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  2. The feedback on the list has been really great! The list of awards that I'm currently tracing may be found here: https://aalbc.com/awards/ I just learned about the The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature which is presented in conjunction with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago, which I was familiar with and is on my events calendar: https://aalbc.com/events/index.php?st=Trinidad+%26+Tobago#The+Bocas+Lit+Fest I'm actually excited about getting these books and authors added to the site! The award has only been presented since 2011 I can get this information added to the site without too much heavy lifting. I started looking at the Lambda Literary Awarding books. They have 24 categories (see below) and I'm unfamiliar with most of the writers, so it will be pretty labor intensive for me to identify the Black winners. If anyone out there wants to help me parse the authors; I can use the help. Hopefully I'll have interns working with me in the fall.. Lesbian Mystery Lesbian Fiction Gay Fiction Bisexual Fiction Bisexual Nonfiction Bisexual Poetry Transgender Fiction LGBT Nonfiction Transgender Nonfiction Lesbian Poetry (TIE) Gay Poetry Transgender Poetry Gay Mystery Lesbian Memoir/Biography Gay Memoir/Biography Lesbian Romance Gay Romance LGBT Erotica LGBT Anthology LGBT Children’s/Young Adult LGBT Drama LGBT Graphic Novels LGBT SF/F/Horror LGBT Studies
  3. Email: beyondw8loss@gmail.com Website: www.beyondw8loss.com
  4. Good morning, My name is James Tate. I am a new, self published author and I am submitting a request to have my first book reviewed. The title of my book is The Kool Kids & The Land Of The Giants. The Kool Kids are a group of Christian kids who will motivate, educate, and inspire you and your family to defeat the giants in their life/land. We have become comfortable allowing certain giants to live in our land. Giants such as Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Debt, Depression, and the list goes on. In the first book of the Kool Kids series, the kids will face Obesity. Please consider this book for review. I am releasing this book in September. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Thank you. Title: The Kool Kids & The Land Of The Giants Author: James Tate Illustrator: Jay Reed ISBN 13: 978-0-9991315-0-3 Publication Date: September 1, 2017 Cover Art: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4JrtcPVOJtnZy1ERW5WU2NKUk0/view?usp=sharing Author Bio: James Tate's personal journey to lose and keep off weight resulted in him establishing Beyond W8 Loss Total Wellness Center LLC, a Christ-led “Wholelistic” wellness center focused on “Total Fat Loss” (Mental, Spiritual, Emotional, Physical) and improving overall health. He uses his experience as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Nutrition Therapist, Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner, and Sports & Exercise Nutritional Advisor to help people reach their wellness goals. Tate has also been certified as a health minister through Wesley Seminary. Growing up in Washington, D.C., Tate was always a big child, a big teenager and a big adult. Tate’s lowest high school weight was 275 pounds. In 2010, he weighed 415 pounds which forced him to begin his wellness journey. By January 2011, he had shed 200+ pounds without any surgery, shots, pills or fad diets. Tate is the founder of The Fight 4 Your Life, Knocking Out Obesity & Disease Movement, which uses boxing as an analogy to shows people that their battles are winnable, The Holy & Healthy Movement, and Temple Renovation, a wellness program he creates to help people “renovate” different areas of their body and life with the help of “The Master Carpenter,” who is Jesus. Tate received his training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where he was trained in more than 100 dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods, and The Health Sciences Academy where he earned certifications in Nutrition Therapy, as a Sports & Exercise Nutritional Advisor, and as a Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner. Drawing on this knowledge, Tate is able to help people create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits their unique body, lifestyle, preferences and goals. Tate is the Assistant Director of the B.O.D.Y by Christ Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden where John K. Jenkins Sr. is the Pastor. The ministry aims to educate people about food and nutrition, as well as help people break the bondage that food has on their lives. He also facilitates focus studies like “What Would Jesus Eat”, “What Does The Bible Say About Healthy Eating” and “The Ultimate Guide To Men’s And Women’s Health.” Tate is a devoted husband and father.
