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  1. We live in a culture increasingly defined by ideas biased, and elevated, by algorithms designed by young white men to enrich themselves. This creates the false impression that the ideas which rise to the top of our social media feeds must be superior to ideas undiscoverable or unexpressed, on social media. Older media platforms reinforce this notion by trolling social media feeds for "news" to cover. Then working harder to elevation their social media presence than their own platforms. When a Kanye West expresses his political views it makes national news, while the thoughtful perspectives of the few remaining seasoned pollical journalists, who write for Black-owned newsletters, languish in obscurity. Is Kayne's opinion of Trump more important the someone who has studied pollical science, communications, and covered the political scene for decades? Seemingly it is, given the relative about of attention paid to Kayne. Some opinions are objectively "better" than others. Some opinions simply do not deserve an audience and other opinions should be shouted from the highest mountaintop. The idea that we should give equal time to opinions of anti-vaxxers is not only silly, it is dangerous. Anti-vaxxers rhetoric may attract a lot of attention (read: make a lot of money), but the coverage of their ideas by mainstream media gives credibility and a false equivalency to these hairbrained ideas. This is the same behavior that led mainstream media to clamor over every inane tweet generated by Trump. This not only gave Trump a massive and free platform, it eliminated the resources that should have gone toward covering other candidates. Our sorry reaction to the pandemic and the insurrection are just two terrible and direct consequences of our focus on what a Donald Trump thinks over experienced politicians. The idea that white women would choose Trump over Hillary Clinton is easy to understand if you believe that Hillary runs a pedophile ring, out of a Pizzeria, as social media made certain we were aware of this absurd "news" story. Social media's propensity to elevating the ideas of easily triggered young adults, who have not lived long enough to understand, or to have experienced, anything of consequence to "cancel" others is also an insane consequence of social media's bias. Our best and brightest minds will never be provided with a large platform by the mainstream media — especially if they are on Black-owned platforms. This is why we have to identify and elevate these people ourselves. I use AALBC to accomplish this, I will also promote other platforms when I see them to it. This is also why I actively promote Black-owned book websites, Black-owned book stores, Black-owned newspapers, Black-owned magazines, the best Black-owned websites, and much more. The support is not always reciprocal, but when it is, it is great, because it is mutually beneficial and one of the reasons AALBC has lasted almost a quarter of a century on the web. The support AALBC.com gets from institutions and people will never generate as much attention as as someone with, say, 100,000 Instagram followers. But the fact is AALBC has a much larger reach than someone with 100K followers, but again social media's focus is on themselves not — not Black-owned platforms. It never was the job of any social media platform to determine whose opinions should matter most to the Black Community, or to elevate Black-owned platforms — it is ours. Let do it!
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  2. Really? I can understand from an emotionally-invested perspective … But from a legal standpoint the PA Supreme court got it right. We still have rights under the constitution. So if prosecution wants to keep playing these shoddy legal maneuvers, then those guilty of crimes will be on the street. Especially since, the more money you have the better access you have to exercising legal rights. Now if you’re broke and black, the wheels of justice turn slowly. Did you see the story of a Black man who was finally exonerated after serving 34 years in prison? If he were wealthy he would have never served a day.
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  3. Dude, I can't even afford to live in NYC let alone run a brick and mortar store there. But I guess if it is going to happen one has to dream big. Thanks! I'll peep Tariq's game.
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  4. @DelanoWhat is an "astrological signature"? (your sign?) What does does the moving of planets feel like? Lately I've found myself being astounded by what astrological phenomena sun-rises and sun-sets are. They are taken for granted but they are awesome to watch, as is a super moon with a red cast. i've tried meditation but can't ever completely clear my mind because i keep telling myself that my mind is a blank when it isn't because i'm thinking about it being a blank when it isn't as evidenced by my arguing with myself... @Troy: I told off a white guy who posted that black people were not free to think for themselves because they were brainwashed by Left wing propaganda. He said i was ignorant because i replied that his idea of blacks thinking for themselves would be their parroting the right wing conservative narrative. Then i called him a troll and told him to crawl back to his headquarters and get some better talking points so he could do a better job of trying to promote the Retrumpican critical race theory. i wonder if he was banned also. @Pioneer in response to your wondering what Mel and Chevdove and my thoughts are on rape: Coming up as a young single female in the 1950s, i was a product of my era, prudish enough to not act seductive or dress provocatively because that would give guys an excuse to get out of hand! One of my weapons was my skill at ball-busting, so adept at deflating the egos of any potential takers to the point where they'd back off for fear of their performance not being adequate. This, of course, did nothing to endear me to brothas and i subsequently changed my approach, but I always felt that a female shared the responsibility to not tempt men or voluntarily put herself in a position to bring out the worst in the male animal. i was lucky that this worked for me. Obviously other women were not. They say rape is a crime of opportunity and is more about control than lust. These are traits that are only found in a certain personality types. I really don't think every man is a potential rapist. Am I wrong?
