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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
    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/
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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
    Who remembers being told black folk don't read or if you want to hide information from black people, put it in a book? Lately, I found several articles that disprove those notions in addition to learning that the Pew Research Group stumbled upon the fact that college-educated black women read the most books. And it made me wonder about black women's reading habits. If you're an AA woman, please click on the link and take this 2-minute survey. When 100 respondents are recorded, everyone will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Target gift card. Thanks!! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FNGGNPB
  12. 2 points
    Black. Graduates. ,Who. Graduates. High. School. And. College,Congratulations.. May. You. Reach. Your. Ambitions,Dreams,And. Desires. As. Racist. White. Create. Plots,Schemes To. Stop You. News Says. ,Black , Billionaire,Paying,The College , Debt. Of Morehouse. ,Graduates...Churches Could Do That ,If Preacher's We're ,Not,Stealing Millions Of Dollars... Democrats Talk Of Equal. Pay,. Men Make. More Than Women. White Women Make. More , Than,Black And Hispanic. Women. Sure,White. Men. Makes. More,Than. Others. Doing. The. Same. Job.. Congratulations. ,To,Children. Of. AALBC. Members,Who. Finished. High. School. Or,College....
  13. 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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  15. 2 points
    @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.
  16. 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.
  17. 2 points
    Oh No! Go get some rest, @Cynique
  18. 2 points
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 2 points
    Noone invented it. It was created. Bam!
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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).
  35. 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 :-)
  36. 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? 😂😂😂
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
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    Toward Fair Trade in the Hood There is a trade deficit in the hood. This trade imbalance is initially internal: North American Africans refuse to patronize each other, preferring to enrich others who rarely buy from North American Africans, including whites, Asians, Arabs, Latinos, et al. As we make our daily round, we should ask ourselves how much money do we spend with each other and how much with others than our own kind? It is simple math that our businesses will soon go out of business for lack patronizing by us. Yes, other culture groups thrive on each other and us. Ask your self why we have a trade deficit with Arabs, Asians, Africans, Latins,et al. Ask yourself why are North American Africans the 16th richest nation in the world with a trillion dollars income but languishes in poverty because of the internal and external trade deficit. Why do we spend money with people who never or rarely spend money with us? Is this not the sign of mental illness? Buy Black campaigns are a failure. The Kwanzaa ujamma or co-operative economics is a joke. Often vendors at our fairs and festivals are non-Black such as Koreans selling us barbeque but when has a Korean bought anything from a North American African? This trade deficit must end immediately. We want fair trade or no trade. And no matter how painful it may be for us to patronize each other, we must do so for our economic survival and thrival. Imagine this: if we spent most of our trillion dollars annual income with each other, we can tell the white man fuck you and your reparations. We will give reparations too ourselves. We will give economic justice to ourselves. We will solve our traumatic slave syndrome our selves through peer counseling and discarding all residue of white supremacist values and behavior, including bullshit learned from public schools, European religion, literature and the monkey mind media, including television and Hollywood that perpetuates the world of make believe and conspicuous consumption Dr. E. Franklin Frazier told us about in Black Bourgeoisie. --Marvin X
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    All of my sistas here have really done themselves proud in offering explanations about their approaches to interacting with other women - as well as men. Each testament was flavored with their individual personalities and provided clues to why they are so impressive. I have concluded that one difference between them and me is that i am more argumentive and when it comes to engaging with men, i like to question everything they say just to be contrary even as, on this forum, i cringed at their written responses that had little regard for being detailed-oriented or proof read, full of disjointed sentences, misspelled, omitted, improperly-used words, and incorrect punctuation, wondering if these careless lapses carried over into other areas of their lives and have anything to do with their claims of black male victimization. I am really not sure whether your parting shot was a lame attempt at humor or if you really think that i actually entertained ideas of "hooking up" with pioneer. 😩 EW. But, I understand how observers might conclude that making him my whipping boy is motivated by my having secret designs on him. He modestly interprets my "harassment" as an attraction to the "masculine energy" which he imagines he exudes. Sooo untrue. I, myself, always felt that his aura was like a drag, mired in the sticky emanations that seeped from his pompous assertions. But dream on, pioneer. As usual, what you decide upon takes on a life on its own and settles into a permanent residence in your warped mentality. Be advised that you have earned a place in my "Obnoxious People Hall of Fame". I'd also like to clear up what i think others might suspect: that i looked upon this site as my personal domain and that i jealously guarded my status here, considering all other comers a threat, and that i competed with them for Troy's attention. In response, i say: it's not like this forlorn forum is bristling with activity and broad participation and enjoys widespread recognition. On a good day, there might be 4 posters here, bickering or exchanging one-liners. I'm told there is a substantial lurker audience who, for some reason, never make themselves known and are who pioneer plays to, positive that they are in his corner, rooting him on. Does this sound like a scenario that my life would revolve around, something that would bolster my self-esteem and make my day? Not. What benefits accrue from Troy's approval? Sure, he's a great guy but my being a fixture on his discussion board enhanced or enabled me in no way. My critics got it all wrong. So, yes, Troy, remove the "Cynique" title from this site. Free me from having to see what should be Cynique's Corner instead of "Cyniques' Corner", which is how it incorrectly appears. i'm pretty much history here. "Connie" has more fun on Facebook, hangin' out with my homies, laughing at memes and arguing with a broad spectrum of strangers, Mark Zuckerberg be damned. Sure, out of curiosity, I'll be checking things out here from time to time - if you don't block me. Thanks for everything. We cool. (That goes for you too, Del.) To my girls, i love you all. It's been "real". 😙 Buh-Bye!
