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  1. 3 points
    Pioneer you hold up white people as a moral example. A casual look at history will show white people killing each other at an alarming rate. 600K+ killed in the war between the states. Millions killed in WWI, WWII, then there is our course Hitler, The crusades, and even the pate of massive shootings Vegas, Columbine, etc. And don't get me started on white folks and their genocide of the indigenous people in the American's, Australia, and the treatment of Black people--come on man! Surely you are going to use some random white guy, given their collective history of rape, pillage, and plunder across planet Earth, to make your point Again our willingness to debate and even argue, is more of a sign of unity than disunity.
  2. 2 points
    The following quote was from the article, “How Google may be jeopardizing African-American literature websites”; which was published yesterday on the The Outline website: Ouch! The author of the article, wrote what I thought was an important article on a subject that has gotten virtually no coverage outside of what I have written, so despite the scathing critique, that I've shared above, I'm glad the article was written. However, the paragraph, quoted above, was over the top. The site does not look like it was developed in the late 1990's indeed none of the technologies the site deployed were available in the 1990. Now I'd accept the site looks like something from late 2000's which is why I'm engaged in a website upgrade. The site is sprawing and has well over 15,000 pages, but that is stated as if it is a disadvantage and opposed to being an good thing. With the exception of the sites homepages (homepage, and other main section pages), the typical page on the site is not busy-- certainly not as busy as many other content websites. I plan to residesign all of the main pages because they are busy, but the vast majority of pages on the site are fine, in my opinion, and I will not me change their design as part of this upgrade. I actually pride myself on the internal linking of web pages. I think it is a benefit of the site, and how the web is designed to work. I will not cut out internal linking of pages--that is a strange comment to make especially when using the word "zillions." It is just hyperbolic. I agree the menu is has more links that it should and I already know how I'm going to address that issue and it will also simplify how the site is organized to visitors. I do sell books directly (drop shipped by Ingram) and also though Amazon, B&N, and other affiliate programs — AALBC.com is not just an Amazon affiliate site. I also send readers to the author’s website or to the publishes website. All of the buy links for Black Classic Press and Just Us Book send readers to the publishers websites. How I sell books depends upon the book. I’m actually growing the direct to author/publisher websites to combat Amazon’s dominance. Finally, the majority of book descriptions are the same ones most booksellers use; they are provided by the publisher. If the writer looked or was familiar with how book sites typically work she'd know this. B&N, Amazon, Google, and I often use the same book descriptions. If any keyword stuffing is done, it is done by the publisher, in the copy they provide to booksellers. But keyword stuffing on the publisher’s part seems unlikely. I have never engaged in in keyword stuffing (the practice of using specific word in copy, more than you would normally to rank better in search). I did ask to author to provide me with an example of this to better understand how she came with this idea. Other than book descriptions, Kam's articles are the only "syndicated" content that AALBC has ever used, and I actually had to stop using Kam's articles because of Google penalties (I know one publisher of Kam's content who deleted almost 2,000 of Kam's articles. i refused to remove content that I have paid for and that was published legitimately -- I don't care what Google says). ALL the rest of AALBC.com content, articles, lists, reviews, etc is unique. So while I do not say that Kam's film reviews are syndicated, they are such a small portion of AALBC.com, to use this as a critique for the site overall is extreme. At the end of the day, Google is indeed using it's dominance in search to redirect traffic from book websites to their own book store and content they have copied from Wikipedia, Goodreads and other websites. This has prevented many website from succeeding, hobbled the efforts of the sites that remain (including AALBC.com), and have essentially prevented any new one from launching -- which is the point of the article. The issue is much larger than AALBC.com or any individual site, so despite the factually inaccurate smackdown of AALBC.com the fundamental issues raised in the article needs to be addressed and are worthy of broader attention, something I think the article will help accomplish. I thanked the author of the article, Adrianne Jeffries, for bringing additional attention to this issue. Of course I pointed out the issues I had with her critique of the site .
  3. 2 points
    I figured I'd give it a try since speaking in my language failed. You know I've learned a couple of things over the years here. I don't mean just facts and ideas, but about communicating with people. I gave a talk last week about Facebook, Amazon, and Google, rather than bombarding the audience with facts and figures I decided to tell more of my story to connect with people on a more human (emotional level). Afterward the organizer told me what she really liked about my talk was that it was informative but I also made it "personal." Communicating in a language people understand is a worthy goal. Thanks everyone.