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  5. It's not easy to challenge racism or work for positive social change. Most of us are just trying to live and work regular lives. Being an activist or running for elected office is an impossible task for most people. Maybe black people are no different from anyone else in this regard. At the same time when you look at the black community blaming all the problems solely on racism or economic injustice doesn't make sense. Black people mess up like anyone else. We succeed or fail based on individualism as much as fighting against racism. There are things we must do as people beyond struggle. These things are moral and spiritual. Other issues can be addressed by black community groups and businesses. However this country has been and remains systemically racist. Furthermore working people live and labor in an unjust economy that mainly benefits wealthy elites and corporations. These things undermine black people regardless of other problems. Self help is no substitute for protest or politics. Drugs, gun violence, fatherlessness, academic underachievement, and the decline of marriage undermine black life and community. All of these things are tied together, and they make it harder for us to access opportunity when it is available. Black people have always been deprived of rights and material benefits relative to whites in this society, but we didn't live like this. Crime despite racial stereotypes racist law enforcement didn't plague our neighborhoods. Two parent and strong extended family relationships provided love, discipline, and shelter amid poverty and crippling discrimination. We had each other if we had nothing else. Doing well in school and advancing to college was something everyone took pride in. Our schools were inadequate, but we made the most of things. The irony is not lost on black people that when so many things seemed to get better because of the Civil Rights Movement and a decline in blatant racism black community life declined. We lost the family. We started killing each other over drugs and turf. Oftentimes the violence doesn't have a reason. Too many of us don't succeed in school and it's not the education system - it's us. Contrary to widespread belief among whites blacks spend a lot of time talking about these problems rather than racism. There's nothing wrong with self criticism. Furthermore, we need to all be better people as parents, husbands, wives, lovers, students, and neighbors. Everything is not about racism or capitalist oppression. At the same time community self help and entrepreneurship are important too. Black people have always done things to help themselves and start businesses. We have banded together despite have meager resources to solve problems and meet needs. While our efforts in this regard may not be covered by the mainstream press, black groups and civil society are doing everything possible to tackle problems faced by urban communities. The same thing is happening with black business. There are more black owned companies than ever. Black athletes and entertainers are not just playing sports, singing, or rapping. They are starting all kinds of companies and engaging in lots of business ventures. While most black businesses are small and have few full time employees others are large million and even billion dollar enterprises. We need to keep doing more self help and entrepreneurship on a bigger and more sophisticated level. No matter how bad things are they would be worse if black people themselves had not assumed individual and collective responsibility. Black people past or present have never waited on the government to help us. We need call out white people and certain blacks who say otherwise. Self help and economic development are no substitute for protest or political engagement. We need to be in the streets and on social media fighting racism and economic injustice. We must demand changes that advance freedom and equality. From the nineteenth century abolitionist movement, to Civil Rights protests, the Black Power Revolution, and now the Black Lives Matter struggle against racist policing nothing has never changed for our good or this country's unless black people fought. Racism and discrimination never went away. They became more subtle and are persistent. Black people are not impoverished, underemployed, less wealthy, and underpaid compared to similar whites because of choices we make. Systemic racism is the problem. This impacts black politics. We must hold elected officials including blacks accountable for getting results. Also Black policy wonks and experts who research solutions to problems are more important than ever. Black activists and elected officials need to make sure these people are included at the highest levels of policy making. We need to stop listening to right leaning white people and blacks who say we have no right to demand anything from society or the democratic process. These blacks say "begging the white man" is undignified and useless. For them the solutions are self made. They emphasize cultural pride and awareness especially Black Nationalists focused on the African past. Others talk about restoring the two parent patriarchal family and starting businesses. Black conservatives claim government programs and protest politics have ruined black families, community life, and moral fiber. The call for moral rehabilitation and making our way in society built on less government. Whether it's Black Nationalist or Conservative both approaches discourage activist struggle and political engagement. If we follow their lead we will lose the gains we've made. Our progress and wellbeing depend on self help along with protest and political engagement. We're not perfect people and neither is this country. When it comes to solving problems the choice is not either or. It is both. Right now there are people who want blacks to stop pushing. They are determined to hold on to what they have. Some are racist others are driven by greed and a lust for power. Black people have experienced so many political defeats and policy failures. For many self help works. It is something black people can control without whites. For other blacks making the best of things means being a better person and playing by existing rules. To them changing society is not possible or desirable. However history has shown no matter how good or accommodating black people are racism and economic inequality will deprive us of life, liberty, and happiness until we take a stand. No matter what happens blacks are better off because of politics and activist struggle rather than doing nothing at all.
