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    @dashi365, I saw the screening back in January of 2010, when the film first came out, at the IFC Center in New York City's Greenwich Village. I like that theater because they often have the filmmaker and the actors discuss the film after the screening
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    Wow! Where was this screening? And I see what you mean about erasing the incident(s). And it does make me think immediately of Rihanna and Chris Brown, and how journalists and fans and anyone you can think of still being that's incident up almost daily. It makes it impossible for the perpetrator or the victim to move on. Maybe it would've been better if it was mentioned in the film, even if Bill didn't discuss it personally. Otherwise, you don't get a complete picture of the person, which (obviously), is the point of making a documentary. And @Del my heart smiles a bit every time I hear that commercial (even though I find Jennifer's voice a tad shriek-y ).
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    @Del my bad, sorry. @Cynique, we may be on different wavelengths at times but that is not solely due to gender.
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    Troy I am confused as to why your stating what I have already explained
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  7. I posted the video below on my blog: How Facebook is Perverting Your Internet The video does a great job, but absent the outrage, which The New York Times can't express, I'm not sure how effective this video can be. Nobody really cares about some Nigerian selling a purse with the free data plan provided by Google. When Facebook is goose stepping down mainstreet, slaughtering anyone who speaks out against them, then we'll care. Then again we'll probably be on Facebook's side... Winter is coming...
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    @TroyWell, you didn't discern that I wasn't accusing you of "mansplaining" when it came to the Bill Wither's subject. My first response in my last post was specifically directed to the last sentence in your second response wherein you said " I guess I'm looking at it from the perspective of a 50+ year old raised in a culture where we gave up our seats, held doors; you know all the stuff people seem to give two sh-ts about nowadays", an observation which struck me as kind of a non sequitur. Note that I started a new paragraph when I switched to the subject of mansplaining, - which is a ticklish subject. Moreover, "relativity" and "reality" are two different words. There are no relativity shows on prime time TV. But there are a plethora of reality shows on it. The word "relativity" would be more appropriately used on the Science or National Geographic cable channels in connection with Einstein's theory of "relativity". You didn't misspell "relativity", which was why the spell check didn't kick in. Your brain inadvertently mixed up the similarly-spelled words when you were keying. Technical expertise doesn't require being "nuanced". This is more in the realm of a woman's instinct which is triggered by her fine-tuned antennae. So you and I do have difficulty in being on the same wave length.
  9. Ha! I corrected the typo before I read your comment @Cynique, I usually reread what I wrote before reading a reply. The passage of time makes it easier for me to edit my own writing, but I see you understood what I meant... Why would you be surprised that I like Game of Thrones? The production, acting and story so far above anything else on TV. I could do without the gratuitous gay sex, but it is HBO and they cut it out completely this season. I really like the Tyrion character--what an actor, but I like all the character--even the ones I hate. I love science fiction movies much of it is not very good. I enjoyed the film Her, Ex Machina, I'll watch the Star Wars and Star Trek, but am usually disappointed, as they are made to please young boys. When I think about "winter is coming" I liken it to our society's senseless bickering when that are much more important things to worry about, that effect us all. Man made climate change is a perfect analogy; most would rather continue fighting each other than working to together to deal an impending doom. The same goes for indie websites, all fighting amongst yourselves while Amazon and Facebook are growing ever more powerful. Christians would argue the rapture draws nigh. Winter is coming indeed.
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    @Cynique, I understood your statement. Why do I to keep mansplaining that I understand that Bill was not influenced by the future misogyny in 1980s rap to beat his wife in the 1970s?! It looks like you simply did not understand what I wrote in reaction. Perhaps, as you suggest, I don't write well enough, or maybe it is a case "femstanding," the female way of understanding In the context of the whole sentence, are you saying that you had no idea which word I meant between, "reality" instead of "relativity"? Sometimes spell check corrects on the fly and if I don't see the red underline, I may miss an otherwise obvious typo. We already spoke about the difficulty of self-editing. Actually, I spend more time trying explain things to Pioneer and Del than I do you Cynique. Is still called "mansplaining" if it is one dude explaining talking to another? @Del, at the risk of mansplaining, Pioneer and I can be on the same side of an issue, but for different reasons. In most cases, many of the things we discuss here are naused and multifaceted; there are many sides to one can take. It seems however, that most people for the sake of simplicity, laziness, or perhaps human nature refuse the acknowledge that many issues are complicated and that there is no "right" or "wrong;" answer. It is very easy to lump all 45 supporters into the racist bucket, but if you that you'll never understand why many people actually support him. Similarly, if you group all women together into having brains that are more "fine-tuned and detailed" than men, you'll tend to view people with that prism and fail to completely understand them. For example, you can't run a massive website single handedly without paying attention to detail--it would get away from you and become unmanageable. Any programmer knows you simply can't write code without paying strict attention to the most minute details; a single character out of place can literally bring down an entire website. Obviously I wrote that to demonstrate that I'm fully capable of being detailed oriented. Do I have a female-like brain? It that is the case how would one explain the typos in my posts?
