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norman kelley

norman kelley
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Norman Kelley is an independent journalist, author, and former segment radio producer at WBAI 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio. He has written for Society, L A Weekly, The Brooklyn Rail, The Village Voice, The Nation, New York Press, Newsday,, The Black Star News, New Politics, Black Renaissance/Noir, and The Bedford Stuyvesant Current. He is also the author of the "noir soul"/ mystery series that features "Nina Halligan" in Black Heat (Amistad), The Big Mango (Akashic Books), and A Phat Death (2003). Norman Kelley was also a contributing writer to Brooklyn Noir (Akashic Books, 2004) and DC Noir (Akashic Books, 2006) and Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs at the Turn of the Millennium (Random House 2000). He edited and contributed to R&B (Rhythm and Business): The Political Economy of Black Music (Akashic Books, 2005; 2002).

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JULY 13, 2009 11:55AM

Blond, Blue-eyed Devil: Michael Jackson?

Honestly, I wasn't going to say or write another word about the deceased One-Glove Guy until I saw Bev Smith on television this past Friday. Ms. Smith was part of a three-headed post-mortem panel regarding media excessive coverage of the deceased One-Glove Guy on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.

While o… Read full post »

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JULY 4, 2009 10:39AM

A Page Out the USA Playbook: The Gitmo Protocols

What Iran, according to the paper of Record, is doing eerily what reads as something of an  already familiar play book,  call it  The Gitmo Protocols. As reported by the Times:

The [Iraninan] government has made it a practice to publicize confessions from political prisonersRead full post »

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MAY 28, 2009 9:23AM

Michelle Mundane: Obama's First Lady


In annals of Mundane News of the World, the Paper of Record has revealed the following about Michelle Obama: she doesn't miss cooking.

THE perilous question came from an earnest schoolboy, who posed this doozy of a query to the new first lady: “Do you like cooking for yoRead full post »

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MAY 4, 2009 11:58AM

Tell Me What You Really Think About Cokie Roberts

Gee, I thought I was the only one who felt this way about Cokie Roberts, but Slate's Jack Shafer has bead in on her:

If Roberts' vacuous segments seem phoned-in, it's probably because they are. She does them from her home. In 2000, she told the New York Times that herRead full post »

Nothing better shows the utter cowardice of American journalism than Washington Post reporters refusing to call a spade a spade. In other a word, calling "enhanced interrogation" torture.

As posted by ThinkProgress:

Yesterday, during a chat with the Post's Dana Priest, a questioner revisited the issuRead full post »

Last week I posted a speculative piece on waterboarding our Lord and Savior, the Naz. Well, it seems that a CNN survey might concur with that position:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists,Read full post »

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APRIL 30, 2009 11:11AM

New York Times Ends Its Role as the Paper of Record



Did I miss something when watching "the 100 days" Obama press conference?

I mean, other than the BET reporter asking a "black" themed question regarding the economy, there was no real economic questions regarding it or the banks, except for questions about the auto industry.

Instead… Read full post »

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APRIL 21, 2009 2:08PM

Think We Have a Torture Problem? The Iraqi Gay Technique

Obviously, torture is a worldwide phenomenon because human cruelty is a specie specific tactic of humanity. However, as Americans, the exceptional people, we're supposedly against such tactics, Well, we once had slavery and placed into concentration camps American citizens of Japanese decent without… Read full post »

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APRIL 20, 2009 11:49AM

American Water Torture: Once Is Not Enough

It seems that recently released info regarding US torture tactics has revealed that waterboarding was used 266 times against two suspects by the CIA. As reported by the Times:

C.I.A. interrogators used waterboarding, the near-drowning technique that top Obama administration offiRead full post »

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APRIL 16, 2009 12:13PM

CNBC, After Daily Show Thrashing, Rethinks Its Obama Stance

[See update link below]

If a New York Post's gossip column can be trusted, CNBC may be wondering about the thrashing it took from the Daily Show, and if it has become an anti-Obama outland:

THE top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC were recently orderedRead full post »
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APRIL 16, 2009 11:20AM

Somali Rapper sees Somali Pirates as the "Coast Guards"

Somalian/Canadian rapper Knaan, in a Facebook video posting by Dave "Davey D Cook," pitches the Somalian pirates as the "Coast Guards" of Somalia. Given that Somalia as a working nation-state doesn't exist, that comparison doesn't challenge my imagination. It only confirms how bad the situation is.… Read full post »

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APRIL 13, 2009 11:35AM

Mean Newt on Obama Dog: "Stupid"—I Agree!

Finally! A GOP position I can agree with: the incessant Obama dog watch.

