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    Amara La Negra - SF Pride 2019

    Amara la negra 

  2. Well... it is another Friday, another day to love, to Oxum, Oshun, Freya, or Venus, another day to Kizomba! Phillyp and Sharon chose a very beautiful place to dance in the begining to this collage. The only thing I wish was that the couple could dance they way they walked midway in the video. Getting couples to dance relaxed, like they are when they are walking together gently is the hardest part. At 2:30 you can stop watching.

     

  3. for fans of the blade film , look at this 

    It proves Blade was mismanaged and the lack of foresight by new line cinema which is in truth warner bros, is paralleled by warner bros. failures in total. The multiculturalism, the collective possibilites warner bros. had access to they snubbed with blade which had great possibilities in retrospect. 

     

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    in by July 2000, blade was second only to the original superman, that started the modern superhero film financial dominance era or the batman series of films which in retrospect was far more valuable than the superman franchise. 

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    in 2003, the daredevil movie with ben affleck, that many in media panned as a failure did as well as either of the blade movies... hmmm so daredevil from ben affleck was hard done by. Interesting how spider man financially is the king of marvel movies. I admit, I am not a fan of spider man . I don't hate the character but it isn't my first choice of comic book characters.

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    interesting how by 2008, spider man is showing itself is stewarded far better than superman or batman and shows the dominance of marvel's characters in film in general. 

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    2010, Interesting how batman has single handedly as a character saved DC in the film world and how batman is more closely like a marvel hero than the most popular dc hero collection 

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    2013, when marvel succeeded with the avengers and their long form of storytelling that provided a huge challenge to dc.. and dc hasn't recovered

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    by 2018, the original batman movie with michael keaton was still being watched? i find that odd. 

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    by 2019 what do you see? I know what I see. A genre started with the original superman film. A film about a aracial white male alien  with the most individual power, saving the world.  Has been replaced by two human rich white men who use their skills plus money to battle evil. An accidental hero in a teenager from fiscally humble origins, a black prince from a magical black kingdom that never dealt with modern history, a collection of superheroes representing various cultures or views saving the earth plus other worlds. 

     

     

  4. With the industrial explosion of handheld gaming consoles in the year 2021, what does it mean the video gaming industry is missing? One thing all the entries in the assessment below have in common is all the games are already inside and all are circa 100$ to buy the basic version. The cheapest is 60 dollars usa. It was the 9th entry. And they all are trying to emulate games already made, not make new games with the same quality. Anbernic is sighted as the best. Rg351M is their best model in the description below. IT can play the old games, doesn't need to be adjusted when it comes out of the box. To me, it is clear, the handheld market is open to a high powered system with more ingenious games. These games play already developed games in a collage ... like having a bunch of old cars you are able to ride whenever you want. But, what about new games or ideas? I think space exists for new games new user interfaces in the handheld market. Phone games are still too limited or unfocused. A systems power is needed for higher level games. What are your thoughts? Video of the handheld retro gaming market assessment A small history for consoles Thanks again to MErgirl dunne of BlackGamesElite
  5. Didn't know magnavox was bought out in 1974 , they were making versions of their game system until 1978. interesting. Didn't know coleco meant the conneticut leather company:) Photo information in 1977, magnavox/atari/coleco all USA based companies dominated the gaming market. A telling thing that all three corporations are gone. in 1982, Atari was the distanced leader, while three other usa based makers , mattel had joined, aside japan's nintendo were all equal as second. Atari is an interesting story. 1985, all the usa makers plans with their systems all were negative,in comparison to nintendo's vision. this is the key year. all four Atari/Coleco/Magnavox/MAttel needed to come together and make one system or at least rethink their strategy together as they are all based in the usa and are losing significantly to a non statian firm. 1987, when you look at Sega or NEC they came in as Nintendo had an unrivaled competitor. the usa firms for various reasons were mismanaged in their strategy or finance and wasn't competing and thus it opened the market for more japanese firms to get involved. 1992, this has been very helpful to see the industrial change. in 1992 by console sales, Atari was still the third biggest maker in the gaming industry... A firm based in NYC. Born in the west coast but by now, owned by a firm in nyc. 1994, when you look at the video gaming industry today and you realize that Magnavox/Coleco/Mattel/Atari ,all are usa based and all are losing to a group of japanese led firms in Nintendo/Sega/NEC and Sony starting that year, it says alot about industrial management. Why couldn't they come together to try something, something. wow! The owners quit on the idea didn't they? 1996, Nintendo/Sega/Sony all japanese dominate the video gaming market. Atari is still 4th. Hell, Atari join with NEC. I have real problem with the 4th biggest firm in a market , not having any sort of viable plan. 2002, microsoft came in, but I am looking at Atari/Coleco/Mattel/Magnavox/NEC , I don't recall Microfot involving them at all. 4 usa based firms, with properties, video game properties, Microsoft didn't think they warranted getting their properties or working with them or former engineers developers from their time. I even include NEC, why not. you are the last entry, coming real later. Consider that Microsoft was founded in 1975. So they were founded in an era when usa gaming companies was at the top. It took them a long time to want to join the video gaming industry? odd and explains with their lack of interest in aligning with older competitors the fact that they have not made a dollar on consoles. 2006 Sony accepted selling playstation three with a lose of 240 dollars per console, that is over half the price of the system. Very bad business model in my view. And I think sony has never stopped trying to make some high priced system be worth so much even the affordable buyer risks getting it 2019, a great lesson in industrial history here, thanks to MErgirl Dunne of Black Games ELite
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    The answer to shirley chisholm's question is yes

