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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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Mark Twain once referred to the Gilded Age, that period after the Civil War in which the plutocrats of the late 19th century economically roasted the country in order to amass great wealth, as the "Great Barbeque." To be fair, these same plutocrats also created the modern industrial state. However, t… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2008 12:07PM

Tell Us Something We Don't Know: Racial White Voting

Over the last few days the media's chuckleheads have discovered a potential flaw that could destroy Obama's chances of winning the White House: some white people won't vote for him, especially those in the Democratic Party. In other words, he may lose because some whites won't vote for him merely/… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2008 11:20AM

Cracker Calling the Kettle Black: Rush Worried About Hatred

It never ceases to amaze me how some people are so sensitive, soooo PC about race. Some people just don't know how to relax and see the humour in dumb, stupid people who hail from Mexico, laments Rush Limbaugh. In a classic of crocadile-tears editorializing in the Wall… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 11:36AM

Chutzpah in Italian Means Pelosi

Listening to NPR last night I heard Speaker Nancy Pelosi demand that George W. Bush offer an “apology” to the American people regarding the faltering economy. Pelosi's dig was aimed at Bush being MIA on the financial crisis. However, the crimes of President Bush have been well… Read full post »

According to a piece on David Hauslaib's Jossip, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, has his very own racial and gender preference list.

Hauslaib writes:

 "Two weeks ago at the annual Black Corporate Directors Conference in California, Immelt was one of several high-powered guests (among other cor… Read full post »

It's too late to impeach the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Below is a an argument that could have been used by Congress to impeach President George W. Bush for his spectacular incompetency for managing the war in Iraq. The fact that it has taken the most militarily powerfulRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 9:23AM

Qualified to be CEO? None of the Above



It’s interesting that Carly Fiorina has said that neither Sarah Palin nor John McCain, or Barack Obama and Joe Biden, is competent enough to be a CEO to run a Fortune 500 company. What’s even more interesting is that she, in fact, was fired from Hewlett-Packard (with a sizabl/… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 10:01AM

Bible Thumpin’ Hypocrites; Mac's Gramm Cracker

Over the weekend I finished reading Glenn Greenwald’s Great American Hypocrites. It is a searing indictment of how Republicans and conservatives have made a cottage industry of trumpeting personal attributes such as manliness, patriotism and family values. Greenwald, however, points out that mo/… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 1:20PM

Authoritarian Populism in American Politics

It should be no small surprise that Alaska’s governor Sarah Palin is a supreme hit with the fundamentalist base of the Republican Party. Palin merely represents the religious sentiment of a trend that’s been brewing in America for the last thirty years, authoritarian populism. If John McC… Read full post »

Please explain to me, America, how, as Gov. Sarah Palin explained to ABC News Charles Gibson, you can be "wired," ready to accept a job, say, the vice presidency, when you don't know what the job entails?

An inquiring mind wants to know.  Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2008 3:12PM

Where's the Democratic Outrage?

It's bad enough that Obama is getting savaged by the various ads by Team McCain, but has anyone noticed that Team Democrats have been MIA over the lipstick crap? No Biden. No Hillary or Bill. No Nancy Pelosi. Nada. Zilch.

And these are the people who pretend to be our leaders...… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 12:31PM

A Country Without Honor

Yesterday I posted a piece called "Mr. Athens? Commander Sparta?" in which Obama's cool, rational temperment  reflected the Athenian ethos while McCain's reflected the warrior ethos of Sparta. After listening to the brouhaha over the so-called "lipstick" remark and seeing the new ad that McCain'/… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 4:02PM

Mr. Athens? Commander Sparta?

Last night I watched Zack Snyder's 2007 film version of Frank Miller's graphic novel, 300; an account of Sparta's King Leonidas and his brothers-in-arms defense of Sparta from Persia, led by Xerxes. (Persia, led by King Xerxes,  attacked Greece, which was made up numerous city-states, and K/… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2008 10:28AM

The Culture War as Class Conflict in Black America, Pt. 3

Even though Daniel Patrick Moynihan was pilloried for his assertion that the black family was afflicted by a “tangle of pathology” in his report “The Negro Family: A Case for National Action”, (1965; a.k.a. “The Moynihan Report,” which stated that out-of-wedlock bi… Read full post »
In essence, this culture war is a stand-in for black America’s class tensions, the unintended consequences of the success of the civil rights movement. As noted by sociologist E. Essien-Udom in Black Nationalism: A Search for Identity (1962):

…[L]ower class Negroes are beginning to defineRead full post »

  Despite the overwhelming number of blacks who are predicted to vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 election, the success of the civil rights movement forty years may have well fractured black social solidarity along class lines. After the milestone of nominating, if not electing, a black toRead full post »

Although McCain was a navy aviator you can tell he knows how to maneuver the war-torn USS Straight-Talker. Remember when Obama came back from his successful European and Mid-East jaunt? He dazzled the world and gave a brilliant speech, which McCain took issue with at the American Legion. He said that… Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 3:37PM

The War at Home: Out of Sight and Out of Mind

Listening to the events of how Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and her colleagues were arrested in St. Paul during the GOP convention while credentialed, and looking at videos of Glenn Greenwald who spoke to St. Paul residents whose home was stormed-trooped clearly shows that America has whole hea/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 12:29PM

Obama's Gay Fathers

Add this to the list of stupid media. A reporter for ABC stated that Obama had a black father from Kenya and a white father from Kansas. There's nothing like keep the public duly informed.
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SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 11:43AM

MIA: Alaska's "First Dude"

Year ago Nation columnist Katha Politt made astute observation regarding social conservatives and Republican Party public policy. They decried feminism’s influence on the family, arguing that it caused women to leave their homes for work and neglected child rearing; however when lower-income wo… Read full post »

In the eyes of some, the public function of black intellectuals has changed from speaking truth to power to turning away from the kind of social justice activism that was the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Houston A. Baker, Jr., Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University, has turRead full post »
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SEPTEMBER 2, 2008 12:14PM

Less Is More? The Disappearance of a Black Agenda

While interviewed by radio WPFW (Pacifica Network) former Mayor Richard Hatcher of Gary, Indiana, who chaired the famous black political conventions of the 1970s, mentioned that when Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) approached the Obama wing of the Democratic Party about including the Congressional Black Ca… Read full post »

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