  4. 2 points
    @Cynique Your post communicates perfectly why I've been rolling my eyes since social media has all but put Oprah on the 2020 Presidential ballot. I''m embarrassed by how we, United States citizens, act as if we're extras in a television show. I'm still waiting for the fall of Rome because so far, I see the entire civilization continuously play out in my newspaper, social media and sometimes television (if I don't have it tuned to some fantasy show). I didn't watch the golden globe award show because I don't watch award shows...but folks being moved by an Oprah speech means we are truly controlled by mythology and storytelling. We fall for the facade of shiny things and really don't look for substance anymore. As much as I write about the benefits of an Obama Administration, I've never fell victim to his narrative. Quiet as kept, I never listened to his speeches either. I read them. This after I learned from a Chicago reporter, who covered him in early years, how Mr. Obama practiced his cadence until he perfected it to stir the audience. Anyway, I see the same in Oprah. She has goals and she achieves them. I admire that in her, period. But like the rest of the players, she has the hero's journey (monomyth) down to a science and people respond emotionally. Like you've written, she's the photo negative of 45*. Oprah was most likely tapped because "they" suspect 45* isn't the beacon for consumer spending. Nothing tanks America's economy faster than us holding onto our purse strings. If folks can't see how easily we're played then we need to revisit all 11 seasons of the X-Files
  5. 2 points
    Most public librarians will tell you they get their books from Baker & Taylor or Ingram, the book distributors. That is what my librarian told me. A publisher has to meet the criteria to be accepted by these distributors. If you haven't published at least five books, you aren't eligible to even be considered. Here's how I was able to get my book into seven New Jersey public libraries (two libraries took two copies) and one New York City public library--so far. Only two NJ libraries declined the offer, but I have another way of approaching them. I will let you know if it works. I gave a reading for my home library and sold books to audience members as well as donated one to the library. After that, a sponsor took galleys to several NJ libraries. Their evaluation committees read the book and decided to accept a copy for their respective libraries. In this case, the sponsor paid me full price for the books and donated them to the libraries, but I think they would have bought the books outright. Since my home library belongs to a consortium which includes several of the libraries where my book was accepted, I was able to check the catalog to see that the book was taken out quite often. A few months later, a NY public library that neither I nor the sponsor had contacted called to order a copy of the book. This library paid the usual discount (40%) for the book. Although the circulation person did not know how she knew of the book, she said she had been given a printout. My guess is that one of the NJ libraries sent information to this NYC library.
  6. 2 points
    Pioneer you atr mistaken disagreement with disunity. Underneath the disagreement there's still camaraderie.
  7. 2 points
    My God that is terrible. I have even more respect for Hamer. @Cynique, that article explains why I don;t subject myself to those awards shows. Ignore them. You know I find myself trying to ignore a lot of the media lately. I recently got rid of my Cable TV, so this should become a lot easier now and I'll even save some money!
  8. 1 point
    @Pioneer1 here is something for you to consider, for the New Year: I think that you are the only one on this forum who has never changed their stance on an issue. I may be wrong, but I have no recollection of this ever happening. If there is an instance please relate it here or point to a link. If you can not do this, after so many years of participating here, that tells me that you probably think everything you believe is infallible. We all know noone is perfect, but an unwillingness to accept our own imperfections and fallibility will never led to growth. Are you interested in expanding your mind or simply winning arguments?
  9. 1 point
    Deep article. As you know I have always decried the ineffectiveness on the NFL boycott, largely because we did not really sacrifice anything -- we refused to boycott, and the NFL and media controlled the narrative. The protest and Colin were easily dispatched. Random House will profit from a related book deal and I'll generate some commissions but football will go on and the brutality against Black people will continue... MY GOD! Have 4,000 people been shot in Chicago!?! I just looked it up and I see the number was actually 4,349 resulting in 771 murders! That is an astounding stat. In contrast, NY City with more than 3 times the population of Chitown had 231 murders in 2016 (the number will be well under 200 for 2017). I'm sure, but did not check, that murders in both cities were disproportionately Black on Black. In 2016, less than 260 Black people were killed by police -- nationwide -- Chicago's citizenry beat that before the summer was over. Of course some of the Brothers killed by police were unarmed and the shootings were unjustified. At any rate, I agree wholeheartedly with the idea that "...oppression left us unprepared for freedom." The word "Freedom," used 18 times in Shelby Steele's article, is key. We largely don't exercise freedom in the Black community. This is no different than what Carter G.Woodson wrote almost 90 years ago; "if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit." I had not really thought about the protest in the content of freemdon before. Thanks for sharing the article (next time post an excerpt and link to the full article). _____________ BTW Jason, @Cynique is Brilliant nonetheless. In an alternative universe where wisdom and experience were revered more than youth and celebrity, people like Cynique would be more widely known.
