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  1. I did not know Miles Davis went around shooting at people so often. It is surprising he did not land in jail. Interesting how they worked the white guy so prominently into the film; even in the trailer his presence seems forced. It looks like yet another brilliant performance from Don Cheadle.
  2. @Sara, I have no personal recollection of Adam Clayton Powell. He died when I was a kid, and was most alive before I was alive. One of the avenues was renamed for him, and there is a magnificent statue of him on 125th street. I can't relate anything about him from personal experience, but I too heard he was a great man. But again that was a long time ago... He was the pastor of one of Harlem's most prominent churches. In fact I just got a book about his wife in the mail:
  3. I decided since I celebrate Black History every day that I'd ditch the 29 days of Black history month, and just do what I do can call it 366 days of celebrating Black history (or literature in this case). Today I'm celebrate Literary Events.
  4. I generally don't do anything special for Black history month, because "every month is Black History Month" as far as I'm concerned. That said, I'm going to introduce 29 new features on AALBC.com every day this month. 1st Day of Black History Month: 100+ Recommended African-American Children’s Books
  5. Congrats on your honor, and welcome to the forum. Hi @M. Ann Machen Pritchard, when you post a shortened URL and no other information, that screams spam. This would discourage a lot of people from following the link-because one has not idea what is waiting for them on the other end If you sent this as an email it might even trigger spam filters. Rather, if you posted the information in the following fashion, your message would be more appealing and potentially attract more attention. [Minneapolis, MN, January 9, 2014] M. Ann Machen Pritchard, author of Val’s World Featuring The Family Unity Roundtable, has been chosen as one of ‘50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’. The awards were sponsored by The Authors Show. Her win secures a place in ‘50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’, an annual publication that will be available in January 2014. - Read the full press release here. You'll notice that the hyper link still uses your shortened URL so you can track clicks on the link (assuming that is why you used it). In fact, given the document is a press release you could simply paste the entire press release here. Better still you could post the entire press release and information about the book. I'm critiquing this post not just for your benefit but for the benefit of other reading this. Truth be told the simple fact that you posted something puts you in a different class of author
  6. Shirley you may edit the poem by clicking the "edit" link directly underneath it. I also teach a GED class I often have students who "graduated" from high school with an IEP, which apparently is worthless. They are all very disappointed in that they did not understand that they effectively did not get a high school diploma.
  7. I watched the season premier of Empire, a few weeks ago, during a "Empire" viewing event hosted by WNYC here in New York City. They had a panel discussion afterwards which including Fab Five Freddie and other pop culture/hip hop folks. I had fun, as the crowd reacted wildly to that drama filled first episode. I know if I was sitting in my living room, by myself, I probably would not have had as much fun. The whole show was over the top and does not take itself too seriously. It opened with Cookie (Taraji) caged in a gorilla suit. Later Chris Rock was cast as a evil gangster, which was too comical to be taken seriously. The show Empire is a complete diversion; you'll learn nothing and it has no socially redeeming value. It appears to be doing quite well for Fox TV, making them a lot of money. For some, it is a guilty pleasure, while others see absolutely nothing wrong with it and love the show. I dunno what to think, but for people who will never travel or experience any of the trappings of wealth and power, what is the harm in a one hour fun filled escape from reality? Then again, it is never just an hour. There is the social media activity Empire watchers engage in during and after the show, there are the other TV shows that folks watch religiously. The older I get the more convinced I'm am that TV and social media are a waste of our time. Don't get me wrong; TV and social media are potentially great things, I just don't think we use them in a great ways, and they are doing us more harm than good right now.
  8. The Pope spoke at a school a few blocks from where I live. A full two days before his arrival the streets were cleared, making street parking a real problem for three days. That is about all I have to report. I had zero interest in seeing him, or hearing anything he had to say. It is interesting to me that so many people have such strong feelings for him both positive and negative. I wonder what percentage of American truly worship him? It was hard to avoid hear news account of thousands of people lined up over night just to catch a glimpse him speed by in a motorcade. I feel like it is everyone else but me who thinks it is crazy to go through so much effort to see any man (I appreciate many people believe he is divine). The same goes for all the media attention paid to Donald Trump. Again the media would have you believe that the majority of Americans want him in office, when I'd bet money it is just a small percentage of people. If the media bother to discuss candidates in terms of issues and qualifications--rather than celebrity. i doubt Donald would have any support at all. But the media will milk the Trump candidacy, and the Clinton email scandal, for all that it is worth, meanwhile the public goes along largely ignorant standing in line to see the Popemobile whiz by What a country.
