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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. or what do you think about your thinking?
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  21. Deesha has made a limited number of signed copies of her National Book Award Finalist book of short stories, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. She has shared this on social media, but I could not, in good conscious, not share this information here. These copies will not last long for this first edition, with the AALBC Bestseller seal applied, (the book is already a bestseller for October).
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  23. Sure shooting someone for $5 during a robbery or taking an elderly woman's social security check is callous, but brushing off a quarter of a million bodies, as if it is nothing, takes callousness to a WHOLE nother level!
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  24. What is "right" has changed. The class distinctions in the way Black people dress, particularly the women, is quite pronounced today. Has rap had an influence on the culture, or is rap reflective of the culture? I think it is the later. The problem is it is reflective of a small portion of our culture and white people are the ones profiting off exploiting this small portion of the culture. White folk and many Black people them embrace this as if it is somehow reflective of the whole (stereotype). They do this at our expense and at no consequence to themselves.
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  25. I have never believed that most celebrities or Republicans luminaries who announced they've tested positive for Covid-19 are actually positive. Some just want attention or undeserved sympathy.
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  26. Google doesn't show me anything , but I rarely use their search engine .
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  27. December Solstice art or text craft parade The December Solstice is December 21st 11:19 pm EST or UTC-5 , it is the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere, summer in the southern hemisphere share photos of art OR text of fiction The photos can be to->sculpture/knitting or sewing/graffiti/tattoo or any craft depicting Black people in summer in the southern hemisphere, any country <south america/caribbean/africa/south asia/australia> OR Black people in winter in the northern hemisphere, any country <north america/europe/northern asia>
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  28. 1990 seems like yesterday hard to imagine it was 30 years ago. So mych has changed since then The list is missing a few stores that I know were open in 1990 at least two are still open Hakim's in Philly and Marcus in Oakland. National Memorial Bookstore is long gone the building ut wasnin was torn down years ago. Now there is a statue Memorializing Adam Clayton Powell.
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  29. Damn Candace! My feelings are hurt! You dare say that if any of us want to go back to Africa, you'd buy us a ticket? How freak'n dare you disrespect us and the Motherland where the gold, soil, diamonds and other rich resources were STOLEN and used to pave the way for what this ENTIRE WORLD is today! And that's not even including the strength, physique and beauty that we behold that has been and continues to be copied, stolen and promoted as 'beauty' just because 'they' say so. Get WOKE Candace! Go back to Africa as if Africa has nothing to offer? As if my people in Africa have
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  30. Man..I'm exhausted with all the '-----' going on in the world. Time to lighten the mood, lift some spirits, remissness, LOL! I want you to spit your drink out from laughing, fall off your chair, slobber out of control... cause you know how we do! You Can't make this stuff UP!! When you sit back and recall the funny things that come out of a child’s mouth, you can’t help but laugh. The innocence is priceless as you sit back and watch them try to figure out how to navigate the world. What I find even funnier is listening to them as they near adulthood – the conversat
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  31. To most people in Nigeria that is the face of FESTAC (Festival of African Culture). In actuality she is Iyoba Idia Esigie. It is a belt buckle made of Ivory honoring the Queen mother of Benin. https://guardian.ng/life/the-untold-tale-between-oba-esigie-and-iyoba-idia-of-benin/
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  32. Hello all so great to find an African-American authors community. I am including my first independently published book for review. It's more of an anthology or erotic memoir of a black love story. Since we know not all black love stories trail the path of roses and sunshine some of them build up to a story. I would really appreciate a book review for my labor of love. Note that this is Mature content and for Mature readers only. Here are the details: Book: Notes to a Negro Author: Anita Writes ISBN 13: 979-8670239592 Publication Date: July 28
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  33. Maybe it was. In fact, I might have subconsciously been motivated by my disappointment in Stan to write what I call Keyamsha the Awakening for that same reason. We live in a world of infinite possibilities of which we are living only one. In a parallel universe I might have tracked down Stan before he ventured into the great beyond and put some of this to him so we can get a definitive answer. Or maybe the answer lies somewhere in a book we haven't explored yet. It is kind of hard to let ol' Stan off the hook knowing that in 1960 appeared an English language version of a story by M
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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. I must say I am too busy running after my four children and practicing self restraint not to yell, so much so that I have nothing left to spend on bad news. I watch the news to see the weather so I can take those four little Akuabas to the park, or not. bad news depresses me. I know so I don't go looking to hear it.
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  37. Working remotely has it’s challenges. I think that when working with an English speaking Freelancer a video chat might be more efficient and effective. Here are two submissions that were created just from email conversations. If you are using images from the internet to express the characteristics you want make sure to let the artist know that the model isn’t your model and should just be used as a reference. This is to avoid copyright issues and complaints of unauthorized use of a persons image. I know that a lot of graphic artist and print shops just grab
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  38. I would like to live in this painting (the house by the river) with someone.
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  39. thought I listen to the book
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  40. 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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  41. For Immediate Release United States, 11th July 2020 [United States, 11th July 2020] - Author, Clarence Coggins, delights young children in this new story, Auntie I Don't Want You To Get Married: Danielle The Girl From New York, featuring passion, desire, and an attraction filled with love and humor that will charm all ages. This is the first installment of the
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  42. For Immediate Release Contact: Esther Productions, Inc At 202-829-0591 Esther Productions, Inc recently published ESTHER'S DISCOVER ME.. WITHOUT YOU BOOK Available April 4, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) - At last, we grasp the long-lasting effects of father absence through the voices of confident and powerful teen girls,” writes girls and women advocate Ana Acevedo in the preface of “Discovering Me…Without You: Teen Girls Speak About Father Absence.” In this groundbreaking book, published by Esther Productions Inc. Books, two dozen girls ages 14 th
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  43. Contact Name: D’Andre Walker Media Liaison fwoodwardpublishing@gmail.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Detective novel puts a turbulent post-rebellion Detroit at the forefront ‘The Man Across Eight Mile’ will publish on January 26, 2021 Farmington Hills, Michigan – Florence Woodward Publishing will release a new novel by Detroit born author, D’Andre Walker. ‘The Man Across Eight Mile’ is the story of Dominiq
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  44. Hi Everyone. I recently published a book about mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual stoicism of the African diaspora. There are 65 poems/letters, describing experiences of resilience and wrestling with all elements of health, while showing admiration and respect to elders. I am interested in a book review. Black Stoicism Morris Junior ISBN: 9781098305192 April 2020 https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Black-Stoicism1
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  45. 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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  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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  48. You are encouraged to share these memes to promote the #readingblack movement. Feel free to create and share your own
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