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    I'm not knocking the musician. This particular song just doesn't move me. The 70s were the first full decade black people experienced in this country without slavery or Jim Crow. Disco and funk reflected that. We had fun, relaxed and displayed our musical prowess. It takes talent to play instruments, read and write music. So I'd disagree that funk is simple. But it reflects a relatively simple time when black people finally felt a little relief from the boots on our necks. The only music that is unique to Europeans is opera. And nobody likes that crap except Europeans. Everything else they stole from cultured people. Michael Bolton's entire career is plagiarism. The Isley Brothers won a $5.2 million lawsuit against Bolton in 2001 for the latter plagiarizing their song "Love is a Wonderful Thing." That Katy Perry chick plagiarized a Christian rap group for one of her biggest hits. If litigation wasn't so expensive and time-consuming, I'd bet 90% of white "artists" would be exposed for who and what they are. That's why white supremacist society ushered in rap in the late 80s. They wanted black people to be talentless copycats too, like them. And man, that Billy Ocean tape with Caribbean Queen, Suddenly, and Mystery Lady might be one of the best albums of all time. The 1980s was the closest the United States will ever get to being a racial melting pot of peace and understanding. And it was the music and television shows that did it. I believe white supremacist society recognized that they were humanizing black people too much in the 80s and they quickly propped up gangsta rap and all those hood movies in the 1990s to destroy what the 80s had done for our overall image. I wasn't alive in the 1960s at all. But must say I am a big fan of all the original Motown sounds and classic rock. Many of the 80s biggest hits that you wouldn't know were remakes came from the 1960s. Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'N Roll" is a one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. It's a remake by a 70s group called the Arrows. Bananarama's "Venus" was a #1 hit for several weeks in the mid-1980s. It's a remake from the 1960s-70s band Shocking Blue. Tiffany hit #1 with "I Think We're Alone Now." All the kids my age back then had no idea it was a song by Tommy James and the Shondells. There hasn't been much originality since the 1970s. It's funny how the US and UK were very petty in the 1970s and 1980s as far as what bands they allowed from the other country to rank on their respective charts. I was introduced to T Rex and Sweet only because they were played at my local skating rink in the 1980s. My local public library had a HUGE catalog of albums and 8-track tapes, along with a great librarian who knew his stuff about music (a former DJ who influenced my career). The first paper I ever wrote in school was in 3rd or 4th grade and it was about glam rock. It definitely influenced all the 80s hairbands and some of the others wearing outrageous outfits on stage. I don't know why I could never get into the Beatles. Maybe because I always wanted to be different and everyone liked them. Don't get me wrong. There are several Beatles songs I like. I was a black kid who grew up in a white town so basically whatever my friends' parents listened to, that was my experience since my parents were all about soul, funk and R&B. My town was more about Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Janice Joplin and Canadian rockers like Bachman-Turner Overdrive from the 1970s. You and I could probably sit around, smoke weed and listen to music for hours though! :)
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    This is the first time I've ever heard this song. It's a combination of gospel and blues, if that's really a distinction. Can't say I like it. This strikes me as field slave coping music! Granted we needed this back in the day. But it ain't groovy or nothing! 😀 I think the 80s was the most perfect age of music. I wish time stood still in that decade. It was the first decade of the 20th century without war or recession; and the music reflected that. Lots of fun, heartwarming, unity music from the 80s. But the 70s was the last decade for true black creative music, meaning when black people wrote, produced and performed MUSIC. Janice–Marie Johnson and Perry Kibble (Taste of Honey) are so sexy playing the guitar and bass guitar in "Boogie Oogie Oogie." I love disco and funk so much because they were so US...so groovy and so soul-cleansing. Black people writing, producing and creating music was the norm in the 1970s. We played and perfected every instrument. Rap and vocals overall took over music in the 1980s. @Maurice if you've never seen it, you will appreciate this Jimmy Hendrix interview on the Dick Cavett Show in 1969. We'll never see another Hendrix. We'll never see another 70s or 80s either. Both decades are essentially considered politically incorrect these days. All those 80s odes to women by men, and women singing odes to men will never happen again. This society doesn't want men loving women and women loving men anymore. Whitney Houston's first great song, "All At Once," didn't even chart in the USA in 1985. But itt was top 5 in Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. I think this is Whitney's greatest song of all time! Don't get me going on music though! LOL!
