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    Photo credit: JOE JONES, NAN MICHIGAN

    Rev. Charles Williams II and NAN Michigan held press conference June 12, 2017 urging Radio One Detroit to Cancel its prospective Sale to Crawford Media

    From Crain's Detroit  - 

    "Radio One Detroit has agreed to sell its WCHB AM 1200 NewsTalk station to Birmingham, Ala.-based Crawford Broadcasting Co. for an undisclosed amount, the radio cluster announced Wednesday.

    The deal, expected to close within 90 days, includes the dial signal and radio tower in Romulus. NewsTalk 1200 airs simultaneously on 99.9 FM, which is owned by Radio One Detroit."

  2. #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.

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    Photo credit: JOE JONES, NAN MICHIGAN

    Rev. Charles Williams II and NAN Michigan held press conference June 12, 2017 urging Radio One Detroit to Cancel its prospective Sale to Crawford Media

    From Crain's Detroit  - 

    "Radio One Detroit has agreed to sell its WCHB AM 1200 NewsTalk station to Birmingham, Ala.-based Crawford Broadcasting Co. for an undisclosed amount, the radio cluster announced Wednesday.

    The deal, expected to close within 90 days, includes the dial signal and radio tower in Romulus. NewsTalk 1200 airs simultaneously on 99.9 FM, which is owned by Radio One Detroit."

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    National Action Network Goes Live!

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    National Action Network founded by Reverend Al Sharpton will go live across the nation on Saturday, June 10, 2017 as the newest addition to the growing scheduled line-up on Impact TV. 

    In a press release distributed through PR Newswire, the civil rights leader, Reverend Al Sharpton, is expected to preach from the scriptures, talk about the state of civil rights in the U.S. and bring a message that is intended to lift spirits toward action.  

    National Action Network will broadcast live at 10 AM EDT from House of Justice in Harlem, New York on the 100 percent African American-owned and operated Christian television network founded by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Dr.  Beverly Y. Jackson in 2010.   You may recall, Bishop Jackson hosted the then Republican Presidential candidate nominee, Donald J. Trump, for a one-on-one interview that aired on Impact TV last September.

    Impact TV is available on cable & satellite television providers Comcast Xfinity, Dish, DirectTV, Charter Spectrum and Time Warner Spectrum.  Check your local listings for availability

  5. Before digital social networks and social media, I used to keep a scrapbook for all the news stories I found interesting - here's one such article :

    Pioneer Aviator Bessie Coleman in this 1920s photos was the world's first black female aviator. She was licensed in 1921

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    Smithsonian's National African American History and Culture Museum...

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    Smithsonian's National Museum African American History & Culture beats expectation! 7 levels of African's American History with new exhibits throughout the year...

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    Smithsonian's National Museum African American History & Culture beats expectation! 7 levels of African's American History with new exhibits throughout the year...

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    Angel Rich, founder of DC tech start-up,The Wealth Factory, Inc, and developer of the popular app, Credit Stacker, released "History of Black Dollar", last week.   Rich says The 144 page books answers the question of "why there's a financial gap between black and white America."

    From Amazon.com "reveals significant economic moments in history that have helped shape America - slavery, sharecropping, convict leasing, Little Rock Nine, Black Wall Street, civil rights, the great recession, Black Lives Matter and other important milestones - along with highlighting important figures, some lesser known, that have made these Black, financially historical moments possible through their personal diligent efforts.  This book aims to help older generations remember, while enlightening younger generations on the progression of America and its direct correlation to the support of Black Americans that will inspire both groups to continuing uplifting economic social justice. "

  10. Question:  What is the name of a major film studio (production and film distribution) that has majority African-American/black ownership.  

    Wikipedia defines major film studio is a production and film distributor  that releases a substantial number of films annually and consistently commands a significant share of box office  revenue in a given market. 

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  11. Question:  What is the name of a major film studio (production and film distribution) that has majority African-American/black ownership.  

