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  1. Therefore, please vote on or before Tuesday, November 3, 2020 to help their community thrive. For example here's Michigan's ballot sample - if you notice there are only 3 federal races president, U.S senators and U.S. representatives. The rest of the ballot contains questions relevant to this particular precinct, ward, county and city in Michigan. Also, the referendums aren't written in everyday language so if you're not sure what the vote will mean for your community - check with your local election office. They should have someone who will tell you how your yes or no vote will impact
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  2. @Wendy Jones I recommend aalbc.com member, writer and web designer @zaji at the Creative Ankh https://creativeankh.com/
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  3. Walkman93, I share your comments about Charlie's work. I call him that because we have a few things in common. We worked at Howard University's radio station WHUR, he in the late 70s as a reporter, me in the 1980s as a public affairs producer. I interviewed him about his book in 2014 and I was truly ecstatic about this stellar piece of journalism and bravery. One thing though, the cover on my hardback book is different from the paperback. No problem. Still a good book that should be required reading in all journalism classes.
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  4. Okay, then, I apologize. I really thought some chit was starting.
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  5. Humm let me think ... all of them! The quality is pretty shitty here when you don't have it.
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  6. Midnight. In. Th. Antebellum. Grove. ,Elderly. Racist. Preacher. J. W.-Bryant. Wallace -Hears. Loud. Moans. Near. Cypress. Trees. -Horrified. He. Sees. Black. Men. Hanging. From. Trees. A. Black. -Vengeful. Spirit. Speaks. ,You. Organized. The. Hanging. Of. Many. -Innocent. Black. Men. In. The. Rain,Sunshine. And. The. Moon's Glow -Into. This. Hanging. Tree. You. Will. Go. Hang. Them. You. Spoke -With. The. Noose. And. Bible. In. Your. Hand. Knowing. They. Were -Innocent. Each. Black. Man.. To. Watch. Their. Burning. Flesh. The-Demonic. Crowds. Did. Grow. Into. This. Hanging. Tree. Yo
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  7. This outrage over paying taxes amuses me. As if no one in this forum realizes that the U.S. Treasury needs to be replenished after Republican trillion dollar tax cuts for the rich. Why would anyone follow the words of celebrities who exist in a different world? And you’re mad at Joe Biden. Just remember, the former Vice President is not a radical. He is sensible. But he also knows that the federal government needs more revenue. In 2019, Biden revealed a tax plan that would boost federal revenue by $3.2 billion. He wants to · Tax Capital Gains as income · Raise the corporate
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  8. Recently an article was published on the Oprah Magazine website, “119 Black-Owned Bookstores in America That Amplify the Best in Literature.” While I was not attributed as a source of the list, I know I was because my bookstore list contains at least one bookstore that is not a bookstore . But the list was widely copied so who knows where they sourced the info (including my rouge “bookstore”). Unlike many of the other sites which used the list, Oprah Mag at least included AALBC as a store, so I’m good. Oprah Magazine also created another article, "12 Authors Share Their Favorite
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  9. The book Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation Edited by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson was published in March of 2020. Tragically the owner of the publishing company passed earlier this year, so I was never informed of the book's publication until I inquired about it this summer. I immediately purchased a box of books which I promptly sold (making it an AALBC bestseller for the upcoming period). I noticed the books were not in distribution and inquired about the remaining inventory. The family decided
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  10. Yes! I know of "Aunt Nancy" (Anansi - west african origin) from the research I did for my novel. In fact, that's how I found about many of the African Gods/Goddesses. Funny thing is Western civilization would have us to believe that there's only gods/goddess from North Africa - so we ignore or not realize the greek & roman gods were just ripoffs of the indigenous deities. But for every god/goddess the West claims - there is the original from the motherland. I don't think it's disputed but like in the book and TVshow of the same name "American Gods, " the gods disappear when their
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  11. Not really but Spidey in the comics is a smart aleck. @Nnamdi Azikiwethe style is similar without the lines that Kirby drew. I wasn't found of Kirby for that very reason. Also do you know the name of that piece of sculpture on the book cover? Season two of American Gods really showcased the Ananzi and the Black Gods, then he was removed from the story.