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    Listen to an Interview of AALBC.com’s Founder and Webmaster, Troy D. Johnson with by E. Ethelbert Miller host of the “On The Margin” radio program which airs on WPFW’s 89.3 FM, Washington D.C. Your browser does not support the audio element. E. Ethelbert Miller is actually an accomplished and critically acclaimed poet who I have admired over the years. I ran into him at a party last year and he told me how important the work I was doing is. I was floored because I wasn't even sure if he knew much about me. I was honored that he invited on his radio show. I'm not sure how I come across on these interviews. Honestly, I don't even have the guts to listen to it. I've asked some people to provide feedback, but it is a big ask since the interview is an hour long -- thought it felt like 5 minutes to me. If any one has any critical comments I'm open to them, so please share them here.
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    Martin Luther King junior Day - His actual birthday is the fifteenth of january but the federal holiday is in a monday for three day weekends, like others. It is celebrated on the third monday in the month of january in every year since its inception in the Statian Empire. I ask you to share , historical fictions/prose/graphical artwork in any style concerning MArtin Luther King jr....I do wonder why Blacks in the U.S.A. can not come together and demand a true day off for this federal notice. And also share, officials days in a country outside the usa for a black person in history? In Amendment Why the holiday is on his the third monday and not his true birthday? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Monday_Holiday_Act MLK jr's views on Financial Accountability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnKP__N7MNI January Perihelion The perihelion is the moment in the path the Earth make about the Sun ,elliptical orbit, where the Earth's position is closest to the sun. It will occur : January 5, 2020 2:47 am EST or UTC-5. The June Aphelion is when the earth is farthest away. Please provide any art or text concerning a sun coming closer, and don't try the twilight zone episode. December Solstice art or text craft parade The December Solstice is December 21st 11:19 pm EST or UTC-5 , it is the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere, summer in the southern hemisphere share photos of art OR text of fiction The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo or any craft depicting Black people in summer in the southern hemisphere, any country <south america/caribbean/africa/south asia/australia> OR Black people in winter in the northern hemisphere, any country <north america/europe/northern asia> The text can only be fiction based on the following: Black person or peoples at the first day or summer or winter November 28th Native American Harvest Art Thanksgiving is November 28th , share photos of art OR text of fiction The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo concerning Native Americans enjoying food only -can include Black seminoles- no colonists from europe The text can only be fiction based on the following: Native Americans communities around harvest - black seminoles allowed- no colonist from europe November 11 Veterans day is November 11th, share photos of art OR test of fiction, guest comments are allowed The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo concerning Black Veterans, any country any time, any army The text can only be fiction based on the following: Black Soldiers who fought against the USA for the british/ Black soldiers during the Haitian Freeing/ Black Seminoles during the time of osceola/jonas caballo/Black soldiers who fought for Menelik II in the first Abyssinian-italo war
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    You're not wrong there. Sometimes,I'm sitting there with a particular album on and I think how lucky I am. A real and authentic age of music. This baby arrived less than a week ago and I'm giving it its first airing right now. WOW.
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    @Maurice Oh yes! Sometimes when I listen to some of that music, I feel as though I wish that time would just stand still... For me, that time period was like a golden age of music-- so free spirited.
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    They are indeed. The vast majority of the music I listen to cover the years, roughly 1964- 74, give or take. But blues mainly is the Chess 50s stuff.
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    2020: Everyone will have perfect vision. No glasses or contact lenses are needed. It’s 2020, a universal year for order: laying a solid foundation to build and grow. Collectivity and balance, oneness in thought and action. The heart should be balanced on the scales of justice to let go, grow and flow. Let go of those memories that attach to the past stagnation that prevents change for the better. Forgive and be forgiven. Love and be loved. Let the artist out. Get into your rhythm, your music. Harmonize, build, grow and unite. Love is in demand, Be complete. All the bestAubrey Doris 20 are even, and 19 is odd. Even numbers are considered feminine and receptive.
