Archive for October, 2008


When Obama launched into his story with “Because I love pie,” a woman out in that sea of cheering, laughing people shouted back, ” I’ll make you pie, baby!” and to the general hooting laughter the candidate returned, “Oh yeah, you gonna make me pie?” Then, after a beat, amid even more raucous laughter, and several other female voices shouting out invitations, “You gonna make me sweet potato pie? ” More shouts and laughter. ” All you gonna make me pie?”

“Well you know I love sweet potato pie. And I think what we’re going to have to do here”—and the laughter and the shouting rose and as it did his voice rose above it—”what we’re going to have to do here is have a sweet potato pie contest.… That’s right. And in this contest, I’m gonna be the judge.” The laughter rose and you could hear not only the women but the deep laughter of the men taking delight in the double entendre that was not only about the women and their laughing, teasing offers and about their pie that that lanky confident smiling young man knew how to eat and enjoy and judge, but even more now, amazingly, as people came one by one to recognize, about something else. To those people gathered in Vernon Park that bright sun-drenched morning, it was an even more titillating and more pleasurable double entendre, for it was most clearly about something they’d never had but hoped and dreamed of having and now had begun to believe they were within the shortest of short distances of finally tasting. “Because you all know,” their candidate told them, “that I know sweet potato pie.”



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A while back I read Ken Wiwa’s book and watch the documentary about his relationship with his father and the development of his own exemplary political identity (he led the tragic campaign to prevent his father execution by the Nigerian junta in 1995). Wiwa’s book also included interviews with children of other African political leaders: Nkosinathi Biko and Zindzi Mandela.

I was thinking about Wiwa week when I read earlier today about the very different lives of Patrice Lumumba’s son and that of Charles Taylor. I know we can’t pick our parents. And there’s of course the guy in the picture above from Hawaii.

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Yes. that’s an actual quote from a white Christian. The Bible apparently says so. Even though it doesn’t. And this came from someone who would benefit from one of Barack Obama’s more controversial proposals should the Illinois Senator become President next week (think Joe the Plumber):

“… We stopped at an ethanol plant in Craig, Missouri, where we were greeted by the general manager, Roger Hill, and shown around the plant. He said something odd early on in our tour, responding to the news that I was British by commenting on how Muslims had become dominant in my country. I only half heard his remark, and let it go; we were here to talk about ethanol.

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Afropean‘ (French and West African) jazz vocalist. Samples here

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Writer Es’kia (Ezekiel) Mphahlele has passed away. He was 88 years old.

Mphahlele is best known for “Down Second Avenue,” an autobiography published in 1959 that describes his early years in rural northern South Africa and later in a bustling Pretoria black township. The book ends with the writer’s exile from apartheid South Africa in 1957.

Obituary in the Washington Post.

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Men cry, women are overwhelmed. A woman in a wheelchair stands up and marches on stage to dance.

It’s not a Jacob Zuma rally or court appearance. And it is definitely not a preview of this weekend’s “National Convention” in Johannesburg organized by ANC dissidents, Mosiuoa Lekota and Sam Shilowa.

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor

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