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  1. @ChevdoveI know crop diversity in farming is absolutely is part of the african american culture! AND I'm not a farmer! But seriously all one has to do is look to the celebration of George Washington Carver's genius and know that he got those skills from mama an n'em!
  2. @Cynique I’m over here trying hard to think of where else in nature is there nappy hair and I got nothing! Oh snap! Is it really just us and the sheep? 😂😂😂
  3. @Chevdove Oh snap! So the plot thickens! You’ve seem the dance form from South Africa! That may be its origin! Thank You! And yes, I was so used to the memory of my Nana’s dancing that I failed to connect it to Stepping! When I found the youtube clip, it all connected! Yes! Bring it! I appreciate your definition of culture too and all that it entails! I know some of AA cultural traditions are survival tactics as a result of being in a hostile territory but lets celebrate all of what is uniquely African in America ... @Troy are there any books on this topic?
  4. 😄 buck dancing is ours ... which all popular dances flowed - my Nana used to buck dance like nobody’s business and my mom said the real skill is when you kept a bottle between your knees while doing it...
  5. I agree. But to be clear Christianity is from East Africa. The first “Christian” church - Tewahedo Orthodox began in Ethiopia in 4 AD Egyptians (Canaanites) at the other side of the Nile were polytheist. Some would later become monotheists. I don’t think the majority of the Africans in the North ever worshipped the Hebrew God of Abraham or Jesus
  6. @Chevdove I’m happy to have the answers go in any direction they need too! This is extremely interesting to me. My primary query is about Africans in America - specifically African American culture and cultural traditions colonial and post colonial America. Some of us arrived here in colonial America because we chose to - “Free Negro is the British legal term. Some of us were enslaved in the post colonial America brought from West Africa to the United States. Some of us arrived in the north and lived there for generations. Some later joined the northerners after enslavement ... We came from different parts of Africa bringing with us a lot of traditions from our native countries that were passed on and remain with us today... So this is why I mention African (ascendants) in America... and what did we bring to America such as teaching the inhabitants how to diversify their crops and farm the land.
  7. @Chevdove Although, I’m out of the mainstream media and politics; - I will always do my best to shine the light! 😊
  8. What is culture and cultural traditions that are unique to Africans (ascendant) in America? I hear some folks complain about cultural appropriation. But I’m not sure what we consider cultural isn’t actually assimilation. Without researching, I can think of a few things that are uniquely African American 1) buck dancing 2) gospel singing with 4 part harmony (the quartets) 3) drumming (djembe drums) 3) jazz music composition 4) scat / Rap / hip hop 5) trimming hair on the first friday of the new moon...observing & worshipping nature in general 6) seasoning foods with herbs and animal fats, 7) what else?
  9. Amen, Troy! Too bad we don’t learn this lessons when we are young!
  10. @Chevdove me too! I didn't know until I read the company's statement regarding the bankruptcy petition. It appears mainstream media didn't cover the deal either. They ran with the "EBONY JET sold to Clear View Group for an undisclosed amount" and left it there. When I worked as a broadcast news journalist; I never left anything "at that"... I kept digging until I got the story for my television news station. I used to get into trouble - even with the former Senator Jay Rockefeller because he tried to pass off a standard line and thought that's was good enough. He even yelled at me during a telephone conference hmph! But I betcha I got my answer LOL
  11. Thank you, @Del. I was just wondering if Johnson Publishing sold their media division through a leveraged buyout...of course I don't know. But some of the hints contained in the chapter 7 petition tell an interesting story. At first, I was thinking it was a Structured Sale gone bad. But as I was searching for info - The Beatrice foods deal came up in the search, and while there's no relation to the Johnson Publishing deal and its subsequent liquidation petition; it help me understand why certain players including the company's ceo are listed as creditors. I tell you, there's so much folks, such as me, don't know about Financial instruments - it's no wonder that black people are headed for zero net worth.
  12. Allegedly $8 million for her Coachella 2 weekend appearance last year and $60 million for the 3-content deal with Netflix. One thing I enjoy about Beyonce is that she continues to bring African American culture to the mainstream stage. This past weekend Kanye did the same with his Sunday service —- I felt like I was back in a black baptist church during his set on Easter Sunday. To see pink arms swaying in the air to gospel music was bedazzling lol. Anyway, with Lemonade and its visual album she brought elements of the Yoruba traditions to the mainstage. Both Michelle Obama and Beyonce celebrate each other publicly - Beyonce wrote Mrs Obama’s Time 100 caption.
  13. @Del I apologize - I wasn’t clear. Yes, you’re correct. According to the petition there will be no money left for unsecured debt. And I think you’re correct my question does include accounting methods and law - For clarification, however, Here’s there scenario - You enter into an agreement to purchase my business. We agree to a payment schedule but then you begin to miss payments. Do you own my business? Or do I still own my business because you’ve failed to live up to your end of the agreement. If yes, does the business go into my “asset” pile? Will the trustee now liquidate the business that was supposed to be yours - if you paid on time? Have you ever heard of an actual case like that?
  14. @Chevdove, Well you might want to check Sears before they go out of business - because that was Fashion Fair Cosmetics main distributor. @Delano and @Troy you both worked on wall street; I have a question for you two. What happens when someone purchases your business but doesn't follow up with payment and you have to file Chapter 7 liquidation? Does the money owed become an asset?
