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  1. Time. Wow.. sometimes when I hear that word, it makes me tremble. TIME! For someone who has ever done "TIME" the word is frightening, especially when you must confront it with its boxing gloves on. For most, time is an anonymous fear that has no shape or form. It just is, but when you go to prison, TIME because a living, breathing monster that you have to either tame or die. Prison transform TIME into the proverbial monkey on your back. It is always there like a bad habit you can't shake. In prison. TIME awards you nothing but the challenge to defeat it.When I was a rookie at goin
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  2. @Pioneer1 No. I was too busy with being a new mother. I've never been a serious TV addict, so there are probably more popular shows that I did not see especially during the 90s. BTW, I've been absent from this community for a little while because my computer had a virus and also some significant changes have occurred. So, I am super busy but hope to eventually pop in more and more to see the topics!
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  3. Nothing is more intimately related to the emotional welfare of the black male than the sum of his fears. From the start, it would be rather amiss of me if I didn’t relate that what I have discovered about fear is that fear can be either a life experience or a life sentence dependent upon the torque and velocity of that particular fear. For example, my fear of fire has prevented me from foolishly thrusting my hand into an open flame, and it is precisely fear of this nature that has proven to be a life-affirming experience. Then you have, on the other hand, those fears that are so mind-numbing
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  4. Well I agree with that point. However the rest of it not so much. while it is true most of the world's billionaires live in the United States, the wealth gap here is probably greater than it is anywhere else on Earth. Most of the world's planet lives in relative poverty. Yes the United States is relatively much better off than the rest of the planet. But for a country so wealthy why does anyone here have to live in poverty? The reason is the system is truly rigged against black people we have been disenfranchised for hundreds of years here. So wh
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  5. I have no words, lol. I will say as a nation we will not be destroyed by another nation. We will crumble at the hands of our own doing. This is only the start of what is going to come. We lack value and morals because we have traded it in for such as this.
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  6. Ann B. You appear to be a genuinely sweet person, but if you're rewarding my posts AND Daniel's, that's offensive....lol. That's like a woman saying: "You're so handsome!" Then she looks down at a GREMLIN and says to him: "Oh, and you're so handsome too!" Somehow the compliment doesn't feel quite as good as it did before...lol. Daniel However I believe that there is no such thing as a Black culture. I believe Blacks are living out different cultural experiences based on their asso
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  7. This song, "The Other Side of Town," by Curtis Mayfield is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists. It came out in 1970, but I was an adult before I first heard it -- if I heard it before them I probably could not appreciate it. It is a very sad song in many was. It reminds my of the lives, and contributions to society, that were lost because people grew up impoverished. It also make me think of the comments @Gibran and @Pioneer1 made in earlier conversation where people do something dumb because some negative remnant of their upbringing presents itself.
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  8. Today, while still young, may ultimately evolve into a moment long remembered by all of us for some time to come. This Election has been huge, but later after the dust has settled and you check off the things you would like to see occur in exchange for your vote. Nothing will change in some places, and in others, there may be change for us as a collective, but while we are trying to peep what others can will or might do for us, we must look to see what we can do for ourselves. We, I am sure, can all find things for which we would enjoy planting our flag, but I know that if we don't take immedi
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  9. Yes sir, the underlying nature of a man is always there lurking just under the surface and veneer of his new mage whatever it is. It is hard to abandon the ideas and tendencies that went into the process of shaping your worldview. What is so pervasive about the street mindset is that it is hard to shake. If you are in corporate America, you can shuck your 9-5 work image and ease into your everyday brotherman persona in the afterhours. Even this role-playing can have detrimental effects since one has to be careful when putting on his 9-5 game mask; he has to be sure to erase anything in his bro
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  10. @Mel HopkinsThere is a way out. Once you free your mind or listen to the voice. it is what inventors and visionaries have always done. I have only realised that I have been trying to do so all of my life. What I posted was inspired.
