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  1. Recently an article was published on the Oprah Magazine website, “119 Black-Owned Bookstores in America That Amplify the Best in Literature.” While I was not attributed as a source of the list, I know I was because my bookstore list contains at least one bookstore that is not a bookstore . But the list was widely copied so who knows where they sourced the info (including my rouge “bookstore”). Unlike many of the other sites which used the list, Oprah Mag at least included AALBC as a store, so I’m good. Oprah Magazine also created another article, "12 Authors Share Their Favorite
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  2. Yes, @Pioneer1 this, too, may fit under Poetree, but with all the discussions about my people and about me, I felt that this is also fitting in this forum as I express my obsession with black people. I agree that you love who you love. I LOVE black and I LOVE my Black Girl Magic, and I REFUSE to let stereo-types and misrepresentations about me and my people brought upon by the, " How to Make a Slave" brainwashing tactics, that were forced upon my ancestors, keep me in a place of acceptance that is not of my own free-thinking and knowing better. This is for you, Black Beauty.
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  3. Here's what I found out about work for hire while registering the copyright for Ida Bell Publishing, LLC's next book, The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones, where art and food intersect. The portfolio includes ready-to-frame professional color prints, which can be removed. Josephine E. Jones, now deceased, was not only possibly the first black woman in management at a Fortune 500 company, she was also a culinary artist. What's does that mean? She made food look as good as it tasted, potato salads that looked
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  4. Houston, the only problem I see is that we keep letting people get in our head. I bet none of us can even count the number of inventions, millionaires, discoveries, break-throughs, successes, this-because-of-that accomplishments, heroes, champions, etc.... in which we've contributed, spear-headed, and brought to life so we've got the skills, knowledge, money, intellect, soul, dedication, work ethic, means.... In other words, we have ALL of the ingredients to do what ever it is we want - we just have to <TRUST >each other and stop letting them continue to seep into our head.
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  5. In 2013, Dr. Oba T'Shaka predicted the rise of 45* through the tea party patriots GOP. Wow. :mindblown: This nearly 1 hour keynote address at the "Free Your Mind: A Revolution In Words Literary Festival, Dr. T'Shaka (formerly bill bradley) .shares a lot of insight in what he calls "the San Francisco Freedom movement " I found out about the Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University, when I stumbled upon a book note today, that I left to myself back in 2010. The name of the book is "Return to the African Mother Principle of Male and Female Equality" Pan Af
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  6. The other thing is independent bookstores are also a nodal point for both the reader and the author. It's a culture that supports both and helps them both grow.
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  7. The image above is from a screen grab of a video I saw on the New York Times website (I'm pretty sure). They wrote an article about the election on Tulsa's mayor, a white guy in his early 40's. The most striking thing is that mayor, on his second term, the 4th Mayor of Tulsa in his family going back to the late 19th century! There was at least one Black guy running against him, the Black community is not happy with how the local government is treating their Black citizens. What else is new this is America... But I digress... Pictured s what is left of Tulsa's famed Black Wall Str
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  8. Yeah I experienced the surge too. New antiracist book buyer were added to my mailing list, some have bevome repeat customers. The work "moment" was a good word choice.
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  9. I guess it depends upon your definition of freedom. I think, in the context of living in a society with others, it means doing anything you want that does not prevent someone else from doing the same. Standards are distinct from rules. If you think for a second you'll figure out why. Why do you feel this statement makes Del dangerous?
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  11. Thank you for your insight. I am new to the media arena and look forward to learning all that I can. I am still trying to find my way around this site. I saw your interview with the National Black Book Festival on FB Live. So I wanted to get connected and learn more about your community. I appreciate you reaching out and your mentorship.
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  12. Troy What type of environment do you live in where you feel you have to carry a gun for self defense? I hope you can move to a safer neighborhood. Either that or stop attending so many Trump rallies.....lol.
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  13. @Pioneer1if you are going to be dismissive, you may need to either expand your knowledge or lower your ignorance.
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  14. Publishing a book is relatively easy part. Writing a good one and selling it is the difficult part.
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  15. Bogus information. @Pioneer1 He defeated the ISIS Caliphate. He Eliminated 3 of the most wanted terrorist. Approved increased funding.
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  16. About a quarter way through Travellng Soul, a biography on Curtis Mayfield by Todd Mayfield. Dipping into Jimmys Blues, a small volume of Baldwins poetry. A lovely gift from my daughter.
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  17. thank you Troy, I will check out this interview, may have some good info to share at the workshops. all is well here, writing, organizing next book, doing some editing on the side (trying to find that side hustle so i can live off my retirement). looking forward to 2021 with a bunch of lit programs to plan. but all is well here in pittsburgh. checked out some of the Black Writer Weekend last week, inspiring.
