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  1. Is DR Serikawa the special effect of The original Godzilla? Dr. Serikawa in the original godzilla is the special effect, a man of science who destroyed his own studies and died by his own science to not spread it
  2. what is the best representation of a native american warrior in a film? I like buck and the preacher, josie wales, apocalypto, or the white buffalo in the film world, but what is the best native american warrior in a film. I recall the geronimo tv special , but that wasn't a movie house film. Although, I liked the action. I was inspired to ask after seeing this article, native american veterans memorial article https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/video-breaking-ground-on-native-american-veterans-memorial-m4wfJf7RfkqBJlTAPVtqXg/?fbclid=IwAR0sgc51z9cgC4GukuwjLTLgSHNmhoW9I-vhWgfcSN_0jX4JfYxs-BkV01A
  3. The Joker of our times Is the joker portrayed by Joaquim phoenix the the joker of our times? the following article makes a case that he is, my talk on false civility is my reply. https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/youre-not-going-to-remember-any-of-this-shit-joker-re-1838770612 my talk on false civility https://youtu.be/pfsYCapQ9yQ
  4. FIYAH Literary Magazine A #VoicesOnFIYAH Teams for NanoWriMo: Team Fantasy Horror Magical Realism Other Sci-Fan Sci-Fi Peer-pressure your BIPOC friends into joining a writing team before sign-ups close at the end of the month. https://www.fiyahlitmag.com/voices-on-fiyah/ https://twitter.com/fiyahlitmag/status/1182381067199750144
  5. Scorcese stated, MArvel movies are theme parks, not cinema? is scorcese correct? If I am honest, aside some others offline who stated this already, he is correct. I see the modern film industry as a two part creature. One part are films the other part are visual paloozas. MArvel movies or most superhero films are not based on quality but visual effects, in the same way the disney princess movies or live action disney remakes are visuals. the goal when people went to see the lion king wasn't to see a great film, it was to see the lion king in a greater visual spectrum. Same with aladdin or beauty and the beast. Do I personally, go to see any of these films... no. It will take a lot for me to see a film for special effects, but most movie house goers today go for visual effects, not story. they will judge something streamed/cable on story, even though game of thrones has now meant cable/streaming is in the special effects palooza mode for the most part in the future. The problem scorcese isn't admitting is parenting. Most parents in the near past and today, teach their kids the power of glitz. is it shiny! is the constant message. How many adults have i heard say, how does it look? how many people I have communicated with who had problems with a film/show or anything in media cause they felt the art was not glitzy enough. A person's imagination should be able to handle all levels of art. the fact that most statians , as statians drive media sales, are visually based, proves their bad rearing. But scorcese can't do anything about that. so he has to realize, that outside the usa is where quality can trump visuals in the viewership. https://collider.com/martin-scorsese-says-marvel-movies-are-theme-parks-not-cinema/?utm_campaign=collidersocial&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter
  6. What will the internet be without usa based firms? I thought about the internet and said to myself. What if I took out every usa based firm on the internet, what will it be? Comprehend, the data storage places for websites or webservices are global in nature, not located in one particular country, this is to provide the illusion of seamlessness. But anyway, if you take out, google/facebook/twitter/yahoo/tumblr/wordpress/instagram even though that is facebook/youtube even though that is google/microsoft one drive/microsoft bing/myspace... took out every single usa based or usa started online firm.. what will the internet be? This question came into my mind after I thought about a black woman I know who owns her own website in ghana, concerning womens sport. Her website made me consider the internet outside the usa, how strong is it? absent usa based websites, a huge vacuum will exists in the internet, as it is today. what say you?
