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George Clinton Praises Ishmael Reed in NUVO

NUVO: A lot of the classic work you created with Parliament-Funkadelic has contemplated the role music can have in neutralizing the "socially-engineered, anarchy-induced chaos" you just mentioned. It strikes me that many of the concepts in your music mirror the writing of Ishmael Reed in his brilliant 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo and I - Clinton: OH MY GOD! MUMBO JUMBO! You know that book?NUVO: Yes, it's one of my all-time favorite books. Clinton: That's one of my favorite books!

Hamilton and the Negro Whisperers: Miranda’s Consumer Fraud by Ishmael Reed

"Among the types of black writers are the 'Negro Whisperers,' whose assignment is to explain blacks to whites like the guide in the Tarzan movies, who, in the words of Adolph Reed, Jr. tells them what those drums mean. Then there’s the native who challenges the lies that come down from the colonial office."Read more: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/15/hamilton-and-the-negro-whisperers...

Ishmael Reed for The New York Times - Cure the Canon of Literary Agoraphobia

In this week's Room for Debate section, Ishmael Reed discusses the books college students should read in their literature classes."That’s what fiction can do. Take you into the experience of others, where you might find difference but also commonality."http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/08/31/what-should-college-fres...

Feature about Ishmael in the Contra Costa Times

The Contra Costa Times recently ran a feature about the career of Ishmael Reed and also mentioned his new book, THE COMPLETE MUHAMMAD ALI. Read more: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_28585362/oakland-litera...

Ishmael Reed Gets in the Ring

A review from CounterPunch of THE COMPLETE MUHAMMAD ALI."Ishmael Reed is one of the English language’s most important contemporary writers. His novels reveal a witticism and ironic sense found in very few other writers of the period. His essays and articles challenge commonly held dogmas in both mainstream thought and among those outside the popular mind. An intelligent reader of his works cannot help but be challenged by the points he raises, his use of the language, and the courage present.

"Who are the Real Censors?" by Ishmael Reed for Counterpunch

"Both John A. Williams and Toni Morrison have commented about the trickle-down theory of minority tokenism. This is how it works.

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