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  1. 2 points
    I'm not knocking the musician. This particular song just doesn't move me. The 70s were the first full decade black people experienced in this country without slavery or Jim Crow. Disco and funk reflected that. We had fun, relaxed and displayed our musical prowess. It takes talent to play instruments, read and write music. So I'd disagree that funk is simple. But it reflects a relatively simple time when black people finally felt a little relief from the boots on our necks. The only music that is unique to Europeans is opera. And nobody likes that crap except Europeans. Everything else they stole from cultured people. Michael Bolton's entire career is plagiarism. The Isley Brothers won a $5.2 million lawsuit against Bolton in 2001 for the latter plagiarizing their song "Love is a Wonderful Thing." That Katy Perry chick plagiarized a Christian rap group for one of her biggest hits. If litigation wasn't so expensive and time-consuming, I'd bet 90% of white "artists" would be exposed for who and what they are. That's why white supremacist society ushered in rap in the late 80s. They wanted black people to be talentless copycats too, like them. And man, that Billy Ocean tape with Caribbean Queen, Suddenly, and Mystery Lady might be one of the best albums of all time. The 1980s was the closest the United States will ever get to being a racial melting pot of peace and understanding. And it was the music and television shows that did it. I believe white supremacist society recognized that they were humanizing black people too much in the 80s and they quickly propped up gangsta rap and all those hood movies in the 1990s to destroy what the 80s had done for our overall image. I wasn't alive in the 1960s at all. But must say I am a big fan of all the original Motown sounds and classic rock. Many of the 80s biggest hits that you wouldn't know were remakes came from the 1960s. Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'N Roll" is a one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. It's a remake by a 70s group called the Arrows. Bananarama's "Venus" was a #1 hit for several weeks in the mid-1980s. It's a remake from the 1960s-70s band Shocking Blue. Tiffany hit #1 with "I Think We're Alone Now." All the kids my age back then had no idea it was a song by Tommy James and the Shondells. There hasn't been much originality since the 1970s. It's funny how the US and UK were very petty in the 1970s and 1980s as far as what bands they allowed from the other country to rank on their respective charts. I was introduced to T Rex and Sweet only because they were played at my local skating rink in the 1980s. My local public library had a HUGE catalog of albums and 8-track tapes, along with a great librarian who knew his stuff about music (a former DJ who influenced my career). The first paper I ever wrote in school was in 3rd or 4th grade and it was about glam rock. It definitely influenced all the 80s hairbands and some of the others wearing outrageous outfits on stage. I don't know why I could never get into the Beatles. Maybe because I always wanted to be different and everyone liked them. Don't get me wrong. There are several Beatles songs I like. I was a black kid who grew up in a white town so basically whatever my friends' parents listened to, that was my experience since my parents were all about soul, funk and R&B. My town was more about Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Janice Joplin and Canadian rockers like Bachman-Turner Overdrive from the 1970s. You and I could probably sit around, smoke weed and listen to music for hours though! :)
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    This is the first time I've ever heard this song. It's a combination of gospel and blues, if that's really a distinction. Can't say I like it. This strikes me as field slave coping music! Granted we needed this back in the day. But it ain't groovy or nothing! 😀 I think the 80s was the most perfect age of music. I wish time stood still in that decade. It was the first decade of the 20th century without war or recession; and the music reflected that. Lots of fun, heartwarming, unity music from the 80s. But the 70s was the last decade for true black creative music, meaning when black people wrote, produced and performed MUSIC. Janice–Marie Johnson and Perry Kibble (Taste of Honey) are so sexy playing the guitar and bass guitar in "Boogie Oogie Oogie." I love disco and funk so much because they were so US...so groovy and so soul-cleansing. Black people writing, producing and creating music was the norm in the 1970s. We played and perfected every instrument. Rap and vocals overall took over music in the 1980s. @Maurice if you've never seen it, you will appreciate this Jimmy Hendrix interview on the Dick Cavett Show in 1969. We'll never see another Hendrix. We'll never see another 70s or 80s either. Both decades are essentially considered politically incorrect these days. All those 80s odes to women by men, and women singing odes to men will never happen again. This society doesn't want men loving women and women loving men anymore. Whitney Houston's first great song, "All At Once," didn't even chart in the USA in 1985. But itt was top 5 in Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. I think this is Whitney's greatest song of all time! Don't get me going on music though! LOL!
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    Listen to an Interview of AALBC.com’s Founder and Webmaster, Troy D. Johnson with by E. Ethelbert Miller host of the “On The Margin” radio program which airs on WPFW’s 89.3 FM, Washington D.C. Your browser does not support the audio element. E. Ethelbert Miller is actually an accomplished and critically acclaimed poet who I have admired over the years. I ran into him at a party last year and he told me how important the work I was doing is. I was floored because I wasn't even sure if he knew much about me. I was honored that he invited on his radio show. I'm not sure how I come across on these interviews. Honestly, I don't even have the guts to listen to it. I've asked some people to provide feedback, but it is a big ask since the interview is an hour long -- thought it felt like 5 minutes to me. If any one has any critical comments I'm open to them, so please share them here.
