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  1. Happy Hardcore Easter ūüôā

     

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    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Love it! This is Art!

       

      Happy Holiday!!! ūüíź

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    1. 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.  

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  3. The art of lying:) from #Omarosa enjoy what is the lesson concerning the fury from black folk that lick white people's balls or the lies we tell, for she is trying to bring down the, i quote her, the most powerful man in the universe, and she has the audiotapes to try  https://photos.app.goo.gl/G9RxaEaqCzGNepML9

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      I was one of those "why" children who grew up to be a news reporter and I can usually tell when someone has rehearsed a "response". Omarosa rehearsed that one for awhile ūüėģ

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      Mel Hopkins

      @Kween Yakini  Issa Rae was a great interview.  I learned that she was no overnight sensation either - she put in the work - and it allowed her to be in the right places at the right time - hooking up with the right people. 

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      Mel Hopkins

      Yes!  I hope to write more for them.    I'm also going to subscribe - I really do like working with them!

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      Mel Hopkins

      I had the honor of interviewing and writing about two inspiring women, Issa Rae and Nicole Franklin  for EBONY’s September Fashion Issue.
       
      I started following film director Nicole Franklin on Twitter when she launched her IndieGogo campaign for her award-winning film #TitleVII. I remember being strapped for cash but I made a mental note that I’d get the word out about her film. (I kept that promise to myself in ways I’d never imagined.)
       
      I was inspired by her drive and desire to bring stories of Black Women’s Joy to the big and small screen. Black women aren’t a single story group and I was thrilled this Emmy-Awarding winning editor is committed to tell as many of our stories as she can.
       
      Just as I was finishing up Nicole‚Äôs story with EBONY ‚Äės copy editor,I got a call that Insecure's creator and emmy-nominated actress¬† Issa Rae was in town (Atlanta Metro) filming the upcoming Universal Pictures ‚ÄúLittle‚ÄĚ.
       
      My editor asked if I could I interview her for the cover story.  Let me tell you, I was stunned.
       
      A day or two later I called my editor in tears. I’ll tell you why; before you can interview or write about anyone you must learn and read about them and what I learned is Issa Rae didn’t come here to play with y’all. This young Peabody-award winning television program creator has put in the work to change the television game!
       
      Both of these women don’t just talk about it - They ARE living it.
       
      MySpace mate CaShawn Thompson, #thePBG created the hashtag #blackgirlmagic and I can testify these two women filmmakers embodied it. If you want to see what I‚Äôm ‚Äútalking‚ÄĚ about - Nicole Franklin‚Äôs story is on page 22 and the cover story for Issa Rae on page 56... Pick up a copy of EBONY -September 2018 and read for yourself.
       
      #issarae #nicolefranklin #ebony #coverstory #freelancejournalist #ebonypayswell #fashion #magazine #insecure #titlevii #amwriting #theleadstory #screenwriter #televisionprogramcreator #film #producer #blackgirlmagic #womeninmedia #thethrivingwriter
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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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      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!!! 

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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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      Mel Hopkins

      That card is priceless!  

       

      So if together we see from separate ways then there's a good chance we're both right. So then I suspect we already know how to get the proper attention so I suspect we both have hand benefactors/patrons in our community specifically  who already have the white co-sign card.  ;)
       

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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

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      I'll earn my white co-sign badge and get some coverage by my own people LOL!  ~ @Troy

       

      Yep!  I'm beginning to think that once we have earned the ear of Black folks then white folks want us in their camp because we're crowned the representative. I think the white establishment knows the Black community is NOT a monolith  -so they wait until the coronation then they give us a seat at the table World Economic Forum - If  we really have a following then we get a seat on the council of foreign relations ;)

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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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      Mel Hopkins

      I have to cosign everything you've written here @Troy ! This is exactly why I re-focused The LeadStory.org to read "Resurrecting Buried News"... and by the way, you also got a cosign from Publishers Weekly too.  So this means we have to just keep pushing until black folks hold our coronation lol.   

       

      One thing I've noticed is these media darlings usually jump off a platform ... keep listening to her mom (Janice Johnson Dias)  and around the 3:47 mark -there might be a clue. 



      With this in mind, I also I think they have to first get the cosign of black community... Marley Dias is a product of her network.  

      Another way the black community promotes its own to the mainstream is protest.  For example, it took him years but I doubt if Dapper Dan would have got that Gucci shop in Harlem if black folks didn't cry foul when Gucci bootlegged Dapper Dan's designs.   

      Another thought, are those authors published by one of the big 5? Maybe they had to appear and don't have the leverage to say otherwise... If that's not the case, then they're doing it bass-ackwards (if my theory holds)

      Speaking of which, black authors may need to negotiate better contracts.   I'm reminded of Roxane Gay telling SS to shove it when they decided to publish that Alt-Reich dude's book.    

      But back to the topic, overnight sensations, I think black people have the best platform in America , black people.  I hadn't even thought of it that way until your response... Now you got me thinking.. :D

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  11. Hello, Mel!

     

    A couple of days ago, I wrote a long post on the "Introduce Yourself" thread, but I don't see it.

    Does it have to be moderated?

     

    Damani

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Hi @Damani  not that I know of.. but I didn't even get a notification of this message - and my notifications are on.  So let me check.   Thank you for bringing it to our  attention.

       
      Ok, I don't see your introduction.  I tagged you in the "introduce yourself" thread - do you see it? 

       

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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. "

     

    1. 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.  

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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. "

     

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @richardmurray I haven't seen any yet I found it on Netflix yesterday... 

       

      Here's the list from a Amazon product description. 