  7. I like buck and the preacher, josie wales, or the white buffalo in the film world, but what is the best native american soldier film. I recall the geronimo tv special , but that wasn't a movie house film. but, I liked the action. native american veterans memorial article https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/video-breaking-ground-on-native-american-veterans-memorial-m4wfJf7RfkqBJlTAPVtqXg/?fbclid=IwAR0sgc51z9cgC4GukuwjLTLgSHNmhoW9I-vhWgfcSN_0jX4JfYxs-BkV01A
  8. My AudioBooks on Kobo Poetry or More Series https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/search?query=Poetry%20or%20More&fcsearchfield=Series&seriesId=06baba96-5af5-5d24-9b8a-f06360287dc9 2015-2016 https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/audiobook/poetry-or-more-2015-2016 2017 january-june https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/audiobook/poetry-or-more-2017-jan-jun 2017 july-december https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/audiobook/poetry-or-more-2017-jul-dec The Visasiki series https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/search?query=Visasiki%20Series&fcsearchfield=Series&seriesId=965aea81-4e13-53fe-8bc8-22fcb6d28a39 Free https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/audiobook/the-visasiki-free-version complete https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/audiobook/the-visasiki-complete-version
  9. Kobo Audio books- Kobo has set up an audio book system. It is straight forward. I already had audiobooks in their system but they were accessible through the kobo app, which i mentioned in their description. I made versions that I will link to in the newsletter and this post in the near future. Video Article https://kobowritinglife.com/2019/09/27/breaking-news-kobo-writing-life-launches-direct-audiobook-upload/ you see the video, it is that straight forward, I am considering continuing my sport audio blog through it now. @Mel Hopkins @Troy Kobo Audio FAQ Direct Audio FAQ Can I publish audiobooks in other languages? Yes! The interface is currently available in English, and will become available for additional languages by the end of 2019. However, you can publish is whatever language you like. Do I have to be exclusive with Kobo? Never! We believe in reaching readers wherever and however they want to read, and we encourage you to make use of the many platforms available to you. How should I price my audio titles? We want you to have complete control over your pricing. Take a look at other audio titles in your category and consider length and production cost when setting your price. What is the payment rate for audio content? For audiobooks, you will receive 45% of the list price for a-la-carte purchases, provided the list price is greater than, or equal to $2.99 USD. For subscription downloads, you will receive 32% of the list price. For more details, click here. https://kobowritinglife.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001056548-What-will-my-earnings-be-?utm_source=Kobo+Writing+Life&utm_campaign=c381073e6f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_10_01_03_31&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d7d32e9e8b-c381073e6f-31135551 I don't have an audiobook tab on my dashboard! The audio tool is being rolled out slowly and it not yet active on all accounts. If you would like us to enable the tool on your dashboard, please email us to request it. writinglife@kobo.com Can I opt my titles out of the audio subscription program? We want to offer audiobooks however the reader wants to purchase them, so all Kobo audiobooks are offered via the subscription programme as well as a-la-carte. Can I distribute my audiobooks to libraries? We are still in the beta stage at the moment; however, we are working hard behind the scenes to offer authors the opportunity to distribute their content via OverDrive. Stay tuned for an update coming soon! I'm already selling my audio content on Kobo. Are there any benefits to uploading my audiobooks directly? We are working closely with our merchandising team on future audiobook promotion opportunities, which will be available for all authors who upload directly. Keep an eye out for audio promos in the near future! How do I listen to a Kobo audiobook anyway? If you haven't already, get thee to the Kobo store and sign up for a free audiobook trial! Download the free Kobo mobile app, and you'll find all your eBook and audio content right there, in one handy place. Happy listening!
  10. what is the best black written story concerning open marriage in your knowledge? https://www.dw.com/en/the-77-percent-time-to-talk-open-marriage-in-africa/av-50460552?maca=en-Twitter-sharing
  11. Lucas like many others know what happens when you sell your media property to whomever. IT is no longer yours and the control is gone. If anything, the real problem is Lucas sold everything to disney but didn't have something new planned. He is imaginative, always remember as an artist, if you sell your work, you do not own it. Think to something new, something else. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/george-lucas-disney-star-wars-betrayed-093016907.html
  12. The Center for Black Literature is Pleased to Support This Special Event. All Are Welcome! Ta-Nehisi Coates presents "The Water Dancer" (his debut novel!) Coates in Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones This Tuesday! September 24, 2019 8:00 PM at Kings Theatre 1027 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226 (at Tilden Avenue in Flatbush) Ta-Nehisi Coates (author of "Between the World and Me" and "We Were Eight Years in Power") returns to the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn to launch his first novel! "The Water Dancer" is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children---the violent and capricious separation of families---and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. "In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation's most important writers, tackling one of America's oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed." (Publishers Weekly starred review). Coates launches his book at Kings Theatre in conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter covering segregation and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. Tickets: $45 (includes the book!) Get $5 off your purchase with promo code COATES https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/300056E1C6A61D7A
  13. @Troy No, the Kindle handles Amazon's ebook format, Mobi. Kobo uses the open format Epub. Epub is not Kobo's epub is for anyone to use, Kobo reads epub and pdf's. Kindle read Mobi and pdf. That is what i meant about amazon. They knew being first to have an ereader, they had a chance to use their own ebook format exclusively. Epub was made and is used mostly throughout the industry. But in the usa, the market of amazon pulls toward mobi while outside the usa it is epub.
