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  1. 5 points
    @Troy I can't remember disagreeing with @Cynique @Chevdove or @zaji in any way that would cause me to want to express that disagreement. I may have a different opinion about something but their presentation allows for me to consider their perspective. I've even found myself doing some research and keeping an open mind for more information to possibly advance the discussion. But I don't disagree with them. Even if you can find where I said "I disagree" know that I misspoke. I believe most women are socialized to have a perspective that is built on a foundation of evidence. Unfortunately, here in America women are often dismissed as NOT having knowledge about a topic. Even In your thread about instagram - you decided I didn't have knowledge of world wide web and its commercial activities. You didn't even ask me, first. But that's the world women live in - so when we express an opinion or subjective observation, trust most of us have a mountain of evidence to back it up. I don't bet on stuff. Aside: I used to bet on horses but racing horses is cruel and inhumane so I don't do it anymore. I would absolutely miss Cynique if she leaves the board - but I saw that in my email and I had to stop what I was doing to respond to this thread. I really appreciate you @Cynique ! You add the je ne sais quoi to this forum that allows so many of us to think and consider your words, experiences and thoughts. You are a magus and beautiful philosopher! ♥️
  2. 4 points
    I am the same way. I typically try to merely express my opinion/views, not launch into outright disagreement, as though in a war. Additionally, if I have ever used that language (I disagree), it is not hard and fast disagreement. I am always open to discussing anything, regardless of my personal views. I know one fundamental thing, no human (including myself) knows everything. No human has a monopoly on truth. I try to carry a sense of humility around things/ideas/knowledge, as long as the thing isn't so overboard that it can do great harm. Then humility or not, I must do everything to stop the verbal harm being done. Generally, however, I will discourse to a point. If I see there is no balance, I stop talking.
  3. 3 points
    This is the beginning of a new era for me on this site. I will TRY to be more understanding of other people's views and more appreciative of the knowledge and information other people are presenting. Some may ask what has caused me to seek a change in my demeanor. Well......Del, Troy, and Cynique have been advising me for quite some time to "expand" my thinking and not see things just from a narrow selfish perspective but it wasn't until I reviewed Mel's African American Culture thread....OVER AND OVER AGAIN....and how adamant I was in my error that I realized how embarassingly foolish and down right irritating it may have seemed to others. Another thing I noticed about my conduct was that as much as I liked people supporting my views and giving me positive "likes"..... I almost never did it for others. So as I've said I will try to be more appreciative and infact this appreciation will start with the owner and Moderator Troy. Thank you bro for providing me and others with a platform to express ourselves...the good and the bad...as well as a safe space for up and coming AfroAmerican authors to promote their talents and intellectual gifts.
  4. 3 points
    a student loan paid, and your student loan is paid and your student loan is paid too... The graduating class of Morehouse College had commencement Keynote Speaker Billionaire Robert F. Smith give them a send off into the real world...but in addition to parting words he will allow these seniors to be debt-free to the tune of $40 million. Wow just wow... CNN Breaking News https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/19/us/morehouse-robert-smith-student-loans-trnd/
  5. 3 points
    @TroyAn interesting explanation but not entirely on the mark. I don't know about Mel, but my always being in step with her is not because we are both females but because she a smart astute, insightful person who i find easy to side with because she makes sense and is amusing. I don't find any reason to oppose Chevedove, either, whether i disagree with her or not. She's full of documented information. I know very little about the subjects she posts and she educates me and doesn't have an arrogant bone in her body. i also felt this way about Chris Burns, who is a man. i am not a sensitive person and there is not a man on this board who could hurt my feelings because insults just roll off my back. I don't take myself that seriously. As for pioneer i couldn't care less whether he stays or goes. i'm not trying to run him away. i just don't feel like i have an obligation to like everybody. Some people are just the epitome of what turns me off and familiarity breeds contempt if you get my drift, but that's life. You and Del have areas of expertise that make you interesting people. A lot of what i say is off the top of my head. i have a store on knowledge in my mental files. Sometimes it's accurate, sometimes not. Whatever
  6. 3 points
    I am enjoying the renewed vigor of this battle... The I mean discussion.
