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  1. Good morning. I am still alive and kicking. Just trying to assess whether I'm coming or going which is not new for me. I sometimes have the tendency to lose steam after going full pursuit of some goal. That is my Achilles heel. Add to this the fact that I don't simply have "a bump in the road" when it comes to adversity. I encounter "ROAD BLOCKS". In any event, I must confess that I am in a phase of my life where I am losing faith in everything. How odd is it to age and to realize that your dream really was the impossible one. It is 7 am and I am heading out on a three day road trip to clear my head. Will be touch when I shake my demons. Peace
  2. SNAPSHOTS IS A BOOK OF 365 GET UP. GET OUT, AND GET SOMETHING AFFIRMATIONS FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR! GET IT FREE UNTIL MIDNIGHT . https://amzn.to/2GkRuZ7 SNAPSHOT FOR TODAY February 6 Your mind is a garden where you plant the seeds from which your fears grow. You sow them in the top soil of your ignorance, water them with your tears, cultivate them in your heart, and then wait on them to grow big enough to eat you. Ali- Think. Go back. Find your lie or your myth. Each of us has a specific lie or myth that is the instrument of our own personal defeat. This is the thread from which everything else is built. Find it. Destroy it. Heal. What prominent deception has set you up for failure: “niggas ain’t shit”, “red women are evil”, “you ain’t got enough sense to pour piss out of a boot”, “you ain’t good for nuthin’, “you just like your daddy”, etc. In sum, when nothing more is heard from your lie then it can no longer dominate your future, and the rest of the system that has been put in place to check your progress will fall away. You have removed the central support beam. Your outlook will change. February A cure always sounds good when you’re reading it off the prescription bottle. –ali- Getting your life well is no house party. It is a search and destroy mission aimed at eliminating any weakness that sickens you. You cannot take it for granted that you are going to get better simply because you know what’s wrong. You are at war. Your voice has been raised in protest. Weakness must be crushed. Don’t civilize your weakness by nursing and babysitting it like many smokers hoping to quit do, reducing their dependence gradually. Welcome the pain----and quit. There is no need to adopt any second-hand ideas about pain. Yes, it hurts like hell……Persevere!
  3. O black woman, do you know who you are? It is you for whom the birds sing when the dawn opens itself for inspection. It is the glow in your eyes that the stars imitate when they sparkle. It is the color of your flava that makes the rainbow dull in comparison, and it is via your beauty that we can physically witness God’s artistry.-Gibran-• O black woman, do you know who you are? You are the secret that only reveals itself when a man is truly ready to experience the joy of having his dream transformed into reality. You are God’s private blessing to men who know what to do within the point between birth and death. To dwell within the kingdom of YOU is where heaven begins. -Gibran- • O black woman, do you know who you are? You are both the starting point and the finish line for everything I could ever aspire to be. You are a force of nature that has broken my shackles so that I can walk freely. You have erased my doubts so that I can think clearly. You have repaired my broken wings so that I can soar beside you. -Gibran- • O black woman, do you know who you are? You are the magic that awes the universe, the splendor that amazes the earth, and the glory that makes men heart beat with pride when they attempt to possess u. -Gibran- • O black woman, do you know who you are? You are the beautiful gift that God left on the doorstep of my heart. You are that special moment in time when nothing else matters but most importantly, you are YOU! Unmistakably YOU! -Gibran- • O black woman, do you know who you are? You are the sunshine that lights my life from within. You are the fire that warms every fiber of my being and that illuminates my path so that I am never afraid of the darkness. -Gibran- • O black woman, did u know that when I stare in the skies the stars spell your name? I feel your touch in the wind and I see your face in the clouds. And when I stand under the shadow of your smile, I find shelter from the storm. -Gibran- • O black woman, do you know who you are? You are that warm safe place where all roads lead at the end of a day when I have slayed all my dragons and find that all of my strength comes from you. You melt on my life and I become complete. -Gibran- • O black woman, do you know who u are? You are chocolate, dipped in mystery, a specially-designed flava whose smile is brighter than the rainbow. -Gibran-
  4. How correct. The courts are dysfunctional. I also agree that prisons serve a function and like Richard Pryor once cracked in one of his comedy routines: "Thank God for the Penitentiary." As much as I hate being locked up, there are certain guys I met while inside, that if i were to see them walking down the street, I would kill them myself and consider it a public service. Certain individuals need to be jailed. On the other hand, there are innocent people inside, not to mention guys who were too harshly penalized. On my last bid for drug conspiracy, I spent ten years in the joint and no drugs were ever produced. It has gotten bad when you can get a life sentence for drug conspiracy and no drugs have to be produced. It's a conspiracy, right. All they need is to think that you may be selling drugs. Now, you can get convicted of murder without a body. NC was the first to do that in the 90s. It used to be that without a body, there can be no murder. And then the constant madness of prison itself. Most people who break the law, such as so-called veteran crooks, know the risks and are willing to accept the consequences if busted. Still, we want to be treated fairly as much as allowed by law, and when this doesn't happen-----well, what happens is that these guys sit around and invent new crimes to wreak havoc on the free world when they do get out. Carjackings, home invasions, etc. I was there when the blueprint for these crimes were hatched. People think that I just be writing books to be writing, but when I was writing from inside, these books had warnings. COOCHIE, though a novel, was about a Russian pornographer recruiting nickel and dime pimps into a scheme to snatch black girls and sell them into the sex trade. That was not fiction. So until, changes are made somewhere in the criminal justice system, then the free world will be nothing more to guys inside than a big old laboratory which they will use to work the kinks out the their new criminal schemes. I have said it countless times, but any time a convict is released without a support system, then someone's life or well-being is at stake. These guys are emotionally crippled, and cant think fast enough to survive in the fast-paced new world.Being unable to cope, they revert back to what they know---violence.