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    For years I've been maintaining a list of the most popular Black-owned websites. That list of 50 websites is actually derived from a much longer list of over 300 websites. The idea was to track the web's largest Black-owned websites who attracted the most visitors. Again, I started the list years ago and expected it to grow, but to a point where it would be difficult to manage. Despite the pages being one of the most popular on the website, the list has actually been shrinking! I have to review the list periodically to check for websites that are no longer active. Usually the domains are quickly snapped up by other, often unrelated, websites trying to take advantage of the traffic obtained from backlinks from sites like mine or links lead to nowhere and are broken. In any event I have to check the links from time to time. This time I was disheartened to see many sites that I really liked disappear. I removed 20 websites from the list including, ChickenBones: A Journal, which was started in 2001, by Rudolph Lewis. We became friendly over the years as we started a few years apparty (AALBC started in 1997) and published similar content. His content will be a great loss to the web. I already reached out to him to avoid this. Another site I removed from the list, is MelaNet not because the domain is down, but the site has simply not updated in years and is full of broken links. Launched in 1997 MelaNet was one of the first Black websites that I can remember. It was also exciting to see because it produced content that I simply was not exposed to before the web was created -- it was as pro-Black and afrocentric as you could get. One of the better book sites on the web APOOO (A Place of Our Own), was started in 2008 and was in a class of book websites you do not see very much today. These sites were popular, well done, and driven my passionate readers. They provided reviews and interviews. Some of these sites migrated to social media, but those platforms are so restrictive and are a poor facsimile of the former websites. I could go on and on. I always lament the fact that the Web is a far less rich place due to the lost of indie websites. Even the indie websites that have survived that last 10 or 20 years are not as good as they can be. Clearly the average person on the web has no clue what has been lost -- otherwise there would be some outrage. I point to the corporate domination (ownership really) of the World Wide Web as the cause. I described in the past how Google, in a single day, took about 75% of my traffic (along with other Black owned book sites, newspapers and other entities). It took my site over 5 years to recover. Many of the other websites just folded or failed to recover. For many people today, the World Wide Web is comprised solely of Amazon, Google, and a few social media sites. There are still some good and potentially great websites. All we have to do it is take advantage of them.
  10. 2 points
    The end of a decade or a century has a different vibration. Personally the 90's were very different than the 00's.
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    Commitment: Can I get you to make me a promise? Can I get you to see passed the undertaking of my hearts desires? I promise you love and devotion, which by today’s society is far from the norm. In becoming attentive to the needs of others, one can cause self-harm. My loyalty is more than the trust that I extent to the dedication called us. Faithfulness is the underdog of fidelity when adherence is no longer a must. My resolve said you are worth the time sacrificed, but do I take what is given at the cost of a life. We were supposed to walk as one, an allegiance standing its ground, refusing to retreat. However the bond that brought us back to heel was a facility to the pain, which was real. Your pledge an oath told to the old that promised fairytales to the very young, was the contract that promised mystic retreats had me rethinking the pact that you had made with me. So many decisions were made back then and I was amazed you consider me a friend. I guaranteed you me at the cost of them, not contemplating the contract end. The resolution was supposed to bring me peace of mind but is was only affirmation of a kinder time when you could feel me in the breeze of the night and the vows we made said we’d be alright. Yet reality has a way of creeping in with no assurance of where ties begin. It is only a burden when duty pressures an engagements end, and the arrangements made were to consider the obligation of a lifelong friend. Never the less, here we sit hand in hand with the future untold. We considered the undertaking that was pressed upon us, and welcomed the moment we both got old. The memories that we would never rewrite because in the commitment we learn to fight. Those fights made us bold, and in them we learned to stay beyond the words and pain, the commitment to the future that we never thought we’d see, still makes me think this way. A committed friend.
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    Yes, there's no place like AALBC!
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    LOL! I know it seems weird right? But yep! I lived in Brooklyn at the height of the crack epidemic and I sadly, but daily, stepped over pools of blood and brain matter to get the subway station. I don't think I've ever been more uncomfortable than those days. It wasn't until after I got married that I actually packed up and left NYC . And only then because my exhubby- got his plumbing contractor's license and had a close relationship with the chairman of the marsh cigar factory in Wheeling.
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    @Mel HopkinsThank you! Re: EBONY, I was among the freelancers who had to sue them to get paid. I wrote four pieces for them and had a great experience with the editors. So many good people suffered because of the terrible new owners. Good luck with your (eventual) relocation!
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    That's fair to say. I've never heard of Davy Graham and Joan Baez. I'll downloiad some of their stuff and have a listen this weekend. I was introduced to them with Neil Young's solo stuff in the 1980s and 1990s. The grunge and ska sounds from the 1990s also got me into the Stones and Pink Floyd. The blinking light on my "Pulse" CD box of Floyd still blinks! 😀
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    Nope, because most of it is not "news." Besides I already know how the country works. I was exaggerating, but 15% of it has already burn up and that is indeed massive! Yes, it is well known that a lot of folks get their news from Facebook, but there is no indication that they are fact checking in higher numbers. Even if they did, this is increasingly difficult because news sources are not always fact checking they sources are the have an agenda like Rupert Murdoch, FIX News, etc.
