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  1. I recently updated a short story for digital readers called "Classified" - The political thriller is the first in the series of the small-town reporter Nicole Jettison aka Nicky Jett.  Nicky developed her supernatural gift during the first year in college.  Nicky's prophetic dreams transported her to the netherworld.  Once there, she gained abilities to see and battle shape-shifting drug dealers and a sorcery-wielding obeah priestess. She also recognizes nothing is as it seems.  When Nicky recovers, she hides in a journalism career.  She breaks news stories thanks to her all-seeing third-eye.  Nicky's gift is well-suited for news reporting but awful for her personal life.  Nicky morphs into a full-blown space-cadet once those preternatural abilities gain control. Check out Nicky Jett's riveting back story in the page-turner "Sleeping with a D-Man" available at theleadstorydotorg.


    1. richardmurray


      will share in my newsletter and about the everse:)

    2. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      You are so good too me! Thank you so much!!!

    3. richardmurray


      always the village

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    3. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @richardmurray   Not sure. There is an interview I want to get but it really isn't about the celebrity  per se, but more about the  topic.  This particular subject is known for creating value for the professional boxers he manages - and that goes to the core of the story I'm interested in writing next.  


        I really don't pursue celebrity interviews.  I prefer to write about topics such as my cryptocurrency article in the same issue.  

    4. richardmurray


      fair enough @Mel Hopkins just happy you are doing what you love:) ... is any digital currency black owned? I know a  blockchain is expensive to setup or maintain. 

  3. The Cooking Gene by Culinary Historian Michael W. Twitty  is The 2018 James Beard Award (non-cookbook) winner and as much as I can't stand awards I have to give them a second look now because without hearing that Twitty won the award I would not have heard of this book - which I now absolutely must have on my bookshelf.   

    I love to cook but I especially love to cook the foods that are indigenous to my family.   Anyway, I found this interview from Mr. Twitty  and African Ancestry's co-founder Dr. Gina Paige and it too is delightful!!!


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    If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?  Of course, one of the wishes would be to get more wishes. In absence of wishes, then 10-year-old Marley Dias made a goal.  She decided to get more books with Black girls as the protagonists into elementary schools. To make this happen she launched  #1000blackgirlsbooks campaign. Once she accomplished goal, she then authored a book, "Marley Dias Gets it Done and so can you"  to create more activists.   "Marley Dias Gets it Done and So Can You" is available from Scholastic Books

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    2. Troy


      LOL that is the most positive way of looking at it @Mel Hopkins :)


      ...and sounds like a good approach.  I know a few folks who secured the white co-sign, but in order to keep it you have to distance yourself from those who may be perceived as too radically Black.


      For example, in order for Obama to keep his white co-sign he had to repudiate Minister Farrakhan and distance himself from Jeremiah Wright.  Obama got a lot of grief from some, in the Black community, for doing this, but you can't become POTUS or any white institution without the white cosign.


      What disappointed me is that Obama did not give a single Black-owned newspaper an interview during his first 6 years in office and may have served his entire presidency without doing it (I did not research the last two years).  One might think; what harm could some from speaking to a journalist at a Black newspaper? The problem is that Obama might have been called to account for his lack of direct support of the Black community which was too big a risk.  Obama is the "president of all people."


      I'll have you know I was told recently that I'm perceived as radical.  I was told this by an industry icon and mentor.  I repeated what they said to make it clear that I hear the correctly and to determine if they were serious. They replied "Yes, you are."  Would you believe I took that as a compliment :-)  


      I took it as a compliment because I know anyone who explicitly advocates for Black people and institutions, without couching it in language of "diversity" is perceived as radical.


      I also know that anyone who advocates a boycott of Facebook and Amazon is definitely one willing to go against the grain and is not trying to win friends by going with the majority... Honestly, if I run AALBC.com thinking like everyone else, this site would have died a long time ago.



    3. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Pwuhahaha!!! These Snatched Co-Sign cards are hilarious!!!