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    The structure of the sentence point a , then point b, then point c. And point A is related to point C. Troy lately you and Pioneer seem to be on the same side of a few issues. Even though you reasons differ.
  13. No, I didn't even know about these books until the series came out. Readers say the TV version is fairly true to the books. As for the phrase, "winter is coming" , it is the motto of the House of Stark. Each of the great houses has its own slogan. Where the Starks dwell, summers last about 10 years, but winter is always in the back of their minds as it grows ever close. For one of the other houses, the slogan is: "The Lanisters always pay their debts". The Greyjoy house's slogan is something about "what is alive cannot be dead". i'm surprised you are a fan of this series. It requires the audience to totally suspend its belief system. That's one reason why I am so into this compelling, well-directed, well-produced epic fantasy. Game of Thrones has fan sites all over the internet where each episode is avidly discussed and of course everybody is looking forward to the final season next year as the plot has thickened. That is actually my inspiration to try and hang around for another year. Guess why I posted this? Can you say "quiet" instead of "quite"? BLM has been laying low lately, just waiting for another incident to revitalize their cause. They have remained on the fringes of the Colin Kaepernick ongoing protests.
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    This is the statement that gave me the impression that you thought I was saying that Rap influenced Bill's behavior. So you initially misunderstood my original statement about how Bill's abuse allegations wouldn't have impacted on his career in today's show biz scene because misogynistic rap made abuse irrelevant. This is your admission that I might be "right", but in your second sentence, i didn't see its relevancy to my original statement. I now assume you meant that in today's world you would still be scandalized by Bill's alleged abuse in spite of gangsta rap. So, yes, people do tend to either misinterpret or misunderstand what others say in both oral and written discussions. This seems to often be the case when men and women are discussing something, and why, as women have come into their own, "mansplaining" has become such an issue. The scenario is too often where a man simply recycles what a woman has said and feeds it back to her as if it was his idea; men are probably unconscious of this because they automatically think that women need to have things explained to them. I have always thought that women's brains are more fine-tuned and detailed oriented than men's and this contributes their being more sensitive. Males are also supposedly more prone to ADD in its various degrees of severity because it's like their brains transpose letters or add or omit words or confuse similarly spelled words. e.g. Just the other day in the posted Lil Kim video you wrote: "The video did not lie, except for when they spoke about "talent" of the relativity TV show participants" Did you mean to key "reality" instead of "relativity"? And was this maybe because your fingers and your brain are not in sync? I think that is why "no" often comes out as "not" or "the" as "they". I also think that some people unconsciously key what they hear in their head, and this is why they carelessly misuse "to" and" two" and "too" or "there" and "their". Even when they proof read they are skimming and don't catch typos, etc. Of course, the most simply explanation is that people in a hurry make more mistakes! My problem is typing a word twice in a sentence. I've also been told that I write in a conversational style with a certain cadence. I know that I insert a lot of parenthetical expressions in my writing because I do like to write the way I talk. The human brain is an interesting and complicated organ.
  15. Hi @Linda Chavis, I don't see it as hate. I seems to me that whenever a Black person critiques another Black person the negative connotation of "hate" is applied. Essentially Monique is arguing that she, and other critically acclaimed Black female actresses are not paid on par with white actress and that other Black people help perpetuate this situation. One can take issue with Monique's use of language, but I this the essence of what she was saying is true. Linda do you (or anyone), disagree with Monique's assessment? I don't think Monique has the desire or skill to organize the creation of another actor's union.
  16. Hi Troy. Im not sure why Monique still feels the need to bash her "peers" because that is what it feels like to me that she is doing. All the women in that film are well aware of what they make so Im not sure what Monique is trying to accomplish. If there is a pay disparity why not organize a "black" union or something in place of this whining that is feels like she is doing. It makes her look.....like she is hating. Im pretty sure she feels what she is doing is helpful...but.........
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    @Cynique, I never thought you wrote that Bill was influenced by Rap, not did I write anything to imply. That does not make sense. I know you know Bill predates rap. In fact I even wrote that you were probably right I'm beginning to see that when one person (A) has a disagreement with more than one other person (B and C). The person A has difficulty distinguishing the options of B and C, and just lumps them all together. The reasons for the disagreement are not nearly as relevant as the disagreement itself. I'm not singling you out Cynique. Del does this with me an Pioneer, and I see this in the broader society as well. Yeah, all the other social media platforms are designed for handheld devices. Facebook is really the only one that is also designed for people using laptops or desktop computers. Consumers use held held devices predominantly. Only content creators bother with laptops or desktop devices and these folks are decreasing in numbers... @dashi365, I would encourage you to see the film. It is a very nice treatment of the man. Went I saw the film Bill Withers spoke after the showing. He came across as a great guy. I was just disappointed to learn that he beat his wife, and that the wife was not mentioned in the film. That part of his life was erased as if it never existed, which I felt made the film worse because I realized it was an incomplete depiction of Withers.
