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  1. 4 points
    @Cynique who knows maybe Nubianfellow has it point. Maybe it's the black woman's hair that is the key to black people's success.. My friends call my family the hair bear bunch because we have very long hair that grows from our roots... (see my profile pic - yep that's mine) So, maybe because we don't have weaves it allows us to communicate with directly to the Universe from which all our blessings flow you know god gave it to us for a reason. ...And it makes us super smart so we don't have ever worry about being in the bottom 20% of those poverty-stricken folks. We don't need weaves, because we love showing off our beautiful locks, because, well who doesn't love our hair. By the way loving your hair, automatically translates into us loving ourselves because hair is the major key.. And, of course we attract men who are not deadbeat dads. Because of our flowing Rapunzel-like locks we attract the men who have the most money, best character and family adhesiveness ... As for the men who feel it's ok to lie down create babies and flee the scene. Well, we all know they got that way because of some weave-wearing black woman - who didn't cheer them on when they did something you know, mediocre.... I just can't.
  2. 3 points
    @Del, I'm actually going to push back a little more on your statement and actually modify a statement previously made. Just today I was talking to another Brother, older, who runs a business as well. He employs several full time staff, in other words he runs a much larger business. We were discussing the relative advantages of his competitors and what advantages he offer tat they don't. One of the advantages he cited was that his business was Black owned. I told him that I actually did not find that being Black owned was an advantage. He explained that were it not for other Black people, he would not have a business. Upon reflection I had to recognize that the same was true for my business. Now I may not have as much support has I want from my community, and on too many occasions I may not have as much as I need, but I would not have a business were it not for my Brothers and Sisters. Indeed Del, while you are not writing checks to me on a regular basis your participation here makes this forum possible. You and all the regular contributors to this forum could be doing anything else, but you are a Black man who is supporting a Black business. In all seriousness and gratitude; thank you. Almost all of the active participants on this forum have been Black. If I depended upon white folks to keep this forum alive it would never have gotten off the ground. Now I'm not dismissing the support of white folks in keeping AALBC.com alive, but to be clear: there would be no AALBC.com with the support of my people. My sincere thanks to all of you
  3. 3 points
    This was a fluff piece, to get my foot in the door. Later my submissions were much more militant, so much so that the newspaper was flooded with complaints from whites, something the op-ed editor loved, assuring me that they wanted to provoke reader response. I also got a lot of hate mail that scorched my ears...
  4. 3 points
    Black women have always been creative when it came to their hair and many, as Mel has noted, parlayed this creativity into profitably businesses dating way back. I'm not sure whether a black woman invented the all-but-obsolete curling iron that being adept at manipulating required a trained skill which produced the perfect results, an artistry more to be admired than condemned. I truly believe that what black women traditionally did to their hair was always about making it manageable and easier to style in different ways. Women that they were, they liked glamour which is why they would also paint their nails and wear lipstick and rouge. I'm not here to defend weaves because they are an extreme. But from what i gather, extensions are slightly different from weaves, and are easily added and removed and, of course, perms are a process not an add-on. Braids involve synthetic extensions that take hours to plait and are not so easily taken out. So they're kind of a faux display of black pride. For years, i tinted my mousy brown hair with with a Miss Clairol selection labeled "golden brown". So shoot me. But i loved how this color complemented my skin tone. All during the 1970s, like everyone else, i wore my hair in a big (golden brown) natural. I didn't sweat whether or not this sent a mixed message, because i used words to make a statement about racial discrimination, and i wrote about this injustice in the print media on a regular basis. To me, the press was mightier than the tress.
  5. 3 points
    Start where you are. You can have degree a skill or can hustle. You can play ib the game or make your own. Shore up your weaknesses or play to your strength. Or you can complain about the game and blame (fill in the blank) for failure. Black America has GDP that rivals many nations. But we own little because we are culture whores. Who sell our own inheritance for a bowl of stew. I have been lucky to attend good schools. And was fortunate to do jobs that allowed me to travel and have a 300 book library. Instead of watching TV i read widely. Words are warming but what's you're plan or where will you be in five to ten years. You have success stories here. Two entrepreneurs and two writers.
  6. 3 points
    @Elva D. Green of course, it is! where would society be without its optimists. By the way, I'm the " pragmatic" Pleased to meet you!
  7. 2 points
    It at least brought back memories, you spelled it the same way my grandmother used to pronounce it!
  8. 2 points
    @Troy Your mind functions in the well-defined realm of scientific technology which interferes with your going with the random flow of the spiritual domain. It's kinda like you were subconsciously challenging rather than anticipating the eclipse to have a profound effect on you. This made you less receptive to experiencing what was contrary to your vibe. Has the eclipse turned things around? All of the high winds and flooding in certain areas and rampaging forest fires in other locations are not anomalies but rather events that naturally occur in the environment and atmosphere of Earth. If biological species are in the path of these forces, then the survival of these creatures is threatened. That's Life. Which doesn't mean that these phenomena won't impact on the ebb and flow of human activity i have certainly been experiencing some weird things lately. Time is not a factor in my solitude, so i live around the clock, sleep when i'm sleepy, eat when i'm hungry and just do whatever i feel like doing at any given moment. (by choice, my outside social life is limited) Away from the computer, my favorite spot is my recliner which is my phantom lover in whose arms i am so comfortable and content that i just drift off into dreamland. i have forsaken my bed for this seducer. Lately, in the middle of the night, when i'm dozing off while watching science channel documentaries about aliens or the big bang, or true crime programs about spouses killing each other to collect insurance, the recliner begins to rock ever so gently and gradually my body is overtaken by a tingling feeling that begins at my toes and crawls upward. Sometimes this is proceeded by my foot being jerked. Engulfed in waves of sensations, i simply lie there and keep my hands clasped and silently communicate to whatever this entity is, that i am not interested in going to the dark side or doing evil, but i wouldn't mind winning the lottery and being cured of all my annoying little ailments. Then, before i realize it, I am asleep and having crazy dreams. These dreams involve different scenarios but the underlying theme is always the same. I am trying to get someplace but I'm never able to find my way or complete what i have to do to get where i want to go and i am constantly misplacing my purse during all of this... Guess the implications of theses dream are pretty obvious, huh, Del? I read that the eclipse overshadowed another phenomenon which will be occurring on September 23rd when there will be an alignment of Jupiter, the Moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus with the star Regulus in the Leo sign. The 9 stars of Leo and the 3 aligning planets will make a crown of 12 stars for the Virgo sign which will be “clothed with the sun,” with the moon under her feet. ???? Doomsday predictors are saying this will herald the end of times as predicted in Revelations. Winter is coming... Why do i have the feeling that the intense media coverage of these hurricanes is over the top and the networks will be disappointed if the storm would just blow over?
