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  1. Wishing: Troy Cynique Delano And other members of the AALBC family a happy new year................
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  2. Well, our fearless leader has been inaugurated much to the satisfaction of all the Evangelicals whose prayers for a Trump victory won out over those praying for a qualified leader and are now praying that the tyrant they were against, will miraculously become a savior they'll be for. Sharing this sentiment are the many others who are simply resigned to accepting defeat. The undertones of Trump's inaugural speech were "it's my way or the highway" - obviously his formula for making America great again. And if a Cabinet made up bigots, clueless amateurs, corporate millionaires and Russian puppets is any indication of what Trump considers "great", then this nation is at risk of collapsing under the weight of its "greatness". The only people more pathetic than the "forgotten" crybabies conned into thinking they'll be better off with Trump, are the "deer-in-the-headlights" Democrats, lost in the shuffle. Thomas Jefferson once said :“I hold that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” Carl Schurz another statesman, later said : "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." Malcolm X declared: "if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. Barak Obama spoke about the "the audacity of hope." To all my sisters out there demonstrating for justice and equality, this 83-year-old retread from the 1960s says "right on!"
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  3. I still have not heard the President's farewell speech, but I have heard clips and I watched an Interview on TV last night. In each instance, I've heard Obama state that the country is better off as a result of his presidency. In fact, in the interview I watched last night, Obama said this was "objectively" true in any way you want to measure it. As an entrepreneur; educator; and someone who has been involved in a wide variety of industries including, defense, financial services, publishing, and technology the notion that the country is better off now, than it was 8 years ago, does not ring true. While it is true, based upon the data I have access to, that the Nation's GDP has increased, during this same period of "growth," income has remained stagnant and wealth inequality as increased. If we measure the success of the economy based upon the increase in wealth of the extremely wealthy, then Obama is right. However. if we look at the prospects of most Americans, the picture is bleaker. I see education costing more and more, so much more that a decent one is out of reach of many—especially for those you can't, or refuse, to take on oppressive debt. At the same time, the prospects of a decent, well-paying job, as a result of this expensive education is no longer guaranteed. I see opportunities for running independent businesses, swiftly evaporating as super massive and ultra wealthy corporations are allowed to operate as virtual monopolies, utilizing the capital markets, tax loopholes, and politicians in a way that would be considered criminal is an individual engaged in this behavior. We have witnessed the death of journalism; and the rise of fake and biased news spewed by people armed with misinformation and biased opinions on platforms whose sole motivation is revenue. Trump's dysfunction became much more newsworthy than the coverage of legitimate candidates. If the country is doing better, why have the American people decided to radically change direction and go with Donald Trump? I submit for the very same reasons we chose Obama over Clinton in the primaries and again over Romney in the general. We were full of "hope" for a "change." Of course, wealth inequality did not start with Obama, but not only did he not reverse it, it grew under his watch and people are feeling the pain. Bernie Saunders spoke directly to this pain, while Obama attempted to convince us everything was going great. This is why Bernie's message resonated so strongly with many people, while Hillary just promised more of what Obama delivered--the rich getting richer. When Hillary modified her message to be more Saunder's like, she came across as a typical poll-monitoring politician, more commonly known as a liar, the chants of "lock her up" made perfect sense to many. Now that Trump is practically in office, the media will continue to cover his silly tweets and fail to directly challenge his lies. Our country is broken. God help us.
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  4. For the last couple of weeks, I haven't even able to watch all of these 'Final' moments of POTUS. To your point, this didn't start with Obama as he continued so many policies of the previous admins and kept things at the status quo, which continued to hurt so many Americans. So, I did appreciate the WPost article talking about the Clinton admin.
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  5. In another conversation Cynique wrote, “…my sense of humor is what sustains me. I regularly watch Family Feud hosted by Steve Harvey, just to laugh at how stupid the average person can be.” What struck me about Cynique's statement is that she is roughly 30 years my senior and I can't see myself being amused by Family Feud--ever. In fact, I'm beginning to wonder what will amuse and interest me if I'm fortunate enough to have Cyniques longevity. I used to watch Family Feud and I even derived some enjoyment from it, but this was many years ago. Lately however, I when catch it channel surfing, it feels like I'm wasting time watching the show. I don't find humor in it anymore. It just seems stupid, like so much of the other stuff that is on broadcast TV. I guess that it why TV was known as the "boob tube." Now I'm not one of those folks who go around boasting that, "I don't even own a T.V." I see nothing wrong with owning a TV, but I find much of the programming a waste of time, so I can understand why people don't bother with them. It has been suggested that I just turn off my brain, at least the analytical part of it, and relax to enjoy this stuff. But that is not in my nature. Besides the analytical part is what makes things interesting for me. But it goes beyond Family Feud; I don't enjoy many most movies I watch in the theaters. I used to love Star Trek and Star Wars, but the last two installments of Star Wars was just boring to me. I mean how many times can one watch space ships fighting each other. It seems like I've seen all of these movies before. In fact, the same goes for all of those franchise films, after the first one they are all repeats from Harry Potter to the Avengers. I'll probably stop seeing these films in the theater. I will, however, make a point of seeing Hidden Figures, Fences, and Midnight. I recently saw Birth of Nation {yawn}. Hopefully one of these films will restore my hope that I can continue to enjoy a good movie as I get older. Despite the awards and critical praise of Midnight I'm definitely managing my expectations ;-)
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  6. Well, as usual, you Cynique you reveal a depth that I can only hope to achieve. Perhaps a willingness on my part to look a little deeper, I can find more amusement in these things. I'm sure Steve's appeal has to do with his work ethic and playing to the lowest common demoniator like Wendy Williams or Tyler Perry.