  14. cool @Mel Hopkins if you are on writing life, let me know. I have placed books on overdrive, placed books overseas. you have to comprehend, kobo lists books based on the language in different geographies. Tell me what you think of my Nyotenda :) it is a screenplay, but that is a whole other multilog:)
  15. What fictional character will you vote for presidency of the USA? I thought about this. IT is a hard one. We as humans beings talk about who will be a leader, but the better question is, what do the people need? I ask you to list, what people need in the usa and then name a character who fits the ability to deliver the items in your list. ... I will not submit, but wait to see what others say. GO!!!:) source https://twitter.com/ThatEricAlper/status/1174518579091431424
  16. @Mel Hopkins books and audiobooks for reading or listening:) Music is something I am working on. To any who may see the following I have to go into storytime mode , talking about Kobo, with the advantage of hindsight. The ebook industry's problem began with the firm first to make an ereader, Amazon. Amazon knew, based on how they dominated the eretail market, that people online in the usa are loyal to websites. They do not leave them voluntarily, for the most part. I know this having been forced to leave two blog sites, and only after the second actually doing real searching into what is out there. amazon also knew the only danger to their plan is not having a large library and not having a growing new publications list. Amazon thus opened their writing program and converted as many books as possible into ebooks, using their system. The last piece of their statian domination , though most vital, was their machines. the Amazon kindle was the first ereader, but the amazon fire is the economy car tablet. Thus, amazon had the two devices most people in the usa will have to read ebooks. And the kindle doesn't accept epub and the fire doesn't allow every other app, like kobo's for example. The dominance Amazon has in the usa market is like facebooks. I know for certain other websites do better or equal to facebook or instagram in the esocial , but their audience is not based in the usa. Sequentially, people in the USA are hard to see the other firms. That last point connect to Kobo but I continue. ... Barnes and noble tried to mirror Amazon's strategy, thinking their book stores gave them a userbase that can wither amazon's in the reading world. But, barnes and noble was wrong. amazon's strategy depended on being first, the second your firm is not first, you can not duplicate amazon. Another bookstore called Borders had to do something. They were not a tech firm like amazon and didn't have the money like barnes and noble to invest in making a product. But, this canadian firm Kobo, had a product. Me side my blood relatives, love to read, and liked going to borders. Sequentially, when they sold the first Kobo's we were interested. The best thing about the original kobo was the purpose. This was not a multipurpose device, this was a straight forward read ebook device. I do not like to buy technology that overlaps purpose, so I was interested. Over time, borders went out of business as Kobo couldn't provide the uptake needed in the usa market. But, Kobo survived cause outside the usa, many liked the universal nature of kobo. Unlike barnes and noble or amazon, Kobo's objective is getting people to read. And, they developed a nice market share in europe especially, where the buying habits to technology are not like the usa. THis is why in Europe, the nintendo game systems market shares are much larger than sony playstation or microsoft xbox. PEople in europe do buy sony or microsoft, but many people in europe have an affordable quality mentality to buying technology. Nintendo fits that mold, Kobo as well, fitted that mold. But, to make more devices, Kobo needed investment and they couldn't get it on there own. So, here comes Rakuten, a japanese company, biggest publisher in japan. They owned Overdrive, which is a website that was started in the usa, but centers on ebook collections. Rakuten bought them too and combined was able to advance both companies projects. Overdrive like Kobo are not well known by the average usa ereader, but in certain sections in the usa and definitely outside of it, are more well known or more importantly used. Now, what does this have to do with being a member of Kobo writing life. You have to comprehend, being a member of Kobo in the usa, means few will ever know what you are talking about. My storytelling was meant to explain the international strength of Kobo is key. Kobo is not the biggest ebook firm in the usa, and will not be any time soon. Many, not necessarily most, of the biggest kobo writers also have amazon accounts. But, if you are expecting people in the usa, to have automatic recognition to kobo, you are wrong. Having said that, I considered joining amazon aside others writing programs. But