Authors birthdays: October

Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones; October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014), formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka,was an African-American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 forTales of the Out and the Gone.

Baraka was well known for his strident social criticism, often writing in an incendiary style that made it difficult to some audiences and critics to respond with objectivity to his works. Throughout most of his career his method in poetry, drama, fiction, and essays was confrontational, calculated to shock and awaken audiences to the political concerns of black Americans. For decades, Baraka was one of the most prominent voices in the world of American literature.

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Baraka incited controversy throughout his career. He was praised for speaking out against oppression as well as accused of fostering hate. Critical opinion has been sharply divided between those who agree, with Dissent contributor Stanley Kaufman, that Baraka’s race and political moment have created his celebrity, and those who feel that Baraka stands among the most important writers of the twentieth century. In theAmerican Book Review, Arnold Rampersad counted Baraka with Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison “as one of the eight figures . . . who has significantly affected the course of African-American literary culture.

His first play, A Good Girl Is Hard to Find, was produced at Sterington House in Montclair, New Jersey, that same year. Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note, Baraka’s first published collection of poems appeared in 1961. M.L. Rosenthal wrote in The New Poets: American and British Poetry since World War II that these poems show Baraka’s “natural gift for quick, vivid imagery and spontaneous humor.” Rosenthal also praised the “sardonic or sensuous or slangily knowledgeable passages” that fill the early poems.


  • Roy Campbell – 2 October 1901 – died 23 April 1957
  • Henry L. Van Dyke, Jr. – 3 October 1928 – died 22 December 2011
  • Godfrey Mwakikagile- 4 October 1949
  • Mafika Gwala – 5 October 1946 – died 5 September 2014
  • Edward Paul Jones – 5 October 1950
  • Arthur Maimane – 5 October 1932 – died 28 June 2005
  • Shadreck Chikoti – 7 October 1979
  • Amiri Baraka -7 October 1934 –died 9 January 2014
  • Jesse C Jackson – 8 October 1941
  • Sol Plaatje – 9 October 1876 – died 19 June 1932
  • James H. McClure – 9 October 1939
  • Léopold Sédar Senghor – 9 October 1906 –died 20 December 2001
  • Ibrahima Aya – 10 October 1967
  • Kenule “Ken” Beeson Saro Wiwa – 10 October 1941 – died 10 November 1995

Northern Cape Provincial Finals

Well done Mzansi Spelling Bee Northern Cape word nerds, here are the provincial finalists:


Honey Bees

Nametsengeng Bojosi

Thulaganyo Sekgopi

Reneilwe Mokhidi

Didintle Tshibithi

Kano Seikaneng

Phomolo Mofosi

Didintle Selaledi

Onolo Monelekwa

Khutso Sesinyi

Bakamoso Bome

Masechaba Mocwaledi

Tetlo Nosang

Keotshepa Monnachwene

Boichoko Mocumi

Kago Chabaesele

Didintle William

Onthatile Kesholotse

Olorato Mahlelehlele

Ditebongo Moreoja

Thato Makoko

Bumble Bees

Tlhalefo Kolwane

Joy Colyn

Otlotleng Gaetswe

Mamello Morake

Boikhutso Matlhole

Kholiswa Disetlhe

Keaoleboga Mokgethi

Maungo Chono


Gomotsang Motlhaodi

Bokamoso Mooki

Oratile Molale

Tlhalefo Mooki

Keotshepile Ngwanaeng

Lesego Motlhoodi

Tshelafatso Kele

Thabo Mahlase


Mpumalanga Provincial Finalists


Congratulations to all spellers who took part in 2016 Mzansi Spelling Bee Mpumalanga Provincial Finals.


Siyabonga Mabhena,Thandolwethu Mkruqule,Valencia Zwane,Faith Zitha,Nthangeni Pfariso,Nonhlanhla Ntuli,Nondumiso Magagula,Karelia Debala,Katlego Makua,Nomhlekhabo Nkosi,Mathapelo Malatjie,Phumla Mabasa,Katlego Koba,Reneilwe Nkaudi,Kwanele Nncwango,Lindokhuhle Malindisa,Mbali Khumalo,Nkosinathi Sibanyoni,Thandeka Mahlangu,Ayanda Mabena,Sisipho Gwebu,Nhlanhla Phakathi,Katlego Tau,Londiwe Mthunzi,Tsholofelo Thobejane,Anele Motau,Zizikazi Ndizimande,Refiloe Bhuda,Ntombehle Mahlangu,Sarah Rangwaga,Babuyile Mthethwa,Faith Mtsweni,Ashley Ratau,Ayanda Nasonke,Lethabo Nkadimeng,Innocent Ngwenya,Shevonn Mokoena,Lee-Ann Masombuka ,Sibusiso Thomo,Sharon Mavuso.






Authors birthdays: September

Ellen Tarry (September 26, 1906 – September 23, 2008) was an African-American author of literature for children and young adults. Tarry was the first African-American picture book author.

Tarry was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Although raised in the Congregational Church, she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1922. She attended Alabama State Normal School, now Alabama State University, and became a teacher in Birmingham. At the same time, she began writing a column for the local African-American newspaper entitled “Negroes of Note”, which focused on racial injustice and promoted racial pride. In 1929, she moved to New York City in hope of becoming a writer.