  10. 1 point
    A provocative article by one of America's premiere black Conservative spokesman. Black Protest Has Lost Its Power by Shelby Steele Jan. 12, 2018 6:40 p.m. ET The recent protests by black players in the National Football League were rather sad for their fruitlessness. They may point to the end of an era for black America, and for the country generally—an era in which protest has been the primary means of black advancement in American life. There was a forced and unconvincing solemnity on the faces of these players as they refused to stand for the national anthem. They seemed more dutiful than passionate, as if they were mimicking the courage of earlier black athletes who had protested: Tommie Smith and John Carlos, fists in the air at the 1968 Olympics; Muhammad Ali, fearlessly raging against the Vietnam War; Jackie Robinson, defiantly running the bases in the face of racist taunts. The NFL protesters seemed to hope for a little ennoblement by association. And protest has long been an ennobling tradition in black American life. From the Montgomery bus boycott to the march on Selma, from lunch-counter sit-ins and Freedom Rides to the 1963 March on Washington, only protest could open the way to freedom and the acknowledgment of full humanity. So it was a high calling in black life. It required great sacrifice and entailed great risk. Martin Luther King Jr. , the archetypal black protester, made his sacrifices, ennobled all of America, and was then shot dead. For the NFL players there was no real sacrifice, no risk and no achievement. Still, in black America there remains a great reverence for protest. Through protest—especially in the 1950s and ’60s—we, as a people, touched greatness. Protest, not immigration, was our way into the American Dream. Freedom in this country had always been relative to race, and it was black protest that made freedom an absolute. It is not surprising, then, that these black football players would don the mantle of protest. The surprise was that it didn’t work. They had misread the historic moment. They were not speaking truth to power. Rather, they were figures of pathos, mindlessly loyal to a black identity that had run its course. What they missed is a simple truth that is both obvious and unutterable: The oppression of black people is over with. This is politically incorrect news, but it is true nonetheless. We blacks are, today, a free people. It is as if freedom sneaked up and caught us by surprise. Of course this does not mean there is no racism left in American life. Racism is endemic to the human condition, just as stupidity is. We will always have to be on guard against it. But now it is recognized as a scourge, as the crowning immorality of our age and our history. Protest always tries to make a point. But what happens when that point already has been made—when, in this case, racism has become anathema and freedom has expanded? What happened was that black America was confronted with a new problem: the shock of freedom. This is what replaced racism as our primary difficulty. Blacks had survived every form of human debasement with ingenuity, self-reliance, a deep and ironic humor, a capacity for self-reinvention and a heroic fortitude. But we had no experience of wide-open freedom. Watch out that you get what you ask for, the saying goes. Freedom came to blacks with an overlay of cruelty because it meant we had to look at ourselves without the excuse of oppression. Four centuries of dehumanization had left us underdeveloped in many ways, and within the world’s most highly developed society. When freedom expanded, we became more accountable for that underdevelopment. So freedom put blacks at risk of being judged inferior, the very libel that had always been used against us. To hear, for example, that more than 4,000 people were shot in Chicago in 2016 embarrasses us because this level of largely black-on-black crime cannot be blamed simply on white racism. We can say that past oppression left us unprepared for freedom. This is certainly true. But it is no consolation. Freedom is just freedom. It is a condition, not an agent of change. It does not develop or uplift those who win it. Freedom holds us accountable no matter the disadvantages we inherit from the past. The tragedy in Chicago—rightly or wrongly—reflects on black America. That’s why, in the face of freedom’s unsparing judgmentalism, we reflexively claim that freedom is a lie. We conjure elaborate narratives that give white racism new life in the present: “systemic” and “structural” racism, racist “microaggressions,” “white privilege,” and so on. All these narratives insist that blacks are still victims of racism, and that freedom’s accountability is an injustice. We end up giving victimization the charisma of black authenticity. Suffering, poverty and underdevelopment are the things that make you “truly black.” Success and achievement throw your authenticity into question. The NFL protests were not really about injustice. Instead such protests are usually genuflections to today’s victim-focused black identity. Protest is the action arm of this identity. It is not seeking a new and better world; it merely wants documentation that the old racist world still exists. It wants an excuse. For any formerly oppressed group, there will be an expectation that the past will somehow be an excuse for difficulties in the present. This is the expectation behind the NFL protests and the many protests of groups like Black Lives Matter. The near-hysteria around the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and others is also a hunger for the excuse of racial victimization, a determination to keep it alive. To a degree, black America’s self-esteem is invested in the illusion that we live under a cloud of continuing injustice. When you don’t know how to go forward, you never just sit there; you go backward into what you know, into what is familiar and comfortable and, most of all, exonerating. You rebuild in your own mind the oppression that is fading from the world. And you feel this abstract, fabricated oppression as if it were your personal truth, the truth around which your character is formed. Watching the antics of Black Lives Matter is like watching people literally aspiring to black victimization, longing for it as for a consummation. But the NFL protests may be a harbinger of change. They elicited considerable resentment. There have been counterprotests. TV viewership has gone down. Ticket sales have dropped. What is remarkable about this response is that it may foretell a new fearlessness in white America—a new willingness in whites (and blacks outside the victim-focused identity) to say to blacks what they really think and feel, to judge blacks fairly by standards that are universal. We blacks have lived in a bubble since the 1960s because whites have been deferential for fear of being seen as racist. The NFL protests reveal the fundamental obsolescence—for both blacks and whites—of a victim-focused approach to racial inequality. It causes whites to retreat into deference and blacks to become nothing more than victims. It makes engaging as human beings and as citizens impermissible, a betrayal of the sacred group identity. Black victimization is not much with us any more as a reality, but it remains all too powerful as a hegemony. Mr. Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, is author of “Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country” (Basic Books, 2015). Appeared in the January 13, 2018, print edition of The Wall Street Journal.