  7. 3 points
    I dated a model for a few years when I was much younger. She was on the cover of magazines and the like. In her photo shoots she always wore a wigs. One magazine was a Black hair care magazine she was in the cover wearing a wig. I found this to be misleading, because the article covered hair care not wig wearing. I write all this to explain @Chevdove that I do not believe all women in the photos you posted are sporting their own natural hair. As a result, it is difficult to get into a discussion of this type if you don't believe the source information... But I get why women love to talk about this stuff. I presented at a Bloggers conference one. It was 90% women. Interestingly most wore their hair in what appeared to me to be natural styles, and many were quite attractive. To my disappointment about 1/3 of the Bloggers wrote about hair. There was this really popular Blogger they were all seemingly attempting to emulate, because they kept bringing her name up (I wish I could remember her name). At any rate, the whole event was boring to me -- thought the women seemed to enjoy themselves. I can't understand women's fixation with hair. I'm not passing judgment. I'm just making an observation. I don't get people obsession with baseball either. In every relationship I've been in my partner invested a lot of time, energy, money, and emotions over there hair. And boy, whenever I was asked how I thought their hair looked the answer must be "It looks great honey!" and I better say it, with feeling, like I mean it too :-)
  8. 3 points
    All of these observations are something i can relate to. Of late i am consumed by melancholy and jolted by the relentless thud of another one biting the dust. As A.E. Housman so succinctly put it; With rue my heart is laden, for golden friends i had, for many a rose-lipped maiden, and many a light-foot lad. By brooks too broad for leaping, the light-foot lads are laid, And the rose-lipped maids are sleeping in fields where roses fade...
  9. 3 points
    So young too... As I learned of Singleton's passing, my sister-in-law passed under similar circumstances. She too was what I consider young -- early 50s. A poker buddy passed a few weeks ago (early 60's). If seems the older I get the more people around me die. I heard Smokey Robin say, during the Sam Cooke documentary, that Aretha was his "oldest living friend." Of course she too is now dead... I hear one of the hardest things about growing old is losing family and friends. Life really is quite fleeting. I guess one of the advantages of growing old(er) is the realization almost nothing we stress over is not worth the energy. Live Long and Prosper Y'all 🖖🏾
  10. 3 points
    Me neither @Delano. Normally I would skip over stuff like this, but occasionally I'll check things just so that I'm not 100% out of the pop-culture loop. The headline I used for this post was the same one used by the Huntington Post -- another click-baity misleading head line they are prone to using. I wanted to see if it would attract more attention than other posts here (it did not). I'm curious to understand why Michelle produced a video to praise her friend -- when a call or text message to Beyonce would more than suffice. Is Michelle Obama no different than any of the other attention seeking social media junkies out there? My 20-something kid was in town this past weekend and we watched the Beyonce Chochella (sp?) convert documentary, for which Michelle Obama was praising Beyonce in the video above (@Chevdove) -- also something I would not normally do. It was a major production and I can only image how much money Beyonce made giving that performance. I have to say though I loved how she integrated the marching band into the performance -- but I love HBCU marching bands :-)
  11. 2 points
    Del It just occured to me that this "new era" or change in my attitude has occured one day AFTER the May 17th date you made mention of.
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    @Delano perhaps your knowledge of astrology can be of use here. I think when planet go retrograde they appear to stop for a moment before seemingly reversing direction. all planet move in the sky. stars appear fixed relative to each other. This @Pioneer1 is why you can determine when something took place. I believe the age of pisces corresponded with Jesust the Christ's birth for example, which is why Christians drive around with the fish symbol on their cars. I remember pointing out Venus to a sister in the night sky. She was surprised. In fact I doubt she believed me. You can see several planets with the naked eye. Most people mistake planets for stars.
  14. 2 points
    Yes, I agree. WHEW! I never heard of MarvinX so, I learned something new today! I loved his speech! I agree. @Pioneer1 I understand this too, however, blaming or placing the blame is one issue, but how do we overcome? Understanding who to blame will help us partially, but what is the next step? I listen to the speech of MarvinX in how he explained BAMN. He said that they got him off campus with a goal--By Any Means Necessary--BAMN!--And that is how I feel we have been, as you say, DUMBED DOWN! It is not just our fault, this system has a movement, a movement against the general well being of Black African Americans and they have instituted movements against us BAMN! That also means that some of our own people are a part of our self destruction for this cause of White Supremacy and so, what do we do about that!? Also, our own individual ignorance is damaging too, and not all of us have self-hatred and work against Black Businesses, but we may be doing it out of ignorance, so in this, I say, it comes down to individual self determination and the willingness to keep communicating with each other and coming to the table to discuss these pressing issues. We need THIS FORUM at AALBC and others.