  9. 2 points
    Interestingly, I met a woman the other day who actually got on the bus in New York City to view the eclipse in the path of totality. The way I traveled to see it but her trip was much more arduous. She was no more than a 15-minute drive from where I was in South Carolina. We saw essentially the same event. She went on about how spiritually moving the eclipse was for her. She expressed that feeling after I said did not understand why so many people were so excited about seeing it. As I said before, the experience was nothing like that for me. This is profound evidence that different people experience the same event entirely differently.
  10. 2 points
    I see the tree and the serpent (s) golden ratio (Phi), owl and for some reason I also see a peacock feather... It feels like If I look at too long I'll become one with it . One more thing, many of those symbols are allegedly related to worshiping the Canaanite's sun god.
  11. 2 points
    My argument has always been that Hillary wasn't a saint but, then, America isn't heaven. She was, first and foremost, qualified by virtue of being very knowledgeable about global and domestic issues and she knew how to be selectively ruthless; a formidable bitch. Plus, her future Supreme Court choices would not undo all of the judicial rulings that were so hard-fought-for to bring about a modicum of equity and justice for women and marginalized minorities, - decisions that are now in danger of being rescinded and replaced with conservative dogma that will transform this " democracy/ republic" into a "fascistic theocracy". Many are saying, and i agree, that Trump is not the real danger; it's his supporters who are the menace. And it seems to me that more and more of the common people are falling under his sway as a backlash to how they think the liberal media is bashing him, and - as we all know, everybody hates the media and its facts that Republicans call "fake news". This push-back is what evolved with Joel Osteen, the con man leader of the mega church who closed its door to flood victims in Houston. The Internet bashed and ridiculed him so badly that the Christian community started coming to his defense, and this included many blacks who felt that he was being picked on, reminding everyone that this multi-millionaire who lives like a king, is, after all, just human and should not be judged so harshly. There are all kinds of variations of the Stockholm Syndrome at play out there, not to mention the grip of cognitive dissonance. This is a nation at odds with itself. ...Grooming my bearskin cloak here in my cave, getting ready because - winter is coming...
  12. 2 points
    I believe they went after Clinton because they didn't like Hilary. Her problem is that she is smart and opinionated. And is seen as cold. Which is unacceptable to a large number of men and women. I am suspicious of people who start foundations. Foundations are a clever form of estate management. Bill Gates can't sell his shares in Microsoft without negatively effecting the stock price. The perception is the company is tanking. And he's trying to get out. By setting up a charity you don't have that problem . And you can use the funds for investment. I believe both Gates and Zuckerberg married lawyers. So usually the funds make a lot more more than they donate. I look at the financials. The Clinton foundation has a catering arm. Which is three times more profitable than the average catering firm. Which means either their cost are a lot lower or they charge a lot more than their competitors. Also they spend more on travel expenses than program spending. Due to security they either fly First Class or they charter a plane. So its always good to follow the money. The Clinton's were broke when the left the Whitehouse. Collectively they have made upwards of $85 million. For speeches. Hilary's are private and no copies of the transcripts are available. Trump is what he has always been a self obsessed misogynist racist spoiled rich kid, with no interest other than self promotion, making money and finding etays to make someone else bear the risk. He doesn't pay his contractors. Apparently those two young girls who sang at his inauguration are sueing him for non payment. His foundation was used as his personal piggy bank. He purchsed a six foot painting of himself. Eric had a foundation that used his father's Golf course. At first there was no fee. And then the charges were significantly more than other Golf clubs would charge. He is our PT Barnum and i believe we are watching a Greek Tragedy. The overseas donations due to the hurricanes , were less than previous years even from our allies. Trump is the President that Business people and disgruntled disenfranchised people want in office. He was voted in to make America great by returning to its preregulation,pre civil women gay and handicap rights, pre voting rights. Only White Male land owners could vote .
  13. 2 points
    Being detailed-oriented is very important. Sometime when we read fast, our eyes trick us and fill in missing letters or words. Misspellings or typos are unprofessional. You learned that the hard way. But it was a valuable lesson.
  14. 2 points
    In the book world we own AALBC.com, the largest website dedicated to celebrating the diversity of Black culture through books. We also own over 60 bookstores across the nation, when own several independent publishing companies, at least one book printer, a handful of book distribution companies and this is just in the United States. We actually own quite a bit, it is just that we don't do very much, collectively, to support and promote the concerns. We do however jump through hoops to promote the wealthiest and largest corporations. Authors will tell you to you to buy their books from Amazon, as if it was a secret that Amazon sold books. Authors will tell you to follow them on social media instead of their own websites. Of course Black bookstores and websites, like AALBC.com, could benefit from the free promotion so frequently given to corporations. @Delano, the question is not, what do we own; it is what what do we support.