I joined Kobo after trying to join amazon first, it was too complicated or messy. It seemed amazon wanted me to sign an affidavit on something and that bothered me. I conclude with the following. Do what you want, in terms of writing program. I am not a fan to amazon but in the end I am not one to tell others where to go or what to do. But Kobo is a stable or straightforward writing program, that gives you access to strong unfamiliar reading markets outside the usa,which are becoming more accustomed to the ebook at a faster growing rate, or overdrive. I can't give you a revenue sheet to guarantee financial success. But, I can tell you that Kobo's writing life , even part of Rakuten, maintains their original premise, which is an open format, for writers to dictate their prices and how their books are sold. Kobo is not going to beg anyone to come to them but the door is open, use at your own will. Now, I am off that silly pulpit.
  17. Do you know of a positive book about a child bride, positive defined as a child bride who is happy being married to an adult <child being circa 12 adult being circa or over 30>? The following video made me consider that concept. I am against forced marriage in general, or marriages arranged between strangers, in general. But, I realize I never read or heard of a positive child bride story? WARNING: the following video may disturb you alot in some moments https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/1172717858863878144
  18. silent sundays , check it out on Turner Classic Movies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2DdMaUVHLo&feature=youtu.be article https://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/1528691|0/Silent-Sunday-Nights-in-September.html The first movie is : Two Arabian Knights- a comedy, it is interesting how a woman fully veiled was in the film as the lead female. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q655f5UT2is The second is the Racket: No blood but love the blunt shooting. And the cop in this movie actually aimed downward for the gun The movie is clearly displaying the the italian mob take over from the irish mob in nyc aside the italian mob fights. I love how the female lead used a cone to sing through and they had a violin with a horned resonator, for a member in her band. I love how the lounge singer burned the mob bosses brother's hand when he tried to press her near him. The reporter who fell in love with the singer was classic. I love when she asked him, what if you get a baby pregnant and find out about storks. The condition of the womens cell was atrocious while honest. I will not blow the ending but it is very honest in a way few if any films are today. In the end of street drama usually, the end for folks is not a thing of justice but more eventuality. The system wins and the pieces fall where they may. The freedom of the strong woman is very present in the end, enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NJLH5EXI_w
  19. Gazette Fragments 71/72/73/74/75/76 Edition 71 The Ocean - a film from Seye Isikalu (2016) paule marshall - may her spirit fly free, I am not familiar to her, but if any of you know her work, please tell me what you link. https://aalbc.com/authors/author.php?author_name=Paule+Marshall Edition 72 Mandalorian - It is not from disney's involvement, but to see Esposito side weathers, two black travelers , one a great actor and the other, a student of the craft. I... will still not get disney streaming in the same way michelle yeoh or patrick stewart will not get me to buy cbs streaming, but i bet this show will be good, like i hear the star trek content on cbs streaming is. And I love that theme riff, and because he played one of my favorite characters in the game of thrones books, the man who played the red viper is playing the mandalorian https://shadowandact.com/the-mandalorian-teaser-trailer-the-first-ever-live-action-star-wars-series-stars-giancarlo-esposit-and-carl-weathers Trailer Edition 73 Journey of an audiobook - A very nice article displaying how a woman went from traveling mom to author and then audiobook maker:) enjoy https://kobowritinglife.com/2019/08/15/creating-your-own-audiobook-with-sarah-williams/ Edition 74 What kind of heroine are you - I am a male but i thought to play the game to see what will come out. It is just a game so have fun. I did. I admit, I actually write letters in general. Istill and i write love letters. That was a clue to what I chose but I will leave it at that, give it a go and have fun:) https://kobowritinglife.com/2019/08/16/which-type-of-romance-heroine-of-the-past-are-you/ Edition 75 October spooky writing challenge - more in september 20th, I will try to keep all posted , tell me if you have any ideas or suggestions. https://thewhalehastalestoo.tumblr.com/post/187388249315 Edition 76 Just Mercy - This is close to me.The trailer is masterful. Enjoy. https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/the-beautiful-trailer-for-just-mercy-starring-michael-b-jordan-and-brielarson-is-finally-here/ Trailer
