co-founder of Interactive Entertainment studio PUNY. With a background in programming and design she began her web career in 1997, when the web was young, making sites and games for Microsoft, Target, and PBS. In 2004 she took a break from interactive to start a studio called BIg Time Attic to make educational graphic novels on genetics, paleontology, geology, and space for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Simon & Shuster and as a US Government contractor for NOAA and the USGS. In 2007 she spun-off PUNY to focus on animation and emerging media and in three years has become a leader in developing interactive content for kids and anyone looking for fun. Best known as animation supervisor for the breakout hit “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and creating [3 Time Webby Award Honoree/Nominee, Kidscreen Award Winner] www.yogabbagabba.com. PUNY has designed, animated, or written TV pilots for Cartoon Network, BBC Americas, IFC Channels, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, and Fox and have worked on four feature films including Drew Barrymore’s “Big Miracle” and “SUPER” starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, and Liv Tyler. Shadi opened the storefront “Pink Hobo – Geek Art Gallery” to curate things that inspire her, voted “Minneapolis’ Best Art Gallery” by L’etoile and Metro Magazine. She also hosted a monthly live comedy show in Minneapolis called “The HUGE PUNY show” and occasionally finds herself on stage in LA’s alternative comedy scene or on the occasional podcast.
Shadi is a Los Angeles based transgender woman who is not an activist but like many transgender people find’s herself thrust into politics every time she wants to pee or poop.
Posted @ 10/27/2013 12:47 PM By Kathleen Wells
Cathy Brennan is a long time lesbian activist in Baltimore, Maryland. Cathy has been involved in numerous legislative campaigns, most notably the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2002, which banned discrimination based on sexual orieentation in employment, housing and public accommodations. Cathy also actively lobbied in support of Maryland HB 235 in 2011, which would have banned discrimination based on gender identity in employment and housing. Cathy currently focuses her advocacy on the eradication of gender stereotypes, the promotion of radical feminism, the defense of women-only space and the fight against male violence against women and children.
Posted @ 10/20/2013 3:03 PM By Kathleen Wells
Dr. Roger Ray holds masters and doctoral degrees in divinity from Vanderbilt University as well as a bachelors in philosophy from Murray State University. He was a 2004 Merriell Fellow at Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Ray writes a religion and ethics column for the Springfield News-Leader which appears on Wednesdays under the title, “From the Left.” He is also the author of Christian Wisdom for Today as well as various journal and magazine columns. Dr. Rays’ sermons have been published in several professional journals and popular collections. He had 28 years of experience in pastoral ministry before becoming the founding pastor of Community Christian Church in August of 2008.
Harry Fear is a British journalist and campaigning documentary maker. He works independently and as a freelancer. He is also a radio show co-host (KCAA’s own Palestine Today series with Kathleen). He regularly lectures around the world on his work in Gaza and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He’s just come back from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he did a 20-minute talk at the prestigious TEDx conference there (TEDx is a franchised, independent version of the well-known TED organisation).”
Posted @ 10/7/2013 8:06 PM By Kathleen
Michael Parenti is an internationally known, award winning scholar, with a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. His twenty-five books include The Face of Imperialism (2011); God and His Demons(2010); and The Assassination of Julius Caesar (2003). He recently published an “ethnic memoir” of his childhood entitled Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life.
Hundreds of his articles have been published in scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers, books of collected readings, and online publications.
Dr. Parenti lectures frequently across North America and abroad. His work covers a wide range of subjects, including politics, history, empire, wealth, class power, culture, ideology, media, environment, gender, and ethnic life. For further information, visit his website: www.MichaelParenti.org.
Phillip Giraldi -
Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a columnist and television commentator who is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East.
Giraldi was employed by the CIA for eighteen years working in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain and is fluent in Turkish, Italian, German, and Spanish.
Since 1992 Giraldi has consulted for several Fortune 500 corporate clients. President of San Marco International, an international security management and risk assessment consulting firm and a partner in Cannistraro Associates, another security consultancy. Giraldi has written columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and Antiwar.com and op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain. He has been interviewed by Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya and other outlets. During the 2008 presidential primaries, Giraldi served as a foreign policy adviser to Ron Paul.