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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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Anyone who has closely watched the nation’s first African American president during his vaunted “100 days,” or during the 2008 election, has probably recognized a bit of irony and/or political calculation: Barack Obama studiously avoids the nettlesome issue of race.

He was, for exa/…

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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.

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It seems that Sean Hannity has accepted the American Waterboard Challenge, and "MSNBC's Keith Olbermann declared that he would give $1,000 to charity for every second Hannity withstood waterboarding."

During Black History Month, Attorney General Eric Holder caused a bit of a stir when he said that Americans were a "nation of cowards" when it came to confronting race.

Given that, according to the New York Times, "Sixty-two percent of Americans share Mr. Obama’s view that [Congressional/… Read full post »

ThinkProgress has reported that the second-in-command of the Maersk Alabama, Shane Murphy, has rejected Rush Limbaugh's attempt to racialize the attempted hijacking of his ship.

Said Limbaugh: Now, just imagine the hue and cry had a Republican president ordered the shooting of black teenagers on theRead full post »

It really should not come to anyone surprise that a fair number of people on the right, political conservatives, Republicans, are far more willing to endorse and accept waterboarding as torture, or deny that it is. Remember, the GOP, as it itself has often claimed, is God’s party of choice. Dem… Read full post »

Wanna see a dead, a politically dead black man? A politically dead black man who's a Republican? We're not taking about Michael Steele, the man of Steel. No, this is Larry Murphy:

Murphy, by far the least known of the four Republican Senate candidates, has such a low profile that it’sRead full post »

Suppose instead of well-armed terrorists, "24's" Jack Bauer had to handle a more sophisticated conspiracy that struck at the heart of America. Terrorists who deal in numbers and Credit Swap Derivatives and the like. Will there ever be a film or TV show that could dramatically explain the "quiet coup,/… Read full post »

The next time someone breezingly blows aways the serious nature of waterboarding as a form of torture, ask that person: Would you allow yourself to be sumbitted to the same technique? It ain't nothing but a frat party hazin' thang, right?

Would Bill O'Reilly take the American Waterboard Challenge?… Read full post »

If you ever wondered who truly governs the country or what the term political economy really means, consider this by Baseline Scenario, noting two news reports in the New York Times regarding banks:

For a snapshot of what’s wrong with our banking policy, look at the front page of theRead full post »


Not to be out done in exploiting the use of the latest chief magistrate of the United States, Washingtonian magazine has a cover of Barack Obama that's not about him as intelligent or inspiring (that's been said enough). No, he's "Hot." He's a buffed stud nigga.

In a… Read full post »

Journalists from CBS, NBC, ABC and NPR Planned to Kill Fellow Journalists; Simmering Resentment against “Nigger News Beat” Found

WASHINGTON, DC—The police arrested several well-known black journalists in an alleged assassination plot directed at white journalists in New York. The a/… 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 »

APRIL 20, 2009 10:24AM

Barack Obama in (Racial) Context(s)

What is it exactly about Barack Obama’s heritage? Why was he not seen as black enough by some blacks, some of whom were suspicious that he would not vocally promote a black agenda, which he didn’t (and why Tavis Smiley wants to hold him “accountable.”)

Why do conservatives moc/… Read full post »
APRIL 18, 2009 12:33PM

Iran Convicts Alcohol-buying NPR Spy

So, let me understand this: Roxana Saberi, a freelance journalist who's done work for NPR, was convicted of espionage. According to the Times account:

She was initially reported to have been detained for buying alcohol, an illegal act in the Islamic republic.

Let's say, for the sake of argument,… Read full post »

If there isn't a better example of contemporary American banksterism than the one below, then no other will do. No other example will  show the well-connected machinery of Wall Street, its balatant contempt for the public during an economic recession caused by the very people who wrecked the ec… Read full post »

Weeks ago I posted excerpts from a study call "Sold Out." A project of Wall Street Watch. In that study, if not in my posting, I mentioned the Pecora commission that studied what happened to Wall Street in the period that led up to the Crash of 1929, which produced the/… Read full post »

Drew Westen, author of "The Political Brain" and the subject of a DAD Q&A, has some interesting insights about the politics of branding and why the Democrats are not doing well while the president is:

But the best products fail without good branding. In politics, you don't win on ideasRead full post »

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APRIL 16, 2009 12:13PM

CNBC, After Daily Show Thrashing, Rethinks Its Obama Stance

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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 »

The next time you see or read a word by Karl Rove, Michael Gerson, Dick Cheney or any person who formerly worked in the Bush Administration, remember that person is a graduate of the "George W. Bush Institute of Management Failure."

As noted by Richard Cohen:

What commends theRead 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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