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  2. Hello, Mel Gladys Mae West is another Hidden Figure. She reminds me of my mother. Quite a story. I read your reply earlier, but I Just found this. Thank you. Having another example is helpful. I will refer to your questions to create the promotion for my next book, The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones. I have mostly finished the text. It just needs one more revision before I send it to the developmental editor. What I came up before asking your questions was this: The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones with Ready-to-Frame prints, where food and art intersect. This is my revision after using your questions. Please let me know if I'm on the right track. Who, Why, and How: The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones with Ready-to-Frame prints The first black woman in management at a Fortune 500 company in 1967, who overcame racism, sexism, and classism, to create food that looked too good to eat.
  3. FORGIVABLE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOANS At a recent Independent Book Publishers Association Committee meeting, I received the following information which I would like to share with you. As an independent publisher, if you hire developmental editors, copy editors, illustrators, and/or publicists to work on your book(s), you qualify for the emergency loans described in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The introduction of the Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide Checklist states the following: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan. In other words, if you use the loan to pay your independent contractors, the loan becomes a grant. If you don’t use the loan to pay your independent contractors, the loan will have to be repaid with interest. No loan requests over $10 million will be considered. (I had a good laugh when I read this.) There is more information in the link below to the Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide Checklist, on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website, which you can download as a pdf. I wish you much success. https://www.uschamber.com/report/covid-19-emergency-loans-small-business-guide Sorry, this is in the wrong forum. It should be in Ways to Share.
  4. I am in complete agreement with you. Why did booksellers, writers, and independent publishers decide to hand their power over to one distributor? When "B" started the business he said that he was going to destroy the book business first. He said it would be easy, because it was full of English Majors.
  5. Thanks for helping to spread the word Wendy that is the only way the site can grow.
  6. You beat me to the punch @Wendy Jones i was gonna share this today. Amazon's effective monopoly over the sale of independenly published Black books is now they can decide when it is important to stock, sell, and ship them. As long as USPS, UPS, FEDEX, and any number of other delivery services are out there AALBC, nor any other bookseller, has to slow down your book delivery. Amazon stocking fewer books and delaying delivery is only a problem for authors because they put all their eggs in one basket -- Amazon's I'm still doing three day delivery on the books in my store and im getting more customers everyday.
  7. I basically agree @Pioneer1. I did not find the first video very funny because it used worn out stereo typical Black tropes and the acting acting was bad. For that reason i did not watch the second video. It is why i don't find Madea film very funny. If you've seen on you've seen them all. But i get why owople find this stuff funny, so I dont try to kill anyone's "buzz."
  8. Plus they lock poor people up when they can't post bond. New York City has hundreds if not thousands of people locked up awaiting trial because they can't make bail. Kalief Browder spent two years, most if it in solitary, because he could make make bail of $500 (i think it was $500 but it was something small). He was ultimately found innocent, but ended up killing himself because the experience drove him mad.
  9. This short video does a very good job of explaining why Covid19 is so much more dangerous than the seasonal flu. When Kareem posted the link to that error ridden article calling into question the seriuosness of the pandemic. I called it out as such and pointed out a fundemental flaw in the article's reasoning. Interestingly, after doing that Kareem stopped posting. @Chevdove you were surprised by his reaction -- indeed I was too. But in hindsight I'm beginning to think Kareem was a troll, a sophisticated one, but a troll nonetheless. Trolls do a number of very bad things; one is spreading misinformation. If you go to a Black website and constantly assert that covid19 is a hoax, and if you get folks here to buy into that false belief, and Black people die, who does that serve? There are Black people in America who believe Black people are immune. This should be absurd on it face, but it is not to many. Troll's like Kareem who spout this nonsense then point to serious looking sites with articles supporting this bullshit not only confuse people, but puts them on serious danger. What makes what Kareem did so dangerous is that people will die as a result.