  15. CORRECTION Johnson Publishing sold ONLY EBONY and Jet Magazines. They retained Fashion Fair, the cosmetics division and photo archives. AJC 's Ernie Suggs reports, they tried to sell the archives for an estimated $40 million but were unsuccessful. The Wall Street Journal is reporting (April 24, 2019) that billionaire couple Mellody Hobson and George Lucas are seeking control of the EBONY JET Archives. The Photo Archives are at risk due to the bankruptcy filing. Links: Johnson, former Ebony and Jet publisher, files for bankruptcy, by Ernie Suggs (April 10) Atlanta Journal Constitution https://www.ajc.com/news/johnson-former-ebony-and-jet-publisher-files-for-bankruptcy/WTnEwA0TokQcZL52SJZoAM/?fbclid=IwAR2Exrn5mZ1xK4AhAVQs8TbESeammYdFJcmERwGTb-JWfdoTlSDpfct93Tw Filmmaker George Lucas, Wife Mellody Hobson Seek Control of Ebony, Jet Archives by Jonathan Randles - The WSJ article - Subscription Required https://www.wsj.com/articles/filmmaker-george-lucas-wife-mellody-hobson-seek-control-of-ebony-jet-archives-11556135813
  16. 😃 I’m here! But I’ve been poking around doing research on Black authors who have written series... Then I found this other website that catalogs every series that’s ever been created. And then I realized I don’t know the names of every black author, yet I’m trying to make a comprehensive list.. so, there’s that...lol Yes, this thing is on 👋🏽
  17. Yep! That’s exactly what the article reads - John Rogers (he’s from one of those “upper class black families) took her under his wing at an early age. When Mellody Hobson graduated from Princeton she was intern at Ariel Investments - 10 years later she was president and then board chairman. According to the Vanity fair article Hobson’s mom (single parent) sold condos and they lived on the northside - the article says mom was a pragmatist yet unrealistic and had a hard time managing money. Mom was often evicted -
  18. I kind of figured that, @Troy. I tend to gravitate towards black women excelling in their fields and those on the move. I take notes on their failures and success. I also tend to look for more information about the men who, through their actions, show their desire to help black women achieve their goals. What this thread has revealed to me is my love and adoration for black women and the men who show their love for them (us) to fuel their (our) success.
  19. In the article I read, John Rogers (Founder -Ariel Investments manages 15.5 bn) took Mellody Hobson under his wing and convinced her to go to Princeton. So the answer to “a while back” would be when she was 17-18 years old. Note: John Rogers’s father was Tuskegee Airman John Rogers, Sr. who met his wife, Jewel Lafontant on the first day of Law School (University of Chicago) Lafontant became the first female deputy solicitor general of the United States. - Edit Keep this in mind when we explore the “Upperclass” definition. Upper class is a socialeconomic term used to divide folks. It’s not “my” definition but the “unspoken” definition of my acquaintances who are in the “pearl-clutching class” of “our kind of people” Lebron is upper class if we simply go by income - but those in “our kind of people” class rarely make that distinction. They are into “breeding” ... who’s your mommy and daddy, grandfather and grandmother and so on. You’re never the first to graduate college - more like the 5th or 6th generation college grad. What did they do, what do they own? What philanthropic boards do they sit on...how much land and where? AND here’s the big one - I haven’t heard of one entertainer or sports celebrity belonging to that group. So when Rogers tapped Mellody she became the proverbial debutante into the upperclass world. By the time Hobson married Lucas, whose parents were middle class btw, she’d already had an impressive resume and upperclass pedigree. Aside: she’s now vice chair of Starbucks and was chair of Dreamworks and negotiated its sale to comcast. So, by your working definition, it was Lucas who is “new money” albeit, 5.6 bn dollars of new money and he married into the uppercrust
  20. @Troy No. I’m not. Which is why I followed my statement with “adopted into it”. It was my second sentence. Kind of hard to miss.
  21. The article says the filing doesn't affect the publications. But I'm still wondering.
  22. You know @Troy Melody has been "upper class" for some time. She was adopted into it long before she married George Lucas... Her story is fascinating. According to the article I read, even though she had a modest upbringing - her mother wasn't all into "race" this "race that...her mother taught her to be "color brave" period. Maybe there aren't too many black men on her level that are "color brave". The black man she worked for at Ariel Investments was married, twice ... and then we have the handful of corporate 100 CEOs... So who could be on her level AND not be intimidated? It's important to have a mate that is mentally stimulating so both can grow. Skin color is not enough... you have to share culture too.
  23. I had a feeling... my editor hasn't asked me to pitch anything for a while. Heavy sigh
  24. And how did that complaining work for you? 45 is sitting in the oval office signing his executive orders, gutting federal offices and stacking the federal benches with conservative judges... A brain cleanse is not about dumbing yourself down. It’s about clearing your mind to use it to benefit yourself and others. For example, you mentioned “teaching” made you better at building your website. That’s a win for you and your students. Arguing with google - didn’t stop them from changing their algorithm - but it did cause you to connect with your audience in more meaningful ways. It’s not a quick fix but you’re building a viable community in addition to the drive-bys despite google, Mr. Troy “featured in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal” Johnson. And that’s the goal of a clear mind. You are more effective at transmitting a message that connects with your audience. Arguing the obvious reinforces the message in both the sender and the receiver. Instead, consider not paying attention to 45’s antics. And instead following and talking about the EOs and bills he signs - especially the ones that take an emotional toll. Pay attention to what the federal courts overturn and share that info. Follow net neutrality and make it easy for others to understand; follow the federal tax laws - and use those as talking points. You were in finance -use your knowledge and make the 5-year-old in us understand about the tax laws. The tax reform has to be awful for w-2 employees. In comparison, there are a lot of expense write offs for self-employed and business owners. Bread & butter, pocketbook issues, and education costs seem to resonate with people. Showing people how to fish - is far more effective than saying “eating pork is bad for you”.
  25. Can’t tell yet. I hope the original poster sees this discussion and tells us why their believing isn’t enough. So far, I’ve never heard a reason why being a lone believer is enough. Even “the watchers” know their lane. 👀
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