2016 American Book Awards Announced!

The recipients of the 2016 American Book Awards have been announced! See press release linked below for details of award ceremony:

ABA press release 2016 final

Wajahat Ali debates disparagement of Muslim Gold Star family against Trump supporter

Wajahat Ali is an acclaimed journalist and writer, and President of the Before Columbus Foundation. From live broadcast of CNN:

Nick Turse, American Book Award recipient, discusses US Military Program AFRICOM

Courtesy of The Intercept.

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/11/in-africa-u-s-military-sees-enemies-everywhere/

Video footage of Black Hollywood Unchained discussion with Ishmael Reed and friends


Justin Desmangles, Jesse Douglas Allen Taylor, Halifu Osumare, Marvin X Jackmon, Ishmael Reed / video by Johnnie Burrell
Program: Black Hollywood Unchained
Date: July 3, 2016
Time: 1:30-3:30 PM
Location: Koret Auditorium (Lower Level of the San Francisco Public Library) 100 Larkin St.

In Black Hollywood Unchained, Ishmael Reed gathers an impressive group of scholars, critics, intellectuals, and artists to examine and respond to the contemporary portrayals of Blacks in films. Using the 2012 release of the film Django Unchained as the focal point of much of the discussion, these essays and reviews provide a critical perspective on the challenges facing filmmakers and actors when confronted with issues on race and the historical portrayal of African American characters. Reed also addresses the black community’s perceptiveness as discerning and responsible consumers of film, theatre, art, and music.

San Francisco Public Library hosts discussion of Ishmael Reed’s recent book “Black Hollywood Unchained”

Ishmael Reed, Halifu Osumare, Marvin X, Cecil Brown, Jesse Allen-Taylor, Justin Desmangles
Program: Black Hollywood Unchained
Date: July 3, 2016
Time: 1:30-3:30 PM
Location: Koret Auditorium (Lower Level of the San Francisco Public Library) 100 Larkin St.

Ishmael Reed discusses his recent book, Black Hollywood Unchained, which features essays from scholars, critics, intellectuals, and artists who examine contemporary portrayals of Blacks in films and provide a critical perspective on the challenges facing Black filmmakers and actors. Ishmael Reed will be joined by Black Hollywood Unchained contributors Dr. Halifu Osumare, Marvin X, Cecil Brown, Jesse Allen-Taylor, and Justin Desmangles.

BCF Black Hollywood event

https://www.facebook.com/events/627221340773815/

American Book Award recipient Robin D.G. Kelley on the passing of Cedric J Robinson.

From Counter-punch, “When Cedric submitted his dissertation for approval, the faculty did not know what to make of it. One by one, individual members resigned from his committee citing an inability to understand the work. No one could reasonably reject a thesis so sound, elegant, and erudite, but few were willing to sign off. Only after Cedric threatened legal action was his thesis finally accepted—nearly four years later. Finding a publisher proved equally difficult.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/17/cedric-j-robinson-the-making-of-a-black-radical-intellectual/

2016 Oakland Book Festival covered by San Francisco Examiner

http://www.sfexaminer.com/oakland-book-festival/

“I was deeply impressed by the intellectual depth of the festival, finding panels that were bold and courageous, unflinching,” says Justin Desmangles, describing last year’s event. Desmangles, chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, a 40-year-old Oakland nonprofit that champions contemporary American multicultural literature, organized 2016 panels including: “Multiracial Literature in America” featuring Victor LaValle, Emily Raboteau and John Keene at 11 a.m.; “Confessions of a Number One Son: Chinese-American Literature Now,” featuring Frank Chin, Genny Lim and Calvin McMillin at 11 a.m.; and “The F.B.I.’s War on Culture,” with William J. Maxwell, Seth Rosenfeld and Frank B. Wilderson III at 1:45 p.m.”

Discussion with Henry A. Giroux on the Violence of Forgetting.

From the New York Times. Giroux’s book on the subject, The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disinformation Machine is available from City Lights Press.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/opinion/the-violence-of-forgetting.html?smid=fb-nytopinion&smtyp=cur

Craig Santos Perez gives acceptance speech and poetry performance at 2015 American Book Awards

Footage courtesy of C-Span.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4569420%2Fcraig-santos-perez

Ishmael Reed’s Eulogy for Muhammad Ali

Ishmael Reed writes for the New York Times about the life and legacy of the Greatest, Muhammad Ali.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/04/opinion/muhammad-ali-worshipped-misunderstood-exploited.html?smid=fb-share