Kelley, Norman. The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome: The Dead End of Black Politics.

New York: Nation Books; 2004.


Kelley, Norman. A Phat Death. New York: Akashic Books; 2003.


Kelley, Norman (ed.) Rhythm & Business: The Political Economy of Black Music. New York: Akashic Books; 2002 (paperback issued 2005)


Kelley, Norman. The Big Mango. New York: Akashic Books; 2000.


Kelley, Norman. Black Heat. New York: Amistad/HarperCollins; 2001
(originally published by Cool Press, New York; 1997)



Kelley, Norman. “Soulsville”. DC Noir. New York: Akashic Book; 2006


Kelley, Norman. “The Code”. Brooklyn Noir. New York: Akashic Books; June 2004.


Kelley, Norman. “Interview: Wendy Day”. That’s the Joint! : The Hip-hop Studies Reader.

New York: Routledge 2004.


Kelley, Norman. “Workfare Street Cleaner”; “Clutter Consultant”; “Nurse”; “Advocate for Rappers”. Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs at the Turn of the Millennium. New York: Random House; 2000.*


ARTICLES* (Asterisks indicate clips available online.)

"From Summer of Soul to Black Trauma in 50 Years,Washington Times, Aug. 30, 2021.


*Kelley, Norman. “Public Service Announcement” series ( Profiles of senior and mid-level federal workers in the executive branch of the federal government; also reportage on federal agencies.


*Kelley, Norman, Adriane Fugh-Berman.Deceptive Market Practices in the Marketplace of Ideas


Kelley, Norman. Virtual Equality, Virtual Segregation. Society Journal. July-Aug, 2006.


Kelley, Norman. The Soul Stirrer: The Legacy of Sam Cooke (book review). The Brooklyn Rail. October 2005.


Kelley, Norman. You May Never Heard of Leo Strauss, but His Ideas Are Dominating the World (book review). The Brooklyn Rail. September 2005.


Kelley, Norman. How Come You’re Not on American Idol? The Brooklyn Rail. July 2005.


Kelley, Norman. Fight Makes Right? The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War by Andre Bacevich (book review). New Haven Advocate. July 28, 2005


Kelley, Norman. The Afro-Culture Wars: Cultural Criticism as Pseudo-Analysis, Pt. 2. The New Black Man by Mark Anthony Neal (book review). The Brooklyn Rail. July 2005.


Kelley, Norman. The Afro-Culture Wars: Bill Cosby vs. Michael Eric Dyson; Cultural Criticism as Pseudo-Analysis, Pt. 1. Is Bill Cosby Right? Or, Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? by Michael Eric Dyson (book review). The Brooklyn Rail. June 2005.


Kelley, Norman. University, Inc., Interview: Jennifer Washburn. The Brooklyn Rail.  June 2005.


Kelley, Norman. George W. Bush’s Redemption Song. The Brooklyn Rail. May 2005.


Kelley, Norman. Pastor of the People: Interview: Rev. David Dyson. The Brooklyn Rail.

April 2005.


Kelley, Norman. Now’s the time to battle a cult of social deviance: Hip-hop thuggery (op-ed).

The Amsterdam News. March 17-March 23, 2005.


Kelley, Norman. Black politics are in a black hole (op-ed). Newsday. January 14, 2005


Kelley, Norman. The Triumph of Conservatism. The Brooklyn Rail. October 2004.


Kelley, Norman. The Continuous Decline of the West. Democracy Matters by Cornel West (book review). The Brooklyn Rail. July-August 2004.


Kelley, Norman. 15 Weeks and Counting: Black Power(less); The Decline of Black Politics in America. L A Weekly. July 2004.


Kelley, Norman. The Last Arab by Said K. Aburish (book review). The Brooklyn Rail. June 2004.


Kelley, Norman. Beware Negroes with Guns. The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement by Lance Hill (book review). The Brooklyn Rail. May 2004.


Kelley, Norman. The Original Faith-Based Initiative. A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death Of Jim Crow by David Chappell (book review). The Brooklyn Rail. April 2004.


*Kelley, Norman. Memoirs of a Revolutionist. Ready for Revolution: The Life and Times of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) (book review). The Nation. December 2003. Available at:


Kelley, Norman. New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (book review). New York Press.  

April 9 –16, 2003.


Kelley, Norman. Black Political Organization in the Post Civil Rights Era (book review).

New York Press. March 26 – April 1, 2003.


Kelley, Norman. HNIC #3: Al Sharpton and the Slow Death of Black Politics, February 19-25, 2003. New York Press. Available at:


*Kelley, Norman. The Neverland Music Summit. The Village Voice. July 23, 2002.  

Available at:


Kelley, Norman. Michael Jackson’s Allegations Hit a Wrong Note (op-ed). Newsday.

July 19, 2002.


