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  2. One's beliefs are a reflection of who they are not reality. My conclusions, however, have nothing to do with Beyonce or Jay-Z; I know little about them and do not consume their products. My reaction to her Grammy performance was taken from Cynique's opinion I did not wtach it. My opinion on this matter is driven (I believe) by what I know about how corporations operate. How they manipulate and brainwash people to into behaviors that only serve to enrich the owners. Beyonce is a tool to generate revenue. She is no different than any other entertainer--other than the fact she makes more money that most. Which is the most important thing in our culture. Rich people are worshipped. Will anyone argue that Beyonce is the most talented vocalist singing today?, Enslave people for a few centuries to get cheap good--no problem. Sell cancer sticks and shorten the life spans of millions--you bet. Sell the raving of a rabid, racist troll--but of course. Needless to say, I could go on and on, but you get the point. This is what corporation do. Beyonce serves this master. Of course, some could make a convincing argument that corporations are, net-net, all things considered a plus for society. I used to feel that way too, but not anymore. The biggest corporations are like the drugs dealers. They sell products that no one needs or are outright harmful, they make the owners fantastically wealthy attractiving attention and envy from others, and mitigate their evil and confuse people by doling out a few dollars in charity and employing a few folks with mediorce wages. Their detractors a critics are simply failures who are jealous of their success. @Cynique was right their is a gene (likely a great many genes), which make people more suspectible to viewing Beyonce as a religous icon. I ain't hatin' on Bey. I just haven't drank that Kool-aid (the reference to the People's Temple cult was deliberate).
  3. @Troy Darius James filmaker and author. Samuel Delaney one of my favorite authors. He is genius writer. And he is probably accesible plus he is a good persontp ask about publishing. He is an openly Gay professor at U Mass. Wrote the sci fi classic Dahlgren and has a pice in the antholgy of Avant Pop Fiction.
  4. I have an Afro-Cuban friend and he admires Black Music. I an African women tild me she felt sorry for Black Americans. My barometer with all people is one of a few things, can they think rationally, are they emotionally intelligent and are they diminishing me. That is inthe reverse order of importance. Troy iwas ridinga fix gear for 10 hours a day with stuff on m back when i was in my 40's. New Yorkers think they are at the center of things. So is the butt hole. Ill engage with different points of view. Ignore when needed or be mentally combative if i have a worthy opponent. There is as this big Jamaican dude named Bob i think that was his name. He was a massive dude he rode a fix and was a messenger. He had one leg. And Country rode fix before itwas crazy popular. And my man Chuckie. And my brother Tabu from the Soul Summit Parties in Brooklyn. Shamelessly name dropping.
  5. My psychic friend is into Ifa . She feels Beyoncé is a role model. Is she. I was going to respond with the pic of Jay-Z Warren Buffet and Steve Forbes. Instead i read the interview. It is possible that you are both correct. Even though your conclusuonis based onyour feelings about Beyoncé. My feelings about Jay-Z and have changed since reading the article I have changed my opinion. Which illustrates a belief of my mine. You can't have an open mind unless you are aware of your beliefs , assumptions , and biases.
  6. The Lunatic President Trump Was At The African American,History Museum..He Says He Will Combat Bigotry,Racism. And Unite The Country .Dr. Ben Carson,Silent,Behind Trump. Trump Has Racist,KKK,White Supremacist People He Has Appointed To Political Positions. Jewish Places There Have Been ,Attacked,Hate Crimes On The News,Swastika Graffiti . Trump Not One Word About Racist White Police,Murdering Black Males..The Charleston Church,Terrorist Dylan. Roof Was Planning To Attack Other,Black Churches.....Dr. Ben Carson ,His 3 Sons Want,Be Shot Down By Racist White Police. He Believes No Racist People,In Trump's Presidential Cabinet .....Amazing..Protest Against Trump Goes On,White Republicans With Obama care,Vocally Attacking Republicans,They Want To Keep Their,Obama care.....
  7. the weekend ends, remember to vote on the next path in the public paths story 

