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    Cynique writes, "Tell all of my AALBC 'frienenemies' I said, "stay well." I know we all (at least I have) have been jonesing to read something from Cynique about the passing scene: “Welcome to 2020! I always knew things would catch up with this country, but I never imagined that I would be around to see it. Unlike some, however, i don't believe a conspiracy theory is at work via the new world order; the inevitable has just come to pass. I don't think the USA will ever be the same after this pandemic, and the shit is really gonna hit the fan come election time. But, whatever. I'll be doing good to even be around in November. So far, i haven't exhibited any corona symptoms and like everybody else, I'm social distancing myself on voluntary quarantine. If the virus doesn't get me, my intense loathing for Trump might bring me down. I.DESPISE.HIM. I can't believe how the Universe has put him in place as a leader during this time of crises. But with his luck, he might just emerge smelling like a rose when this new flu proves to be much ado about nothing and that the real disaster was our overreaction to it. Me and my cynicism do find the way the media is handling it to be a bit much. Yet, I have mixed emotions. In addition to the radiation being emitted by cell phone towers being the origin of the virus, another one of the theories out there on FaceBook is that if your ears are ringing, you are getting signals from unseen forces about to take over Earth, and my ears are really picking up a lot of static! Oh, well, i always did think I was an alien. And the bizarre supernatural activity that continues to occur within the walls of my bedroom in the middle of the night are very unnerving... “
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    @Chevdove I ditto that. Please don't edit youself cause two old fuddie duddies don't share your sense of humor. @Pioneer1 i always said the culture wants to feminize men. The more you can get men in the salons buying products and the stores buying trendy fashions, getting piercings and fancy hairstyles and their tie nails painted the more money you can make of them. The ideal of what is feminine is a white man's construct. This ideal is the one that you embrace @Pioneer1. Things changed substantially for white women as they gained more rights. Black wpmen benfited too but were never really considered the feminine idea... by the larger society.... but that what Black men are here for 😉
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    Lol....ASK and ye shall receive. Can a brutha get a drum-roll for his long awaited "official" statement on the Kareem situation? Look, whether or not Kareem is/was indeed a troll is not for me to say because I'm in no position to know for sure, however I WILL say this... Talking about being heavily armed and going out in blazes of glory not ony makes you a potential target but draws attention to whatever platform (organization, family, website, religion, ect.....) you express yourself in. And to a lesser degree even promoting certain conspiracies (whether they're true or false) will also draw attention to you AND the site you're on and that attention may not necessarily be from the people you want it from! Also, if you want to post something reckless you must understand that even after you've gone on, the problems your carelessness has caused remains for others to deal with. As I've gotten older I've learned that even if YOU don't give a damn about the consequences, it's always wise to be considerate of those around you and what THEY may have to endure after you're long gone. Also, we have to be careful about the term "troll" because it means too many things for too many people. For some, a "troll" is just someone who gets a kick out of annoying other people and will purposely say inflammatory things to get a reaction. For others, a "troll" is an agent sent into a community to purposely spread misinformation or post illegal information for the purposes of getting a site flagged and possibly in trouble. But in my opinion these type of individuals aren't "trolls" but AGENTS and should be refered to or atleast seen as such. Again, not pinning EITHER definition on Kareem because as far as I'm concerned he's a brother with strong opinion as far as I KNOW.....but since the subject came up I'm speaking on the issue in general.
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    @Pioneer1 I never left! I decided it was wiser to spend my time on other areas on this website, where I could help and also learn what others are doing in the book world. I don't argue with supremacist folks of any shade and for a while this forum (culture, race and economy) was traveling that path. Calling people coons, uncle toms, ni--ers, colonizers, crackers, (dang there are'nt many derogatory names for Angles that don't include them being in a superior position over black folks, is there? LOL but I digress)- because of their differing life perspective doesn't help any of us. Black Supremacy is as hateful as white supremacy. Hate and fear are way too draining, divisive and mentally harmful. If we couple that with Alex Jones-type alternative theories especially the unsolvable theories then we're all doomed. I'm all for considering alternative theories but if they are not meant to help us evolve then what? For example, if coronavirus is engineered/modified. - SO WHAT? A lot of viruses are engineered/modified for health reasons - such as gene therapy. For years domestic animals such as cats and dogs have been vaccinated against the coronavirus . Are we talking about that modified virus? Anyway, if we're going to talk about solutions then I'm all in...but just talking about what somebody is allegedly doing to us - makes us victims...and I ain't got time to talk about reinforcing my victimization.