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  12. @Mel Hopkins you know Spiderman is a rip off of Anansi who is very clever.
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  13. If you think Bookshop.org is better alternative that Amazon.com, think again. The following commentary is in reaction to the Black Bookstore Day conversation. We would really need a journalist to look into this, but that is another one of our collective weaknesses we simply do not have the platforms with the resources to do this type of research and explain why it is important to readers. It would be really interesting to know how much more Bookshop.org earned as a result of people wishing to support Black bookstore, but who, inadvertently are giving Booksho
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  14. What if that was the point? What if Stan Lee made Wakanda separate for that very reason. In hopes, someone like you to come along and raise this point. Our content, our literature, always ask a question. This is what makes literature (comic books included) the best conceptual teacher! So, for example, you come to the aalbc community and teach / remind us about the Berlin conference - and now we are able to build our knowledge with that piece of the puzzle. One thing I learned after publishing my debut novel and gathering intel on my readers
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  15. The Director of Black Panther also did Fruitvale Station with Michael B Jordan. Raising Dion is also interesting which is produced by Michael B. Jordan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6koPaImHzY
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  16. Thanks, Mel, (someone please tell me how to do the name + @). I have looked at zaji's portfolio and will contact her. I really appreciate this recommendation. Yes, a marketplace would be wonderful. After all, this is where I found my editor and publicist for Ida Bell Publishing LLC's debut publication: An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones. Will return this weekend for a post of the interview I did with Candace Waller about options to the Big A.
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  17. I still haven't. When the masses talk about a project their chatter influences the vibration. So, I'm still waiting for all of the hoopla to die down. I've recently seen Hamilton. I was able to experience the hype for myself. And beside the rhyming, the hype IS the rhythm and the drums, so to speak. I appreciate the influence Chadwick Boseman had on Black Panther. In his passing, those connected with the film are sharing the backstories. I think this is what makes the movie uniquely African, and African American. So. even without seeing it, I get now why Black
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  18. Thanks for asking for clarification: Here is the deal. I set up an affiliate store with Bookshop.org when they first launched last year. I figured I could use them to generate revenue when supplying buy links for books that I do not carry in my online store. When I send readers to https://bookshop.org/shop/aalbc I get 10% of any sales generated. Bookshop, in partnership with the ABA, shares an additional 10% with indie-booksellers, who are also ABA members. This is the revenue share that AALBC, an ABA member, is not allowed to receive. Of course Bookshop
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  19. Just finished this book. I expected it to bash those in the Civil Rights Movement who identified with "non violence". I myself am not a "non violent" and this book changed my perception of the "two" strategies. I originally thought "non violence" was weak. But now see it can be an effective tool that must be accompanied with people willing to defend. The author (Charles Cobb) did an amazing job of showing how the two worked hand in hand. Often, when direct physicality wasn't an option, we resorted to other, more creative ways to fight against the system. Work stoppages, slow downs and most not
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  20. Kristen Welker, you did a fantastic job ! You tried to reign in President Trump who rambled, repeated himself and kept returning to debunked lies and smears against the former Vice President. All Trump did during the last debate is continue besmirching the life and accomplishments of Joe Biden, terribly misrepresenting his positions. It is quite comical that Trump believes it's unfair for citizens call him on his failures. But he has no problem claiming the successes of Barack Obama and Biden are somehow, his. He never had a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. He still has no plan t
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  22. I just uploaded a video and here was what Google's YouTube showed me. Ever since I watched the Candice Owen's Video YouTube as been showing me here videos every single day. Now it is unfortunate Google shoves these video in from of me. Does Google have a plan to marginalize Kamala Harris and discourage Black people from voting for her with these videos? I dunno, but YouTube's behavior would be indistinguishable from a planform that had that agenda
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  23. Absolutely! I've "trained" my mind to accomplish things I need to do, without thinking. But I think we all do this just don't realize it. I don't think about driving to the store. I've trained my mind to learn the way - so that I can drive while considering these non-driving atlantans. I've trained my mind to carry out simple math functions - so I don't hold up the line when I'm ready to check out. While these are mental functions - I've also trained my mind to prepare for things I want to accomplish in my careeer - so when the opportunities present themselves I've already ready. I jus
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  24. If you are discussing beliefs, traditions and family ties, those have now taken a back seat to a plethora of debates over issues, real or imagined. I don’t think most Black people can avoid being drawn in or being forced to take sides in what some call Culture Wars. I'd advise caution in the workplace if one is around folks from different background and beliefs. We do have a vested interest. Our voices, our opinions and our desires must be elevated alongside those of others. Everyone has their own moral code and for many, this could could be a mix of believing in the freedom to pract
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  25. I could Block Amazon's ads coming in through Google, but I have not as they drive up the price in the auction. My kin folk know to come directly to me for the directly.
