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Jeffrey last won the day on July 26 2020

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  1. Thank you for sharing your detailed thought process! I'll clarify that last question with a personal statement: It seems to me that creators of Black cultural product (music, art, education, literature, etc.) must first get the approval and qualifications from a white person (a "gatekeeper") to do so. And we seem to dismiss the issue by saying one's not allowed beyond the gate was just not good enough. This is only my suspicion. Should I simply accept my feelings may be wrong?
  2. I've noticed a recent pattern in colleges: increasing numbers of non-Black professors as experts in Black studies (African, Diaspora, American). And I personally question my feelings about it. In some ways, I find myself suspect of institutions that may feel more progressive for what could be described as "color-blind" selections. I've voiced similar concerns over book and media publishing. Awards, opportunities, and acknowledgement have often, in my observation, gone to white makers of Black culture (your favorite white rapper and such) or Black makers established with a white
  3. I can attest Third World Press is alive and active. I had a brief chance to work with them before the lock down. I believe they have an ongoing fund raiser right now (explained on their web page).
  4. Apologies for the bump. This book is FREE today for review considerations. (No links, but you can figure out where) Thank you for all of your support and engaging discussions this year! I've been able to give away a lot of books in my community and will move on to other things next year.
  5. "The biggest goal in the lives of MOST AfroAmericans is to be accepted and loved by Caucasians. That's all that counts for most of them. ... All they want is for White people to pet them on the head, give them a hug, and tell them how much they love and respect them! That's a "good" White person as far as they're concerned." (I cannot figure out how to use the quote system on this site) Ok, the little picture of the squirrel got me! hahahaha I wasn't even going to chime in. I was enjoying just reading from the sidelines. But it reminds me of a truth
  6. I think I'm feeling like one of those slightly misprinted BINGO chips you could find in a cheap dollar store set. Like I'm totally in the wrong game...
  7. It feels nice that someone even considered to ask! Thank you! I personally feel sustained stress directly connected to racial injustice is the foundation of most of our problems. Most mental un-wellness is passed down from generation to generation and amplified by world experiences.
  8. Hey, I'm with you. I'm impatient too. There are many areas we need to work on. I see these discussions as a tiny part of that work. I also think the worst thing we could do is mimic what has been successful in people we do not admire. As a kid, I decided I don't want to get financial security using methods proven successful time and time again by people in my community I did not respect. I also don't want my people to seek social domination using tactics I consider wicked. Of course, I don't think anything you wrote suggests we mimic them. I would like to think a
  9. Good points. I've always looked at it as a "join the winning team" strategy. When the Bulls are winning, everyone is a basketball fan, a Bulls basketball fan. When a few European fractions join forces and start profiting, others jump aboard. It becomes something like a pyramid scheme. And we all know pyramid schemes look great until the very last moment of collapse. They're too big to last. And, similarly, the term "white" attempts to unite too many diverse people. I'm positive the term will collapse on itself. Also, 500 years is actually a very s
  10. I've always admired the passion and sincerity of your posts, but I strongly disagree with the premise implied. Domination does not equate intelligence nor superiority. In astronomy, it's well accepted that the largest and brightest stars are ALWAYS the shortest-lived. If longevity or resilience are at all a metric, remember, the tortoise and the tyrannosaurus walked the earth at the same time. Only one remains now . . . stationary plants have been around long before either of those creatures . . . the average book worm tends to have a more profitable life than the average ath
  11. Jabari Jumps is beautifully illustrated and has earned many awards. To be clear, I'm thankful for representation and admire her work. I'm just thinking about the implied problem aloud. Simply put, Black creators are Sisyphus and may never have the opportunity to make up ground. I wonder if race/color SHOULD be immaterial in these cases. I recall a Black History professor at a college I attended was white. He went to a prestigious school. I assumed he was qualified and capable of teaching the subject. Years later, I would reevaluate my assumptions when I met a credentialed
  12. TLDR: In a count of 2017 Children's Books, 49 books appearing to feature Black leads had no Black creator involved. These books non-Black authored books by far outpace Black authored works in sales, professional reviews, and awards. Thoughts?
  13. In the recent social awareness of Black conditions, I want to voice some observations as a Black children's book author. It's just off the top of my head, so forgive me if it turns into a rant. A Black authored, Black published, Black distributed project is unlikely to have the capital (money, network, recognition) to market itself against non-Black authored, non-Black published projects. A simple google search for Black children's books today produced ads from B&N and Urban Outfitters(!). I suppose we should be happy for Black content, but I could never hope to "outbid" tho
  14. Sorry, I should have been specific. That offer was @daniellegfny. I don't think I'm anywhere near the experience level of contributing to an established site. Also, the note I sent shows your name and avatar in my messages. It's marked unread. I sent it through your profile.
  15. daniellegfny I haven't used WordPress, but I hear it is very accessible if you are patient. I made my page in notepad with lots of trial and error. This approach requires much more patience, but I have more control. I can talk you through basic HTML and CSS if you'd like assistance. I also want to echo Tony's suggestion to use external companies for some of the trickier parts like shopping carts. Your visitors will have more confidence seeing a familiar company associated with their purchases. Also, why reinvent the wheel? Tony could have made this message board, but so
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