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    You're not wrong there. Sometimes,I'm sitting there with a particular album on and I think how lucky I am. A real and authentic age of music. This baby arrived less than a week ago and I'm giving it its first airing right now. WOW.
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    @Maurice Oh yes! Sometimes when I listen to some of that music, I feel as though I wish that time would just stand still... For me, that time period was like a golden age of music-- so free spirited.
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    They are indeed. The vast majority of the music I listen to cover the years, roughly 1964- 74, give or take. But blues mainly is the Chess 50s stuff.
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    2020: Everyone will have perfect vision. No glasses or contact lenses are needed. It’s 2020, a universal year for order: laying a solid foundation to build and grow. Collectivity and balance, oneness in thought and action. The heart should be balanced on the scales of justice to let go, grow and flow. Let go of those memories that attach to the past stagnation that prevents change for the better. Forgive and be forgiven. Love and be loved. Let the artist out. Get into your rhythm, your music. Harmonize, build, grow and unite. Love is in demand, Be complete. All the bestAubrey Doris 20 are even, and 19 is odd. Even numbers are considered feminine and receptive.
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    For years I've been maintaining a list of the most popular Black-owned websites. That list of 50 websites is actually derived from a much longer list of over 300 websites. The idea was to track the web's largest Black-owned websites who attracted the most visitors. Again, I started the list years ago and expected it to grow, but to a point where it would be difficult to manage. Despite the pages being one of the most popular on the website, the list has actually been shrinking! I have to review the list periodically to check for websites that are no longer active. Usually the domains are quickly snapped up by other, often unrelated, websites trying to take advantage of the traffic obtained from backlinks from sites like mine or links lead to nowhere and are broken. In any event I have to check the links from time to time. This time I was disheartened to see many sites that I really liked disappear. I removed 20 websites from the list including, ChickenBones: A Journal, which was started in 2001, by Rudolph Lewis. We became friendly over the years as we started a few years apparty (AALBC started in 1997) and published similar content. His content will be a great loss to the web. I already reached out to him to avoid this. Another site I removed from the list, is MelaNet not because the domain is down, but the site has simply not updated in years and is full of broken links. Launched in 1997 MelaNet was one of the first Black websites that I can remember. It was also exciting to see because it produced content that I simply was not exposed to before the web was created -- it was as pro-Black and afrocentric as you could get. One of the better book sites on the web APOOO (A Place of Our Own), was started in 2008 and was in a class of book websites you do not see very much today. These sites were popular, well done, and driven my passionate readers. They provided reviews and interviews. Some of these sites migrated to social media, but those platforms are so restrictive and are a poor facsimile of the former websites. I could go on and on. I always lament the fact that the Web is a far less rich place due to the lost of indie websites. Even the indie websites that have survived that last 10 or 20 years are not as good as they can be. Clearly the average person on the web has no clue what has been lost -- otherwise there would be some outrage. I point to the corporate domination (ownership really) of the World Wide Web as the cause. I described in the past how Google, in a single day, took about 75% of my traffic (along with other Black owned book sites, newspapers and other entities). It took my site over 5 years to recover. Many of the other websites just folded or failed to recover. For many people today, the World Wide Web is comprised solely of Amazon, Google, and a few social media sites. There are still some good and potentially great websites. All we have to do it is take advantage of them.
  9. 2 points
    The end of a decade or a century has a different vibration. Personally the 90's were very different than the 00's.
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    Commitment: Can I get you to make me a promise? Can I get you to see passed the undertaking of my hearts desires? I promise you love and devotion, which by today’s society is far from the norm. In becoming attentive to the needs of others, one can cause self-harm. My loyalty is more than the trust that I extent to the dedication called us. Faithfulness is the underdog of fidelity when adherence is no longer a must. My resolve said you are worth the time sacrificed, but do I take what is given at the cost of a life. We were supposed to walk as one, an allegiance standing its ground, refusing to retreat. However the bond that brought us back to heel was a facility to the pain, which was real. Your pledge an oath told to the old that promised fairytales to the very young, was the contract that promised mystic retreats had me rethinking the pact that you had made with me. So many decisions were made back then and I was amazed you consider me a friend. I guaranteed you me at the cost of them, not contemplating the contract end. The resolution was supposed to bring me peace of mind but is was only affirmation of a kinder time when you could feel me in the breeze of the night and the vows we made said we’d be alright. Yet reality has a way of creeping in with no assurance of where ties begin. It is only a burden when duty pressures an engagements end, and the arrangements made were to consider the obligation of a lifelong friend. Never the less, here we sit hand in hand with the future untold. We considered the undertaking that was pressed upon us, and welcomed the moment we both got old. The memories that we would never rewrite because in the commitment we learn to fight. Those fights made us bold, and in them we learned to stay beyond the words and pain, the commitment to the future that we never thought we’d see, still makes me think this way. A committed friend.