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  11. Chev In the words of the other post THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS!!! That would be part of my explanation. But I like to say that 'THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS -- OF THE LAST DAYS'; meaning imo the last days started about 2500 years ago; at the beginning of the apocalypse Oh yes, I definately believe these are the last days. But again, the last days of THIS WORLD. This world and it's institutions are being dismantled to make way for a NEW WORLD.     However, from what I understand the real 'last days' phenomenon has to do with a great tsunami, mention in prophecy and other things. Also, if you've been paying attention there's been a number of MAJOR EARTHQUAKES in different parts of the United States lately! There's clearly a re-alighnment taking place.   But well, this is crazy, I mean schools are closed for the year! I guess that worked out just fine then because when they closed down the schools the parents were wondering where they were going to send their children while they were at work. Now that the parents got laid off from their jobs THEY BOTH can stay home together. But when you want to build a new house you must first tear down and remove the old one, and in most cases this includes the very FOUNDATION of the old one! The educational and religious systems are the foundations of this world and they must also be dismantled for an effective removal.   Well, It's good to know that not all of us quit altogether. I mean, I do absolutely understand why some people may feel it is good to leave and save peace, but I hope that @Kareem will come back. He hasn't even been here that long. , But yes, all things will either come to an end or change. That's part of life. As you say, @Pioneer1 'It is what it is. This subject of this strange happening is bound to have some people with no good intentions coming into forums, and so that would cause Well..... I too hope Kareem comes back, just like I hope Mel, Sarah, and even Cynique ((but only for occasion....lol....can barely stand that girl's mouth)) comes back. I just dropped a lot of knowledge to Kareem on another thread about the origin of Caucasians, then the nigga turns around and storms out the door before responding to it! Shit.....LOL. @Troy to have to deal with some of these kinds of pranks, but did Troy mean intent against Kareem? I think not. I have not read the link that kareem posted yet, but, from what I gather, it was the link that Troy referred to, and I don't feel that Kareem should take it personally. But Hey, I understand that he did not like it that Troy spoke about the link, however, I hope that Kareem will COOL OFF and come back. They disagreed on a few things in the posts, but you never know what was said or what type of exchanges were made in the Private Messages. Both of them (like you ) are highly intelligent and educated but their perspectives on society and human nature are widely different. Similar to me, Kareem is far less trusting of the system than Troy and based on the LIMITED information I've observed by reading their exchanges (again I don't know the full story) he was very frustrated that Troy didn't share his skepticism and distrust (or atleast as much). And if my perceptiveness serves me correctly, he probably was a little frustrated with my reluctance to engage much in or take sides in those disagreements. I'm assuming he's not banned and he can speak for himself, but perhaps Kareem felt as if he was "alone" on this site as most of his positions and figured there was no need to stick around. As far as I'm concerned his perspectives were greatly appreciated and I actually looked forward to many of his opinions but..... Hey baby girl, it is what it is. I just recognize this is the internet and try not to get TOO emotionally attached to anyone on here. Troy I can't any more than I can explain to you how the warpage of space/time causes the Earth to revolve around the Sun. You see the entire planet reacting to Covid19 in ways they do not act in reaction to the flu. You are so distrusting of all the planets doctors and scientists that you would ignore all of these signals indicating how highly cntagious and potentially deadly this virus is and dismiss them as a conspiracy or stupidity. I'm sure there is NOTHING I can say that will help you understand. It's not the fact that the virus exists and that is' making people sick and killing them that I'm disputing or distrusting. It's the ORIGIN of the virus as well as the OVER-REACTION to it that I'm taking issue with. If I'm a detective and I find a dead woman with a gunshot wound to the head, my job isn't to determine what killed her.....it's obvious that bullets kill and she died from one. The question is WHO killed her and WHY! And it's the same with this...... WHERE did this virus really come from? And WHY now? Again, do YOU....with what you know of world history.....really believe the offical story that a bunch of people in some remote part of China eating bat-soup are responsible for a GLOBAL crisis and what some are calling the modern plague? Really....do ya?