    Wikipedia defines major film studio is a production and film distributor  that releases a substantial number of films annually and consistently commands a significant share of box office  revenue in a given market. 

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  12. In this edition of Black Minds, Black Power: Powers-that-Be who ignore Black minds do so at their own peril and demise.maxresdefault3.jpg

     According to the Milwaukee Community Journal article, Anari Sengbe, offered up "Go Vote" an app to the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign but they declined. The app would allow volunteers to wait in in line for voters and donors to cover the cost for rideshare for health-impaired or disabled voters to get to the polls.  While the Clinton campaign may have said "no" Mercedes Benz and Direct Tv are saying yes to his apps that allow drivers to pay direct from their cars using bitcoins and giving a gift for pay per-view programming...

    More at Community Journal

    #programmer #gamer #developer

  13. I want to thank Mel Hopkins for her exhaustive review of Severed, A Novel. I am so grateful for her insights. It's fascinating to see how people interact with my characters. It's even more intriguing when they see things I did not see myself.  Watch her space. She's up and coming. We need more writers like her who are willing to put the time in, to be thoughtful, critical, yet supportive. Thank you, Mel. You do me the greatest honor, to critique a novel written for Black women. 

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      "When we connect I wanna hear more about your NDE Sounds like a tragic accident became an enlightening experience. "

      Yes it was! I will do my best but it is a winding road that took me off a path.  At times, I don't even feel like myself but then I can remember my life as far back as 2 years old... so at least no one walked-in to my body.  I think "they" just kept the door open.

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  14. In this edition of Black Minds, Black Power: Powers-that-Be who ignore Black minds do so at their own peril and demise.maxresdefault3.jpg

     According to the Milwaukee Community Journal article, Anari Sengbe, offered up "Go Vote" an app to the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign but they declined. The app would allow volunteers to wait in in line for voters and donors to cover the cost for rideshare for health-impaired or disabled voters to get to the polls.  While the Clinton campaign may have said "no" Mercedes Benz and Direct Tv are saying yes to his apps that allow drivers to pay direct from their cars using bitcoins and giving a gift for pay per-view programming...

    More at Community Journal

    #programmer #gamer #developer

  15. I want to thank Mel Hopkins for her exhaustive review of Severed, A Novel. I am so grateful for her insights. It's fascinating to see how people interact with my characters. It's even more intriguing when they see things I did not see myself.  Watch her space. She's up and coming. We need more writers like her who are willing to put the time in, to be thoughtful, critical, yet supportive. Thank you, Mel. You do me the greatest honor, to critique a novel written for Black women. 

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      I adore you, @Troy ! Thank you for all you do for us writers, readers and everyone in between!

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  16. I want to thank Mel Hopkins for her exhaustive review of Severed, A Novel. I am so grateful for her insights. It's fascinating to see how people interact with my characters. It's even more intriguing when they see things I did not see myself.  Watch her space. She's up and coming. We need more writers like her who are willing to put the time in, to be thoughtful, critical, yet supportive. Thank you, Mel. You do me the greatest honor, to critique a novel written for Black women. 

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @Troy

      Severed, a Novel | A Black Woman’s Burden

      Someone is a few digits short of a hand in Nakadee, Louisiana.  What’s worse, someone may be torturing and holding the finger-less victim captive in this small river town.   Head of Nakadee Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit Captain Nate Padgett enlists the help of Forensic Anthropologist Lula Logan, PhD whom he feels he can trust since she’s having an affair with his direct report Junior Detective Devon Lemonde.

      Padgett needs Logan to find out if the victim is still among the living.  Dead or Alive means the difference between a local investigation or handing it over to the Feds.   Meanwhile Dr. Logan has her own project underway.  She’s in town to work on research project that will tell the story of the enslaved Africans who revolted against their captors in 1830 on a former plantation.

      Dr. Logan has her finger on the pulse of present missing fingers case and that of the enslaved Africans of the past …the question remains, however, which case will be her undoing.

      Severed

      Just in time for Mardi Gras, a story to satisfy your appetite for all things Louisiana Creole-Cajun cuisine.

