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    Azacotogan What you don't seem to see is that if I have to "provide evidence" of African concepts to an "African" then it is already a lost proposition. ....and most of our people are lost. The fact that most Africans in the West are "lost" to the knowledge of not only their own culture and spirituality but indeed THEMSELVES should be enough reason to readily provide valuable knowledge to any African who sincerely enquires. I am an African, not black, as you called yourself. There's HUGE difference from a psychological perspective. You're new to this site. If you stick around a while you'll realize that I actually DO call myself an African. I just use the term "Black" in conversation with many people to avoid confusion because despite it being an innaccurate term, it is the most commonly understood term for our people in English speaking society. But it's clear now you're not going to get it. Maybe not now....... I used karma as a reference because most have a general idea of it but not because the two are parallel Kind of like how I use the terms "African" and "Black". Where are you getting information from? There is no African culture that I know of that has this stance on these things. It certainly isn't like that in Vodun. You are just speculating. There is so much more to these things in Vodun but you write as though you have it all figured out. Smh. But you are focusing on karma. The article is about salawa Exactly what part of my statement that you are commenting on is false or inaccurate? You think that I have to share certain experiences I've had with you as strong evidence that what I'm saying is correct? No, you don't "have" to. But it would be nice. You come on here and promote your spiritual concepts yet refuse to share key aspects of the spiritual abilities you should be receiving from it. Anybody who is able bodied can just "go through the motions" but how do we KNOW that what we practice is truly spiritually transforming if it doesn't bring you face to face with THE spiritual kingdom? Are you serious? Yes, show me the money. That's your criteria? Part of it. That could easily be made up. I could tell you anything and you would have no way of truly knowing if what I'm telling you is the truth. However I've dealt with spirituality and spiritual people enough to recognize whether or not your experiences share the same patterns with those who ARE legitimate.....which would lend more credibility to your claims.   Not clear what you're referring to but in general if an African refers to themselves as any kind of american then caucasians have succeeded in conquering their Ori African is a race, American is a nationality....the two can easily be reconciled.
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    Your question also contained assumption which I don't really do. But as a question I answer it with a resounding no. Before I proceed, I will say that OTHER people have a right to call themselves what they want. I prefer it that way because it let's me in on how they think. Thus, I know full well what I'm dealing with. Once again, it was rather unusual to hear someone refer to themselves as Afro American. Now, I hear comments like the one you made all the time. Again, OTHER people have the right to identify with what they want or say they don't have an identity. But "we" cannot include all of us because there are MANY of us now who know exactly where we come from to the tee if you will. But most black Americans or afro Americans or African Americans either are not going to make the effort often because they don't care to. I know many people who can tell you EXACTLY who they are. You used the word akata. I have gotten into it with Yoruba people about this word. I let them know, in YORUBA, that they are probably descendants of the AKATA that sold our ancestors into captivity. But truth of the matter is they use that term to refer to BLACK AMERICANS not primarily because of the identity thing but mostly because of thr lack of interest in true and authentic Afrikan culture by said group. I originally found this out while attending an event many years ago in Atl. The Yoruba were all in the living room and akata was brought up. As usual, I went to check them. As I was checking them I thought to myself "but they just said what they said in front of me knowing full well I could overstand them". The chief went on to tell me it was because they never viewed ME as an akata. I asked why. Two men stated in their own terms that it was because I had come back to reclaim my culture as a birthright. It was because I did not beg the Yoruba or worship them like black Americans tend to. It was that I demanded what was mine among some other things that were said. Of course I still checked them and they never did that in front of me again. You make a point. You stated our true identity probably cannot be expressed in English. What do you suggest? And for clarity, when WE use the terms African American and black American it is by intentional design. We use it to reference a mentality moreso than an identity.
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    Confrontational? That's also interesting. It reminds me we are in an age whereas there is no fire. You have plenty of people who take things personally and ASSUME something is confrontational just because they may detect something in A question or comment that may challenge their beliefs intentional or not. Anyway, I was just curious because I don't think I've heard the term AfroAmerican in a very, very long time. In fact, it probably was from watching old footage from the 60s or something like that. Didn't know people still used that term. And I guess I've always wondered how Afro was taken from Afrikan. Thanks for answering though. It's good to know what's out here at the least.
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    Greetings to All. We look forward to seeing more interesting posts like this. Thanks for providing a forum for our people.