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    I am in complete agreement with you. Why did booksellers, writers, and independent publishers decide to hand their power over to one distributor? When "B" started the business he said that he was going to destroy the book business first. He said it would be easy, because it was full of English Majors.
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    I know I'm late to the party and y'all done ate up all the chips and dip and drank all the punch, too!! But, I thought I'd add a little something - and something quite different than most of what's been shared. I'm an older Brother, who digs a lot of what has been posted already, but a couple of friends (who don't know each other and have different tastes) have recently turned me on to some music that some here at AALBC might dig. First up, the 'British' (really Afro-Caribbean) saxophone player Shabaka and the Ancestors. Most of the band members are from South Africa and they are jamming. A brief introduction: This is one tune: https://youtu.be/TnkjcS_yTfA For a more extensive experience, here's their live performance from a couple years ago, which I really enjoyed. https://youtu.be/IU4vpE2eGho Damani
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    DISCUSSION FORUMS STELLAR - SCREEN FATIGUE IS THE PROBLEM Before I let you know why I haven't been participating in the discussion forums, I want to express my gratitude to African American Literature Book Club. I found my editor and publicist here. Troy did the research to include the WBAI David Rothenberg interview on my author’s page, even though I had forgotten to send it to him. The review that was published on AALBC, though not completely positive, was professionally written. A professional review gives the reviewer’s opinion of the book with supportive evidence from the book while giving enough information for the reader to decide if s/he is interested in the book. The reviewer did that, which resulted in sales of An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones. One of those sales resulted in a reunion with a beloved writer mentee. Another sale resulted in a fine correspondence—which continues until this day—with an admirer of the book who has also been very supportive of my career. Thank you. I was briefly on Facebook and LinkedIn for business, but ran away screaming. Facebook seemed intrusive to me. After I left, they followed me for six months online. LinkedIn sent emails to everyone in my inbox, which resulted in contact from someone I never wanted to hear from in this life or the next. Although I am still on Goodreads, I am not very active. When I visited their forums I was appalled at the childishness of the exchanges. It reminded me of third grade playground fights. Then I came to this community. Discussions were at a high level, included sources, and--whether I agreed with the writers or not--the conversations were always civil. There was so much variety, and you could start a new topic. Engaging people with differing perspectives was exhilarating. I will never forget the series of discussions Troy, another community member, and I had with a young man about his views on gay people. We didn’t change his mind, but I hope he at least reexamined his beliefs. Who could forget the life changing discussions about “A” and its devastating effect on booksellers, readers, and writers? Your discussion forums increased my brain cells. I spent days creating responses in my head. Then I typed them up in Word and revised them. After that, I cut and pasted them into the forums. Recently, I created a STAY AT HOME RESOURCE KIT on my website for my email list. I will discuss the details of that in another post. I think a custom tailored version of it would work for other writers. One element of the kit included recommended links. Here is what I put on my website: Discover the joys of the 21st Century’s version of the 18th Century salon. Then I copied the block of text from AALBC’s website giving details about the site and put the link on my website. For the past two years, I have been giving readings of An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones for Black History Month Programs at libraries and added a college this year. In addition, I also scheduled my first Women’s History Month Program this year, which was postponed because of COVID-19. Wherever I go, I have been telling writers and readers about your website, with particular mention of the forums. In other words, although I wasn’t on the forums, I was sending as many people to them as I could. I don’t think the discussion forums can be improved. They are already excellent. The problem lies not with your discussion forums, but with my screen fatigue. Like most people, I spend a great deal of time on screens: the computer and the phone. I don’t have a TV, but watch movies, documentaries, TV programs, and videos on the computer. I am looking forward to watching an Oscar Micheaux film on Youtube later tonight. Except for occasional trips to bookstores, most of my research is done on a computer screen at home or at the library. I don’t have other devices, but still spend more time than I’d like on screens. When I was working on An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones, I had to get special computer glasses to ease the fatigue of reading the digital proof files my copy editor sent me. I felt as if I my eyeballs were walking on sand. I am wearing those glasses now. After awhile, I don’t want to see another screen. I just want to put on my regular glasses, sit in my wing chair, prop my feet on the footstool, and read Looking for Lorraine. (If this ends up with a "tag"[I don't think that's the correct term-my research described the "at" sign with the name as a tag] it will be another accident.)