  18. Is it my lack of consuming social media or have Black LIves Matter been quiet lately? I did read about the acquittal of the the police officer in this shooting and the subsequent protests. I love that metaphor, "winter is coming;" it so perfectly describes our current state. Of course it has no meaning to someone who has not watched the Game of Thrones Series, but if you have the phrase packs a punch. @Cynique did you read the George R.R. Martin's books? Was the phase used in them or is that something made up in the HBO series?
  19. Gwendolyn Brooks,Religious Allusion .

    Yes, Gwendolyn Brooks is a revered by poets throughout the country. Her name is kept prominent by Third World Press and Chicago State University, which is home of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing. I was unaware of Brooks' views on religion, but that perspective does not surprise me.
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    Ah misread the empashis. Don't know if it's apocryphal. When asked about whether he hit Denise Williams, Bill Withers said she wanted to Use Me so I decided to Lean on Her.
  21. Here we go again. Black people taking to the streets protesting white cops found not guilty of killing someone driving while black. The crowds will be referred to as rioting mobs, and the cop will be referred to a trigger happy racist. Same ol scenario providing ammunition for the opposing sides. Will there ever be a truce in this black against blue war? Like so many problems confronting this country, there seems to be no resolutions in sight. Even national disasters like hurricanes and floods spark divisive controversy. Can this house divided against itself stand? Lincoln's words of yesterday have not lost their impact today. They particularly resonate because slavery and all of the political and societal spin-offs it spawned are still having a negative impact on this country. And winter is coming...
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    @Delano @TroyI am not saying that Bill Withers was influenced by Rap! I am saying that, as witnessed by how Chris Brown's career has not been derailed by his beating up Rihanna, in today's musical climate, Bill Withers' career wouldn't have been so negatively affected because the misogyny of gangsta rap seems to have removed the stigma of abuse. I don't really have to seek out discussion. There are all kinds of articles about current events and controversial subjects jumping out at you on as you scroll down FaceBook where in addition to a "like" option, there is a "Comment" one to click onto. Once you click on to it, a whole thread of discussion is opened up to you where highly-opinionated strangers from all over the country engage in heated exchanges. I also argue with friends when they post something I don't agree with. FaceBook is the only social media I participate in. It's enough. @dashi365 I'm sure the royalties are rolling in for the insurance ad featuring singer Jenifer Hudson's "impromptu" duet with a guitar player on Withers' "Gonna Be a Lovely Day". TV is literally saturated with this commercial. Which is to say that Bill Withers' music certainly seems to have adequately compensated him for whatever his shortcomings were because his songs are still popular. I think he should've just manned up and not let the criticism take such a toll on him. Whenever I heard the rumors about him and Denise, it was usually in a humorous context.
  23. ...they bloom again, of course? My name is Carmen Hendrix and I am the author of the independently published book series entitled When Honeysuckles Fall. The first book in the series, is entitled When Honeysuckles Fall and is a collection of short stories based loosely on my life. I am now introducing the second book in the series, entitled Eight Moments (ISBN 978-0-9978080-2-1) on September 19th, 2017. I am both excited an nervous as this book follows the character, Donna Catchings (the second short story in the book). It not only follows her initial story, as it picks up where the short story left off, it explains Donna's character and why she is the way that she is. Blamed at age 9 for her brother's death, Donna's relationship with her mother went sour soon after. Vowing to never go back to her hometown in Georgia, Donna is shocked when her dying mother requests a visit. Now she has to face several painful moments in her life which lead to the eighth moment that will change everything. Will Donna ever be the same? Is she ready for the truth? After all, eight is the number of new beginnings… I'd like to ask for consideration to have this book reviewed and look forward to any feedback given. More information can be found at WhenHoneysucklesFall.com. Watch this honeysuckle bloom.
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    I plan to watch it this week! I'm a bit nervous. After reading all of this, I'm tempted to just maintain the mystery lol. But I've always found his story so relatable and personally inspiring. I'm most interested in how he got started and his music process, not the drama. And I did read that about Hyman, although I know very little else about her. Very sad. She sounded so troubled.
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    Bill Withers is influenced more by his generation than Rap. He may be more influenced by the 50's since he would have been in his 20's on the 50's. The song he wished he had written was Strange Fruit. Which harkens ti a time before civil rights
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    I dunno, you may be right. I guess I'm looking at it from the perspective of a 50+ year old raised in a culture where we gave up our seats, held doors; you know all the stuff people seem to give two sh-ts about nowadays. Yeah, memes are a thing all to themselves and perhaps the reason for Snapchat's very existence. People show me memes all the time. Most I don't find most funny, but I do enjoy some. For example, @Cynique, I really liked that video you posted, which was supposedly a documentary of America produced by the North Koreans. It may have been propaganda for the North Korean population, but I saw it as scathing commentary of American culture. When you seek out political and religious discussions are these with people you know, or are you looking in related groups and the like? Do you use any other social media besides Facebook?
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