*Kelley, Norman. Keepin’ It Real?; Music Revolution or a King on the Loose? The Village Voice. July 16, 2002.  Available at:


*Kelley, Norman. Blacked Out: Hip Hop and R&B Artists MIA in Music Industry Struggle.

The Village Voice. June 5, 2002. Available at:


*Kelley, Norman. Black Cultural Criticism, Inc. New York Press. April 17-23, 2002.

Available at


Kelley, Norman. Shakedown: The Real Jesse Jackson (book review). New York Press.  

March 27-April 2002.


Kelley, Norman. Dear Hillary: Are You Selling Out Blacks Already? New York Press.

December 20-26, 2000.


Kelley, Norman. WBAI Is Its Own Worst Enemy. (op-ed) New York Press. November 1–7, 2000.


Kelley, Norman. Arming America. (book review). New York Press. October 25-31, 2000.


Kelley, Norman. Racist America (book review). New York Press. September 13-19, 2000.


Kelley, Norman. Black Politics in the Age of Clinton. New York Press. July 19-25, 2000


Kelley, Norman. The Politics of Pet Negroes. New York Press. May 24-30, 2000.


Kelley, Norman. WBAI Is Its Own Worst Enemy (op-ed). Newsday.  January 23, 2001.


Kelley, Norman. Minorities Need Computer Skills, Too (op-ed). Newsday. August 3, 1999.


Kelley, Norman. Loophole in Racial Profiling (op-ed). Newsday. May 6, 1999.


Kelley, Norman. The Political Economy of Black Music. Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire. Summer 1999.


Kelley, Norman. Harlem Woman’s Entrepreneurial Dream Quashed by City. The Black Star News. July 21, 1999.


Kelley, Norman. New World Order Supplants Publishing Ancien Regime. Between the Lines. December 1998.


Kelley, Norman. Bookstore Battle. Between the Lines. October 1998.


Kelley, Norman. U.S. Publishing: Kaput? Between the Lines. July/August 1998.


Kelley, Norman. NYPD & Police Brutality: A History. The Black Star News. July 1998.


Kelley, Norman. International Criminal Court: A Paper Tiger? The Black Star News. July 1998.


Kelley, Norman. Caught in the Act: Segregating the Dollar; Ad Buyer Disses Black & Latino

Radio Markets. The Black Star News.  June 1998.


Kelley, Norman. UN Official: US Death Penalty Racist and Arbitrary. The Black Star News.

June 1998.


Kelley, Norman. Tale of Two Cities: Which NYPD Task Force Report Will Carry the Day?

The Black Star News. May 1998.


Kelley, Norman. Dishonest Statistics? The Black Star News. May 1998.


Kelley, Norman. HUDC: Who Was Responsible for Mismanagement? The Black Star News.

May 1998.


Kelley, Norman. Scientific Tests or Dangerous Experiments? The Black Star News.  April 1998.


Kelley, Norman. Parents Ponder Charter Schools at Education Expo. The Black Star News.

April 1998.


Kelley, Norman. Swoosh: Nike Using Black Faces to Cover Exploitation. The Black Star News. March 1998.


Kelley, Norman. The Death of Black Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here? Parts 1 & 2.

The Black Star News. November, December 1997.


Kelley, Norman. Branded: How Hilfiger & Co. Gobble Up Black $. The Black Star News. December 1997.


Kelley, Norman. HarperCollins Book Massacre. Between the Lines. September 1997.

Kelley, Norman. After the HarperCollins Massacre. American Writer. Fall 1997.


Kelley, Norman. The Price of Glory: Blackwashing.  The Bedford Stuyvesant Current.

Spring 1996.


Kelley, Norman. Disappearing Act: The Decline of Black Leadership. The Bedford Stuyvesant Current. Winter 1997.


Kelley, Norman. The Specter of Nationalism. New Politics. Summer 1996.


Kelley, Norman. Notes on the Niggerati. New Politics. Winter 1996.




The Right Side with Shelley Wynter, WAOK radio, October 18, 2006

The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC radio, August 9, 2004

Drive Time with Roy Brassfield, WKCT radio, July 29, 2004

WNYC news segment (re Al Sharpton at DNC), July 28, 2004

On with Leon, XM radio, July 17, 2004

This is Hell, WNUR radio, July 17, 2004

Behind the News with Doug Henwood, WBAI radio, July 8, 2004

Cliff Kelley Show, WVON radio, July 6, 2004

Todd Feinburg Show, nationally syndicated radio, July 4, 2004

Jimmy Tayoun Show, WYSP radio, July 4, 2004

Down by Law, XM radio, June 26, 2004

Washington Journal, C-SPAN, June 22, 2004 (view on YouTube)

Majority Report, Air America radio, June 21, 2004

Nonfiction, WBAI radio, June 18, 2004

Daily Drum, WHUR radio, May 27, 2004