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The Original Impulse
2023-08-19 03:52
The original impulse to write is probably alot like the beginning of the Tao Teh Ching, where it is stated that the Tao that can be spoken of is not the original Tao.  Words rise up fro… Read More
Dear Editor
2023-08-19 03:40
Dear Editor,I was published by you guys a while back.I figured I'd give a shot.  I think paying to submit is like lottery tickets, but the odds are probably a little bit better.  B… Read More
2023-04-17 08:54
 My approach to Baldwin has changed a bit. I had forgotten in this essay he talks about white supremacy.I still admire and respect his work very much, but the secret complement gets an… Read More
2023-03-12 21:59
Blues after the Resurrection You would think the bloomIs just beginning, but bloodIs in the red, last summerI dunked my head in the blues Believe it or not, I still bruiseToo easil… Read More
2023-03-03 11:08
GrimyLike hot sauce, grits, saltpeppaketchupam what I am do what I doshout out to the black poets crewgod made dirt and it don't hurtput it in your mouth and let it work Read More
Black Yin Work
2023-02-17 21:42
I am currently a Professor at Bowie State University in the Department of Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies, where I teach Composition, Creative Writing and Poetry.Prior to that I f… Read More
Three Generations Of Black Booksellers
2022-08-18 16:40
I posted this photo Facebook and it received quite a few shares and hits, so I figured I'd give the context here.The photo pictures Karla and Yao Glover founders of Karibu Books, which… Read More
Sneakapeak From Crazy As Hell: The Badass
2022-08-16 16:40
The Badass Everybody knows somebody Black who never seems to stay in their place. Often this begins in the home, at the heart of the community. Bold Black folks never fit into the second-cl… Read More
Sneakapeak From Crazy As Hell
2022-08-16 16:24
The Runaway Runaways are tricky. We all want to run away from something. Some of us follow through with it. Some of us don’t. But all of us have dreamed of turning tail and cutting out… Read More
The Center And The Secret
2022-08-16 10:53
There's a secret in blackness.  A mystery that transcends the whatever opposition we know.  A water in it that resists flame.  There is in it a thing that does not burn, that… Read More
2022-07-28 15:34
Occasionally,  I will run across an article on staying in the now or a celebrity like meme that reminds us to stay in the present moment and take charge of our lives.  The Dal… Read More
2022-06-12 16:21
Just about thirteen years ago, when we began Free Black Space we imagined a need for a digital media platform that could articulate the changes in the concept of blackness as it operated in… Read More
2022-05-11 05:24
 My Father Speaks of His Father.If you did not resistMay’s light might sing different.There’s still spring in the battlefieldsAnd everywhere there is blood.Underneath everyt… Read More
Wuhan Soundtrack:  Louis Armstrong
2021-12-30 23:20
The Wuhan Soundtrack- Louis Armstrong But for real, for real, the real soundtrack here is the language I don't speak filling the air and swirling around me. I hear it like background m… Read More
2021-10-06 02:36
 Most people imagine race has nothing to do with math.That may even be the reason we like race.  For when talking about race all the mathematical proofs seem to go out the window… Read More
2021-08-06 03:10
 So Kenyatta Dorey Graves shared a post about the MacAurthur foundation's grants to fight anti-blackness.My personal experience with the Free Black Space years gives some insight into w… Read More
2021-07-01 22:10
To Write and Sell Words Dull unwashed windows of eyesAnd buildings of industry. WhatIndustry do I practice? A slickColored boy, 12 miles from his Home. I practice no industry.I am no longe… Read More
2021-05-17 01:06
I always get these e-mails from Harvard University about how Taiji is scientifically proven to be good for health and other things. I always find it amusing. I practice Taiji often. Every on… Read More
America Draft
2021-02-25 07:42
I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. As ludicrous as it may sound, I made the statement Americans don't study. My friend's reply was what do you mean? what are all the… Read More
2021-02-21 07:47
I’m totally amazed by the American trend towards activism. The country is divided as ever, and it seems the Right and Left camps are both committed to some version of it. Activism has… Read More
2021-01-17 16:07
 The Free Black Space charge eventually became a quest to decode the black and how it operates in the mind.  Of all things the black seems unscientific.  We know race and… Read More
2021-01-14 16:58
White supremacy poses that white people are more powerful than they are.  Perhaps we should try looking at white supremacists as less powerful than they think they are.This might shrink… Read More
2021-01-07 11:32
Years ago we did a Free Black Space Blog post on articles written by Jelani Cobb and Ta-Nehisi Coates on white supremacist and Dixiecrats.  What I found interesting back then was the sa… Read More
Books For Black Readers
2020-08-19 16:20
 Always thinking about a Black Book Future.How will we develop books and ideas that feed black readers?How will we distribute them? Black writers are reluctant to tell stories of the… Read More
New Economist Issue On Is China Winning?
