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    Hi everyone, just want to wish everyone a safe weekend coming up and a sound piece of mind in these trouble times of ours. Have a safe weekend while not letting the sour times get in your mind, by destroying you mood, instead throw on some funky toons to get you in the up and coming weekend groove.... Jaws R.
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    Happy Hardcore Easter 🙂
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    Hey did you know that I'm A Proud Alumni of Medgar Evers College Class of 1996
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    Storytellers play the long game - "We must remember, we’re a civilization rooted in story-telling. We share information filled with iconic imagery, symbolism, and sounds. Celebrities are no different. They use the media to tell stories that voice their platform position or opposition." ~Melhopkinsdotcom
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    End of Poverty ?, the documentary by Philippe Diaz should be called how thugs ravage the land and have taken over the world. Imagine coming up with a concept for a book, writing a draft and then shipping the raw document to someone else - only to have to pay $14.95 to read the finish product. Except that is exactly what is happening in so called third world countries such as Kenya - "predatory capitalism" where the impoverished Kenyans work the land ship their raw materials for tea and coffee to other countries and never profit from it. I became interested in watching the documentary after seeing an interview clips from Confession of an Economic Hitman, author John Perkins. He talks about how he and others like him work on the behalf of multinational corporations to jack the land and resources from people in African countries... We're not free in this country - it's impossible to be - because no one will be free until everyone is free... Watch the documentary. Read the book, and then really begin to wake the Eff up!
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    I want to thank Mel Hopkins for her exhaustive review of Severed, A Novel. I am so grateful for her insights. It's fascinating to see how people interact with my characters. It's even more intriguing when they see things I did not see myself. Watch her space. She's up and coming. We need more writers like her who are willing to put the time in, to be thoughtful, critical, yet supportive. Thank you, Mel. You do me the greatest honor, to critique a novel written for Black women.
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    Kiese Laymon: A Writer's Writer Writing takes far more than talent to be great. One most also possess courage to be at the top of her craft. At least that's the takeaway from the essay "You Are the Second Person" by Kiese Laymon. Laymon is identified as an essayist and novelist but a few paragraphs into "You Are the Second Person" you begin to realize those aren’t just his job titles, he’s the embodiment of those skills. Prior to reading his essay, the definition of hack eluded me. Now I know it identifies someone who eschews writing for expression and instead kowtows to a publisher for a check. Check out Guernica Magazine and "You're Are the Second Person"
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    Why White Folks Love Hidden Figures by BAR editor and columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo “It’s a feel good movie that demonstrates that even during one of the vilest and most racist periods of American history white saviors rose to the occasion.”
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    yesterday was the anniversary of the first time a us president lived in washington d.c. and that president was... john adams:) Today is the greatest elongation between mercury and the sun, that means today mercury will appear farthest from the sky than any time after until the next greatest elongation Tomorrow is a lunar penumbral eclipse. MEaning the moon will go across the penumbral which is where the light of the sun is refracted off the side of the earth, not the umbral where the sunlight is blocked by the earth. It is also a strawberry full moon, a better word I think is totluc moon meaning total light moon. The moon is always full. Where as the %paraluc moon can be for the other phases of the moon outside the new moon , which is more appropriately anluc meaning no light. It is called a strawberry moon based on the habit of algonquin's , a native people that used to live where the midatlantic states in the usa reside, who will pick strawberry's around this time of year. It is also the roman catholic st bonafice day who is known as the patron saint of the germans. As well as an Ember day for the Latin Catholics, so be ready to fast you latins.
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    Have a Wonderful and Prosperous New Year!!! 🤗
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    HOLD ONTO LOVE. Shit happens — no need to immortalize it. If you survive it, internalize what's left. LOVE. Happy Valentine's Day.
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    Hi doll! Miss you.
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    "ARES" stars 26-year-old Dutch actress Jade Olieberg who plays a multi-ethnic character that advances the original series plot in ways that are not obvious in the beginning. My initial reaction was the .5 % wealthiest of society will not be happy. But then this portrayal of secret societies targets any of us who "belong" to one. Cutting to the chase without spoilers; this series asks "What do you want" and what are you prepared to do to get it. I'm still thinking about this show today. It revealed a lot to me about myself ...and has me giving the side eye to friends, family and folks I see on the street. I couldn't binge watch the series - it was a little too intense for me. What did you think about ARES?
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    Greetings Everyone and Happy 2020' I am feeling energized by what is still yet to come for me and continuing my journey. I recently went out to perform and it felt great being appreciated by the crowd. Here is a little clip of me. Peace! https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=37701fd47c&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-a:r172384196585482943&th=16fa897786429dd7&view=att&disp=safe&realattid=16fa896ea276ea0d9b71
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    Hello Mel! I cannot find the thread where you offered my wife and I some suggestions re: an editor last year. I thanked you then and thank you again. We did find an Editor right here in Panama, where we live and she did a great job. Here's our website: Clandestine-Life.com We will soon self-publish as an ebook. Very soon. Thanks to you and to Troy. He was also quite helpful to us.
