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  1. When I find a loving, supportive attractive (to me) Black woman partner?
  2. Hey @Milton how did yiu het distribution fron Ingram and get you books into the B&N and Books-a-Million catalogues?
  3. I think science fiction fosters our imaginations and, like poetry, greatly expands the manner in which stories can be told. This is important to all readers not just the Black ones. Black readers may not have the great body of work, and awareness of what is available as other groups may have, but that is where platforms like AALBC come in πŸ™‚
  4. Hey @Milton help us booksellers out by sharing your book's ISBN13. I also suggest you put it on your website too.
  5. @Milton thanks for sharing. What is the book's ISBN13?
  6. Yeah that is a problem with this discussion forum software (which i did not write). But the problem becomes what photo do you use? Many post (like this one) have not pictures and it you pulled a picture from earlier in the conversation. It might not be related to the post. I'm not sure how using the default image can be improved. If i did I'd suggest it as an improvement. The AALBC site proper with book and author info, which I wrote and makes up the vast majority of the site and its traffic, uses social sharing images that I chose. I agree and written about this extensively. That fact is Google, with their bookstore in their search results and Amazon has all but killed all the indie booksites. Facebook is rife with fake activity. I can buy a hundred thusand likes for a few bucks. Empty pages with no activity get likes because entities who sell likes also like pages for free to avoid detection in selling likes. Facebook has also said brands have to pay to reach an audience -- organic reach is dead. For these and personal reasons, I don't use Facebook.
  7. Nope, not on an interpersonal level in 2019. Why?
  8. @Delano every woman is different some feel heard and respected by men and others don't. This usually has more to do with the woman than the man. I say this because some women have expressed both sentiments to me. Im sure i don't have 100% but i suspect i have far more knowledge as im more introspective and knowledgeable about the subject than most. Yes as a Black reared in an urban ghetto by a single (effectively) mother, my foundation was quite weak, but i left home almost 40 years ago and am more than my 1st 18 years. Technically you are correct, but i define social as the class of corporate run websites designed to extract and aggregate your personal data in an effort to extract more wealth from you directly and by selling this information to others so that you are efficiently manipulated. While I do explore ideas here. I do firmly believe that no one is 100% conscious. Indeed the current science telks us most of our behavior is subconscious and im not yet convinced we have any free will at all πŸ˜‰
  9. Nope I won't. Listening to the kind of men who actively engage on social media is where you get into trouble, being feed a distorted perspective. None of the men I hang with engages with or consumes the stuff that social media feeds you, Truth be told the reference "'Future' to their 'Ciara.'" is lost on me. I agree women do provide a prodigious level of protection for Black men -- those who are rich and famous. Sure Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson, OJ, R Kelly, Tupac, MIke Tyson, whoever -- as long as a Brother has fame and wealth Sisters will bend over backwards making excuses to protect them -- at least until white folk say they are no good. Now as far the regular brothers out there holding down jobs, raising their families, and doing their best in a hostile environment. These Brothers are lucky if they get the support of the mothers. Rarely do they get the benefit of a "ride or die" Sister who'll hold a Brother down through the hard times. @Cynique, has an idea of the hate a Brother like me has to deal with from "sisters" πŸ˜‰ I'm sorry to read some dumb Brothers have sorely disrespected you @Mel Hopkins. Those cats aren't the norm. BTW I don't think that quote from Shakespeare has anything to do with the beauty of Black women. Which play is it from? Also have to know quoting another white man, in this context, is like feed raw meat to @Pioneer1 LOL! Why not @Delano? First your statement implies that the women themselves understand their own motivations. The point @NubianFellow is trying to make is that the women are largely unaware of what influences their own behavior. Consider for example how marketers have made a science of subliminal manipulation -- social media has put this shit on steroids. Trying to explain to someone on social media that their behavior, and emotional state is under the control of the platform they are on would sound ludicrous to them. The cultural influences that determine what we find beautiful and how women see themselves is defined by the dominate culture over hundred of years of domination. Many are no more aware of this influence than the drones who slavishly watch their cell phone scrolling through a feed. Nubian is trying to give people the "red pill." The thing Nubian is missing is that you can't force people to take the red pill you have to give them a choice -- the majority of us will chose the "Blue Pill," Second, one can know what it is like to be in another shoes through dialog, conversation, study. Finally one's experiences are unique. I could know far more about what it is like to be Mel than I can know what it is like to be you. We are all more similar than we are different. You make it seem like women are from another planet and than men are simply too stupid to understand women at all. Shoot many women don't understand other women! Now I don't argue with folks about Black woman's hair any more that I do religion or politics. The beliefs one holds usually have nothing to do with reason or logic. Once a person beliefs are based upon say, faith in a book King James commissioned, or say in a belief 45 will make the country great again. It is time to move on.