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    Legendary pianist died.
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    @Chevdove you were probably to young to remember tbe concert Wattstax. They made a documentary film in the 70s with same name. I saw the film in the theater and I recall wnjoying it a great deal. I own the DVD -- check it out
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    Black Santa Prank I hope I don't offend anyone, but if so, please let me know so I can make amends here. A few months back, my son showed me this youtube, and because, on a more sober note, I am sharing a deep message about the true oppressions of this ancient history about Ole Saint Nick, and because these 'comic relief' made me laugh, I thought it okay to share a little light hearted youtube about this spin off of 'Black Santa'-- or maybe Brown Santa, or maybe even White Santa... My son showed me this youtube in the parking lot while getting fuel and I thought it was so hilarious, I laughed till I cried. And I just ran across another one I also thought was pretty funny. So here they are:
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    Troy you can't assume the average person is going to see things as clearly as you. Case in point Donald Trump becoming President. Also his approval rating has crashed. Although I don't know where it is now.
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    Troy It is why i don't find Madea film very funny. If you've seen on you've seen them all. But i get why owople find this stuff funny, so I dont try to kill anyone's "buzz." Not only don't I find the Madea character funny, I find it down right offensive. Just another attempt to "masculinize" the image of AfroAmerican women and make them look less lady-like. This masculinization of AfroAmerican women ain't new. I believe Sojourner Truth during a speech showed the audience her titties and said, "Ain't I a woman too?" in response to the way so many sisters were mistreated in those days. People wonder why a Caucasian police officer pulls over a Black woman and beats her or kills her but perhaps he had the character of a loud, angry, masculine brutish Black woman in his head from those Madea flicks and others like them. It used to be an insult among children to say "your mother wears combat boots" because of what it implied. When it became acceptable and even desirable for so many older Black women to be portrayed as "stong" and "mannish" I'm not sure. On a lighter note, I actually DO have a level of respect for our brother Tyler Perry for his business skills and charitable work. So I give credit to where credit is due.   Chev So therefore, I won't post anything like this anymore. Lol....... My comments weren't meant to be a reprimand, they were just my opinions. I'm actually GLAD you started this thread and posted those videos because it opened up a conversation about things I wanted to express! As far as Eddie Murphy and Martin....... It's one thing to put on a dress and act like a woman (FOR ACTING ONLY) once or twice in one's career, but it's an entirely different thing to make a CULTURE out of it like Tyler Perry did. When you know Hollywood has a history of attempting to demasculinize and even dehumanize you, how much money could they pay you to sell your soul like that?   Walkman Your dislike of Black buffoonery and coonery has less to do with age and more to do with common sense and a sense of self respect that a person SHOULD have at any age. I found shit like that offensive even in my 20s. I remember going into barbershops and laundry mats where Jenny Jones and Jerry Springer were on television and I'd request them to turn the channel to more respectable programming. Most people with basic common sense would find attempts to criminalize and dehumanize them offensive but then again, many of our people don't have a lot of sense so perhaps they don't know when they're being insulted.
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    i always did think I was an alien. Well, she's not alone in that belief...lol. Glad to see she's alive and hopefully doing well.
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    True. I never watched much of Eddie Murphy but yes, these skits reminds me of him. I do remember he did something like this Mr. Rogers skit. My reaction to these vides was, like Madea. For me, it was kind of like 'a knee jerk reaction'. I thought the few Madea films I watch were funny, but after watching the first few, I stopped altogether. Again, @Pioneer1 For me, this was a knew jerk reaction. As I was watching, I thought it was funny but, yes, all the while, I thought, in the back of my mind, this is like 'a black face' or a minstel show. I remember years ago, I watch Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy doing their Drag Queen and I thought it was funny, but I was abruptly 'corrected' by some Black men! They responded that it was offensive to see Black men mock Black women, and it was SOOooo awakening for me. So therefore, I won't post anything like this anymore.