  5. THE GIBRALTAR WRITING STYLE THE WRITER’S EDGE 1 PRELUDE 2 WRITING Let’s take a moment to deal with what I call “the blank page syndrome”. Just what is this syndrome, you ask? Well, it is the transition your book takes from being an actual mental byproduct into becoming an actual physical product, but before you jot down a single, solitary word on paper, you must understand how to bridge this gap between the mental and the physical; this yawning chasm where you will be compelled to make bricks without straw. What process do you employ to fling open the floodgates of your inner creativity? More importantly, how do you defeat the writing demons that lurk outside the gateways of your ongoing originality? Even more important, how do you maximize your writing potential? One word pops up: DISCIPLINE. You must be disciplined to get the best out of your writing potential. In addition to being disciplined mentally, there are “externals” that must be put into perspective, and though they may vary from individual to individual, they exist. You must select the ideal workspace. Seems simple enough, but the truth is that certain environments possess a better ambiance for writing than others. Find your nest. You must choose a best time to write. You must learn how to develop ideas as they come even if it is not your best time to write. Above all else, you must enjoy your own company. Only then can you hear your true inner voice. So, let’s say that you’ve done all this, then what? You then move for the conscious to the subconscious, that ever-lasting fountainhead of ideas and inspiration which brings us to a thing called “COGNITIVE FITNESS”. Just how important is cognitive fitness? Well, cognitive fitness is to the writer what physical fitness is to the marathon runner because it is via your cognitive fitness factor that you will develop your writing strategy. Can I let you in on a little secret? You can develop a winning writing strategy by tapping into either one of two sources. Well, actually only one is a source. The other is a resource. And there is a difference. Remember that in the literary world, a source has limits whereas a resource has none. Okay, but how does this apply to writing? Here’s how. When you write, you do so by tapping into a writing foundation that is either a source or a resource. Now, about these foundations. One is what I call “Train of Thought” writing. The second I call “Stream of Consciousness” writing. One provides ideas. One provides inspiration. Also keep in mind that ideas and inspiration are as different as the sources from which they are drawn and no matter how tedious it may appear, you must decide which one will better suit your literary aspirations. Odds are, you’re in this for the long term so I dare you to disturb the writing universe. However, if you are content to write beneath your potential, then be patient, failure will soon come. What I would like to do right now is to have you examine what I call a “writing event”. In a short term writing event such as FaceBook, Twitter, texting, and personal letter writing, it would be your best bet to tap into your Train Of Thought “TOT”. Why? Because the psychic costs are low. Always remember that TOT writing is discount writing where your greatest investment will be emotional, and that is exactly how most writers approach short-term writing events—with their emotions. This is great for FaceBook and the other above-mentioned venues because it can be done without a lot of mental sacrifice. Don’t get me wrong because even with TOT writing, you have a lot of info at your disposal and it may even provide you with a sense of literary control and power, but the truth is that it is not sustainable as a long-term writing tool. Why? Because of its superficiality. It is due to this superficiality that TOT writing is invested or possibly infested with what I call “universal literary fatalism”. This is because the ideas come and go. They don’t gather much mental dust. Basically, the ideas don’t belong to you. Now, let me expound briefly on the merits of SOC writing because this is the key to your long-term writing strategy. In fact, you will extend your writing career by employing the SOC method. Trust me, the SOC is the sweet spot for writers. Why? Because SOC provides you with a certain literary leverage, but even with this new-found leverage, you still must think outside the box and to take certain calculated literary risks. Let me offer a quick word about SOC writing which I also call “Alpha writing”. When you become an expert at this type of writing, what you will discover to your utter delight is that you acquire a definite mastery and control over the reader. SOC writing will allow you to get into a reader’s head to disrupt his/her plans. The reader may have every intention of going to bed at ten, but your book is so good, that he/she can’t put it down until two in the morning. Now, that’s power. That’s control. And this may be the only time during the course of your entire existence that you deliberately set out to control