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    The art of lying:) from #Omarosa enjoy what is the lesson concerning the fury from black folk that lick white people's balls or the lies we tell, for she is trying to bring down the, i quote her, the most powerful man in the universe, and she has the audiotapes to try https://photos.app.goo.gl/G9RxaEaqCzGNepML9
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    Hello Everyone, My First Book Signing Event will be on August 4th, 2018 African Art Bookstore 880 N. Military Hwy Norfolk, VA From 1pm to 5pm If you come through you will be able to purchase my book and I will personally sign it for you. I really hope you can attend. Peace! For More Info Contact Me At: Wokethejourney@gmai.com
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    The Cooking Gene by Culinary Historian Michael W. Twitty is The 2018 James Beard Award (non-cookbook) winner and as much as I can't stand awards I have to give them a second look now because without hearing that Twitty won the award I would not have heard of this book - which I now absolutely must have on my bookshelf. I love to cook but I especially love to cook the foods that are indigenous to my family. Anyway, I found this interview from Mr. Twitty and African Ancestry's co-founder Dr. Gina Paige and it too is delightful!!!
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    What is the lesson to all artist after reading this article? never sell what you create, never! http://comicsalliance.com/superman-check-jerry-siegel-joe-shuster-dc-comics/ supermans torn cape Artist: Sandra Chevrier place: Bülowstr. Berlin
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    Greetings, Here is a partial list of up-coming book fairs/festivals/personal appearances I will be attending in the next few months. If you're in the area, please stop by and say "Hello". Peace ......... Wednesday - February 28, 2018 - Terraces of Bonita Springs, Florida - 3:00 PM - Meet/Greet The Authors Thursday - March 1, 2018 - Somerset at Plantations - Fort Myers, Florida - 4 PM - Readers/Writers Event Sunday - April 29, 2018 - Commerce Club - Tampa, Florida - 9 AM - Oxford Exchange Book Fair Saturday - May 19, 2018 - Schultz Center - Jacksonville, Florida - 10 AM - Florida Writers Association Sat./Sun. - July 14-15, 2018 - Le Meridien Tampa Hotel - Tampa, Florida - Indie Author Book Convention Thur.-Sat. - August 9-11, 2018 - Hilton Inn Lake Mary, Florida - 6 PM - Indie Book Fest 2018 Saturday - September 15, 2018 - On Point Executive Center - 10 AM - Tampa, Florida - On Point Book Fair Thurs.-Sun. - October 18-21, 2018 - Hilton/Altamonte Springs, Florida - 10 AM - 17th Florida Writers Conference Thurs.-Sat. - November 1-3, 2018 - Lexington Hotel - Jacksonville, Florida - 9 AM - IABPFF S.E. Region Conference
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    "Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking says; "DeRay McKesson is the voice of a new generation, leading the charge in the fight against racism and injustice today," And that voice will sound off in the upcoming book with Viking - On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay McKesson. Read more here: The Thriving Writer
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    From ~ The Problem of Identifying Ourselves Based Upon Whites' Concept of Race Mel Hopkins replied to Troy's topic in Culture, Race & Economy
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    From YA Author to Newbery Medalist to having his own imprint! "Kwame Alexander Will Start His Own Imprint. The Name? Versify. Get It? " Link: New York Times Books
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    Jesus said unto him "Thou shalt love the Lord thy G-d with all thy heart, and with all ... 39 And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." #Greatestcommandment #relationshipgoals Nah, I’d rather you love me better. It seems most of Y’all don't love yourself all that well. ~Thanks.
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    “It is good to be ‘woke’. It is even better to be ‘woke” to your own f*cked up sh*t too…” ~Manatole From Mel Hopkins' Actuate: Thought Into Action
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    Third World Press Celebrates 50 Years in Publishing - ...I'm a man of action and two, that ideas, and the creative carriage of ideas can change lives. I didn't go out there deciding to start a book publishing company. But I knew, I'm not going to be digging ditches for these bad boys." Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti , Publisher - on what inspired him to found a publishing company in 1967.