  7. CREATIVE TABLE 2 Namina Forna , The ExtraChallenged , Kugali comics , Wildbow wisdom , Bethany Morrow history through historical fiction , Harlem Nights and Black Artistic Patronage , Eugene Bacon speculative future , Morrison on HAmilton , Tochi Onyebuchi on Juneteenth side freedom , what it means to be a writer , Sylessae- draw in your own style , Bill Cosby , Superman will be black, Alligado , The Black SCreenriter cometh, 100 years of communist china , JAmes Baldwin advice on writing, Animal BFF, Character Copyright , Swing from Oscar Micheaux , Humanity vs I am Legend , Negotiating , Artist be like, Spiderman head tutorial , audiobook narration styles future, going from text to voice , sars-cov-2 truths , Summer Of Soul- some thoughts, Simone Biles vs Dylan Roof a comparison to mental health reactions, Alfonso Ribeiro and what the black community in the usa wants , deviantart displays , Aretha franklin gets an honest biopic , what if what if , happy 21st birthday deviantart , Dragon tutorial: steps/headless/1960s , fire tutorial  , 20th anniversary of september 11th retrospective - about empire , the black statian wood, ? In the first creative table, I used the comment section of the post to hold the content. This was dysfunctional. Took me years to figure it out:) This creative table, I will use my profile activity list to hold the data and tabulate it in this post. If you want to see the first creative table, utilize the following link after the makeshift arrow -> LINK The Black Table Heart man, wild seed witch , 2021 years best african speculative fiction , JET and Ebony Mag , SATT Wars , The legend of Cymbee from Glenis Redmond , Respect - aretha franklin , Black mermaids of NAtasha Bowen, Sun man sitting at the table, 1940 black statian music , ?
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    My reply

    I noticed your prime comment under the video. You say many will disagree and that is of course online. But, I want to speak to that first before I state my position toward your video. 

    A difference exists between a person of a certain race: gender/phenotype/religion/age/geographic lineage et cetera being employed as a thespian in comparison to said person's community being represented positively. 
    As a black man, I heard a million media outlets spout overjoy with the existence of a highly paid thespian who is black. While they chagrin that the culture of black people <which is very large, just for edification includes black people of america/africa/asia/europe or all the lands within> is absent or a negative caricature. 
    I know you are correct in your position. You are happy that asian statians <asian americans exists in jamaica/brazil/mexico not merely the usa> are getting opportunities to be paid thespians of the highest financial order in the film world. But, you are also unhappy that the asian statian experience is still rarely touted by the film wood in the usa. I know it is silly to say the people who disagree with you are wrong... but they are wrong.