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  7. I should say in regard to Family Feud that i don't always laugh at it. I just as frequently cringe at the the far-fetched, irrelevant answers contestants come up with on this circus.There a family is, elated at their chance to be on TV, all decked out in their coordinated outfits, colored shirts and ties matched up with dresses or tops, hair all coiffed, grinning like the idiots their responses reveal them to be when team members support each other by shouting "good answer" to a response the buzzer immediately signals as being an unbelievably bad answer as the person who gave it, inexplicably claps his hands. In a way there is something bizarre about this show, something revealing about the emotions reflected on the faces of contestants; the deflated expressions brought on by a rejected answer, or the satisfied smirk that reflects an acceptable one. Then, there's the dapper Ring Master,Steve Harvey, alternating between his "down home good ol boy" persona and his "street smart city slicker" one, mugging and bucking his eyes, surprised when an occasional intelligent answer proves to be right because he is clueless about anything remotely intellectual. Something which has not, in any way, hindered his becoming a big TV star. It gets worse when one at a time 2 members from the winning team are called upon to think on their feet and quickly match obvious answers to the 5 questions a polled audience of 100 people has given; a challenge many aren't equal to. When a duo does rack up the required 200 points to take the grand prize, all hell breaks loose as the happy winners go wild. The Jackpot is $20,00 which has to be divided among 5 people after taxes. You'd think those jumping up and down and dancing around were getting a million dollars instead of about $3,000 each. But their joy is boundless. For a brief moment, 5 ordinary people have become special, and have experienced the thrill of victory by participating in an event they can look back on with satisfaction. Since I've always been a people watcher, the "appeal" of Family Feud is its spontaneity. Observing as folks from a cross section of typical Americans appear on a half hour TV show where a white family from a small southern town might be pitted against a black family from the urban north, is a study in psychology. Seeing individuals stripped of their poise in a controlled environment, watching their reaction under pressure, as well as the varied reactions of family members over a failed effort by one of their own, is a study of human behavior; an imitation of life.To others this might be entertainment. To some it might be vapid. But I find it all rather interesting.
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  8. The Meryl Streep speech reminds me of the Madonna Speech. Both woman are part of an two elite groups. Millionaires and Celebrities. Celebrities are our royalty. Celeberity worship is not new. I bet you can name more celebrities from one decade than politicians in any 100 year period. Babe Ruth justified making more money than the President of The U.S. by saying that he had a better year than the President. Can you name a movie where Meryl Streep had black co star. There was an article about when will the disenfranchised white male voter realise that Trump sold them out. What about the othe disenfranchised people. Donald Trump wants to be noticed and maybe even Loved and respected by the public. That's not likely to happen. Since he is not a likeable guy. In my mins eye I can see his son Barron asking him some brutally honest questions, that Trump won't have answers. And on that day Donald Trump will be a broken man. Trump is the most important President ever, and his rhetoric will spawn unlikely alliances.
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  9. In my opinion, Meryl Streep was right and I am glad she stood her ground and voiced her opinion. People think that celebrities shouldn't get involved in politics and that they need to just focus on their careers. But my question is didn't a celebrity win an election? and also didn't a reality show win the election? President Trump's job isn't to act out like a child every time somebody says something about him. That is life people are going to talk about you. People talked about President Obama and they are still talking about him but you don't hear about him having countless rants on twitter because he has more valuable things to do with his time than spend worrying about what everyone thinks about him. This isn't a good look for America and it's sad that it came to this point.
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  10. Yes, black people won performance awards and the black movie "Moonlight" won for best picture of the year and, yes, you are guilty of dismissing and ignoring the pop culture that wields a lot of influence on current events as opposed to the YouTube videos from years back that you prefer, not to mention that even PBS would acknowledge the significant role that pop culture plays in society where celebs often have as much of substance to say as wind bag politicians. But continue to wear the blinders that hinder a broad scope of awareness. The whole point of my post was to say that little things can count when you don't have big guns. Tweeter-addict Trump is such a petty, thin-skinned creep that no matter how much power he commands, ridiculing him still gets under his skin, still drives him to respond with the stupid answers that expose to the world what a pouting liar he is. He is affected more by the criticism of his enemies than the approval of his fan base and that is not to be taken lightly. .
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  11. Pioneer belief is more persistent than truth. Feudalism is on its way back.
