Author: Jamaica Kincaid

  • Rumble in the Jungle: The Triumph of Bad and Cool

    Watching the Fight in Harlem ” ‘Cos black is so bad And white is so sad. Ah said it Ah meant it Ah really re-pra-sent it.” — Street jive heard in Cambridge, Massachusetts Black boys are bad. They are bad and they are cool. They are so bad that sometimes they do indescribable things. White […]

  • Pulling No Punches on ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’

    [Archivist’s note: For the November 7, 1974, issue of the Voice, the rising young writer Jamaica Kincaid filed a report on going to the Victoria Theatre in Harlem to watch a simulcast of the heavyweight bout between challenger Muhammad Ali and reigning champion George Foreman. The fight was being broadcast live around the world from […]