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    @Delano, I trust you are your's are safe. However I was wondering it the inferno raging across the country you live in has changed your opinion on climate change. The reason it occurred to me is the U.S.'s coverage, of the Australian coverage, of the unprescenced fires raging across your continent. Apparently, Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate is doing everything in its power to push the agenda that climate change is not a factor in the fires. This led me to believe Murdoch's influence may be -- even unconsciously -- influencing your stance on man.s influence on the climate. Media also made me think about our bets in 45 presidency. You and @Kalexander2 after losing a bet to me over 45 presidency doubled down and bet me again thinking he would be booted from office before the end of his term. It is virtually certainty that he will complete his term, in fact he may win a second. I thought about why a situation they seemed so obvious to me could be seen so differently by you and K2. Then it occurred to be -- neither of you live in the U.S. Your perceptions of what is going on here is quite distorted leading you to believe things that folks here would not possibly believe. In much the same way we, in the U.S., are given distorted views of other countries by our own media you are given a distorted view of the U.S. What do you think?
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    @Kareem, I think ,at least to an extent, folk music was quite unique to Europe in particular the UK though a kind of folk at least existed in the States too. Not including Dylan, people like Davy Graham and Joan Baez. Here Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention and Pentangle reigned supreme. Lots of pubs and clubs playing host to many folk artists who quite a lot sang about old tales of old folk from rural England,Wales etc. All I can remember from the 60s themselves,musically was seeing the Beatles performing Hey Jude on tv. I was only five. I suppose I do tend to listen to the likes of the Stones, early Floyd and more obscure bands than I do of the Beatles now. Crosby,Stills,Nash and Young are great. But more recently having been trailing through the web looking for lesser known soul and funk . Hence that recent album I found,Barnyard Soul which is just superb. Add a little vino,just a little to go with the weed and some decent sounds and I bet you just might see Lucy in the sky with diamonds or a purple haze 😀
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    I HAD to respond. I really didn't want you getting the wrong idea. The AALBC site and forum are great. But as I said, Lipstick Alley isn't for me.
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    Just started this, the second in the trilogy though I've already read Detroit 67 and Harlem 69.
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    @Troy The action is here! Some of Independent authors here seem to echo the same thing "I didn't know how to market my book." Except, they do. -It appears they're not strategic in their marketing practices. I was the same way with my first novel - I knew what to do but I didn't work my plan. I like how you call it a (book marketing )"clinic" because it is! We, independent authors, already know what's wrong - we just aren't consistent with our "outpatient" care. I'm writing this out for me too. I believe this is one the best places for original content on the subject. By the way, I like that I don't even have to repost it to my profile - the software keeps track of all my postings as long as I'm signed in. Oh! I'll check out @dtpollard. @Troy OMG @hen81 is my writing "hero"! He didn't come here to play with us one-book every 20 year folks !!! 65 titles according to his last post! 😀
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    There’s only one way to become a bestselling* author. Get a lot of people to buy your book. - Simple, right? Yes, but it’s not easy for independent authors who must get their book in front of enough people to gain global sales. Well, at least it wasn’t easy before the internet and the growth of eCommerce. Back then, it was nearly impossible to make global sales without a prominent publisher. Now any writer can sell worldwide. So why do so many independent authors insist on selling their books exclusively on Amazon.com? And to their detriment. There are plenty of viable outlets available that will lead to better sales and robust revenue. Yet many stop there and then wonder why they can’t make a living as an independent author. Possibly some of the reasons for poor sales include lack of knowledge, not enough preparation, and not setting an initial sales goal. Fortunately, there are simple fixes for these oversights. For example, Setting a SMART1 ( Specific, Measurable Achievable Realistic Time-based) sales goal. i.e., Using several distribution channels, Independent author will sell 300-1000 units* during the first week of publication. You are identifying viable outlets to sell the book. Direct sales, eCommerce sites, book distributors such as Ingram, hand sellers, independent bookstores, retail bookstores, specialty outlets, etc. Make sure at least one of your outlets is also a reporting agency to NPD Nielsen BookScan Delaying publication to prepare a sales strategy, and to solicit presales. Now that you’ve considered a plan to sell 300 or even 3000 books during the first week of publication, it’s safe to tell you the rest of the story. Determining where you will sell to your customers and how you will get your books to them is also known as Place. It is the 3rd P in the marketing mix. So, deciding Amazon as the exclusive Place to sell books is unwittingly using a marketing tactic that may negatively impact your book’s sales revenue. Note: although Amazon is referenced throughout the article it’s not the focus. It’s about getting you, the independent author, to consider a solid book sales strategy that allows you to make your book available in multiple locations. * (3000 -10000 books sold is the statistical count for WSJ or NYT bestseller, respectively.) ** Post inspired by @Troy 's Tweet (1/7/2020) ~Mel Reference 1. https://www.smart-goals-guide.com/smart-goal.html What is a smart goal? | acronym smart goals 2. https://www.publishersmarketplace.com/bookscan/stores.cgi (npd publishers marketplace BookScan stores reporting 3. https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/industry-expertise/books/ (NPD BookScan book market trends) 4. https://www.ingramcontent.com/publishers/distribution (book distribution worldwide |Ingram content group) 5. http://www.bowker.com/ (Connecting publishers, authors, and booksellers with readers)
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    You are giving a clinic now @Mel Hopkins. DT PollarUsed to posr here quiet regularly. He really was cranking the ebook several a year (or so it seemed).