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    Yes, there's no place like AALBC!
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    I visited NYC for the first time in 1989. So not at the height of the epidemic, but it was still going strong. I didn't see anything as graphic as what you did saw, but I watched people go in and out of a crack building one day, and I noticed one woman who came back so many times, I lost count. And while I couldn't see exactly what she was doing inside the building with the dealers, I could guess. This was on my second visit to NYC, in Harlem, which I had previously romanticized because of James Baldwin's books. I was terrified of NYC as child because of police/crime dramas on TV, and even the sitcoms joked about getting mugged. My mom went to NYC when I was 5 and I cried the whole time she was away. I was a sensitive child lol. Even when I went in '89 and '90, I was scared to ride the subway. I was still scared when my then-fiance lived there in the early 90s and I'd come in every other weekend from Connecticut to visit him in Brooklyn. And I still drove everywhere once I was living in Brooklyn with him for the first 4 months of our marriage. I got a busted tire from a pothole, and I felt like that symbolized my time there lol. But looking back, I didn't take advantage of the time there at all. We lived on Eastern Parkway, right across the street from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and I don't think I went once. I didn't enjoy Brooklyn until around 2005/2006 after my first divorce. I had friends in Brooklyn and Philly, and we'd meet up usually in Brooklyn (and once in Philly; no one ever wanted to come to Pittsburgh lol) for a weekend. We'd go dancing until 4 am at APT in the Meat Packing District, then go to breakfast, and then crash as the sun was coming up. Then go to Chez Oscar (in Ft. Greene, I think) for brunch. Those were good times! NYC to WV? That's a lot!
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    LOL! I know it seems weird right? But yep! I lived in Brooklyn at the height of the crack epidemic and I sadly, but daily, stepped over pools of blood and brain matter to get the subway station. I don't think I've ever been more uncomfortable than those days. It wasn't until after I got married that I actually packed up and left NYC . And only then because my exhubby- got his plumbing contractor's license and had a close relationship with the chairman of the marsh cigar factory in Wheeling.
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    @Mel HopkinsThank you! Re: EBONY, I was among the freelancers who had to sue them to get paid. I wrote four pieces for them and had a great experience with the editors. So many good people suffered because of the terrible new owners. Good luck with your (eventual) relocation!
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    That's fair to say. I've never heard of Davy Graham and Joan Baez. I'll downloiad some of their stuff and have a listen this weekend. I was introduced to them with Neil Young's solo stuff in the 1980s and 1990s. The grunge and ska sounds from the 1990s also got me into the Stones and Pink Floyd. The blinking light on my "Pulse" CD box of Floyd still blinks! 😀
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    Nope, because most of it is not "news." Besides I already know how the country works. I was exaggerating, but 15% of it has already burn up and that is indeed massive! Yes, it is well known that a lot of folks get their news from Facebook, but there is no indication that they are fact checking in higher numbers. Even if they did, this is increasingly difficult because news sources are not always fact checking they sources are the have an agenda like Rupert Murdoch, FIX News, etc.
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    @Delano, I trust you are your's are safe. However I was wondering it the inferno raging across the country you live in has changed your opinion on climate change. The reason it occurred to me is the U.S.'s coverage, of the Australian coverage, of the unprescenced fires raging across your continent. Apparently, Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate is doing everything in its power to push the agenda that climate change is not a factor in the fires. This led me to believe Murdoch's influence may be -- even unconsciously -- influencing your stance on man.s influence on the climate. Media also made me think about our bets in 45 presidency. You and @Kalexander2 after losing a bet to me over 45 presidency doubled down and bet me again thinking he would be booted from office before the end of his term. It is virtually certainty that he will complete his term, in fact he may win a second. I thought about why a situation they seemed so obvious to me could be seen so differently by you and K2. Then it occurred to be -- neither of you live in the U.S. Your perceptions of what is going on here is quite distorted leading you to believe things that folks here would not possibly believe. In much the same way we, in the U.S., are given distorted views of other countries by our own media you are given a distorted view of the U.S. What do you think?
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    @Kareem, I think ,at least to an extent, folk music was quite unique to Europe in particular the UK though a kind of folk at least existed in the States too. Not including Dylan, people like Davy Graham and Joan Baez. Here Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention and Pentangle reigned supreme. Lots of pubs and clubs playing host to many folk artists who quite a lot sang about old tales of old folk from rural England,Wales etc. All I can remember from the 60s themselves,musically was seeing the Beatles performing Hey Jude on tv. I was only five. I suppose I do tend to listen to the likes of the Stones, early Floyd and more obscure bands than I do of the Beatles now. Crosby,Stills,Nash and Young are great. But more recently having been trailing through the web looking for lesser known soul and funk . Hence that recent album I found,Barnyard Soul which is just superb. Add a little vino,just a little to go with the weed and some decent sounds and I bet you just might see Lucy in the sky with diamonds or a purple haze 😀
  19. 1 point
    I HAD to respond. I really didn't want you getting the wrong idea. The AALBC site and forum are great. But as I said, Lipstick Alley isn't for me.