  11. 1 point
    @Delano that was a typo... I will go correct it now... @Pioneer1 I don't remember joining in on that discussion between you and Cynique.. I remember your discussion with @Cynique being more nuanced.
  12. 1 point
    @Pioneer1Oh, quit taking bows and cherry pickin. Long before you insisted on equating knowledge with comprehension and subsequently offering your example, i gave the example of me knowing all the exponents of Einstein's E=MC2, but went on to say that i did not understand it! I contended from the beginning that having knowledge about or being aware of something does not necessarily means that you comprehend its implications. And i noted that a mystery is an example of this.
  13. 1 point
    @Pioneer1Get outta here! Mel and i did not verify what you were saying all along which was that knowledge was synonymous with understanding! I said that knowledge encompassed facts and information but was not the same as comprehending what this data meant. So i don't agree with you when it comes to what knowledge implies. You are really a die-hard, still refusing to think your ideas through lest doing so would prove you wrong and leave you with no choice but to admit that your entrenched beliefs might be incorrect. One thing is sure, a whole generation of white Europeans killed each other during World War I. And just because a relatively few number of men of color participated in Word War II, does not negate that the majority of those fighting against each other were white Europeans. You're always crowing about the 2 Million Men marches organized by your messiah; wasn't that a display of black men unified? And didn't white men from the Union and the Confederacy fight and kill each other during the Civil War? Puleeze. I deleted a previous post expressing my opinion that you are not a critical thinker because i didn't want to keep piling on you, but i reinstate that sentiment now.
  14. 1 point
    Troy You must remember that of those killed in the world wars and Crusades.....millions of those people were actually PEOPLE OF COLOR. When the Europeans went into the Middle East and North Africa for the Crusades most of the people they killed were Arabs and Africans of color. And even in the World Wars 1 and 2 a large percentage of those killed were people in Africa and Asia who were serving as proxy soldiers to help their European colonial masters fight.     And don't get me started on white folks and their genocide of the indigenous people in the American's, Australia, and the treatment of Black people--come on man! Surely you are going to use some random white guy, given their collective history of rape, pillage, and plunder across planet Earth, to make your point Exactly my point! Their anger and violence tends to be focused on conquering people of color. While people of color's anger and violence tends to be focused on conquering EACHOTHER. Which goes back to my point about Black men constantly arguing and going to war with eachother over petty arguments when we should be on the same page when it comes to MOST things since most of us get the same treatment from society. Now let me bring something to your attention as an excellent example of how people stick together AGAINST the Black man........ Check out the end of this page of the thread where Mel correctly observes the difference between KNOWLEDGE and simply repeating facts and information: https://aalbc.com/tc/topic/4850-actually-troy/?page=2&_fromLogin=1 What's the problem? There IS NONE.....except for the fact that I basically said the same thing in another thread but Mel ignored it and Cynique argued AGAINST it and said that facts and information IS knowledge!!! But if you'll observe, this same Cynique actually gave her a TROPHY at the bottom of her post for what she said....signaling that she agrees with it. So now you have two Black women AGREEING with a position I initiated but one of them OPPOSED me on that very same position when it was coming from me and another simply refused to agree with it as long as I was the one pushing it! I'm telling you man, this is NO coincidence! White society has been against Black men and many of them have turned Black women against Black men. Many Black women have a HATRED of Black men. A hatred that DIDN'T come from being abused, molested, or abandoned with children but because they were TRAINED to hate and oppose Black men. Now ofcourse, I.....Pioneer....don't represent all Black men and just because someone disagrees with me or opposes me it doesn't mean they disagree with all Black men. But what you see going on against Black men in this society....especially in the United States is UNUSUALLY suspicious because too many brothers are complaining about it for it to be a hallucination and if you leave the nation and go to Canada or Europe Black men are NOT treated the same way. But Black men really need to put the pettiness aside and recognize that if we don't support eachother who else can we expect to support us.
  15. 1 point
    Thanks for clearing that up, @Mel Hopkins
  16. 1 point
    ROFL...There are so many colloquialism out there that communication, comprehension and intent have become blurred. Although some are just plain funny, and have a defined meaning, ie. ‘I laughed my butt off’, others can send a mixed message, ie. ‘Love ya’. Why do we laugh our ‘butts off’? What the ‘H’ does that mean? And what does, Love ya, mean? Is it another way of saying, ‘see ya’, ‘ I love you’, ‘boy you crazy’, ‘Bye Felicia’? How about when I’m called ‘Ma or Mommie’ I have to admit, It’s fresh when the bruthas ask, ‘How you doin Ma/mommie’ But am I misinterpreting the context? Do I look old enough to be your mother, are you flirting? Am I being punked? Lets have some fun. What colloquialisms do you hear/say and please, tell me...what the ‘H...’ does that mean...LOL! Share on my blog. DeeMillerInspired.blogspot.com
  17. 1 point
    @Delano You can't. Without comprehending a subject you can't explain it. You can only give facts and details.