      Served up for your delight,

      Severed, a Novel

      A Crime Thriller charbroiled in a damning indictment of American society with a side of biting cultural and social commentary on the menu.

      Specialty Cocktail

      “A wine-soaked finger corking a bottle of sherry…”

      Appetizers

      delivered to the Nakadee Police Department to kick off the soiree. Unsure where to begin an investigation, the head of Criminal Investigations Unit Captain Nate Padgett and his Junior Detective Devon Lemonde invite their resident bones expert to lend them a helping hand.

      Entrée

      Lula Logan, PhD (Osteology from UC Santa Cruz), Forensics Anthropologist, Professor at Nakadee University already has a full plate. Dr. Logan frequently appears on the national lecture circuit at various medical conferences to present “The Bare Bones of Forensic Anthropology” course. She teaches at the local university, while working on a National Park Service research fellowship to determine the life and death of enslaved Africans found on “the old Robert McAlpin plantation” in Natchitoches. The site is rumored to be mass grave site of enslaved Africans slaughtered in a Nat Turner-inspired uprising in 1830.

      Adding to this Bouillabaisse, Dr. Logan is in the process of extracting herself from a dead-end love affair with the CIU’s Junior Detective Lemonde while watering a budding affair with a republican congressman, U.S. Rep. Ambrose Girabeaux (R-LA).

      A ménage à trois made possible by the Police Chief, Allouicious Broussard, who has political aspirations.  He also pressures Captain Padgett to close the case immediately.  Broussard, Rep. Girabeaux, Tyrell Armstrong, MBE Certified and chemical engineer and other town leaders are preparing to meet to finalize a deal that will bring from Brazil to Nakadee a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline project.

      Padgett also needs Dr. Logan to find out if the victim is still among the living.  Dead or Alive means the difference between a local investigation or handing it over to the Feds.

      Dr. Logan’s quest for justice for the past could take a backseat to the present, if she chooses to assist in a crime-in-progress of the butchered finger case.

      Sides

      Enter the Unsub (Unknown subject of investigation) finger-butcher, possible serial killer who is hell-bent on revenge – but the answer to why is in the mirror held up to the protagonist.

      Dr Logan believes her research will result in bringing justice to dead. In short, the bones of the enslaved Africans will reveal the harsh treatment they were subjected to, thereby validating the true story of slavery in America.

      The locals, former confederates, including Sherry, a student and self-proclaimed white supremacist in Dr. Logan’s forensic class, believes Dr. Logan is stirring up ill-will from the past and the dead and past deeds should remain buried and covered up. Sherry, like most of the locals believe only the “glory of war” should drive the town’s historical narrative.

      Dr. Lula says, [she]

      “wanted to give voice to the horrors of slavery not as a politician, but as a scientist.”

      Yet it’s Dr. Logan’s own need for validation that takes her off her research path to assist Captain Padgett, a man who didn’t acknowledge her presence, or existence upon their initial meeting. Padgett’s now needs her expertise to solve a crime thereby validating Dr. Logan’s need for legitimacy.

      We learn of this need through her words in a conversation.

      “What annoyed her [Dr. Logan], however, was that Sherry accepted Lula as a black ambassador, but not a scientist.”

      Dr. Logan has several degrees and fellowships conferred upon her from several universities – including a doctoral degree, yet she longs to be validated as scientist by this young white woman who is her student.

      While we, the reader, may not know the identity of the finger butcher we know of the butcher’s character flaws, i.e., error of judgment for it’s revealed through the Dr. Logan and the cast of characters.

      Dr. Lula and others including a Hollywood production crew that have set up shop, exist in an atmosphere of patriarchy, bigotry and hate, fall victim to their weakened egos, insecurities, inadequacy, inner demons, false pride, greed, jealousy. In the quest to deem themselves superior they escape through drugs, theft, and seduction.

      Through these characters, we see how far we’ll go to invalidate others while seeking validation and legitimacy.