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  6. Someone on Twitter suggested: Now this person actually has a point, because Nicole's books Here Comes the Sun is indeed critically acclaimed. But the acclaim is not from any of the entities that I currently track. My goal is to track all of the awards presented by Black entities, but compiling the data is virtually impossible. Try asking the NAACP for a list of their past Image Award winners--I maintain a better list than they do. At any rate, Nicole's book was named a Best Book of 2016 by: New York Times, NPR, Buzzfeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Root, BookRiot, Kirkus, Amazon, WBUR's "On Point," and Barnes & Noble As you might image, I have ZERO interest in tracking what the NY Times and the others find noteworthy. They are largely echo chambers praising many of the same books (think Undeground Railroad or Between the World and Me). I will look into what The Root are doing but that is about it. I did notice however that Nicole won a Lambda Literary Award, if I add those books to the mix, she would make the cut "so to speak." I also need to add a Christian book awards. Does anyone know of such an award--particularly by Black entity? I already have plans to add the Black winners of Hugo Awards and others. The list will improve as I incorporate additional sources. The list recognize books traditionally overlooked by the likes of the New York Times, but are just as deserving of recognition and readership.
  7. Today I emailed a newsletter. In it I included a link to a section of the site described as the The Most Critically Acclaimed Books of the Last 40 Years. Because the website is database driven and I have a lot of data it occurred to me that I could produce an interesting list of books like displaying all the book in the base that have meet two or more of te following criteria Won an Award that I currently track (Carter G. Woodson,Coretta Scott King,Ernest J. Gaines, Hurston/Wright Legacy, NAACP Image, National Book, Pulitzer Prize , Phillis Wheatley, All Awards, Power List Bestsellers) Made my bestseller's list Was selected for inclusion on a prominent Book Club's reading list like, Go On Girl Made our now defunct Power List Bestseller's list There were over 300 books out of my 9,000 book database which met this criteria. The list spanned 40 years hence the description. Now I thought the list was interesting but some guy sent me the following message: Where is E. LYNN HARRIS on this list? He outsold just about every black author in america. You seem to never give him any props. I found the message absolutely ludicrous, and immediately fired off the following response: Never? Proteus, you may not be very familiar with the website. Please visit this page: https://aalbc.com/authors/author.php?author_name=E.+Lynn+Harris and look at the content. Then tell me who is currently covering and selling E. Lynn Harris’ work more prominently. E. Lynn is a 15 time bestselling author https://aalbc.com/books/bestselling-author.php?author_name=E.+Lynn+Harris. I’ve published reviews of at least of 6 of his books. Point to another entity that has reviewed that many? Finally, if you would have looked more carefully at the list of books you would have found Harris is on the list https://aalbc.com/books/critically_acclaimed.php?year=1997 I hope you take this information and spread it far and wide. Because AALBC.com is one of E. Lynn Harris biggest supporters. Peace, Troy I was so proud of myself I when I send the message and was looking forward to his response. But my response was rejected by his email server--darn it! I share it with you all, just in case anyone else out there wants to twist their mouth to suggest that AALBC.com does not support E. Lynn Harris or any of our authors who have made a mark as profound as Harris'.
  8. Book, African American Women,The Forgotten Asset. Author,Talks About Wanting To Rehabilitate ,And Amend,Black,Women In America. Author Says Stupidity,Reigns,Over Knowledge,Foolishness Is The New,Cute. Black Women . I Add On Black Women Do Most Of The Child Raising Alone. Some Black. Women They Love Gangsters, Crack Sellers,Thugs, Pimps,Men Who Have Several,Children With Several Men. This Will Not Change Anytime Soon..Book By Amia P. Wright...