  18. 1 point
    Congressman John Lewis Who Marched And Talked With Dr. Martin Luther King Talks About Moral Obligation. He Will .Not Talk About Black Preachers Corrupt Behavior. Preachers Killing Their Wives,Beating Their Wives,Having Children With ,Mistresses,Worshipping Money. Not Talking About Black Men Having Children With Many Women Not Raising Them. Street Gangs Slaughtering Black People In Streets . Crack Houses,Sex ,Houses .Difference Between Black Holocaust And The Jewish Holocaust, The Jewish People Are Not Continuing Their Holocaust. Racist White Can Watch Black People Genocide Themselves. The Church Used To Be A Place Of Unity And Strategy..Black Politicians ,NAACP.,Black Church Condones Corrupt ,Genocide Behavior In Black Communities..Moral Obligation To Stop Black Holocaust..What Would Dr. King Do?..
  19. 1 point
    Mel @Mel Hopkins How is it you can explain something you don't know?
  20. 1 point
    "If you can't explain it, you don't know it. If you can't teach it, you need to go back and learn it..."
  21. 1 point
    I am interested in learning strategies that publishers, self-published and others, can use to make their books visible to a wide Black readership and that could provide ways of selling their books on line, in bookstores, and hand sales. If such strategies can be developed and replicated, as well as show positive outcomes, I believe they will find many takers. I simply don't know what, if any such strategies are currently in effect.
  22. 1 point
    If white women would not vote for Hillary, why does anyone think any of them would vote for Oprah? You know white men are not going to vote for a Black woman -- not even one who is a Billionaire. Sure Oprah would certainly command a large percentage of the Black vote, but this is not enough to win an election -- even f the only option is 45 who despite his baggage can claim low unemployment and record stock market highs. Even if 45 is impeached Oprah does not stand a chance against any white male candidate with his head screwed on.
  23. 1 point
    I think any concept can be explained. It just some concepts may take more time as a foundation of more basic knowledge may need to be laid. A sign of intelligence is the ease at which one can explain a seemingly complex concept in a way anyone can understand.
  24. 1 point
    I can't imagine what type of promotion makes being eith a man appealing to me. Having women problems. We have the solution. Date men. Date another woman and the toilet seat stays down.
  25. 1 point
    Pioneer agree with all of my positions and the conflict will be lessened.
  26. 1 point
    Last night, at the much-anticipated Golden Globe Awards telecast from Hollywood, amidst an ebony sea of sexually-harassed women and their sympathizers, all of whom were garbed in black to display their protest against male predators in the work place, Queen Oprah took to the stage and hit the ball out the park with her speech. There to accept an a life time achievement award, Winfrey took the occasion to address the issue that has spawned the "me too" movement made up of women who have long endured being humiliated and disrespected by employers in a position to get away doing this. From all walks of life, victims are now coming out of the woodwork to tell their stories and offer explanations for why they were too intimidated to remain silent about this ongoing abuse. The band wagon is full speed ahead. Whatever. A bespectacled "O" was a force of nature as she vibrated there, all slimmed down in a low-cut black gown, her naturally abundant hair helped along with silky extensions, and she brought the audience to its feet with her well-rehearsed pep talk replete with a warning that "a new day is on the horizon"! Lewd misconduct that degrades female employees will no longer be tolerated, nor will disparity in salaries between men and women performing the same job go unchallenged. It's "on" now, and i can't help but wonder if this momentous crusade might reap an ironic outcome. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of her sensational performance, Television, The Press and Social Media have all exploded with speculation about the possibility of Oprah's stirring speech being a prelude to her throwing her hat in the ring, and running for President! One of the presenters at this awards show even joked about this, suggesting that actor Tom Hanks be her running mate. Would that be an unbeatable combination? A presidential run by Oprah is mind-boggling, and her election would be an incredible achievement which would top an incredible life's journey. I have mixed emotions. Is a rich, black, woman president the cure to what ails this nation? Should Trump still be around to run again, a "mammy" figure candidate defeating a "slave master" incumbent would certainly be the stuff of poetic justice. Would an Oprah victory be the final nail in the coffin of the United States where a substantial portion of the population is still afflicted with racism and sexism? Or, would a Trump win trigger rebellious unrest among the citizens fed up with his brand of government? Who knows? It's bad enough that i have to try and hang on until 2019 to see the conclusion of "Game of Thrones". Now this. if i want to see what happens in 2020 , i'll have to try and last yet another year. i think i'll take a "pass".