Said former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich: "I think that this whole thing is fairly stupid.”

As covered by CNN, the mean old speaker said: “I hope that the girls love the dog,” Gingrich saidRead full post »

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APRIL 10, 2009 11:32AM

Latest White House Scandal: First Lady's "café-au-lait"

If you think that the MSM has a tendency to engage in trivial reporting, as in the case whether or not President Obama "bowed" to the head of Saudia Arabia during the G20 summit, take a look at the kind of "journalism" being practiced by the black oriented website, The Root./… Read full post »

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APRIL 8, 2009 11:38AM

Think We Have a Problem With Race? Watch Turkish TV

As posted on the Huffington Post: 

A Turkish news anchor wore dark face paint while he reported on President Obama's trip to the country.

A rough translation: "Welcome, Mr. Obama. You took our hearts with your hospitality. We appreciate your kindness. We will do whatever America asks of us, asRead full post »

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MARCH 20, 2009 10:39AM

Perception Versus Reality: Black Media Implosion

Last night the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) gave a gala in Washington. Everybody was there except the president and the First Lady. However, the reconstituted singing trio Labelle was there along with Chaka Khan and Jerry Butler, formerly of the Impressions, and some of… Read full post »
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MARCH 18, 2009 12:37PM

Politico's Race Beat: "The Silence"

(Or, Why Lazy Journalists Like to Talk About Race)

Want to read a cutting edge piece of American journalism? Take a look at a Politico's article on why a year after Obama's Philadelphia speech on race, the 44th president has not said a word about race. Could it be that he's… Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 7, 2009 2:03PM

Utterly Depraved Americans: "Sex with the Obamas"

Nothing better shows how utterly depraved Americans are, from puritans to pornographers, as Salon's "Broadsheet" posting of "Sex with the Obamas":

One night, New York Times columnist Judith Warner had a dream about the president taking a shower in her house. Then a friend of hers confided that she'dRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 4, 2009 1:26PM

The Fire This Time: The GOP’s Line of Attack on Obama

Watching the process of the stimulus package that’s being proposed by President Obama and the Republican Party’s reaction to it, it would seem that Mr. Obama didn’t win last year’s election.

The president wants to play nice for the benefit of the country. He campaigned on goin/… Read full post »
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JANUARY 7, 2009 10:25AM

The GOP’s Race Problem, and Lincoln’s

Big Enough to Be Inconsistent: Abraham Lincoln Confronts Slavery and Race by George M. Fredickson (Harvard University Press, 2008)

The controversy regarding Chip Saltsman sending out the infamous parody “Barack the Magic Negro” on a holiday CD underscored the Republican Party’s thirt… Read full post »
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JANUARY 3, 2009 10:09AM

The Curious Case of the Missing Black Liberal Thinkers

A few days ago I received a daily alert from Barry Ritholtz’s The Big Picture, which offers “perspective on the capital markets, economy, technology and the media.” It’s a very good source regarding economic analyses.

Wrote Ritholtz on New Year’s Day, “Who Are thRead full post »
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NOVEMBER 12, 2008 1:13PM

Rahm's Dad Verifies His Son Is Not a Floor-mopping Arab

Not wanting to belabor a point I made last week about Obama's selection of Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his White House chief of staff, and whether or not Emanuel's relationship with the state of Israel will influence Obama's position regarding the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Emanuel/… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 12, 2008 9:55AM

Sour Milk: The Lost Legacy of Harvey Milk

Listening to a National Public Radio report on Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to win office as a San Francisco supervisor and later assassinated in 1978, I was thoroughly surprised to learn that his legacy has been largely forgotten by the gay community in San Francisco. (The story was/… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 18, 2008 12:49PM

"Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) At Her Very Best"

Nothing better shows the utter disdain for rational political discourse than watching Michelle Bachman, a US congresswoman from Minnesota, babble on incessantly about "liberals,""far-left" politicians, and "anti-Americanism," on "Hardball".

After watching her you'll understand why she was listed by… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 11, 2008 11:10AM

Business as Usual: Red-meat Politics

“Kill him!” “Traitor!” “Terrorist!” “Socialist!” “Off with his head!” ”Sit down, boy.” These are the cries of some of McCain/Palin supporters at rallies when Barack Obama’s name is mentioned, or in conjunction with former W… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 6, 2008 10:33AM

JFK’s Dirty Tricks: Making Nixon Sweat

For years conventional wisdom has often been that Republicans are just better at playing the political game of getting elected and especially at winning the White House. The Republicans, so goes the conventional wisdom, are just better at going for the jugular than Democrats; they relish fighting dir… Read full post »

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