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    well done @Mel Hopkins and thanks for the information in the comments
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    9/21/19 12p-4p End Your Summer Right With The Heavy Hitters Of The Literary Industry....Cash AlexanderSilk WhiteKeith Kareem WilliamsRacquel Williams Nikki Turner Cee Renee Tiffany Author Forbes Shawn Starling Haikeem Stokes Urban Moon LaKesa Cox Jessica Watkins Authoress Ty Monee And Many More
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    Critical Thinking is in critical condition.
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    @Del Gracious Peace! That is amazing man! WOW! I love it! I sure hope so. I kind of sense this too, as @Troy also said. I feel we need change, but change for the better. This is interesting. I find I fall into even number patterns a lot, however, my men folk seem to flow with a odd number pattern.
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    This was a made up example but Gladys (Brown) West is the "hidden figures" of the GPS. I don't think her biography is complete but I read her story recently
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    The reason why I love this community has to do with the book aspect of it too-- Black Books.
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    The more I think about it, @Troy - those writers you mentioned are "the literati" too. I learned of them because they're admired and often mentioned writers who happened to be black. You are my alumni but my love of reading caused me to gravitate towards your project, AALBC, like it was cooked food. When I see your name and aalbc turn up in my google alerts, I'm never surprised its in connection to PWI literary sites. Further, It's not like PWIs gave you a "white" card. Instead. you're the standard and you're giving something most of us don't have access too. - So, as the authority and go-to expert, you're just famous (period) for your knowledge and contribution to the literary field.
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    Marketers in publishing houses tend to use social media for online promotion. This is easy, but it is not the best way to reach Black readers -- shoot it isn't even the best way to reach me and I can't promote book I don't know about. I can't tell you how many people discover a book, I thought was popular, for the first time on AALBC.com or through my newsletter. Brilliant.
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    Hey @Marion Hill here is a link to all the event on the "Circuit" that I'm aware of: https://aalbc.com/events/list.php/ The list also includes the festivals of many types around the world, but you have no problem identifying the event on the "Circuit." 😉 @Mel Hopkins I'm unsure too, but perhaps you are right.
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    Ok, I'll get the ball rolling. Black Fire,anthology of Afro American Writing(1969 edition), Memphis 68, Revolutionary Suicide- Huey Newton, What Happened,Miss Simone?, Jimi Hendrix,a brothers Story, Street Fighting Years- Tariq Ali, James Baldwin, the FBI Files, Home- Leroi Jones and Power to the People, World of the Black Panthers.
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    I defintely appreciate the sentiment. Merry Christmas my Brother. Now I did not say anything about the media and truth. Truth is incidental with the media, which is increasingly social media. The coverage of 45 should tell you that, but they'd love a story about the patenting AIDS and using it in an effort to commit global negrocide. Social media is why conspiracys spread so quickly. Planes crashing into both towers and both buildings collapsing on themselves seemed unbelievable to me. Then a skyscraper a block away just collased for no apparent reason... like vaccines causing autism it seems very plausible and there is a ton of support of any conspiracy theory. But I don't believe we blew up the World Trade Center.
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    @Troy THANK YOU, King! Happy Holidays to you too! YES, I agree especially because of what you say about how it is balanced. You know, I looked at some of the winners last year and thought this issue of how it is balanced between winners and also, the locations where the pageants were held, and it is interesting. Last year in one of the pageants, Miss PHilipines won, and I believed that Miss Vietnam should have won. However, I think it was the first time Miss Vietnam competed and Miss Philipines repeatedly entered these contest and she was part White too. I thought her gown was lovely and she was polished though, but I don't see how she beat Miss Vietnam, and her LAVA walk [!] except that it is political. I also thought MIss Nigeria should have placed higher. But even though they are political, these types of affairs seem to always draw attention. It's obvious that there are so many beautiful people in the world who are poor that would never get the chance to be elevated for beauty in these type of shows. @Pioneer1 Absolutely! Yes, and also what you said about Divide and Conquer, that is an old tactic LOL! @Kareem This is frustrating in how Obama was used to promote this evil. Yeah, I don't know about the 'created' aspect.
