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  1. 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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  2. Yes, @Pioneer1 this, too, may fit under Poetree, but with all the discussions about my people and about me, I felt that this is also fitting in this forum as I express my obsession with black people. I agree that you love who you love. I LOVE black and I LOVE my Black Girl Magic, and I REFUSE to let stereo-types and misrepresentations about me and my people brought upon by the, " How to Make a Slave" brainwashing tactics, that were forced upon my ancestors, keep me in a place of acceptance that is not of my own free-thinking and knowing better. This is for you, Black Beauty.
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  3. Here's what I found out about work for hire while registering the copyright for Ida Bell Publishing, LLC's next book, The Culinary Art Portfolio of Josephine E. Jones, where art and food intersect. The portfolio includes ready-to-frame professional color prints, which can be removed. Josephine E. Jones, now deceased, was not only possibly the first black woman in management at a Fortune 500 company, she was also a culinary artist. What's does that mean? She made food look as good as it tasted, potato salads that looked
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  4. Houston, the only problem I see is that we keep letting people get in our head. I bet none of us can even count the number of inventions, millionaires, discoveries, break-throughs, successes, this-because-of-that accomplishments, heroes, champions, etc.... in which we've contributed, spear-headed, and brought to life so we've got the skills, knowledge, money, intellect, soul, dedication, work ethic, means.... In other words, we have ALL of the ingredients to do what ever it is we want - we just have to <TRUST >each other and stop letting them continue to seep into our head.
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  5. In 2013, Dr. Oba T'Shaka predicted the rise of 45* through the tea party patriots GOP. Wow. :mindblown: This nearly 1 hour keynote address at the "Free Your Mind: A Revolution In Words Literary Festival, Dr. T'Shaka (formerly bill bradley) .shares a lot of insight in what he calls "the San Francisco Freedom movement " I found out about the Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University, when I stumbled upon a book note today, that I left to myself back in 2010. The name of the book is "Return to the African Mother Principle of Male and Female Equality" Pan Af
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  6. The other thing is independent bookstores are also a nodal point for both the reader and the author. It's a culture that supports both and helps them both grow.
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  7. The image above is from a screen grab of a video I saw on the New York Times website (I'm pretty sure). They wrote an article about the election on Tulsa's mayor, a white guy in his early 40's. The most striking thing is that mayor, on his second term, the 4th Mayor of Tulsa in his family going back to the late 19th century! There was at least one Black guy running against him, the Black community is not happy with how the local government is treating their Black citizens. What else is new this is America... But I digress... Pictured s what is left of Tulsa's famed Black Wall Str
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  8. Troy I read the are in contract for a reality TV show. ((shakes head)) See that...... So they're inviting the SAME Caucasians they claim they're trying to get away from....BACK into their community so they can put all of their business on television. And you KNOW how Negroes act when the cameras start rolling...lol. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad warned to BEWARE OF THOSE CAMERAS: Beware Of Those Cameras! Those cameras were worse and more addictive than any drug out there! The only thing more effective than cameras in gett
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  9. Well monitoring the project may be pretty easy. I read the are in contract for a reality TV show. We love to entertain ... even during our revolution huh?
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  10. Free resources are a good way to get started. Overtime, I typically find it is better to pay for some services. I'll iffer feedback on your site shortly @Ann Bray Smith.
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  11. We still aren’t communicating properly yet and this is leading to major challenges. 1. We are continuously reinventing the wheel. 2. We are building stables supply lines. 3. We are continuing to hop from one White Platform to Another. I would like to look at ways to break this cycle.
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  12. Talk to any cop and they can tell you stories like this. They hate domestic disputes. Dude be kicking his ole lady's butt, they show up, pull him off her, next thing you know she's jumping all over the cop... people are crazy. This nonsense isn't even newsworthy ... is it?
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  13. Black. Woman's. Beauty, Her. Spirit. Like. The. Sun. Glows.. Knowledge-And. Knowledge. Of Self. Important. She. Knows. Not. Hair. And. -Designer. Clothes. . Passion. And. Compassion. In. Her. Heart. And. Soul. . Uplifting. Her. People. She. Proudly. Shows. And. The-Essence -Of Her Beauty A Poet. Or Writer Could Easily Compose.....
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  14. WHOM AM I? I am a woman, Black, African From a lineage of Steel, depth, sweat, blood Tears ‘n’ resolve. Grandma opened not a vogue magazine She held a hoe Dug the ground Planted seeds. She dined on her labor Backbreaking. Hard. Labor. Her fingertips caressed cocoa pods Lovingly prepared cocoa beans. Brown gold they call it Yet her tongue savored Not one chocolate bite Did she even care? She spawned Ma Ma spawned me I succeeded her, and those before her Grit. Nerve. Poise. Strength From a long line of
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  15. This is a new rule that I will, when I get a chance, post where more people can see it. I've starting removing hyperlinks to Amazon's website. Posters are encouraged to link to an indie bookseller, their own website, or AALBC when promoting a book -- but not Amazon. Why? Amazon has never allowed their visitors to link to AALBC and while AALBC has sent several million visitors to Amazon's site over the years. When Amazon allow links to AALBC, I'll consider changing the rule. Besides, I'm engaged in a complete (professional and business) boycott of Amazon's se
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  16. And I would add “Editing.” I can write and a lot. It’s the editing that gets me all twisted. It took me practically no time to write my first novel but nearly 10 years to edit it and THEN hand it over to my editor.
