All controversies aside, Kola Boof is essentially a novelist and poet. Kola Boof has been featured in Harper's Literary Magazine, and interviewed by MSNBC NEWS, FOX NEWS, GMTV (UK), BNN Television (Netherlands) and was featured on CNN SHOWBIZ TODAY and in TIME MAGAZINE. The author has been romantically linked to several famous men including actor Gerard Butler, Djimon Hounsou, Mike Tyson and assorted athletes. But she claims her first husband Simon Palacio and recent lover Harlem legal activist Posr as the loves of her life. (Continue reading after the photos)
(Boof with most recent lover fiance, Posr A. Posr on his couch in Harlem)
(Kola Boof with friend and fellow writer Peter Fogarty)
(Kola Boof's 3rd Christmas in America)
Born on the Nile River in Omdurman, Sudan…Naima Bint Harith(Kola Boof) came to the United States after her parents, Egyptian archeologist Harith Bin Farouk and his only wife, Jiddi, (a charcoal Gisi-Waaq of Somalia's Oromo nomads), were murdered in Kola's presence for having spoken out against slavery and the oppression of Black Africans under the rule of Sudan's Arab-Islamic political factions. Kola Boof, who was born on March 3, 1972 at 2:14 in the afternoon, (according to the Government of Sudan birth records which are disputed by Boof's Egyptian family who say she was born in 1969), was put up for adoption by her Egyptian grandmother, Najet Kolbookek, because the grandmother felt that Kola's skin color was too dark for inclusion in her father's Arabic family. Boof was sent to England to live with an Ethiopian family, but they soon rejected the child as well…because they feared she might be "a witch." They complained that Naima was just "too smart, too talkative" for a girl child. She was let for adoption again…and placed this time with an African-American family in Washington, D.C.'s lower class neighborhood, Anacostia Park.
The Black Americans welcomed young Naima with open arms and the author found her sanctuary. Says Kola Boof today, "I knew that I was special and that I had been placed with very special people in a very special paradise. I felt that something magical was going to happen. You must understand that the Black Americans are very magical people-because their hearts are broken."
Unfortunately, Kola Boof's initial life as the child of Black Americans was not all peaches and cream. The author had to adjust to having her hair straightened ("Which I deeply resented for many years, but now I like it"). She also had to learn English, which was difficult, and she credits the soap opera, "Another World", as being her main teacher (*she became a ghost writer for "Days of Our Lives" and two other soaps in 2006). She had to deal with the self-hatred of the Black American community, the experiences of which are so riveting and dramatic that they held me, Yi Nee Ling, spellbound as she recounted them in graphic detail in her upcoming memoir, DIARY OF A LOST GIRL, (the book is now available at Amazon.Com).
Kola Boof says she became a writer because of women like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, Gloria Naylor, Nawal el Sadaawi and…the late white author, Jaqueline Susann. Boof says, "Valley of the Dolls was the first book I ever read. It's not literature, many consider it trash, but that book got me addicted to reading. Then I found Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye…and that changed my life. It planted art inside me and it possessed me, because at fourteen, it was the first time that I had heard somebody tell the truth in America."
(Kola Boof's hugely successful novel "Flesh and the Devil"
--considered a Classic Black love story both in Africa and
the Black American community.)
Of equal importance, Kola Boof became a womanist, Alice Walker's now famous term that signifies a sensuous kind of black feminism. Along with rejecting the media labeling her a "sex slave", Boof also rejected the term "Strong Black Woman". She insists, "I am the LIVING WOMAN...not a strong black woman. I live my life, and there are times when I am very weak, times when I need my children's support or the love and understanding of a man. I always need GOD, I need black women friends. So I am not comfortable with that blanket label--strong black woman. Black women have been unfairly demonized by White Supremacist Culture and we are called 'Strong' as a way of not including us alongside other women. The purpose is to breed blacks out of the land by disallowing the black woman being acknowledged, and I'm against that. I truly believe that the Black woman is the meteor that is coming to this earth. And she is certainly the mother of the human race...but more importantly...she is the mother of the Black race and the Authentic Black Man. It's because of African beliefs like these that the White Media in America despises me and constantly lies on me...and because my loyalty is to my WOMB and not to Black men, who basically have betrayed the Black woman, I have also had problems with black men not respecting the justified clarity that pervades my literary works."
On April 9th, 2003 at the UNITED NATIONS in Switzerland, an investigative human rights report named Kola Boof as one of several Sudanese writers-journalists to have been ordered "fatwa beheading"
Death Threats forced the author into U.S. government protection and have been a defining feature in her literary career. For many years Boof has been forced to live in hiding and had to assume a range of false identities while in hiding that caused reporters to believe she didn't exist, but Boof says she didn't want to be found or interviewed.
Kola Boof is the mother of two sons and a professional cook. She hopes to someday make films about the lives of black women. In 2007, she took a breather from "literary fiction" with the release of a hip hop Pop Novel "Virgins In the Beehive." Boof's passionate writing about the issue of Colorism (See Story) has become an internet phenomenon. Additional information about Kola Boof can be found at Fact Checking, the African American Literary Club, BlackNews.Com, HARPERS magazine, and BEST POEMS.
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