  15. 2 points
    Native Americans are still considered the "Noble Savage" and white people are proud to have Indian blood in the veins. ( Not so, with having black blood, however. ) Every black person i know, including myself, claims to have indian blood in them. Native American culture just seems to fascinate everybody, with the feathered headdresses, beaded buckskin garb, painted faces and Pow-Wows where the peace pipe is smoked. Their riding horses bareback and shooting bows and arrows and doing rain dances. i appreciate that they are a very spiritual people, close to the earth and that - sometimes they beat John Wayne and the cavalry. i and many others who attended the University of Illinois were sad that political correctness robbed us of Chief Illiniwek, our sports mascot, whose war dance during half-time shows at football games was as anticipated as the final scores. This was an authentic dance passed down for generations and was taught to the Eagle scouts who were the ones to compete for the honor of being Chief Illiniwek, a proud figure who was never caricatured, but honored and respected. Illinois hasn't been a force in the Big Ten since the chief was banished. The PC crowd tried to do the same thing with the Florida State's Seminole mascot, but the Seminoles told them to go f..k themselves, and that they were proud to be the mascot of a great foot ball team. According to archaeologists, land masses that later broke apart, provided direct access to the Americas and permitted people from other continents to migrate by foot here. The Eskimos got trapped in Alaska when it broke off from the continent but they are the same species of those who did reach the America to become its native people. There are black Mexicans who little is known about but they are there and are discriminated against and considered second class citizens. The same as black Koreans about whom little is known because they are also a well-kept "secret". I have read about these black people as well as talked to tourists who have seen them in these countries. Po ol black folks just caint catch a break.
  16. 2 points
    @Pioneer1Your assumption that this America-born Armenian has an "accent" is just an example of your flawed perspective as is the ambiguous false equivalent example you gave erroneously comparing your specific adjective "Japanese" nationality to my use of the unspecific noun of "Arab" which has no nationality. My calling an Armenian an Arab is not the same as calling a "non Chinese Asian" a Japanese", which is what you claim. A "Korean' is a non-Chinese of Asian descent but calling a Korean a "Japanese" is not the equivalent of calling an Armenian an Arab because Arab is a generic term and Japanese is a specific nationality. i can only take your word for how indignant Armenians are about being commonly mistaken for Arabs. Your whole premise about Serena and her fiance is based on what all of your premises are based on: "Pioneer's Law of opinion representing fact" . The assumption that an attractive, talented, smart, rich woman will be taken advantage of by an attractive, talented, smart rich man is baseless . First of all, as I previously mentioned, if these 2 do decide to get married, - and the may not, there's no way there wouldn't be a pre-nup. But I'm not surprised that these specifics elude you and that you stand by your belief. That's the protocol in the private little world you inhabit. Another example of your mind-set is how you always incorrectly spell a common word like "definitely" by spelling it "definately". Just now, you spelled a common word like "explanation", as "explaination". (These are not typos because you do this all the time.)That the correct spelling of these words which are regularly encountered in reading matter doesn't register with you, says something about your powers of observation. Or maybe you figure yours is the black way of spelling them, and blacks should adopt their own spelling and reject standard English. Whatever.
  17. 2 points
    You are missing the point. It isn't that they don't believe in what I do. It is that they aren't serious. There are a few Black Astrologers I would work with, and that few of they also agree that a lot of folks aren't serious about the craft. Troy and Mel have their own thing going on. You may have forgotten that I asked a friend about some legal advice on behalf of Troy. Some of what you post sounds illogical to me. Like Mel Troy and myself fixing Black America. That's not a strategy or a plan, it is actually a wish. What your talking about requires a plan, money, time location et cetera. And while in theory it is a good idea it is not practical. Although it is a nice compliment. Perhaps I am being to harsh and personal in my criticism of your ideas.
  18. 2 points
    @Pioneer1 , I'm believer in the power of "AND" ... meaning do both and have two-winning hands. But an economic plan is more than commercial enterprise . Since, I tend to be a doer not a talker, first I have to ask, "Have you ever worked an economic development program?" Have you even been on a steering committee? Prior to launching a full blown economic development plan - you have to know where you're going and how you're going to get there - it begins with a feasibility study. I have worked for an NGO that was charged with economic development for a city of 35,000 people. The town had a failing economy. It had cut off its source to economic growth. The National Park Service through the government gave us a multi-million dollar contract to revive the area and help spur its economy. The thing is they had federal, state and city support and agreement. They had land, access to the Ohio river, a port and their area had been named by the federal government a heritage corridor and with that designation came a pile of money to use to achieve our goals. My supervisor was a former deputy mayor of New York City - and with him at the helm and me his second in command we accomplished our initial goal before I left the organization. The project took about 10 years from start to finish. At last check, the town is still hemorrhaging population but it seems to be contributing to the national economy which is the overarching goal. Black America has always created commercial enterprises. When were brought here it was black people who created the textile and agriculture industry. We didn't just supply free labor - we created the enterprise...just didn't get the money, the freedom or fame. If you think of an industry from the 1400s until the present, if black people didn't create it they were very much involved. Even today, if you think black people aren't at the top of technology game think again. They're not getting the publicity. Meet my friend I call him daBrain, owner of more than 40 patents related to wireless LAN and chip design. Also, in the late 70s, rap was commercial enterprise created by Black people for Black people. Before it was snatched up by major labels, Black people controlled the music recording studios, music production, music distribution, film production, stage shows, models, actors/actresses, fashion and clothing (dapper dan comes to mind) , the videos, (New York City created laws to contain where black production could film their rap videos). There were even music shows that aired on local television and even radio stations that had their own advertisements. Social movement came out of the rap movement and it even created political leaders. The rap economy, however, was limited first to the East Coast - then West... then the South. Once organized crime got a hold of the enterprise it was absorbed into corporate america. Black America can have their own economic plan but if there's going to be any type of economic development for a group of people that aren't centrally located a plan would be a start but it will take money and time to execute. Even with a plan, unfortunately, groups of people will still be left behind. Which is why "being prepared" is key.
  19. 2 points
    So I only want to initially work with a select group of people. I am member of several astrological groups on Facebook. Which in total have several thousand members. There are three that are predominantly indigenous/black. Out of that there are about maybe ten Astrologers that are either knowledgeable or are serous about their craft. I probably spebd a minimum of 100 hours a year on my craft. Although there have been months where i have spent a minimum of 2 - 5 hours a day on my craft. Which means i am not going ti work with people that don't have that type of dedication. I am willing to bet you Pioneer that i have or will have read someone from one of my cities you lived in. I hope you and like minded brethren have success with your approach. While I tend ti my "garden" Some people may dream of wanting more but they don't act that way. When I was at U Mass Boston. The Boston Blacks said the Haitians and the Africans didn't interact with them. Which was interesting because i hung with the Nigerians and was seeing a Nigerian princess. So i asked a Haitian. He said he came across the world to get an education and the Boston blacks seemed to being missing something. He didn't know what it was but he didn't want to catch it. Successful people surround themselves with succesful or at least driven people. In closing i work with people who can think have drive or have a big heart. But they have ro be motivated by their vision to effect a change and invest in themselves rather than a dope pair of kicks.