      I proud of you!  We have to be radical, even when working for a PWI!  In fact, one of the terms my former supervisors used to write about me over and over was "strong opinion" I believe that was code word to let others know "beware she will not "shuck, jive and yasam" for anyone in your organization.   I couldn't! It is important to let your employer know when they're being racist! Or when they are harming others with their policies.   

      How can we not? 

      We must be radical.   

      HIGH FIVE!!! 

    4. richardmurray


      excellent dialog from you both

  5. @TroyI can't respond to The New Religion by Zaji.  I get this error notice 




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    "Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking says; "DeRay McKesson is the voice of a new generation, leading the charge in the fight against racism and injustice today,"   


    And that voice will sound off in the upcoming book with Viking - On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay McKesson.   Read more here:  The Thriving Writer


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    Tucked away in their vast film library -  Pioneers of African-American Cinema  streaming on Netflix  - "This newly preserved collection features more than 20 films made by groundbreaking African-American directors for black audiences from 1915-1946. "


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    2. richardmurray


      yes @Mel HopkinsI found the list too, i have found some of the films on youtube complete side for free. i was going to post it later as a blog post in aalbc, as well as my email list. I can private message you in aalbc if you want to see the links. 

    3. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @richardmurray  Thank you.  That is thoughtful of you but it won't be necessary, I'm currently a netflix subscriber.  I do look forward to your review.  

    4. richardmurray


      ok cool:) thanks  @Mel Hopkins Hope you enjoyed valentines:)

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    A rich source of melanin is beneficial to those who need to survive the effects of radiation.   Some could ingest it because it's also found in fungi.   
    Using melanin to determine "race" is a slippery slope.  I rather not be someone's source of survival in an aftermath of a nuclear holocaust  because I'm dark skin. :o:D

      From ~ The Problem of Identifying Ourselves Based Upon Whites' Concept of Race

    Mel Hopkins replied to Troy's topic in Culture, Race & Economy 

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    You can borrow another  $100 -200,000 to get your Masters  or  you can



    "learn from the people who know what they're doing."

     ~Amy Astley 

    1. richardmurray


      i love photography,as you may know,where did you get this from?

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    From YA Author to Newbery Medalist to having his own imprint!  "Kwame Alexander Will Start His Own Imprint. The Name? Versify. Get It?   "  Link:  New York Times Books

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    2. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @richardmurrayI would if I wrote cutting age Young Adult novels!

    3. richardmurray


      why not try? try to do something unique in black history month, something you had not before, or just this year in general?

    4. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      That is exactly my plan but so far it doesn't involve YA books - at least I don't think it does :)

  11. Kwanzaa 2017-2018


    I celebrated  Kwanzaa (first fruits) 2017-2018 through my thoughts and words.  In answering the phrase Habari gani  I wrote a separate blog post  in response.  It  put me in a positive community-focused frame of mind to start off the year.   

    From my blog on theleadstory.org.   

    Imani: Golden Rule

    Kuumba : The Chosen Ones

    Nia: Reasons

    Ujamaa: Until the Lion Learns

    Ujima: Yes We Can

    Kujichagulia Goal Minds build Gold Mines

    Umoja No Man's Land


    Storytellers play the long game - 
    "We must remember, we’re a civilization rooted in story-telling.

    We share information filled with iconic imagery, symbolism, and sounds.

    Celebrities are no different.

    They use the media to tell stories that voice their platform position or opposition." ~Melhopkinsdotcom


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    "Marc Lamont Hill, a noted author, social commentator and professor, has made a foray into entrepreneurship by opening a new coffee shop and bookstore in Philadelphia.

    His new shop, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, officially opens Monday morning in the city’s Germantown section. The store serves up LaColombe coffee, coffee drinks, gourmet teas and hot chocolate." Via The Philadephia Tribune

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    2. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @Troy  I think I received three items that are flagged and queued up to read. I'll most likely post the newsletter on theleadstory.org - too 

    3. Troy


      Thanks Mel.


      Keep me posted on efforts with your book. I'm still working on an affiliate program to allow readers/fans to direct sales to an author's site in exchange for a commision .  Did I ever mention that to you?