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    @Kareem I can relate because both the 70s and the 80s was my time! I entered my high school age during these times so I can understand the transitions from the 70s to the 80s. Oh yes, I love that song Boogie Oogie Oogie. Don't get me started! LOL. Those were the times! And although I was very young in the 60s, I was so surprised though, when I later learn that some of the songs I heard actually were remake of earlier Black people. For example, I used to love hearing Cher, sang this song with the lyrics; Our Day Will Come. Man she really had a unique voice, But then years later, I was completely stunned to find out that this song was initially sung by a Black woman and when I heard her, I just couldn't believe it; she blew me away. And, remember Michael Bolton singing 'Sittin on the Dock of the Bay'!? WHEW! He has a unique voice. But, because my Step-father was in the Navy, and he just loved that song, and played it and sang it a lot, I already knew it was a Black man that sang it earlier, and man!!!--- When a Black man 'who can sing' sings-- It's like going into a trance... drift me away... Oh how I miss those days, dreaming about 'sittin on the dock of a bay' and strolling along the beach with a botha, in uniform, ... Yall just don't know... Anyways, but back to the 80s, that song brings to mind Bobby Caldwell's song too, What you won't do For Love and, then Billy Ocean, Oh my, my, my ... There you go! Hopefully, we can bring back those days. I believe in it! Really!? I don't think I've ever heard it! So, I will be searching for it! LOL! Too late now. You have to keep on...
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    @Troy, I'm confident none of those cities are as provincial as Pittsburgh, but I was trying to avoid using that word. You cut to the chase, lol. I visited some friends in ATL and had a blast, but I don't think I can live there, for the reasons you gave. Plus, I've heard the dating scene is abysmal, for black women. And to answer your question, I don't see swirling in my future, lol. Thanks for profile! I will email you the rest.
  22. 1 point
    Check out all 40 books nominated for a 2020 NAACP Image Award in the following eight literature categories; Biography/Autobiography, Children, Debut Author, Fiction, Instructional, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Youth/Teens. There was a time when the titles on this list were quite controversial as they tended to skew heavily toward celebrity book. The choices are much better, nowadays but skew to folks willing to pony up the entry fee. There are many great books from 2019 not on this list for that reason. There were also some odd choices like like the book, More Than Pretty: Doing the Soul Work That Uncovers Your True Beauty, by Erica Campbell being nominated in two categories (debut author and instructional). Nominees should be restricted to one category unless they are phenomenal books. I'll go out on a limb and say I doubt More Than Pretty is a phenomenal books. I also think the nominees should be Black unless they have written something that speaks substantively to Black people. Two bios on Prince is one too many and not another book on Dr. King... At any rate, I'm glad to see Black literature being celebrated. This is perhaps the highest profile event for Black books in the country. The Image Awards were also sponsors of AALBC this year, so I really can't complain all. In fact, that is the only reason I put in the effort to cover all 40 books -- I would have just covered the winners otherwise. Several of these authors would never have been added to the site were it not for their Image Award nomination.
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    Yes I'm in Tampa FL @FerociousKitty. I purchased a place here in 2011 and have been living here full-time since 2017. I actually live in the suburbs (not downtown). It is actually the "country" by my NYC standards. I can see raptor birds, alligator, fox, deer, cranes, turtles, snakes all in the same day from my back yard. As far as pros and cons it really depends on what you want and where you are coming from. I was born and raised in NYC, but I always preferred the south it is quieter, less expensive, cleaner, better weather. Unless you have some serious paper living in NYC is very stressful. The downside for me is the Black middle class is small and somewhat insular. Still I'm building a network of book people and friends. I've known two Black women who moved here and hated it. They found it difficult to meet people -- especially men. This is a common refrain for single middle aged women, but I imagine this is true in many places. As far as seeking professional help after our breakup I did not do that, because I'm a man. Seriously, I have great friends who were super supportive. By the time the ex made it cyrstal clear that she did not love me or want to have anything to do with my website I was happy to be free of her. The kids were grown and out the house, I already had the place in Tampa, so the transition was relatively easy. That's the condensed version, of course the full story is more complicated than what I've just related. I'm assuming there is an Author Profile for you on the site FK, if not send me your info troy@aalbc.com
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    I read the Nation's article and was outraged, but not surprised. Some damning quotes; Jared Kushner’s real-estate business obtained arrest warrants for 105 former tenants since 2013, resulting in 22 debtors’ going to jail. Hundreds of these arrest warrants can be rubber-stamped by judges in a single day. You already know the complexion of those thrown in jail... And of course these are traditionally the most vulnerable members of society, disproportionately black and brown, bearing the brunt of this perversion of the law. The impact doesn’t just include a couple weeks in jail but lost wages, potential lost employment, scrambles for childcare, the burden of a criminal record, and the psychological stress and humiliation of being locked up for being poor. Corporations are literally trying to bring back slavery and our government is perfectly complicit... like the last time.