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  12. Happy New Year. Pioneer. Troy Cynique. Look forward to some interesting dialogue in the future
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  13. Thanks man; your opinions has kept these forums alive, well into the age of the corporate controlled web.
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  14. "Now" in their grips????? Lol...since when has the United States NOT been in the hands of greedy White men who sought to maintain and dominance? As Troy pointed out, Black people have seen this and worse since the founding of this nation. The worse Trump can do is just take the mask off what has been going on for centuries and make that which was covert for a while more overt again. Which probably wouldn't be such a bad thing since so many people don't even believe let alone understand what really goes on unless it's presented to them in a literal and quite graphic manner. Often times through direct experience. The average Trump voter..... You can talk to them until you're blue in the face and still not convince them they're making a mistake. But which their medical coverage is dropped.....they'll understand their mistake clearly and QUICKLY. When that social security check is cut off an that pension is snatched.....then they'll get the picture. But to answer your question directly.....I'm not sure. I just know this is my nation and I don't know of any other I can go running to. But no presidential election is ever a "fluke". I sincerely believe that every President who gets in office was chosen well in advance of the "election" by the REAL powers for that position.
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  15. I came to this thread through my curiosity about the whereabouts of Bill Withers. As a child, I loved his voice and his music. I recalled singing Lean On Me with my Catholic school elementary class. I also vaguely recalled my mom responding to my Bill Withers admiration by sharing the abuse allegation. My reaction: Hey, NOBODY gets to touch Ms. McIntyre (Who didn't love her?). As far as Still Bill, I am in agreement with you. It was a high profile marriage and the abuse allegation had an impact on his image at the time---short in duration, but certainly a significant part of his story. On another note--I'd love to read a thread about Rm 222. Perhaps it is rose-colored glasses from my childhood days, but I feel as though that show was such a positive, and plausible, depiction of inter-racial relationships (of all kinds---not specifically romantic) in a multi-racial environment.
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  16. @Pioneer1What is it that you going to try and do to change your "beloved" homeland that is now in the grip of rich white men ready to reinstate their domination and implicit racial supremacy? Funny, it's not just the election that has alienated me from this country. I've never felt totally connected to America or much less had any love for it. Nor have I ever found anything particularly admirable about it. It's just a terrain where the powers-that-be engage in hegemony by meddling in the affairs of other countries engaging in ongoing wars on foreign soil, - the land of a greedy capitalistic society entrenched with institutionalized racism. This has been the case my whole life. I just live here because it's convenient Conservatives didn't come together and unite to wrest the country back form the Liberals. Trump's election was a fluke and nobody was more surprised than Republicans who opposed him and were fighting among themselves, the party was in disarray until Trump surprised everyone by getting "elected", spurring his former foes to abandon their principles by jumping on the bandwagon. From what I see on social media Progressives are on the march, ready to take up the fight and organize a counter culture to monitor and challenge Trump and his henchmen. .
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  17. Hey Del would you define magic? For example, would waving a wand over someone who died 100 years ago and resurrecting them be considered magic? How about extracting DNA from a dead person and cloning them, would that be considered magic? Something that was considered magic 100 years ago is simply science today. Perhaps the same could be considered for whatever you consider magic today. I'd define magic as an occurrence which can not be explained scientifically. So I believe in magic. What we perceive as magic is often the result of an over active imagination or tricks and quirks in human perception.
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  18. Well, social media is all a-twitter over the trending topic fueled by actress Meryl Streep's politicizing her acceptance speech at Sunday's televised Golden Globe's ceremony where she was being honored with a Life-time Achievement Award. Without mentioning his name, she called out Donald Trump for the incident where he made fun of a disabled NY Times reporter during his campaign, saying she was appalled that such a man was about to take office as president. Naturally the room, which was filled with Hollywood's liberal community, was in accord except for a few notable outsiders like Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn whose stricken faces were panned in on by the TV cameras. Of course the on-line debate about this is divided along party lines, and Trump supporters are saying Streep was out of line, as they become increasing frustrated because Dems won't concede Trump's victory and give him the respect they think he deserves. Meanwhile, Liberals are full of praise for what they considered a courageous gesture on Streep's part and are lambasting and lampooning Trump. Predictably, he took to Twitter to whine about Streep being an overrated actress and branded her as a Hillary groupie before denying her accusation about what had actually been captured on tape. All of which exposes him as the lying scoundrel that he is, and adds to his lack of credibility. I'm glad Meryl defied protocol and took advantage of her platform to take a dig at Trump who is the one that has set the tone with his disregard for tradition, and his ego has proved to be an Achilles heel that provides a target for arrows to wound. In these crazy times anything goes and thanks to the Internet, people have at their finger tips the power to use mockery as a weapon. Just like terrorists, tweeters can do great damage by plowing into the Trump Tower of pride, making him the object of the ridicule that hurts his feelings. Maybe Progressives won't make much of a dent in the Republican fortress, but they do stand a chance of getting the last laugh.