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  17. 2 points
    @Delano “No lies detected.” I really do! There is one Pioneer that I really dig - that Pioneer makes me reflect on the world’s schism. Then there are a two others - one who I swear is a white guy from michigan - and you know that guy -he’s a lot like “Archie Bunker/Roseanne”... Then the other Pioneer is young-minded - doesn’t read much but is very much into street corner lectures. The scary part with that Pioneer - is i used to think the same way - I found some old school writings that revealed a similar philosophy - which makes me think that Pioneer is actually a 30-something woman! 😂 clearly you don’t - so I’ll leave it alone. But please, don’t EVER tell me my worldview without checking your own consistency.
  18. 2 points
    @Pioneer1 I don't think anyone would dispute that the Caribbean makes up part of the Americas the north or south american continental plate (or whatever the correct tecnical term is). However, when you wrote, "Both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are part of AMERICA just like Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, ect...," you were unclear because when people say "America" they are normally referring to the U.S. of A., not the Caribbean, Canada, or North America. "I rule in favor of the ladies, case closed." I slam down the gavel and rise to retire to my chambers.
  19. 2 points
    @Pioneer1Do you even know what a turn table is? The round device that is a component of a phonograph and that spins around and is where a grooved disc is placed on?? The two pictured are just alike. They are simply packaged differently. And just what is the relevance of your referring to Jamaica and Haiti and Mexico as part of the Americas? What does this have to do with hip-hop and rap originating in the city of New York in the United States of America, especially since nobody said the that these genres originated elsewhere and were created by white people. Why make Mel do your work for you? You can't concoct an answer yourself, just like you couldn't truthfully verbalize whether you ever lived around Atlanta or Chicago, and couldn't find any reference to what you imagined i said about farmers and the depression so you just stall. What a transparent phony you are. LOL BTW, headphones were invented waay before hip hop and rap came on the scene.
  20. 2 points
    Noone invented it. It was created. Bam!
  21. 2 points
    This is just a little tile in the mosaic of African American culture. I don't agree that the African American sub culture is a matriarchy. In a typical inner-city environment, women having children out of wedlock and raising these kids with the help of an extended family is not an example of a household headed by a female wherein the male is subordinate to her rule. in these typical cases, the family unit is loosely structured and its members simply do whatever works, in some cases whatever works is a single man raising his kids in the absence of a responsible mother. In the black middle class, mothers and fathers typically share the household responsibilities and the raising their kids. In any case, an adult male member of a household routinely abandons the family rather than deferring to a matriarch. What is a more accurate description of the black family unit is that a "village" raises a child. It also should be noted that millions of single white women raise their children under these similar circumstances. As for break dancing, Hispanics, specifically Puerto Ricans were an equal presence in its New York city origins. And, certainly, anybody who considers themselves as being aware of everything should be familiar with the abundance of pictures of old fashioned phonographs with turn tables. @DelYour above response to pioneer's pontificating is right on point!
  22. 2 points
    Instead of making snit up you could use the internet. Here's a newsflash I was there and I also look things up. Since my experience is only a part. But I am not suggesting that you think critically or conceptually.
  23. 2 points
    "I stand alone on a pedestal and even betta still my mic is hyper than hype if you like I'll take you to a level of heights domain where I dwell excel, drive you all insane cause no man or band or clan can rock fans or stand beside MCM 'cause I am the incredible, unforgettable, A capella dwella like Spinderella, I''m not a fella but Imma ass-kickin' hellafied microphone high take it to heart when I start to perform, I can knock a brother's rep down, make em wanna step down … even a cutie is bootie cause he slept now" ~ I do Damage @Delano you're right! Good Ear!!!. That was shaping up to be a rap battle! This is a verse from my past. Like you mentioned in the African American Culture thread "call and response" is our from our culture as Is "the dozens" much of which dates back to GRIOTS from West Africa.
  24. 2 points
    I use the tech the tech doesn't use me. I listen to music. I converse with people. I keep contact intact. All for free. I am even gotten some work because of the internet. The only downside is I have to clear my applications because they all collect data. I don't see the internet as salvation nor damnation. However it magnifies and accelerates what exists. Troy you care more than I do about people's perceived ignorance. I admire your position.
  25. 2 points
    Word. My God, who cares about this birth... really? I'm not even sure most Brits give a crap -- none that I know do.
  26. 2 points
    They should name the kid Leroy Tyrone. I, personally, couldn't care less about this event. Just the birth of another parasite to live off the blood, sweat, and adulation of the subjects who bow down to the British royalty who are nothing but a bunch of dumb figure heads.