      Films: Birthright (1938), The Blood of Jesus (1941), Body and Soul (1925), The Bronze Buckaroo (1939), By Right of Birth (fragment, 1921), Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort, South Carolina (excerpt, 1940), The Darktown Revue (1931), Dirty Gertie from Harlem USA (1946), Eleven P.M. (1930), The Exile (1931), The Flying Ace (1926), God s Stepchildren (1938), Hellbound Train (1930), Hot Biskits (1931), Regeneration (fragment, 1923), The Scar of Shame (1929), S.S. Jones Home Movies (1924-26), The Symbol of the Unconquered: A Story of the KKK (1920), Ten Minutes to Live (1932), Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1926), Two Knights of Vaudeville (1918), Veiled Aristocrats (1932), Verdict Not Guilty (1934), Within Our Gates (1920)

      Musical scores (for silent films) by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Max Roach, Samuel D. Waymon, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Donald Sosin, Makia Matsumura, Rob Gal, Andrew Simpson

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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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      Mel Hopkins

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

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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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      Mel Hopkins

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

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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

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @Troy I can see you and Kwame working together both you  want to share the "wealth" and are willing to  strengthen your networks.

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      Mel Hopkins

      Welcome!   Thank You for Joining  #Readingblack.Com too! I'm on wordpress and I will follow you there too!

       

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  17. @Mel Hopkins, here is what I mean by a lack of journalism: Check out this article in Black Enterprise (that someone shared with me in a direct message via twitter). MARC LAMONT HILL JUST OPENED THE 55TH BLACK-OWNED BOOKSTORE IN THE COUNTRY.

     

    Now we know the source of the information is this website. I published the "54" number years ago.  The problem with the article is that they cite a stat,  do not reference a source, nor did they even verify the number--which would have been very easy to do if they checked this website.  I even made it easy by actually listing the Black owned stores--you don't even have to count them.

     

    Originally, I was reluctant to simply listing the stores, because people will simply copy and paste the information and take full credit for my effort.  But i think it is so important for the information to be shared I'm will to deal with it.

     

    It really just irks me so many Black owned respected publications, like Black Enterprise (#2 on my list of top 50 Black Owned Websites) will use my data without linking to it or even referencing the source.  

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @Troy  Did you see this article in Final Call?  Ok I only skimmed but this seems more like journalism... did they interview you directly or use your reporting?  

       

      By Jehron Muhammad -Contributing Writer- | Last updated: Dec 19, 2017 - 2:48:20 PM

       

      PHILADELPHIA‚ÄĒAccording to the¬†American Booksellers Association there has been a resurgence in independent bookstores in recent years. However, this growth hasn‚Äôt necessarily included Black-owned bookstores.¬†¬†

      Between 2002 and 2012, two-thirds of Black-owned bookstores closed. And of the remaining 400 Black bookstores more than half closed in 2013 and 2014, according to statistics compiled by Troy Johnson, founder of the African-American Literature Book Club. By the end of January of 2016 only 67 Black-owned bookstores remained.

      But with the opening in Philadelphia’s Germantown section of Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, that downward trend may be changing. Part library, part coffee shop, part eatery, part living room, the inviting space encourages customers to hang around and soak in the culturally rich and intellectually stimulating atmosphere.

      Since Philly has been labeled as a ‚Äúbig small town,‚ÄĚ it‚Äôs almost impossible to spend time at Uncle Bobbie‚Äôs, fast becoming the new Philly meet up spot, without bumping into new and old acquaintances.¬†¬†

      The owner, Marc Lamont Hill, during an interview with The Final Call, said, ‚ÄúHopefully it‚Äôs a home for folks. It‚Äôs a cafe. It‚Äôs a bookstore. It‚Äôs a meeting place (and) hopefully it‚Äôs a place where people can connect, be inspired and bring some energy.‚ÄĚ

      The store was ‚Äúbirthed by Black bookstores, (or the lack there of)‚ÄĚ Mr. Hill said. ‚ÄúIt started with my uncle Bobbie, my father‚Äôs brother,‚ÄĚ he explained.¬† More here

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  18. @Mel Hopkins, here is what I mean by a lack of journalism: Check out this article in Black Enterprise (that someone shared with me in a direct message via twitter). MARC LAMONT HILL JUST OPENED THE 55TH BLACK-OWNED BOOKSTORE IN THE COUNTRY.

     

    Now we know the source of the information is this website. I published the "54" number years ago.  The problem with the article is that they cite a stat,  do not reference a source, nor did they even verify the number--which would have been very easy to do if they checked this website.  I even made it easy by actually listing the Black owned stores--you don't even have to count them.

     

    Originally, I was reluctant to simply listing the stores, because people will simply copy and paste the information and take full credit for my effort.  But i think it is so important for the information to be shared I'm will to deal with it.

     

    It really just irks me so many Black owned respected publications, like Black Enterprise (#2 on my list of top 50 Black Owned Websites) will use my data without linking to it or even referencing the source.  

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      When I saw that 55 - I immediately thought did they get that from Troy?  Did they check... You may not believe this but I actually have it flagged in my email because I wanted to see how they came up with the number.   You answered my question, thank you!   

      That is sloppy journalism. 

       

      After you took me to task over my slip up with labor participation and labor force / black women voting percentages - I began to break down the percentages into number of ... as a rule.

      That's how serious I am about presenting as a journalist even when I'm not being paid... This is an embarrassment.

       

      No attribution, no reference to the individual 55 books stores.  Who was the fact checker?  

      I don't even want to read the story, anymore but I will.  I want to see just how lackadaisical we've have become now that we 45* in office. 

       

      I hope you write Alfred Edmond, Jr. and mention it to him.  We don't have very many black publications in print.  So the newspapers/ magazines we do have should be beyond reproach. 

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    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

    1. 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

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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

    1. 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 

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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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    "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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      Mel Hopkins

      @Troy, I learned of the bookstore through my google alerts...

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