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TABLE OF CONTENTS & BACK ISSUES
RADIOACTIVE: Veteran columnist RADIO RAHEEM and G21 Alumnus JEFF WINBUSH are at loggerheads about the Bill Cosby's message to the Black community. Read what they have to say and ponder. "Point/Counterpoint: The Cosby Controversy"
G21 READERSHIP POLL): YOU take the opportunity to tell us what you want and where this Web Magazine should be going. We appreciate the feedback! Really! "What You Think Could Be True"
G21 AFRICA: Kenya columnist AAMERA JIWAJI looks at her government's budget with hope. "Pamoja (Together)"
MEMOIRS OF THE INFORMATION AGE: Our new technology columnist, D.C. STULTZ, talks about the new trend in Information Tech this week. Listen up. "Is it the Age of DIY IT?"
NEW YORK STATE (of Mind): Media Editor BRAD BALFOUR talks with a dissident director, Mark Achbar this week.."Corporations: Are They Sociopathic?".
POWERSSOUND: BOB POWERS brings us more good listening for another hot summer. "Summer Music"
A LETTER FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Columnist GAYNOR PAYNTER believes its high time to acknowledge the contribution of her fellow countrywomen. "About Women's Contribution".
G21 AFRICA: X.N. IRAKI again questions the new government of Kenya. "Is NARC Another Illusion?"
VOX POPULI: YOU talk back ot us about what we've said during the last few months -- and beyond . "Say Again"
MY GLASS HOUSE: ROD AMIS, our Publisher, speaks like no one else. We're beginning to get used to that. Are you?. "That Masked Man"
Ten (10) new features this week? Good Gracious! I pity the Editor.
JEFF WINBUSH ON BILL COSBY: " ... Cosby isn't the first to go off on the Culture of Stupidity. So has Spike Lee and Chris Rock and Oprah Winfrey and Colin Powell and Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley and The Boondocks.
It's already hard enough to raise a chid positively in a world filled with so many negative stimuli. It's even harder when forces conspire to keep that child stupid.
Violent, misogynist rap keeps black folks stupid. Celebration of pimp, thug, and being a sociopath culture keeps black folks stupid. Drugs, alcohol and too much greasy, starchy foods keeps black folks stupid. A steady diet of trash TV, no books, no computers, and no library cards keeps black folks stupid. Too much emphasis on immediate gratification, easy credit, and lack of fiscal discipline keeps black folks stupid. Too much emphasis on gold-capped teeth, $200 sneakers, tricked-out rides with the biggest rims, cell phones pressed to the ear, pit bull on a leash and pants hanging off the butt keep black folks stupid. Too much priority on being cool, getting paid and hustling instead of being smart keeps black folks stupid ..." READ MORE
AAMERA JIWAJI ON THE NEW KENYA: " Pointing fingers is normally seen as a way of diverting blame away from oneself, allocating it to another party, establishing a scapegoat.
And when the Minister of Finance for the Republic of Kenya, Honourable David Mwiraria, delivered his budget speech for the year 2004/5 on 10 June 2004, he did not hold back when it came to pointing fingers and allocating blame for the current economic situation in the country.
But his fingers were not intended to divert attention away from Kenya, they were very strongly focused within the borders of Kenya and at particular individuals and groups within the country.
As with any budget speech, Mwiraria discussed the major macro-economic factors and trends of the economy in the past year and his department
s predictions for the path the economy was to take in the following year. But his strongest message was that Kenya has no one but itself to blame for the economic situation that it is in today.... " READ MORE
AND IN ROD'S WORLD: " ... The poet Robert Burns did something touching and profound when he wrote the simple lines:Would some power the Giftee gie usWhenever I attempt that feat, I am made to think of John Boorman's Merlin from the film "Excalibur". He said, "To some I come as a dream -- and to others A NIGHTMARE!"
To see ourselves as others see us
I am learning that that is how I come to people, as well .... " READ MORE
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