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    LATEST BLOW TO BOOK INDUSTRY Update- 3/31/2020 - “A” has ordered a few books from a publisher I know, one tenth of their usual order. There is no such thing as a “kind” slave master. Sell your books through your own website. Hello from Amazon, We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its impact on our customers, selling partners, and employees. We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock. With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock and deliver these products to customers. Beginning today you will see: Reduced Purchase Orders: We have temporarily paused ordering for products that are not household staples, medical supplies, or other high demand products. Extended delivery windows for existing purchase orders: We have extended the shipment/delivery windows for some existing purchase orders to give you more time to fulfill the order. Please ship your products toward the end of the extended window. This will be in effect today through April 5, 2020, and we will let you know once we resume regular operations. We understand this is a change to your business, and we did not take this decision lightly. We are working around the clock to increase capacity, and on March 16 announced that we are opening 100,000 new full- and part-time positions in our fulfillment centers across the US. We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the above products for our customers. Thank you for your patience, Amazon (Okay, Troy and Mel, you were right. It is a tag. But the box with the pull up menu is on this screen, it's not on the other one.)
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    You mean a wish list on the profiles here? OK here is the thing; my shopping cart software is run by Big Commerce. The website is by Troy Johnson, and he discussion forums are by Invision Power. three separate databases. AALBC is really quite unique in that it is built by me. That offers many advantages and some disadvantages. Most web based book sellers use software from companies like Big Commerce to run their entire website. This provides the ability for anyone to run a bookstore but much less flexibility than a custom website. Software like big commerce is more likely to have a wish list feature because that is a popular feature for ecommerce sites. Since the forum and my shopping cart are developed by two different vendors tying these features together would be tough. Other platforms used by online book stores include shopify (which I can't use because it really is not designed to integrate easily with existing websites), and the platform provided by Indiebound for ABA member brick and Mortar bookstores. I'm not aware of another web based book store using a custom designed website and database, as AALBC does. Most websites running discussion forums use discussion forum software to run the entire website. I thought about tying the logins created here to the rest of the website, but now that I'm collecting customer information through bookstore sales, it might be better to use those logins. I;ll look info it -- thanks for the idea @Mel Hopkins
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    Plus they lock poor people up when they can't post bond. New York City has hundreds if not thousands of people locked up awaiting trial because they can't make bail. Kalief Browder spent two years, most if it in solitary, because he could make make bail of $500 (i think it was $500 but it was something small). He was ultimately found innocent, but ended up killing himself because the experience drove him mad.
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    I can't any more than I can explain to you how the warpage of space/time causes the Earth to revolve around the Sun. You see the entire planet reacting to Covid19 in ways they do not act in reaction to the flu. You are so distrusting of all the planets doctors and scientists that you would ignore all of these signals indicating how highly contagious and potentially deadly this virus is and dismiss them as a conspiracy or stupidity. I'm sure there is NOTHING I can say that will help you understand. No, there would be nothing negative about it. Sometimes the different perspectives help me think about things differently. When humans come into contact with one another there is risk of fighting. Crowd them into really harsh conditions and you will have conflict. People wanna blame poor Black people for the higher levels of crime in their neighborhood, but when you live in a big house, with land, and everything you need you don't; need to bop you neighbor over the head for their welfare check. @Chevdove, of course I did not have malintent against Kareem. Honestly, I think he was in a bad mood that day, because I've been critical of his sources in the past and this did not cause him to leave in a huff before. Look, the man posts a video of some guy purportedly being thrown out of a store for wearing a mask;he takes the video at face value and rans with it. I wouldn't do this, because this is how fake news and conspiracies propagate. Some people are inclined to believe in conspiracies and I understand this, but you can't continue to entertain a conspiracy when there is a preponderance of facts, science, and objective evidence which rejects the conspiracy. Some people really believe the world is flat. There are sources on the web to support this belief. Now if someone wants to assert that the world is flat then leave the forum because I strongly rejected their world view and there evidence in favor of reality, is that being closed minded and dogmatic?
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    I've changed my opinion on things based upon what I've read here 🙂
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    Neither did I @Chevdove, but people have to make their own decisions. If your ideas can not be questioned or challenged then this is not the forum for -- indeed no open forum would be. Sometimes people take (or make) disagreement personally. Others just want their worldview supported; social media is vast and it is very easy to find filter bubbles that support any world view, where these people would be happier. Of course forums need participants to survive, but having one in which there can be no expression of and working through the differences in opinion is not one I'm interested in running or participating in. Expressing differences is easy, working to getting closer to truth is a heck of a lot harder.
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    Wow! I see people wearing masl in Walmart and other stores all of the time! I was also told that police are writing tickets for people who gather more than 50+. And, I just read that New Orleans is becoming an epi center fast. Yes, both 'mistrust' and 'misinformation' Things are happening so fast.