    Now, to my position, I thought about the world. No country in humanity , to my knowledge, has a film industry that respects the minority populaces<minority in terms of numbers> equal to the majority populace. so, in the USA the majority populace is the white anglo saxon protestant<are most people in the usa white? the answer is yes>. In china it is the han chinese<I know different communities exist in china but I read han chinese were the largest, if I am wrong correct me>. In the same way Asian statians are not presented as part of the USA fold in film media in the usa, usually, Ugyars are not usually represented in chinese film media. I am not saying anything is wrong or right as much as , it is uncommon for any visual industry to treat the minority communities as equal to the majority community.  
    But, I realize a solution may exist to that problem. and it goes back to your point about cinema in india. I didn't realize india had various woods that seem to have a more equal standing to each other in india. The solution in the usa and I think everywhere is to have more varying woods. For example, the black community in the usa has made films since the time of oscar micheaux, but no one says, the Black Statian-Wood. It is black films, stateless/centerless from an industrial perspective. They are in the independent film wilderness. In the USA it is the hollywood scene or the independent scene. That has to change. The independent scene needs to stay, but the black, the asian, native american , and et cetera minority  communities need their own industrial film industries in the usa. In that way is the only way I think you can not only get thespians of all races but also positive representation in film in the usa to all races. 

    1. richardmurray

      richardmurray

      I made a prior comment, which I link at the end of this one , and I stay true to that comment. but I have another point. Black Panther was written by ryan coogler and Joe Robert Cole, two people of the phenotypical race commonly called black in the usa. Shang-chi was written by Dave Callaham and Destin Daniel Cretton, two people of the geographic ancestry race commonly called asian in the usa. My point is how members of a community see themselves or exhibit their culture will always be varied, sequentially, one must always strive to make their own films/art to exhibit their lens to their community or the greater humanity in total 

      Single Status Update from 09/18/2021 by richardmurray - AALBC.com’s Discussion Forums

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    Well... it is another Friday, another day to love, to Oxum, Oshun, Freya, or Venus, another day to Kizomba!
    The routine from Steven and Rashida suffers from an awful camera person but they have some uncommon repititions or carries that are worth a look
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90TcJ-6VUGU

     

  10. Some old tunes from the descended of enslaved black community in the usa 

     

    PHoto is Valaida Snow

    • 0:12:13 Delta Rhythm Boys in "Take the 'A' Train" (1941).
    • 0:14:46 Fats Waller in "Your Feet's Too Big (1941).
    • 0:17:45 Count Basie Orchestra in "Take Me Back, Baby" (with vocal by Jimmy Rushing) (1941).
    • 0:20:19 "Preacher and the Bear" featuring The Jubalaires (vocal quartet)
    • 0:23:23 "Ring Those Bells" (Black children vocal quintet, unidentified; Possibly The Cabin Kids.)
    • 0:24:22 The Ali Baba Trio in "Patience and Fortitude" (1946) (featuring Valaida Snow singing and playing jazz trumpet with trio of guitar, bass and accordion!)
    • 0:27:06 "Rocco Blues" featuring Maurice Rocco (piano and vocal)
    • 0:30:00 Gloria Grey sings "Oh By Jingo" (looks later, circa 1950 or so)
    • 0:32:42 "I Want A Man", sung by Annisteen Allen and accompanied by Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra (huge big band)(1943).
    • 0:35:36 Woman jazz harpist (LaVilla Tulos) playing "Swanee River"

    enjoy

    1. richardmurray

      richardmurray

      any questions to the a train song concerning harlem, just ask

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    George Clinton @ Sausalito Art Festival 2019

     

    George Clinton @ Sausalito Art Festival 2019
    From ROnald Reed
    photos: www.flickr.com/photos/ronwired/albums/72157670810291077

  12. I still have my sun-man poster from the Olmec corporation. and I still have my original sunman with the pig villain guy:) 

    MAttel adding sun man to he man is interesting, I wonder who owns the sun man rights , did any of the black people involved get anything? 