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  6. @Pioneer1OK, hell. A typical example of how you frame your rebuttals by putting your spin on what has transpired, supplying motives for what you say someone has done as if you can read their minds. Which you can't. You can't even manage your own discombobulated mind. This desperate tactic says more about you than the people you try to discredit. And, believe me, the stigma of your respect is something i can do very well without! For somebody who thinks he's so smart you obviously cannot make a distinction between "conspiracy" as a noun and "conspiracy" as an adjective. When the word conspiracy is used as an adjective to modify the noun "theory", then it's a whole new situation. I never said there were no such thing as conspiracies. What I contended was that theories about the nature of a possible conspiracy were what i was skeptical about, especially since none of the theories had ever been officially declared to be indisputably true - the reality of which your brain can't seem to process. Now excuse me while I borrow another of your pathetic ploys: making up scenarios... I can picture you over there in the corner, mentally as well as physically contorted as you attempt to pat yourself on the back for the strike-outs you've convinced yourself were home runs, - something your warped ego demands.
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  7. Dude that is not a "Fact." The "fact" is that is a conspiracy is a conspiracy theory. THINK! More Black boys died from the diseases virtually eradicated by the vaccines Black boys take as children. A FAR more effective way of killing Black people would be to keep the vaccines from us. Of course this is true. "Bad" people can raise good or even great people, and great people can rear bad people. This sounds like what a eugenicist would say. No he was reformed by other people and his own will. This is not a miracle my friend.
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  8. Mel Funny thin is I kicked Italian Victor’s azz when he called me a n-er. We were rolling around in the school yard until Mr. Weintraub with the awful toupee finally pulled us apart. Lol @ "Italian Victor" I would think if you went to school in New York there would be SO MANY Italians named Victor in your school it would be next to useless to give him that name. It probably wouldn't be too much better than saying "Italian Tony" or "Puerto Rican Hector"...lol. But your story brought up an interesting memory of a Nigerian girl I used to pick on in the 4th grade. I think we even fought eachother once. I didn't pick on her because she was Nigerian because I didn't know about that at the time; I picked on her out of ignorance because she was dark skinned with African features. It's shameful looking back on it now and I regret doing it. She actually turned out to be a very beautiful girl....cheerleader...in high school. I didn't experience much racism as a kid. My neighborhood was ALREADY Black when I was born into it. It was almost all White about 10 years earlier but by the time the late 60s and early 70s rolled around it was pretty much mostly Black. There were only a handful of White people left. Usually those too poor to leave. I still remember some HIPPIES who used to sit on the porch with their shirts off with long hair, playing on their guitars and waving at everybody who passed...lol "Down on the corner... Out in the street....."
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  9. Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned Cosby's sexual assault conviction. He is set to be released from prison as early as TODAY The new ruling bars any retrial in the case according to CNBC reporting. HOLY COW. I did not see that one coming!~
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  10. Powerful video. Who was that little girl threatening to throw the rock back at that boy's face; little @Mel Hopkins..lol...????? Ofcourse most of them have grown up and have spawn another generation or two of racists. I don't remember it but I heard it was the same way in sections of Detroit and other cities that are now pretty much Black or Latino. The Black kids would get harassed and have rocks thrown at them. Probably the only good thing that came out of those days was more Black unity. Right around the late 60s and early 70s different neighborhoods around the city started forming "neighborhood committees" to find out who was moving into which house or building and find out what kind of work they did, where they went to school, what religion they were, ect....but what they REALLY wanted to know was if they were Black or not. And if they were Black they would harass them and threaten them not to move in, or harass them once they moved in.