  27. 2 points
    @Mel Hopkins your statement was: My deleting Instagram will certainly solve the problem of their attempting to influence my behavior. Mel I'm a healthy, heterosexual Black man; it would not be too much of a leap to assume I might be titillated by that photo. I can tell you that is a hot photo. Mel you keep comparing your feed to mine to justify differences in why I see big booty girls and you don't that is flawed reasoning. Now you and Del wanna joke around and make me out to be some big time consumer of porn. Have fun. I don't have a problem with porn, but I don't want it pushed to me. One of many reasons I don't use these social media properties. I want to exercise more control over what I consume online. Now you can try to justify the reasoning for what they put I'm our feeds, and why it works for you, but I have contempt for their business practices. Unfortunately I can't put my head in the sand and make believe they don't exist or have influence any more than i can ignore Amazon's.
  28. 2 points
    Women with Their Own Naturally Abundant Type 4C Hair— Understanding True African Kinky Hair That Sister.com Did you know that not all Afro hair is the same? Depending on the look, feel and texture, there are various groups your hair can fall into. We as black women generally have what is called type 4 hair. This is kinky hair, rather than it being straight or with light curls. https://www.thatsister.com/what-are-4a-4b-and-4c-hair-types-answers-and-picture-examples-inside/ Okay, so as I touched upon this subject in another post in that, this statement and many other definitions about Black African ‘Kinky’ Hair byway of Black people happens to be misleading, based on my research. More specifically, the definitions of the different TYPE 4 Hair types seem to be wrong, with the exception of the 4C Hair Type. And perhaps this following diagram may help to better explain my query: In this diagram, both 4A and 4C look ‘curly’ with only 4C being smaller curls, but the actual depiction of 4B would be the closest depiction what A KINKY HAIR STRAND would look like under a microscope. So, in essence, this diagram floating around on the internet seems to be wrong and the 4B strand should probably be 4C. In a particular video published by, Craving Curly Kinks, September 12, 2018, titled, Are you Type 4c or Type 4b? Showing The Difference, two young children were featured to demonstrate the difference between 4B and 4C and the Black woman narrator attempted to explain that 4C HAIR knots at the end but 4B HAIR does not. She also stated that 4B HAIR draws up more than 4C HAIR when it becomes wet with water, however, both of these statements are misleading. In the initial reference by ‘That Sister.com’, another confusing statement was made: What is Type 4 Afro Hair (Kinky)? Type 4 hair is the hair type that most black women have. This kind of hair is kinky, extremely wiry, has tight coils and is very fragile. https://www.thatsister.com/what-are-4a-4b-and-4c-hair-types-answers-and-picture-examples-inside/ Why the Natural Hair Type Chart is Flawed and Misleading! Well, I guess in terms of people of African descent in the western part of the globe, the term ‘Black’ could apply generally, but in the east world, there are many Black Aboriginal people in Australia and in the Fiji Islands and more, that also express straight-type hair and loose curly hair and have intermixed with African people that have migrated to this world and show combination hair types as well. However, in terms of Type 4 Afro Hair meaning ‘Kinky’, the reference above used the term ‘tight coils’, but this would be wrong. If a person’s natural hair expresses both a ‘kinky texture’ and ‘tight coils’ then, that would mean they have COMBINATION HAIR. Wet Kinky Hair shrinks when wet and some will show a wavy or curly pattern but eventually the hair will become kinky in its natural state. All Kinky Hair goes through ‘A PROCESS OF NAPPING’ not coiling and, this would be the distinction. Wooly Hair, or bushy, or kinky, ‘cushy’, ‘extreme fuzzy’ [i.e. Fez], ‘frizzly’, … or nappy hair does not coil, and if kinky hair does ‘coil’ then, that would mean it would not be kinky but may also show a ‘combination hair type’. For this reason, too, the 4A Hair type definition would actually be a contradiction too. It only looks like smaller curls [i.e. coils] apart from the Curly Hair Type Class 3C and therefore denser. So, all in all, with respect to the TYPE 4 HAIR TYPES; 4A should simply be 3D in the curly hair type because it would just be smaller coils. So, some 4 TYPES described in many videos should actually be perhaps listed as a combination hair type for a kinky/curly hair texture becomes obvious. This would