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  13. Title: Black Mermaids
    Artist: Natasha Bowen - author of skin of the sea
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  14. Well... it is another Friday, another day to love, to Oxum, Oshun, Freya, or Venus, another day to Kizomba! Ebo & Nana, I love how they chose semi public settings. Part to dance is the ability to do it when people are watching and Nana, to be honest, has a body that is noticeable. For the first 48 seconds this routine is all about her, slowly rolling into a crescendo; they then go into some nice little steps, they love popping don't they. from 1:08 to 1:13 is a very nice turn popping all the way; she never simply move to his guidance; she always add her own subtle movement into every place he guide her; i have not seen a female dancer be that consistent using that style. I think Ebo has to get stronger. In the end, his dip could had been better or ill chose; I think a half turn into a dip would had been better, not forced, like the regular.  

     

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    truth on the statian empire- I just love the fact that he is honest about the usa as an empire, I find so few, including Amanpour the interviewer seem unable to say the usa is an empire, like admitting it is a sin or some truth that if said destroys the peace in the world or something. 
    amanpour with lawrence wilkerson 
    https://edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2021/09/10/amanpour-wilkerson-9-11.cnn 

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    To Afghan women

    “The Other Afghan Women” | Video | Amanpour & Company | PBS

    Transcript

    WELL, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, WE TEND TO HAVE A VERY VAGUE IDEA OF IT, BUT IN FACT ON THE GROUND THE WAR IS ONLY FOUGHT IN PART OF THE COUNTRY AND THAT'S IN THE RURAL, SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN, AND SO I WAS REALLY CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING, IN SOME CASES THROUGH FOUR DECADES OF CONFLICT.

    SO I DECIDED TO TRAVEL THIS SUMMER TO INTERVIEW DOZENS OF WOMEN TO TRY TO FIND OUT.

    I'M JUST CURIOUS, HOW DID YOU FIND THESE WOMEN AND WERE THEY OPEN TO SPEAKING WITH YOU?

    I KNOW YOU SPENT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME WITH A WOMAN NAMED SHAKIRA, WHO SEEMS SURPRISED SHE SHARED HER NAME WITH ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST POP STARS.

    MANY OF THESE WOMEN HAVE NOT MET FOREIGNERS.

    SHAKIRA TOLD ME SHE HASN'T MET A FOREIGNER WHO WASN'T CARRYING A GUN.

    SO THEIR ONLY EXPERIENCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS THROUGH VIOLENCE, THE MILITARY.

    SO IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO ACTUALLY MEET THEM AT FIRST.

    I HAD TO GO THROUGH GRANDMOTHERS BECAUSE IN THESE VERY CONSERVATIVE, TRADITIONAL AREAS IT'S VERY UNUSUAL FOR MEN, UNRELATED MEN TO SPEAK WITH WOMEN, UNRELATED TO THE TALIBAN.

    IT'S BEEN THIS WAY FOR A LONG TIME.

    SO I FIRST MET WITH SOME GRANDMOTHERS AND THEY REFERRED ME TO OTHER PEOPLE AND EVERY SINGLE TIME I MET SOMEBODY, I ASK THEM, TELL ME YOUR LIFE STORY FROM THE BEGINNING.

    WHEN THEY DID THAT, I WAS REALLY SHOCKED, EVEN AS SOMEBODY MYSELF WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THIS CONFLICT FOR A DECADE, I WAS SHOCKED BY THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE THEY HAD SEEN.

    WHETHER IT'S AIR STRIKES OR ROADSIDE BOMBS OR KIDNAPPINGS OR WHAT NOT.

    YES, BECAUSE SO MUCH OF WAR, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE THAT DON'T LIVE THROUGH IT, THE TOLD THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOOD GUYS AND BAD GUYS.

    ONE WOULD ASSUME OBVIOUSLY THAT THE GOOD GUYS WOULD BE THE AMERICANS AND ALLIES THAT COME IN AND SUPPORT THE AFGHAN ARMY AND IT'S NOT AS SIMPLE OF THAT.

    THIS IS REALLY WHAT GETS TO THE CRUX OF YOUR PIECE HERE.

    I WANT TO JUST READ ONE VERSE FROM IT.

    YOU WRITE THE TALIBAN TAKEOVER HAS RESTORED ORDER TO THE CONSERVATIVE COUNTRYSIDE, WHILE PLUNGING THE LIBERAL STREETS OF KABUL INTO FEAR AND HOPELESSNESS.