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  11. OMG @Delano you've been killin' it! I was just thinking about this after finishing a book I purchased from @AALBC bookstore. The book is "Long Shot" (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan. Once I finished it I came to the same conclusion, we "can only work out what type of pawn you are in life" We don't have any innovators - only people who work with what's already available and look for new uses. The King and Queen have already set us up in the industrial mode. Here we can only be apprentice-to-managers in industries, or tradespeople that build upon what is available. If we don't participate the
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  12. You are mistaken White Supremacists, White Racists, and the Elite are not all the same. It's like a chess game your position decides your movement and what you can see. Pawns have the most limited movement, and can only move in one direction. The Rooks are the land holders(those with assets, The Knight is the military(athletes), The Bishop is the Clergy (education), The King and Queen are the ruling elite. The function of Royalty is to set the standard. So the King and Queen define the ultimate Man and Women in the country. Each of piece has a pawn that is in front. Notice they are White Pawns
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  13. Hey, I'm with you. I'm impatient too. There are many areas we need to work on. I see these discussions as a tiny part of that work. I also think the worst thing we could do is mimic what has been successful in people we do not admire. As a kid, I decided I don't want to get financial security using methods proven successful time and time again by people in my community I did not respect. I also don't want my people to seek social domination using tactics I consider wicked. Of course, I don't think anything you wrote suggests we mimic them. I would like to think a
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  14. Geez @Pioneer1 so you have a theory about white folks and then you believe everyone acts accordingly? Stawp- just no. There was a troll on this board at the time and @Troy finally got him to flee! Even you said he ran away. I’m not into supremacy bullshyt no matter what ethnic group spews it. While you sometimes border on supremacy talk - you actually, at times, dig deeper - and go down the rabbit hole - and strike gold (even if I don’t agree with your find) That poster - was just your garden-variety troll and I can block/mute them on twitter but you can’t
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  15. Living in the moment is the goal. I used to be a bike messenger in Manhattan. Once or twice I would put on Public Enemy and ride through traffic. It was electrifying, to feel the energy of the music, while weaving through traffic and leaving cars behind you. In that moment it was just the me, the bike and the feeling. I only did it a handful of times since I didn't want to lose my hearing or get into an accident. There is something about being totally immersed in an activity to the point that the world disappears.
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  16. Brother, you are on point. Dig this, I just read an article where a guy said that the problem is that we let opinions and ideas go unchecked for fear of offending others. It's wrong not to question things because if we simply allow false notions to persist, it can be damaging. The reason a lot of lies exist is because we never challenged them though we knew them to be wrong. Considering the position we are in as a people or as a nation, we cannot reman silent in the face of lies. Keep on providing your light. In the joint, what is true as you mentioned is how your mind should be free. Use
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  17. i am, like you ,a believer in conscious living but sadly, we all, for the most part, live in alternate realities. What you consciously experience may not be a reality for me. What happens is frustration because I can fit my conscious perspective into the perspective you have invented for yourself. It like eyewitness accounts. For example, we can witness the same fight and walk away with differing accounts and opinions of who won. Or what about a wreck. We both see the accident but I saw car A as wrong whereas you swear Car B was wrong. No matter what I perceive as real due to what I consciousl
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  18. Everything you wrote here is riveting but this is next level . Thank you , @Gibran
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  19. First, some good news. If there is such a thing as a natural remedy for success, it would certainly be time, but just what is this phenomenon that most of us tolerate with only a mild curiosity? Can it be harnessed? Can it be regulated or reduced? How do we establish a long-term relationship with it? Are there any hard-and-true “rules of the road” when it comes to confronting time in an effort to mastering it? From the very moment of our conception, we are born ready to run away from time, the one thing we can’t escape. No matter what we do or
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  20. Though, at the outset, this may seem totally foolish financially, but it has been done before and with great success, I might add. As they say, drastic times require drastic measures, so consider this. First, some historical background. After the Civil War, a great deal of land was confiscated from the southern rebels as contraband of war. In any event, there was some talk of this land being distributed among the newly freed slaves in those parts of the country. It was a noble thought and would have been an even nobler gesture had it taken place. It didn’t, though. Wha
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  21. Given the way things go, I do think the plan has merit although it would never have a chance at being operational. I mean, all the ingredients are there. Just like during Reconstruction when it happened initially a war was raging Well, this is a war as well. It was declared a war by the government; The War on Drugs. Therefore, we meet the first requirement. Secondly, it was acknowledged that these guys were criminals who had taken up arms against the government. Drug-dealers are indeed criminals who have taken a stance contra the government. Via Truth and Reconciliation trials, sanctioned and
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  22. Hello Fam, I'm new to this group, I'm submitting this article below for discussion and to see where everyone's thoughts are on it. I'm quoting a couple of sections and then linking the full article at bottom. "For “black” Americans, the horrific scenarios I painted don’t have to be imagined, these are scars that are coded deep in their DNA. There is a reason I use the word “they” instead of “us”, as a first generation Ethiopian immigrant—even though I’ve experienced racism in my life—I can never really understand the burdens that African-Americans carry that have been p
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  23. White Caucasians did not write ancient Egyptian script. You give White people too much credit. The beginning of all modern mankind stems from one anatomically straight YDNA out of Africa--that would be basis for the basal Adam YDNA.