be why in many videos, they show Black women being confused on how to define their own hair type by the definitions offered on the internet. Think about the early ‘Jerry Curls’ in that African people can have chemical curls but without the activation cream, the hair still shows that it still naps! But White people, Asiatic-typed people and many Black people and etc. can have very small curly hair too, but unless they are obviously intermixed with a recent Black African parent or perhaps grandparent with nappy hair then, their hair will not nap: Combination—Kinky/Curly Combination—Kinky/Curly/Wavy I would class this hair texture as 3C/4A Curly, based on the given Hair Chart on internet Also omitted from these definitions would be that some Black African people can have combination ‘straight-type hair’ or ‘wavy-type hair’ and kinky!—with no curls! This combination wavy/kinky [i.e. 2B/4C] hair type can be seen in some early indigenous peoples’ depictions as well. So therefore, the 4C HAIR TYPE [incorrectly shown as 4B] would actually be the only ‘kinky hair type’ shown by these internet diagrams. And so, it would be this type of ‘JAGGERED HAIR STRAND’ [ZIGZAG Hair Strand pattern] that should be divided into various kinds of kinky hair types and thus distinguished based upon LOOSER ZIGZAG versus TIGHTER ZIGZAG STRAND PATTERNS, and also kinky/curly or kinky/wavy combination hair types and more. Therefore, 4A should not be included as ‘a kinky type’ because it has no kinky texture. Again, kinky 4C hair types should thus define how tightly or loosely the hair strand appears ‘in an angle’, and how tight the hair kinks or naps. The woman in the video mentioned above, Crazy Curly Kinks, used the word ‘knot’ at the end of the 4C hair, however, this was actually the process of 4C hair napping and of which the other child’s hair would do also to a varied degree as it becomes dryer. It would be this ‘zigzag’ strand pattern that actually causes African hair to become kinky or nap! However, a more scientific term for this process of napping the hair would also be ‘LOCKING’ and so, the zigzag hair strands not only ‘lock’ but ‘interlock’. However, in terms of ‘NAP’ this would also be a term used, even in ancient times, with regards to the different degrees of ‘NAPPING A RUG’ and so, the term ‘RUG’ [i.e. SERUG, REGGAE (REGI—KING), RAG DOLLS, RAGGEDY ANN & BLACK MAMMY BELOVED BELINDA, RAG HEAD… RAG TIME] would be yet another major term used in ancient Iran [i.e. Persia] and beyond to describe the Black African-type presence in the land and in their association with the massive trade and skill of Persian Rug making. Some of these terms also became connected to mugs or cups in ancient times. In fact, this term ‘RUG’ and even the term ‘NAPPY’ became derogatory in some respects as it was passed down through time but nevertheless, the actual distinction of Black African-typed wooly hair has been clearly defined in ancient times but today, this distinction has not been clarified even amongst Black African people. Howbeit, the importance of getting a better understanding on the true nature of Black African Wooly, Bushy, Kinky… hair should not be downplayed because it has been a direct correlation to how Black African-typed people have been identified and oppressed. Raggedy Ann Further characters such as Beloved Belindy, a black mammy doll, were featured as dolls and characters in books. [1][2][3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raggedy_Ann VINTAGE BELOVED BELINDA $300.00 Ebay BLACK ANN & ANDY~ Primitive Folk Art – PICCLICKIMG.com http://www.trinachow.com/blog/images/2007/07_07/belindy2.jpg Original BELOVED BELINDA, RAGGEDY ANDY & RAGGEDY ANN $995.00--SOLD
  29. 2 points
    That is so interesting in that the barber that was applying the wig was bald, but still, it doesn't matter. If people feel good for adding hair enhancements, then it is okay. I've done some deeper research on 'balding' and feel that today, society does not view this blessing in the proper way, and therefore, some men develop some kind of insecurity.
  30. 2 points
    @Mel Hopkins I'm real careful what is on my phone (though I downed this image so that I may share it here), because I'm always giving it to people to look at images on it and you know how nosy people can get. Still I would not expect Instagram to send you an image like this. But for a single, sexually active, man like myself -- Facebook/Instagram knows what will pique my interest As you know you do not have to have accounts on these systems in order for them to monitor and manipulate you.
  31. 2 points
    Notice the bald stylist did not have one of these wigs on. This must have been the tyoe of thing Steve Harvey wore before he wised up.