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    Just started this, the second in the trilogy though I've already read Detroit 67 and Harlem 69.
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    9/21/19 12p-4p End Your Summer Right With The Heavy Hitters Of The Literary Industry....Cash AlexanderSilk WhiteKeith Kareem WilliamsRacquel Williams Nikki Turner Cee Renee Tiffany Author Forbes Shawn Starling Haikeem Stokes Urban Moon LaKesa Cox Jessica Watkins Authoress Ty Monee And Many More
  28. 1 point
    Critical Thinking is in critical condition.
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    @Del Gracious Peace! That is amazing man! WOW! I love it! I sure hope so. I kind of sense this too, as @Troy also said. I feel we need change, but change for the better. This is interesting. I find I fall into even number patterns a lot, however, my men folk seem to flow with a odd number pattern.
  30. 1 point
    The reason why I love this community has to do with the book aspect of it too-- Black Books.
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    The more I think about it, @Troy - those writers you mentioned are "the literati" too. I learned of them because they're admired and often mentioned writers who happened to be black. You are my alumni but my love of reading caused me to gravitate towards your project, AALBC, like it was cooked food. When I see your name and aalbc turn up in my google alerts, I'm never surprised its in connection to PWI literary sites. Further, It's not like PWIs gave you a "white" card. Instead. you're the standard and you're giving something most of us don't have access too. - So, as the authority and go-to expert, you're just famous (period) for your knowledge and contribution to the literary field.
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    Marketers in publishing houses tend to use social media for online promotion. This is easy, but it is not the best way to reach Black readers -- shoot it isn't even the best way to reach me and I can't promote book I don't know about. I can't tell you how many people discover a book, I thought was popular, for the first time on AALBC.com or through my newsletter. Brilliant.
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    Hello, Promoter Before I begin, I want you to know that, for me, the language of “marketing”—even the word itself--is too close to the language of enslavement: branding, selling yourself, which I see as different from selling your book. Wherever these terms would appear, I will replace them. For this letter, I will only deal with nonfiction books. Yes, as a writer I will at some point need help selling my books. But I do think that if you, the promoter, understood me, the writer, better you would be more successful at promoting my books. Here is what I heard most often: “Figure out who is going to buy the book before you finish writing it.” Sure, there are some books that are rather concrete and straightforward: “The 10 Best Places for Fly Fishing in North America,” "Starting your Business on the Kitchen Table,” “Scientific Hair Care for Women of Color.” All of these books could conceivably have a promotion plan before the writer even set fingers to keyboard. For instance, fly fishing clubs and places both online and offline where fly fishers gather, people in unemployment support groups, and women of color who frequent beauty salons and read magazines, blogs , and websites, with information about hair care for women of color. All of these are obvious places to start. Note, I am not saying that creativity and imagination would not be essential for how to go about finding these readers. What all these books have in common, as different as they are, is it is pretty clear what these books are about from the beginning. By that I mean they are giving straightforward information about concrete topics. However, there are other types of nonfiction books. I will use my experience as an example. An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones began as a simple oral history. It was modeled on All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw by Theodore Rosengarten. Even though my mother raised me alone after my father left the marriage when I was six months old, was burdened by family members who borrowed money they never repaid, and worked on three jobs to ensure I had a superb education--the combination of her savings, my scholarships, summer employment, and work-study jobs resulted in a debt-free education for me through graduate school—until that spring day in 1993, I had never seen her depressed. This South Carolina sharecropper’s daughter, born in 1920, who arrived in New York in 1946 to work as a cook in private homes, became perhaps the first black woman in management at a Fortune 500 company, Standard Brands, now Kraft Foods. Her statement: “I don’t feel my life has come to anything” spurred me to write the book. Although I was honing down my mother’s story, focusing it while retaining her voice, something was missing. But I didn’t know what it was. Only after my mother casually mentioned that black people did not get Social Security—which began in 1935-- until 1951, did the book take a turn into a slightly different direction. This was several years into the writing. While reading history books that spanned my mother’s lifetime, I found this quote, which I included in the book, in Blanch Wiesen Cook’s Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 2, The Defining Years, 1933-1938: Social Security was virtually segregated racially, and women were discriminated against. Agricultural and domestic workers…’casual labor’ or transient, part-time, seasonal, and service workers (such as laundry and restaurant workers)…and local, state, and federal government employees, including teachers, were excluded from the only ‘entitlements,’ old-age and unemployment insurance. As a result, 80 percent of black women were excluded; 60 percent of black men were excluded, and 60 percent of white women were excluded. Only half the workforce was included” (281-82). After that I read works on the Great Migration, the Red Summer of 1919, the role of black women in the suffrage movement, and the histories of the companies she worked for, among other books. Now the writing crackled. This simple oral history had now become a book that examined the history of African American women through the lens of my mother’s life. How could I possibly have started promoting the book earlier in the writing? The book had not yet become itself. The writer and the book are engaged in an intimate dance. Promotion requires leaving this dance to look at the book through the world’s eyes. If this is done too early, it is dangerous for the creation of the book. Once the rhythm of the dance had been established, I felt comfortable enough to temporarily leave it. Now I could see the book on library shelves, in the homes of the many people interested in women’s history, African American history, culinary art (there are stunning color pictures of my mother’s food creations in the book), and in college and high school classes featuring female voices, mother and daughter stories, and the Great Migration. Now in its second printing, and already in several libraries across the country, the book was accepted by the New York Public Library’s SchomburgCenter for Research in Black Culture in 2019. Books are not bricks. Some of them grow organically and become very different as they grow. We can not possibly figure out who is going to buy the book before we even know for sure what the book is. I hope this helps us work together better when we start promoting my next book.