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  19. Amazon is being analyzed as a company that may potentially become a trillion dollar business. The giant is rolling downhill and everything in its path will be crushed. Macy's, The Limited, Sears and countless small retailers have disappeared and it is not going to get any better. We the people demand speed and convenience and those things are all that matters. Speed and convenience means that we are left to be on our phones and watching our shows. We don't need or want to walk or drive to visit stores if that store isn't connected to our phones in some way.
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  20. Last night after, writing the post above, I began running a new poll. To ask the question Where did you buy your last book. Of course, the software available to collect this information is far superior to what I used back in 1999. I was able to find and implement a new poll in a matter of minutes. The company I used is called Get Site Control. I never heard of them prior to looking for poll taking tool software. Get Site Control also provide a variety of other widgets for your site or Blog. Creating a feature rich website is much easier than ever before, but we have much less diversity on the web because massive corporate sites dominate. It really is a great loss of creativity, but I digress... Here are the results of the Where did you buy you last book? question thus far: Of course, given Amazon's dominance, I don't expect any relations with this question. The main purpose is to contrast the responses with those given 17 years ago. I also recognize that since this question is posted on this website, that there are inherent biases, so I would not extend these answers to the general population. But given the fact that internet penetration is so much higher today compared to Jan 2000 when the question was first asked. The survey is probably less biased than the one taken 16 years ago. Finally, it will be interesting to see if I get 856 responses and how long it takes.
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  21. NY Dems plan on Boycotting Trump's Inauguration. @Delano, you may want to follow this story to understand the thinking about what a boycott can do.
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  22. Image was always important to Obama. I'm sure this is why he avoided the Black press, ditched Dr. West and Tavis Smiley from jump street all of whom all would have been held more accountable for his actions regarding Black people. Instead, he latched on to sycophants like Al Sharpton. This is not an issue of "messaging" as Obama likes to claim, this is an issue of the struggles of Americans. Perhaps the democrats can find a truly progressive candidate to run against Trump in four years and truly make America great.
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  23. I enjoyed reading your comments on Hillary, whlte women and their vote, and many of your comments on various subjects you briefly touched. I teach African American Literature at Des Moines Area Community College. I am an anglo-saxon person who tries to help your African American men and women realize the richness of their heritage and be proud of their accomplishments and continue the heritage. There so much to learn in the African American experience that every person should be aware about and the tremendous contribution many of these artist have contributed to American culture and society. Keep up your great work and comments.
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  24. At this point, Obama is preoccupied with his record and his main priority is to try and polish the legacy he is reluctant to accept as being lackluster because the high hopes he inspired, never got off the ground.
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  25. Well, the pop culture vulture has just seen on FaceBook that Trump and Ben Carson have approached Steve Harvey in regard to coming on board to assist Carson in his new role as Secretary of Housing Development I guess Steve's ghetto persona impressed them so much they think he'd know how to get rid of Sections 8s.
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  26. I pulled the stat from a NY Times article from a few weeks back. I did not see anything that really explained this, just a recognition that a LOT more work needs to be done if women are ever going to achieve full parity wth men, and how the work of Susan B. Anthony is being undone. Barack is arguably the smartest man to have served as president. His personal life is essentially flawless and scandal free. His education and academic record are impeccable. He is a relatively handsome, physically fit, family man. His wife is brilliant in her own right. We can debate whether Obama's political experience was adequate, but he was a state senator. This stands in STARK contrast to Donald Trump. Black folks aways knew we have to be twice as good to get half as much in America. It is interesting double standard play out for white women. In fact, one could argue Hillary was a superior candidate in 2016 than Obama was in 2008. Sure Hillary had a lot of baggage that Obama never had time to accumulate, but Trump has loads of baggage, much more than Hillary, but the media made it seem as if it Trump's baggage was equivalent to Hillary's while completely ignoring the vastly superior level of experience Hillary holds over Trump. We often talk about Black folks being like crabs in a barrel, but white women are even worse. Many Black people came out to vote for Obama simply because he was Black--I was one of those voters. White women simply would not, come out in mass, and support a woman simply because she was a woman. I mean it is not like we are talking about a Sarah Palin... One could argue that white women were operating on a higher principle--ignoring gender and simply voting for the best candidate. But that defies logic given the fact Trump was the opposing candidate they selected over Hillary. The really crazy thing is that all the Black women voted for Hillary (well 94% of them did). I think the reason has more to do with the democratic party's lock on the Black voter than Black women allegiance to other women. The republicans could have put Angela Davis on the ticket and Black women would have still voted democratic.
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  27. Can you identify all the writers? Click this link for the answers: https://aalbc.com/fun/who'sthe.htm This collage was used on AALBC.com’s first homepage in 1997. I'm finding all types of things as I plow through migrating all of the website's content to the new format. When I started the website upgrade, in late 2016 I thought I would be finished in the spring of 2016. It will be a great feat if I get it done by the spring of this year But in reality I've done a LOT more than I originally planned so it is all good.