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    @Troy Also its not like any of the foregoing is unprecedented and unusual. White people deliberately infected thousands of black people over two generations with syphilis via the Tuskegee Experiments just to watch them suffer and die. You seem to think these demons have some kind of collective conscience. They don't. Everything they do has evil motives.
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    Why would they patent a biological weapon? The same reason the Americans and Germans fought over the patents for nuclear weapons. The same reason they threaten to bomb Iran, North Korea or any other country that tries to develop their own nuclear weapons. It's profitable not only to sell nuclear weapons, but own a monopoly on them to determine who gets to own them and who does not. Same with biological weapons (i.e. AIDS). Dr. Robert Strecker is a biologist who made the following video in the mid-1980s (thus the poor quality) proving that AIDS cannot have naturally occurred. He mailed a copy (VHS) to every member of Congress and all Illinois state legislators. They all ignored him except for Illinois State Representative Douglas Huff, who "mysteriously died" in 1988. Dr. Strecker's brother, Ted, was helping him with the research. He also "mysteriously died" in 1988, about six weeks before Congressman Huff. You should also read Dr. Alan Cantwell's work if you're genuinely interested in this topic. Who is "they?" Governments who created AIDS aren't investing anything. Every semi-effective, affordable AIDS treatment was/is privately funded. Further, these private researchers were/are only dedicated to their work because AIDS effects so many white homophile males. Dr. Gary Davis, a black doctor from Tulsa, Okla., created what he called a "goat serum" or "BB 7075" that cured AIDS. He kept it as under-wraps as possible because he knew it was dangerous to mess with "their" biological weapons. He is said to have cured hundreds of people in West Africa. But again, he didn't want a lot of people knowing about it because his serum was cheap and effective. A black American girl named Precious Thomas was born with AIDS because of her crackhead mom. She got the treatment, and is still alive today. Look up her story. It's fascinating. Dr. Davis was poisoned and killed in 2007 when he was fleeing the country as the military industrial complex continually threatened him. Sounds crazy huh? It's all documented if you really want to know about it. I mean, Magic Johnson is still alive and looks healthier than ever. Obviously he was cured of a disease that meant 100% death when he contracted it in the early 1990s. You don't need to be a PhD biologist to understand a patent. There were ZERO documented cases of AIDS in Africa prior to 1979. But there were hundreds of them among homophile white males in San Francisco and New York. Those were the testing grounds/subjects before launching it on Africa via "malaria vaccines." Further, if you look just a little bit at the patent, you'll see the Pasteur Institute in France created it. That place has been around since the late 1880s and played an integral role in helping France colonize so much of Africa. Dr. Robert Gallo, an American, allegedly tried to steal the patent from the French and German doctor who made it. There was actually a lawsuit filed because of this. You can read about it in the book "Science Fictions: A Scientific Mystery, a Massive Cover-up and the Dark Legacy of Robert Gallo." I've done extensive research on this. Not a "conspiracy" at all. I specifically took two advanced biology courses in college after I learned about the Strecker Memorandum. I wanted to truly understand what he was saying. You don't believe it because you DON'T WANT to believe it. I can understand that. But the proof is out there if you want it.
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    @Chevdove I think you're right about these pageants having political agendas. @Pioneer1 kind of touched on it too. I think the most defining moment in the Obama Administration as it relates to Africa and African Americans was him going to Kenya and the ONLY thing he talked about was trying to get the country to legalize same-sex marriage. President Uhuru Kenyatta responded, and it looked like he was trying not to laugh. He basically told Obama and the crowd that his country has much bigger and more important issues; and said Kenyans don't give a damn about homophilia nor do they want it in their country. White imperialists created AIDS and Ebola to kill the African masses and stop babies from being born; just like they created Planned Parenthood for the same reasons. And @Troy, please don't call the man-made creation called AIDS a conspiracy. The patent for the virus is filed with the US Patent and Trademarks Office. Despite how powerful those man-made diseases are, black folks are just too resilient. The African population is growing like in no other time in history despite the white artificial disease agenda. They want homophilia to also slow/stop black people from being born. But our cousins across the ponds ain't having it. African Americans will do anything to please the white master. Thus that's why so many of us (I'd say a good majority, 60%) have bought into this sexual degeneracy and depravity of the 21st century. Also in the last 15 or so years, they have created an artificial divide between black men and women. These people are quite cunning. It's not giving them too much credit. It's the fact that black Americans are so colonized in the mind that these white imperial schemes don't even need to be all that sophisticated. Whatever white people say, we do. And it's quite sad and demoralizing. I don't need white-owned/Trump-owned pageants to tell me black women are the most beautiful women on the planet. But I guess we must accept whatever bones they throw us.
