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  2. Pioneer1

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    Troy I forgot to mention back when you sarcastically asked was Odell Beckham trying to be a White woman...... Believe it or not MANY young Black men today are both consciously and subconsciously trying to be White women! They feel being a "man" is too hard and comes with too much stress and frankly, many of them are confused on what manhood is. They look at how White women are pampered in this society and how they seem to be able to say and do anything they want and everyone comes to their rescue and comforts them and does favors for them and growing up watching this......many young Black men have come to the conclusion that life as a WHITE WOMAN is much easier than trying to grow up and be a Black man.
  3. Pioneer1

    BLACK CHURCH And The HIV,AIDS

    The question I have is, how much responsibility does the Black Church have in the spread of HIV? -Teaching and encouraging Black people to practice morality that was invented by Caucasians which basically leads to sexual supression and deception. -Making Black people feel so guilty about sex and sexual encounters to the point that they feel they DESERVE any type of sexually related disease they get and therefor are reluctant to find a cure. If Black people were smart and organized in the way they SHOULD be by now....WE would have came up with a cure for HIV and the other diseases our community have been afflicted with instead of waiting on White people to come up with them. Infact, we would have had our own hospitals and medical centers by now. Man......... As I type this, tears actually come up in my eyes just envisioning what we COULD HAVE been and how much progress we COULD HAVE made by now if we were smart and industrious enough. I don't know if everything can be blamed on racism or if Black stupidity is seriously a major part of the problem. Why, why, why......
  4. Pioneer1

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    K2 Common sense isn't common to everyone. I personally believe that what's common sense to most White men isn't common sense to most Black men.....and probably differs between Native American and East Asian men. What's "common sense" to you really depends on your cultural up bringing and the structure of your mind. Not only because they "feel like it," but also because it could be part of their indoctrination into womanhood. May I ask you, again, as to why you choose 'sideburns' as part of the image you admire? Did you not say, sideburns reflect 'manliness,' or were you mimicking White boys of "love fest hippie age?" Sideburns can be achieved NATURALLY and are grown NATURALLY by men of most races. Any man who can grow hair and a beard can grow sideburns. The only men who can't may be Native Americans who generally don't grow beards.       Troy when was the last time you read a book and what was the title? About a couple months ago......Wheat Belly!
  5. Delano

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    Yes that's right, Troy.
  6. Delano

    Lemonade and bell hooks

    If there are black women that disagree with you then it's needed.
  7. If you keep shortening the time he will be out by Next week.
  8. richardmurray

    RIchard Murray Creative Table

    Black owned creative outlets I apologize for posting these late cause creativity require time, but if any of you have work, please apply. I sadfully will not be able to apply to the fiyah in time so my work to that I will probably submit in the email listing once finished. https://www.fiyahlitmag.com/submissions/ Issue 7 Theme: Music | Accepting submissions April 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018 Black contributions to musical genres are unmatched. Music is the language of the soul, and for this issue we’re looking for stories where music plays a central role. Maybe the devil really does hand out talent at the crossroads, or maybe that lounge singer isn’t quite what she seems. Send us all of your stories featuring music as magic, music as catalyst, or whatever your devious little hearts come up with. Share your favorite stories on Twitter with #FiyahLit Nubianpoets.com is proud to have Latorial Faison who has been featured along with Iyanla Vanzant, Danny Glover, and Dr. Cornel West in the 2003 NAACP Image Award winning book Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from the Black Community as this year’s contest judge. https://madmimi.com/p/79b2db
  9. Troy

    Lemonade and bell hooks

    @Delano, I'm a little surprised at you regarding your knowledge about Black men being able to vote before white women... well maybe not so much that, because I'm pretty confident most people did not know this. But it s easy to look up I'm not even sure why you are pressing me to produce proof for something so easy to find. I don't mind quoting @Pioneer1 when he is right. If you notice he referenced history rather than saying all the Black men he knows voted before any white women he knows 😉 You won't get an argument from me about whether Black women need feminism, because they probably do. But feminism, like racism are tools used to keep us all down.
  10. richardmurray

    Character Building

    great image:) wise prose
  11. Well @Delano things look to be swaying into your favor. I still think 45 will last until the end of the year. I'm not so confident about him finishing his term.
  12. Troy