  20. 2 points
    Now to answer the question. My sister said i need to prepare my children for the world you have aptly described Mel. My answer was I am teaching them ti think critically. Learning the curriculum is learning tactics. However without the ability to think, you will be a pawn. I know tactics without strategy is dead. My favorite scientist is Richard Feynmann. He was wasn't the smartest scientist in a room but he was the most clever. Plus he was fun anvery flexible mentally because he had a different toolset. I will address my concept of an approach for success. For the deviants, outliers, dreamers and oddballs. Since they are the true leaders. Learn the basics of what everyone else learns. In addition follow one passion and have a creative expression. Einstein played the violin, Feynmann played the bongos and went to strip clubs, and Newtown was into alchemical experiments. We are approaching , we are in a time where the okd rules hold less sway. Which means the ascendancy of visionaries, non linear or freethinkers. I encourage my children to think for themselves and not to accept anyone's opinions with giving it thought. So when i see my kids, they want to play word games, test their spelling. In addition I encourage them to respect the choices if other people, especially when it is counter to theirs. Because their mother is an artist. They are immersed in art, dance and sport. However I can't take credit for that.
  21. 2 points
    ok here's the rest of the story. About a week before the election (2016) I was washing dishes, looking out onto the back porch. I happened to glance at my grill cover, and in it - I saw the outline of 45* 's hair and face in silhouette. I looked closer, then looked away hoping it would disappear. It didn't. I didn't want to tell anyone to look in the direction because I feared they would confirm what I was seeing. I didn't want to acknowledge it at the time and I didn't want to believe it - but I knew it was an omen. I knew then he would win the election - even though he shouldn't have. So that's the reason I stopped second-guessing myself. I can't explain it - I just know Intuition (Quantum Intuition) is real. Now I wish I would have said something - Observer Effects states once you look at the future -it changes. I'd think it's more like - once you acknowledge the future, it changes.
  22. 2 points
    33% of white America compared to 23% of black America has a post-secondary academic degree according to U.S. Census and National Center of Education Statistics. Therefore, a strong argument would be the majority of America is not interested in education...except books sales don't support that argument. We can get our books from so many different outlets now that some bookstores selling traditional ways are going to take a hit. But assigning behavioral traits to a group of people and attributing it to the demise of black booksellers is irrational. It's like saying people are no longer interested in wearing clothes so that's why Macy's had to close 100 of its stores. Btw, I still believe that book stores have to become inventive to get us back into the stores.
  23. 2 points
    i would b interested in some of you telling me what you disagreed with in my post. Seems to me that when all of the "mansplaining" smoke is cleared, you're all reaching the same conclusion i did. But because we couched these conclusions in different semantics, the take-away is different. But the basic message is that, like it or not, tribes of the nation have been forced into playing different roles, and this is determined by the tribe which has the greatest ability to oppress and prevail. You guys, to me, are the ones brainwashed. You actually think the American dream applies to people of color. It doesn't. If it did, you wouldn't be stuck in the rut of describing and lamenting about what black folks need to do to break the glass ceiling. Talk is cheap. In addition to talking about commerce and economics, admit that one thing black people need to do is to stop all of the indiscriminate breeding that populates the underclasses with generations of fatherless children doomed to repeat the mistakes of their single parents. The odds of this happening are about the same as as ones for the black tribe to achieve true unity. The truth hurts. However, if what i regard as the truth will, after all these years, be proven false, i really won't mind. Settling into my cave, stocking up on nuts and berries. Winter is coming...
  24. 2 points
    I don't think Daren's views are so unique, it is just that most folks, especially Black folks, who share this perspective are not inclined to make it widely known. Of course, I don't see Black people are inferior to white folks; subconsciously or otherwise. I don't see why embracing Black culture implies or means rejecting American culture. Black culture, here in America, is part of American culture--the two are inextricably linked. Now there are things I find wrong with American culture, that need to be fixed. But there are things that are wrong with myself that need to be fixed. So I'm not rejecting American culture any more than I reject myself; both need work. To dismiss the legacy of slavery as having an adverse impact on Black people is tantamount to putting one's head in the sand. There are always exceptional people who succeed despite the odds, but are just that "exceptional." Exceptional people are great role models, but they cannot be used as proof that we can all achieve in the way they have, because the vast majority of us are not exceptional. I don't have the numbers but I'm quite sure Dr. Sowells books don't generate as much profit a Bruno Mars download or as much as a professional athlete ("entertainer").
  25. 2 points
    Thanks Nubian Fellow. Indigenous people of America have a culture a language and a place. That makes a huge difference.