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  28. @Pioneer1 Liberal and Conservative philosophies actually embody a broad spectrum that runs the gamut from moderate to extreme views. Most people are probably somewhere around the middle. I think you are resorting to stereotypes in your characterizations of Liberals and Progressives. And smoking weed nowadays has nothing to do with one's politics. Hollywood is representative of people who identify themselves as those who support liberal causes.They may not be activists but they give lip service, show concern for the underdog of their choice and contribute money to help those toiling in the trenches. Yes, this is superficial but the vast majority of movie stars backed the liberal standard bearer Hillary Clinton much to the chagrin of those who huddled under the conservative banner sulking about being ridiculed and having political correctness thrust upon them. Women and Blacks, however, are never going to completely prevail in making their cases because, as in every industry, money is the bottom line. And white men of any leaning have no interest in sharing their power. @TroyBeing an audience for the pop culture sideshow is amusing if nothing else and at this point, my sense of humor is what sustains me. I regularly watch Family Feud hosted by Steve Harvey, just to laugh at how stupid the average person can be. I find myself not taking anything very serious any more. I didn't even bother to watch Obama's farewell speech last night. Bye, Barack. I'm just here chuckling to and at myself, shaking my head at the absurdity that has come to define America.
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  29. Cynique I'm completely aware of how the social media-fueled pop culture dominates our society. I'm also aware if how our celebrity obsessed, shallow culture distorts current events. I do my best to opt out of this simply because I also recognize how destructive it as been to both our culture and even our political process. I think we can both agree that a country feed on tweets, and reaction to those tweets, is the very thing that put Trump, a profoundly unqualified candidate, into the white house. So no, I don't think my lack of focus on pop culture limits my perspective I think it broadens it. Indeed those old youtube videos, and the new ones, are perhaps the best thing on the internet. I would trade all the rest of social media for youtube. But again, that is just me... the book slinging raceman--an extreme outlier ;-) And sure at the rate we are going all politicians will be on par with celebrities; indeed we are seeing them become one and the same. Pioneer, those terms, left, conservative, right, and progressive are virtually meaningless. Black in the south, for example, tend to be very conservative, because of their Christian sensibilities, but they vote overwhelming democrat--why? Many poor white people voted for Trump--obviously against their best interests--why? As an aside, a Whole Foods will be opening in Harlem this year, on 125th St and Malcolm X Blvd. I can't afford to shop at Whole Foods. So I have no idea what those people think of themselves--other than wealthy. Interestingly, I leave my neighborhood (Harlem) to go white neighborhoods to shop where the deals are better. Man, even cocktails in many Harlem Restaurants cost $16 or more. There are better deals on drinks in midtown Manhattan--seriously!
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  30. …whenever someone prefaces a statement with, “This might sound racist…” you know to brace yourself for a racist statement. But I look at a LOT or books over the course of my day. Naturally, one notices trends and patterns, real and imagined, as one examines large numbers of books over time. One trend I've noticed, for example, is a surge in interest in Children's books. This is a great trend because there has been so much discussion on the lack of diversity in children's literature, that it actually crowded out discussion about the great literature that exists. Another trend I noticed is that corporate publishing seems to be veering even further way from publishing novels of interest to garden variety African American males. The classic refrain is that Black men don't read, but Black men would read if they were, at least initially, exposed to literature that spoke to their experiences. Mainstream publishers seem to be fixated on novleist that are written by formerly incarcerated, gay, biracial, non-American Black (British, Caribbean, African) writers. Name a popular novelist, with a book that was published in the last year, that does not fit into one or more of these categories. I could name some writers myself, but as you think of the make authors that win awards, that are covered by corporate media or pushed by mainstream publishers, I think you find the categories I listed are disproportionately represented. Most Black American men fall outside the categories mentioned. This is a large demographic that is largely ignored. This does not mane that a writer in these categories can not write for a broad audience. They can and they do, but if straight, American born, Black male writers are not getting published or actively promoted there are subjects, which appear to male readers that will more likely to be overlooked and marginalized. Now is that bigoted or just a valid observation?
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  31. I don't believe Hollywood is THAT liberal. It's ran by rich, powerful, egotistical White people (regardless of their religious affiliation). Most of the negative racial stereotypes that saturate this society is fueled by Hollywood. Infact, I think we need to establish clearly what it means to be a "liberal" I'm seeing too many wealthy, snobbish, people with elitest mentalities who are just as closed minded and almost as racist as any redneck except for their one or two little nitches of concern like being pro-environment, or the right for a woman to have an abortion being thrown into the "liberal" category . Liberal used to mean being open minded and believing in fairness to women and Black people. Now any fool who smokes weed on a consistent basis is considered a leftist. Things have gotten so confusing and convoluted in this nation that entire neighborhoods of poor and working class people....if it's mostly White....are identifying themselves as "conservative" when they have absolutely nothing in common with the rich businessmen who operate through the Republican Party. Meanwhile most wealthy suburbs are full of White people who are vegan, do yoga, and are environmentally conscience and call themselves "liberal" but STILL hold to traditional values like marriage, stay-at-home parenting, and even have negative views about Black people and really don't want them living next door to them. Really........ Take a stroll through your average Whole Foods store and most of the people who shop there will be labled as "liberal" even though most tend to be wealthy, snobbish, and not fond of Black people. I think we should either have clear definition of what liberalism is so that it can't keep switching around and getting convoluted generation after generation. And don't get me started on the term "Progressive"........ If people want to see a REAL Progressive in action, they should study the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Not these elitist snobs in suits and ties who are just as conservative as their Republican counterpart but may not be quite as ruthless.