2020-04-16 18:01
The article is from the Economist, not FreeBlackSpace. One might ask-China is winning what? I've said for a while African-Americans should work to increase their knowledge of Chinese cultu… Read More
Revisiting The Mis-Education Of The Negro
2020-04-05 13:51
I listened to parts of a Black Book Eco-System Forum that featured some of the heavy weights of the Black Book Industry discussing Black Bookstores, Publishing, and Infrastructure in the age… Read More
Wuhan Arrival: 2017
2020-04-02 03:29
The riddle of the day is the officers without guns. Their uniforms don't seem as tight as in the States. I can't make out the meaning of the insignias pasted on their chest and look more at… Read More
Ten Books
2020-04-02 02:33
1. The Mis-Education of the Negro, By Carter G. Woodson. The classic bestseller and must read that investigates the particulars and pitfalls of Black Education. Woodson was the founder… Read More
Wuhan Weather Report
2020-03-30 01:05
My son hits me up to tell me about a black smog in China. He don't really text me like that these days. His dad is another country not working for the U.S. Government or the military at the… Read More
Koan #6
2020-03-27 01:25
Koan # 6  Heaven and water go their opposite ways:The image of CONFLICT.Thus in all his transactions the superior manCarefully considers the beginning.From the I-ChingI am a NegroAn err… Read More
2020-03-25 05:44
I know quite a few writers across a range of levels and in a variety of genres.  Few of them are read. Even many of my heroes, some of them winners of prestigious fellowships and awards… Read More
2020-03-20 14:19
Ta Nehisis Coates in his much lauded work Between the World in Me, travels to France.  The journey itself is the journey into internationalism, predictable, naïve, and to be expect… Read More
2020-03-20 05:45
How we stop the black panthers?Ronald Reagan cooked up an answerYou hear that?What Gil Scott was hearingWhen our heroes and heroines got hooked on heroinCrack raised the murder rate in DC an… Read More
2019-11-05 02:04
The scholar will note the Slave Narrative as a distinctive moment in the development of African American Literature. There our voice, dipped in the dark ink of the I, emerged out of the edu… Read More
Binge Watching The Wire
2019-09-23 02:50
I call my son, whose twenty-five, lives in Philly, and seems to have made his transition out of the American black male danger zone safely, to ask him about The Wire.  Though I spent de… Read More
Black Book Future
2019-09-14 01:26
Black Book Future is a GoFundMe that works towards the future of the black book.   Black Bookstores, Free Black Spaces, and the free exchange of ideas outside of Academia are the fertil… Read More
A Simple Objective-Looking Forward
2019-06-07 01:56
Given the recent success of so many African-American authors is it possible to envision a black press publishing a work that wins a major literary?It might be impossible or more Afro-Futuris… Read More
Duo Shao Qian #4
2019-05-22 01:26
Poverty is not without its dignity, but to live in such a rich country and to be blessed as I am, one might doubt that truth.  The expression is neither dignified or idealistic but nece… Read More
Wakandan Hotep #1
2019-05-22 00:50
I could be a Hotep or a Wakandan depending on the day.  My name is Bro. Yao.  The bro. stands for brother.  Though I can't remember some past declaration to be a "brother" of… Read More
Duo Shao Qian #2  Expat China?