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    To be clear, are you saying that one does not need to define an audience for their book? I ask because on this forum, just the other day I wrote: "If your goal is to make money with your book, marketing should begin before the book is written. The author should consider who the audience for the book is, how large the audience is, how will they reach the audience, and how much it will cost. Independently published authors rarely do this. After some analysis you may determine not to write the book. Indie authors produce the book then struggle with figuring out how to sell it." I do know this is common advice and the reason I share it is because I believe it to be sound advice. Of course I understand that some indie authors -- most perhaps -- have a book in them that they must to get out and issues of marketing are of little concern. In fact, issues of how to properly produce a book and sell it are of little concern as well ... until it is too late. I'm including a link to your book here on AALBC: An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones by Wendy Jones
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    Hey @Chevdove good to read you again; happy holidays Queen! @Pioneer1, come on man... You actually believe that some white men have arranges for these contest to be won by Black women to cull the Black population? Seriously? You are giving white folks too much credit. Good old fashioned colonialism has far more effective. We don't need the conspiracy theories. Happy holidays Pharoah!
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    African women are clearly among the most beautiful AND attractive women on the planet. Even when they weren't considered the most beautiful they were the most sexually attractive and Caucasians had a hard time keeping their hands off of them. However like Chev said I suspect a political motivation behind this sudden praise of Black women by the Caucasian media. It's not just with the beauty shows, but with politics and enetertainment where the media seems to be singling out African women and making a distinct separation between them and African men for praise.....which I suspect is a divide and conquer tactic. What they're really pushing is for African women to abandon the "less than adequate" African man and either go lesbian and get with another African woman OR get with a Caucasian man. Either way, it's all geared toward culling the African population and by preventing more African babies from being born.
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    I do not understand the hype about Tupac, either, and I did listen to some of Nipsey's music and understand his platform, therefore, I think the two are absolutely different. Nipsey me the leader of Eritrea, and was about to do some kind of business venture. He also began to promote STEM for young black kids and etc. His music was intense for me, but, I understand his platform. Nipsey was definitely political but not sure about Tupac.
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    I blame their publishers more. Too much responsibility is expected of the writer to self-promote on social media. As the writers become "famous-famous" they probably should do less social media. This is the great loss of our generation. Journalism as been replaced by tweets. No other community has been more impacted than the Black community. yes, one can becomes "Black Famous" on the Chitlin' Circuit. I see someone mentioned Eric Jerome Dickey. Eric is a cool Brother -- a staple on the chitlin circuit. In fact @Mel Hopkins The day I ran into Kim Coles (when I texted you the photo), I saw Eric too -- at the National Black Book Festival. Eric has made a fine living as a writer. However, the risk as a Black writer who is "Black Famous" is that the platforms supporting your work (events, bookstores, websites, magazines, newspapers, radio, etc) are drying up. Without having the data I'm fairly confident in saying that collectively all the Black famous novelists are making less money today that a decade ago. Amazon is largely the cause. I think readers are beginning to see this. Yes, I recall Caldwell be white -- it is a great song IMHO. Literary agent Tanya Mckinnon is really doing her thing! She has several 7 figure deals under her belt. Yeah Kwame is Da Man now, he sponsored our Black Pack Party this year, which Jerry Craft attended 🙂
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    The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. There are 5 finalists in each category, 8 Black writers made up more than half of all the finalists and won every category! This is quite an accomplishment. When the award started in 2014 there was only one Black finalist and no winners.* *This is based upon recent research; if someone finds something that is factually inaccurate please let me know.
