A Letter From The Editor

“Fight, Ali, fight.”

I often feel that running a literary publication, amidst all the chaos in our world, is indeed fiddling as Rome burns, as I sometimes feel as if the very ground beneath me is slowly becoming engulfed in flames.

When I feel like this, I often hear the angry voice of Angelo Dundee shouting: “Quit fooling around, Ali, fight!”

As you older fight fans well know, Angelo Dundee was the corner man and trainer, yelling at his fighter, the great Mohammed Ali, who was mugging and hamming it up to the audience, while Joe Frazier was beating the living shit out of him.

But fight Ali did, soon turning the tide on Joe Frazier. Now, Mr. Dundee won’t leave me alone, so I press on.

This issue of the Neworld review is one I really like. Jan Alexander’s look at Malcolm Gladwell is well reasoned, with a compelling narrative, Peniel E. Joseph is one of the most watched young historians in the country, and senior editor Herb Boyd was asked to take a look at his latest book, which he did with his usual intelligence and writer’s skills.

There is so much more. I have some bright writers, and I want the Neworld Review to be about them and the authors they write about. We have assembled an interesting group of opinionate, highly skilled writers from all over the country. Reading then, I hear the voices of America, and I hear much that is common among us as Americans.

Sally Cobau lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. My friend Jane McCabe lives right outside of Los Vegas. And our Managing Editor, Margaret Johnstone, lives in Santa Fe; our highly creative Art Director, Bernie Rollins, lives in Los Angeles; and brilliant young Sarah Vogelsong has abandoned Brooklyn, and now lives in Virginia.

And of course, without question, there is always our intellectually provocative New Yorkers like Jan Alexander and Herb Boyd.

Needless to say, I like this arrangement a lot (although there is still a nagging feeling in the deep recess of my inner being that longs for the “good old days” when folks like us would all meet in a bar buried somewhere deep in the East Village, where they would once again force me to pick up the tab).

I am a neo-integrationist (Neo, Inc, if you will), and proud of it, and want more than anything else to bring the full voices of America to Americans.

But most of you who have been reading the Neworld Review already know this; and, in a desire not to further bore you with my personal agenda, I cannot help but note that If this was just a short ten years ago, I could brag with near absolute certainty that I tried to read almost “everything.”

Now that boast rings hollow, empty, without meaning, if it ever had any meaning anyway.

The explosion of media we are all experiencing can be sometimes confusing and overwhelming. But I welcome it.

Now, even someone such as I. with modest means to be sure, can have the world at his or her feet. For the first time in my life, I see an even playing field.

May the best creative person win.

Enjoy this issue of Neworld Review.

Fred Beauford


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Neworld Review
Vol. 3 No 9 - 2010


Fred Beauford

Art Director

Bernie Rollins

Managing Editor

Margaret Johnstone


Jan Alexander

Senior Editors

Herb Boyd
Brenda M. Greene

Online Managing Editor

Richard D. O'Brien

Contributing Editors

Jane M McCabe: history
Loretta H. Campbell
Sarah Vogelsong
Janet Garber
Sally Cobau
Ken Liebeskind
Jamie Metrick
Daji Kuweza

The Neworld Review is a publication of Fred Beauford, 3183 Wilshire Blvd,
Suite 196,
Los Angeles, CA. 90010.

Material in this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers.

Manuscripts should be accompanied by a self-stamped envelope. Online submissions are accepted at literarylife1@hotmail.com.

Neworld Review cannot be held responsible for unsolicited photographs or manuscripts.

All correspondence to:

Fred Beauford
Editor-in Chief/Publisher

Neworld Review
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Suite 196,
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This Month's Articles


Why We Take Malcolm Gladwell Very Seriously

What the Dog Saw: and other adventures

by Malcolm Gladwell

An essay by Jan Alexander

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Some of us are old enough to remember a distant era when the new millennium had just dawned and anything seemed possible, and the stock market was irrationally exuberant, thanks to something called ‘The New Economy’. In those days, I worked for a dot.com where we wore jeans and tee-shirts to work, didn’t believe in private offices, and posted stories about 20 year old dot.com billionaires. In conversations, the name Malcolm Gladwell would come up with relative frequency, uttered with reverence around our wall-less workspace. His first book, The Tipping Point, helped us prepare for the revolution we were sure was on its way, and .....Read More


Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama

by Peniel E. Joseph

Reviewed by Herb Boyd

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President Barack Obama wasn’t in the Oval Office a year before the books about him and his historic victory began to surface and some of them were predictable and inevitable. Dr. Peniel E. Joseph’s Dark Days, and Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama is not among such expected treatises. He is less concerned about how Obama won, his political philosophy, the nature of his governance, or whether he will .....Read More


…and Mistakes Made Along the Way, an excerpt from a memoir

by Fred Beauford

Chapter Four—Black folks

One day, after about five years into my years in the Bronx, something life changing occurred. I was fourteen. That day, when I walked into my homeroom class, there was a black kid sitting there, the first one we had, besides me. There were five other black kids in my junior high school, but until now, none in my homeroom, or in my grade.