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  24. For once in my life, I can offer the news that a city in NC has put forth a REPARATIONS package for the black residents of Asheville. It is hoped that what happens in Asheville will become a model for the rest of the nation. The city council voted unanimously to issue an apology for slavery and promised to pour money into investments into the black neighborhoods. No money will be paid out to individuals, but a newly formed Commission was formed so that the money could be allocated accordingly. Two other cites, Providence, Rhode Island, and Richmond VA have followed the
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  25. Imagine if I wrote an article about the Yellow Vest protestors in France and I quoted a professor from Kenya in the write up. Imagine if I was an anchor of a newscast and I had a segment about the conflict in Catalonia only to welcome an expert from Cameroon to present his views on that topic. Imagine if I hosted a TV show that covered the history of Irish people and I invited an analyst from Zimbabwe to offer insights on Ireland. I know there are some who chuckled at the thought of these things; a reaction wrought by the caste system of race that has conditioned us to place value
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  26. Troy I didn't know that about Langston until you just told me. If I were to only read your posts, no....you don't sound like most people I've met from Harlem (Like Sa Neter and Brother Polight). But in the couple of videos where I've heard you speaking you DO sound like a typical New Yorker. That Bugs Bunny accent so many have.
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  27. That's a wrap. Yep, that statement tells you everything you need to know LOL!
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  28. The Black American population is a diverse lot. And not all are ADOS(A misleading term). I applaud your efforts and I believe that is the recurring theme and actions of the majority of productive members of society. However I believe that there is no such thing as a Black culture. I believe Blacks are living out different cultural experiences based on their associations. Many have competing interest.
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  29. "Your behaviors are consistent with my perception of who I believe you are. Therefore you are intelligent enough to know exactly what I am implying in my post (because it amused you enough to reply). But to amuse you let me clarify, I am speaking of American population solely. However, wherever we reside in this big ole world, whatever race or culture we identify with, I am certain that these issues run parallel. " Translation: "Don't ACT like you don't know what I'm talking about." ....lol.
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  30. Hey @Mel Hopkins yeah sites that do that are a real pain. Bookshop did delete my account the very next business day. I decided not to pursue an additional offensives against Bookshp.org. As I implied earlier my time can be better spent focusing on AALBC. I could have had my affiliate program setup now were it not for me expending energy countering Bookshop.org AALBC has weathered many challenges I'll weather this one too. I'm not even going to share the video beyond posting it here.
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  31. Do you know what a truth and reconciliation commission is? Moscow Trials Kirov’s death led to three widely publicized trials that successfully wiped out many of Stalin’s political rivals and critics. Several former high-ranking Communists, including Lev Kamenev, Grigorii Zinoviev, Nikolai Bukharin and Aleksei Rykov, to name a few, were accused of treason. The trials, which became known as the Moscow Trials, were clearly staged events. The accused admitted to being traitors and spies. Later, historians learned that the defendants agreed to these forced confessions only after being
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  32. NOW THAT YOU HAVE USED YOUR VOTE USE YOUR VOICE PROTEST THE MARGINALIZATION OF BLACK LITERATURE SUPPORT AALBC!
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  33. A PEOPLE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE WILL PERISH. THERE IS A WAR GOING ON TO DESTROY BLACK LITERATURE. FIGHT BACK. SUPPORT THOSE WHO FIGHT TO SAVE OUR LITERARY HERITAGE. STAND WITH AALBC. SAVE OUR RIGHT TO WRITE AND TO READ OUR OWN STORIES. VISIT THE WEBSITE.
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  34. Today, while still young, may ultimately evolve into a moment long remembered by all of us for some time to come. This Election has been huge, but later the dust will settle and you will check off the things you would like to see occur in exchange for your vote. Nothing will change in some places, and in others, there may be change for us as a collective, but while we are trying to peep what others can will or might do for us, we must look to see what we can do for ourselves. We, I am sure, can all find things for which we would enjoy planting our flag, but I know that if we don't take immedi
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  35. The Christmas Wedding Dance – A Holiday Novella Merry mayhem and secrets surround the holiday wedding of Arielle Allure Richmond. This season comes the tale of a very social bride. A budding social media influencer and blogger seeks to create a media buzz surrounding her upcoming nuptials. Along with having her fans/followers watch her plan her fabulous wedding, Arielle plans one of her biggest social media stunts. She reaches out to her estranged father for her upcoming Christmas themed wedding. Using their reunion as a catalyst to boost her social media stardom, she decides to use
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  36. Once Roger Taney, Supreme Court Justice, issued the order in Dred Scott that brothas had no rights that a white man was obligated to respect, his baby brother Octavius immediately passed the Forced Removal Act which was designed to deport all the free black men out of the country. White men in high places went to work and in a spirit of goodwill, gave blacks the option to get missing voluntarily or they would be forcibly removed. To appear humane to the rest of the world, whites disguised their emigration efforts as colonization efforts making it seem as though blacks were going back to Afric
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  37. I am going to go on the black book clubs on FB and shout out AALBC and tell people to check out the site. As soon as I figure out how to use the CALL TO ACTION button on my website, I will set it up to get people to support AALBC.
