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Author Archives: Nkosi Ife Bandele

That N-Word’s Crazy!

On the subway the other day, my nine year old observed a transgender person and became a little confused.  I explained the word “transgender” and asked her to repeat it.  Confident as always, she dove right in, “TranSPLENDOR.”  I had a notion to agree and say, “Yes, transSPLENDID.” Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

…and while I do get the irony of the title “Black Lives Matter,” I do wonder if it’s the best political strategy for ending police brutality and/or outright murder of Blacks, (presuming that’s the goal, and I’m not being coy here as I just don’t want to presume anything). Nonetheless, I’m reminded of the conflict… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Clearly, those who feel the need to counter with “all lives matter” fail to understand the use of irony, and that African American culture produces brilliant ironists.  In the broadest sense, irony reflects the ability to say one thing and mean another. Example: I say to my big son watching TV at night, “It’s late.” … Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Yikes, so much ugliness going on in U.S. society, specifically concerning the ongoing murder and general abuse of black men I feel I need to clarify the idea(s) behind my novel, The Ape is Dead!, which may sound trivial as a simple interracial romance story. As I have mentioned, the romance is my trope or… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Now that my novel, The Ape is Dead!, is out in the larger world, I feel challenged to define it, when asked.  It’s tagged in a variety of categories—fiction, romance, adult, new adult, young adult even!, contemporary, literary, ethnic, black.  It all seems trivial to me as I simply think it a ‘good read’ for… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Step One: Ah, finally my book, The Ape is Dead!, has been released as an e publication by my publisher, Crimson Cloak Publishing (shout out!), using “Smashwords.”  I’m excited about it, of course, and ready to start the process of getting the word out.  Hmm-mm?  I’m not sure what to think about the cover, which… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Still trying to figure out this blog thing.  what does this mean?  what am I doing?  do I wanna keep a public diary (sotospeak)?  i mean, who cares?  and if someone does, why?  (Just had a thought that I would read of any one of my heroes, Olu Dara, Albert Murray…haven’t I read?, don’t I… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

Many apologies, my adoring dawgz, but I can get so caught up with the teaching that I forget, more or less, that I am primarily a “storyteller” (though my students might say, “All you do is tell stories all day, motherfucker!“) Anyway, my latest story, a lil fuck story titled in fact “Fuckity-Fuck-Fuck-Fuck” (http://www.akashicbooks.com/fuckity-fuck-fuck-fuck-by-nkosi-ife-bandele/) appears… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

One of my favorite photographs is of the incomparable Louis Armstrong (“Pops,” “Satchmo”) sitting on the sidelines, in wait, waiting his turn, as the band plays on. His head droops, he smokes a cig, he looks a little anxious even, perhaps forlorn, as he waits. I’m reminded of this photo as I wait for my… Continue Reading

That N-Word’s Crazy!

A lil b-ball. There are three signature, perhaps defining moves, in professional basketball history: (1) Kareem’s sky hook, (2) Mike’s explosions at the basket, and now (3) Steph Curry’s three ball! They are all game changers. (Might add that I started calling Curry the “best moment” in b-ball last year) Continue Reading