    THIS BRINGS TO LIGHT THE UNSPOKEN PREMISE OF THE PAST TWO DECADES.

    IF U.S. TROOPS KEEP BATTLING THE TALIBAN IN THE COUNTRYSIDE, THEN LIFE IN THE CITIES COULD BLOSSOM.

    THIS MAY HAVE BEEN A SUSTAINABLE PROJECT, BUT WAS IT JUST?

    CAN THE RIGHTS OF ONE COMMUNITY DEPEND IN ON THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER?

    IS IT REALLY AS BINARY OF A CHOICE AS THIS?

    DO THESE WOMEN FEEL THEIR LIVES ARE BEING SACRIFICED FOR THE LIVES AND FREEDOMS OF WOMEN IN LARGER CITIES?

    YOU KNOW, EVERY SINGLE WOMAN I MET I ASKED THEM ABOUT WOMEN'S RIGHTS.

    I SAID, YOU KNOW, THE UNITED STATES SAYS THAT ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THEY'VE INVADED AFGHANISTAN AND THEY SUPPORT THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT IS TO BRING RIGHTS TO WOMEN

  16. The question here is what makes a good biographical film in modernity?  Respect is structurally in the same model as biographical pictures from the 1960s and before. Starting in the 1970s with films like coal miners daughter, the biographical film became more tell all, more telenovela. Fans plus non fans liked paying for tickets to know all the details. The genious aretha show fits that modern model. Respect doesn't. But it is interesting, the word respect means to look again. From that view, Genious aretha is speculative, while Respect is respeculative. And I think that is what aretha wanted. 
    You forgot to mention that they performed all the songs in the film. That is interesting. I think that reflects aretha franklins musicality, as someone who believed in the artists fine tuning themselves and making their craft, not using mechanical aids or copies or manipulations. 
    So, Respect is what Aretha franklin wants, a second look, a more traditional look, a less gossipy look at her life. 
    As for me, I want no public book or film or series or anything about my life, no matter what I do. 
    video 

     

  17. fire tutorial 

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    What else would you draw in a picture with a dragon?
    I made a headless dragon for my idea, so my dragon was holding its head but I can also see a pearl or some objectanything can be held by a dragoneven luck  
    What tutorial would you like to see next?
    Anything is fine. The key for any artists is to look at competitions or tutorials as invitationals. Either invite the artists to create, so do so technique can always be judged but contentment is something the artist must learn to have to their work gardless what others say or do.  

    https://www.deviantart.com/hddeviant/art/Make-Fire-Tutorial-890526278?ga_submit_new=10%3A1630467215

     

  18. Tutorial for a dragon

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    What story made you fall in love with fantasy?
    difficult. The earliest fantasy tale I can think of is high john the conqueror or anansi. In my household my parents loved telling stories. the earliest I will say is, high john the conqueror. 
    What dragon character is your favorite?
    Well, what determines a dragon is complicated. Does a dragon need wings? need to have blood, can it be a robot? so, I will answer this question in parts. my favorite dragon from antiquity is the Dragon that Ra or Horus depending on the telling rides on the Nile. I love that blue color. My favorite dragon in cartoon world is smog in the rankin bass lord of the rings. The first film/live action dragon I saw was falcor and yes, I have to get to that museum in germany where you can ride him. My favorite dragon villain is... Mecha Godzilla, the original Toho or the modern. 
    What tutorial would you like to see next?
    For me, any. I see myself as a mature artists. I like the way I draw. I am satisfied. No artists can do it all. So, any tutorial is great. For me, I collect it all and maybe a story or two will come from them one day 
    https://www.deviantart.com/hddeviant/art/Make-a-dragon-tutorial-in-steps-890524814?ga_submit_new=10%3A1630465943

     

     

    headless horseman dragon

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    1960s fashionable dragon

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  19. last poets- related to what


    the last poets full album

     

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    Title: harriet tubman demon slayer cover

    Artist: Derek Laufman

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    1. Troy

      Troy

      Hummm… why did it have to be “Harriet Tubman” demon slayer?

       

      I mean why not create a new fictional character as opposed to muddling/sullying Tubman’s legacy with this fiction?