  12. My name is Vanessa "Fluffy" Murray. I am the author of Before Truth Set Me Free: A Fool's Journey from Behind the Music to Behind Bars which was published January 27, 2020. Product details Paperback: 282 pages Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (January 27, 2020) Language: English ISBN-10: 1545674973 ISBN-13: 978-1545674970 Synopsis WHEN Vanessa copped a gig at a now defunct record label--whose roster included platinum-selling artists--she was for certain that money, power, and fame were lying in wait around the corner. To her surprise, the only thing lurking 'round the bend was a maximum-security prison awaiting to snatch her up and strip her of her dignity. In time, however, she would discover that her dignity and the high seat she sat on in the music game weren't the only things in life she'd been stripped of. BEFORE TRUTH SET ME FREE chronicles Vanessa's journey BEFORE her Twin Flame Kundalini Awakening, setting her free from some of the greatest lies ever told. Author's Website: http://www.vanessafluffymurray.com/ Author's Email: vanessafluffymurray@gmail.com
  13. Lol, this will probably be a Buzz Kill but........ That second vido of the "Black Santa" ((shakes head)) There's a number of destructive and dangerous stereotypes in it that I THOUGHT were behind us but it seems that the young brother who is staring in it and helped to produce it is trying to bring back and promote. Let's unpack this, shall we......... First of all, faaaar more Caucasian men (Santas and priests included) drink liquor than Black men. Infact, they INVENTED it so why did that scene have to involve the Black Santa drinking liquor out of a flask? Is the producer of this video trying to incinuate that drinking liquor is a "Black" thing? Secondly, just like liquor there are more Caucasian men with guns too. Infact, in America there is a " gun culture". So why they got the Black Santa packing heat playing off the stereotype of Black males being gun toting thugs. Third, why are they playing off and joking on the stereotype of Black males being thieves and burgulars? Now, some of you say, "Oh lighten up Pioneer it's just joking and having fun....they aren't serious. Even the Black man in the video is cool with it! You're seeing more into it than there really is!". Well, if they aren't serious and just having fun playing off of stereotypes then.... -Why didn't they show "Black Santa" with a bunch of naked women sitting on his lap promoting the stereotype that Black men are sexually promiscuous and have a bunch of "hoes"? That IS a stereotype of Black men, wonder why THAT isn't being promoted much? -Why didn't they show a Black Santa clause with a massive buldge in pants promoting the myth that Black men have large penises? That TOO is a stereotype of Black men, but they don't want to promote THAT stereotype. They want to hide and bury THAT steretype....lol. Or what about showing the "Black Santa" shooting hoops on the basketball court? Black men being athletic and good at basketball is a stereotype too! If you pay attention to the television and music industry and what's been promoted for the past 40 years or so...you'll notice the type of stereotypes of Black males that are promoted are carefully chosen. It reminds me of the Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live skits where he uses his funny as hell talent to further re-enforce negative stereotypes of Black men but not the positive ones.
  14. Many of them shouldn't have been locked up in the first place. Things like selling dope, prostitution, gambling, ect.......aren't things people should be locked up for. Infact, I don't even think they should be considered crimes as long as people aren't being forced into it. This is supposed to be a "free" society but there are probably more laws in the United States today than almost any other nation on the planet....including China. Many designed to get folks in trouble so that the lawyers, police, and prison staff are guaranteed jobs and an income. The REAL reason why they're considering releasing these prisoners have less to do with concern over their health and more to do with strategy and logistics. 1. They anticipate that as more prisoners get the virus that this will cause a panic and the more prisoners they have the harder it will be for them to keep them under control and busting out anyway! 2. Most corrections officers are going to be so concerned about THEIR OWN health and safety and the safety of their families many of them (like many police officers already) will be calling in sick and staying home. So they won't have the staff anyway. I just read a report that over 6,000 NYPD officers called off sick! 3. Plain and simple, because of such a stress this is putting on the economy they simply won't have enough money to feed and house 4 or 5 million adults so they have little choice BUT to let them go. What I believe MAY happen is they will keep the most violent and dangerous prisoners locked up and use the military to secure them; but those in prison for forging signatures, selling dope, and running scams and other minore shit....they're going to let them go. Like I said, most of them shouldn't have been locked up in the first place. It's a shame a nation needs a pandemic or other crisis to FORCE them to do right by people.
  15. Chev   Your 'Atlantis' statement has documentation and it does not even support what you write. okay. I'll admit that I personally don't have any documentation for what I said however why do you say it doesn't support what I write? I never said Caucasians were made IN the Caucasus mountains. I've been maintaining through out this conversation that they were DRIVEN into the Caucasus mountains and confined there. But their being brought into existence or "bred" from the Dravidians took place in ANOTHER place. The Nation of Islam says this breeding process took place on an island in the Mediterranian. If you study the writings of anient Greece and Kemet the priests of Kemet tell the Greeks (Caucasians) of their origins on an island. And again, that is why the continent of Africa has been completely [ie except for Ethiopia and Sierra Leone] controlled by Europeans! LOL. You have to refer to script that can be confirmed. I agree we should document ESTABLISHED FACTS and not simply rely on word of mouth transmission of important matters; however I'm not sure if this is the only or even the major reasons for African colonization. Yes it does, to any of the civilizations that controls you. Chev, come on now. Whether or not something is documented DOES NOT eliminate or negate the fact that it didn't happen or doesn't exist...lol. It just means you'll have a harder time trying to PROVE it to many people. I used to live in Georgia. That is a FACT whether I have documentation to verify this fact or not. The fact that I don't have a driver's license or utility bill from my residence in Georgia to PROVE that I used to live there doesn't negate this fact.   