  26. 2 points
    @Troy I like your site. It has a nice atmosphere. I do agree that we need more. But more importantly, we need to learn to embrace Black businesses, products, services, and yes... black websites too. As far as many brown Hispanics identifying as white, we got a lot of Black brown people who also identify as white, egyptian, israelites, indian and the list goes on brother. I do agree with you about race being more of a social construct. But that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. In this reality, race is used to control conscious Black social behavior. Think about it, if our people are messed up socially, then how can we ever get anything together on any other higher level? If we can't cooperate with ourselves socially, we won't be empowered enough to run anything else, not even our own businesses. Before I make my next point, let me say that I love going to Black businesses because they support me the most, and I get the feeling that the owners and people who work there see me more as a person than just dollar signs. Black businesses are also least likely to rip Black people off, despite many of our people exclaiming differently. They had a bad experience with one or two Black businesses and then so easily decide that Black businesses are the worst on the planet. Once upon a time when I worked with mortgages, surprisingly a Black woman called up and asked me if I was Black (I assumed she was searching for a Black person to do business with), but when I verified, she asked for someone white and told me of her experiences dealing with Black people and how she was preyed upon. No problem. I worked out the commission anyway and made more money on the deal than I would have made if I didn't send her to a fellow white coworker. But the point is, when we are racist against our own, it backfires every single time. Now I do notice that some (a very small number) of Black businesses don't value their Black customers. And to me, that's buffoonery and coonery. These same businesses who didn't value or treat their black customers like people are the same ones that will complain that Black people don't support them. I feel that we need to honor our businesses that look out for the people and make more of an effort to connect with our own, for the good of all Black people everywhere and humanity itself! Scientifically, there may only be one race, but in this reality, we have acknowledged racial, cultural and ethnic identities exist and that affects the fabric of our existence on this planet. I would love for us to be in a position someday where we can embrace everyone. But that day has not come yet. Until Black people learn to embrace themselves, everyone else will not respect us as a collective. We will continue to be looked down upon as a group and continue to be treated the worst. The first thing Black people must learn to do again is what everyone else does... embrace our own and stop trying to be content serving white people, or our race will be doomed forever.
  27. 2 points
    I hear you man. It is human nature to believe something that makes us feel good or better. I was raised a racist I grew up believing white folks were evil and could not be trusted. How could it be otherwise. Everybody I knew, that was Black, lived in a ghetto, white people lived in fine homes had cars and did not have to deal with crime. At least that is the way it looked on TV... For some religion help deals with the evil we've been dealt, for others it is some brand of Black superiority, for me it is science and ideas which is why books are important and forums like this where people welcome their ideas being challenged are vauable. I used to buy more into the Black superiority thing, but not so much any more--it is no longer necessary. I never did buy into religion--even as a child..my brain simply does not work that way. I should not have said most hispanics are white. I was trying to make a point using sloppy terms. Your statement: Illustrates why I don't like using race. Scientifically there is only one race. When we talk about who is Black and who is white we really are left to our own subjective devices. As a result there is no definitive answer for who is white or Black. There is not genetic test for this either... Hispanics come in every color imaginable. Many brown hispanics self identify as white. Here in this country some people we would describe as white self identify as Black. Walter White and Jean Toomer look like white boys to me, but we embrace them as Black. Those racist terms have as many definitions as there are people. I shouldn't use them but it depends on who I'm talking to and the situation. I run a site celebrating Black culture as reaction to how we are treated. It would be nice if sites like ours were not necessary but as far as I'm concerned we need more.
  28. 2 points
    Yes Troy, afromerica is my site and we still around. We were on hiatus for awhile but came back last year. Google has filtered some sites but we started back in 2000 so the Internet has not spit us out yet.
  29. 2 points
    Nonsense you care about truth. And you are brutally honest. No its ugliness that you find repulsive and it is increasingly on display. That's my take.You make me think more or wider about thinking. I am very grateful for that and you. You are the heart, Lady Leo of this forum.
  30. 2 points
    Black businesses matter. There is no debate about this. Go to any major Black populated neighborhood and you will not be able to find Black owned businesses. This is because these businesses do not exist. Coincidence? No. This is by design. Since birth, the biggest ambitions our parents generally have for us is to work for someone else and hopefully end up getting a high paying job. We aren't taught to create jobs and thus, create wealth. We can't even rap about that mess in hip hop music. Bet most people don't find it partly odd that most rappers only rap about non-black owned merchandise and how much they want material things that are not created by Black people. That's a sucker move! Black business is important and it's the only way to change the circumstances of Black people in this country. Someday soon, Black people need to wake up and understand that your Black dollars matter. It's so pathetic that even when Black people make a definitive attempt to support Black businesses, they are usually duped to dumping their money right back into white people's hands. As a collective, Black people have to do better and undergo more thorough research. On intellect alone, we lose the game of supporting Black wealth and as of today, group economics in the Black community is laughable at best! We don't have Black hosting solutions so therefore, we are forced to support companies who do not have our best interests in line - even on the web - and end up giving all our money away. Then we turn around and complain about the fact that we are doing just that! When does it stop??? When do we begin to make a little bit of sense?
  31. 2 points
    Its that drive or the need to inprove. Which is different than gunners and whiners. Who have lots of reasons for enabling failure. @Troy @Mel Hopkins, @Cynique to me you're all successful because you created your world. And wasn't limited by the societal limitations that all people feel. Pioneer despite your lengthy posts you can't envision black success. Or only in a rather narrowly defined range. Comic book Hyper sexual Hetero Black Men. With women as accessories. Which is the exact opposite of our experience in America. Black Women keep the Black church together. Because men are loners generally, and often don't forge relationships. Our thinking places us in different worlds.
  32. 2 points
    Fear is tool that provokes are real-life response. Fight or Flight... Prolonged fear leads to mental breakdown. It's not easy to just resist because most people are approaching psychotic breaks. Most people of EVERY color. We are not just humans; we are human animals and animals all react differently when they're afraid. Some animals play dead, faint and poop when they're afraid and there are animals that make themselves bigger when they're afraid and if pushed to their limit, they will attack. This is where we are today - you can't use a weapon without expecting a weapon to be used against you. Use of fear has pushed everyone to mental instability. Danger is real and it also provokes the same response as those experiencing fear... Fight or Flight. There is another way to combat danger and its through the use of CHAOS... Clear Head Assess Observe Situation then respond. Response requires training. Those who are in imminent danger are usually not of the mindset to survive the danger... especially those who have experienced duress due to prolonged fear. So first we must learn how to respond to a situation. However I suggest first locating the fire (the danger) because fighting smoke (fear) is a waste of resources.