another person’s life, so you have to ask yourself: Am I ready for this? Am I big enough and bad enough? Can I handle this? I say you can! But for the sake of argument, let’s say that you’re not cut out to be the quintessential SOC writer and for whatever reason, you find the domination of another human’s senses unappealing, then I’m here to tell you that another option exists. It is also Alpha writing ,but it is where you write with such exquisite lyricism that your every word is savored for its immense beauty. It is where you write with the velvet glove rather than the iron fist, where you fuse each word with such vivid charisma that the words virtually jump off the pages. Understand that in Alpha writing, there are only two styles: Impulse writing and compulsion writing. In impulse writing, you go for the reader’s mind. In compulsion writing, you go for the reader’s soul! If you would like to read more of to study my “Gibraltar Method” of writing, please follow my blog for more.
  6. Thx. The internet is so many things at one and the same time that it both fascinating and frightening. So far, I have been content to stay in my lane, and don't venture far, but some tell me that being ' cyber cowardly' defeats the purpose of having access; that it was designed as a place 'to let yourself go', but I always get the feeling that I'm being watched. I guess I have read too much stuff about Big Brother who is always watching.
  7. I just saw a news segment about Jay Z and Meek Mill launching the new alliance and it already has star power. Money has been pledged and rich donors, such as the Kraft family who own the Patriots are on board. As a veteran/victim of the criminal justice system, I am elated. However, I have not been absent from this struggle to reform prison. Even now, I am in talks with individuals who are interested in my program, PROJECT UPLIFT, and pushing to secure a grant for the program. It deals with Drug-Dealer Addiction which has never been studied before in great depth so the tenets of the program are innovative and new. I had to start from scratch and that is what I wanted. The program was developed while I was still confined and a 12 week pilot program was successful. To some, I know it may be a hard sell to believe that drug dealers are addicted, but they are. They are addicted to the lifestyle and are as powerless to quit as the user is to quit the use of drugs. Just ask any drug dealer who has money why he didn't quit. What it comes down to is that they couldn't quit. There are professionals around who feel that no progress can be made in the war on drugs until drug dealing is viewed as a social disease. Again, there are countless people who believe prisoners don't deserve any help at all. I disagree, because I know there are innocent men in prison as I spent ten years inside for a crime I did not know anything about. I simply stepped out of my front door and it was a whole decade before I got back. At any rate, the struggle for prison reform continues so there is still hope.
  8. What did you see? All I saw and read was an article about ghostwriting.. What am I missing?
  9. I have, for quite a long while, admired this woman! It is now, and always has been, hard to describe just how much I truly appreciate this woman's strength and courage. Just thinking of her inspires me.
  10. Wow....These were two 'biggies' from back in the days. James Baldwin was very vocal about social issues as was Sis. Nikki. Thx for posting.
  11. No, the LAW is the LAW. What I infer is that all of us be permitted a seat at the table. I, for one, would not be asking anyone for anything to distinguish themselves, and I don't think there need be any qualifiers. Plus, I was speaking in terms of the Revolution and social change. and not The Awakening. which is a spiritual change/transformation. The call for change is political and social. The LAW, once it is established, is a Way of Life. I think the topic was about how homosexuals fit into the black struggle. The GREAT AWAKENING is not a struggle. It is an EVENT awaiting fruition.
  12. ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... This is one of the very first videos I saw when I first started my study. It is simple and straightforward. Anyway, what I hoped is that all will study to see what it is. The info is out there to either be believed, argued about or dismissed. Do your own research. I just hope that we don't get caught up in the small things wherein we may disagree and not focus on the common ground. Let's build from that. Sure, the data can be confusing which helps to give us cause to divide into sects. We are good at doing this. I remember what Malcolm once said about the Nation of Islam when he was still down. I paraphrase. "Man, we had a good thing going, but we messed it up" Yes, we are good at messing things up as well, so we will have to wait and see just what happens. This is THE GREAT AWAKENING. I believe that nothing or no one can wake you up until it is time.
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