Those photos are no different than what you see in America, ancient America today and with some of my husbands relatives. Some of his uncles have bone straight hair, and some have a little kink to they hair texture--- Yes, within the same family. And yes, on my side of the family too, some of my relative, such as my sister, shows those same dynamics of hair type!!! One of my sisters has very, very black hair and it does not kink at all!!! You said these photos are no different than what you see in America today, but I must take issue with this statement for several reasons: 1. TODAY there are a lot of immigrants from India so yes you're likely to see Dravidians with dark skin and straight hair walking down the street, but only after they MOVED here from Asia. 2. Many of the very dark skinned people you see in the United States with straight hair actually STRAIGHTENED their hair out with hot combs and relaxers. If they are of African descent, mostly likely it's not naturally that straight. 3. Many Africans both here AND abroad are not "pure Africans" but MIXED with Asian and European and they may be born with the dark African skin but depending on their genetics their hair may come out bone straight. Just like others may come out light skinned with kinky hair....it's a matter of the genetic lottery. You seem to be picking out a few EXCEPTIONS and pointing to them as example of how Africans also have keen features and straight hair when in fact that isn't the usual case. Those type of Africans are in the minority as compared to the vast majority of Africans who have dark skin, broader featurs, and kinky hair.   Photos mean nothing. Haven't you heard the old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words"...lol...? I just posted the photos as examples, but if you don't believe them you can go to India or any Indian neighborhood in the United States and SEE FOR YOURSELF the millions of dark skinned "Black" Asians with straight hair. Those photos are similar to people of Ethiopia too. But most Ethiopians aren't pure African; they are HEAVILY MIXED with Caucasian (Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Assyrians, ect....) from times past.
  16. Black America is an excerpt from The Shearing of Willie McElroy All rights reserved. Copyright © 2019 by Roy McElroy ISBN: 9781688884250 Independently published * * * Black America written February 23, 2019 Envision a time, where in the Western Hemisphere the only colonies in the Americas were founded by Black and Brown settlers. A time during the early 1500s, where non-Whites had established viable settlements located along the eastern seaboards of the North and South American continents. Taking advantage of the vast land grants deeded out to favored explorers hailing from the area known to the world as ‘The Cradle of Civilization.’ The ‘Dark Continent.’ ‘The Mother Land.’ Africa. Imagine, where instead of the New World’s slave labor force being comprised of history’s dark-skinned victims from western Africa, the slave population consisted of a plethora of down-trodden White-Europeans. People originating from the continent’s ‘Old World’ nations. From England, the Netherlands, Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Portugal, and Italy. Generations who were forced, initially by poverty, into a life of perpetual servitude in America. Groups of unfortunate innocents. Visualize a vast triangle of trade that stretched across and around the Atlantic. A frequently travelled sea route that ran from Europe to North America, down to the Caribbean, then on to South America. And, back to Africa to offload food and unique goods from the New World. Back onwards to the European continent to buy and trade for more human cargo. Where vessels were filled to the brim with their valued inexhaustible ‘cargo’ of White people. Originally, the relatively small population of immigrating White American servants – who had lived relatively free in Europe – were given a fair share at the opportunities of the New World. Many had enthusiastic hopes in paying off some debt owed. Eager to become benefactors working for the darker-skinned American landowners. Some were misfortunate criminals on ‘the run’ from the ‘law.’ Hiding in plain view - on the ‘lam’ in America. Others were seeking to relieve him or herself of some problematic fate or situation imposed by a European Royal or maniacal controlling aristocrat. Many White Americans did have some success in working off their debts. A few even prospered and became ‘owners’ themselves. However, within a short span after the establishment of the Plymouth settlement, the Black and Brown colonists altered the terms of their employment agreements. As the White population increased in number, strategies to earn higher profits in the development of the continent were drafted by those in control. Unfortunately, profit came at a cost to the only factor that could be easily altered. The human element. Consequently, Whites were purposely impoverished, physically exploited, and forced into unpaid servitude. Those who could not afford to buy their freedom or cover the cost of a passage back to Europe were trapped. Whites who could read and write, drafted failed arguments in a legal system run by their employers. Leaving them with no choice, but to submit to the only role relegated to them. To work for room and board without pay - in order to survive. Quickly learning to relish and enjoy the leftovers that fell from tables of their “Masters.” The process of complete subjugation