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  11. Of course Black should get the vaccine. "They" could have used the MMR vaccine which far more people, including kids, take if they wanted to kill us off. Social media has been far more effective in controlling us; indeed one could argue THAT is the tool confusing so many people NOT to take the vaccine and is THE reason some many more of are dying than necessary. You should live you life on your terms. The "fight" is for young people anyway... Elders should be sought for advise and counsel; to provide motivation and lessons learned. Young Black people are rarely interested in learning from older people, so we reinvent the wheel and make the same mistakes. Often elders refuse to relishing the reins and hold on to power far too long... Some people think that is what the aliens are here to do Seriously, it will not take a miracle. Mortality will be the solution. In 20 years Trump, Mitch McConnell and the old school racist will be out of office and almost certainly be dead.
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  13. Troy I've been all over the country visiting stores like Janice's. I wish the economics, in places like Harlem, permitted stores like Boarding House Books to exist. You can make that happen. You may have to have a few fundraising events if you have the time and energy, but you CAN make it happen. Tariq Nasheed is trying to build some sort of Black history museum in Los Angeles right now and he's raising money to do so. You should check out what he's doing as a bit of an outline/blue print of some things you can do.
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  14. http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2019/oct/31/joyful-launch-party-following-her-fathers-footstep/ @Troydo you have the book "“Following in Her Father’s Footsteps,”
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  15. @Troy Thank you. Yes. I am familiar with this book and research and it's pretty thorough on the subject! Yes!!! yes, right again. Come on! @Pioneer1 EGYPT, Africa. Again, the Bible was dated at the time of the EXODUS abt 1400s BC; it was written in the Egyptian script and language of that time period NOT European. The Greeks [White rulers over Egypt] had the 70 Hebrews translate their own script abt 200s BC which was over a thousand years later after it was originally scripted. You know this. Yes!!!
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  16. @Pioneer1, to @Chevdove's point. maybe you should check out this book; African Origins Of Major "Western Religions" by Yosef Ben-Jochannan
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  18. Yes but you are cherry picking; selectively using information that makes your point while ignoring information that runs counter to your point. You also change your argue and setup straw men. Again you @Pioneer1 wrote: Nor does it help when so-called scientific experts routinely contradict themselves.They announce that it's now safe for people to take off their masks and stop taking precautions.....then wonder why the virus is surging again. There are a wide variety of instances when people should or should and should not wear masks. Most notably are the differences between vaccinated and unvaccinated. Many unvaccinated people can not be vaccinated -- no one is tell these folks to take off there masks. If the majority of scientists "contradict" themselves it is usually because they are in new territory and new information is coming in all the time. Contradicts ignores that fact that scientists are willing -- indeed must change -- their position if new information comes in that say what they previously believed was inaccurate -- that is they way it works. So if some new mutation comes along that the current vaccinations offer no protection, the CDC will say put your masks back on -- That is not contradiction, right? Nuance seems to be beyond your grasp, why does everything have to be binary with you?
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  19. I dunno, if an instrument of war, a tool of American imperialism, is the best way to honor than man. Renaming the Edmond Pettus Bridge after him would be apropos. The 2020 Olympics should have an asterisk after it. The whole concept of the Olympics needs to be reimagined. It is far too expensive to host and over commercialized like most sports. They starting screwing it up by allowing professional athletes to compete. Skateboarding is an "Olympic" sport for Christ's sake. The IOC should add "Shark Jumping" as a sport, they are good at that.
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  20. Sunday Business Sermon: Negotiation (Ask for More) Jane has been negotiating contracts as an editor and freelancer for 15 years. She shares easy-to-apply tips and questions for your next negotiation, plus explains the basics of how book and magazine contracts work.
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  21. That's what I'd be concerned with... I'm not gonna get with any woman so strong and skilled that she could put moves on me that I can't easily get out of. I'm not into the S&M. She's probably got some special muscles down there that would grab "it" and not let it go until SHE'S ready to let go....lol
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  22. These girls are pretty, but I'm more amazed and impressed at how physically strong they are. Can a person imagine how much strength it takes for your legs to force you up in the air high enough to flip several times??? When I was a kid I used to think they were made out of rubber...lol Troy I imagine the judges ignore the music, prancing and butt wiggling, And I imagine that's ONE of the reasons I'm not not one of their judges. Because I WOULDN'T ignore it. Infact, the more skin they'd show me....the higher the score they'd get....lol
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  23. I'm featured in this article: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/anti-racist-reading-drove-business-to-black-bookstores-owners-hope-thats-not-the-end-of-the-story Basically white folks decided that they were gonna support Black owned independent bookstores (including AALBC) they infused many struggling stores with much needed capital. My biggest take-away from the whole affair is that Black people really need to consider doing this -- permanently.