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    "Life is the sum of your choices"
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    National Action Network Goes Live! Impact TV logo National Action Network founded by Reverend Al Sharpton will go live across the nation on Saturday, June 10, 2017 as the newest addition to the growing scheduled line-up on Impact TV. In a press release distributed through PR Newswire, the civil rights leader, Reverend Al Sharpton, is expected to preach from the scriptures, talk about the state of civil rights in the U.S. and bring a message that is intended to lift spirits toward action. National Action Network will broadcast live at 10 AM EDT from House of Justice in Harlem, New York on the 100 percent African American-owned and operated Christian television network founded by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Dr. Beverly Y. Jackson in 2010. You may recall, Bishop Jackson hosted the then Republican Presidential candidate nominee, Donald J. Trump, for a one-on-one interview that aired on Impact TV last September. Impact TV is available on cable & satellite television providers Comcast Xfinity, Dish, DirectTV, Charter Spectrum and Time Warner Spectrum. Check your local listings for availability
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    One Night Only | The first Black-owned and operated Chicago theatre to reopen for an outdoor concert. The Pekin Theatre located in the Bronzeville section of Chicago was first opened by alleged professional gambler, Robert Motts. The outdoor concert, sponsored Illinois Humanities and Empty Bottle, an Evening at the Pekin Theater will feature ragtime pianist and MacArthur “genius” grantee Reginald Robinson and his band playing music from the Pekin’s active era, which lasted until 1916. The concert will be held June 17, 2017 @ 7PM Source : Timeout Magazine
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    Before digital social networks and social media, I used to keep a scrapbook for all the news stories I found interesting - here's one such article : Pioneer Aviator Bessie Coleman in this 1920s photos was the world's first black female aviator. She was licensed in 1921
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    Data Scientist: Trillions! African-Americans Spend as Much as Australia “We have the intention and the power as influencers to drive change where it strikes fear in this system – the revenue stream. We watch 40% more television than any other group of people. 95% of us tune into a radio station at least once a week. We make more trips to the grocery store than any other consumer segment — We spend 1.3 trillion dollars every single year. That’s what Australia spends.” Grace Pearson-McNeil added that “although the buying power of Blacks speak volumes and worthy of pursuit, brands still don’t allocate funds proportionately.” http://theleadstory.org/data-scientist-trillions-african-americans-spend-as-much-as-australia/
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    Searching for a birthday card the other day, I noticed in Rite-aid there were no hallmark cards only American greetings and in Publix grocery store, they only stocked Hallmark greeting cards. What was noticeably absent, or not, because I can't really recall hearing about them until today was "African-American Expressions. Founder, Gregory Perkins, indicates on the company profile , AAE has been existence for 26 years. "Today, African American Expressions sells over 2,500,000 cards annually with over 500 original designs. This multimillion dollar operation has expanded to include many other inspirational gifts such as calendars, handcrafted figurines, journals, mugs, magnets, bookmarks, Christmas decorations and more." Visit African American Expressions at http://www.black-cards.com and download their catalog, http://www.black-cards.com/aaexp/pdf/common/WS_catalog.pdf
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    OCEAN'S 8 Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' all female Caper Heist flick Music Superstar Rihanna is coming to a big screen near you. She is set to join a group of A-list Film, Television and Web actresses in the updated Ocean's 8 caper heist flick set in New York City. Ocean's 8 expected release June 8, 2018 Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher
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    "Severed", A Novel, is a crime thriller and an entertaining whodunit but I recommend it as a self-help book in my commentary "Severed", A Novel | A Black Woman's Burden Short Synopsis | Severed, a Novel "Someone is a few digits short of a hand in Nakadee, Louisiana. What’s worse, someone may be torturing and holding the finger-less victim captive in this small river town. Head of Nakadee Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit Captain Nate Padgett enlists the help of Forensic Anthropologist Lula Logan, PhD whom he feels he can trust since she’s having an affair with his direct report Junior Detective Devon Lemonde. Padgett needs Logan to find out if the victim is still among the living. Dead or Alive means the difference between a local investigation or handing it over to the Feds. Meanwhile Dr. Logan has her own project underway. She’s in town to work on research project that will tell the story of the enslaved Africans who revolted against their captors in 1830 on a former plantation. Dr. Logan has her finger on the pulse of present missing fingers case and that of the enslaved Africans of the past …the question remains, however, which case will be her undoing."
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    #BlackMindsBlackPower Cassie Owens, writer, links to AALBC's list of Black Bookstores in this ode to one of the last two Philadelphia black bookstores,Black and Nobel" Black and Nobel is opened 7 days a week and according to its owner Hakim Hopkins " “Health and wellness keeps us open,” “but the books are a foundation — everybody knows us as ‘the bookstore.’” If a bookstore were a tourist destination it would be "Black and Nobel". This article gives the bookstore a feel of a popular haunt for both residents and visitors alike.
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    CCBC Publishing Statistics of Children’s Books by and About People of Color - In 1985, a task to find eligible books for the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Award for African American authors and illustrators; turned into a mission for for identifying all trade books published each year by and for people of color. Today, the counting continues... "The more books there are, especially books created by authors and Illustrators of color, the more opportunities librarians, teachers, and parents and other adults have of finding outstanding books for young readers and listeners that reflect dimensions of their lives, and give a broader understanding of who we are as a nation."