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  32. I would agree with your assessment that there really are no books out there that would appeal specifically to African American men. It's a large untapped market. If I had the time and ability, I'd write some books myself. There's good money to be made for someone with right skills.
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  33. @Del, I don't understand your request. I think we are all biased on some level--it is natural; we are all human. However I do believe our bias lies on a spectrum; some are much more biased than others. Indeed some of blinded by it.
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  34. NFL Hall of Famer, Jim Brown , gives the best definition of racism I've heard. I completely agree with this definition—particularly from the perspective of a bookseller and someone who celebrates Black culture. You see, we typically do not value anything that we create unless it has the white cosign (validation). We don't value our writers unless they write for a white publication, we don't value our books unless that have been published by a white-owned publisher and have been acclaimed by the white media or some white-owned institution. Of course, in today's economy, there are those who seek white validation because that is where the money is, But this reality is the direct consequence of white racism, and our conditioning continues to make it true to this day. “White supremacy says that for you to be considered a person that I respect and like; you must accept the fact that I can validate you and that's the highest honor you can have is my validation.” Note: I engaged in a bit of hyperbole, with the click-baity subject line, as part of an ongoing experiment...
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  35. Hello, I would like to submit my self-published book for review consideration. Author: Georgia Madison Title: Gettin' Down to the "Real" Nitty-Gritty, Life: American Dream or American Nightmare ISBN-13: 978-0983341802 ASIN: B017ON3OWQ Publication Date: November 6, 2015 Link:http://a.co/hUEqqeA In this unpredictable life, a lot of times we find we have to "laugh to keep from crying" and it makes us question if: "Life is Beautiful," "Life is a B*tch Then You Die," "Life is Hard But I'm Glad I'm Here." There's a popular saying out these days that says, "Keep it Real." If you want to read a book that really keeps it "real" regarding everyday life, you have to read Gettin' Down to the "Real" Nitty-Gritty by Georgia Madison. This book is not only "real," it's also bold, humorous, down-to-earth and very entertaining and that's for real. Really! Brothas and sistahs, Ms. Madison pulls no punches. Through forty chapters, this enthusiastic author has no qualms with calling it as she sees it-thus, anyone who endorses political correctness should be forewarned! From the words of Ms. Madison, she states "I am not trying to come off as a psychologist or a preacher, I'm just coming to you as a sistah and I'm going to be stepping on a lot of toes, but if what I say doesn't apply to you then don't be offended, if it does, then you need to do something about it. Brothas and sistahs, I have written many chapters that are designed to make you laugh, but I have also written some chapters that are not at all funny and they are straight from the heart so I want y'all to take them serious and stop all of this BS because we have a lot of problems we need to resolve."
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  36. Well, in a matter of hours, Donald Trump will officially become the next president of the Divided States of America and the head of a Republican regime that is about to take control of the country. What does the future hold? For one thing, forget about traditions and civility and fairness. It's a new day and none of the old rules will apply because the boorish, narcissist commander-in-chief makes his own rules. Those in control will simply do as they please and will not be held accountable because there is no defense when lies replace truth, thereby creating a new reality. Meanwhile, vindictiveness will vindicate the resentment of the political correctness harbored by the overlooked Americans who felt insecure about the benefits of the white skin that now emboldens their bigotry. Diversity will be viewed as an inconvenience, and uniformity will reward the cookie-cutter herd as identity politics languish in defeat. Progressives will be left to regroup, faced with the monumental chore of defeating their opponents in a battle for the minds of the vast community of "have-nots". And their only weapons will be promises to accomplish the daunting task of providing jobs and health care. Promises that logistics will render empty. Obviously, the future will be different but will different mean better or worse? Will a situation come about wherein things will get better because they can't get any worse. Who knows? The only thing that is certain is uncertainty. .Based on cabinet picks, there is nothing to encourage optimism in regard to the new administration eliminating the black-on-black crime that is decimating the inner cities, or improving the education of black children, or providing jobs for the idle. Or will the plans to dismantle Planned Parenthood do anything to reduce the problems that stem from the proliferation of fatherless children. These issues would require the attention and resources that Conservatives are historically reluctant to provide. All black people can do is to make the best of a bad situation and seize any opportunity to emulate their adversaries by serving their own self-interest through deception and a disregard for ethics. This has now become the America way.