His name was James Johnson. I don’t remember being shocked, or having any emotions at all at seeing him. He was just another new kid.

However, in a few weeks I was in a state .....Read More


The Lacuna

by Barbara Kingsolver

An essay by Sarah Vogelsong

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In the last issue of The Neworld Review, Fred Beauford noted the widespread worry among the general population about such major political issues as war and the economy. Given such circumstances, it is impossible that these subjects would not creep into and color our literature, and particularly that narrow slice of literature that seeks to move beyond escapism and uncover the layers of meaning that are intertwined with our world today. The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver’s first novel since Prodigal Summer, is one such book that grapples with the intersection of politics, daily life, .....Read More


"eBooks: The Ever-Evolving Face of Knowledge"

by Jamie Metrick


Since the first drop of ink touched the first piece of parchment, writing has been a source of power. In the days of the first books, all of the knowledge that humans amassed was painstakingly recorded by a select few. Only a handful of the rich owned books; even less could actually read them. And yet for thousands of years, terrible men did dreadful things because they knew what the little squiggles on the fragile scrolls meant.

Knowledge is power. Books house knowledge. Jump forward in time .....Read More


The African Diaspora Film Festival -- Seventeen Years and Counting

by Loretta H. Campbell

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An African filmmaker holding a camera is a revolutionary act,” says Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, cofounder of the African Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF). He is quoting the renowned Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène.

Indeed, film can be the great equalizer simply by documenting the humanity of a people.

It follows that those who distribute or present Afro-centric films can be seen as rebels. Such is the case with Reinaldo and his wife Diarah N’Daw-Spech, founding partners of ArtMattan Productions, in New York City, the distribution .....Read More


War Dances

By Sherman Alexie

Reviewed by Sally Cobau

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When I was an artist-in-residence several years ago on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, I used Sherman Alexie in my high school classes. After one of the classes, a student asked if he could borrow The Toughest Indian in the World, the short story collection I had been using. Though I had censored my selections and was a little wary of him reading the “uncensored parts,” I handed it over. I don’t even know if he read the book, but .....Read More

Distant Voices

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Dear Fred

The myth of Louis Armstrong (Vol_2 No_8 Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong) as Uncle Tom-the-Trumpeter has become a very fashionable one, particularly as taught in today’s university cultural studies programs. Truth be told, he did not begin to caricature himself in his later years; even as a young man he was always ready to clown and mug his way through the second-rate Tin Pan Alleys songs his manager Glazer put in front of him. The words to those banal tunes of the 1920s and 30s which he recorded with his band are now forgotten .....Read More


James Naismith: The Man Who Invented Basketball

By Rob Rains

Review By Ken Liebeskind

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A basketball aficionado would like two questions answered by James Naismith: The Man Who Invented Basketball: how did Naismith exactly invent the game and how was it initially played?

Rob Rains, the sports writer who has written a series of baseball and one football book(s), answers the first question at the outset of his biography of Naismith by following the Scottish immigrant from his childhood home in the farming community of Almonte, Canada, to Springfield, MA, where he became a .....Read More


Rooftops of Tehran

by Mahbod Seraji

Reviewed by Jane M McCabe

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Iran is in the news these days either because of Western fears she is developing nuclear weapons (which could upset the balance of power in the Middle East and the world) or because her people are demonstrating against what they consider to be election fraud. Thousands of Iranians have poured into the street of Tehran to protest the re-election of Ahmadinejad, the narrow-eyed, wiry president who has the audacity to.....Read More


The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

Reviewed by Janet Garber

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Miss Skeeter’s been buzzing around her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, trying to survive, while hoping she doesn’t inadvertently sting the wrong people. The year is 1963 and the times, they are a-changin,’ for sure. Medgar Evers just got whacked, the march on Washington with Martin Luther King’s sharing his dreams is about to occur, and then President Kennedy. . . Tensions are high and everyone is feeling threatened. But in Skeeter’s world, the white “haves” are carrying on pretty much as they always.....Read More


The Good, the Bad and the Not So Pretty

From Ghetto to Ghetto: An African American Journey to Judaism

Ernest H. Adams

Reviewed by Daji Kuweza

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The Good:

Writing an autobiography is a task that carries the potential for perilous revelations about oneself and those we know. The author, Ernest H. Adams, does an excellent job of making the reader aware of all his imperfections and insecurities as he struggles to overcome them and ‘make something of himself’. His epilogue provides a fantastic summary of his obstacles and triumphs and proposes a philosophical view of what African-Americans need to do in order to adapt to the changing world as full members.....Read More