  27. 1 point
    CharliePeach🍑Follow GATech Alum - World Traveler, Unbossed & Unbought: #DarrenSeals #AssataShakur #FreeGaza #DemExit - End the Duopoly #Independent & Critical Thinker Jan 8 Oprah Winfrey’s Shameful Comparison of Black Women’s Jim Crow Era Rape to that of Rich White Women’s #MeToo… I have to admit that I purposely ignored the Golden Globes and all of its Hollywood Rich Women’s #MeToo moments. However, I was more than insulted listening online this morning to Oprah compare the violent and brutal pain of rapes and even murders that Black women endured by racist white men during Jim Crow to that of rich white women in Hollywood and business. The brutal gang rape of Recy Taylor by six white men in Alabama is not comparable to the alleged sexual assaults that rich white women (often times purposely endured for fame and money) are fighting in their new #TimesUp and #MeToo movements. To compare the savagery and racism that fueled the many rapes and abuse that Black women had to endure by the hands of racist white men to that of rich white women’s new fight for dominance and power is a shameful erasure, even for Oprah. These rich women weren’t raped, beaten, bloodied and left to die because of hate and white power, these rich women chose silence out of fear of their careers and wealth, Black women who chose silence during Jim Crow etc., chose silence out of fear for their very lives and that of their families. The image below was taken from the documentary of Ruby McCollum (August 31, 1909 — May 23, 1992), a wealthy Black woman from Florida who was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering her white doctor who she accused of repeated rapes and forcing her to have his children. Her conviction was later overturned.The Golden Globes gave the Cecil B. Demil Award to a Black woman billionaire, this after not giving even one Golden Globe to any black actresses…nothing says supporting Black women like the coronation of one of their own, who better to deliver the erasure of Black women’s pain but the most powerful Black woman in the world (all of this as the new push by the powers that be to elevate Oprah as potential presidential candidate). Many of you will say that Oprah used the stage to highlight the story of Recy Taylor; I disagree…Oprah is a talented woman and orator, her purposely omitting the vast differences in the rapes and pain that Black women endured because of racism by racist white men during the Jim Crow era, and comparing their pain and often deaths to that of rich white women was a disgrace. What’s laughable about the Golden Globes and the #MeToo and #TimesUp gaggle of elite Black and White women is that they had no problem with an award named after a White man (Cecil B. Demil) being lauded as its top Award “Lifetime Achievement”, a white man that I’m sure if someone looked into his past…would find the same disturbing and accepted practices of casting couch auditions and more, that the likes of Weinstein and other Hollywood execs used for decades. A system that was known to all, everyone knew the pathways to success in Hollywood always came about through a small amount of talent, a large dose of nepotism, a lot of money and many meetings with casting couches. It now looks like Hollywood has actually silenced the #OscarSoWhite crowd, (it only took a few Essence covers and a parody of #Woke100 crowns) they were never going to do right by Black people/women…after all, how does an industry that lauds itself on being Liberal and Democrats, have to be forced to acknowledge the talents of Black people? White women were not going to allow Black women to have the spotlight all to themselves for long, because it has never been about female solidarity but about white feminism and white women power…This new #MeToo push is nothing more than a planned agenda to elevate rich White women into the same abusive power of rich white men they claim to hate, a clever scheme to replace their rich White husbands and fathers, while continuing their solidarity of generational wealth and white supremacy. Hillary was going to be their Queen to that pathway but since that didn’t happen, #pussyhat and women’s march looked for other ways to ensure their path to power, and viola’ along came Ronan Farrow and Harvey Weinstein. I’ve written on many occasions how sad it is to see Black women fighting so faithfully to be equal to that of White women…always joining their fights under the guise of feminism, when in the end as usual we’re always used for votes and voices, to only laud and lift up their causes and agendas of white women power and dominance. I don’t write in normal writer prose and professorial jargon that many writers use, which seems more to stroke their egos than to deliver a succinct story that all can follow. I hope that in doing so, my words are food to those who need it most. Daniel Holtzclaw raped 13 poor black women and not a word from Hollywood or feminists in their defense. As Oprah revisits the history of Recy Taylor’s horrible rape, then she and Hollywood must also revisit the recent rapes of the poor Black women in Oklahoma and give them the same respect and support that they give those they deem more worthy. It’s almost as if history is repeating itself, we all know that Rosa Parks wasn’t the first Black woman to sit down on a bus in Montgomery and unlike Parks, Claudette Colvin’s choosing to sit down in front of a bus was not staged by the NAACP but an actual Black girl who was tired, yet her image and history didn’t sit well with the local NAACP…so they used Rosa Parks, a Black woman with fair skin and silky hair…an image they felt would be more palatable to whites and garner more sympathy than Colvins. Never Hers Alone At the Dark End details a litany of horrific accounts of sexual violence suffered by black women under Jim Crow. Such violence was not an irrational byproduct of the Jim Crow era. Instead, McGuire makes clear that sexual violence was an essential tool in disciplining black labor and in punishing black resistance (taken from an article by Rosa DeLux). Oprah of all Black women, knew of all of these disturbing stories; yet her fight is for that of maintaining white supremacy and the rich white power structure that now OWN’s her. So, until we rebuke the voices of powerful Black women like Oprah who refuse to admit that the struggles of Black women for equality are NOT equal to that of White women, we will continue to be left fighting for something as basic as heat in our school systems for our children (as was the case this past week in Baltimore City Schools). There is no #MeToo until there is a #BlackFirst and an end to systemic racism and all of its dangerous and deadly tentacles. And the brutal rapes and often murders of poor black women by the hands of racist white men are not comparable EVER to that of rich white women who either submitted to or sat silent to sexual assault in order to further their careers and fame.