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  37. For 53 years, sources have been insisting that President John F. Kennedy's assassination was a deed perpetrated by a cabal of men who wanted him dead because _____ . Fill in the blank. No matter how many investigations and hearings and theories were set forth and books written, it has never been conclusively proved that this act was committed by anyone other than a single, disgruntled, sharp shooter named Lee Harvey Oswald. In other words Fate, as it often does, played a trick on us and this killing was a fluke. The same with Princess Diana's death. But the public has a hard time wrapping their brains around the idea that such momentous events can be random. As far as I am concerned, unless you believe in the illuminati, Trump's election was the result of unforeseen events coming together, and his "victory" was a fluke that surprised even him. He, himself, never expected to win. That's why he kept insisting that the election was rigged and that he was the one who was a target of the media and behind the scenes machinations. His election was not the result of wily billionaires but dumb bigots feeling sorry for themselves. When sensational unexpected things occur, they become fodder for the "aha, you can't fool me" conspiracy community quick to "romanticize" a calamity because they've seen too many movies. People feed on these type of events and all they need is for someone to come up with a concocted scenario to confirm their suspicions. Of course, these are conclusions reached by gut instinct and old age, both of which have convinced me that there is no rhyme or reason to Life. Shit happens.
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  38. Del ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson was recently named U.S. Secretary of State. Trump selected Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general to head the EPA. The problem here is that Pruitt is a climate change denier and fossil fuel industry supporter. Again, the problem here is that the press tolerates conversations about man-made climate change as if it is up for debate. Much of the country including many of our leaders don't take climate change seriously... perhaps because they consume their news from Trump's twitter feed.
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  39. Cynique, I'm gonna out cynic you a moment and agree with Pioneer here. I find it a little implausible that a single individual, no matter how rich, slick, and egotistical, could have single handily taken over as president of the United States. I don't think Trump staged this coup on his own. We are talking about players acting at a global level. These players are able to manipulate the minds and therefore control the behavior of people for their benefit. I heard on the radio that there are individuals, kids actually, in India who make thousands of dollars a day creating fake news websites. From what I know about how the WWW works this should be impossible. So either these kids are freaking super-geniuses or something is propping these kids up... Corporate media freely admits they created false equivalences regarding Trump outrageous lies by covering them as if they were true and gave him far more coverage that all the other republican candidates combined. Why did they do this? It is not as if they don't understand journalism. Initially, I just thought corporate media was just being greedy by covering the Trump as his antics are a boon to ratings. But money alone does not explain it--at least not to my satisfaction. And what is with the obsession of monitoring Twitter for Trump news, why doesn't corporate media get him in a room and ask some substantive questions?
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  40. I'm sure Talladega can use the money the band will earn performing during the inauguration. Sure, it can be argued it is blood money and one can claim Talladega has sold their souls. But in order to level a critique of Talladega you'd have to do the same for every Black institution that did anything for a President that you disagreed with Harry. I bet you'd have no problem if the band marched for Bill Clinton. Bill actually did things that harmed Black people. Trump isn't even in office. So far, Trump has been nothing but talk. Now when he actually enacts legislation that hurts Black people I'm all for boycotting Trump. For now, I say Talladega should take the money while the getting is good. Besides it is not like Black folks are lining up to support the struggling institution.
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  41. It is not New York City (not even close), it is not DMV, LA, ATL or any place you might expect unless you live there (check out the entire map):
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  42. Well, like many black men "dedicated to helping their race", Brown liked his white women and has a history of violence against all the women in his life, having served a brief stint in jail for not observing a restraining order taken out against him. As a black female, down through the years, such publicized incidents were what stuck with me as much as his accomplishments as a football superstar for the Cleveland Browns. I know he was a civil rights activist but the first thing that came to my mind when he expressed his admiration for Trump, was how sure i was that this misogynist had no trouble relating to Trump's pussy-grabbing statement that epitomized a disrespect for women. So it's not just about racism, it's about all the politically-incorrect issues Trump validated because of his being an outspoken boorish bigot which is slightly different from being a rabid racist like the guys he chose for a couple of his cabinet positions. Bottom line, I am more amused than impressed with Brown's jumping on the Trump bandwagon under the guise of helping his race.
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  43. You don't have to want to re-enslave black people to be racist. You can be placated by relegating them to second class citizenship and ignoring their grievances. You are so hyper-critical about Hillary Clinton but sooo forgiving of all the white Trump voters whose purportedly just wanted change, which to them represented a return to an America where white skin guaranteed entitlement Just because millions of white people supported Bernie and later reluctantly voted for Hillary doesn't contradict the reality that Donald Trump's election was a victory for both overt and covert racists who came out a great numbers to vote for him. These people were dumb enough to think that a self-serving billionaire would improve the economy because they were blinded by their resentment of minorities whom they considered a threat.
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  44. Troy I only brought that example up as an illustration of how the media uses subtle racism to influence the public. Ofcourse I don't take most of what I read in the New York Post seriously, it's sensationalism at it's best. Infact, I'd consider it one step above tabloid journalism. However, you or I refusing to read it doesn't negate the fact that hundreds of thousands if not millions of others DO read it and are being influenced by it to various degrees. If the New York Post is churning out biased news and racist propaganda.... Don't we have a duty to monitor it and challenge it's poisonous content rather than ignore it and dismiss it as ridiculous while it's toxic influence spreads like a plague? Black New Yorkers should be at the forefront of condeming such right wing media propaganda.
