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  1. Today in the forum discussion at Black Arts In America, artist Joseph Osbome, who works in a abstract, metaphonic, symbolic style of drawing and painting, asks this question: Does black art have to be a literal statement or is being a black person enough? As a fiction writer who sees himself as an artist, I thought it was a good question. Here is my answer to Osbome’s question: “We have this same challenge in fiction writing, especially novel writing. In my opinion, if we are speaking solely about “art,” even a piece of abstract art, it becomes a quality question. If we succeed in our work and it becomes art, then the question doesn’t matter. Then the reader or viewer will see unique and wonderful things on paper (writing) or on canvas (painting) that even the artist didn’t realize were there. That’s the beauty of art. But if it is marketing you’re talking about, then that’s a totally different matter.” Will Gibson, Novelist http://www.amazon.com/Will-Gibson/e/B008TE5ZR2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
  2. ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN THE ‘N’ WORD A few nights ago after the Clippers and Thunder NBA basketball game, in a fit of anger Clipper forward Matt Barnes sent out a tweet using the “N” word, which instantly rocked the media world. Once again the dreaded “N” word had been dropped. So let me explain again about that word. In my novel THE DAUGHTERS OF JOE STUBBS, a black pastor, who conducts weekly poetry and rap music workshops for young people in his church, says when speaking of the “N” word: “When a black mother calls her children to come in for dinner, and says, ‘You little n…ers march upstairs and wash your hands before sitting down at the table,’ the term is said with love and tenderness. When a young black woman says about a black man she finds attractive, ‘That's one good-looking n…er,’ it's a remark of aesthetic approval. When a black member of the audience says to his friend sitting next to him, ‘That funny little n…er up there really cracks me up!’ he's bestowing praise on the black comic up on the stage. And when two black men square off in anger and one says, ‘N…er, you better get out of my face!’ this signifies a danger that these two men are about to fight. The same word, with a hundred different meanings. But over history when a white person uses that word, there’s only one meaning, and we all know what that meaning is. And I think most decent white people realize this. Thus the "N" word.” Will Gibson, Novelist http://www.amazon.com/Will-Gibson/e/B008TE5ZR2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
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