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    @Delano I don't understand the point of your question. If something is "objective," by definition, we'd all need to agree on it, right? @Pioneer1, when was the last time you read a book and what was the title?
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  14. Read. Online. The. NAACP ,Wants. To. Have. A. HIV ,AIDS,Conversation. With. The. Churches,Faith Leaders,It,Has,Been. 38. ,Years. Since. HIV,AIDS,Why. Now?Let,Me, Talk. About. Two. Black. Preachers. Who. Had. HIV,Was. Having. Sex. With. Women. In. And. Out. Of. Their,Church.. ...I. Think. One. Woman. Got. HIV. From. The,Preacher. She. Had. Sex. With. The. Preachers. Knew. They,HIV...Preachers. Have. Been. Arrested. For. Stealing,Caught. With. Prostitutes,Having. Babies. With,Mistresses .Churches. Have. Become. Pimp. Houses..The,NAACP,Churches ,Black. Politicians. Condone...Preachers,Are. Snakes..Want. Only. Black. People,Money. Domestic. Violence,Preachers. Beating. Their,Wives,3-Preachers. Have. Killed. Their. Wives..Some,Black. People. Think,There. Is. No. Black,Leadership....4 ,People. Killed. At. The. Waffle. House,,Near. Nashville,3_Were. Black,Killer. Is. White,Black. Man. Hero. For. Jumping. On. The. White. Killer. Black. Church,Has. A. Prayer. Vigil. For. Victims...Wonder. if. The. Sports. Team. Owners. Saw. The. Neo. Nazi. ,Wearing. Nazi,Outfits,Waving. Neo. Nazi. Flags,U. S. Flag,,Celebrating,Adolf. Hitler. Birthday?Trump. Likes. To,Tweet. Waiting. For. Him. To. Tweet. Happy. Birthday. To,Hitler.....They. Upset. With. Football. Players. Kneeling,Down,They. Disrespect. The. Flag. Neo. Nazi. Waving,Nazi. Flag,U. S. Flag,Wearing. Nazi. Outfits....
  15. @Pioneer1: Than you've answered your own question; with exception of sexuality as being a factor of trust/mistrust. My other brother, who happens to be drug/alcohol counselor for the VA once told me; "10 of 10 times it is the individual who mistrusts that is untrustworthy." It took me some years to understand that, but now I agree with him. Black women (probably) mistrust all men, White or Black, and rightly so; especially when it comes to finances. I blame only myself for my failures but also of failures of those I influence. To stay honest with myself, so to speak. And as far as fear of success is concerned, everybody fears it. I saw a video of a child approaching a baby duck for the first time, the closer the child got the more she withdrew her arms until the hands completely disappeared behind her back as she stood over the baby duck, bent over admiring it. The only reason a person would prevent another from succeeding is hatred for that person, or revenge for some act.
  16. Kalexander2

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    @Pioneer1: Common sense involve the nervous system's sensory mechanisms. This is also a human, innate, verifiability method of simply 'knowing' a thing has validity without outside sources. COMMON SENSE, AS OPPOSED TO "UNCOMMON SENSE." (common-sense realism) (philosophy) The doctrine that there is an external, material world that we perceive directly, that it exists whether we perceive it or not, and that what we perceive is the way things are. However, associated with a hostility to complex theories; potentially misleading since common sense tells us many things that have been proven to be false." But you have to prove it is false. "Are you all seriously gonna sit up here and tell me that these Black women straightening their hair and or dye it blonde have NOTHING to do with the inferiority complex that White society has instilled in so many Black people after 500 years of contact and oppression? They're just doing it because they "feel like it"? I thought this matter was pretty much understood by most since the time Malcolm X was teaching." Not only because they "feel like it," but also because it could be part of their indoctrination into womanhood. May I ask you, again, as to why you choose 'sideburns' as part of the image you admire? Did you not say, sideburns reflect 'manliness,' or were you mimicking White boys of "love fest hippie age?" With bell bottom jeans and 'road flare' colors? What exactly is the reason choose the tie (not bowtie lol!) and another garment? Your argument fails even further when one considers the psychology of 'pleasure,' another credible argument that would support Mel's assertion.
  17. There are some things I trust males over females. There are other things I trust females over males. Usually when it comes to financial business I trust females over males because so many men tend to be so greedy and ruthless when it comes to making money. But when it comes to sexual issues I usually trust males over females because many women are more confused and more deceptive in their true sexual feelings. It's not necessarily their fault, but it's the way society forces them to be. But to show you how deep it is, I know a lot of women who would rather see their brothers, husbands, and boyfriends POOR AND IGNORANT.....broke to the point that THEY would have to support them.....rather than see them wealthy and prosperous and independent. Why? Because of the underlaying fear that if these Black men get right then they may leave THEM and to go a White woman to give all their money to.....like so many have unfortunatly done. But this fear leads to mistrust and the inability for so many Black men and women to help eachother become successful.
  18. Pioneer1