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    True Dat. You're on a roll my Brother! I think even Cynique would be proud 🙂
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    Don't forget Colin Ferguson....who was inspired to catch the Long Island train. https://www.thoughtco.com/colin-ferguson-long-island-railroad-massacre-972712 Dr. Khalid Muhammad called Colin Ferguson a modern day Nat Turner. Similar to Nat who grew up being somewhat priviledged to a better education and surroundings than a lot of other slaves, Colin was from Jamaica and grew up somewhat wealthy and more priviledged than the average African in either Jamaica or the United States. There's something about a member OF an oppressed group who grows up with wealth or more priviledges than others in that group that seems to inspire the biggest revolutionaries. My reconing is that when you grow up priviledged and believing that you have the freedom and power and comfort to enjoy life and then become an adult and are slapped in the face with raw oppression and humiliation.....it doesn't sit as well with you as it does with those who grow up in poverty and learn to humbly accept it. You either commit suicide out of despair or start KILLING those you feel are causing your discomfort and problems. Perhaps one of the main reasons so many AfroAmericans are in the condition they are in in this society is because they have been so accustomed to poverty and being on the low end of society that it no longer becomes "intolerable" to them to the point they would rather die (either at their own hands or while attempting to take out their oppressors) than continue in that miserable condition.
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    This song and Baez's sound reminds me of Sheryl Crow, who I really like. I'll listen to more of Joan Baez based on your recommendation. There were a lot of folksy ladies like this in the early 1990s along with Sheryl Crow. The 10,000 Maniacs (Natalie Merchant) are also high on my early 90s favorites. Truth be told, one of my first girlfriends when I was very young was a white chick who played the violin. So 10,000 Maniacs kind of reminds me of that! But I've always loved the sound of violins and other string instruments (cello, viola, etc.). Nile Rodgers in the late 1970s used them all to perfection in his music, and it's always cute white chicks playing those violins and violas! Again there will never be another 70s or 80s. The talent to compose and perform the music, the love, the respect between black and white...all that cannot exist today...sadly. We tried so hard in the USA to fix racism in the 70s and 80s. The powers-that-be just didn't want that to happen. In sum...
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    "No one wants to pay for distraction, but they will pay if it's packaged as help." (me) How help is defined is tricky. It depends on the client/customer's wants. If your prospective customer wants to escape their environment, then consider if you, the independent author have the skills, resources, and experience packaged in your book to help. If your book is the solution, then show them how it can get what they want. In this case, adventure, exotic destination, and as a bonus, a mental place where they will experience something new. If your book doesn't qualify to assist, then recommend one that can and sell it to them. Note: selling is an exchange of goods and services for currency. (Currency could be signing up for your newsletter because they value your judgment.) You can increase your market to gain their trust and sell them what they want another time. This marketing mix relies on the SAVE* strategy. When marketing your book, consider a promotion campaign that features Solution, Access, Value, and Education. S = solution - show us how your product helps us solve our problem. A = access - consider how your readers decide to make purchases and provide product info along those channels. Remember, following customers around a store doesn't work - so don't cyberstalk your prospective buyer either. Think about affiliate marketing - advertisers want to appear where they know prospects are receptive to their solution. It's soft promotion because there's no one aggravating them, allowing the candidate to seek out information for themselves. V = value - ask how does this product (book) benefit your reader. Every book is not for everyone. So first find out who reads your type of books - and then share with them how your book fits their desires. E = education knowing who your readers are allows you to share information on topics they enjoy. If your book is a romance - then romance readers would be thrilled to learn the latest - like a romance industry gossip website will bring them to you - and you can engage and build a community around mutual interests. And this how you can position your book, product/service, in a way that helps them help you. "You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." ~ Zig Ziglar (salesperson, motivational speaker) *Eduardo Conrado, who was senior VP and the chief marketing officer at Motorola Solutions, allegedly came up with the SAVE marketing mix framework.
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    Have you previously shared info about Ganlodo here @Azacotogan? If not post a link.
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    @TroyIndeed. For many of our people yes that conquering is very much a reality. The facts you outlined are partially why we do what we do at Ganlodo. It's part of our mission. So I'll continue to be on here and other platforms showing our people it's ok to embrace your own ancestral culture. It's ok to reclaim our birthright and fix whatever issues may exist in the culture instead of ignoring them.
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    I want to thank everyone who took advantage of the Kindle give-away last Tuesday. See you on the other side, and GOOD READING! David doc Robertson www.daviddoc.com
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