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  2. @Pioneer1 provide your definition to effective government?
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  4. Well, Al Sharpton may not be THEE leader of Black America but he's certainly A leader and mobilizer. Take a look at the recent rather uplifting speech he gave at his church: I didn't realize that the Jacksonville Shooting took place at the same time the 60th anniversary of King's March was happening! But Mr. Sharpton put the two together like that. How ironic. How diabolical. Maybe some other publications mentioned it but I don't remember having heard this anywhere else in the media.
  5. HEre is the screenwriting course from tananarive due side steven barnes of lifewriting VIDEO SLIDESHOW MY THOUGHTS AS I LISTENED, it started at 5:00pm eastern standard time 5:18 i say 10 is in what the medals represent, they are proven rebel leaders 5:26 haha, yes i bought the rod sterling/richard matheson/charles beaumont scripts for twilight zone to learn 5:27 many people don't have people in their personal lives who allow them to fail 5:29 write for you. if you like what you write you aren't failing, and keep writing till you like what you write 5:31 what does it mean to be human? you need to know what it means to be human. 5:34 and also extend the human comprehension to all characters. the hero isn't the only character to approach holistically 5:36 you did say it before , the writerjapanese anime called "black clover" said he wanted to do that in his anime 5:42 exactly alot of boring science fiction or horror or adventure is in books/movies where the plot isn't existent, it is merely, experiencing someone doing stuff 5:46 I don't usually write the other. Definitely need to push that forward to learn about myself more 5:55 are the immortal villains in horror or scifi films , witness characters? 5:56 all writers get into habits and regular forms 6:04 I make storyboards that helps this writing without dialog in screenplays is vital, so that you can tell a story absent text 6:07 of course, you never know when the doors of imagination open 6:09 i am on lifewriting, anyone else on the group from facebook? lets create together 6:09 exactly tananarive, the immortal villains in horror are witness characters:) 6:13 I watched the twilight zone marathon while reading the scripts i had:) 6:26 screenplay elements for structure, remember just a template 6:45 beat sheet for danger word I see, thank you,I felt it was a coming of age thanks for confirming 6:47 they funded the movie with a visual storytelling element 6:48 great story behind the scenes of danger word and crews influence 6:50 danger word was crowd funded for 30,000 dollars QUESTIONS 7:09 7:52 great information on working in hollywood. I wrote in my own notebook alot. 7:56 glengarry glen ross with M.A.G.I.C. will love to see that:) Join the lifewriting group on facebook or the firedance weekly sessions on zoom, i have experience in either and both I have learned from or are uplifting or are positive. https://masteryplus.mykajabi.com/lifewriting-premium-sales-page-4
  6. Perhaps......PERHAPS.....under the current two regimes (in the U.S. and Russia) there may not be direct conflict. But at some point the facade will be dropped and the gloves will come off. Those nukes aren't going to just disappear. Somebody HAS to use them. I'm not a weapons scientist so I don't know how long nuclear weapons last of if they have an "expiration date"....lol....but I don't see people just letting them rot and become unstable. I believe INITIALLY those nukes were designed from Africa and Asia....not eachother. Just incase an African or Asian nation got "too powerful" and became a threat to the Caucasian world, they'd TRY to nuke them to neutralize them. But the Universe has a way of establishing justice and turning the powers of evil against eachother. At some point somebody is going to get in office either in the U.S. or Russia who ain't down with the "program" and will see the other nation TRULY as an enemy and seek to destroy them.
  7. ProfD Lol...he might have been sick before but dancing around like that he seems pretty healthy now. Especially at his age. Not sure when the video was taken but it seem to be fairly recently like within the past 5 years. He's 68 now, so he was clearly in his 60s when he was freakin' that lady up and down....lol. Don't look like arthritis was holding him back either...lol.
  8. I don't think so. The US and Russia have been saber-rattling since the 1960s through the Cold War ending in the 1990s. Notice that under POTUS 45 there was zero tension between the US and Russia. Under POTUS 44, Russia invaded Crimea. After POTUS 46 got elected, there's now a war in Ukraine. There's a common denominator. As always, watch their hands and follow the money. War and conflict or a hint generates a lot of it. Kinda like wrestling.