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    Mel Ok, then you understand that this is EXACTLY what you are doing when you represent YOUR experiences and observations as truth. At least the studies that contain the statistics include an abstract, raw data and , methodology of how they've come to the conclusion. I understand the point that you're making that you'd rather trust a systemic method of collecting data rather that simply trusting heresay. My issue is WHO the data is coming from and how trustworthy are they. What are their motives for collecting the data in the first place and do they have a history or presenting false data? You can't call all data or information someone or some institution presents to you - "facts". Because all of it may not be true. You yourself just said: "Since I spent several years in broadcast news - I don't trust anything I hear on the radio/television. I understand how broadcast news works" You KNOW data and figures can be manipulated and skews and out right fabricated depending on the motive of whoever is presenting them so you out of everyone in here should have the most understanding of my skepticism! So unless a TRUSTWORTHY person or people are the ones presenting the facts then why should you trust them?   Del Of you hear news story from credible sources you have more confidence it is true. However even on science or scientific experiments there is bias. EXCELLENT point. If the person or people who are presenting this information to you (I don't call them facts unless they've been verified) have a HISTORY of being dishonest and bias...why would you believe their data?       K2 After all, can't Black women attain their own identity of beauty, if only for fun, without trying to be some-one else? And my answer is.....OFCOURSE they can. And they do, with styles like twists and locks and braids. But when they dye their hair BLONDE this it's a clear indication that they are attempting to present themselves as closer to "White".....whether they're doing this consciously or subconsciously. The same goes for when they "relax" and straighten out their kinky hair. It's clear that they see straighter hair as more attractive because of it's association with Whiteness.
  19. Kalexander2

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    @Mel Hopkins: "We've adorn ourselves with crowns of all colors since times immemorial ... our crowns are our glory - and you're correct many of us do suffer psychologically when our hair ain't did. I think any woman who is trying to look like Beyonce is simply a fan... I wore a baseball cap and ponytail pulled through when Janet did Rhythmnation - in fact, a lot of us did. It's just fun." THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT PRESPECTIVE! I went back through my files on the evidence/arguments presented to US Congress that inspired Civil Rights legislation, photos of dark complexion Black women wearing blond wigs with 3-6 of their Black children/infants in Chicago's community aid offices; 'they say,' supported psychological trauma allegations for discussion that Black mothers were traumatized into mimicking White mothers to provide for their children, or words to that effect. NOW, I realize it is quite possible these women were 'only adoring themselves' without attempting to mimic White women. After all, can't Black women attain their own identity of beauty, if only for fun, without trying to be some-one else? I'm inclined to contemplate this further!
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  21. Delano

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    I don't think so because it isn't self evident.
  22. If they use the RICO Act, it is all over for Donald Trump. Judge Kimba Wood used the RICO act and fined Michael Milliken about $500mil for insider trading and banned him from ever trading securities. I used to work at Drexel Burnham Lambert so I remember her name.
  23. Mel Hopkins

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    @Delano Since I spent several years in broadcast news - I don't trust anything I hear on the radio/television. I understand how broadcast news works. If it's of interest to me or if I need the information for survival - I verify with the proper agencies. I know not everyone does that but when you work in news you have to get your information from primary sources - second at best. So if I hear on the radio there's a case of salmonella contamination with the current crop of romaine lettuce chances are I'm not going to purchase romaine lettuce. I haven't tested it - nor do I have the tools to confirm or deny there's contamination but since I got a notice from Georgia's department of agriculture stating there is ... I'm going to trust it.. So yes, outside of opening up my own lab in the basement, I'm going I trust the departments we've set up to check our food. Is it an objective fact? Who knows maybe another type of test will turn up no contamination - but I'm simply going to avoid all romaine lettuce for awhile. By the way, isn't saying there are no objective facts, is in fact an objective fact?
  24. Delano