transpired slowly. Subtle and unnoticed to anyone on the outside looking in. Like the foreign dignitaries that commented on how well versed some of the servants were in African customs. However, as conditions worsened, incidents of protesting Whites – vocalizing their maltreatment – happened in the major townships. In areas close to the modern-day cities of New York, Pittsburg, Stanton, and Atlanta. At first, those protesting were fined by the local chieftains – for whatever holdings of value they had. Then, as Whites began to mass in larger numbers, many were placed in the stocks or jailed for unspecified periods of time. These events prompted a rapid transformation of the White population into something not intended for any man or woman in God’s ordered creation. Whites, young and old, were beaten, whipped, caged, and mutilated – by those enforcing the rules of the land. Converted into something less than a servant. Transformed into something far different from their dreams of financial freedom. They were turned into the owner’s most valuable asset – easily identified by the fair pigment of their skin. Made into slaves. White American slaves - belonging to their Black American and Brown American owners. Who Whites would learn to refer to always as ‘Master,’ at the crack of the bullwhip. In time, the owners considered Whites to be nothing more than just “property.” Ignorant souls, who possessed the innate ability to speak, create, sing, dance, think – and even to love. Yet, they were treated no better than any other beast of burden. Valued less than bovine. As farm stock having the form and likeness of a human being. Who, by the hundreds, were placed naked on the auction blocks – to be traded or sold like any other commodity by the dark-skinned Americans. Slaves refusing to obey were typically mutilated or executed in public. Becoming examples to those slaves harboring thoughts of rebellion. After decades of forced family separations and other punishing restrictions, Whites lost their sense of national origin. Forgetting any memories of ever being free. Losing the knowledge of ‘who’ they were as individuals – and as a people. The intended result of generational slavery. Resulting in slaves completely forgetting their parent’s-parent’s origin, language, culture, and religion. Few, of the Whites born into bondage after the year Seventeen Seventy-Six - the year the colonies in the Americas purchased their independence from the African Kingdoms - even knew of the existence of the fledgling European and Slavic states. Even fewer could write or pronounce the names of these lands – since they had been born into a world that spoke only Swahili, Amharic, or Yoruba. The native tongues of their American masters. Languages, of which as slaves, were forced to speak – but could not be taught to read or write – since it was forbidden to educate ‘property.’ Though the pronouncement that ‘all men were created equal” during the inception of the United States, the civil liberties afforded by the newly formed nations’ citizenry, excluded such rights to its slave population. Instead, American statesmen sought to increase the size and prosperity of the nation through even more exploitation and suffrage of Whites. Devising unconventional methods to induce fear, spiritual complacency, and in-bred submission. In contrast to real history, the newly formed government honored the multitude of treaties made with the land’s original inhabitants – the American Indians. This allowed for the young country to extend its physical boundaries from the Atlantic to the Pacific rather quickly. Granting statehood and citizenship to those Indian nations willing to join America’s ‘Manifest Destiny.’ As America grew and its economic influence expanded abroad, several prominent Black leaders began to question the necessity of owning slaves. Since mechanization had replaced most of the laborious tasks performed by slaves in the agrarian-based economy. Some owners, including those who had sired offspring and married several of their fairer-skinned slaves, began to seek ways to legitimatize the human aspect of Whites. Something most of the Western states with large native American populations had been abdicating for - not long after the invention of the steam engine. Meanwhile, the African continent experienced a boon of technological and economic advancement. The Suez Canal had been completed – allowing for increase trade with the Orient. Massive flood control and irrigation systems were being developed to reclaim and irrigate portions of the Sahara Desert. And, food production on the continent allowed for the exportation of goods. As well, the Hebrew nation of Israel had been resettled by the returning diaspora of Jews. With its national borders extending to all the lands promised to Abraham by the Christian God for the first time in human history. In the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-One, President Nathanial Turner had issued an edict ending slavery throughout the United States of America. Whites were finally free. Though many were reluctant to embrace the responsibilities that came with citizenship. Many elected to remain on the plantation – though in a paid capacity. By the turn of the century, most Whites had eventually adapted and become equal partners in the American Dream. Assisted by the State and Federal Reparations Acts. Given to slave decedents, in the form of tax credits and financial assistance to the poor. Programs which continue to this day. Set to expire four hundred years after the day of their emancipation. Now, before leaving the rest of this fantastical story up to your own imaginations, you’ll need to consider the other ‘what-ifs’ of this twist of real-world history. For example, in this timeline many of the wars involving the United States did not occur. Though armed conflict was not entirely averted, the horrors of the American Civil War, the Mexican American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Cold War did not happen. Nor did the years of violence in Ireland and the Middle East take place. As well, the terrorist attacks on America in two-thousand and one didn’t happen either. It should also be noted that mankind has yet to land on the Moon in this made-up adventure. Nor has the Mormon Church come into being. As well, the invention of the A-bomb did not happen - because it was not necessary build such a destructive device against Japan. However, exploration of the stars is being discussed by those African countries on the verge of inventing an environmentally friendly perpetual motion energy source. * * *