  33. 2 points
    @Mel Hopkins, I'm going to have a conversation with someone this morning about the very point you mentioned in the very large font. I'll keep the "eye glazing over" in mind and let you know how it goes. But in the meantime, I will share this anecdote. There was another book site, now defunct, that I worked with closely. I had 3 orders of magnitude more traffic--it wasn't even in the same ball park in terms of traffic (side bar: At one point Alexa ranked that site ahead on mine, which is one reason I've moved on from them as a tool). Despite the substantial difference in traffic the other site was able to sell just as much advertising as I could--for years. Their site, at least the homepage, was more visually appealing than mine--which I suspect was the reason. The person that ran the site understood completely your point about data. We spoke about this subject frequently. I would point out information that would benefit their site and they simply did not care. People are much more likely to make their decisions emotionally, not based upon data, or fact and figures. The most successful salespeople know this. Indeed they take advantage of people using this flaw in our decision making process. NY Publishing and individual advertisers are simply were not sophisticated enough to look at stats. I offer the ability for advertisers to login to my site to monitor their campaigns and no one does it--no one! Google provides a remarkable service called tag manager, and I don't know anyone in my niche that even uses it. So trust me I KNOW the average person, in fact MOST people do get this. But I do, and this is why I know I can attract more people to my site posting on wikipedia than I can with a Facebook advertisement. This is also how I know I can benefit my site more through search engine optimization than through social media marketing. This is how I know ads on my site out perform ads on social media--bank for buck. Again I know the way I came to this knowledge is not the way I can bring other people to understand it. This is also why Google, can algorithmically sell advertising on my site and get more money that I can. This is why I can benefit from a sales person, translating this into a language which resonates with the typical person is not in my strong point, but I'm working at it. I also need to free up more time to do it SEMRush and Google analytics are not easy tools for the average person to use. Google tag manager is not intuitive at all. I had to watch 3rd party video to understand how to even implement it. Again, I know few indie sites will use it--despite the tremendous benefits. So no, SEMrush does not make it easy. @Pioneer1, so you think Jared or Melania are qualified? @Delano, most of what you wrote is true, but running this site without a full time wage has been a struggle. If I were not work for the first half of this site's life it would not be around today.
  34. 2 points
    It worked; didn't it! You can write your tail-feathers off! whew!
  35. 2 points
    @NubianFellow A tinge? My post is dripping in it!
  36. 2 points
    Rise up, black women of America! You have your work cut out for you. Let your hair bloom in its natural state and await a miracle. You might also want to stop shaving your pubic and under arm hair. "Get out that funk!" BTW, Madam C. J. Walker was the richest black woman in America, amassing a fortune which in today's economy would be equivalent to a million dollars.
  37. 2 points
    Pioneer, come on Brother, how many Black women do you see dyeing their hair blonde and bleaching the skin so that they can look like a phenotypical white woman (other than Michael Jackson ). Women of all so called races change their hair from it's natural state for a myriad of reasons. I think you may be overstating the self-hate cause particularly in the case of Black women. When I was in Kenya I visited a Maasai community the women shaved their heads and the male warriors did all kinds of ornate things to their hair. I think those people loved themselves and their culture despite changing their hair from it's natural state. Rachel Dozal is a completely different matter, but you know you would have accepted as a Black Light skinned Black woman (of the high yella, red-bone variety) just like everyone else. Some Black women have naturally straight hair (you know that "good hair"). I bet you'd assume they are trying to be a reverse Rachel Dozal huh? It is interesting to ponder if Colin K came from a poor, background and was darked skinned would the reaction to that Brother have been the same? We can't know, but it is interesting to ponder. Somehow I think that brother's shenanigans would have been nipped in the bud.
  38. 2 points
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  39. 2 points
    Well there it is, the "multi billion dollar weave industry." As long as there is a financial incentive for getting women to change the state of the natural hair, there will be market pressures to get them to do it. Obviously those of us that change their hair from it's natural state will find ways to justify doing it. I'm not convinced this is as much of an issue of Black self hate, as much as it is one of marketing. People can easily justify spending spending money to watch men engage in human cock fighting. Justifying buying a straight-haired-blonde weave is does not seem to be such a heavy lift in comparison. Black women are not the only ones buying straight blonde hair, white women do it too. White women go to the beauty salon get the texture of the hair changed, get the color of their hair changed, but don't have to contend with the same level of grief our Sisters have to. But white women don't have to contend with a lot of things Black women have to... Clever marketers have exploited a weakness in our psyches and created an environment such that many women feel they can be made more attractive by changing the natural state of their hair. This is not a function of "race," it is a function of commerce. Of course the Brothers buy into this and go after the sisters with the long straight hair and white boys flock to the girlies with the long blonde hair. Very few of us, raised in this culture, are immune to this. I like to think that I am, but I know I'm not, not really. That said, I think many Black women spend an inordinate amount of time and money on their hair. I know sisters that spend hundreds of dollars each month doing something to their hair that has nothing to do with the health or well being of their hair. In fact what they are doing may actually be detrimental to their hair in the long term. But it is a waste of time trying to convince a woman that going to the "beauty" parlor for 2 or 3 hours a week is unnecessary, because you are competing against the full weight of brilliant corporate marketers who have convinced women otherwise. Of course there is no shortage of products targeted to make men feel inadequate if they don't have a head full thick hair. I'm glad I'm not one their marks. The stigma of Black men being bald has largely waned. I buy about 50 bucks worth a razor blades a year and shave my head once or twice a week, which takes about 10 minutes. The results present well, are easy on the pocket, and take very little time. Too bad more Black women don't feel they have that luxury.
  40. 2 points
    @NubianFellow I agree with you about Jesus. But I still think black women should feel free to wear their hair anyway they want to. Hair is just one aspect of the whole person. If a sista is accomplished and responsible and intelligent and capable of earning a good living, who gives a fuck how she wears her hair? Nobody's perfect. You just can't throw that catch-all term "self hate" around and apply to everyone who doesn't conform to your criteria. Self love is also about taking care of yourself, about pampering and indulging your needs, about - avoiding jive-assed black men. When taken to the extreme, self love can also be about conceit and vanity and even narcissism. Having said, all of that i would like to compliment you on your writing skills. They are excellent.
