Category: Ancient African History

By William “Duke” Smither “Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.”   — Babatunde Olatunji (Nigerian Djembefola, 1927-2003, Grammy award-winning, master-drummer, percussionist)   Talking Drums African musicians say that […]

“…The death of a thing is not the end; it’s merely a new beginning. But, it’s the backroads in life that are often the most fruitful and divine!”  (From “Backroads to Bethlehem….” 2018 Debut Novel by William “Duke” Smither, Release Date Pending)   ABOUT THE BOOK: “BACKROADS TO BETHLEHEM…” (Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior…) is […]

By William “Duke” Smither “As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.” (From the Crucifixion of Jesus, Luke 23:26-NIV)   Buried Footnotes The Holy Week and Easter festivities are on the horizon, […]

 by William “Duke” Smither  “There is no Negro (Black) problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution…”  (Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a.k.a., “Frederick Douglass,” Abolitionist, Diplomat & Writer, b.1818 – d.1895) Once again, Black History Month (2015) is front-and-center. For some folk, […]

  “There is no Negro (Black) problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own constitution…”  (Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a.k.a., “Frederick Douglass,” Abolitionist, Diplomat & Writer, b.1818 – d.1895)    Once again, Black History Month has been front-and-center, as February (2013) begins […]

“Be the peace you wish for the world.”   (Mahatma Gandhi)   During the final earthly hours of Christ, while being savagely forced by Roman soldiers to carry his own cross to Golgotha (a.k.a.,  Calvary), a man was plucked from a crowd of jeering bystanders to help a weary and tormented Jesus.  While this brief encounter […]