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    Hey @Marion Hill here is a link to all the event on the "Circuit" that I'm aware of: https://aalbc.com/events/list.php/ The list also includes the festivals of many types around the world, but you have no problem identifying the event on the "Circuit." 😉 @Mel Hopkins I'm unsure too, but perhaps you are right.
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    Here is a banner I stumbled upon researching information on another author. I met this author at a “Chitlin Circuit” event, Black Authors and Readers Rock back in October. Yeah, three Amazon properties are promoted in the banner, but — and this is a big but — the author, Tamiya Davis, also promotes two Black owned booksellers; AALBC and Mahogany Books (who was also at the event)! This is the first time that I've even seen an author actively highlight two Black owned booksellers as a place where one can buy her book, which chronicles her near-death experience, From Fatal to Fierce. Now Tamiya never sent me this banner, but it is obvious I'd be more inclined to support author's who do this. I'm sure my friends at Mahogany Books feel the same 🙂 @B.D.C., the only silly question is the one not asked.
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    Ok, I'll get the ball rolling. Black Fire,anthology of Afro American Writing(1969 edition), Memphis 68, Revolutionary Suicide- Huey Newton, What Happened,Miss Simone?, Jimi Hendrix,a brothers Story, Street Fighting Years- Tariq Ali, James Baldwin, the FBI Files, Home- Leroi Jones and Power to the People, World of the Black Panthers.
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    I defintely appreciate the sentiment. Merry Christmas my Brother. Now I did not say anything about the media and truth. Truth is incidental with the media, which is increasingly social media. The coverage of 45 should tell you that, but they'd love a story about the patenting AIDS and using it in an effort to commit global negrocide. Social media is why conspiracys spread so quickly. Planes crashing into both towers and both buildings collapsing on themselves seemed unbelievable to me. Then a skyscraper a block away just collased for no apparent reason... like vaccines causing autism it seems very plausible and there is a ton of support of any conspiracy theory. But I don't believe we blew up the World Trade Center.
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    @Troy THANK YOU, King! Happy Holidays to you too! YES, I agree especially because of what you say about how it is balanced. You know, I looked at some of the winners last year and thought this issue of how it is balanced between winners and also, the locations where the pageants were held, and it is interesting. Last year in one of the pageants, Miss PHilipines won, and I believed that Miss Vietnam should have won. However, I think it was the first time Miss Vietnam competed and Miss Philipines repeatedly entered these contest and she was part White too. I thought her gown was lovely and she was polished though, but I don't see how she beat Miss Vietnam, and her LAVA walk [!] except that it is political. I also thought MIss Nigeria should have placed higher. But even though they are political, these types of affairs seem to always draw attention. It's obvious that there are so many beautiful people in the world who are poor that would never get the chance to be elevated for beauty in these type of shows. @Pioneer1 Absolutely! Yes, and also what you said about Divide and Conquer, that is an old tactic LOL! @Kareem This is frustrating in how Obama was used to promote this evil. Yeah, I don't know about the 'created' aspect.
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    @Troy Also its not like any of the foregoing is unprecedented and unusual. White people deliberately infected thousands of black people over two generations with syphilis via the Tuskegee Experiments just to watch them suffer and die. You seem to think these demons have some kind of collective conscience. They don't. Everything they do has evil motives.