    2. richardmurray

      richardmurray

      @Troy  A black man is the writer behind this. He has made a number of editions of the comic, this will be his fifth. 

       

      I think he looked at abraham lincoln vampire slayer and saw a parallel... I admit, I have never thought of using harriet tubman in such a way, but I am a huge fan of her historical person. And, if you read some of the editions, she does not act in historical character. So, you have a good point Troy. I would choose a new character to slay demons, refer to Tubman. 

  21. the mermaid storm
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    ‘The Mermaid Storm’ is a collaboration between painter Julyan Davis and poet Glenis Redmond, begun when Davis was artist-in-residence at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina (2018). 

    The collaboration depict a narrative: that of the Cymbee, the Kongo Water spirit who crosses the Middle Passage, bearing witness to summoning events in the history of American slavery. The story depicts her capture, and Charleston’s subsequent Mermaid Riot. It culminates in the Cymbee’s place in the South today. The most recent product of this joint venture has been the creation of a vinyl record of Glenis’s poetry, recorded, produced and pressed at Asheville’s own Citizen Vinyl.

    The project owes its inspiration to several historical studies on Afro-Christian Syncreticism and its reflection in folk and religious art, but primarily to Ras Michael Brown’s excellent ‘African-Atlantic Cultures and the South Carolina Lowcountry’ (Cambridge University Press 2012).

    ‘Simbi there. Cymbee here. Name her.
    People of the Congo know her well.
    Simbi’s spirit must be honored and fed
    With each drink, food, dance and treasure.
    Without ceasing, she finds reasons to mother.
    Wrap her long arms around her people
    Across either side of the deep Atlantic.’

    Glenis Redmond (poem for Station X)

    If the African slave could successfully smuggle one thing across the Middle Passage, it was their oldest faith. This heritage had survived Portuguese colonialism and would flourish in the Carolina Lowcountry, remnants of it enriching the hush harbors and lasting to this day. The Simbi, or water spirit, was not left behind.

    As with so much in the New World, one culture would knot itself around another. The Kongo Simbi meshed with the white man’s mermaid. The resulting Cymbee was no variant of the decorative creature of Western Art, however, but remained an elemental force, and one to be feared and left alone at all costs. Provoke her wrath and the skies would darken. If captured, the water spirit of the Lowcountry had the power to draw hurricanes out of the Cape Verde waters, beckoning them to her rescue. The Simbi (or Carolina Cymbee) was a manifestation of outrage, existing to right the world’s balance through catastrophe.

    ‘The Mermaid Storm’ is an emancipation myth, but it also raises questions about the ways Christianity (whether Portuguese Catholicism in the Congo, or American Protestantism in the South) has disconnected mankind from nature.

    Glenis Redmond travels the world as a Road Poet. She divides her time between two posts: as the Poet-in-Residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, SC, and at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.

    She has served as the Mentor Poet for the National Student Poets Program. In both 2014- 2016 she prepared student poets to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education and for the First Lady, Michelle Obama at The White House. She traveled to Muscat, Oman to present poetry workshops and readings for Black History Month sponsored by the State Department.

    Glenis is a Cave Canem Fellow and a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. She helped create the first Writer-in-Residence at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, NC.

    http://www.julyandavis.com/mermaid/

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  22. the Center for Disease control said today, the day this post was made, the sars-cov-2 virus which makes carriers exhibit the covid-19 disease , was not created in a laboratory or known by the chinese before the commonly called pandemic. 

    I want to say more humans have died of hunger each year in my entire life than anything else, including wars or viruses so.. I wonder about the choice of pandemic for a virus effects on a populace.

    Also I heard today in a show called firing line on the public broadcasting station, pbs, nyc from petraeus, a general in the usa military that most afghans in afghanistan want an end to the war or usa presence in afghanistan. So most afghans wanted the usa out. so the afghans fleeing the taliban are the minority that didn't want an end to the usa presence or didn't comprehend what an end to the usa presence means, but one way or the other, they are a minority. 

    The question is, do minorities have rights? The rule of the people favors the majority populace of people. the rule of the people does not facor individualism or the individual. How can an individual's needs outweigh a group, how can the needs of a few outweigh the most? 

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