  20. An Evening with Nicole Dennis-Benn, Author of “Patsy” John Oliver Killens Reading Series Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Medgar Evers College, CUNY Edison O. Jackson Auditorium 1638 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225 Free and open to the public. Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Patsy, will be in conversation with Jamia Wilson, Executive Director and Publisher, Feminist Press at City University of New York. In Dennis-Benn’s novel Patsy, she explores the demands on one woman who immigrates from Jamaica to New York and leaves her young daughter behind. http://centerforblackliterature.com/jok_patsy_2019/ “Bold New Voices Explore Race and Relationships” Presented by the Center for Black Literature, Medgar Evers College CUNY, in Partnership with RestorationART Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Restoration Plaza 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 Free and Open to the Public. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2019 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, in partnership with RestorationArt, will present a literary salon featuring writers of courageous new works. During this program, writers examine the complexities of race and relationships in today’s society through the interior lives of their characters and discuss experiences and situations that were the driving force behind their decision to write poignant and touching stories. Panelists include Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People, long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award and winner of the 2019 PEN Open Book Award; Simeon Marsalis, author of As Lie Is to Grin, shortlisted for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Anakwa Dwamena, a staff writer at The New Yorker, to moderate the discussion. Nafissa Thompson-Spires holds a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, and other publications. Her first book, Heads of the Colored People, was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize; and won the PEN Open Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. She is also the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award and works as an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Cornell University. Photograph by Beowulf Sheehan Simeon Marsalis is a writer from New Rochelle, New York. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Rutgers University Newark, where he was awarded the Henry Rutgers Fellowship. His first novel, As Lie Is to Grin, was published by Catapult Books. It was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. He is currently at work on his second novel. Learn more about him at www simeonmarsalis.com. Anakwa Dwamena is a books editor at Africa Is a Country, and a member of The New Yorker magazine’s editorial staff. Originally from Ghana, his reporting and cultural criticism work focuses on African politics, the lives of Black immigrants around the world, and soccer. Learn more about him at https://africasacountry.com/author/anakwa-dwamena. Join Us Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Brooklyn Borough Hall for the main Brooklyn Book Festival Events. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Rain or shine. http://centerforblackliterature.com/bkbf2019_bold_new_voices/
  21. Calligraphy Mirror - Angelique Noire I placed the two images below but Here is my calligraphy https://www.deviantart.com/hddeviant/art/Calligraphy-Mirror-Angelique-Noire-812616098?ga_submit_new=10%3A1567983274 This is her original- she is on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/the_angelique_noire/ https://thepinupnoire.tumblr.com/post/183195910761/lolita-part-3-littlebootysmatter-photo
  22. black anti immigrant- The following article made me ponder a question, do you know of a anti immigration book, fiction or positioned in a nonfiction, from a black person? https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-09-08-foreigners-must-go-chant-protesters-as-they-wait-for-mangosuthu-buthelezi/
  23. if you know any artists that have manga style comics, please have them submit to saturday am https://saturdayam.tumblr.com/post/187473586763/september-submit-your-chance-to-bring-your
  24. #LAborday a nice article on labor day https://www.amny.com/opinion/columnists/mike-vogel/labor-day-weekend-mike-vogel-unions-holiday-1.35563625
  25. Diverse voices workshop- from lee daniels- he is working on a black male homofornicating superhero project, so he is looking for all types, no bounds multiverse voices workshop https://shadowandact.com/attention-writers-lee-daniels-announces-workshop-for-diverse-voices in amendment https://shadowandact.com/lee-daniels-says-he-plans-to-helm-the-first-black-gay-superhero-movie-starring-this-viral-sensation
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