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  25. Chev They hate themselves too. I've also noticed that many of the people who follow people like him and Kevin Samuels LOVE CONFLICT. They love fighting and beefing and encourage it and even donate money to see more of it.
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  26. Black. Girl. Wins The. Spelling. Bee. 14 Year. Old. From. Louisiana ,,.She. Zaila Anant- Garde .Got. A. Scholarship. To. LSU . She ,Said,She Thought. About. Harvard. ,NASA ,Or. Neuroscience ..Good,For. Her. .
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  27. We need to pick our battles wisely. I'm glad the Coz is out of prison, however openly and brazenly embracing a man who according to the evidence: 1. Got women intoxicated to the point they had no control of themselves and proceeded to have sex with them 2. Repeatedly committed adultery on his wife ....does our community a disservice and isn't a very strategic move because of the messages it sends to boys and young men. It also makes women of all races...including Black women...feel a certain way looking at so many men rejoice over this. They may clap and cheer along with Black men but trust me, most AfroAmerican women are looking at the reaction of AfroAmerican men to this and filing it away in their minds....and it's gonna brew and ferment and come out later on as a twisted example some Black men supporting rape and misogyny. Watch and see. I warned Black men a week ago to just be glad our brother was released and keep their mouths SHUT about this. Many didn't want to listen. We're gonna see how their words and reactions to this incident end up being used against some of them.
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  28. my daddy used to say it was arrogant for humans to think that other beings in different galaxies could never exist. my thoughts are the same if God creat ed galaxies and universes why would He not create beings to inhabit those planets. now as far as them visiting earth i do not know why this place would be on their bucket list. just saying.. there is so much confusion..violence..hatred..well you get my point.
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  29. I grew up watching Fat Albert and the Cosby show. I am a black woman and I love strong black male influential role models;especially in the world we live in today. I am by no means condoning any violation to a woman's body, but my question is why was none of this reported to authorities at the time of the alledged rapes? Why would these women wait 40 years later to report such a horrible offense? I hope that these women get some closure and begin to heal. I also would hope that Mr. Cosby would give a formal apology to these women and that they would forgive Mr. Cosby. Hopefully his last days will be more peaceful after his release from prison.
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  30. Hello, I recently joined this site. My name is Rae, I am very interested in communicating and interacting with everyone. I thank the site admin and developers for allowing me to be a part of your forum.
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  31. Rae Welcome to the site.
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  32. Hi @Rae welcome to the forums! I'm looking forward to your contributions and trust you will enjoy your time here.
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  33. i think we all have a small amount of freedom. as long as there are boundaries, laws, rules or restrictions you have a limited degree of freedom. Freedom in my opinion will happen when our spirit/soul departs the body.
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  34. Getting attention is a way to make money. Hatred of Black people by itself is insufficient motivation to claim the spelling bee was rigged and make a video to assert the absurd idea. He picked the spelling bee because it is national news and by crapping on it he is sure to attract an audience. If he made a video claiming how wonderful the girl’s win was, no one would have cared — and you definitely would not have shared the video here.
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  35. That's why I prefer to use the word "liberty" instead of freedom. It's more accurate when it comes to human affairs. For some people, true freedom would be self-destructive anyway.
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  36. What is it with this photo @afro718? You’ve posted it before with a different question.
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  37. I ventured out in the drizzle and, as expected, the sky was too clouded to see any stars or planets. No. The closest i can come to your scenarios is that my mother died when i was 23. This was in October of 1956. In September 2001 my sister died and left me some money, but she lived close by and no travel was involved.