  41. 2 points
    Well, i don't think how black women wear their hair is at the core of black problems. In America the black race is pretty much screwed because the self-destructive, dead-end, innercity lifestyle perpetuates itself and is a detriment to the entire race. But black people as individuals can thrive by learning to circumvent racism and by emulating what white people do to achieve a modicum of success. Those who have done this comprise the black middle class who, if we are to believe Mel Hopkins, another poster here, are a segment in society who are doing fairly well for themselves, wearing their hair extensions and designer clothes driving their fine cars, and living in nice homes. What you envision would require African-Americans to relocate in a new territory and go back to square one, a starting point where slavery would not be a factor and where black pride would be nurtured. And that is not necessarily an impossible dream, i guess. White Americans may not be in the majority, but their culture is the dominate one here.
  42. 2 points
    This is where you lost me. I snagged on what seems perfectly natural to you; that being the idea of black women being solely responsible for raising our black women and men of tomorrow. What about black men? Hybrid black women developing their own version of what is natural, are not nearly as much a problem as the abdication of black men in their roles of helping to provide for their children and exemplifying good role models for their sons! Black men who are seduced by the eye candy and status attached to white girlfriends and wives are as big a problem as black women tightening their weaves. When the "brothas" hold up their end, then talk to me about the role of black women. To me, Afrocentrism is an idea whose time has passed. In America, slave descendants have created their own unique culture, much of which has been borrowed and incorporated by the dominant white culture. So whose influencing whom? And women of all color strive for the perfect paragon of womanhood that is just as elusive among Whites and Asians and Hispanics as among Blacks. Who gets plastic surgery, who embraces strict diets, who bleaches their hair and enhances their boobs? And i'm not convinced that black women hate themselves. Many respire with confidence and boldness, not overly-conscious about their weight, perfectly at ease with their perms, smiling and strutting and seducing down at the club. And, yes, many of them are wearing variations of natural styles, coiffures they spend a lot of money and time on to get what can be classified more as a trendy fad than racial pride. In other words how black women present themselves, is really about the individuality they've earned the right to express. It's time for a new scenario relevant to the year 2017. Time to file all of the old self-hate rhetoric away because it 's not applicable in a diverse country where everybody wants to be something more than what they are. People of color are a mixed breed, and it's the men of this species who need to get on board and participate in parenting their progeny to compete in a nation that in the future will be more about class than race. IMO.
  43. 2 points
    I, for one, hate dread locks. i think they are inauthentic because they are synthetic, and are also serpentine and ugly and whether they smell or not, they look like they do. I'm sure if i expressed this distaste to a man wearing them , he would feel insulted or indifferent. I also hate full grown beards like NBA hoopster James Harden wears. I am a supporter of Colin Kaepernick but i not a big fan of his big Afro. If i were still in the mix, my appreciation for males would lean toward clean-shaven or neatly barbered ones. Does anybody care about this? Hell no. Hair has always been an issue with black folks. Yes, black women are brainwashed by popular standards of beauty. Because they want to be popular. Why wouldn't the female of the species not want to make herself look like what men are salivating for? My only advice to my black sistas is to also cultivate your mind so that when the lights comes back on you can bedazzle and amuse your stud with some interesting pillow talk. As to whether or not i would overlook what i consider a bizarre hairstyle on a man if he was brilliant and virile, i would simply say, it's not something i ponder about since it's not a situation that i would encounter at this stage of my life.
  44. 2 points
    @Pioneer1 Seriously? Why don't you do the work and find out these answers about 75 Percent of Black People who are already successful enough to NOT live in poverty. I've provided evidence that black people can and ARE doing better than expected and then you throw in your definition of success and tell me I mentioned nothing about what's on your mind. I don't live in your world - I definitely have no clue what's on your mind. But this is exactly why NO ONE In my world deals in excuses. Ain't nobody got time for someone whose ratios of excuses to why they can't is out of proportion to solutions to how they can. And now I'm done with this conversation.
  45. 2 points
    Happily ever after is the problem, in literary terms. I will reply to your personal query but after I speak on the problem with the entire modern relationship genre. The first problem is where happily ever after came from. It came from a change in european fairy tales. Originally fairy tales were meant to refer to tales concerning the magical. A fairy traditionally is not positive or negative, in literary terms fairies is a magical label, how the magic apply to humans or the human world depend on the fairies, the humans, the various natural aspects. Most of these fairy tales were variations on pre christian stories from various places in europe that were becoming or would become heavily christian, at the zealot level. The christian clergy to their part, maintained the original christian method, making non christian things negative. This is why the word villans means criminal or peasant is low class compared to urban, where the christian church started, in modernity.Originally fairy tales had many unhappy endings. Some meant to scare, some meant to educate, others cause the story was good. But, over time, as books were being created, some writers decided to omit the unhappily ending fairy tales and only include the happy ones, or convert the unhappy ending ones into happy ending ones. This was the way in the european literary world; that coincided to the european global colonial age. The funny thing is that many of the conquered peoples native to <using commonly used geographic nameplace, not appropriate ones>: Africa/Asia/America had their own fairy tales which reflected the same style that the original european fairy tales did; but, these non european or non white fairy tales were barely transcribed or remembered or recalled through enslaved or genocidal histories. This lead up to modernity, in the united states. The U.S.A. media traditionally likes an inhuman position. From davey croket <is that the correct spelling> to the founding fathers , whether referring to real or unreal history the u.s.a. puts a happily ever after spin on all tales. When, the world wars are ended, the USA through its relatively advanced media machine, spread the happily ever after style and embedded it in films or entertainment. Artists who tried to reject this had to be independent or their work was undermined in advertising. The original scarface black and white film/comedy shows on early television/tales from the crypt comic books are all examples of media in the u.s.a. where someone was telling a story that did not end happy ever after and in each genre rules were set up to enforce a happily ever after product. From the movie ratings to comic code to prewritten shows on television. The artistic goal was blocking unhappily ever after from being experienced. Now, in modernity, the film industries technological capability has allowed an audience to see some of the most fantastic written elements absent reading or use of their imagination. The non science fiction or high fantasy fiction genre's like relationships or biographies are where books are making the most money. And, with centuries of happily ever after saturating the media in anglo led ,u.k. then u.s.a. , humanity you get to the current scenario. Now to answer your query, I believe in being happy in the now and not expecting anything tomorrow. Time is a teacher, treasure each moment you live, hope for the better tomorrow, praise the best from yesterday. Expectation is the enemy to a happy life, cause humanity live in nature, not dominate it, nature will give sad days, unhappy days, and nature is no sinner for it.