    and the public paths story is available so far in the following post 


  8. What path will you choose the story to take now? @Lauretha Ward @Uniquelymade7 @rosa @Maame Dede @sabine ziya @Sarah Gordon Weathersby I must admit, this public creating process has been original for me, as i planned it to be. I have learned that the public story is yours and yet, not yours in many way
  9. @Delano Thank you...I'm processing all the time. I might have something different next week lol
  10. kind of like Catholicism but you didn't hear that from me
  11. Because those platforms are NOT I never understood why we would expect to find our breakthroughs outside of our community. I only need to look in my own backyard, literally, to find a remedy for menstrual cramps. (Dead nettle grows in my backyard ) In fact, I spend my time posting here and looking for ways to make this website of record - so that we can produce breakthrough... My next step is asking for a AALBC press pass so I could bring enterprising content... maybe others can do the same? Just a suggestion.
  12. @Cynique you always challenge me to seek clarity! Thank you so much! Of course, I put my best foot forward with anyone I meet. Kindness and respect goes a long way... What I can't afford in this lifetime is seeking outside validation for the life given to me. When I said I don't seek the acceptance of white people; it's because I don't allow anyone to tell me who I am or what role I shall play. I tell others what role I shall play in their life and they can decide "Yes" or "no" . I was looking at my professional recommendation letters, the other day and I realized they have the same theme - " leader with an attitude" white folks code for uppity negress. It is what it is. I never felt like I needed my life validated. And yes, living like this has positive, negative and a lot of heartbreaking consequences. When I was younger, many called it hubris. If I believed I could do it; I did it. Now that I'm older it requires a lot of courage to continue to live this way. I may cry a lot, but I sleep well. I think the black community's pathological tendencies come from allowing others to invalidate us. It's as if we believe we are the illegitimate children of America and Africa and we're doing everything while failing miserably to gain legitimacy. It's as if we (black Americans) are waiting to do our version of Sally Fields' Academy Award acceptance speech "You like me, you really like me". Although it is so cliche, we have to learn to like ourselves first even if our validation never arrives.
  13. OK maybe I'm being overly cynical, but it will take a lot for me to be convinced that a multination corporation like SONY is interested in doing anything but making more money than they did the year before. If they can monetize any of the ancient African religious traditions in Beyonce's imagery; the result will be a perversion of those traditions.
  14. Sheryl platforms like Facebook, Goolge+, and Twitter are simply incapable of producing this content; (1) the platform are not designed to hold long form content, and most importantly; (2) These platforms do not create content. They don’t employ journalist, writers, editors, researchers, artists, photographers, or fact checkers--you have to twist their arms to remove fake news. Celebrities and their troll's get the lion's share of the coverage because they generate the most traffic. The combination of the two the Celebrity and troll into a single individual the "trollebrity," like the current president, are a gold mine for these sites. Trump has been a boon for Twitter.
  15. @Delano, I didn't want to get into glad you did. I had to check myself first to see what was aggravating me about @Troy 's comment... there's so much to unpack that it spills over into the other discussion thread about black's being normal dysfunction et al.... but yes, it is validation of the three stages of woman - "maiden, mother, crone" (remember the Blue Ivy-Beyonce-Miss Tina hologram?) Beyonce's whole career and music has used this Leitmotif... EXCEPT she uses the motherland's symbols instead of the eurocentric version. It traverses the scale of the mythology of ancient Canaanites (north, south central west africa) is why some call her practices the illuminati because many don't know our own ancient magical practices ... She is using her whole career as a backdrop to tell the story of the black woman.. It's mythology set to music. hahaha!!!
  16. Such long times periods and gaps. The new platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google are not producing any breakthrough Agents.
  17. Del I think as you immerse yourself into different worlds you gain a perspective that is necessarily more open. I too shared many of the experiences you have. Speaking of being a bike messenger, have you ever heard of Kurt Boone? He writes about delivering packages riding a fixed wheel bike. I worked as a foot messenger for a couple of years--delivering packages to offices wowed me with their grandness, and the I would be working in a few years later. Experiencing other locations is also why I balk at the idea that places like NYC are so cosmopolitan, urbane and sophisticated. In reality, NYC often is very provincial, racist, crude and segregated as any place in the country. Many communities I've visited in the south are FAR more integrated than NYC. Though mainstream media and NYC itself likes to tout itself has been better that other places...