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    Why would they patent a biological weapon? The same reason the Americans and Germans fought over the patents for nuclear weapons. The same reason they threaten to bomb Iran, North Korea or any other country that tries to develop their own nuclear weapons. It's profitable not only to sell nuclear weapons, but own a monopoly on them to determine who gets to own them and who does not. Same with biological weapons (i.e. AIDS). Dr. Robert Strecker is a biologist who made the following video in the mid-1980s (thus the poor quality) proving that AIDS cannot have naturally occurred. He mailed a copy (VHS) to every member of Congress and all Illinois state legislators. They all ignored him except for Illinois State Representative Douglas Huff, who "mysteriously died" in 1988. Dr. Strecker's brother, Ted, was helping him with the research. He also "mysteriously died" in 1988, about six weeks before Congressman Huff. You should also read Dr. Alan Cantwell's work if you're genuinely interested in this topic. Who is "they?" Governments who created AIDS aren't investing anything. Every semi-effective, affordable AIDS treatment was/is privately funded. Further, these private researchers were/are only dedicated to their work because AIDS effects so many white homophile males. Dr. Gary Davis, a black doctor from Tulsa, Okla., created what he called a "goat serum" or "BB 7075" that cured AIDS. He kept it as under-wraps as possible because he knew it was dangerous to mess with "their" biological weapons. He is said to have cured hundreds of people in West Africa. But again, he didn't want a lot of people knowing about it because his serum was cheap and effective. A black American girl named Precious Thomas was born with AIDS because of her crackhead mom. She got the treatment, and is still alive today. Look up her story. It's fascinating. Dr. Davis was poisoned and killed in 2007 when he was fleeing the country as the military industrial complex continually threatened him. Sounds crazy huh? It's all documented if you really want to know about it. I mean, Magic Johnson is still alive and looks healthier than ever. Obviously he was cured of a disease that meant 100% death when he contracted it in the early 1990s. You don't need to be a PhD biologist to understand a patent. There were ZERO documented cases of AIDS in Africa prior to 1979. But there were hundreds of them among homophile white males in San Francisco and New York. Those were the testing grounds/subjects before launching it on Africa via "malaria vaccines." Further, if you look just a little bit at the patent, you'll see the Pasteur Institute in France created it. That place has been around since the late 1880s and played an integral role in helping France colonize so much of Africa. Dr. Robert Gallo, an American, allegedly tried to steal the patent from the French and German doctor who made it. There was actually a lawsuit filed because of this. You can read about it in the book "Science Fictions: A Scientific Mystery, a Massive Cover-up and the Dark Legacy of Robert Gallo." I've done extensive research on this. Not a "conspiracy" at all. I specifically took two advanced biology courses in college after I learned about the Strecker Memorandum. I wanted to truly understand what he was saying. You don't believe it because you DON'T WANT to believe it. I can understand that. But the proof is out there if you want it.
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    Your post made me look into Nipsey Hussle a little more. I came across an interview with him on the Breakfast Club. He talked about the book/movie "The Spook Who Sat By The Door." He talked about having the power to mobilize a lot of black people. It was similar to that line in the Malcolm X movie when the cop said "No man should have that much power." Anyway, Hussle was dead a month or two later. A good friend of mine believes that was the reason he was killed. I also saw that Hussle was in a long-term relationship with a beautiful black woman and mother of one of his children named Lauren London. Never heard of her either until a few days ago. But that alone differentiates Hussle from Tupac. I don't believe a black man can be a true leader of black people without a black woman at his side. That's why Malcolm (and Betty), Medgar (and Myrlie), and MLK (Coretta) were so influential and powerful. I've grown more skeptical of Nelson Mandela over the years. But he and Winnie were also very powerful. Who is/was a powerful, influential black couple now? The Obamas work for white liberals. Jay-Z and Beyonce are just celebrities looking out for themselves. It just doesn't exist anymore. I just wonder why I never heard of Hussle until he was dead? I don't listen to hip-hop anymore as most of it since the early 1990s is garbage. But if he as doing good thing, I'd think he'd be on my radar.
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    @Chevdove I think you're right about these pageants having political agendas. @Pioneer1 kind of touched on it too. I think the most defining moment in the Obama Administration as it relates to Africa and African Americans was him going to Kenya and the ONLY thing he talked about was trying to get the country to legalize same-sex marriage. President Uhuru Kenyatta responded, and it looked like he was trying not to laugh. He basically told Obama and the crowd that his country has much bigger and more important issues; and said Kenyans don't give a damn about homophilia nor do they want it in their country. White imperialists created AIDS and Ebola to kill the African masses and stop babies from being born; just like they created Planned Parenthood for the same reasons. And @Troy, please don't call the man-made creation called AIDS a conspiracy. The patent for the virus is filed with the US Patent and Trademarks Office. Despite how powerful those man-made diseases are, black folks are just too resilient. The African population is growing like in no other time in history despite the white artificial disease agenda. They want homophilia to also slow/stop black people from being born. But our cousins across the ponds ain't having it. African Americans will do anything to please the white master. Thus that's why so many of us (I'd say a good majority, 60%) have bought into this sexual degeneracy and depravity of the 21st century. Also in the last 15 or so years, they have created an artificial divide between black men and women. These people are quite cunning. It's not giving them too much credit. It's the fact that black Americans are so colonized in the mind that these white imperial schemes don't even need to be all that sophisticated. Whatever white people say, we do. And it's quite sad and demoralizing. I don't need white-owned/Trump-owned pageants to tell me black women are the most beautiful women on the planet. But I guess we must accept whatever bones they throw us.