  9. I think Al lost weight initially due to illness. Having a younger wife might factor as well. Unfortunately, nobody wants to tell Al he looks like a Pez dispenser: That's how a person knows who's truly their friends. Someone needs to feed Al or buy him a sandwich.
  10. Does atleast one country operates effectively in Africa? It's hard for ME to say because I haven't been to any African nation yet, however based on what I've studies and heard from those who've been there....... Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Kenya aren't doing too bad as far as maintaining stable governments and economies. Ofcourse they have challenges as most nations do, but they aren't experiencing coups every couple of years and nation wide black-outs like some other African countries are. But again, if I'm not over there to witness first hand what's going on....it's hard to produce and accurate assessment.
  11. POWERFUL observation and statement. This entire "stop playing victim" theme was really born out of the 80s with Ronald Reagan and the conservative movement as they tried to shame Black folks into not complaining about racism. -Stop playing victim. -Get over the past. -Stop with all the complaining. -No one likes a complainer -Stop the bitching and moaning All of these are terms that White folks love to use....ON BLACK FOLK when we speak up and stand up for ourselves or point out injustice. However if you notice they never use them on eachother! When a White woman gets on televison crying about how she's been raped, you never hear a White man tell her to "stop playing victim". When White Republicans get on television or the radio complaining about a law or state of the nation, you don't hear White folks tell them to "stop complaining" or "if you don't like this country than leave it". It's a form of reverse psychology or perhaps gas-lighting to try to turn the tables on the victim so that they'll be ashamed to speak up.
  12. I don't know exactly why but every time I read this statement I laugh.....lol. I guess I picture you hurriedly slapping sandwiches together and driving kids back and forth to school and washing clothes for about a decade.....too tired to do anything else, lol. Do you mean to tell me you were too busy parenting to even listen to the music back then????
  13. If anything, they should have kept Professor Griff and ditched Flav.....lol. I still think it was wrong they way they did Griff. He didn't say anything that Public Enemy as a group weren't rapping about anyway. His remarks CERTAINLY weren't nearly as anti-semitic as Ice Cube's were in No Vaseline....yet Ice Cube went on to have a major successful career in Hollywood. Troy Are you talking about this video? .....the video and radio version was the EDITED version, lol. I come to find out later that about a quarter of the actual lyrics were edited out to shorten the song! Here's the song in it's original totality:
  14. The thing about crime in the 'hood or ghetto is..... Usually if you aren't INVOLVED in it....you don't experience it and usually don't even observe it. This isn't always the case obviously, because bullets don't have names on them (unless they come from a racist who scribbles racist rhetoric on them). But usually. Based on what I've seen and know living in and near different hoods around the nation, I'd say over 90% of the time if you 1. Stay to yourself Don't go thugging and getting involved in illegal shit Don't hang out with thugs and gangsters....including dating them and screwing them. 2. Mind your own business If you see shit going down don't get involved in it trying to be Superman. And DON'T LET YOUR WOMAN DO IT EITHER! I've told so many brothers, WE need to be the man in the relationship and stop letting these women get you in trouble by involving themselves and you in shit that ain't none of yall business. Infact, don't even stand there STARING at people who are engaged in dope dealing or fighting.....just act like you don't see it and keep it moving. If you want to help somebody who is a victim...try to wait until the perpetrators are GONE so you can help them and call 911. Don't do like a lot of wealthy White folks do and scream: "Well I'm gonna call the cops RIGHT NOW!" As if THAT'S supposed to stop everybody from doing what they're doing. ....and end up getting jacked up and peed on while laying out on the ground. If you do this, you'll usually be safe even in the roughest of areas. Again....usually.
  15. The way they're tip-toing...... Something tells me even if there IS a direct act of aggression on either side....they'll probably try to have a series of negotiations to iron it out before escalating. Infact, the initial act of direct aggression (if one hasn't already occurred) will probably be called a "mistake" by the media in order to conceal it while both sides try to work things out. However a direct all out war between the U.S. and Russia IS coming eventually. All of this tip-toing is just prolonging the inevitable.