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  26. The former Pyramid Books on Georgia Avenue in DC. Hodari is a legend here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1981/12/10/new-bookstore-fills-void/ba2c912b-1063-46e1-8680-ada97fa51c20/
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  27. Based on the TRAILER.....the film looks like it ain't 'bout shit and ain't worth watching. Probably just more silly negro confusion based on twisted values.
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  28. YouTube really knows how to incite me... I may need to take a break from YouTube or figure out a way to put on blinders when I'm uploading my videos. At any rate, the woman @Pioneer1 lusts after has a new book out. Below is a video in which she discusses ideas from the book. One is the statement that Black living in American today are the luckiest ones to have ever lived. Besides the statement being absurd on it's face. The implication (correct me if I'm wrong) is that we should, on some level be grateful that our ancestors we enslaved. When Candice gets in front of w
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  29. The quest for freedom and equality has been a much broader and longer journey than most people realize, given it is still not achieved after 495 years! Divine Consciousness: From a Dystopian Diaspora to Afrofuturism, takes readers on a journey, from a point in time when the African Diaspora was just beginning, to a time yet to be determined—the future. For 340 years, Black people were the “Slave-Industrial Complex.” We were subjected to absolute and unspeakable horror, brutality, and oppression with no abatement and for the next 155 years, subjugated by the Blac
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  30. Hello, I am looking for a book review!
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  31. Thank you for this platform. I'd like to request a review of my debut children's book, The Lying Liar Called Racism: A Love Letter. I must reluctantly introduce you to an ugly lie some people tell to try to make you believe a mountain is actually a molehill...or a pile of spaghetti. This is the villain of our tale, The Lying Liar Called Racism, and it’ll try to make you feel small, powerless, and bad about yourself. Never fear, though, because you can spot this villain and stay strong against it by remembering that you are not and never will be a pile of floppy, sloppy
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  32. As soon as I post this message here is the very next order 1 x Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys 1 x Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Vol. 2 1 x Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Vol. 3 1 x Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, Vol. 4
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  33. That is probably not possible Nnamdi. You want your book in every store where it is likely to sold to readers who will buy it. Every bookseller and store has their own tastes and focus. Indentify the stores where your book will most likely resonate and work with them. I'm in the process of trying to figure out how Black dustributors and booksellers can work together reclaim revenue going to Amazon and bookshop.org and to drive demand for important books. We are FAR to dependent upon the majority culture when it comes deciding which authors have a voice. This is a hard p
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  34. I am one of the many talented black independent authors that have written groundbreaking novels. The sequel to my award-winning novel, Mirrors of Life Part 2: The Fight for Political Power, is a thriller in today's political climate. When the actions of fictional characters playout in real life, the imagination is made real, and fiction becomes non-fiction. There is no difference between the KKK and the Nazis. In 1927, Donald Trump's father was arrested at a Klan rally in Queens, NY, when Klan members clashed with police. In 1939, there was a Nazi rally billed as American patriots
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  35. Maybe a foundation should be inclusive that permits all people to express themselves in their totality.