  18. I'm planning to follow up on this article. Book Issues Book Review published this article 10 years before the NY Times article referenced above, which essentially failed to recognize Black folks. As far as I know nothing like this has been published since. There is no reason to believe that a related article will be published anytime soon--we simply no longer have the platforms. The names mentioned in the article are shown below. I plan to do a "where are they now" follow up to this article. If I had the resources, I would introduce the professionals who have come to the forefront since this article was published 10 years ago. (If anyone has an update on any of the professionals below email me or reply to this post) Malaika Adero – Senior Editor, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster Kwame Alexander – Blackwords, Inc. Publisher, Poet, Playwright, Author and commentator T. B. Boyd, III – President and CEO of the R. H. Boyd Publishing Corporation Marie Brown – Literary Agent Curtis Bunn – Founder National Book Club Conference Jessica Care Moore-Poole – Publisher of Moore Black Press Kassahun Checole – Publisher and Book Distributor, Africa World Press Faith Childs – Literary Agent Faye Childs – Founder Blackboard African American Bestsellers Paul Coates – Publisher of Black Classics Press Wil and Niani Colom – Wil publisher Genesis Press, Niani formed the African American Pavilion at BookExpo of America Dawn Davis – VP and Editorial Director of Amistad/HarperCollins Marlyn Ducksworth – Sr VP and Executive Director of PR at Penguin Putnam Linda Gill – General Manager of African American Literature at Harlequin Enterprises Marita Golden – Founder of the Hurston-Wright Foundation and Awards Rockelle Henderson – Associate Publisher Amistad HarperCollins L. Peggy Hicks – Founder and owner of TriCom Publicity Inc Janet Hill – VP and Executive Editor at Doubleday Cheryl and Wade Hudson – Publishers of Just Us Books Andrew Jackson – President Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Troy Johnson – Web master and Founder of African American Literature Book Club ( Hoke S. Glover III aka Bro Yao and Simba Sana – Owners Karibu Books Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati – Founder of The Literary Carol Mackey – Editor for Black Expressions Book Club Naomi Long Madgett – Founder Lotus Press Haki Madhubuti – Founder and owner of Third World Press (TWP) Erroll McDonald – VP Executive Editor at Pantheon/Random House Nrichelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman – Owners Nubian Heritage Linda M. Peavy – Acting Publisher Judson Press Brenda Piper and Carol Rogers – Owners of C&B Books Gwen and Willie Richardson – Founders Emma Rodgers – Co-owner Black Images Book Bazaar Max Rodriguez – Founder QBR: The Black Book Review Tony and Yvonne Rose – Founders and Owners Amber Communications Group Vivan Stephens – Founder of Romance Writers of America and Women Writers of Color Denise Stinson – Publisher and Founder of Walk Worthy Press Vickie M. Stringer – Founder and Publisher of Triple Crown Publications (TCP) Hargis Thomas – Director of Sales and Marketing at Oxford University Press Religious Publishing Clara Villarosa – Coordinator African American Booksellers Conference programs at BookExpo Kelvin Watson – Associate Director of Corporate and Educational Sales at Borders Sybil Wilkes – News Anchor of The Tom Joyner Morning Show Oprah Winfrey – Television Talk Show Host Zane – Author and Publisher Strebor Books Janell Walden Agyeman – Agent Marie Brown Associates Audra Barrett – Literary Agent Manie Barron – Agent The Menza-Barron Agency (R.I.P.) Regina Brooks – Agent Serendipity Marlene Connor – Literary Agent Sha-Shana N.L. Crichton – President of Crichton and Associates Inc Mondella S. Jones – Agent Mondella Jones Literary Agency Lawrence Jordan – Literary Agent John McGregor – Literary Agent Tanya McKinnon – Agent Mary Evans Inc Tracy Sherrod – Literary Agent Mavis Allen – Associate Sr Editor Harlequin Stacey Barney – Editor Kensington Rakia Clark – Assistant Editor Viking/Penguin Cherise Davis – Sr Editor Touchstone/Fireside/Simon & Schuster Anita Diggs – Sr Editor Thunder's Mouth Press Clarence Haynes – Associate Editor Harlem Moon/Doubleday/Random House Glenda Howard – Sr Editor Arabesque/Harlequin Jennifer Hunt – Sr Editor Little Brown and Co/Warner Young Readers Chris Jackson – Sr Editor Crown/Random House Selena James – Editor Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster Demetria Lucas – Acquiring Associate Editor Kimani Press/Harlequin Kelli Martin – Sr Editor Jump at the Sun/Hyperion/Disney Young Readers Melanie Okadigwe – Book Club Manager for TrollCarnival, Scholastic Inc Jaira Placide – Editor Jump at the Sun/Hyperion/Disney Young Readers Monique Patterson – Editor Harlequin/Arabesque Evette Porter – Editor Harlequin/Arabesque Stacey Powell – Sr Editor Hatherleigh Bridgette Smith – Editor Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster Karen Thomas – Editorial Director Dafina/Kensington Tynisha Thompson – Editorial Assistant BookSpan Carl Weber – Publisher Urban Books Teri Woods – Publisher Teri Woods Publishing Earl Cox – Owner Earl Cox and Associates / Publisher and Books That Click Tanisha Christie – Publicist Warner Books Linda Duggins – Sr Publicist Warner Books Christine Saunders – Public Relations Manager Harlequin Sanyu Dillon – Director of Marketing Random House Cheryl Rozier – Advertising Director Warner Brigitte Smith – Publishing Manager Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster Learie Cunnngham – CEO Culture Plus Distributors Eric Gift – President A&B