  46. 2 points
    There are no stupid people. Just people I don't understand. So that would make me ignorant of their life. But there are people that can be annoying if you let them. Everyone is right. Even what they say about the afterlife. I mean in New York there are lots of different worlds. Happening at the same time. So why not out side of time and space. matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Then we live within finite cycles, that are infinite. Del A dunce cap used to be a Wizard's Hat. so says Cecil from the Straight Dope
  47. 2 points
    Well, it's not unusual for us to disagree, as you pat yourself on the back for taking the high road instead of the low one, something your clever use of language has permitted you to do. I never actually defended Jefferson but i do know there is a large clan of black descendants from Sally Hemings' blood line who are very proud of this lineage and who fought long and hard to be acknowledged and accepted as authentic by Jefferson's white descendants. So if her black family doesn't have a problem with Sally's liaison with Jefferson, why should I? There have been books written about Sally Hemings and I'd be interested in the conclusions the authors drew about her feelings on this matter. I don't feel sorry for poor whites because, as you have called to my attention, there are more important problems to be concerned about in this world. I confess to being prejudiced toward all manner of these people because i have no doubt they are all prejudiced against me. As i have previously stated, i am discriminating when it comes to being compassionate, especially toward people whose pride in their white skin has blinded them to who their real enemies are. What do you think about Andy Young's stance?
  48. 2 points
    My daughter had to finally ended up purchasing eclipse glasses after thousands showed up at Adler Planetarium in Chicago to get them for free and they ran out. These little cardboard glasses cost $5.00, and for me were a total waste of money. I couldn't distinguish anything through them, so i finally just put on my prescription sun glasses and they did just fine. No glare, no problem. i was discouraged that the day started out overcast but was pleasantly surprised later while standing barefoot in the grass so as to connect with the earth during this phenomenon. Although the rest of the sky was grey, the sun blazed amidst the clouds for all to see. I didn't stare at it, i would just take a glance every few seconds to keep up with its progress which, when i squinted, was crystal clear to me. So i saw all that was visible in the Chicago land area where "ol sol" was about 98 percent eclipsed, leaving just a toe nail sliver of sunshine available. It didn't get very dark here, just dim. I think this event was so hyped, that some people were disappointed because it wasn't as spectacular as they expected it to be but, for me, i saw what i saw, and it was, indeed, a solar eclipse, and my spirit was renewed thanks to this belated 84th birthday present from Mother Earth, enabled by Father Time. I'm a child of the universe! As an aside, The village crew who came to prune our tree a couple of weeks ago, got carried away and decided to cut the whole tree down much to my anger when i stuck my head out the door to check on them and was shocked when i saw the tree was gone! i chewed them out for cutting down the whole tree which only needed to have the dead branches lopped off but they sheepishly mumbled some excuses and skulked away after feeding the logs and limbs to the wood chipper. I was furious! Trees are special and you just don't cut one down on a whim. I tried to count the rings in the stump they left but there were so many i gave up. This tree had been around a looong time and i felt a kinship with it. So during the eclipse, I also went and stood barefoot on the stump and promised the tree i would try and live out its life for it. I guess I'm' a Pantheist, among other things. Starting yesterday, things began to turn around for me as predicted by eclipse soothsayers. I almost slit my wrists when it appeared my computer crashed after i clicked onto a sight that i was immediately informed picked up viruses that micro soft wouldn't allow me to spread. Everything was frozen including my mouse, and a phone number appeared on screen for me to call to remedy this disaster. i figured it was hacked so i shut down the computer, and had a long conversation with it telling it how much i appreciated it, promising to be a good user and if it would just resurrect itself, i would down load all of my files, documents, manuscripts, photos and saved mail into a flash drive so i would not suffer a nervous breakdown. After i shut my computer down and turned it back on 3 more times, the black screen finally started to pulse with life and it gradually re-booted itself and came back to life, none the worse for wear. Then my printer wouldn't work but i finally discovered one cable was missing and after combing my work-space with a fine toothed comb, i found it hiding under the desk. Today i lost the empty bottle necessary to get my blood pressure prescription re-filled. i searched high and low, disgusted and frustrated, undoubtedly raising my blood pressure. Finally i checked my purse one more time and there the little empty bottle was hidden, in full view. SMH I had a tarot card reading on my birthday. It was interesting and fairly accurate in regard to certain things. When it came to the phase where i was supposed to ask questions and draw cards from which the "answer" could be discerned by the reader, i couldn't think of any questions to ask because there' was nothing i didn't think i already knew or was interested in finding out about. Needless to say, the reader found me a little peculiar but she said she saw that in the cards. i finally just asked questions about my kids. Sorry, i got carried away.
  49. 2 points
    Consciousness resides but is independent of the body. As the mind doesn't reside on the head. Which is why imagination is important. And why dreaming is discouraged, as is thinking. The reason teaching slaves to read wss against the law was to keep the mind enchained. So even today most people carry their prison of fears with them. Very few escape and parole is not granted.
  50. 2 points
    Troy what in your experience helps you understand. That Black Women should be cheerleaders to Black Men and have sex with them to encourage them in the struggle. the reason I am here is because we are friends. And I believe in you vision. And not to sound arrogant but my background and experience draws on business and Magic. Which I feel can be of use to us. I think Cynique is one of the best critical thinkers I have met. Plus she has isn't some dry academic. Mel is my psychic sister. and her post about the esoteric and thinking sends me into interesting corridors in the mind of Del Strachen. Pioneer post are extremely challenging and know I just read them and don't respond. since his experience is valid. and provides a window for an alternate take on things. Also once or twice he mentioned an idea I had previously. And his start has risen in my eyes, when he worked out the Issac Newtown. I spent many years dancing in the dark with a lot of Black people. until I went international in 1996.