I’m black again.

By K. A. Dilday who is a columnist for the online magazine Open Democracy.


I???M black again. I was black in Mississippi in the 1970s but sometime in the 1980s I became African-American, with a brief pause at Afro-American. Someone, I think it was Jesse Jackson, in the days when he had that kind of clout, managed to convince America that I preferred being African-American. I don???t.

Now I live in Britain where I???m black again. Blacks in Britain come from all over, although many are from the former colonies. According to the last census, about half of the British people who identify as black say they are black Caribbean, about 40 percent consider themselves black African, and the rest just feel plain old black. Black Brits are further divided by ancestral country of origin, yet they are united under the term black British ??? often expanded to include British Asians from the Indian subcontinent.

Read K. A.’s story.

Obama Wins Democrats Abroad Primary

Obama Wins Democrats Abroad Primary

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama won the Democrats Abroad global primary in results announced Thursday, giving him 11 straight victories in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Illinois senator won the primary in which Democrats living in other countries voted by Internet, mail and in person, according to results released by the Democrats Abroad, an organization sanctioned by the national party.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has not won a nominating contest since Super Tuesday, more than two weeks ago.

More than 20,000 U.S. citizens living abroad voted in the primary, which ran from Feb. 5 to Feb. 12. Obama won about 65 percent of the vote, according to the results released Thursday.

Voters living in 164 countries cast votes online, while expatriates voted in person in more than 30 countries, at hotels in Australia and Costa Rica, at a pub in Ireland and at a Starbucks in Thailand. The results took about a week to tabulate as local committees around the globe gathered ballots.

“This really gives Americans an opportunity to participate,” said Christine Schon Marques, the international chair of Democrats Abroad. Read the full article.

Seeking submissions for an anthology of Best Essays by or about Blacks

From: Debra J. Dickerson debra (at) debradickerson.com

Hi all

Please forgive yet another mass email on this subject but I think this one qualifies as worthy. I simply can’t afford to miss anyone.

Prof. Gerald Early has asked me to edit the first anthology of a Best Essays for Black Writing. You’ll note the absence of “American” because we’re looking for submissions from throughout the African diaspora though it would be disingenuous to pretend African American writing won’t likely predominate.

If you wrote, read or think you might know someone somewhere who is of African descent, or who writes on the topic, please forward submissions to me or beg the writers/institutions to do so. I ask you to forward this to the editors/pr departments at publications you know feature good black writing, however non-mainstream the organization.

We’re looking for pieces published in 2007 but, having worked on this for a few months, I despair of finding enough from that one year. So, please send along anything written in the last few years. Since this will be the first issue, there’s an argument to be made for doing a survey first, then confining ourselves to those pieces published by calendar year afterwards.

What are we looking for? Anything and everything. Our only requirement is that they be essays by or about blacks that will stand the test of time, essays that will resonate forever, let alone in twenty years, essays that will become a part of college curricula. We’re looking for the kind of writing found in Best American Essays and other such publications. What subjects? Anything and everything as long as it’s by or about blacks. Various lengths are to be expected but remember – essays. Not horse race offerings about the current election, etc. Not one-note rants about racism or Uncle Toms. This is not to say that those topics can’t be transcendant but it would be very wrong to assume this will be a protest publication. It will be a publication about superior writing and insight with zero regard for political impact. It can be blacks writing about the nature of being or whites (or Martians) who’ve ’embedded’ themselves in black communities. The sky’s the limit.

This is an idea so good, I’m still kicking myself for not having thought of it. It’s an opportunity that we (read: those who yearn for a steady torrent of good writing by/about blacks) can’t let slip by. I yearn in particular for submissions by immigrant blacks in America and those written by blacks abroad on transcendant subjects. I’m looking to have my own mind blown.

So, I ask you to forward this email far and wide and direct submissions to me at this address with the subject Best Black Essay submissions. I get so much spam, I’m likely to delete emails with subjects like “Hi” or “For Debra”. There’s no polite way to say this: please don’t hit ‘reply’ (for the love of god, don’t hit ‘reply all’) and ask me questions. This is a brand new venture; I’ve told you everything I can think of. Send me submissions and please, forward this email far and wide. Don’t be shy to send me your own work; this has been a needle-in-a-haystack venture so far and it kills me knowing what I’m missing. Encourage those whose work you admire not to censor themselves and think they’re writing would never be taken seriously; that’s exactly what we hope to do with this series.

Please cut and paste the submissions and instruct those you contact to do the same. I can’t open attachments from strangers and you know why. Please don’t put this distro list to any other purpose.

Thanks for your help. I can’t wait to swim in an ocean of black talent and soaring writing.

Debra J. Dickerson
debra (at)debradickerson.com

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