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    I agree that the masses are easily manipulated and that there are masters who have perfected the art of manipulating others for personal gain and ego gratification, especially in the political arena where image is everything, and where staffs exist for the purpose of advising candidates on how to mesmerize audiences. i also don't put anything past private industry when it uses subliminal advertising to sell products or Big Pharma and its designer drugs that hook white suburbanites, - who, incidentally, have their kids injected with vaccines just like everyone else. Militant black men in Afro-centric garb, wearing serpentine dread locks are particularly vocal about birth control clinics in black neighborhoods but rarely offer alternatives except to foolishly advise single sistas to "keep on havin' them babies"! Or have i ever doubted that the cigarette industry contrived to addict the general public to nicotine, a travesty that was exposed by the government. And, of course, there was Microsoft's latest scam that involved slowing down older iPhones. i am not naive as to how profit driven the world is. As an aside, it should be noted, that demographics play a big part in marketing, and specific groups of consumers are targeted in one way or another by companies that specialize in providing diverse groups their specific needs. Supply and demand is the gospel of a capitalistic country like America and it permeates our way of life. That's why I also know that all those being manipulated are not above manipulating others in their day-to-day lives. Ethics and scruples are in short supply today and the majority of folks will try and get away with anything they can. Everybody is seeking self empowerment. Obviously, i have never bought into the idea that there is a secret government network that specifically targets black people, and is busily at work to bring about dire results. Ironically, partisan politics is a kind of safety net that prevents the government from being unified enough to personify an organized evil force that wide-eyed conspiracy theorists, who are "in the know", warn about. I look at the big picture, and i question out-dated studies, and inconclusive results, and I take feasibility and logistics into account. Nobody holds this country in contempt any more than i but i always challenge what others are adamant about. That's what my man, Buddha, advised people to do. When it comes to Oprah, what i really noticed about her speech was that there was no spontaneity to it. It was well-crafted and well rehearsed and delivered with the gusto she is so good at displaying. Nobody can deny that she is a good performer. As for her running for president, i'm not enthusiastic. It would be Obama all over again. Considering her resume, she would fall into the category of being a president who is a black woman, not a black woman who is president. She would be trapped in the familiar scenario of not being able to please everybody, and would end up the butt of criticism for not catering to the demands of the different factions who helped elect her. She can do more good by just being a private citizen who gives dynamic speeches that make headlines. IMO.
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    3. Think Like an Editorial Director - and curate and create News your audience can use. Even if you have one name on your mailing list treat that one person like she represents 1,000 subscribers because she does if we can depend on exponential growth. Sometimes good content could be related to your book's subject matter - especially if you're an expert. Other times you may have to think beyond your book and really know what your customers need. For example, @CDBurns runs a website with the tagline "in-depth sneaker info. http://arch-usa.com/ I haven't sign up for his mailing list but I do follow him and his conversation on disqus. Chris Burns designs,and runs his shoe business but he also has his own publishing arm to the business too. Burns is ahead of the curve. Major Brands are now just realizing that they need a media department. I thought about him when writing this post because just yesterday, he told me about Brooks running shoes and their partnership with Black Girls Run. I'm not a sneaker head but his information appeals to me. This means when I think of sneakers, I remember him. You connecting with your audience through your expertise means they will remember you too.
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    Are you collecting sales, likes or customers? One thing that soured me on selling books through amazondotcom and even luludotcom was both companies had information on those who purchased my books that I didn't have. Not knowing my customers put me at a disadvantage. It meant that when I had a new book they might like I had to wait until Amazon or lulu got around to telling them. What if I just wanted to keep in touch? I'm a firm believer in KIT Marketing (Keep in Touch Marketing) I also couldn't reach out to them to find out what they liked about my book...( knowing what customers like helps you to create more of it.) \ All this to say; 2. if you haven't already started, It's time to build your own mailing list.