  32. 2 points
    @Pioneer1 have you ever heard of the Tuareg tribe of North Africa? Well, Today, some African American women model that culture when it comes to marriage and family structure. I suspect they may not even know it. The Tuareg tribe is indigenous to the region and some cultural anthropologist believe they were the original Moors. I say this to repeat there was not ONE culture in Africa but many. As I mentioned to @Chevdove another purpose of this thread is to see how those cultural artifacts came to America to define African American culture... Keep in mind, The Tuareg tribe does not follow a matriarchal system. And that's important to note because some folks believe Africans were matriarchal at one point in history but there's no evidence that matriarchy ever existed anywhere in Africa's social system. I think they confuse it with Matrilineality which did and does exist. The Tuaregs are a matrilineal tribe. Matrilineal system is something you'll find throughout many cultures including the First Nation here in North America, Middle East's Hebrews, Jews; parts of Asia including India, and the African continent et al So stretch your mind a bit - For example, although offering water to strangers is something I do - even those who work in my home; it is also a cultural trait of the Tuareg Tribe. I also believe that is something unique to the African American culture. What if we started that? And that's why separate water fountains in Jim Crow south was symbolic. - Something as benign as offering water to strangers might just be uniquely African and widespread throughout the continent - and used against us here in America. @Troy I look forward to checking this out. I often wonder if one tribe co-opted ISIS, HORUS, OSIRIS - or if they just believed the same thing but in different ways.. Ethiopians believe Jesus is God - whereas the Roman Catholics believe they are a separate entity. Their church name "Tewahedo" means "being made one". I agree appropriation exists but we are talking about tribes with different languages and / or dialects back in the day. They could have all simply worshipped the Sun, Moon, Constellations and then anthropomorphized all of it …and that's what Africans could have brought to America (Kanye shrugs).
  33. 2 points
    Funny @Chevdove I'd not considered the reason to be as simple as vanity -- maybe you are correct. Sure this is not only a Black woman's problem. I Image hair care is a multi-billion dollar industry. I don't doubt having someone else pamper you by washing your hair, massaging you, and even listen to you talk about your problems feels good. These are all qualities I'd desire (require) in a life partner :-)
  34. 2 points
    @Cynique I’m over here trying hard to think of where else in nature is there nappy hair and I got nothing! Oh snap! Is it really just us and the sheep? 😂😂😂
  35. 2 points
    A fellow astrologer mentioned that the Egyptian week was ten days. Which would be a decan. And most likely it was 10 degrees not ten days. Which would explain why Lions and cats are important. The Nile flooded when Sirius rises which would corresponds with Leo. However you have to take procession into account. I looked at this a few years back, but Egyptian astrology isn't my strong point or focus. Thanks How did you come to this conclusion? Okay may be a Bantu word. Although I have no reference or source.
  36. 2 points
    Oiling your freshly washed hair and using a hot comb to straighten the kinks out of it so as to make it more manageable. An Ebonic dialect of which unique colorful slang is a spinoff. . A cuisine known as soul food (that has become demonized because it is a guilty pleasure whose sapience stems from ingredients purportedly bad for your health.) Music genres made up of Jazz, Blues, R&B and negro spirituals. An innovative version of the card game whist which is referred to as "bid-whist", a popular pass time which was originated by and is played exclusively by black people.
  37. 2 points
    I consider it "cultural appropriation" when the original meaning is divorced from the practice -- particularly when it is done for profit. For example, the violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and misogyny we see in the most popular hip-hop music is cultural appropriation. Having nothing to do with hip-hop's origins and original intent because it has been co-opted and is no longer uniquely African American. A plainer example of the appropriation of Christianity into Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. Christianity itself was appropriated from African cultures again for profit. Anything uniquely African American is appropriated by others for profit. Whether it is our cuisine, hair care products, or music. I know that does not answer your question @Mel Hopkins but it was just a thought that came to mind.
  38. 2 points
    @Troy and @Mel Hopkins This is the kind of post that makes me so happy that this forum exist. I never heard of Coachella! I had no idea about Beyonce's performance! I guess that's why former First Lady decided to plug it! I loved it! It brings back so many memories for me when I was in college. And, I had no idea about Kanye's performance too. Wow! It was awesome.
  39. 2 points
    Happy Hardcore Easter 🙂
  40. 1 point
    @Pioneer1 between @Cynique handling you with facts and @Del beating you with first hand experience... do you really want me to mix it up with you too? Lol! But don’t think I didn’t see you trying to use the ole “continent” defense to support your argument. 🙄
  41. 1 point
    I'm not sure what the big deal is..... So-called "prince" Harry is White and so is the so-called "princess" Meghan (I don't care how Black her mother is) . Two White folks having a White baby, what's new?