      These characters play zero-sum game with rules so easy it’s child’s play.

      Case-in-point, in this current political climate a 7-year-old, Toby Smith from Arkansas, saw through this political game and exposed how our culture seeks to invalidate others to validate one’s supremacy.

      Smith  to Sen. Tom Cotton:

      “Donald Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans, like me, like my grandma,” Toby Smith (Town Hall meeting, Arkansas, February 22. 2017)

      After reading “Severed” 358 pages, unmasking the finger butcher didn’t come easy but solving the mystery of our society’s dysfunction was a cinch.  We humans, especially most Black Americans are so busy looking for the ruling class to validate our existence, we leave the important stuff undone, work that would provide a route to legitimacy and self-actualization.

      Instead, like Dr. Logan, we do the bidding and work of the ruling class to seek validation which usually nets a pat on head.

      Fortunately for us readers, we’ve learned through our literature about the critical choice.  We know our characters can choose between the “good but hard path” or the “bad but easy one.” The latter always brings a tragic ending.

      Dessert

      Although “Severed” is a crime thriller and an entertaining whodunit, I recommend it as a self-help book to readers who are seeking to get out of their own way to become their best by validating their own talent.

      Often, we will seek validation from others to feel good about ourselves without recognizing the destruction that we leave in our wake.

      We’ll leave our noble causes by the wayside to join in or something that isn’t worthy of our time just win the approval from someone who doesn’t matter.

      “Severed” allows us to experience the ramifications of the decisions we make, especially when the means never justify the end.

      “Severed” forces the reader to separate goals from motives and determine which goals serve the greater good and which serve the weakened ego.   The latter, we learn, always brings chaos, death and destruction whereas the former adds meaning to our lives and advances civilization.

      Food for thought

      “Bon Appètit!”

      “Severed” is available on Amazon.  Visit the novelist, VL Towler at SeveredaNovel dotcom

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  17. I want to thank Mel Hopkins for her exhaustive review of Severed, A Novel. I am so grateful for her insights. It's fascinating to see how people interact with my characters. It's even more intriguing when they see things I did not see myself.  Watch her space. She's up and coming. We need more writers like her who are willing to put the time in, to be thoughtful, critical, yet supportive. Thank you, Mel. You do me the greatest honor, to critique a novel written for Black women. 

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Absolutely!!! :)

      @VL Towler, it was an honor and pleasure to read, review Severed and join Its world.  I mean I felt like I was actually in the town of Nakadee enjoying the company of Pomona, I adored her.. and really enjoyed the contrast between her and Barbara. These were Lula's only two "girlfriends" and she was almost willing to trade one for the other due to status. 

      How often do we do that in life.  It made me cry a little, I've been guilty. 

      I had to write because too often black women characters are deemed one dimensional by outsiders because they don't know us nor care to know us.  

      As I mentioned, I'm looking to write more reviews in the form of social commentary because what we are saying in our books are dismissed as "unrealistic", "too ghetto" "too whatever" "they" choose... We need to be the voice of our own reviews - I'll use those literary elements like, narration, atmosphere, setting, voice, Et al - you know, all those things people like to write about to distract and tear down a book to invite people in to read our books so we can be heard!

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  18. DSC_0223-1024x685.jpg#BlackMindsBlackPower  Cassie Owens, writer, links to AALBC's list of Black Bookstores in this ode to one of the last two Philadelphia black bookstores,Black and Nobel"  

    Black and Nobel is opened 7 days a week and according to its owner Hakim Hopkins "Health and wellness keeps us open,”  “but the books are a foundation — everybody knows us as ‘the bookstore.’”

    If a bookstore were a tourist destination it would be "Black and Nobel".  This article gives the bookstore a feel of a popular haunt for both residents and visitors alike.

     
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    From the Library of Congress "Rare Book of The Month W..E.B. Du Bois "The Brownies' Book."

    "A Monthly magazine for the Children of the Sun. Designed for All Children but Especially for Ours" 

    Serial published in 1920-1921.