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    I've done this too. Recently I asked paid advertisers to supply links to their site (or use an AALBC page) rather than using an Amazon link. Most have agreed to do this. It seems that people get it when you tell them. This was not the case a few years ago. The tide seems to be changing. Sometimes, however, the author's goal is to make one of Amazon's best sellers lists, so directing readers, in this instance, to an alternative store is not possible. Given that Amazon has a bestsellers list for every category (thousands) some careful planning and pricing by an author can result in a #1 Amazon best selling book. Having a #1 Amazon bestselling book is as prestigious as making the New York Times Best Sellers list in some quarters. The problem with the NY Times list is that it is, naturally, biased against Black books and independently published books, these books typically don't make the shelves of the stores that report to the NY Times. AALBC reports to the Times, but my sales are not enough impact the list (The AALBC bestseller Sulwe, make the list during the period I reported 😀). Imagine, if book promoters directed readers to buy books from AALBC and other stores that report to the Times. We could impact the list and build the Black Book Ecosystem at the same time. Then again, imagine if the AALBC Best selling Books List, published since 1998, carried the same clout in our community as Amazon's or the New York Times' lists. Imagine...
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    there is no indication of where she picked up this behavior, she is racist because of her chose of action but who is to say she didn't pick up this idealism in school or family, you are jumping to conclusion without fact. not must people weather they believe or not or even white. So many are full of hate of all cultures, we can not omit ourselves from the self hate we have as a people. the bitterness and confusion about who we are. A lot of the choices of the generations we have parented are showing as a people we are at best ignorant, they watch the real Housewives of Atlanta and Basket Balls wives, Green Leaf and Empire, for those with experiences limited to what they will see, they never see the reality of me and the culture I represent. and we buy into this fallacies, we promote it, they are insecure because of the man that is currently playing POTUS today. Must of this hatred stems from fear, the music of today promotes fear, what they glamorize about our people on TV promotes fear, we can't begin to hold anyone responsible for our situations until we take responsibility for our situations. what are we protecting, for the must part they are mimicking us, We need to start off protecting us from one another, joining each other, promoting and patronizing one another, They expose the criminal, they uplift the rule breakers, we can change that as a people of color. but we will complain making no obvious change. saying this child is racist gets us were. this conversation is mute if we aren't making a move.
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    Hey @Chevdove I know I'm late responding to all this. But this point is very real. @Pioneer1 pointed out how Nipsey Hussle is the Tupac Shakur for Millennials. Sounds about right. I never have and never will understand the obsession with Tupac by black Americans. He's just a typical thug. What has he done to uplift, educate, motivate, etc.? NOTHING. Again, I know nothing about Hustle. But I believe what Pioneer said because it makes sense. Let's face it - many of the gripes African and Caribbean immigrants have against have against the ADOS masses are real. Honestly I don't want to be around a lot of ADOS. We're conditioned to be EMPLOYEES (slaves), but business owners. The latter is what this country is built on. Working for someone else means they own you. Thus slavery never ended. I won't stop expressing these truths and trying to motivate our people. It's just difficult. Ya know? I'm going to dig up this podcast from my uncle in 2007. It addresses these exact points. Not only have dance and dress styles lost creativity. They have devolved into demented sexual debauchery. Disco will always be my favorite genre of ADOS movement for its groovy creativity. Good news is that I help fund music classes for select black youth in Phoenix. Their parents FORCE them into the classes at age 5. The kids hate it at first (they'd rather be rappin and foolin). But they recognize the creativity and the talent/skill they are developing. We're hoping to produce and develop REAL black bands in the next five years or so when the kids are a little older. We and the parents don't want kids being exploited. Must say...they are QUITE good. Our first act has a jazzy, funky yet 2019 sound. Hard to explain. But stay tuned!
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    Black Preacher. In Africa. Makes. His. Christ Church. Members. Eat,Grass. To. Get. Close. To. God. You. Have. To. Eat. Grass. Like. A,Cow To. Get. Close. To. God. He Also Make His Church -Christians,, Drink Petrol -Gasoline ... Gasoline????. People Think Religion Is. ,Mind-Cobtrol... There Are Religious Witch Doctors In Africa..... Black--People. In This Country And Africa Are Religious Idiots... Africa--There Is Famine ,HIV--AIDS, Ebola ,Wars . The Preacher's. Adding. To,The Problems... Racist White. In. This. Country. And. Africa Can. ,Watch. The. Orchestrated. Genocide....On. The. News ,Video. The ,African. Preacher. Was. Not. Eating. Grass. Or. Drinking. Petrol-Gaso!ine. You. Have. To. Eat. Grass. Like. Cows,Drink Petrol ,Gasoline,To. Get. Close. To. God.. Search. Grass. Eating. Preacher,Search-Grass. Eating. Preacher,Black. People. Joyfully ,Happy,Eating. Grass. Amazing. .@😃😃
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