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    Ok so you two @Chevdove and @Pioneer1 are breaking down the history in very comprehensive ways, with lots of details. There seem to be a lot of sticking points about dates/time periods and nomenclature. But otherwise there's some agreement here. I admit I'm more of a recent history guy (1600-present) versus ancient like you two. I do consider myself a Biblical scholar, but as Pioneer alluded to, its not 100% factual. But from what I'm reading, the both of you seem to agree in the existence of "Black Dravidian Asians." Is that fair to say? If so then I need to read up some on this subject matter before I can comment further. The words black and Asian combined is weird in and of itself. I assume these people had kinky/nappy hair? The second preliminary conclusion I'm getting, based on both of your comments, is that the Black Dravidians did in fact play a role in creating today's "Caucasians" aka white people? If not, correct me. Again I'll contribute more to this discussion once I learn more about our Dravidian cousins. They are not original, meaning they didn't come into existence naturally. Is that what you're saying? This is/was my position from the beginning. I always felt white people (Europeans) usurped the term "Caucasian" from the people of Georgia, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, etc. But this whole discussion even calls that into question. I believe Pioneer's position is that Arabs and Europeans are Caucasian. Make sense. Just more to wrap our heads around.
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    @Troy https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-coronavirus-cases-surge-spring-breakers-express-regret-n1168686 Your boy is pulling back on his statements haha
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    Troy Still, I trust them on vaccines because we've seen polio, whooping cough and other diseases disapoear ... at least until recently. Many of these diseases disappeared not because of vaccines but because of better living conditions. People raising their meats and poultry better, washing their hands more, taking more baths, and better nutrition.....making them less susceptible to disease in the first place. Many of the diseases you mentioned were unheard of in Africa or the Americas BEFORE the coming of Caucasians because the people tended to live more in harmony with nature and their diets were superior to what so many of us eat today so they were much more healthy and balanced. Kareem I know I'll die later in a shootout, but I'd rather die with dignity like that versus trusting cops to act like humans. With THIS shit going around....... A person probably WOULD be better off taking their chances getting it over with from a gunshot to the head rather than laying up in some crowded hospital bed (or on the floor) slipping in and out for days before finally expiring. People are just scared to talk about anything contrary to what government feeds them. I'm not. I'm always the guy screaming alone versus the obedient crowd. The entire purpose of this is FEAR. The more you instill fear in the public the easier they are to manipulate. You wouldn't believe how many people I've met who are BEGGING for Marshal law today. They actually want the state and national goverment to "protect" them forcing EVERYBODY in their homes for a few weeks and putting the military on the streets to enforce this in hope that this thing will be over quickly. A week ago Trump was talking about shutting down America and made plans for it, but now they've done such a good job scaring the public that when he gets on television talking about loosening the restrictions and opening up America by Easter... the public is now saying "NO! NO!" They WANT him to shut everything down and keep everyone in their homes and even encouraging him to use marshall law! Reminds me of a Pimp and his ho..... At first the girl is scared and trying to get away but after dropping his psychology on her, in just a few months he can't RUN her away! He goes upside her head and drives her off and she's back within 24 hours. Not only does she stay with him but she actually starts recruiting OTHER girls for him and eventually starts telling him how soft he's getting and how much harder he should be on them....lol. Am I lying? Cuban doctors sent a drug called Interferon to China and it apparently works to cure coronavirus as China is getting back to normal I remember this drug because from the 90s when Dr. Alim Muhammad of the Nation of Islam was using it to treat (and cure) HIV patients!   Delano Trump wants to end the isolation. Don't believe this populist rhetoric. Trump and his administration along with other government officials are the ones who made this a big deal and said this was a "war" and the biggest threat since World War 2. Now he's sitting in a chair telling a reporter that the flu killed more people than this did but didn't warrant the nation being shut down....lol. Actually this is what the American people were saying weeks ago in response to HIS and the government's draconian measures. He's just trying to echo it so when the shut down comes he can look like the one who didn't want it.
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    Yes, it is a jacked up position to be in. They've lied so much overvthe ceruries you'd be a fool not to assume they are lying when they say anything. "White man speak with forked tongue." Still, I trust them on vaccines because we've seen polio, whooping cough and other diseases disapoear ... at least until recently. I also believe Covid19 is real too. Mainly because the alternative theories seem too far fetched to me.
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    Street smarts? Lol...... If they were THAT smart, why are they still on the streets?
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    This is Ready Steady Go, a very popular music show in the UK from the mid 60s, a Otis Redding special. Enjoy.