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  38. Once the political dust settles, I do not think that brothas and sistas are not going to view the end results of the election with any eye toward enhancing either social or political potential. Black folks simply crave a sense of normalcy, however that is perceived. Primarily, blacks within the confines of this country still feel what all colonized people feel, and as such don't entertain perceptions of power, either socially or politically. Instead, we harbor fears about what the end results will do to alter or disrupt our perceived sense of normalcy which has been carved out from our politic
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  39. Mel When the colonists fought the british for their independence - they didn't change their way of life. There was no complete overthrow of government. They just broke free of their 'mother' and continued much of the same. So although they called it a 'revolution' it wasn't that at all. The U.S. constitution replaced the monarchy with a sovereign state. Ofcourse..... This is why Neely Fuller Jr. says that the System of White Supremacy is the only REAL government on the planet. All of the other so-called governments are just "branches" or extensions of it who may change up th
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  40. When the colonists fought the british for their independence - they didn't change their way of life. There was no complete overthrow of government. They just broke free of their 'mother' and continued much of the same. So although they called it a 'revolution' it wasn't that at all. The U.S. constitution replaced the monarchy with a sovereign state. A sovereign state that is managed by executive, legislative and judicial branches. The power is still in the hands of the elite. The sovereign state continues to enslave some, in fact Nebraska just removed slavery as legal option for
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  41. Daniel What are you saying I changed from and to? From: Trump Worshipping Children's Books Author To: Wood Chopper, Ditch Digger, and Field Hand "Man..... Wish I woulda saw THIS coming!" .....lol.
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  42. Oftentimes, we don't equate our suffering with anything in particular. We just suffer and we have become so good at it that it is simply another condition of our oppression that we learn to accept and internalize. Most of us may have already been stressed out before Covid and the most recent spate of racial injustices and though these pandemics may have accelerated our mental decay, it's merely 'another brick in the wall.' No matter how much we suffer, we always know that it can get worse so instead of seeking help, we brace ourselves for wherever is coming next.
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  43. When there was no Washington DC, the powers that be wanted to form a new federal government that was to be a separate entity from any of the state governments. The feds were to deal with foreign business and leave the states to conduct their own business. Many of the states didn’t go for that, but they got tossed a bone so juicy they couldn’t refuse the offer . First, in exchange for a portion of land from Virginia, and an equal portion from Maryland to establish the new capital in Washington, the federal government agreed to absorb all the debts of the states who all owed money to f
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  44. It feels nice that someone even considered to ask! Thank you! I personally feel sustained stress directly connected to racial injustice is the foundation of most of our problems. Most mental un-wellness is passed down from generation to generation and amplified by world experiences.
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  45. Good points. I've always looked at it as a "join the winning team" strategy. When the Bulls are winning, everyone is a basketball fan, a Bulls basketball fan. When a few European fractions join forces and start profiting, others jump aboard. It becomes something like a pyramid scheme. And we all know pyramid schemes look great until the very last moment of collapse. They're too big to last. And, similarly, the term "white" attempts to unite too many diverse people. I'm positive the term will collapse on itself. Also, 500 years is actually a very s
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  46. I've always admired the passion and sincerity of your posts, but I strongly disagree with the premise implied. Domination does not equate intelligence nor superiority. In astronomy, it's well accepted that the largest and brightest stars are ALWAYS the shortest-lived. If longevity or resilience are at all a metric, remember, the tortoise and the tyrannosaurus walked the earth at the same time. Only one remains now . . . stationary plants have been around long before either of those creatures . . . the average book worm tends to have a more profitable life than the average ath
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  47. Your premise is flawed. The right to vote has nothing to do with the taxes you pay. However our representation is a function if how much money you have. The very wealthy control our government. The U.S. is a plutocracy. Party does not really matter very much. Real change, to @Pioneer1's point, will only come through revolution. The civil war was needed to end slavery. Real change only comes after some pain Voting only really matters in the short term, real change, at least one that will make our government truly representative and enable everyone to share in
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  48. Guest, thank you for taking the time to comment. Much of the hatred directed against Black folks is misdirected. Trying to get racists to understand this is very difficult. They can only see color. Those racists who ultimately get it come to the conclusion on their own -- usually by actually getting to know some Black people. It is astonishing that "Black" sites are a "threat;" meanwhile the owner of Amazon. who is extracting all of our wealth through multiple monopolies and paying virtually nothing in taxes, is celebrated. It is surreal! I understand the source of th
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  49. Uh oh... you just said Troy isn't an entrepreneur and that he hasn't created content. Nelson, you just listed white writers on a black literary website, the oldest black literary website and one of the oldest literary websites in the world... run by a Black man. A man who has given voice and space for Black writers, out of his own pocket, for almost 20 years. You just wrote that we won't be successful. Yet you haven't shown us a website or established your own success using these principles that are common knowledge. Now let's just squash what you're doing here. I don't ever do this,
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