Distributors Rosie Milligan – CEO Milligan Books Bro Nati Kamau-Nattaki – Owner African World Books David Reeves – Owner Sellers Books Bob Romanow – Owner Inner City Book Distributions Luther Warner – Manager Lushena Book Distributors Patrik Henry Bass – Book Editor Essence Magazine Calvin Reid – Sr News Editor Publishers Weekly Again, the lack of platforms is why the names of these professionals are not more widely known or celebrated. Even the platforms that remain are seemingly more focused on celebrity than they are wth anything concerning Black books. Recall this article, "Negro in Literature Today," by John A. Williams which appeared in Ebony magazine in 1963. If there is any hope of articles like the ones in Ebony or Black Issues Book Review ever being written again it will have to come from platform interested feeding a people and not solely interested in making money.
  19. @Delano, no, not in this case. I'm I being overly cynical? What do you think the motivation was for Beyonce's "yawner" of a performance?
  20. You're kidding right? Its a gold mine if it has a back entrance.
  21. I have had the opportunity to drop into different worlds. Corporate America. Wall Street. European Artists. The artsy fartsy crowd. Bike Messengers. House heads and hip hoppers. I am no aware that i am always fighting to be me and not be subsumed by group think. I see myself as a Black Magickal Philosophical Hippie that can dance. I am not interested in being labelled or categorized. Prejudice is prejudging things fue to lazy thinking. However I am starting to realize don't enagage with non thinkers or close minded people. Pioneer there is a psychopathology in the black community. That exists seperate from White culture. Hell White people cant meet White People standards but berate you fir not living up to it. Early Hollywood was populated and run by Jewish people. Yet you didn't see positive Jewish images. Ralph Lauren with his whole waspy Polo things is really Ralph Lifshitz from the Bronx . Black Slaves brutalized their women. No your comparing us to a monolithic mythology.
  22. Troy that's more like it. Although I woukd prefer to sound high than drunk. To Mel its refreshing to hear a Magickal perspective from a thinker. To Cynique I always enjoy your perspective and clear thought.
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  24. I've always maintained that the descendants of slaves created their own unique culture that evolved from the "make-do" existence of their forebears, - a subculture replete with its own music and dance, its own cuisine, even its own language. This is why I've never been into Afro-centrism , adopting African names and dressing in African garb and emulating African customs in a pathetic attempt to establish a pseudo identity, when our authentic selves lie right here in this country. And a lot of "blackisms" have been incorporated into mainstream America. Opportunities certainly exist to capitalize off of this situation. Because the greater society does not adjust to us, out of expediency, many blacks do adopt a double consciousness and are "bi-lingual", presenting a facade that will not to provide a reason for rejection in their field of endeavor. Fortunately for many blacks, being themselves is not a big deal anymore because who they are is not that different from the "norm". People of all ethnicities put their best foot forward, at least until they get established. Feeling no need to be accepted is a luxury only some can afford. LOL
  25. IMO, spirituality is really just an abstract version of religion; a personal belief minus the fables. Religion is introduced to people early in their life and while many feel obliged to accept the dogma of their particular denomination, others begin to question their religion because it doesn't give them peace of mind. There is a theory that there is a religious "gene" and not everybody is born with it. But everybody does want something to believe in and while some look outward for this, others look inward. IMO, Religion is for those who'd rather depend on other sources for guidance, while spirituality is recognizing the answers that are right before our eyes if we just listen to our inner voices. ACIM, a new age cult, thinks the "devil" is just a religious version of the "ego". They say the ego harbors the materialism that has an insatiable desire to be fed, it fuels the desire for praise and attention, and keeps altruism in check. The ego is present at birth so life is, indeed, a constant struggle to find a happy medium. The black community is too caught up in religion, a security blanket that got them through slavery. Its way of coping with its ongoing problems is to pray and put things in god's hands. But, as our friend harry brown constantly reminds us, the church and their preachers are part of the problem instead of the solution. Black people still have "soul" but this younger generation has lost its spiritual compass. Replicating themselves with babies, using FaceBook as their stage, a preoccupation with the bling, and a super-sensitivity to being dissed are the consequences of egos gone amok. Unfortunately, neither the ghetto environment of the underclass nor the superficial atmosphere of the black middleclass do much to nurture spirituality. This doesn't bode well for the future. I think spiritual people are the most likely to evolve into altruists and - vice versa.
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    From the Library of Congress "Rare Book of The Month W..E.B. Du Bois "The Brownies' Book."