  17. I know I'm late to the party and y'all done ate up all the chips and dip and drank all the punch, too!! But, I thought I'd add a little something - and something quite different than most of what's been shared. I'm an older Brother, who digs a lot of what has been posted already, but a couple of friends (who don't know each other and have different tastes) have recently turned me on to some music that some here at AALBC might dig. First up, the 'British' (really Afro-Caribbean) saxophone player Shabaka and the Ancestors. Most of the band members are from South Africa and they are jamming. A brief introduction: This is one tune: https://youtu.be/TnkjcS_yTfA For a more extensive experience, here's their live performance from a couple years ago, which I really enjoyed. https://youtu.be/IU4vpE2eGho Damani
  18. The synthesis of Darwinism and Mendelism, which marked the birth of modern population genetics, was achieved by a long and tortuous route (Provine 1971). https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/population-genetics/ 1. The Origin of POPULATION GENETICS Darwin's Origin of Species, published in 1859, propounded two main theses: firstly, that modern species were descended from common ancestors, and secondly that the process of natural selection was the major mechanism of evolutionary change. The first thesis quickly won acceptance in the scientific community, but the second did not. Many people found it difficult to accept that natural selection could play the explanatory role required of it by Darwin's theory. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/population-genetics/ Another example of how POPULATION GENETICS has been applied would be THE ENSLAVEMENT OF CERTAIN AFRICAN CHILDREN!!! When Sickle Cell Anemia became a significant problem on the slave yards, to continue to enslave people from West Africa would not help the problem. Also to enslave people from other areas or cultures that already have reproduction problems would not help, so therefore millions of slave children were stolen all the way over from East Africa!!! This addition to the slave population helped to slow down the bad births. And of course the issue of the slave population as a whole in the Colonial Empire served other purposes as well. This kind of manipulation of species means that the definition of 'SPECIES' is understood!!! Certain traist have a 'blending' but certain trait have an origin. All of what I am saying are FACTS. It is a scientitic fact that NEANDERTHALS have that elongated head, and this is not a modern human trait. Also, the BROW RIDGE, that is a purely Neanderthal trait, that both 'brown' African people express as well as Europeans. and there's much more. Scientist don't say that no personof African descent, but the words used are strategic. Some say the word RETAIN. People of AFrican descent may not RETAIN Neanderthal Dna... I know what I am talking about. Oh yes! ANd another term that addresses what I am saying would be THE FOUNDER EFFECT! This would be how it was finally admitted that the origin of BLONDE HAIR and BLUE EYES have an origin with a DARK SKINNED MALE OF AFRICAN DESCENT. So, if sex selection and enbreeding and population genetics is NOT understood, some might want to believe these traits are European, Oh but no! You will not see some cultures, in old times that is, of Koreans etc. with this trait, but due to population genetics., sex selection and inbreeding over a period of time... this trait may seem to be concentrated in some European cultures. This is NOT Natural Selection at all! And furthermore, these traits would not continue if a certain kind of Black population were to be removed!
  19. Thanks to the participants in the "Introduce Yourself / Newbies" thread in the AALBC Forums. Y'all encouraged me when I first came and told you a little about our (my wife and my) work in progress. We have now self-published: CLANDESTINE: The Times and Secret Life of Mariah Otey Reddick. I am pleased to share the Press Release. [Oooops, sorry no Word docs or pdf's can be attached!] So, here's the cover instead... Here's a quick summary of some of the story lines: If anyone would like to receive a FREE excerpt of CLANDESTINE, just drop us a note at knowledge@Clandestine-Life.com. All the best to everyone... Damani
  20. I am not disputing facts. Again, I am not questioning facts, I am not drawing conclusions on just one fact. As I said, if scientist say modern humans have Neanderthal DNA after thousands and thousands of years, then this means that scientist are not reporting the whole truth, and I am basing this on obvious 'facts'! As I said, I am not well versed YET on terminology to bring forth my position but I am getting better. So now, I will add some more to why I say that Neanderthals cannot possibly be extinct based on 'facts' that humans are expressing Neanderthal DNA. One area of study that addresses exactly what I am speaking about is POPULATION GENETICS!!! In other words, In order for this dna to be express continually in modern human beings who are NOT the origin of certain traits, then there has to be a population of Neanderthals present!!! Okay, let me put it another way by an example or two: [1] The origin of NAPPY HAIR is an African trait, and if African people become extinct then, eventually, this trait would completely disappear from the non-African beings that would continue to reproduce. There are so many other examples that I could provide to support what I am saying!!! I know what I am talking about. Scientist provide confusion, but as a scientist who has study in this area, I understand a lot. Population Genetic arguments based on inheritance vs natural selection deals with this topic. So, as I said earlier, the dominant presence of the MRCA [Most Recent Common Ancestor] of the Neanderthals would be an important aspect to understand this subject as well.
