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Mel Hopkins

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  1. Thankful for leaving baggage in the past where it belongs while cherishing the blessings and lessons learned over the years.




  2. My mtDNA L3 haplogroup indicates my foremothers are ethiopian - and I love my big forehead. We have a saying in this family "big head big wit; little head not a bit" It would show more but your content is labeled "made for children" so, -subscribers can't opt for notifications of "new videos or "live" Search engines reward long content, thank goodness!
  3. LOL! As I was reading your response, I said to myself, “that makes sense.”. So you can imagine how I hollered when I got to this sentence! You’re a gem!
  4. Twin, this feels accurate. I just wrote something similar in my daily dish notes. "My only regret is my inability to finesse more than one lifestyle in this lifetime. Probably why I became a journalist so I could write about them." ~MH That wouldn't work. Twin, is on it! Each play cost $2, So you'd need to spend over $584,000,000. The lump-sum payout is $929.1 million before federal and local taxes. But since you're already a multimillionaire or billionaire you would probably pay taxes based on your tax bracket. BUT there are other prizes too -so maybe you'll do a little better than break even. That is, if someone else or a lot of other people didn't pick the same winning numbers. lol
  5. I got my copy and started reading it yesterday. My only challenge is the first chapter is so sad that I had to put it down. Don’t get me wrong. It is precisely the type of news item I would follow in the Washington Post and the New York Times. The rich storytelling is similar to the Black women mainstream journalists I follow. I love how they flesh out stories from a place of “knowing.” I think reading “Running to Fall” is tricky because I feel like I’m reading this story coverage from a place of pain. And now that I read my own words - I can see Kalisha Buckhanon’s brilliance in storytelling. Bravo! Thank You Both! But Writing is hard and worth every dollar! I’’d be happy to purchase another copy.
  6. Isn’t it time for an AALBC mobile phone application?
  7. Oh snap! So the “media” never thought to interview anyone Black about how easy it is to vote in Florida? This pisses me off! I’m over here in (purple state) Georgia, where it is also easy to vote, track my voting record and register to vote too. Well, now gerrymandering makes sense. If politicians pick their voters then why wouldn’t they want to make it easy for the constituents to cast their ballots! Learn something new everyday!
  8. @Troy All good things and people come from Brooklyn Tech! #GoEngineers !
  9. Currently re-editing my #flashfiction story, "Law-Abiding Ghouls." A cautionary tale for politicians who long for the good ole days. A time that wasn't so great for anyone.

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  10. I voted early here in Georgia. But you know what? I pity the fools who don't vote democratic in the midterms. And do you plan to time-travel during your hiatus?
  11. An authors' website can promote your book but blogging your research will attract a broad audience through search engine results! According to Zippia research, nearly 5 billion globally use the internet. And while this audience may not be in the market for books or your book, your website may have the information they want. The fact that they landed on your website will bring awareness to you and your publications. #protip: Videos get more engagement! #BookPromotion #SEO #Handselling#BookPromotion #SEO #Handselling
  12. Independent Authors and Small Publishers I found " The Other Madisons " by Bettye Kearse through the duck duck go search engine. I was looking for an African/Black authoritative voice on the meaning of Griot/Griottes, which led me to the author's website. Ms. Kearse gives a detailed definition and a book recommendation. Although the domain name and the author's name are the same, I rarely stumble upon personal websites with such strong SEO that land on the search engine's first page. So, if your SEO game is strong, forget what I said about publishing a website for each title. If you have a website promoting your book -be sure to fill it with helpful information, and it will help you bring attention to your book(s), and you'll sell books too.
  13. Get it together, Troy! The first edition must have signed copies! LOL!
  14. Congratulations! Is there a Link for an advance purchase of signed copy? Never mind. I click the link to the book title.