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    Sup @Chevdove. That's A LOT to read and respond to! LOL! Very in-depth, interesting stuff. I'm going to need a day or two to absorb all that and @Pioneer1's subsequent responses. This is a fascinating topic (origin of "white" people). I'll be back later tonight.
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    @Kareem who is behind that blog? It is full of misinformation. The opening paragraph should give you a clue" "The United States has about 14,000 infections and 200 deaths. That means Americans as of today have a .0043% chance of contracting the virus and a .000062% chance of dying from it." No, pecent infection does not equal probability of contraction. This reasoning is a function of a failed education system or a deliberate attempt to mislead people. Whatever the motivation it is bad. @Pioneer1 i joking said that Africans are immune myself, but there are demographic reasons to help explain this that have nothing to do with melanin. We know younger people are less effected than the old. African countires are much younger than European and asian countires like italy and china. We also pretty sure the outbreak started in chins and it makes sense that the epicenter with a much older population would be impacted much more severly. Than a young, less mobile, population much further away -- At least at the early stage. Think critically and view everything on the web with skepticism.
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    Troy There is no scientific evidence that human civilizations have been here for millions of years. It depends on who's "science" you choose to believe. I don't believe much of Western science because it changes too much. The so-called educated leaders of Western society FIRST claimed that man was no longer than 6,000 years old and that humanity started with Adam. THEN when they found some old bones in Africa they kept changing the dates and going back further and further. Science is supposed to be based in truth and facts. Historical truth doesn't "change"; so if you had to change a "fact" as you received more information then it wasn't a fact to begin with.....which in my opinion makes your credibility concerning any other information you offer questionable. But I agree, Western civilization will absolutely collapse. We can debate the timeframe, but it will happen and we are seeing indications of it today. Yes sir, and I say good riddance. The faster it collapses the sooner OUR civilization rises. Del what astrological prediction are you following? Naadi Astrology, originating from among the Asiatic Black man (Dravidian) of India.
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    I'm sure that is the least sanitized place on the planet right now lol.
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    Just checking in with the family. I haven't posted in a while because I've had a lot on my plate and spare time is dedicated to sleep, lol. Hope everything is going reasonably well with you considering the global "crisis" that seems to have been developed over the past few weeks.
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    @Troy I have not checked my email in weeks! Nevertheless, just as some of the posters here in this forum, my initial draw to this community is because I want to come to a place where African American book writers and scholars and everyone else comes to contribute because I feel it will help me develop myself as I would like to publish a book one day. Also, my interest and passion revolves around my African American culture, so this was a great draw for me. This is good.
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    Chev Although I've been in churches for various social and political events, it's been yeeeaaars since I've attended a formal religious setting in chuch. Judging by what you've related in the above post, I see I haven't missed too much....lol. Same old games and shinanigans going on in the Black church that have been going on for decades. It was only a few months ago while I have visited this church that a young girl has recently began to visit and she happens to be extremely dark skinned and unusually beautiful. And, although I have seen dark skinned ‘Black’ girls of whom had this similar striking beauty, to my surprise, and in my opinion, she beats all. I have never seen any African American girl that has her presence and not only that, What has amazed me since my school days is how well women can tell OTHER beautiful and attractive women when they see them. Most men (unless they're gay or bi) don't seem to be able to tell another handsome or attractive man when they see one. I saw men who I JUST KNEW women would be all over them, but when the women didn't react that way I thought they would and I ask them they'll start talking about the shape of the man's head or his teeth how he has shifty eyes or some other feature I had no idea they even noticed.....lol. I've left girls alone because I figured I didn't have much of a chance against some "pretty boy" who I THOUGHT looks so good that she would just go crazy and hop in his lap! And when she didn't even smile at him and I later ask her why....... "Are you serious? He's got orange teeth and a big sloppy ass! Why would I take a nigga like dat home to my family?" As ridiculous as this may seem, well, the older pastor has seemingly completely ‘lost his mind’. In just a few weeks, he has insulted his beautiful wife in front of the church and the two of them actually got into a shouting match in service. He shared with the church from the pulpit that both he and his wife have children before they married and the First Lady of the Church, his wife, was visibly seen to not agree with this type of open exposure in front of the Church. The pastor told the Church from the pulpit that he committed adultery years ago and that his wife forgave him but, her response moments later shows otherwise. Another week came, however, and the pastor was absent and ended up in the emergency room because he later said that he over did it during a workout session in his attempt to get his youthful physique back. From what you've said, the wife didn't have a problem with his past adulterous affairs so much as she had a problem with CURRENT FOOLISH BEHAVIOR. I remember one pastor who's daughter had a breast removed for some reason or another and the pastor actually pointed to