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    Me too. I do believe that over a long period of time, there are many stories that have been fused together. @Mel Hopkins -- You know, I sometimes am looking over my shoulder for someone to rebuke me when this subject comes up because I know the tension it brought up back in the day of Constantine. There are schisms and then there are other kinds of differences, but these people wanted to fight over a schism. Nevertheless, I believe that many people did not have script back in those days and this may have been part of the probome. Jesus is quoted to have said "My father" many times, and then he also said, "I and he are one"; something like that. IMO, that is no different than me sending out my offspring to represent me, and could be viewed in various ways. Oh Wow! Thank you for the interpretation. I thought it also meant 'Theodore'? @Troy This film was about an hour! But, I watched it and feel that it needs to be updated for several reasons. For one example, Browder mentions John Henry Clark, Ivan Van Sertima and Dr. Hibbard and they completely disagree on many topics brought up in this film. The late Ivan VAn Sertima brought out that NEFERTITI is not Black at all. And my research supports him. Even though many AFrica people have been deceived to believe otherwise, she was as her name includes, HITTITE [i.e. W-HITE]. Any Art History major will show that this film has posted images of statues that do not at all reflect the subject at hand. For instance the bust in GErmany of Nefertiti HAD NO COMPLETE HEAD. This head was fashioned in moder times. So the fuss about this is so off point. However, numerous statues, NAKED STATUES of Nefertiti were found in many places that reflect her fertility cult. Regarding the HOLY TRINITY that I hear a lot, the statue presented was made over a thousand years before this HOLY TRINITY concept came about. but the very story in that THE SON ATTACKS THE FATHER is the clue in that this has nothing to do with the HOLY TRINITY. The origin of the ancient TRIAD CONFLICT stems from CAIN and SETH and that is why the father is called EVIL SET. The Cainites and the Sethites struggled for a long time. And, the Cainites were the more dominant and oppressed the Sethites in the SOUTHWORLD. Browder speaks about NARMER being NUBIAN. No. Narmer was part Nubian. He was an eastern Cainite man, a Black man, that came up from Upper Egypt and fought against the Asiatics in Lower Egypt [north]. But he later married a Khety woman and this conflict started all over again until the FIRST SETH DYNASTY-- the 4TH DYNASTY formed. Until the Seth Dynasty, the city-civilization was defined as A DUAL SYSTEM and that is part of the meaning of the two-pylon gate construction. But the Cainites were more dominant. The system was known all over the world later by this standard that begin with being known as ENOCH-ENOCH. But then, the Seth-Theban kings began to marry Eastern women too and then they became oppressed all over again... So, this is part of how the HOLY TRINITY was viewed in ancient times, based on my research, but more importantly, the 'virgin aspect' was added; it is a fabrication. The Seth world knew that 'EMNITY' [ie. Jesu] would come soon, and although the adversary would 'bruise his heel', however, 'emnity' [IE HOSTILITY] would bruise his HEAD [ie the ROMAN EMPIRE--GOVERNMENT]. So this HOLY TRINITY story was well know way back when and was the basis for BLACK-VS-BLACK hostility and White Supremacist Exploitation. The problem with many of these documentaries put out by AFrican type people is that they completely omit the true aspect in that there were Wite people in ancient Egypt and, these kinds of Black scholars continue to omit the part of ancient Black people who welcomed in these White people and obsessed over them. Today, Black people want to put the blame solely on White people infiltration of ancient Egypt and this is wrong. And, the aspect of 'EVIL SETH' actually stems from a Black woman who was by far, NOT A VIRGIN, and who decieved her Black husband, A SETH MAN and whose son, she bore, became a major aspect of the ancient method of how White Supremacy became established in ancient Egypt. So, the Heru or HORUS, represents the story of Noah and how his wife decieved him and gave birth to the Canaanites and this also ties into the RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX of which, was another false interpretation in this film. The massive project to uncover the sphinx during the 18th Dynasty of the Thutmosis was because Thutmosis IV married a WHITE WOMAN, Mitemwiya and for many past thousands of years, there was a conflict over this SPHINX in Egypt with regards to the Northworld people and the Southworld people [Seth world people]. [15] And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. GENESIS 3:15.
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    **I'm interested in a book review** Name: Anisha Blumenberg Author: Anisha Blumenberg Title: Bye-Bye Toys a story about giving ISBN13: 978-1732797260 Publication Date: April 23, 2019 Cover Image: (attached) url: byebyetoys.com Synopsis: Why is Ronald's Mama giving away his old toys? Bye-bye truck! Bye-bye ball! Journey through BYE-BYE TOYS as Ronald must help Mama pack up his toys for a special surprise at the end—maybe giving them away isn’t so bad after all. This book is also available in Spanish: Adiós Juguetes: Una historia sobre dar (ISBN: 9781732797291).