  15. I haven’t seen The Woman King yet -and I will when it comes to the small screen. But I still have a problem with the concept that no one in all of social media has mentioned. Black women will shape-shift into anything a Black man wants us to be and we still get treated like ish. I’m glad some of us have finally moved into a space where we’ve said enough. These women warriors were well aware there was human trafficking occurring during those years of fighting off colonialism. And they absolutely fought Europeans - It’s documents and even the French, once they conquered the Dahomey people - made sure to subjugate women. But these women fought for the King - a king who also had many wives while these women became like eunuchs - no sex, no family ties -just fight and die for their country. Even today, we have Black men like Hershel Walker paying for abortions while denying women the right to choose are even showing up at the polls to make sure more rights aren’t taken from Black women. Wait. my Black mayor signed into law that no resources would be used and no criminal investigations would be conducted for abortions or miscarriages against any woman in our city. So, at least he’s got us. But Seriously, the things we women have gone through for the past 17,000 years is enough for me to wonder why there aren’t more “Bobbit” cases on the docket.
  16. that would be most of us who know better than to destroy our only home, “sh*t where sleep or increase circumstances that would lead to sleeping with one eye open. I would go back to something I posted here back in 2017 or around that time. It seems to remain true today. The highest rate of suicide in the U.S. points to white men @ 70 percent compared to all other ethnic groups. Seems like supremacy thing doesn’t work too well for those it is supposed to elevate.
  17. I’m not familiar with this characterization of their relationship” Dr. Welsing was an actual medical doctor in the field of psychiatry. Someone with her background would be in the position to update his work to make it relevant in the 80s and 2000s . I can see her as maybe a “Student”, in the sense of life-long learning. However, their affiliation was most likely a benefit to both. “Welsing was trained in the liberal arts at Antioch College and in medicine at Howard University College of Medicine, where she would eventually serve as faculty. A long-standing private practitioner and pioneer in the fields of child psychiatry and mental health, her longest institutional affiliation was as the Clinical Director and Staff Physician with the Washington D.C. Department of Human Services“ - EBONY 2016 Only fools would believe this! Fuller’s work definitely awakens those who don’t understand the roots and foundation of “western civilization.” The U.K. and its spawn the United States colonized, and in some cases, is still colonizing the world. Heck. even England’s citizens don’t realize they’re colonized. Well, I think they’re getting a clue when they have curtsy and bow to Meghan Markle, supremacy doesn’t include all white folks.
  18. Now it makes sense why he never got pushback from supremacists. It is as if Fuller is doing the work for them. "Bend over and just take it." doesn't seem much like a solution. Nor does Isolation and segregation cure ostracization. I'll pass on his message. I'm attracted to movements that provide a solution to problems. I tend to be stoic when confronting racism, sexism, and supremacy. I face difficulties and use whatever resources available to me to hurdle obstacles. This position allows others to move forward in a field that was off-limits to them. I betcha didn't know I was the first Black woman news anchor at a television station in the Ohio Valley. When a bigot took over as news director and tried to get me to quit. I took his azz and the entire station to the EEOC. He was the one who put me in the position to anchor my own morning newscast and then weekend newscast. I don't play to get along. Aside: I read Fuller first published this book in the 50s, and it was updated several times by Dr. Cress Welsing) If Neely Fuller, Jr came to this forum and posted some of what he wrote last century today as "Neels," you would have questioned the motives. So @Pioneer1what about his writing resonates with you? One thing I do appreciate and agree with Fuller is his position which goes back to Ancient Africa... KNOW THY SELF! If his words get Black men to truly learn who they are as individuals and actually do what's necessary to move humanity to its highest level, then Ase'.