her during service and talked about how his daughter had her "titty cut off" . The woman was so embarrassed. You'd be surprised (or maybe not) of what comes out of the mouth of some negroes when you put them infront of a microphone. But your pastor's wife probably can pick up on some sort of sexual attraction that Pastor is having for this young dark sister and she doesn't like it one bit. All of his attempts to distract and "throw off" the scent makes it even more ridiculously obvious....lol. The subconscious and almost uncontrolable resentment you feel towards dark skinned women who are beautiful is easily explained...... You see my dear sister, THIS world (started by Yacub and his disciples) was built on the principle of White Supremacy so for thousands of years it has trained it's societies to promote and uplift light skin and condemn dark skin. It's ingrained in the social and religious systems of this world (Yacub's world) that dark= evil and wicked and inferior where as it's taught that light=goodness and purity and superiority. So when you see dark people being smart or beautiful or brave, it sets up conflict in your mind because the TRUTH that you're actually seeing goes against the racist indoctrination of your subconscious mind. This is why if you notice a lot of Caucasians love promoting stupid and ugly AfroAmericas. They'll promote them on jobs, promote them on television, promote their music, ect..... What they're really promoting is Black negativity and inferiority because it re-enforces the concept of White Supremacy. Promoting smart and beautiful Black people would be in direct contradiction to this.
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    Now,that's more like it. Hello and welcome to Marion Hill,Florenza Lee and Lori Elayne.
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    In general I have little to no arguments or discussions. However I am glad you posted this.
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    Troy Well, it looks like I popped back in at the right time....lol. Like you, unless they're promoting something.....I too question why so many people waste their time registering just to make a post or two and then disappear. Especially when there's so much going on in our community to talk about and get off your chest. I believe many of these posters are trolls and agents who are "spying" on the site and realizing that you much be registered to get access to certain features and information...they'll register just to get deeper in the game. But if your looking for solid answers to why such little traffic in the discussion forum...... I've said it time and time again but I don't think many people believe (or want to believe) it, but this site is too "intellectual" for a lot of our people. Too many tend to love high emotion and drama. They love sites where there is a lot of gossip, insults, and threats flying back and forth. They like sites where people can "clique-up" and form online gangs where they attack eachother over silliness. They also like sites where the moderators are more hands-on and when I say "hands on" I'm not talking about simply participating in the discussions are you do but hands-on in the form of heavy handed moderating where people who are not liked or offering unpopular opinions are banned or posts are deleted. It makes them feel more comfortable and they also like the power of being able to call on an authority figure to get someone else in trouble. People should really be taking advantage of your online bookstore since so many bookstores across the nations are shutting down due to this man-made "pandemic".
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    Hello Everyone, My apologies for not being as visible as I could be. Life has thrown me in more ways than I ever could have imagined. That being said, I am super excited for all that is taking place and for the path being an indie author has created. I thank those who have paved the way and continue to do so. What's new for me? Well, I have three books in illustration with another 12 fully edited and ready to go. For those who have followed me, know that initially, my MC were various animals. Just recently, I added on actual people and more recently, children of African American and Latino decent. I have also published my first two chapter books (one is a book of faith) that are doing extremely well. I am also actively promoting my second annual book festival! This is super exciting news. For those who have written chapter books, have you ever considered turning the book into a script for a movie? If so, what was your experience. I am chatting with two producers now and would like any insight you may be able to share. This comment is for Troy. Troy, is than an app for the site that I may add to my phone to have instant access? This would greatly help me to be more active by being just a click away Florenza
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    Hello! I am brand spanking new to this forum. Like Mel-Robert, I simply stumbled across this forum while searching for sites that have a focus on books written by African- Americans, in my case, children's books," after a colleague of mine asked me why I was not on a list of African-American authors. I decided to investigate. I also released a self published book in late 2019 and wanted to bring attention to it and I know nothing about marketing. I have yet not had the opportunity to explore the other aspects of this forum, but I look forward to checking it out. Lori Elayne
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    This is crazy times! You see, this is one of the reasons I am glad I never developed a liking to wanting to travel far away, nevertheless, that nasty virus came over here anyway! One of my sons was over there!--in China! I prayed for him because he just would not listen to me. He was over there in December when this thing broke, but according to the news, the Chinese government kept it secret until after January when they knew they could not control it. I have been so stressed. You all just don't know. My son came back after January, and he was totally okay. But, I was telling him and he never even knew what I was talking about! LOL. Last week, he contacted me and said, "Mom, be careful. There's this new virus going around called Coronavirus..." I was like, "BOY! I told you that when you were in China!!! Man!" he said, Oh really... smh.