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    Currently reading Severed by VL Towler. I started this book some time ago, then I got really busy and put it on the back-burner. Then I thought, make time to read. Make a commitment to a book like you used to do in your youth. Reading like writing, forces you to close out your thoughts and enter the world of someone's making or into a world of your own making. Reading/Writing a book is a selfish undertaking. One that you owe to yourself.
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    Robinne Lee, Actor, who stars in 50 Shades Darker, that opened this month on the 10th, is scheduled to release her debut novel "The Idea of You" June 2017 . The synopsis reads a bit like a scandalous love affair between a popular boy band member and an single mom art gallery owner almost 20 years his senior... Normally, I don't read romance but this one appeals to me because it's feels like a mix between "Beyond the Lights" and "How Stella Got her Groove back ' - Don't want to plug another website but Lee's publisher St. Martin's Griffin is hosting a book giveaway... If I win; look for my review!
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    12-year-old Activist Lands Book Publishing Deal Marley Dias, Pictured Photo credit: Andrea Cipriani Mecchi Tired of the school's reading list filled with white boy and dog protagonist, Marley Dias kicked off her own hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, last January, which featured Black girls as stars of their stories. She achieved her goal of collecting and donating books with black girls as the protagonist. Today Scholastic announced Dias will pen her own story about social activism. “Marley is using her voice to advocate for social justice, a commitment reflected by her ambitious life goals: she dreams of becoming an editor of her very own magazine and plans to use media to spread positive messages and to perpetuate more socially conscious pop culture” Scholastic, Inc. reports the book will be released in the Spring of 2018 .
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    SoulJourn: "Celebrating Black Women Filmmakers" "On the occasion of the recent restoration and re-release of Julie Dash’s 1991 masterpiece Daughters of the Dust, BAMcinématek celebrates the black women directors who blazed the trail for that landmark film. The filmmakers represented in this series all worked far outside the mainstream, often with limited resources, overcoming a historically hostile system in order to tell their stories on screen. Taken together, their work represents a rich history of long-undervalued independent filmmaking. “One Way or Another” is co-programmed by BAMcinématek’s Nellie Killian and Michelle Materre; founder, host-producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series; Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School." Source: 'One Way or Another: Black Women's Cinema, 1970–1991'BAMcinématekFebruary 3–23, 2017
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    SoulJourn: "Not all Blacks in America were enslaved but laws enacted against their freedom haven't changed since colonial times. Source: The Black North: A Social Study by  William Edward Burghardt Du Bois  November 17, 1901
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    This morning before dawn, I had a dream of a talking rat who was exposing what was supposed to be hidden. Not sure of the context but I remembered Chinese New Year. (01/28/17) - Welcome the Year of the Rooster!
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    Status: Agitated As humans our default mode is happy. It may be hard to tell but we are a community-oriented species... Just watch us when shit hits the fan and you'll see our true nature. We come together with one mission - "to make everyone whole again". Yet, there are forces in this world that prefer we stay agitated. Upgrade: remaining agitated eventually leads to submission. Today's MISSION: Shine bright like the Sun!
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    Wanted: Information on "Free Negro" a British Legal status for those never enslaved in America but reemerged on the Americas as early as 1513... Also, looking for black female polymaths from baby boomers, generation x, y, millennials even budding polymaths. Polymaths are defined for this purpose as those who know a lot, can do a lot and have a body of peer-reviewed work and accomplishments in varied areas. Thank you!
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    As we head into Black history month 2017 I hope to find out more and report on the under-told story of "free negro" - A British legal status referring to black people in early America who were not nor were ever slaves. If anyone has any info know that I welcome all tips!
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    Have you heard of Jelly? It's a Q & A social media platform. I answered this question " I need new shoes for walking/jogging long distance. My biggest issue is that I have a men's size 16 shoe. Any tips on a brand?" I linked to your FAQ on your site about 15 and up-personal shopping and my answer was helpful. Not sure if you're on Jelly but with your expertise in shoes - I think you'd do well there too!
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    Inviting the AALBC to the Opening Reception 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on March 18th, 2016. It will be held at my new facility, SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts located in the historic McCormick Train Depot 201 S. Main Street, McCormick, SC 29835. If you cant make the reception please plan a trip to come visit the gallery. Our grand Opening is March 19th 9:00 am and well keep business hours after that. Monday 3-6:00 pm, Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6:00 pm (Open on Sunday by appointment only) It will be a chance for you to get your copy of my books "Keeper of the Fire: An Igbo Metalsmith From Awka" & "Jamel's Deep Sea Adventure" personally signed. I want you to see our museum exhibit also. I am very excited and hope to see you soon.
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    "Black people don't do this that", "Black people boycott", Black people protest" is so reactionary, so yesterday, My word of today is ACTUATE: From the latin word "Actus" to medieval latin "Actuare", "Actuat" to carry out in practice; to stir into activity; enliven! Let's GO!
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