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  38. @Pioneer1You offer a familiar deconstruction of America's black crises So what else is new? A critical thinker might point out that identifying the same problem over and over and expecting a different result is insanity. One thing you and I can probably agree on is that all back people are not criminals. What, then, is it that distinguishes law-abiders from the law-breakers? Why does the same scathing racism that melts tar, make coal hard? What can be said that hasn't already been spewed, dating back to the 1960s. Continuing to blame the Government is letting black folks off the the hook. It's time to build on the idea that only they, themselves, can cure what ails their race. For starters take an objective look at the sub-culture that dictates the bodacious lifestyle of the black underclass. When it comes to finger-pointing, spare me all the cliches about the news media. Blame social media for all the drama it ignites on the violent streets of the ghetto. Make a connection between the baby\mama-baby\daddy dynamic and the cannon and the fodder of neglected kids who grow up to embrace gang membership. In bullet-riddled Chi-town the black Chief of police and the black female mayor continue to complain about too many suspects and repeat offenders being released back into Society to commit more crimes. Meanwhile, the black Cook County States attorney prates about the criminal justice system being too hard on blacks when it comes to setting bail. Who's really more on point? This is 2021. Time for new political strategies too. Making martyrs out of petty crooks passing counterfeit 20-dollar bills is a temporary fix. The old "preaching-to-the-choir", bleeding heart scenarios are played out. if we want to keep the Retrumpicans from reclaiming the Senate and the Presidency we need to move toward the pragmatic middle and stop bitchin' about not being able to replace white supremacy with black superiority. Unfortunately, being "woke" doesn't win elections in an America that is not yet ready for a total make-over. I'm done .
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  39. @Pioneer1I beg to differ with your take on the crime wave in Chicago . The suggestion that the figures of the rampant shootings and killings could be elevated by the addition of regular black folks defending themselves from criminals and gang members is a stretch. The children, the women, the drivers of hijacked cars, the road rage targets, the mugged pedestrians, are all innocent unarmed victims of gun-toting black and brown felons and gang bangers. Characterizing respectable citizens as "vigilantes" and blaming them for contributing to the skyrocketing crime rate is disingenuous. The only retaliation shootings going on are between gang rivals. And the implication that the media is treating the criminals unfairly by ignoring white-on-white crime is a tired lame rationale. The fact of the matter is that these daily drive-bys and robberies are not occurring in the city's white residential neighborhoods. Plus what white people do to each other shouldn't be a priority of black folks. It's not as if 2 wrongs make a right. And the only mental illness most of these thugs are afflicted with are anti-social disorders which are the side effects and end result of poor parenting. BTW, is there another media besides the much maligned "mainstream" media? What is the alternative news source? The daily interviews of black community and religious leaders and grieving families that are regularly broadcast on Chicago's local TV give a very accurate picture of how fed up and frustrated ordinary law abiding blacks are. They don't want to hear excuses from apologists. or complaints about government neglect, inasmuch as the cops they villainize are an arm of the government. They just want the violence to end and for those responsible for it to be captured and punished. They've even started to scoff at the black lives matter slogan.
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  40. @DelThat's some deep shit you're talking about. You've captured time in a formula. It's said that Mathematics are the universal language. Throw in a little Astrology and maybe you're on to something! I never was good at math; it boggles my mind, as do your calculations. Language is my tool of choice. And my coping mechanism is ongoing, taking the form of an inner narrative that never stops i am constantly pondering and observing and having conversations with myself. That's my form of meditation. I am currently preoccupied with what i can only describe as "deja vu aberrations". Things from the past keep coming up mostly by way of TV when I'm watching old Movies or Specials about bygone days, and what I am watching is not exactly how things were when i watched these movies the first time they came out or witnessed or participated in what is depicted in the historical documentaries. It's like the versions i'm seeing in the present are slightly different because how I'm remembering them is from a different reality in the past. This reinforces my impression that i am shifting between multi-verses where what happens in one universe varies somewhat from what happens in another or - that what happens in one universe is totally different from what happens in another! Btw, the big city i live closest to is, - you guessed it: Chicago. And I'll welcome any opportunity to expand my awareness. i would like to feel Venus's movement because it's the planet that is mostly visible to me on summer nights and i feel close to it.