  9. TROY, WHEN I CAME ON THE SCENE IN 2003, YOU WERE THE FIRST PERSON IN THE BOOK INDUSTRY THAT I MET: YOU CAME TO MY FIRST POETRY READING IN HARLEM. I'VE BEEN VERY LOYAL TO YOU AND OFTEN PROMOTE MY AALBC LINKS I POST: AALBC.COM IS THE ONLY LITERARY SITE I POST ON! SO KNOW THAT WHEN I POST, IT'S ALWAYS A GHETTOHEAT EXCLUSIVE,& ON AALBC.COM ! :0) AS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA, I'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITH BUILDING A FOLLOWING ON THE MAJOR NETWORKS. I JUST BEGAN SELLING ON FACEBOOK THROUGH MY PAGES WITH PAYPAL, BUT I DO DIRECT SALES ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH PEOPLE WHO PLACE ORDERS BY SENDING ME DIRECT MESSAGES. :0) I FULLY ENGAGE WITH MY AUDIENCE DAILY, AND THEY SUPPORT ME. AS FOR THE BOOKSTORES: AS MUCH AS I WOULD LOVE TO DO BUSINESS WITH REPUTABLE PEOPLE, IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE AS MANY DON'T EXIST...& THE FEW WHO ARE REPUTABLE, HAVE, OR ARE GOING UNDER, REASON FOR ME DOING DIRECT SALES.... *SHRUGS* I ALSO FEEL THE INDUSTRY BEGAN BEING TROUBLED WHEN OTHER AUTHORS AND PUBLISHED BEGAN DEVALUING THEIR BOOKS BY SLASHING PRICES DRASTICALLY: INCLUDING OFFERING THOUSANDS OF FREE DOWNLOADS AND SELLING BOOKS AT 99 CENTS. AGAIN, I'M NOT HERE TO KNOCK ANYBODY OR THEIR BUSINESS TACTICS, ALL I'M SAYING IS THAT GHETTOHEAT HAS BEEN SELLING BOOKS AT REAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS SINCE ITS CREATION IN 2003: & NOTHING HAS CHANGED--MY PRICES HAVEN'T AND WON'T.... I DON'T DO ALL THAT I DO ON A DAILY BASIS: WORKING 18 HOURS A DAY EVERY DAY, TO DEVALUE MYSELF, MY CLIENTS OR MY GOODS. SO I'LL CONTINUE AT WHAT I'M DOING, AND STAY TUNNEL VISION AS ALWAYS IN THE PROCESS. TROY, I'M GOING TO CONTACT YOU SOON BEHIND THE SCENES. HAVE A BLESSED DAY! #GHETTOHEATSALUTE
  10. Hi AALBC community, I am interested in a review for my recently released magical realism novel Diaspora: Return to Africa. Synopsis: Imara’s return-to-origin in her early twenties is fraught with hardship. Kenya is no place for short skirts (or the women in them) and signs of social progression and autonomy are nowhere to be found. What’s more, she is a foreigner among the prevailing majority, doesn’t speak Swahili, and can’t seem to escape developing world problems. Of course there’s Hosea, the American love she left in search of identity and purpose. Imara succumbs to depression, causing her parents to sign her up as a volunteer at a Maasai Mara children’s orphanage. But the savanna offers no refuge. Having resolved that suicide-by-lion is her only way out, dark, supernatural occurrences derail her plans and result in a new purpose. ISBN13: 978-1548109837 Publication Date: 3 July 2017 Author name: K.A. Gendo Please accept my apologies, I could not upload the cover image as there doesn't seem to be an option for me to do it, or I haven't been able to locate it here. Kind regards, K.A. Gendo
  11. Well Hickson, I have to to say that if every publisher did what you have done and stopped selling their books on Amazon, then Amazon would not control our books they why they do today. Amazon A wholesale boycott of Amazon would be impossible. Amazon would have their, I mean "our" federal govern go after the publishers and accuse them of collusion. Even though Amazon is effectively a monopoly! As far a bootlegging, it is well known that Amazon will produce knockoffs of popular products they learn are selling well on their website. Amazon also serves as the biggest platform for he bootlegging of movies--far better than even Youtube! Their marketplace is a virtual bazaar of fake products. Amazon has already opened up stores in NYC; selling books below the price I can buy them for wholesale from the distributor! Amazon can sell books at a loss until all of their competition is ground to dust. Amazon just opened a Wholefoods on the corner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Blvds. (OK the Amazon purchase of Wholefoods has not closed yet, but again Amazon owns the feds the deal will go through). Social Media How are you selling books on social media @HICKSON? Are you actually transacting directly on the platform (Facebook allow this), or are you having visitor go to some other site to transact? If it is another site, send me the links I can update the Ghettoheat Books on AALBC.com to that they go to the site where people should buy the books. Black Booksellers Man running a book website is very hard. Running a physical bookstore--especially in today's environment--must be damn near impossible. So hard for me to be critical of any bookseller particularity one running a brick and mortar store. Speaking as bookseller, we all make mistakes, we all have our own biases, and honestly many of us are operating on fumes. As a result, we may make decisions or do things that might come across a slighting an author. This is not always be the case. That said, I do know some NYC booksellers were notorious from marginalizing indie authors, but they are no longer around. Now consider this: most authors, indie or otherwise, do nothing to support the bookseller. Now author they may feel this is unnecessary, but this stands in stark contrast to majority of authors who constantly and relentlessly say connect with them on social media and buy their books from Amazon! If I, or any bookseller, got that kind free promotion from authors it would be a much better environment for booksellers, authors, publishers, and readers. Now Hickson, you support booksellers and you ditched Amazon, but you are the exception, not the rule. How many Black authors do you see posting in the forum--even occasionally? AALBC.com is far and away the largest platform for Black books and I can't drag people away from Facebook! Just today an author I know was on Facebook lamenting the lack of Black business. She wrote an 763 word article to make her point. I see this all the time. The people who make these comments don't seem to understand that giving Facebook free articles just lines Mark's pockets and strengthens his ability to keep Black folks away from Black sites! Facebook will never serve as a tool empower Black people or businesses. Facebook is optimized, by the best brains available, to extract our wealth, time, and data.