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    Chev and Troy Well you two STILL haven't sold me on planets and moons being stars, but OK...I'm beginning to understand. It took a minute, but I'm beginning to comprehend how the stars and planetary alignments and their patterns can verify the times of alleged events. But this is beginning to lead to new questions for me............. These alignment patterns.....as consistent as they may be....would seem to only verify when something took place IF those who are recording the event MENTION that particular celestial alignment during the event itself. For example if a great battle took place at a particular time and those scribes looked up in the sky that night and said, "On this night Saturn is here, Venus is there, the Virgo constellation is here...ect..." I understand now. But most historical events that I've read DO NOT mention celestial alignments with them. They just say "Such and such took place" and leave it at that. So again, how can we verify the actual occurence of the EVENT when the alignments aren't even mentioned as is the case with MOST historical events we read about?
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    Jesus and the Apostles are believed to have spoken Aramaic, and Aramaic-language translations (Targums) of the Old Testament circulated. Aramaic continued in wide use until about 650 CE, when it was supplanted by Arabic.
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    @Delano I agree in that "Beth" means "house" although, I did not know from which language! Yes, I alos agree and have read that in Hebrew each letter has a numeric value. Thank you! I read your post and all of that is interesting. And I hope to better understand 'Aramic' basis of scriptures and etc. @Pioneer1 You are so wrong! I have a degree in science and have taught science. The word 'STAR' means 'a planet'! The word 'STAR' also means 'THE SUN' in the scientific world! A 'star' is the definition of 'the sun', 'the moon', the MOVING STAR [ie planets], 'COMET' and etc! PLANETS are defined today and in the distant past as being MOVING STARS. The moon is defined to be 'A SATELLITE STAR' ... This has always been the scientific language! There are so, so, som many distinct types of stars in the universe and various ones have a distinct defintion! I guess one way to maybe correlate the term 'STAR' could be like a word 'HUMAN' or 'HOMO SAPIEN'; in that there are many different adjectives to define humans, some are 'primitive homo sapiens', some are called 'Home Erectus', some are called 'modern homo sapiens', some are specifically defined as being European, or African, or etc.... Even the scriptures define the term 'STAR' as meaning various types of bodies in the universe with various distinctions. This is a common understanding in the science world in tht MOVING STARS is another term for PLANETS!!!
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    Black. Mothers. Day. To. All. The. Loving,Caring. ,Responsible. ,Mothers. . Especially. Those. Raising. Children. Alone. Because. Of,Dead Beat. Bum,. Fathers. And. To. The Grandmothers ,Who,Helps. With The Child Raising.... Black Mothers , Should,Be,Celebrated ,Often,Not Just One Day A , Year.......Happy,Mothers Day To All The , Mothers,Grandmothers,Who Are Members Of AALBC!!!!!Mothers,, Day. Music,Temptations- Oh Mother Of Mine,, Checkmates-Black Pearl. Intruders - I. Will. Always. Love. My. Mama...
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    Cool Herc used to work in the record shop two blocks from my home. I heard Melle Mel Lisa Lee. DJ Breakout In Valley Park in the late 70's. There were a bunch of parks that were throwing down. I was at one of them. Where were you?
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    Exactly! So, stop doing it! Making generalizations about something as personal as an algorithm that requires personal input is ridiculous. Like life, it is ALWAYS going to return different results for each person. I’ve been teaching since I was 15 3/4 when I got my first job as a camp counselor. But I suspect that’s not what you were looking for...So stop... If your lesson plan consists of downloading a social media app; uploading a big booty woman -in one day then concluding that you can’t sell books on the app - it doesn’t matter if you’re a tenured professor. Your students are better off taking a class with Kylie Jenner. At 21, she’s figured out how to become a billionaire selling make-up. Oh wait... the algorithm was set up so she could make money because of her famous sister with great assets.. is that correct? 🙄 I registered my first domain in 2001... I’ve been online since 1997... When we still had to type in numbers to find certain web addresses. I want to say my first account was with netscape but I think that was actually my second one.. i’ve had more websites than I care to admit ... and I was a media marketing cofounder of a very popular tech startup (2006), that we grew our audience to 100,000+ We started on myspace took it to facebook then to a standalone lifestyle digital publishing platform. We did this while hosting a weekly live 2 hour broadcast on blogtalkradio.com where we’d interview celebrities and business mover and shakers. Our show remained in the top shows on blogtalkradio for nearly two years (2007 - 2009) In fact, you were probably in school when I started working in broadcast media. I was uploading news packages and downloading feeds via satellite coordinates to and from CBS newspath and CNN Newsource — I was writing scripts, voicing and producing 30 minute newscasts -and short documentaries AND putting them online” in 1999... It was just a larger production back then... So while I only know a little HTML (adv beginner) and may not know how to code; I doubt if you know much more than I do when it comes to mass media, digital publishing, social media, the “internets” et al because this isn’t my first tech rodeo. OH WAIT! I’m a “certified” SeedTech Instructor! For two years, I taught basic computing and internet skills to adults in the USDOJ Weed & Seed target area in WV! lol! Don’t test me... @Troy 😄😄😄
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    She is an investor , the lower the price ,the better the investment . It's like the Getty archives . Lucas is a filmmaker of mythical proportions . He probably wants it and Hobson is saying yes dear but the Price to Earnings ratio is too high, let's wait .
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