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    @Pioneer1You are pathetically grasping at straws, unable to concede that your argument is lame. I can't believe that you can't distinguish between America promoting gay rights, and America supporting a surreptitious plot to feminize black males! Gay rights are about the right of human beings of a certain sexual orientation in certain intolerant countries to be free from discrimination. They are not a case of America publicly supporting an operation that will transform black males from straight to gay - for some reason that you can't come up with. And, yes, my mind is made up about your claims in regard to a chemical that has been known about for 50 years and has been shown to make some rats gay, and is secretly being released into the hood to feminize baby daddys. For one thing, if this is factual, the plot isn't working except in the imagination of paranoid people who don't seem to take into consideration that society's growing acceptance of homosexuality among all ethnics is a factor in causing more men to come out of the closet, rather than their ingesting something that made rodents swish when they scurry around. And it's not as if homosexuality doesn't naturally occur in all animal species. Or is it like the inner cities are not rampant with horny young straight men knockin' up the girlfriends eager to post their positive pregnancy test results on FaceBook. You like to portray yourself as the voice of reason and logic, while accusing everyone else of being obstinate when it comes to rejecting what is stuck inside your thick skull. But it's you who don't think things out to their logical conclusion. You stop at the point where to go further would reveal that most of your kooky notions prove more about your fallibility than ours.
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    I don't want her in the Senate or anywhere near Washington UNTIL she's sworn in....lol. The more time she spends there, the more chance of her becoming corrupted.
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    @Pioneer1 so what. Self made Black women are a dime a dozen. Black women overcoming obstacles is par for the course. This is not why Oprah would be elected she would be elected for the same reason 45 was elected, she is a celebrity. 45 has all the other qualities you've ascribed to Oprah. Orpah did not give us Obama. More than 90% of Black people, including myself, supported Obama from jump street. Please, I'm sick of celebrities. Just because one is on TV all the time does not make them qualified to be president. At least Obama sat in the senate for a few minutes -- Let Oprah do that first then maybe I'd consider it. ------- Del i made need to visit.
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    If Oprah ran for President.....I've readily vote for her. She's a smart self-made Black woman who's overcome many obstacles in her life to get where she is. Ofcourse she had a lot of support also, but she earned that support by being a natural winner whom people could count on to always come through and accomplish. She's also very likable and business savvy. What better gift can a President and world leader have than excellent PEOPLE SKILLS? She's just what this nation needs. BTW.....she gave us Obama. Incase people forgot, Oprah was among the first people in public to throw their support behind Barack Obama and she promoted him.
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    I don't agree that anyone who runs against Trump will automatically win. A lot can happen between now and 2020. His support base may expand, increased by a backlash of whites tired of the POTUS being vilified by the hated media. If the evidence against him isn't sufficient enough to try him, and the economy remains stable, and Trump's saber rattling keeps hostile countries in check and maintains the peace, - as keeper of the status quo, Trump may very well be re-elected if he runs again.
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    @Wendy Jones I totally agree with everything you said. My favourite line was the harem. Jesus makes an interesting commentary by what he doesn't say about prostitutes. Adultery is against the Ten Commandments. A prostitute is having sex with many men who are not her husband. Jesus didn't say stop whoring it's against the law. Plus be saved by faith not works indirectly covers a lot
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    You are encouraged to share these memes to promote the #readingblack movement. Feel free to create and share your own
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    @Pioneer1Well, i hope you've learned your lesson. But i doubt it.
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    @David Covin, I'm going to join in an #readingblackout effort I described earlier. I'm still trying to understand who is involved and how I can help promote it. But te idea of buying and reading Black for a year struck me. Plus it is as you and Mel described a proactive campaign. With enough support we can made it such that any reader with internet access will HAVE to be aware of the effort. I'll begin to share information about that effort here as well as reacting out to the booksellers. A few days ago I created a printable display of the Black-owned bookstore in my database, I'm encouraging people to the share information. They can copy and paste it and they don't even have to attribute AALBC.com as the source--I just want the information to get out there. I'll create a widget tomorrow which will allow anyone to share the list of Black-owned bookstore on their website as well. I'm planning to drop my Amazon links, striking the URL and linking to a page where I explain why the link was removed. I can sell the books myself link to other booksellers. I know I'm gonna take a hit, but I hope to lead buy example too. If anyone has other ideas please post them here I'll aggregate what I have and share with my mailing list. I like this approach
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    There has to be an active "remind the bloggers" part of this as well. Most info is found via search. I very rarely update CBP, but I will add info that is important and what happens is it gets indexed and searched. It shows up and is there for as long as the site is active. If someone writes me or tags me I will always add updates to CBP. I need a reminder because I'm off on my own war against Amazon right now in the sportswear biz, so I forget.
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    Hi Troy, Thank you for all the kudos. I think what you suggested - doing our own thing - is what we should be doing - independent of what Amazon does or does not do. I have long been a believer in Independent Black Institutions. I think that is the strongest base for Black people in every sector of human achievement. We have to do for self. We can work with others, we can use their vehicles, even their support. But we can rely only upon ourselves, and we must discover and implement the most effective means for doing precisely that. We must begin with experimentation. And as to the reason for aalbc.com's. twenty years. Three syllables will do: Troy Johnson. Dave
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    Crown Prince William is saving the monarchy in the same way his mother did.
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