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  36. I've begun compiling a list of books to mark the 100th anniversary the holocaust which too place in Tulsa: https://aalbc.com/books/category.php?name=Tulsa+Massacre
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  37. I'm currently reading. S.A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland. It is in the category of what I would put in a category of a "Man's Man" book LOL. In fact let me create a category for that and add a few titles ....stepping way for a few minutes ... Here are some books in the new A Man's Man Literature Category. The author S.A. Cosby will be in an online chat tomorrow (August 30, 2020) at 6:00 p.m. Eastern I'm one of the designated booksellers. In fact I have 9 autographed copies left. Click here to Register to Chat with S.A. Cosby
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  38. This arrived a few days back. A good read with essays and poetry.
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  39. Willow Books will release the latest collection by devorah major, San Francisco's Third Poet Laureate. The book, califia's daughter, chronicles the African story of Queen Califia and the founding of the State of California. "The state of California was named after Queen Califia. It is said that Africans came across sea currents to arrive in South America and then moved east and west through Mexico and around the gulf settling in the south, mixing blood and dance, color and culture with the people of the corn. Cortez’s crew of six hundred held two hundred Africans who worked its sai
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  40. Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum. I've just self-published my first two novels, and I'd love your feedback. My first novel is called "The Meindulce Project". It's actually very timely, as it deals with a fictional take on America after Donald Trump is re-elected. America is consumed by coast to coast violent protests, and for all intents and purposes, the country is in civil war. Political and racial divisions have resulted in the the formation of hundreds of militias, representing the far right, the far left, and everything in between. All of them are at war
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  41. Yes, my apologies. Black Stoicism is a poetic way of clarifying the highest virtue. It's an attempt to expound on the in-depth range of emotions the Black community possesses. Other cultures' inability to see outside of their hatred and ignorance fuels their blindness and their empty-headed perspectives to view the Black community as immune to pain. Because of our determination and spirits, I attempt to clarify Stoicism's meaning by expanding on how the Black community re-shapes any terminology and language. The Black community endures much deeper emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychologi
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  42. https://simplyshykeria.home.blog/2020/05/02/florida-where-is-tobias/ Florida, Where Is Tobias? Tobias T. Franklin, my Little Brother, entered Prison Five Years Ago but the Florida Prison System will not let our Family see him or hear his voice. The Prisons say that He is in Solitary Confinement...but for FIVE Years? Sitting in a Cold, Dark, Small Box with No Human Contact for FIVE YEARS is PURE EVIL! They treat Us like we are not Human!!!! WHO WOULD WANT TO LIVE LIKE THAT? GOD, WE NEED YOUR HELP. YOU KNOW TOBIAS' HEART AND HE DOES NOT DESER
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  43. The Platinum P Club – Free Limited Time Exclusivity has a price and a cost The 70th published work by Essence bestselling author D T Pollard The Platinum P Club - Membership Required Please share
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  44. Absolutely not. Imagine a world in which Black people operated completely free of racism, oppression, and prejudice -- Even the world of Wakanda included crazy white people trying to steal technology or butt in... White people do it all the time, they tell their stories entirely free of, or influenced by, anyone else. We rarely do it. I think it would be the ultimate form of protest literature.
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  45. @Delano, Exactly!!! As the header says - this is a discussion forum... where people exchange ideas. I don't mind exchanging ideas or even hearing new ideas. Also commentary...I'm tired of commentary. I'm tired of talking about what other people "think" Opeds, commentary - I'll may give it a like, laugh but I'm bored with commentary. It's time for us to come up with something new or expand on something old that has NOT run its course yet.
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  46. I just revisited the sites ranked by @theblackboard to start this conversation and found that 1/2 of the discussion forums mention are dead: The Black Board Community Forum (www.theblack-board.com) The domain name redirects to another website. A search on the community name yields no results. So I assume this discussion forum is no longer active. Black Visions (www.blackvisions.org/) The link from the homepage to the community is broken. After finding an alternative path to the discussion forum, I see that the most recent post is from August of 2018. Cocoa
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  47. This is true. But in recent years I see less evidence of it here, as social media is where most Black people engage now. I used to get a LOT more white supremist trolls activity here and even hate mail -- including physical mail, but essentially none in the last year or two.
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  48. Please share this video and subscribe to The Tea's YouTube channel -- they produced the video.
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