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  18. Someone had their coffee.
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  19. Thank. I spoke with Professor James Small today
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  20. @Pioneer1 I will be working with Ghana , my languages Twi and Ga. Dr Smalls and Dr Jeffries have been working with Ghana for years. Akoobooks helped me make the decision. I also took in account the Ashanti role in the slave trade, the current Chinese infiltration and its proximity to Nigeria .
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  21. Really? How do you come to make the broad generalization about people based solely upon their skin color? Mor >> as in "Moronic. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Pioneer I agree with @daniellegfny you should vote. Danielle I agree with Pioneer the electoral college is not a good idea for a at least two good reasons. It was designed to give slave holding states more representation in national elections and the idea that someone can lose the popular vote by 3 million and still win is ridiculous.
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  22. Over the years I’ve asked many authors, whose work I've been extremely supportive of, through book sales and promotion, to provide a link to AALBC, or any Black-owned bookseller's site, as an option for visitors to buy their books. This simple action does not typically occur to most authors, and certainly to no publisher. Usually when I ask an author to add a buy link to AALBC, they do it, and express embarrassment for not doing it sooner. Sometimes however, the request is denied, and some variation of, "I don't want to show favoritism to any given bookstore," is given as the rea
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  23. I'll admit that I often use excessive words to try to get people to understand a point I'm trying to make. It's a habit from years of having advisory and executive roles in community organizing where I often had to keep repeating myself or use numerous examples to get the same relatively simple points across so that the average person in the community could understand them. But some of the ways to break the cycle is by: -Establishing our own AfroAmerican owned and controlled NATIONALY BROADCAST media in order to speak to each other freely and without permission by Caucasian pla
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  24. @Wendy JonesIf Standard brand then or Kraft today never registered for a copyright (work for hire also requires a separate filing too) - they can't sue the publishing company for copyright infringement. That US Supreme Court ruling came down in 2019 and I wrote about on my blog (melhopkins.com : https://melhopkins.com/2019/03/04/copyright-registration-first-then-sue/ ) If a registration exist I hope you can get permission to use the photographs at least for fair us https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html and get a grant from the foundation to offset the cost of publishing your bo
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  25. I could not find a category for this, so here goes. I am need a black web designer who is willing to work within the design constraints of an already- designed website. The book page needs to be redone so each book (I will soon have two books) can have its own page. The same way Troy has it here. The web designer must be able to do this using the woo-commerce plug-in. Please contact me at idabellpub@gmail.com. Here's a link to Ida Bell Publishing, LLC's bookpage: https://idabellpublishing.com/shop/
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  26. LOL I forgot about this Del! No steady boo yet.
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  27. @Mel Hopkins Dr Oba T' Shaka mentions Dogon Astronomy/Cosmology which s something that has been in the background for a year.
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  28. It would be interesting to see what sites like ancestry.com report when it comes to the ancestries of American's. The census is self-reported and people like to tell stories. I suspect the percentage of African Ancestry would be much higher if we used DNA. Race is a social construct. Ethnicity really is a much better way of thinking about different groups of people -- it is certainly better than using skin color. @Delano the original quote may be is "Free Your Mind ... and Your Ass Will Follow" --Funkadelic (from the title of one of their early albums)
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  29. Thanks Twin, I am only fifteen minutes in wow. Thank you.
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  30. When you are new you may miss some of the requirements. " reviewing your title "Auntie I Don’t Want You To Get Married: Danielle Girl of New York" and there are a few issues that need to be fixed before we can send it out for distribution. Issue: Title stated in the opening track does not match the title on the cover image or the title that is listed in the metadata. Everything must match 100% Issue: The opening track cannot contain a dedication. The dedication must be placed in a separate track Issue: Incorrect spacing. Each audio file must have 1 se
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  31. Sorry buddy, the relationship has nothing to do with the roots of the words. Any relationship between "Negro" and "Necro" is purely of your own making. That is like saying (in my Oswald Bates voice) White is derived from Whip which is why the implement used to beat slaves was called at Whip. White >> Whip. One can say things like this, and other can believe it to be true, but that does not mean it has a foundation in reality.