2019-04-20 12:28
I pitched an article to a few magazines not too long ago on China functioning as a new mother country for folks in Africa.  African Americans and Americans often miss the obvious. … Read More
Duo Shao Quian - How Much?  #1
2019-03-26 04:00
It's cold as shit.The cold autumn winds have just begun in Wuhan.  They come mixed with rain that falls day after day.  It's more difficult than what  I am used to. At home I… Read More
2019-03-16 14:15
1) Read incessantly and all across the board. Poetry is not basketball. Many poets live long lives, so you compete with the best from the beginning. Reading is daily practice and engagem… Read More
2019-03-01 23:43
1)  Free Black Space aims at engaging the complete bandwidth of the African American intellectual experience.  We are clear that the diversity of our intellectual production existe… Read More
2019-02-04 19:27
Reading Poetry The adultress whispersBehind the pagesBegging him, stay.He grabs his pants,Slips out throughA stanza breakEnjambment manRun from fate,Juxtaposition of twoLoves, lyrically… Read More
My Dream Starring The Devil
2018-12-05 02:43
my dream starring the devil the river ran backwards and the music in the worldsounded like heavy metal and murder, my daddycame up from his grave and asked what the fuckis you doing son? and… Read More
2018-08-17 03:02
So my sojourn here is as much research as the wayward ramblings of a traveler. I move in and out of the city and with people without scholarship, fellowship, or institution I am affiliated w… Read More
2018-08-15 04:09
he list of folks that I have met and worked with at Bowie State University in the English Department is pretty prestigious. Rion Amilcar Scott and Reginald Dwayne Betts a… Read More
2018-08-07 01:42
Free Black Space always existed outside the trend. In many ways this has been a content production experiment in the digital age. We began in May of 2009 a little over a year after the… Read More
2018-07-13 13:25
I read an article by a Chinese undergraduate student on translation. A fair amount of the students I met in China were studying translation. For the Chinese the presence of their language… Read More
Towards A More Sophisticated Study Of China
2018-06-25 09:52
There's nothing perfect about China, but it sure is inspiring. For people in the world who know underdevelopment, gentrification or the economics of oppression it is at least worth a look.&n&hell…Read More
2018-06-20 02:00
I met with a Professor here in China who explained to me, "Westerner's imagine technology as the most advanced thing on the planet; but the most important technology is culture."It was a fee… Read More
2018-06-11 15:40
  if there is dust on the furniture in my mother's house, the symbol is the lampshade, when the sun goes down, we turn the lights on, we wipe down.  we concentrate.people… Read More
Artist Kamau
2018-05-22 01:48
Here at Free Black Space we revel in the Free Black.  When we say that we mean free exchange of ideas, under radar, in the familiar/unfamiliar places, and we mean the people like those… Read More
2018-05-18 23:58
whichcraft study the masters   Lucille Cliftonwhen they speak of crafti wonder….if i am good enuff? if i am a Christian?  if God knowsthe disaster? Tell me aboutthe di… Read More
Hospital For The Negro Insane
2018-05-17 02:59
Hospital for the Negro Insane was a finalist in the Crab Orchard Review 2016 John Guyon LIterary Non-Fiction Prize.1.It’s a regular morning and I head out the neighborhood passing the… Read More
At Starbucks
2018-05-16 17:18
I am getting my morning coffee at Starbucks (I ain't boycotting) and it must be the new moon-cuz the energy in the parking lot is crazy. People honking, rushing getting to work. Cars up on o… Read More
2018-03-07 14:49
Below is a Poem from Samuel Miranda's New Collection Departures.  Samuel is a a versatile visual artists, poet, and musician.  Join him this Saturday March 10th 4-6 P.M.  to v… Read More

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