  21. Eostre Easter is April 12th in the year 2020, the name is derived from Ēostre the real or unreal germanic goddess but the date and most modern traditions refer to Pascha which roguhly translates to passover, the Jewish holiday. But, I want to focus on Ēostre. For easter, include the real or unreal traditions attributed to Eostre, like rAbbits, or make your own.You can show photos of art OR text of fiction The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo or any craft depicting Eostra real or unreal traditions The text can only be fiction based on the following: Real or unreal traiditons of Eostre. April Fool's day April 1st http://houyhnhnm.github.io/aprilfool/index.html March Equinox art or text craft parade The March Equinox is March 19th 11:49 pm EST UTC -5 , it is the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, fall in the southern hemisphere share photos of art OR text of fiction The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo or any craft depicting Black people in fall in the southern hemisphere, any country <south america/caribbean/africa/south asia/australia> OR Black people in spring in the northern hemisphere, any country <north america/europe/northern asia> The text can only be fiction based on the following: Black person or peoples at the first day of spring or fall AALBC STORY https://aalbc.com/tc/blogs/entry/261-march-equinox-art-or-text-craft-parade-good-news-blog/?do=findComment&comment=878 Mardi Gras is February 25th in the year 2020. I ask you to make a journal of your day in New Orleans during mardi using photos from wherever you like to paruse LINK: MARDI GRAS 2020 STORY Black Hearts Day or Valentine's Day good news - Any Love , story or image stating Black love, any language, any geography, any religion. Love is meant to be shared everyday,but giving it a day in the year to itself is not an evil or bad thing. Enjoy Black people together. In the usa it is feb 14th Richard Murray Valentines day album 2020 LINK Martin Luther King junior Day - His actual birthday is the fifteenth of january but the federal holiday is in a monday for three day weekends, like others. It is celebrated on the third monday in the month of january in every year since its inception in the Statian Empire. I ask you to share , historical fictions/prose/graphical artwork in any style concerning MArtin Luther King jr....I do wonder why Blacks in the U.S.A. can not come together and demand a true day off for this federal notice. And also share, officials days in a country outside the usa for a black person in history? In Amendment Why the holiday is on his the third monday and not his true birthday? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Monday_Holiday_Act MLK jr's views on Financial Accountability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnKP__N7MNI MY 2020 speech https://aalbc.com/tc/blogs/entry/194-richard-murray-creative-table/page/7/?tab=comments#comment-820 January Perihelion The perihelion is the moment in the path the Earth make about the Sun ,elliptical orbit, where the Earth's position is closest to the sun. It will occur : January 5, 2020 2:47 am EST or UTC-5. The June Aphelion is when the earth is farthest away. Please provide any art or text concerning a sun coming closer, and don't try the twilight zone episode. December Solstice art or text craft parade The December Solstice is December 21st 11:19 pm EST or UTC-5 , it is the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere, summer in the southern hemisphere share photos of art OR text of fiction The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo or any craft depicting Black people in summer in the southern hemisphere, any country <south america/caribbean/africa/south asia/australia> OR Black people in winter in the northern hemisphere, any country <north america/europe/northern asia> The text can only be fiction based on the following: Black person or peoples at the first day or summer or winter November 28th Native American Harvest Art Thanksgiving is November 28th , share photos of art OR text of fiction The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo concerning Native Americans enjoying food only -can include Black seminoles- no colonists from europe The text can only be fiction based on the following: Native Americans communities around harvest - black seminoles allowed- no colonist from europe November 11 Veterans day is November 11th, share photos of art OR test of fiction, guest comments are allowed The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo concerning Black Veterans, any country any time, any army The text can only be fiction based on the following: Black Soldiers who fought against the USA for the british/ Black soldiers during the Haitian Freeing/ Black Seminoles during the time of osceola/jonas caballo/Black soldiers who fought for Menelik II in the first Abyssinian-italo war
  22. WRITERS – CREATE A STAY AT HOME RESOURCE KIT Fellow Writers, I suggest that you create your version of a STAY AT HOME RESOURCE KIT. What is that? It’s any combination of links, essays, videos, music that fits in with the theme of your book. Everyone is home working, attending classes online, or not working. Think about what these various people need and how that dovetails with your book. My title is generic, I am sure you can think of something snappy and original for your kit: Mazie’s Amazing Marble Cake for Staying at Home Recently, I was in a webinar sponsored by the Independent Book Publisher’s Association. According to one panelist, who was a publisher, there are three categories of books that readers want right now: Young Adult non-fiction, cookbooks, and escapist literature. I am sure she is right, but all sorts of people are looking for all kinds of books right