  19. The agenda is the most important part of someone’s movement. Yet, very few will inquire if the leaders’ worldview matches theirs. We see this today in MAGA republicans. Except that movement only serves to empower the one percent. Fuller sounds like a philosopher. Philosopher tend to think their way through deconstructing a system. Unfortunately, if the ideology doesn’t suit those in power, it goes nowhere. Case in point: Fuller’s counter to racism hasn’t changed system Black people must live under. For example, the link I shared above indicates young Black men are imprisoned at a higher rate for human trafficking - even though we know they’re not profiting from it. Systemic racism and supremacy is built into the U.S. code of laws. Therefore, it appears Fuller’s code is self-serving. Further it seems it is no match for the U.S. code that it goes up against. If his code attempts to change behavior of the victims of supremacy - the U.S. Code still remains. So, the answer to his agenda is in the fruit of his labor. He doesn’t have dismantle a system. All he has to do is write and inspire others to consider the institution. (No small feat, btw.) His fruit could be something as simple as enjoying bestselling philosopher status. In contrast, there is Black attorney who recently took aim at the existing code - through his use of footnotes. He quietly did the heavy lifting to chip away at the status quo and won. He actually got the Blue Book, the style book all law students and lawyers use - to change the standard and use those footnotes. He states his agenda for this movement as this: - if someone cites a property case using slavery as standard then they must continue that case with that person as property without ever mentioning slavery. - Now, if they use that case as precedent they must footnote slavery. It makes a difference to some lawyers who can no longer casually dismiss the reality of U.S. history. Especially in today’s political climate when you have people denying the 1619 project, banning books, and refusing to acknowledge the horrors of human trafficking from which their forefather’s participated and profited. So, now the legal institution must cite slavery. And since they won’t ban case law the evidence remains thanks to Justin Simard, Esq. and Citing Slavery Project. So, although everyone has an agenda, “every tree is known by its own fruit.” Links Washington Post (no paywall) Citing Slavery Project website
  20. What is Neely Fuller's agenda? As for Lupita - she went to the source and filmed a documentary in what looks like 2019. But she didn't pull out of the film until 2020, as announced by JuVee, Viola's production company, when they announced director Gina Prince-Bythewood' would join the project. Maybe she pulled out of the film because of the director? I suggest scheduling. Maybe contract negotiations broke down. Maybe Viola's production company needed to raise more money to pay her salary. Perhaps she got COVID? Anyway, folks are so fickle. No one had a problem with the Black Panther film, a 100 percent black woman empowerment movie. The women were warriors, the women were technologists, and the women were necromancers... The women were 100 percent in control of every facet of Wakanda, and the men were mere figureheads, but no one seemed to mind. Anyway, suppose you go to timecode 36:48 in this film. Here, Lupita discusses Dahomey's human trafficking, and the women share how they glorify the warriors while honoring their loved ones who were harmed by the history...Lupita concludes the people are both warriors and victims. Much like how we Black Americans celebrate our excellence. Even though there are young Black men, who have been tried and convicted for trafficking our Black girls into sex slavery. She also says it wasn't the women warriors but the order of the King to traffic people into slavery. As I inferred in the beginning when asking about Fuller's plan. No one is one thing. We are all very much like the two-faced god Janus. Yet, only the adults in our culture understand this aspect of humanity. When Black people finally wake up to this part of human nature, we'll stop living through this perpetual "ground hog" day. Also you can find the video on the Smithsonian channel too https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/episodes/zv150s/warrior-women-with-lupita-nyong-o-warrior-women-with-lupita-nyong-o-ep-1
  21. I hope (and believe) this generation of boys can figure this out for themselves. Because too many generations in the past have brainwashed them into thinking they are good for nothing. Those who don't know their strengths aren't necessarily physical will always fail themselves, the Black community, and ultimately society. Custodial mothers, fathers, and even two-parent households who are wise enough to know what we don't know have reached out for help from those in the know. (not opinion-givers) And we have educated our children, especially boys, to know physical strength isn't enough in a society that requires intellect and problem-solving. Those children are our communities' success stories. Still, civilization requires Hypermasculinity coupled with hyperintellectuality in battle. And as history shows, it can occur in any sex when necessary and as needed. Sankofa. If you don't know your history, go back and retrieve it. Check out Nyabinghi. We, as a species, adapt to our environment for survival. It doesn't require anyone's approval. Those who don't adapt perish. The last woman Dahomey warrior died in 1979. According to historical records, Dahomey's army fought against colonization until 1892, that was about 200+ years of women and men fighting off European colonization. When the French colonized them, they made sure to subjugate women. Because subjugating women is an Anglo thing. Because - No Nation Can Rise Higher Than Its Women.
  22. When I suggested "WritingBlack" I thought it would be a great companion to ReadingBlack. There are quite a few of us that read and write too. Now, TheGrio has a podcast with the same name. So unless @Troy created an affiliate, The Grio's Writing Black is a separate entity.
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