    Blogger Elizabeth Gettins of the Library’s Digital Conversion Team writes its the "First magazine of its kind, written for African-American children and youths. 

    Visit the digital collection 22 back to back chronological issues at Library of Congress dot gov.

     
    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      You're welcome! If you don't see it. I saved the image link.

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    From the Library of Congress "Rare Book of The Month W..E.B. Du Bois "The Brownies' Book."

    "A Monthly magazine for the Children of the Sun. Designed for All Children but Especially for Ours" 

    Serial published in 1920-1921.

    Blogger Elizabeth Gettins of the Library’s Digital Conversion Team writes its the "First magazine of its kind, written for African-American children and youths. 

    Visit the digital collection 22 back to back chronological issues at Library of Congress dot gov.

     
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    From the Library of Congress "Rare Book of The Month W..E.B. Du Bois "The Brownies' Book."

    "A Monthly magazine for the Children of the Sun. Designed for All Children but Especially for Ours" 

    Serial published in 1920-1921.

    Blogger Elizabeth Gettins of the Library’s Digital Conversion Team writes its the "First magazine of its kind, written for African-American children and youths. 

    Visit the digital collection 22 back to back chronological issues at Library of Congress dot gov.

     
    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      oh one more thing.  Check out "the Jury page"... it's heart breaking.

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    From the Library of Congress "Rare Book of The Month W..E.B. Du Bois "The Brownies' Book."

    "A Monthly magazine for the Children of the Sun. Designed for All Children but Especially for Ours" 

    Serial published in 1920-1921.

    Blogger Elizabeth Gettins of the Library’s Digital Conversion Team writes its the "First magazine of its kind, written for African-American children and youths. 

    Visit the digital collection 22 back to back chronological issues at Library of Congress dot gov.

     
    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      You know W.E.B Du Bois didn't play... he expected folks to come out the womb reading... so of course this "children's magazine" was going to be high post LOL!   I did notice too the magazine is called "The Brownies Book"... it looks a little bit like a sophisticated version of HighLights Magazine ...do you remember?1970s-vintage-Highlights-for-Children-ma

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  23.   CCBC Publishing Statistics of Children’s Books by and About People of Color -

    In 1985, a task to find eligible books for the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Award for African American authors and illustrators; turned into a mission for for identifying all trade books published each year by and for people of color.  

    Today, the counting continues...


    "The more books there are, especially books created by authors and Illustrators of color, the more opportunities librarians, teachers, and parents and other adults have of finding outstanding books for young readers and listeners that reflect dimensions of their lives, and give a broader understanding of who we are as a nation."

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    Robinne Lee, Actor,  who stars in 50 Shades Darker, that opened this month on the 10th, is scheduled to release her debut novel "The Idea of You" June 2017 .  The synopsis reads a bit like a scandalous love affair between a popular boy band member and an single mom art gallery owner almost 20 years his senior... Normally, I don't read romance but this one appeals to me because it's feels like a mix between "Beyond the Lights" and "How Stella Got her Groove back '  - Don't want to plug another website but Lee's publisher St. Martin's Griffin is hosting a book giveaway... If I win; look for my review!

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      Mel Hopkins

      Yes, I entered.  I didn't want to send traffic to goodreads so I didn't link to it. Too bad the publisher didn't reach out to AALBC for the contest promotion.

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    Robinne Lee, Actor,  who stars in 50 Shades Darker, that opened this month on the 10th, is scheduled to release her debut novel "The Idea of You" June 2017 .  The synopsis reads a bit like a scandalous love affair between a popular boy band member and an single mom art gallery owner almost 20 years his senior... Normally, I don't read romance but this one appeals to me because it's feels like a mix between "Beyond the Lights" and "How Stella Got her Groove back '  - Don't want to plug another website but Lee's publisher St. Martin's Griffin is hosting a book giveaway... If I win; look for my review!

    1. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      @TroyThank you for visiting my profile!

      I'm getting in the habit of posting black book current events over here.

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