  9. Is that out 5 stars? I'll catch the show next week. Sorry to read it was not all that compelling.
  10. Cynique I searched for instances of Condi on the cover of Essence and Ebony. When searching Ebony's site directly I got one result, a search of Essence directly returned an error). Needless to say, Beyonce was on the cover of these magazines a many times. In a broader Internet search I could not find any instances of Condi on the cover or either magazine. Cynique, I feel pretty confident in saying there is a high probability that she was never on a cover of neither magazine. While this is shameful, it is not surprising given the nature of these magazines. It we could take these magazines back 30 years I'd be willing to bet a Condi Rice would have graced a cover, or two. I posted a similar message on Facebook, and Twitter, the only reaction I got in 24 hours was this; "Rather gouge my eyes out with a fork than hear or see Condoleezza Rice for any reason whatsoever. Warmonger. Political lightweight," I'm sure the lack of reaction was due to the social media platforms showing the message to very few people, but this one negative reaction was from a man, so you may be right about men being more critical Cynique. While searching for a cover of Condi, Google presented this fake (I assume) Playboy magazine cover image, very prominently, in search results. This is what we get when we don't control anything and what little we do control is directed a making money.
  11. Oh yeah here is a link to the Confederate flag I spotted on I-95.
  12. People ridicule Jesus because Christians tolerate that sort of thing, but Muslims don't play that. There are different lines and people behave accordingly. I don't doubt for second that there are comedians that would love to have a field day cracking jokes about Islam, but again who would be so reckless with their health. But this is the point of my argument we have to draw lines, otherwise people would do anything. We have laws against raping children and murdering each other. For the vast majority of us, these laws are unnecessary. Most of us will go our entire lifetimes without sodomizing and infant and killing it to dispose of the body. Needless to say there are many who would do it if they knew they could get away with it legally and that no one would frown upon the behavior. In a civilized society, we have to draw lines otherwise we have mayhem. Perhaps that is the problem with America all the lines we had in place are being moved to the point of nonexistence. ------ I always enjoyed optical illusions. But this one is the most amazing one I've ever seen! All of the optical illusions I've ever encountered I could see the image both ways. I see the old lady and the young woman, I see the two people facing each other and the vase, etc. Or they were optical illusions I could explain on my own. I could explain why the two lines are not the same length, But this one is astonishing to me. None of us are color blind, but we see these images so completely differently! While all of my family see white and gold (perhaps there is a genetic component), my wife saw the image at her school and people saw different colors looking ta the same image Cynique what colors do the rest of you family see looking at the image I posted? This begs the question, what else do we see differently, and how does this inform and effect of perception of the world? I also wanna know how come I never heard of this illusion before? Is this something that has been recently discovered? I'm going to an look into it.
  13. Cynique do you see the image I posted and Blue and Black? I think ISIS, would be OK with making SNL, they have truly entered the zeitgeist. This type of humor does have the effect of minimizing the seriousness of ISIS. It is sort of like watching Hogans Heroes, without and understanding of history (like most folks). You'd never really appreciating the fact that at least 50 million were killed during that war, as they gloss over the whole conflict depicting a prison camp as a cool hangout spot and the Nazi's as a group of bubbling, but good nurtured idiots. Why not a have humorous sitcom on the Rwandan genocide, or American slavery, who see my point? As you may know I teach a class to prepare adults to obtain their High School Equivalency. I mention the fact the the U.S. nuked Japan (twice). There were people in the class that was not aware of this!? People can find humor in pedophilia, rape, even ISIS, but does that mean we should do it? I dunno where you draw a line, but I think there should be a line somewhere, don't you?
  14. I got to see Joan Rivers a couple of years ago at a screening of her bio-pic "My vagina is like Newark, New Jersey. Men know where it's located, but they don't want to visit." I found this joke on our interview with Lillian McEwen, she used this joke to describe the last time she had a good laugh. Joan will be missed. RIP. Don't join her too soon Cynique