  12. GOOD DAY, TROY! IN MY OWN OPINION, I FEEL THAT AMAZON IS CONTINUING TO RUIN PUBLISHERS BRANDS AND BOOKS BY DRIVING PRICES WAY TOO LOW: REASON WHY GHETTOHEAT STOPPED SELLING BOOKS ON THERE FOR SOME TIME NOW: POSITIONING IS VITAL. GOOGLE OFFERING FREE BOOKS ONLINE DOESN'T HELP ONE BIT EITHER. SOCIAL MEDIA DOESN'T HURT BOOK SALES FOR BOOKSELLERS: IT ENHANCES THEM, AT LEAST FOR GHETTOHEAT.... YET, THIS ISN'T WHERE THE PROBLEM STOPS: BLAME SOME OF THE BLACK BOOKSELLERS, BOOKSTORES, STREET BOOK VENDORS & DISTRIBUTORS FOR NOT ALWAYS VALUING BLACK AUTHORS AND THEIR WORKS (A PRIME EXAMPLE OF HOW MANY IN THE INDUSTRY DIDN'T & STILL DON'T RESPECT URBAN FICTION: ALTHOUGH IT HAS KEPT THE LIGHTS ON IN MANY STORES THAT STILL EXIST...THE FEW THAT STILL EXIST....), FOR DISCOUNTING BOOKS TOO OFTEN, FOR HAVING THE AUDACITY TO BOOTLEG CERTAIN WORKS (YES, I SAID IT!)...AND FOR SOLELY FOCUSING ON CERTAIN AUTHORS IN THE LIMELIGHT INSTEAD OF ACTUALLY TAKING THE TIME TO NOT ONLY FIND OUT WHAT BOOKS SOLD & WHY, BUT TO FIND OUT WHO ACTUALLY HAD/HAS REAL TALENT TO MAINTAIN GREAT SALES FOR STORES, OPPOSE TO JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON AND DOING WHAT EVERYONE ELSE DOES WHILE SHUNNING UPON THE UNDERDOGS WHO IN MY OPINION, POSSESSED GREATER TALENT THAN THE CASH COWS.... AGAIN, THIS IS SOLELY MY OPINION: EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER, AND I'VE LEARNED VERY WELL.... I DISCUSS MUCH OF THIS AMONG OTHER THINGS IN MY UPCOMING MEMOIR, MR. GHETTOHEAT.
  13. @Pioneer1 i don't know why you are so obsessed with getting me to join the "I love america" club. I also don't understand why you can't see that my having managed to co-exist by staying under the radar in this bull shit country does not change the awful history or disgusting hypocrisy that is so objectionable to me, and which does not inspire feelings of patriotism or respect on my part. Or is my dislike for amerikka something i have to work at because it comes natural to me after a lifetime of observance. Any gratitude i have is directed at Fate, which figured into my being born in a rich country where being a second class citizen is less inconvenient than in the poor corrupt countries who also have terrible histories. English is an international language which does not exclusively belong to America. It just happens to be the language i speak, so it is the one in which i marinate.