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  41. To help combat Wealth Inequality we are proud to announce Danielle the Girl From New York’s Annual Coloring Contest is starting to accept entries JULY 31, 2021 First Prize $100 Second Prize $50 Third Prize $25 Winners will be announced October 1, 2021 Purchase the book 6 Magic Cans of Happiness at http://Daniellegfny.com Take a picture of the book and contestants. Take a picture of the contestant and entry Take a picture of the entry Submit all three pictures to Daniellegfny@gmail.com Please pass it on. #books #contest
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  42. @Cynique an Astrological signature is something I have developed/discovered. Time has qualities and I have found a way to describe moments in time. Let me know your city or the nearest big city to you, and I will give you a time to meditate(if you're interested). You don't have to clear your mind. You can watch your thoughts or just focus on your breath. I have given times to three friends who are on different levels as far as meditation. All three said they had very strong sensations. Let me know what effect you would like. For example: relaxation; expanded awareness; clarity; insight et cetera I have about 100+ time markers (astrological signatures) which describe moments in time. The time markers are down to the second. Even though it changes every second not every second has a live time marker. They have to correlate with certain positions of the planets and planetary hours. Planetary hours divide daytime hours by 12 and each planet rules an hour. However because the length of daytime varies every day so does a planetary hour. Sunrise starts the first hour of the day and Sunset the first hour of night. Each day of the week is ruled by a planet. Sunday (Sun), Monday (Moon), Tuesday (Mars), Wednesday (Mercury), Thursday (Jupiter), Friday (Venus), Saturday (Saturn). This is hold for all of the Romance languages and about 3/4 of all languages (if memory serves) still in existence . I will try to explain what the planets feel like. It is very subtle, like when you feel that someone is behind you. It is like that but it happens sporadically and each planet feels different each time. My time markers is non a decimal system, kind of like time, so I am counting in a different base. In a way I have created a different alphanumeric system. I have been using it to decode the unconscious mind, read omens and signs
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  43. The problem is that urban fiction was seen as a hustle instead of an art and craft You had people who wrote in the genre to make a quick buck instead of striving to either elevate the art, or at least sustain creativity Most authors who used to write urban fiction have moved on to other endeavors after realizing writing books wasn't as lucrative as they thought Urban fiction needs to die and resurrect again - ala The Coldest Winter Ever resurrecting urban fiction years after Goines
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  44. thanks for the shout out @Troy I create illustrations @Delano you can see my deviantart at the following link https://www.deviantart.com/hddeviant
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  45. That is Willie Tyler @Pioneer1ventriloquism used to be a much more popular form of entertainment. Nowadays you rarely of ever see one. I used to like Waylan and Madame (sp?) too. yes i know what happens astrologically matters to you @Delano I’m suggesting that interpreting astrological aspects is pretty subjective and should not over rule what we can observe here on earth? in other words we can let our interpretation overrule common sense. Do you see what I’m saying? You should follow @richardmurray’s blog he is always relating astrological happenings.
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  46. I met Bill Cosby on one of my flights. He was one of the most gracious and accommodating passengers I flew with. His personal assistant was a black woman. You may have seen her on his perp walk to and from the court. The man those women identified as a rapist is not the man I met that day. I believe those women. If Cosby told the truth in his deposition - then he didn’t drug them without their knowledge. Sexual Assault is tricky. We women say no, or want to say no but sometimes we feel guilty for putting ourselves in a situation where a man can harm us. It is f-cked up some men are monsters. I was in that situation when I was a teen crushing on a cute boy who was nearly a man. (18 yoa) I thought he was a good boy. He wasn’t. It took another man to keep him from sexually violating me. Thank goodness for “iron sharpening iron.” A man protected me from a monster. I told all the other girls who knew him to stay away from him - I told them he was a predator. I TOLD. I also learned how to use my sexuality to get what I want from men. That’s the trade off for innocence lost or almost lost. BUT I didn’t file charges against him. Do you know my dad was a cop? I could have had all of NYPD on him. BUT I felt ashamed for putting myself in that position to like and trust a predator. This is why some women don’t come forward until 50-11 years later. Then it’s too late. I believe the PA Supreme Court Justices got it right. I also believe we must teach boys not to rape.
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  47. Chev Trust me, you aren't missing much when you miss Kevin...lol. If you've ever heard him, he acts and sounds like a feminine gay man anyway. I'm not sure why so many men listen to his show and take advice from him.
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  48. It was unintentional although you are correct.
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  49. If. Aliens. Watch. Planet Earth. Why. Would. They. Come. People. On ,,Earth. Destroy. The. Planet. Have. Wars. Destroying. Each. Other ..Race. Of. White. Wants. To. Genocide. All. Non White. Races. To. ,Own. Control. Earth. Why. Would. Aliens. Come. To. Earth. .Aliens ,,Might. Not. Be. Friendly. The. Alien. Movies. .....They. Might. Attack. .
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