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    How can you verify anything you rradio or hear? You can check the methodology? Mostly it's a function of reputation. Basically it comes down to replication or if something is repeated. Of you hear news story from credible sources you have more confidence it is true. However even on science or scientific experiments there is bias. The question of verification is he flip side of my argument there aren't any objective facts. While Troy may believe there are, I don't think so. At best there are statements that a significant number of people believe are true at a given point in time Or to the best of our collective knowledge.
  25. Mel that's a grade A exposition. Hustlers have a shorter explanation cop and blow.
  26. Well this one took me two days to respond to and I'm still not 100% that I actually communicated what's on my mind... But I did post my response in my blog here on AALBC... And I will paste it here too. HOW TO PROFIT FROM THE UNDERCLASS The Black community who have nearly zero wealth but $1.5 trillion buying power keeps the U.S. economy afloat. Some have the belief, Absolutely some of those tactical and strategical solutions require mental reprogramming and behavior modification. The Black community didn’t create fiat money or its banking system. Therefore, we're clueless when dealing with it. The system terrorizes and traumatizes others, crushing them under the weight of insurmountable financial problems. The former can be solved by education, while the latter would require reprogramming to alleviate ourselves of its pressures. For example, many believe we derive our worth from our financial portfolio, our parents or where we were born. Society programs us to believe what we own, who we can influence even our zip code determines our value. Once we’re indoctrinated into that belief system; once we begin to equate our intrinsic value to tangibles such as assets, physical appearance, influence or anything outside of our control; we quickly travel downhill on a slippery slope. For many of us, this is a way of life. It is as natural as breathing. We’ve been taught to seek outside acceptance, or even popularity, i.e., create an artificial demand for ourselves. We will do anything to achieve it. We'll pay for things we can’t afford to get the attention of people we don’t know, have a relationship with, or even like. When we follow this path, we create demand for human-made products giving it value and thereby enriching its producer. Ironically, the value comes from the demand. Without demand, there would be no value. Humans, however, are valuable whether or not there's a demand. Looking for outside validation, or even valuation wouldn't be necessary if we recognize that we're invaluable from birth. More on that later when we discuss remedies for financial pathology. Some attention-seekers don't understand how attention derives its value or its purpose. So, they exchange it for money. Others attempt to convert it into status. Once in demand, the goal for many is to gain an illusory higher ‘position’ in society. Hollywood even has a rating system for a celebrity’s popularity and will pay according to the rating. And as a society, we’ve agreed to this rating system as if it’s nature’s design. Instead of what it is, an artificially created social stratification system. In nature, there’s no such hierarchy only symbiosis and mutualism. Every species has a role and carries out for the continued evolution of this planet. Our belief system should reflect what exists in nature. Our innate abilities, talents, and Love at its apex are for this planet's growth, not its destruction. It's inherent within the Black community or any indigenous people to know their role in nature. We're here as sustainable support for nature and all that exists within. Still, that knowledge conflicts with the members' need for acceptance. Further, the natural system wouldn't benefit parasites who have learned how to thrive off the artificial system of selling attention-getting products. Unfortunately, they have convinced us to bury our talents and abilities and instead trade our time for a pittance so we can pay twice the amount of our earnings for trinkets. The price of human ingenuity is incalculable. Meanwhile, the black community is financially-strapped because they work to get attention. Some will convert the attention into money to buy things they don’t need, tire of it and unfulfilled will self-destruct. Others will use the attention currency, convert it to power then into money to maintain the social stratification system. Of them, in whispers, we'll say, "so-and-so sold their soul." For the rest, the tactical solution is to remember individual intrinsic value. Then we'll realize humans belong at a roundtable not in a pecking order. But I digress. There's a difference between how things are and how they should be. There's a difference between reality and belief. Maybe our psychological challenges stem from overthinking this lopsided mixed economic system. Therefore, a strategic solution is to understand that in democratic capitalism, money is a medium used in an exchange of goods and services. The key is knowing the difference between price and cost.
  27. Mel Hopkins

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Emcee

    @Pioneer1 Ok, then you understand that this is EXACTLY what you are doing when you represent YOUR experiences and observations as truth. At least the studies that contain the statistics include an abstract, raw data and , methodology of how they've come to the conclusion. Further they don't rely on others having experienced or observed the same to come to their conclusion. Even after the presentation the author will state this is our conclusion. Conclusion does not equal truth. So like I wrote earlier that's your opinion, experience and observation -I don't agree with it but I do appreciate you sharing it - because it does at least advance the conversation and provokes some metaphysical thought.
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