  14. White Police,Plants Drugs!!

    That's how "they" get you. The Federal law says one thing and the State or Local law says something else. But if you notice, very few laws are mandatory to be enforced.....meaning each jurisdiction can literally pick and choose WHICH laws they choose to enforce and bust people on and which laws to ignore and let people slide. This is a pretty slick move because it allows the Feds and the State to have contradicting laws but by allowing themselves the option not to enforce them they can stay out of conflict with eachother WHILE arresting whom they choose. So theoretically you can have 5 Black men with weed shops and 5 White men with weed shops all operating in states where selling weed is legal. But if the feds decides to bust the Black businesses and ignore the White ones, they are pretty much within their legal right to do so because selling weed is still a federal crime. See my point? There are many many laws like this that contradict the state, federal, and local penal codes and I believe they are designed on purpose for this very reason. But it goes back to what I was saying about Black people who are in charge and have to opportunity to change things but refuse to take advantage of that opportunity. I doubt most Black people even think along those terms that I just laid out about the contradicting laws being designed to trap them.
  15. @Linda Chavis i hope everything works out well. Lucky there's a successful treatment for your condition. It'll all be over before you know it and you'll be back to normal. Trust.
  16. War For The Planet Of The Apes

    Troy Pioneer don't share that theory with anyone else Wasn't planning to, lol. My aim was to share it with YOU, and subsequently you'd start teaching it to your students as an actual science until or unless proven otherwise. If you did me that one SOLID, I'd sure appreciated it....lol.
  17. Sight is one of humanities greatest gifts and we who have it should be thankful. I sincerely wish you a successful surgery and a quick and successful recovery.
  18. I trust all goes well @Linda Chavis!
  19. I've been going on about the problems Amazon, Google, and social media have created for Black booksellers and how much harder these entities have made it for me. I spend a lot of time talking about these issues because I spend much of my mental energy dealing with them and I've witnessed the impact they have on the entire Black book ecosystem. One could also almost assume from my rants that Black literature itself is struggling. This morning I stumbled across this Youtube video of Ta-Nehisi Coates responding to the question, "What is the state of African American Literature today?" He said "I don't have a good answer for that..." Now Coates was asked this question 5 years ago and he may respond differently to it. While I've met Coates and he has been to my home. I don't know him well enough to fire off a an email to get an updated answer. But what struck me was that this question would have been easy for me to answer today and 5 years. I just published a blog post to give my answer. What do you think the state of African American Literature is today?
  20. Black Women Can't Find Good a Black Man

    Hi ya !!! Im well. About to go have a procedure on my left eye to keep from going blind on Monday. A bit anxious about it but hey...better than loosing my sight....so they say YIKES.....not feeling a long ass needle going in my eye. Think positive thoughts for me cause Im a big baby LOL
  21. White Police,Plants Drugs!!

    WHite folks are also profiting quite handsomely as well, even though it is still against federal law.
  22. War For The Planet Of The Apes

    Pioneer don't share that theory with anyone else
  23. If a professor is intimidated by the reaction they may get from a student they are correcting, they should not be teaching. The reason was certainly #2. I know the woman felt she was better than me and she obviously had no desire to help me. The whole environment reeked of white privilege. There were well over 500 MBA students in my class, and only a handful of Black men. the school was in NYC. There were only two Black men from NYC (I was one of them). I never had a Black professor. We were all destined to work for companies with the same demographics and sensibilities. Some Black men thrive in this environment I was not one of them. Sure i did my job and often enjoyed it, but I always felt like an outsider, as if I did not belong. This could be me projecting my own bias as well, but the reality I grew tired of "Frontin."
  24. White Police,Plants Drugs!!

    People often confuse CRIMINALITY with MORALITY. They mistakenly believe that if something is illegal that must mean it's immoral, and vice versa. Instead of recognizing that laws are MAN MADE and many laws are unjust and totally unnecessary. .....which means many people who are labled "criminals" for repeatedly breaking those laws may indeed be decent people who are victims of an unfair system. A good example of what I'm talking about are the change in the marijuana laws. You have thousands of Black people who are in prison today because at one time dealing weed was ILLEGAL. But now that it is LEGAL a lot of White people doing the exact same thing are getting rich and their freedom isn't in jeopardy.