    "A Monthly magazine for the Children of the Sun. Designed for All Children but Especially for Ours" 

    Serial published in 1920-1921.

    Blogger Elizabeth Gettins of the Library’s Digital Conversion Team writes its the "First magazine of its kind, written for African-American children and youths. 

    Visit the digital collection 22 back to back chronological issues at Library of Congress dot gov.

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      on my link it says image "17" out of 762

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      OK thanks!

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      Mel Hopkins

      You're welcome! If you don't see it. I saved the image link.

  27. Kindly consider posting a book review for the following self-published book that currently as an endorsement from Dr Michael Beckwith Author Name:Mandhla Mgijima BookTitle: Nqobile - The Story of Becoming ISBN: 978-0-7974-8761-1 Publication Date: 2 November 2016 Synopsis: Nqobile is a young man raised in post-colonial Zimbabwe. Having been awarded a dream bursary to attend college in America, he thinks his success came as a result of his proximity to whiteness; something he's believed in since attending a majority white high school. While on break, he witnesses a depressing incident at the border between Zimbabwe and South African that shatters his desire to maintain this proximity, as he now feels that blacks will always be inferior. Back on campus, he searches for meaning through religion and by joining black consciousness groups. When both avenues fail dramatically, he soon discovers he will have to look within himself to find purpose. In telling Nqobile’s story, which appears as a novella within his novel, author Mandhla Mgijima outlines a new consciousness paradigm of existence that will inspire people to move beyond the conceptual and materially obsessed world we currently live in. Cover: Endorsement: Mandhla Mgijima has written an incisive and powerfully engaging book at a pivotal time in the social transformation of our human history. Nqobile—The Story of Becoming, is a handbook for those who are ready to engage in contributing to the creation of a just global society that fosters equality for all beings.
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