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    To be clear, are you saying that one does not need to define an audience for their book? I ask because on this forum, just the other day I wrote: "If your goal is to make money with your book, marketing should begin before the book is written. The author should consider who the audience for the book is, how large the audience is, how will they reach the audience, and how much it will cost. Independently published authors rarely do this. After some analysis you may determine not to write the book. Indie authors produce the book then struggle with figuring out how to sell it." I do know this is common advice and the reason I share it is because I believe it to be sound advice. Of course I understand that some indie authors -- most perhaps -- have a book in them that they must to get out and issues of marketing are of little concern. In fact, issues of how to properly produce a book and sell it are of little concern as well ... until it is too late. I'm including a link to your book here on AALBC: An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones by Wendy Jones
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    Amazon as been selling bootleg books for as long as I can remember, but the idea that they allow 3rd parties to sell trash as new under the Amazon brand is disgusting. You Might Be Buying Trash on Amazon—Literally Wall Street Journal Article, December 19, 2019 One publisher describes how they bought 34 of its books from Amazon and Amazon’s third-party sellers. At least 30 were counterfeits! New York Times Article, June 23, 2019 If I did any of the above I would be thrown under the jail. The tide a turning regarding public sentiment of Amazon. Everyday there is another article revealing Amazon's shady business practices. When I stopped selling books as an Amazon affiliate my book sales went up -- way up! I'm certain this would not have happened just two years ago. Today I'm getting more order and larger book orders. Yesterday someone purchased 100 (different books) in a single order! That never happened when I dealt with Amazon. I've been told more than once by a customer who said that they are happy to buy books from me now that I don't use Amazon. While our government serves as Amazon's hand maiden, it seems that the people are beginning to reject Amazon.
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    Hey @Chevdove good to read you again; happy holidays Queen! @Pioneer1, come on man... You actually believe that some white men have arranges for these contest to be won by Black women to cull the Black population? Seriously? You are giving white folks too much credit. Good old fashioned colonialism has far more effective. We don't need the conspiracy theories. Happy holidays Pharoah!
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    African women are clearly among the most beautiful AND attractive women on the planet. Even when they weren't considered the most beautiful they were the most sexually attractive and Caucasians had a hard time keeping their hands off of them. However like Chev said I suspect a political motivation behind this sudden praise of Black women by the Caucasian media. It's not just with the beauty shows, but with politics and enetertainment where the media seems to be singling out African women and making a distinct separation between them and African men for praise.....which I suspect is a divide and conquer tactic. What they're really pushing is for African women to abandon the "less than adequate" African man and either go lesbian and get with another African woman OR get with a Caucasian man. Either way, it's all geared toward culling the African population and by preventing more African babies from being born.
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    I do not understand the hype about Tupac, either, and I did listen to some of Nipsey's music and understand his platform, therefore, I think the two are absolutely different. Nipsey me the leader of Eritrea, and was about to do some kind of business venture. He also began to promote STEM for young black kids and etc. His music was intense for me, but, I understand his platform. Nipsey was definitely political but not sure about Tupac.
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    The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. There are 5 finalists in each category, 8 Black writers made up more than half of all the finalists and won every category! This is quite an accomplishment. When the award started in 2014 there was only one Black finalist and no winners.* *This is based upon recent research; if someone finds something that is factually inaccurate please let me know.
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    Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Picture Book book "What If We Were All The Same!" by C.M. Harris, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0578487144. Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies. "Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite What If We Were All The Same! A Children's Book About Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion is a children’s picture book written by C.M. Harris and illustrated by Eric Everett. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone was exactly the same? What if we all had the same appearance, interests, and personalities? What if every single house, car, and tree was identical. What if the only food you could eat was beets? No meat? No candy? No fruit? Just beets... Harris contrasts this rather grim and boring world with our own diverse reality where no one is exactly alike, even identical twins, and she shows how those differences add infinite spice and dimension to our lives. Her story illustrates how our uniqueness makes each of us special and beautiful in our own way. Some kids are short, others tall, and there’s an infinite number of ways that we are both different and alike. Then she shifts her focus to the natural world where animals are found in all forms, shapes, and sizes. These differences are also a cause for celebration. Harris asks the reader to consider what differences make them who they are? What If We Were All The Same! is an inspirational and warm celebration of the differences in all living things. Her story sends an important message to kids who often want to be just like everyone else. Artist Eric Everett does a grand job of visualizing the monochromatic world where everything is the same and contrasting it with the world as it is, filled with kids of all colors, shapes, sizes, and abilities. Each panel is brightly colored and upbeat and works perfectly with the story. This is a grand selection for storytime and offers teachers and caregivers opportunities to have kids weigh in on how their differences make them special in after-story-time discussions. It’s also suitable for new readers to try on their own. What If We Were All The Same! is highly recommended." You can learn more about C.M. Harris and "What If We Were All The Same!" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/what-if-we-were-all-the-same where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages. Readers' Favorite LLC Media Relations Louisville, KY 40202 800-RF-REVIEW support@readersfavorite.com https://readersfavorite.com
  50. 0 points
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