    4. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @TroyI was just thinking about posting something about ISBN.  I may not use an ISBN  at all.  I'm pondering this might be a way from amazon acquiring the title even in an return status.  So while you're considering the affiliate program concept,  is it possible for you to figure that action (no ISBN) into it?  EDIT


    Jesus said unto him "Thou shalt love the Lord thy G-d with all thy heart, and with all ... 39 And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."  #Greatestcommandment #relationshipgoals



    Nah, I’d rather you love me better.  It seems most of Y’all don't love yourself all that well.  


  15. “It is good to be ‘woke’. It is even better to be ‘woke” to your own f*cked up sh*t too…” ~Manatole  From  Mel Hopkins' Actuate: Thought Into Action

  16. End of Poverty ?, the documentary by Philippe Diaz  should be called how thugs ravage the land and have taken over the world.


    Imagine coming up with a concept for a book, writing a draft and then shipping the raw document to someone else - only to have to pay $14.95 to read the finish product. 

    Except that is exactly what is happening in so called third world countries such as Kenya - "predatory capitalism" where the impoverished Kenyans work the land ship their raw materials for tea and coffee to other countries and never profit from it.   

    I became interested in watching the documentary after seeing an interview clips from Confession of an Economic Hitman, author John Perkins.  He talks about how he and others like him work on the behalf of multinational corporations to jack the land and resources from people in African countries... We're not free in this country - it's impossible to be - because no one will be free until everyone is free...  Watch the documentary. Read the book,  and then really begin to wake the Eff up!



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    2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner novelist and Poet, Kwame Alexander, brings a new show to facebook - "Bookish with Kwame Alexander"  

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    2. Troy


      Third World is a good example.  They were struggling as a business and are now a not-for-profit.  Haki has been give about a bazillion awards and honors, but we needed to be figuring out a way for the press to become a publishing powerhouse reaping the benefit of publishing bestselling authors.


      Man I must be an a bad mood.... seems I can only find the negative in things lately...I guess I'm just tired of us being so marginalized and weak....:(

    3. richardmurray


      @Troy Well, if you want to feel better about the entire black community,I will try to lift your spirit... as you know,  one hundred year ago, whether in africa/the caribbean/north or south or central america/ any part from asia - all black people were enslaved in that we either wore shackles or helped put shackles made from others on ourselves. Now, am I telling you to jump above the sky now that we are less marginalized or weak, while still being marginalized or weak... no. I am telling you to strengthen the weapon that allowed black people to find happy lives throughout the recent times; that weapon is patience. A patience that: seem silly on a plantation, seem silly in the mountains from ethiopia, seem silly on the shores from saint domingue, seem silly as we make our first homes in the usa or brasil, seem silly as we are making the first  black college in a state in the union, seem silly as we make illegal fiscal profit anywhere, seem silly as we march in every land we are in from france/england/u.s.a./brasil to jamaica/ghana/congo/south africa, seem silly laying down near fred hampton, seem silly as we see a few from us reach individual heights the collective seem unable to achieve... until, one day, after we are excruciatingly patient,after we have been tired so long we only know about  being tired, nothing seem silly; cause we each had the patience to wait till nothing no longer is.

    4. Troy


      :) thanks @richardmurray that was generous, kind, and uplifiting. I'll add patience to my vocabulary. 

  18. Third World Press Celebrates 50 Years in Publishing -

    merlin-to-scoop-128125610-445400-master7...I'm a man of action and two, that ideas, and the creative carriage of ideas can change lives.  I didn't go out there deciding to start a book publishing company.  But I knew, I'm not going to be digging ditches for these bad boys."  Dr.  Haki R. Madhubuti , Publisher -  on what inspired him to found a publishing company in 1967.

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    2. Troy


      Thanks. I'd read the article. It appears in the same issue as one in which Ta-nehisi Coates was featured above the fold on the cover of the Arts section.  If I had the resources I would have attended the 50th Anniversary celebration.


      It is a good thing that the New York Times covered the milestone, check out The Chicago Crusader's coverge: https://chicagocrusader.com/hundreds-gather-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary-of-third-world-press-foundation/#comment-9705

    3. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Thank you for the link! I will definitely add it to my website!