  25. Black Police,Kills White Woman.

    The sad thing is....... Most Black youth who are inclind toward criminality aren't "testing" these cops. Sadly, I don't think they know any better and pretty much aren't smart enough to stay out of trouble or avoid confrontation. Imagine a bunch of squirrels darting in and out of the street ducking and dodging cars, some of them get hit while others make it across the road. To humans of higher intelligence what they're doing doesn't make sense, but to THEM they don't see any other options or alternatives. Over 20 years ago I did security at an apartment complex and I was amazed at how blazen and frankly stupid a lot of those (many who were actually older than me) who were engaging in criminal behavior were. Many sold drugs openly despite the fact that cameras were all over the place. Others stood around begging and harassing people for money. Some would see bikes laying on the ground or on the grass and after a few looks around would pick the bikes up and try to walk off or ride off with them and this often would lead to fights from the owners but the fact that so many people would steal without planning or seriously trying to conceal their activities were amazing. It's almost like they either WANTED to go to jail or just simply didn't think about that aspect. And then the police would come............. I was doing security but I had to shake my head at what I'd see. I actually felt sorry for most of the people who were getting in trouble because they clearly had mental or intellectual problems that I think went beyond the drug and alcohol problems many had. You KNOW the police don't like you and are armed yet you stand their cussing and arguing with 4 or 5 police officers and even try to run away! Many people would get arrested basically for nothing but much of it was THEIR FAULT. People see the police engaging with someone over an incident and would come out of their unit and instead of monitoring the situation which is legal and what citizens should do.....they'd start jumping in and trying to tell the officers what to do and even touching them and end up getting arrested and hauled off themselves! What was even dumber was that often times they'd come down high with drugs either in their pockets or even in their hands! But these weren't community activists, these were people who are drunk and high and just had some weird crazy idea to come down and meddle in with what the cops were doing. And that was just one experience. Ofcourse many police officers do a lot of criminal and underhanding things. But that security job taught me a lot about how a lot of Black people THEMSELVES often get themselves in trouble with the police doing stupid shit and they really should know better than to do.
  26. War For The Planet Of The Apes

    This just goes back to the discussion we were having months ago about subtle racism and being able to recognize it. I remember on an episode of The View a few weeks ago Whoopi Goldberg went off on Deray and others who accused the new Apes movie of subliminal racism and said they were crying wolf and grasping for straws. Many of our people simply can't think "deep" enough to recognize how subliminal messages and subtle language as well as dog whistles are used to demean them and influence the image the public has about them. They just can't see it......until someone points it out to them. And even once it's pointed out many of our people are still not smart enough to recognize it and accept it. Actually I believe that apes actually came FROM HUMANS...lol. I can't really prove it but I have this idea that somehow when we were more scientifically advanced Africans mixed human genes with monkeys (the little simians with tails) and through that combination we made APES (gorillas, chimps, ect.....). But when you really look at apes, you can find aspect of thier physique that can be applied to all races.
  27. Troy I believe the grammar among Black people in the United States have devolved also. I watch some old footage of common Black people being interviewed back in the 50s and 60s and even poor and working class Black people seemed to have a better pride in how they talked and used better grammar than most of the youth today. But this devolution of Black grammar is different than "Black Slang" which are the words we invent to convey our thoughts which is also different than "Ebonics" which is our style and structure of speech or it's syntax. The professor NEVER said a word to me! But felt it perfectly OK to talk about me with the other white people, in my absence. I was angered by this, but trust me I never EVER mispronounced that word again. That's what they do! Often times when White people have a problem with you OR OTHER BLACK PEOPLE they may may not say anything to your face about it, but they'll turn right around and rattle on and on about it to other White people. And this is one of the things I try to get across to other Black people, especially younger Black people and how they conduct themselves in public. Noticing this for years I've come to the conclusion that there can only be 2 reasons for this: 1. They fear the reaction of Black people if they decide to call them on errors they make in speech and behavior. or. 2. They secretly RELISH observing Black people making errors in public because they feel it makes them look better or superior. Cynique Not only has cursive (or as my Father used to call it "writing") become nearly extinct among many young people, a friend of mine who is a social worker and had to take SHORT-HAND told me most of the youth she works with hadn't even heard of the term before. But aren't you glad you went to school in AMERICA where you can study the English language and grammar all you want in a nice air conditioned room with your own desk and books with no one bothering you or "affecting" your studies? Be honest........
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