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    Good idea Troy. Be nice to see some other members posting for a change. Hope it works.
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    What's up man? The pandemic has different reacts depending upon where you live. NYC is shutting down. The college I teach has cancelled all instruction for a full week and will then resume all classes online. They have shut down Broadway theaters, museums, at events too numerous to count. Stores have no hand sanitizers, cleaning products, toilet tissue, water, etc. many people are wearing masks. My boy told me about a guy that sneezed without covering his mouth. He got cursed out and almost caught a beatdown. In Florida, some events have been cancelled but walking around in stores it is just a regular day unlike NYC where civil society is beginning to break down.
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    Well, I agree with what you said, partially, in that, "The Israelis today claim to be Ashkenazis and the chosen people of God. But their own Torah (Old Testament) says they are "gentiles" in those aforementioned verses You mind talking more about our journeys into the Caucasus? . I'm trying to draw a timeline to understand this better." Pioneers definition of CAUCASIAN absolutely fits today's world, but it is also completely admitted by scholars today, in that the term for White Europeans in these modern times as being CAUCASIAN stems from a movement. This term revolves around 'a racial construct', from what I can see but this term originally did not apply to White people. I think one of the best examples in this movement may from my research might be understood with a comparison to another term. What do you think about or imagine when you hear the term to refer to SOUTH AFRICANS? Today, we know that this term CAN apply to White Europeans who have been a part of South African for many decades since the Colonial times, however, the ORIGINAL SOUTH AFRICANS still exist in South Africa amongst these White 'SOUTH AFRICANS'. The origins of the White 'SOUTH AFRICANS' does NOT directly stem from all of the White Europeans intermixing 'sexually' with these Africans, but they migrated down into South Africa and dominated over the original South Africans. This modern RACIAL CONSTRUCT OF TODAY'S 'SOUTH AFRICANS' [White] would absolutely not define their origins as steming directly from sexual selection with the Black indigenous South Africans who also came to be in South Africa at a much earlier time. So, the origins of the ORIGINAL CAUCASIANS becomes relative to a certain time period in how they came to exist and then yes, intermix with White people who now are called CAUCASIANS. But as PIoneer did reply, he does not really believe this process in the way that I have explained it, however, he does contradict himself, IMO, but he won't admit it.
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    This is a delayed reaction-- I would have never thought in a million years that two African American men had something to do with the kind of music that the Rolling Stones played.
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    Looking for a good read this weekend? Look no further! Take a space bakkie ride to Cape Town to encounter aliens, Africans in space, gender bending shamans, and enchanted waters. Set in post-Apartheid South Africa, no fiction collection is complete without a story or two about Nelson Mandela with an Afrofuturistic twist. Feminist and womanist, Colin Cloud Dance's strong African women characters create a new South African future. Colin Cloud Dance's Cape Town Curios is a collection of stories which transports readers into the heart of South Africa. These are Urban Fantasy tales of the weird, the supernatural, and even the alien...Cloud Dance's Cape Town Curios is an Afrofuturistic collection which I highly recommend. - Valjeanne Jeffers, author of Immortal and Mona Livelong. The cover is certainly a standout in this collection of South African stories infused with speculative fiction...If you’re curious about African culture and how it might morph into the speculative, Cape Town Curios is a book for you. -Eugen Bacon, author of Claiming T-Mo and Writing Speculative Fiction. Available now from MVmedia and anywhere books are sold! #afrofuturism #blackscifi #urbanfantasy https://www.mvmediaatl.com/
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    I just finished Genesis Starts Again. It is a novel written for preteens but I would absolutely recommend it to older readers and even adults. I currently rereading The Mis-Education of the Negro because if it actively speaks to our current predicament, I'm going to actively sell it in the real world. I'm also read The Famished Road as it generally regarded to be a great work of literature and I need to read some great literature now. I was pleased to discover my copy was signed to me by Ben Okri years ago (I'd forgotten 🙂)
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    Speaking of "authority" check out this book coming out next month:
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