  10. @Mel Hopkins yes I know you are right that was a typo πŸ™‚ Londell is large. I've seen him speak a few times -- I recall hearing that he is a Technite πŸ™‚ I was completely unaware of the existence of Jones Magazine. It is not really too surprising given the way the WWW works today. Below is a screen shot of Jones Magazine homepage. Ignoring all of the behind the scenes technical issues -- just look at it! Fully 2/3 of the above the fold content is dedicated to Google Ads! The homepages's logo is broken -- so you can't even tell what site you are on? The menu reads like a cliche of all the most popular stuff on the web, entertainment, fashion, beauty, shopping. The site's content is stale, it is not a property that is being actively managed. I was going to add it to my list of sites to track but I'm not gonna bother... The Source, on the other hand is kicking ass. It is the #5 on my list of Top Black owned websites. This makes it the top Black owned Hip-Hop related website. This is a pretty big deal given the competitiveness of the subject. It is interesting to discover that he brand was created by a Jewish kid from Harvard,... Then again it is not that surprising at all. They create all the popular Black stuff Black Panther, The Beastie Boys, πŸ˜‰ I never brought into those pass along readership numbers magazines use to inflate their readership. Taking the 1.6M subscribers for Ebony that would mean almost 7 people read each issue. That seems kinda high to me given the average household size is less than three people. It seems unlikely that beauty salons, libraries, and the like can make up the difference. Considering that there are roughly 44 Million Black people at least 1/2 should prospective readers (literate, not too old or too young to read, no handicaps preventing them from reading). That is roughly 22 million. I would imagine at least half of these have the disposable income, 11 million. I figure half of these folks and the energy and leisure time to read, now we are down to 5.5M. Of the 5.5M left maybe 10% would have an interest in reading a magazine dedicated to Black books. Now we are down to 500,000 people... Maybe 10% of those 50,000 would subscrbe. You know what maybe there really are not enough Black folks to support a magazine dedicated to Black books.... ...Nevermind.
  11. 10 Years Ago Today: Mosaic Literary Magazine Issue #5 was published. The publisher @Ron Kavanaugh started the magazine over 21 years ago -- before I launched AALBC. Ron graduated with (@Mel Hopkins and I from the same High School). I did not know Ron back then, it was a really big school, but we met about 21 years ago in a local Black owned bookstore (back when those existed). About 5 years ago Ron shut down his book website mosaicbooks.com. In October of last year he announced that he was no longer printing his magazine and was just going to produce an electronic version. With almost 400 million Black folks in this country it is hard to image a magazine dedicated to Black writers, from the diaspora, and there books can't survive in print. The people inclined to produced these types of publications will all be dead soon. It seems to me the people who would read them already are -- if not physically then mentally. I know that sounds harsh, but sheesh, what kind of country do we have if we can not support bookstores, magazines, or websites that focus specifically on Black writers -- you know the people who tell our stories? Don't tell me that social media has picked up the slack -- it has not. It can not and it will not. Recently I've put some effort into promoting Magazines like Mosaic. I'm also working with the Center for Black Literature to sell their Killens Review of Arts and Letters. I previously promoted Black Issues Book Review that efforts was not nearly as efficient because AALBC was not database driven back then, but I did my best. None of this effort generates and revenue, but i do it because the information is important. Unfortunately things that are important to Black folks, like an accurate portrayal our history, are not supported by the marketplace, so the work must be done by volunteers -- and done in an environment that is hostile to the effort. There may come a time when indie sites like AALBC are no longer allowed to exist -- seriously. At that point, the people in charge of relating our stories will be the likes of a Mark Zuckerberg. The reality is that we are close to that point today, and the result is the emergence of the "least woke generation." You can down load a free copy of issue #5 of Mosaic Literary Magazine here. Do it while you still can....
  12. Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop By Jeff Chang I was looking for something else this morning and discovered that an exchange from this discussion forum was referenced in Chang's book Total Chaos. Here is the link to Google: https://books.google.com/books?id=V0f6p9_phakC&q=babygirl#v=snippet&q=babygirl&f=false @Cynique the exchange was between Babygirl and Snakegirl (remember those names πŸ™‚).
  13. I've been several of these stores. Interesting list.
  14. What?! @NubianFellow you must have read that on Twitter. I'd argue this is the least "woke" generation since the enslavement of Blacks ended. We are so easily manipulated and distracted. We have no cohesion and by and large are motivated by corporate dictated self interest. I feel your pessimism, but you have to be optimistic -- otherwise what is the point of struggling to raise consciousness? We could all just get high, watch sports, have sex, and buy more stuff we dont need... and not worry about anything else but our own pleasure. Do you have children @NubianFellow? You could have stopped after the word "delusion." Increasingly it seems everything tends toward delusion; it is one reason I've opted out of social media and don't consume too much TV. Unfortuately Chicago has become the Nation's post child for Black dysfunction. Spike popularized "Chiraq" solidifying the windy city as the murder capital of the country. The distinction is undeserved and the city has a great cultural legacy but the "woke" would not be the first adjective I'd apply today. It will be interesting to see how the city fares under a Black woman.
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