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  45. No one "ignored" the working and middle class Whites. For the past 40 something years Democrats have been the only major party to advocate raising wages, improving working conditions, providing affordable healthcare for more Americans, increasing funding for schools, supporting unions. If THAT doesn't show support for and benefit the working/middle classes of ALL races, I don't know what does.....which I suspect may be part of the problem. Many poor and middle class Whites don't like any program that benefits ALL people, only those that benefit them to the exclusion of others. Troy Yes this election was IN PART about "green" to the extent that most of the wealthy elite saw in Trump the opportunity to continue accumulating and consolidating wealth and influence in this nation. But make no mistake about it....race was also a MAJOR factor in this election. Millions of poor Whites who didn't have a pot to piss in went out of their way to show up to the polls and vote for a Wall Street billionaire who they KNEW didn't give a damn about them personally. Not because of what he promised to do FOR THEM...but for what he promised to do TO OTHERS. There are poor White men in this nation who would rather starve to death or lay at home and die for lack of health care, than live in a society where both Black and White men live together with decent jobs and great healthcare.....because that would increase the chances that his daughter just might consider marrying and having children with a Black man of similar socio-economic status.
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  46. Del My statement was an astrological prediction, six months ago . It was not a position taken by most astrologers either You said Trump COULD become the next President. You didn't say it was definate or even most likely. So your statement didn't meet prediction standards.....lol. It was a mere comment just like Troy and mine but from the other side of the coin.
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  47. Guest The Black Board, do you have any idea how what you just posted comes across? You've implied that this is a white owned website, which shows a complete lack of knowledge about this website, a complete disrespect for the platform, or both. I'm all for supporting Black-owned platforms, but you are not going get far with the approach you've taken here. Even if this was a white-owned website, what makes you think your approach would attract the Black people already using the forum? Fortunately, there is more than enough room on the WWW for many Black owned discussion forums. I will give you an additional piece of advice. If you want to be taken seriously by people who know anything about the web; register your domain name for longer than 1 year. If would reflect a minimal level of commitment.
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  48. Congrats! Just added the events to our events calendar.
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  49. I am the guy you love to blame for all your problems. I am in my 50'spare, white, with those devilish blue eyes ☺. Believe me, I am not the cause of your problems. Stop blaming white people for the sorry state of the black community. Stop committing crimes against whites people. This "Black Lives Matter " organization is trying to start a race war. How do you think that is going to end for you? At some point, white people will conclude that "enough is enough " and react to defend themselves. That will not be good for you and will last a generation. That time is now. For the sake of Black Nationality and the safety of black people, put an end to the false narrative of BLM. Instead, do something positive and draw closer together as a Black Nation. Look to yourselves for the answers to your problems. Black people helping other black people climb the ladder of success rather than hurting one another. Stick together. Leave the white man alone except to learn from him and do business with him as equals. Be proud, strong, and brave. You must set an example for the next generation to follow. Right now, the biggest problem the Black Nation faces is its blind loyalty to the Democratic Party. You all have just been field hands on the Democratic Party Plantation for two generations. Where has it gotten you? Look around you. The black community needs some much investment that isn't being delivered. Blacks vote Democratic because the Democrats promise something for nothing. They never deliver shit! When are you field negros going to wake up and realize that there is no free lunch. The Democrats have rigged the system to create fatherless black homes. Because if that welfare mom gets caught with a man in the house, they cut off her payments! You can thank Lyndon Johnson, our Democratic President for doing that to us back in 1964. Stop voting for Democrats and start voting for Republicans! Turn the Republican Party into the voice of the Black Nation! At least Republicans respect you enough to create jobs worthy of your time. Democrats say you can't work and living in the welfare ghetto is the best you deserve. Republicans are willing and able to invest the dollars in the black communities to get the wheels of productivity rolling. Have some self respect. Make a commitment to the future, to your legacy, to your children, to the generations to follow. Do the right thing: vote Republican. Get your friends, family, and neighbors to join you. Show courage and the conviction of your beliefs. If a good percentage of the Black Nation votes Republican, they will owe YOU. They will court the black vote with real favors and meaningful programs, not empty promises. But voting Democrat is an absolute guarantee you will get nothing, just like before. Black Nationality is the way forward. Help each other out. Do not victimize other blacks. Respect your elders. Don't do hard drugs. Get the cracks dealers out. Respect each other at all times. Men: take care of her! Don't be a dog. Never let her fear you. Ladies: Keep yourself up for him. Never disrespect him. His life is hard as it is, he needs your support. You don't need white people to be happy and successful as a black man or woman. Stop comparing yourselves to whites. Stop hating whites, that is wasted emotion. To the extent that you can, leave whites alone. Besides, your community needs you. Don't race mix. Invest in your community, your schools, and your future. Do the right thing. I wish you all the best.
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