now. Your book could be one of them. Is there a single parent trying to work at home and supervise homework for a fourth grader? Of course, the school has sent home curriculum, but maybe you have a children’s book that would fit right in with this grade level. Lead with various activity suggestions or links that would be useful. At the end of the list, send a chapter of your book or a description of the book and a link to your website where the parent can buy the book. If you don’t have a website, now is the time to set one up. (See LATEST BLOW TO BOOK INDUSTRY- posted on Amazon Forum) What about people who want to use this time to create more home cooked meals? For instance, a cookbook writer could include easy-to-cook recipes for nutritious meals, with emphasis on the best foods to boost your immune system. End with information about your book and a link to your website. Okay, so you get the idea. An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones tells my mother’s life story interspersed with African American History. It traces the racial, gender, and class discrimination that she faced and overcame. I write a (mostly) monthly article, including sources, on a black woman or man in American History on my website for my email list. Because I was so active celebrating Black History Month in the physical world, I had not done it online. And here it was near the end of March and I hadn’t done anything for Women’s History Month either. I knew Ida B. Wells would be upset with me. The kit was my atonement. I listed what was in the kit ending with information about The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones with photographs by John Turner, my next book. I am offering a link to the kit here not just as an example, but because I think you’ll find the information worthwhile. Click on African American Literature Book Club’s s link on my website and you’ll come right back here. Here, along with my wish for everyone’s good health, was what I sent to my email list: STAY AT HOME RESOURCE KIT: 4 - Inspiring Quotes 2- African American Biographies Black History Month Baptist preacher and civil rights advocate (Not the one you think.) Women's History Month Protested segregated transportation system (Also not the one you think.) 2- Links and descriptions of two incredible websites: Internet Archive and African American Literature Book Club - access history, literature, film, discussion groups, book clubs and more. At the Internet Archive I saw a 1905 silent short, read part of Henry "Box" Bibbs' 1849 enslavement narrative (he shipped himself to freedom in a box), looked at several Oscar Micheaux (the first African American feature movie director, producer, author - 44 films) film posters (couldn't find the movies here, but Youtube has a few), and watched Trevor Noah's March 24, 2020, Covid-19 Program (interviews guests only on video). All that on my first visit to the site. Thanks to my life partner for discovering this nonprofit site. I have highlighted African American Literature Club before, but they have new features, such as the online book club, so it's worth taking a look again. Information about my next book Consider it like a box of chocolates, a plate of oysters, or a basket of strawberries: take what you want and leave the rest. Feel free to pass it on. This is safe to spread around. Please scroll down below Pauli Murray's picture--which jumped from further up the page where it belongs, but it does make the STAY AT HOME RESOURCE KIT easier to find. If you click on the links for the missing pictures you'll leave the website. You will need to click on the link below to come back. Here's the link to my website: https://idabellpublishing.com/thoughts-updates/ Fellow writers, I hope this has been helpful.
  23. LATEST BLOW TO BOOK INDUSTRY Update- 3/31/2020 - “A” has ordered a few books from a publisher I know, one tenth of their usual order. There is no such thing as a “kind” slave master. Sell your books through your own website. Hello from Amazon, We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees. We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock and deliver these products to customers. Beginning today you will see: Reduced Purchase Orders: We have temporarily paused ordering for products that are not household staples, medical supplies, or other high demand products. Extended delivery windows for existing purchase orders: We have extended the shipment/delivery windows for some existing purchase orders to give you more time to fulfill the order. Please ship your products toward the end of the extended window. This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly. We are working around the clock to increase capacity, and on March 16 announced that we are opening 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in our fulfillment centers across the US. We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the above products for our customers. Thank you for your patience, Amazon (Okay, Troy and Mel, you were right. It is a tag. But the box with the pull up menu is on this screen, it's not on the other one.)
  24. Dropped in the see what was going on and ran immediately into this thread Real quick (google if in doubt): In 1918 there was 1.5 billion people in the world - 1/3 of the world's population caught the Spanish Flu, i.e., 500 MILLION 50 to 100 million died world-wide 675,000 died in the U.S. One reason the motherland is relatively free of COVID-19 is because foreigners don't travel there as they do to Italy (especially) and China and NEW YORK CITY. The country on the motherland with the most cases is South Africa which has more foreigner visitors than any country in Southern Africa. Hope er'body's doing well. :)
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