Welcome to "Talking Drum Dialogues" (formerly, "Backstreet D'jeli's Blog" and, currently, the website for William "Duke" Smither, Author of "Backroads to 'Bethlehem': Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior...")

BOOK DETAILS: Softcover/ Novel | 6 x 9 in | 450 pages | ISBN 9781458221612 E-Book | 450 pages | ISBN 9781458221605 (Publisher: Abbott Press, 2018), available on-line at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A "free preview" of the book is also available via this site's "Navigation" section (refer to MENU icon, page upper left). It's a 17th Century narrative about the waning days of a militaristic, fugitive slave village in Brazil and the spiraling Maroon Wars, in Jamaica. (Blog-related postings for this website are still available below) Thank you for visiting!

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by William “Duke” Smither   “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”  U. S. Constitution – 1st […]

by William “Duke” Smither   “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism…”  Oprah Winfrey     The way I see it, racism AND sexism happens to be America’s 5th dimension of bigotry- more like pawns- on the ‘sociopolitical chessboards of life’, like the bane of barefaced bigotry against women, especially African-American women. Yet, on the flipside of this sociopolitical […]

by William “Duke” Smither “I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do […]

By William “Duke” Smither “Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should […]