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  32. Black. Panther. Star. Dies ,Chadwick Boseman . He. Was. A. Great -Talent. Great. Loss. . Former. Pro. Basketball. Player. C!ifford-Robinson-Died, Played. Mostly. With. Portland.. 40 Years. BET Channel -Among -The. Years. BET. Genocide. Music ,Glamourizing. Crack Cocaine -Gangster. Life ,Pimp ,Prostitution ,Now Sunday Best Crap ,With That-Idiot Kirk Franklin. Best Gospel Singing Contest. BET Will Not Talk-About Preachers Murdering Their Wives ,Raping Children ,Not -Molesting ,Child. Raping ,Many. Black. Preachers. Have. Been -Arrested,-Preachers. Stealing. Millions. Of Chur
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  33. With love to my Chocolate Brutha's. In tears because I hurt for you, AND will NEVER give up on you. We suffer, we win, we fight, we forgive, we love, we survive...TOGETHER! Dear Chocolate Brotha, I love you so much because I can see it in your beautiful eyes – Your determination, your fight, your struggle, your perseverance. You have that spirit that gives you the courage to withstand all obstacles. That spirit that measures your man-hood, that defies defeat - that spirit in which your mother’s breasts nourished you for what’s to come, makes me fall in
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  34. Having never read any of Glaude's previous books, what better way to start than on a book of our man Jimmy.
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  35. I have to admit..... When I first started reading this I figured it was just another corny poem that was misplaced from the Poetree section -until I got to this part: frustrated that you have to work twice as hard to get a nod - having to pat your own self on the back when you know that recognition is due. That got me right there! Felt it! Sometimes just hearing someone articulate how YOU feel is enough to raise your spirits. Thanks Sis!
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  36. How did white supremacy inform the behavior of Africans thousands of years ago? @Chevdove i say "myth" because i do not believe that some guy named Ham is the father of Black people (Africans) and that we have been cursed as a result. As far as African traveling through Europe with being the targets of white supremacy how would you explain the African popes?
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  37. Well... Really!? It's White owned!? Then, this may be why some of the statements you mentioned seem so far fetched and totally strange. Wow! Okay, maybe this disrespect is meant to stir up conflict amongst Black people?
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  38. So not having to eat out of the trash is your standard, in one of the richest countries in the world? As far as shelter have you been to any major city lately? You obviously have not been to Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco.... unless you consider an overpass or tent "shelter." Righ wingers are way too comfortable enriching themselves even while those around them suffer. They rationalize this by saying the poor are at fault. Generally I find people who have really seen poverty and wealth are a bit more understanding and sympathetic, unless the
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  39. @Troy they are legitimate. It’s DC Livers. I just finished an interview with her. I recommend it. She spoke highly of you. She also gave me some wonderful advice. @Jeffrey might want to consider reaching out to her. I am glad I paid for the Power 100. It provided independent content that promotes my book.
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  40. If you find a way to remove people's shackles and upset the game, you can be assured there are some bullets coming for you.
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  41. Finally @Pioneer1 said something that may make him black and not some plant. I started at the age of 14 and I am 56 now.
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  42. My first novel is now live on Net Galley. Lucky John tells the story of John Roberts; A cheating husband with a 20 year grudge, who grows from being angry at everyone he felt did him wrong, to praying that those same people will forgive him. Family histories both proud and tragic play out in the background as John tries to figure out how to fix the mess he's made. Please take a look and let me know what you think: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/199679
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  43. In the recent social awareness of Black conditions, I want to voice some observations as a Black children's book author. It's just off the top of my head, so forgive me if it turns into a rant. A Black authored, Black published, Black distributed project is unlikely to have the capital (money, network, recognition) to market itself against non-Black authored, non-Black published projects. A simple google search for Black children's books today produced ads from B&N and Urban Outfitters(!). I suppose we should be happy for Black content, but I could never hope to "outbid" tho
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  44. ... and another thing @Mel Hopkins you know AALBC does not get get pre-publication galleys for any of the "big books" that come out. Books like Caste or How to Be an Anitracist , etc -- books that I sell a bazillion copies of... If I get one I have to request it every time. where white owned store get multiple copies final copies -- just because. I don't have to do this with indie publishers, like Akashic Books or Lee & Low or Red Sea Press or Black Classic Press or Kensington Books or Blue Nile I could go on ... Indie presses reach out and nurture relationships. with me.
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  45. I thought you had wrote more than one book but I could only see JUST the one unless my eyesight is failing me, ha ha.
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  46. Around 15 pages from the end of The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. Phew..... longest book I've read in a while at about 520 pages. Anyway, next up is this which I'm dieing for.
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  47. So many things to ask and say about this clarion call but first, 1) what qualifies as a website? 2) Does a website with an owner's domain hosted on wordpress.com (DOT COM) or blogger.com qualify for ranking? 3) Or do you need to build on wordpress.org (DOT ORG) website with separate hosting. 4) What if it's a blog with a static page plus a single entry per day... 5)
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  48. The feedback from this mailing was very illuminating. I'm going to craft a part 2 message in a few weeks taking into account some new insights: Alexa Rank Requirement I made a having an Alexa ranking a requirement to be added to the list of sites that I would monitor. About half of the suggested sites I received today for consideration did not have an Alexa rank. I suspect the person complaining about my use of Alexa had a site without an Alexa ranking. While they did not say this was the reason, I can now understand now why someone would react the way they did. N
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