  16. He's certainly A spoke-person and what some would call a "leader" or "leading voice" in Black America, but I wouldn't say he's THEE leader. BTW...I think he may need to gain a little more weight. His body is smaller but his head seems to be the same size. Grinning and dancing around....obviously he's not sick, so it's amazing how small his actual frame is and how he managed to carry so much weight around when he was younger.
  17. . topics Cento series 18th round Boy and Sir, more mirrors to Girl from Jamaica Kincaid Dates, Astrology , Astronomy The Intruder from charles beaumont + roger corman , the roaming frictioner Indigenous suffering- still uncovering sins from the usa's government or its immigrant peoples to the indigenous How do you define Black greatness? Another round of education https://rmnewsletter.over-blog.com/2023/06/09/24/2023-rmnewsletter.html
  18. For those in the northern hemisphere, I hope they began Autumn surrounded by loving ones with a full plate of food. For those in the southern hemisphere, i hope they began spring, surrounde by loving ones and beautiful gardens
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  20. That's not how US government works. If it was that easy, AfroAmericans would've be riding around in brand new cars and trucks a long time ago.
  21. The US cannot confront Russia directly unless they commit an act of aggression against us or our NATO allies. Ukraine doesn't count because they're not in NATO. Of course, that's the whole reason for the dust-up. Putin knows all of it. Yet, money is bejng wasted. More importantly, hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost. All for nothing.
  22. Definitiely not speaking for brotha Troy but.... IMO, Al Sharpton is a spokesperson for social justice. Otherwise, Sharpton couldn't get Black America to line up and do the Electric Slide if he tried.
  23. richardmurray well over 95% of black people were once enslaved which is a pure combination of being incarcerated plus homeless at the same time, so I argue your assertion is wrong that black percentages to either are higher than ever. Well, let's look at it..... Firstly, I was making two separate points. 1)How can more Black Americans be in jail and homeless right now more than in any time in history AND be at a record low poverty rate at the same time???? Then.... 2)Black folks....in Michigan atleast....collectively were doing MUCH better in the 80s and early 90s than they are collectively today. Not nearly as many were incarcerated. You didn't see nearly as many homeless. I'd have to argue that slaves generally speaking weren't "homeless". They had homes they were actually forced to live in. Also, I stand by my statement that more Black folks are in jail (which is a form of slavery in most cases) than at any time in history. Prison is a form of slavery BUT....slavery wasn't necessarily the same as being in prison or jail. Kind of like apples are fruit, but not all fruits are apples. Troy I think the income figures used to determine poverty are too low. There are plenty of people making $50,000 or $60,000 a year who are on the verge of being homeless along with their families. Those who do these studies like to make assumptions like the person is getting medicaid as well as taking advantage of certain programs like section 8 to help pay for their housing.
  24. Let me explain or expound upon my above comment a little more.....lol. Nature has a way of weeding out the most stupid of humanity. ....if you let nature take it's course. Many if not most of the people stupid enough to get on top of moving trains and ride them like skate boards don't live long enough to have children. Or get locked up (for doing dumb shit) at young ages BEFORE they start having children. Because of this, whatever genetic defect that affects their intelligence isn't passed along to their offspring.
  25. .....but that's coming. And soon. The U.S. doesn't mind sending billions to Ukraine to keep Russia contained, as long as they CAN keep Russia contained. But they're losing the war big time and so the U.S. has to step their game up...or change games...in order to prevent Russia from expanding their grip. Obviously proxies aren't helping, so it's probably time for a DIRECT confrontation.
  26. Just giving away federal money to Ukraine by the BILLIONS and not even a hearing on it, let alone a study. But like I've said before, if we as AfroAmericans were truly organized and united....we could give OURSELVES Reparations! Literally. Black Congressmen could literally pass a bill and put enough pressure on the leaders to sign it into law and honor it.
  27. Troy, so are you trying to tell me that THIS man- ....is the "leader" of Black America??????
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