    4. richardmurray


      what if all the writers on aalbc submitted a written work, based on one theme, something short, whether prose/poetry... opinion/fiction and then submitted it as a book to third world publishing?  @Troy @Mel Hopkins

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    Blitter, a Black-owned micro-blogging social networking site created by Patrick Francis - launched on October 5, 2017... Check out my initial thoughts on the service 

  20. Never Forget  - N'EM


    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins


      They said to say goodnight
      And not goodbye, unplugged
      The TV when it rained. They hid
      Money in mattresses
      So to sleep on decisions.
      Some of their children
      Were not their children. Some
      Of their parents had no birthdates.
      They could sweat a cold out
      Of you. They’d wake without
      An alarm telling them to.
      Even the short ones reached
      Certain shelves. Even the skinny
      Cooked animals too quick
      To get caught. And I don’t care
      How ugly one of them arrived,
      That one got married
      To somebody fine. They fed
      Families with change and wiped
      Their kitchens clean.
      Then another century came.
      People like me forgot their names.

      Copyright © 2014 by Jericho Brown. Reprinted from Split This Rock’s The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.

    2. richardmurray


      lovely share @Mel Hopkins  i saw it on vimeo before i saw you had it in the comments:)  I am one of those northerners that is near completely anti southern in my speech except when i talk fast, i have been told:) 

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    Listen to Episode 2 "Internal Conflict" and let me know what you think.  

  22. "Life is the sum of your choices"

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    "Careful, Or You'll End Up in My Novel" is a new Podcast/Blog that looks through the prism of imagined stories and fictional characters to help solve real problems in real life.  

    Entry No.2  Bridget's Baby. Daddy's Maybe ponders if black women are unnecessarily hard on themselves, leading to their own peril and unhappiness.

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    A history mystery with a twist - 3D  Illustrations from  the Jones Brothers..."  From the Press Release

    "Runny Walker makes his debut in Dateline: Bronzeville, a fast-paced mystery adventure set on the South Side of Chicago in 1940. Dateline: Bronzeville is the first in a series of Runny Walker Mysteries. 

    This remarkable collaboration melds stunningly beautiful original artwork by acclaimed media artist, Philip Mallory Jones with a dynamic ‘ripped from the headlines’ mystery tale by his brother, Donald Brooks Jones. 

    Says Donald, “The inspiration for Dateline: Bronzeville comes from our experience growing up on the South Side of Chicago, listening to the tales told by our parents and elders of the characters they had known, plus extensive research in the African American press of the day.”

    Philip adds, “Dateline: Bronzeville is our celebration of the lore and legends of the now-vanished world known as The Black Metropolis.” 

    Dateline Bronzeville: A Runny Walker Mystery A Picture book for the kid in us all! 


  25. #PhilandoCastile  murder trial

    GTY-minnesota-protests-3-jt-170617_4x3_9Most people don't want to hear this but we black people must be better involved with government...A quick search engine query returned that Ramsey county where the murder trial of Philando Castile was held has a diverse population 36% are people of color (and there's a lot of Ethiopians and Somalis immigrants) but low voter turnout...

    If people aren't even voting there's less chance of being called for jury duty. This jury had 1 black American male and 1 Ethiopian-American woman... that's 1 man who may have shared Castile's perspective of what it's like to be a black man in America - the rest of the jury were middle-aged white men and women. While we hope a jury can be impartial at least and empathetic at best when viewing evidence - not everyone shares a perspective that would allow them to view evidence the same way.

    By now we should stop being surprised that the system is failing black people... black people who are not involved in government - at the very least by voting and serving on juries are failing the black community. Let's stop being surprised and get involved; let's teach the next generation how to shape a government that works for them, not against them.

    1. richardmurray


      I thought juries were chosen, and lawyers battle over who to choose and i find in these cases, a pro system jury is always selected

    2. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      I've served on a jury.  It was  a murder trial.  We acquitted the young (black) man.  Not enough evidence.   When we are present - we are the system.  

    3. richardmurray


      hmmm good point. 

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