There she befriended such at the same time, she began writing a column for the local African-American newspaper entitled “Negroes of Note”, which focused on racial injustice and promoted racial pride. In 1929, she moved to New York City in hope of becoming a writer. There she befriended such Harlem Renaissance literary figures as Langston Hughes, Claude McKay and Countee Cullen. She was the first “Negro Scholarship” recipient at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, where she met and became friends with Margaret Wise Brown and was influenced by the “here and now” theory of picture book composition.

Tarry published four picture books: 1940’s Janie Belle (illustrated by Myrtle Sheldon), 1942’s Hezekiah Horton (illustrated by Oliver Harrington), 1946’s My Dog Rinty in collaboration with Caldecott Medal winner Marie Hall Ets (photographs by Alexander and Alexandra Alland), concerning a Harlem family and their mischievous pet, and 1950’sThe Runaway Elephant (again illustrated by Harrington), which continued the relationships started in Hezekiah Horton.

Tarry’s The Third Door: The Autobiography of an American Negro Woman (from 1955) tells of her life in the South, her migration to New York City, her friendship with McKay, and her deep commitment to Catholicism. In 1942, Tarry was one of the first two co-directors along with Ann Harrigan Makletzoff, at the request of Catherine de Hueck Doherty, of the Chicago branch of Friendship House, a Catholic outreach movement promoting interracial friendship.

Tarry’s biographies include Katherine Drexel: Friend of the Neglected, Pierre Toussaint: Apostle of Old New York, The Other Toussaint: A Post-Revolutionary Black, and Martin de Porres, Saint of the New World.

Tarry died on September 23, 2008, three days before her 102nd birthday. She had one daughter, Elizabeth Tarry Patton, from a brief marriage.

  • Keorapetse Kgositsile – 19 September 1938
  • Ingrid Jonker – 19 September 1933 – died 19 July 1965
  • Amina Mama – 19 September 1958
  • Yvonne Vera – 19 September 1964 –died 7 April 2005
  • Carolina Noémia – 20 September 1926 – died 4 December 2002
  • Édouard Joseph Marc Maunick – 23 September 1931
  • Cheril N. Clarke – 24 September 1980
  • Frances Ellen Watkins Harper – 24 September 1825 –died 22 February 1911
  • Lolita Files – 25 September 1963
  • Gloria Jean Watkins – 25 September 1952
  • John Langston Gwaltney – 25 September 1928 –died 29 August 1998
  • Victor N’Gembo-Mouanda – 26 September 1969
  • Cyprian Ekwensi – 26 September 1921 – died 4 November 2007
  • Ellen Tarry – 26 September 1906 –died 23 September 2008
  • Festus Iyayi – 29 September 1947 –died 12 November 2013
  • Mandla Langa – 30 September 1949
  • Piri Thomas – 30 September 1928 –died 17 October 2011

Word of the day:

Say it:’ren

Part of speech: Noun

Definition:A small bird with brown feathers and a short tail that points upward.

Etymology: English

Synonyms: Canary,Serin,Pipit

Use in a sentence: Among the song-birds are the mocking-bird, the Carolina wren and the cardinal grosbeak (or red bird); there are plenty of quail or ” bob white ” (called partridge in the South).
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Word of the day:Grandiloquence

Say it:gran-di-le-kwe-nts

Part of speech: Noun

Definition: A lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language.

Etymology: French

Synonyms:Bluster, Brag, Braggadocio

Use in a sentence: A heavyweight champion who was famous for his entertaining grandiloquence prior to every match.

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Authors birthdays: September

Nafissatou Dia Diouf (Dakar, September 11, 1973) is a Senegalese writer in French.Her father was a diplomat and her mother was a teacher. She attended the Michel de Montaigne University Bordeaux 3, where she studied Applied Foreign Languages in International Commerce, Marketing and Commercial Law, Business, and Commerce. She has also completed postgraduate studies in Industrial Logistics. Five years later, she came back to Senegal.


  • Rosa Cuthbert Guy – 1 September 1922– died 3 June 2012
  • Nicolaas Vergunst – 1 September 1958
  • Gideon Joubert – 4 September 1923 – died 27 October 2010
  • Steve Bernard Miles Chimombo – 4 September 1945 – died 11 December 2015
  • Yolande Mukagasana – 6 September 1954
  • Osonye Tess Onwueme – 8 September 1955
  • Linda D. Addison – 8 September 1952
  • Troy Blacklaws – 9 September 1965
  • Phaswane Mpe – 10 September 1970 – died 12 December 2004
  • Georgia Douglas Johnson – 10 September 1880 –died 14 May 1966
  • Joan Hambidge – 11 September 1956
  • Nafissatou Dia Diouf – 11 September 1973
  • Carol S. Batey -11 September 1955
  • Henri Lopès – 12 September 1937
  • Malcolm de Chazal – 12 September 1902 –died 1 October 1981
  • Jeremy Cronin – 12 September 1949
  • Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral – 12 September 1924 –died 20 January 1973
  • Alain Leroy Locke – 13 September 1885 –died 9 June 1954
  • Henrietta Rose-Innes – 14 September 1971
  • François Bloemhof – 15 September 1962
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 15 September 1977
  • John M. Faucette – 15 September 1943–died 2003
  • Festus Claudius “Claude” McKay – 15 September 1889– died 22 May 1948
  • Breyten Breytenbach – 16 September 1939
  • Lamine Diakhate – 16 September 1928 – died 1987
  • Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. – 16 September 1950
  • Lawrence Anthony – 17 September 1950 – died 2 March 2012