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  17. This statement overlooks my initial expression of optimism, versus happiness - " my optimism regarding the inclusion of Black writers, producers, directors, etc. is palpable." I am optimistic that the Black producers, directors and writers who DO subscribe to the notion that awards (Grammy, Oscars, etc.) are markers of success will use this REACTIVE strategy as a catalyst. The fact is obvious that Black culture is the nucleus for creativity in America; it's appropriated, borrowed, stolen and bartered. However, if society is demanding change and an organization actually
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  18. Publishing a book is relatively easy part. Writing a good one and selling it is the difficult part.
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  19. Bogus information. @Pioneer1 He defeated the ISIS Caliphate. He Eliminated 3 of the most wanted terrorist. Approved increased funding.
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  20. About a quarter way through Travellng Soul, a biography on Curtis Mayfield by Todd Mayfield. Dipping into Jimmys Blues, a small volume of Baldwins poetry. A lovely gift from my daughter.
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  21. Troy I was just curious how Danielle came to speak with him? Probably picked him up in Uber/cab to take him to a lecture or event somewhere and started running his mouth to him......lol. "So uhhh....how do you like our President???" "Are you one of them LIBERAL professors????" I don't know about the James Small YOU know, but the James Small I've seen online would have been the WRONG person to reveal your fondness of Trump to, lol.
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  22. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2020/08/27/oprahs-magazine-makes-guide-117-black-owned-bookstores-america/5651873002/
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  23. @Pioneer1 I will be working with Ghana , my languages Twi and Ga. Dr Smalls and Dr Jeffries have been working with Ghana for years. Akoobooks helped me make the decision. I also took in account the Ashanti role in the slave trade, the current Chinese infiltration and its proximity to Nigeria .
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  24. Over the years I’ve asked many authors, whose work I've been extremely supportive of, through book sales and promotion, to provide a link to AALBC, or any Black-owned bookseller's site, as an option for visitors to buy their books. This simple action does not typically occur to most authors, and certainly to no publisher. Usually when I ask an author to add a buy link to AALBC, they do it, and express embarrassment for not doing it sooner. Sometimes however, the request is denied, and some variation of, "I don't want to show favoritism to any given bookstore," is given as the rea
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  25. @Pioneer1 I appreciate the effort. And the fact that you are open to suggestions. It does mean that we can continue to have a dialogue. I agree with your first point that communication is essential. I am fond of terrestrial systems also. I do see that there would be a need for not only TV, but radio. Most likely coordination with cable networks would accelerate the process. The biggest con is that these systems may not be relevant 10 years after 5G is installed. Cultural unity is a point of contention. If Africa could not regionally unite in hundreds of years I doubt i
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  26. @Wendy JonesIf Standard brand then or Kraft today never registered for a copyright (work for hire also requires a separate filing too) - they can't sue the publishing company for copyright infringement. That US Supreme Court ruling came down in 2019 and I wrote about on my blog (melhopkins.com : https://melhopkins.com/2019/03/04/copyright-registration-first-then-sue/ ) If a registration exist I hope you can get permission to use the photographs at least for fair us https://www.copyright.gov/fair-use/more-info.html and get a grant from the foundation to offset the cost of publishing your bo
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  27. Thank you again Twin this was tasty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWim86UZJRo&list=PLdjIy_Bmjir8M1sDEWKkit50_ZQv1y9C6&index=3
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  28. Del This didn't come true. Pioneer 39 - 42 but you mayeither stop working Dec 9 or that's your last check . You make between 13,000 - 16,000 less than your goal
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  29. I could not find a category for this, so here goes. I am need a black web designer who is willing to work within the design constraints of an already- designed website. The book page needs to be redone so each book (I will soon have two books) can have its own page. The same way Troy has it here. The web designer must be able to do this using the woo-commerce plug-in. Please contact me at idabellpub@gmail.com. Here's a link to Ida Bell Publishing, LLC's bookpage: https://idabellpublishing.com/shop/
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  30. What be most useful is if they gave all the bookstores websites a makeover for e-commerce and social media performance.
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  31. Thanks Twin, I am only fifteen minutes in wow. Thank you.
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  32. How about digital money or a coupon to a bookstore? Welcome to the forum @Yvonne.
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  33. I agree, but people who only care about themselves don't think that way.
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  34. Sorry buddy, the relationship has nothing to do with the roots of the words. Any relationship between "Negro" and "Necro" is purely of your own making. That is like saying (in my Oswald Bates voice) White is derived from Whip which is why the implement used to beat slaves was called at Whip. White >> Whip. One can say things like this, and other can believe it to be true, but that does not mean it has a foundation in reality.