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    Information comes from many sources. Knowledge is simply tweaked information.
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    @Mel Hopkins the are many writren by both Black and white scholars. One of the most accessible would be by Anthony Browder, Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization But you can also read anything by John G. Jackson. The work of folks like Cheikh Anta Diop and John Herik Clark are worth checking out too. Hey @Delano at the 16:20 mark Browder discusses the African Origin of the Horusscope (my term). @Mel Hopkins at the 21:25 minute mark Browder talks about the Adrican origin of the Holy Trinity.
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    @Pioneer1Your idea of culture is one that western civilization has defined and to which you have deferred just like you accuse others of doing.. The way slave descendants have coped with their environment through improvisation is their true indigenous culture. Africa has not exerted any great influence on the diaspora after centuries in this country. People of color are made up of many blood lines that manifest themselves in unique ways. Diversity is the wave of the future because time brings change and the essence of culture is one of the things that changes. . As for homosexuality, it is here to stay because it has always existed, long before the media focused on it. And the media isn't injecting it into black programming any more than it is into series about whites. If you are offended by the sexual orientation of people different from you, it means that you are not being influenced by it, so why sweat it? Get over your paranoia, and accept that there's no such thing as "normal" any more.
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    AfroAmericans (I rarely use the term "African" American) invented Break Dancing and I believe the Turn Table. I think we also invented Hot Water Corn bread and Cracklin' Bread as well as Hoe Cakes. But we don't really have an actual CULTURE. In my opinion a TRUE culture means having your own language (not merely a corrupted form of English or a mere dialect of it which is what most AfroAmericans speak); and your OWN set of social customs like marriage and family structure rather than a modified version of the Western nuclear family which most AfroAmericans TRY to practice but fail at which is one of the reasons broken and dysfunctional families as well as divorce is so high in the AfroAmerican community. Because instead of OUR OWN culture most of our people have been trying to IMITATE White culture and haven't succeeded. One of the reasons AfroAmerican sub-culture is so confusing is because it seems to change with each generation. It works like this...... White culture...whether it's food, dance, music, or just the way people talk and greet eachother.... is usually too weak and watered down for most AfroAmericans, so we develop OUR OWN food, music, dances, and forms of greeting eachother. This makes us feel more comfortable and gives us an identity....now we're cool. But when White people see it- some of them find it repulsive and try to make it illegal or stamp it out; but most of them find it different and attractive and try to imitate it. Once THEY get the hang of it and start imitating it whether it's music, dance, slang, etc.....it loses it's flavor and NO LONGER becomes cool. So the next generation of AfroAmerican youth invents ANOTHER form of music, dance, greetings, ect.....to separate themselves and give themselves an identity to be cool again....and when Whites latch on to THAT then the process starts all over again. But I do believe AfroAmericans need to STABILIZE themselves and establish a solid CULTURE of our own, because a lot of the garbage you see in the music and entertainment industries today being passed off as "Black culture" is actual degeneracy. They have made weed smoking part of Black culture today through the music and now the media is actually trying to normalize OPEN homosexuality and queerness as a part of "Black culture" by making sure nearly all Black programs in America include it.
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    Thank you, @Del. I was just wondering if Johnson Publishing sold their media division through a leveraged buyout...of course I don't know. But some of the hints contained in the chapter 7 petition tell an interesting story. At first, I was thinking it was a Structured Sale gone bad. But as I was searching for info - The Beatrice foods deal came up in the search, and while there's no relation to the Johnson Publishing deal and its subsequent liquidation petition; it help me understand why certain players including the company's ceo are listed as creditors. I tell you, there's so much folks, such as me, don't know about Financial instruments - it's no wonder that black people are headed for zero net worth.
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    I am not familiar with bankruptcy laws. If you are asking if the purchaser's bid is an asset?, the answer is most likely no. Debt holders get paid first. I believe that secured debt gets paid first, I am not certain about unsecured debt, credit and accounts payable. The laws also vary from state to state. For instance in Florida your primary residence is exempt from business debt. Or at least it was in the 90's. Your question cuts across accounting and law. I am not a lawyer nor am I an accountant. I also can't legally give you advice, however I may be able to provide some direction.
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    That is definitely much easier to do than using "Social Media". Great video.
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