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  35. Dee You're welcome Sis. When I hear the name "Dee" I think of Rog's sister from What's Happening...lol.
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  36. Yeah that line resonated with me too. I don't talk about my personal life much online ... But believe it, or not, my ex did not want to have anything to do with AALBC ... can you imagine? I never got any encouragement for her indeed I can point to concrete example of when she actively thwarted my efforts. I'll leave it at that. I never looked to the wider audience (white folks) for validation, thought I fully appreciate that it is needed today to make any real money. I work for the validation from Black people. If white folks appreciate what I do great, but that is
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  37. Sorry i forgot who i was talking to. I wasn't talking about myself either. I've been to two of Reginald Lewis' homes and have been to at least one Billionares home on park have a triplex that took up three entire gloor of an apartment building on 5th ave... The vast majority of poor people will not do the things you or i just described. I really careful about taking my experiences and extending them to the general population. You should read a book called Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.
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  38. Looks like YOUR mentor is giving a little pep rally to the rest of his support group. Shhh, listen in.............. "Four more years.....that's all I ask. Think you guys can whip up enough hatred to keep me in power? "
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  39. I have wonder whether Pioneer was Black as well.
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  40. I frequently see Amazon charging more for a product that other vendors. This example was particularly egregious because Amazon was charging more that EVERY other vendor I checked. I was able to check multiple prices in my search engine query. I visited Amazon just to make sure and to get the screen shot. I brought the telescope from Target because they offered free shipping, and honestly, because they were not Amazon. The product was not available locally. Other than the fact that Amazon could get away with inflating the price, there was no discernible reason for Amazon charge
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  41. Troy Man, that $1,200 was a sweet treat....lol. I'm not going to lie. I will say this about Agent Orange, he knows how to "bribe" people. He also knows how to take care of his own. That's one of the things I DO like about Republicans. They will look out for you as long as you're backing them! They don't give a fuck about morals, values, or any other virtue except for WINNING and supporting the wealthy. And they will WIN at all costs. But you know that about them upfront and you know what's expected of you. Look how he shamelessly bai
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  42. I work with a book printer, Black Classic Press, in fact I'm a reseller of their services, https://aalbcprintsbooks.com, but I've only had a few clients. There one client I worked with a Brother, Dr. David Covin, who is also a publisher. EVERY business involved with the production of his book (Raisins in Milk), writer, editor, book designer, book cover artist, printer, distributor, publisher, book reviewer, promotion and advertising, and bookseller is Black. In fact, when his book became an AALBC bestseller, he printed AALBC's Bestseller's seal on the book's cover for his second
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  43. Yep the article mirrors my experience. This may have been the first time I read any media coverage of this. It is interesting, and good that Graassrootz Book and Juice Bar were selected to be highlighted. I never heard of this store before. I just added Graassrootz Book and Juice Bar to AALBC list of Black-owned of bookstores. I first reported seeing a spike in sales of How to Be an Antiracst, on May 31st -- before I even realized what was coming. Within two days I getting a months worth of sales every day. I believe the surge this time spiked far higher than in any
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  44. This is the date. It’s just a matter of choice. It’s may or may not happen over night. It will if you put your mind to it. Over the last three years I have been paying for four cars. I started tracking my money. I changed professions/businesses. Your biggest problem is that you don’t understand. You don’t understand the present that has been given to you.
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  45. Not really her name is her brand. I would take Michelle Obama over Kamala any day of the weak. To put this into perspective, I find Kamala less appealing than Candice Owens.
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  46. I hear you @Pioneer1, but you make is sound like I'M out of touch. Remember I grew up in the inner city. Sure I know what a decent life in New York City is like, I have not had a reported income of more than $40K since I left Wall Street. That is why I got a nice $1,200 check with Donald Trump's signature on it. Sure this year it will be very difficult to report less than $40K, but it is not like I'm as out of touch as you make it seem. I live in the world man, so while I have never been to jail or prison. I know a lot of people you have several are family members. A
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  47. ... and another thing @Mel Hopkins you know AALBC does not get get pre-publication galleys for any of the "big books" that come out. Books like Caste or How to Be an Anitracist , etc -- books that I sell a bazillion copies of... If I get one I have to request it every time. where white owned store get multiple copies final copies -- just because. I don't have to do this with indie publishers, like Akashic Books or Lee & Low or Red Sea Press or Black Classic Press or Kensington Books or Blue Nile I could go on ... Indie presses reach out and nurture relationships. with me.
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  48. It is a good thing I clicked the link @Mel Hopkins I initially thought you were referencing Black Voices the site that AOL took over and the Huff Post ultimately killed (if memory serves). I do track Black Voice News here on AALBC. Sure get the money while the getting is good. But I can't ignore the fact that journalism is increasingly dependent upon the largess of the very entities that help destroy it. Facebook's platforms are almost single handedly responsible for propagating the 5G WIFI, Black people are immune, created in a lab, and God know what other Covid con
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  49. This is something I'm NOT reading as its a new book for young adults and coming out very soon. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walter-naegle-book-signingdiscussion-troublemaker-for-justice-tickets-68137913333
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