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  1. I know I'm late to the party and y'all done ate up all the chips and dip and drank all the punch, too!! But, I thought I'd add a little something - and something quite different than most of what's been shared. I'm an older Brother, who digs a lot of what has been posted already, but a couple of friends (who don't know each other and have different tastes) have recently turned me on to some music that some here at AALBC might dig. First up, the 'British' (really Afro-Caribbean) saxophone player Shabaka and the Ancestors. Most of the band members are from South Africa and they are jamming. A brief introduction: This is one tune: https://youtu.be/TnkjcS_yTfA For a more extensive experience, here's their live performance from a couple years ago, which I really enjoyed. https://youtu.be/IU4vpE2eGho Damani
  2. Thanks to the participants in the "Introduce Yourself / Newbies" thread in the AALBC Forums. Y'all encouraged me when I first came and told you a little about our (my wife and my) work in progress. We have now self-published: CLANDESTINE: The Times and Secret Life of Mariah Otey Reddick. I am pleased to share the Press Release. [Oooops, sorry no Word docs or pdf's can be attached!] So, here's the cover instead... Here's a quick summary of some of the story lines: If anyone would like to receive a FREE excerpt of CLANDESTINE, just drop us a note at knowledge@Clandestine-Life.com. All the best to everyone... Damani
  3. Troy, First of all, THANK YOU for AALBC, all of your efforts and this forum. When I first discovered the forum I posted a few times, but Brother, I got so busy finishing our (my wife and my) eBook that I didn't come back. Several of the Members were quite encouraging to me, and I appreciate them for that. I hope that I was able to add something to the discussion. I think your email about this was actually genius, and the response shows its effectiveness. I would suggest this: An email from time to time offering a new forum topic of interest to authors, or an online (Zoom.us) live video presentation by an expert on a topic of interest to authors. Subjects like marketing, writing tips, etc. That would most likely pull in those who simply 'lurk' or have not visited the forum in quite a while - like me. Damani Keene Clandestine-Life.com
  4. Hello Mel!

     

    I cannot find the thread where you offered my wife and I some suggestions re: an editor last year.

    I thanked you then and thank you again.

    We did find an Editor right here in Panama, where we live and she did a great job.

    Here's our website: Clandestine-Life.com

    We will soon self-publish as an ebook.  Very soon.

     

    Thanks to you and to Troy.  He was also quite helpful to us.

    1. Mel Hopkins

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      @DamaniCongratulations!  We had our conversation in the readingblack club on this website -

      https://aalbc.com/tc/topic/4975-welcome-please-introduce-yourself/?tab=comments#comment-27567

      I would post the link but I keep getting a firewall block notice. 

        I'm glad that @Troy and I could be of assistance.  Also I got a chance to visit your website and it presents well on my mobile device!  Nice! Please don't be a stranger - at readingblack.com (the online club here on aalbc.com where we first met.)  I'd like to read about your book journey.  Much continued success! 

    2. Mel Hopkins

      Mel Hopkins

      Edit: I was able to post the link when I tried again.

  5. Allow me to share an essay by my wife and me published on Medium.com.. How The Lies America Has Told To Herself About Herself Paved the Way for Accepting Trump’s Lies https://medium.com/@damaniwvk/how-the-lies-america-has-told-to-herself-about-herself-paved-the-way-for-accepting-trumps-lies-89b2c67a6f31?source=friends_link&sk=f8e1c923ddce61098dbe8d37fd56dd6a Damani
  6. EVO Universe! Very IMPRESSIVE! Creating an entire world and then having to describe it to your reader is a huge challenge. To then develop a series requires a keen and active imagination. You have my admiration!! Damani
  7. @Troy, I remember webrings from the early days, but had/have no real concept of how they worked. Stay strong, my Brother, on fighting for control. Very essential for self-determination.
  8. Are there Webrings for authors? Are they usually receptive to new members? Damani
  9. Thank you,, Wendy! This is valuable information. It is well to remember that LIBRARIES HAVE BUDGETS TO BUY BOOKS!! Damani
  10. @Troy, precisely!!! Like that nugget, there are many aspects of our People's history that are relegated to footnotes in scholarly works. Our objectives as authors/activists include bringing to the fore IN THE FICTION GENRE some of the day to day realities of the challenging circumstances our Ancestors had to negotiate and challenge. That restriction on "Free Blacks" is alluded to in CLANDESTINE. Another example: In Chambers County, Ala (where one branch of my wife's family has roots), a Black woman went to court in the pre-Civil War period to challenge a claim that she, a free woman, had petitioned to become a slave. The Alabama legislature had passed a law creating that pretext for nefarious purposes. A white couple forged documents, but did not count on the Sister taking them to court. Surprisingly, the courts sided with her BECAUSE and ONLY BECAUSE some other whites testified as witnesses because, by law, she could not. That situation, too, plays a part in the decision-making of characters in CLANDESTINE. Damani EVO Universe! Very IMPRESSIVE! Creating an entire world and then having to describe it to your reader is a huge challenge. To then develop a series requires a keen and active imagination. You have my admiration!! Damani
  11. ASANTE SANA, @Mel Hopkins My wife and i are pushing hard to finish this phase of the project! Damani
  12. @Troy and All, Yes, it is an AMAZING story. Transportation for research has been the biggest expense so far - thousand$. Thankfully, there were three local historians/researchers who had already done tremendous work and they willingly shared the documents and information they had dug up. We are forever grateful Three examples of what they shared with us: photocopies and handwritten transcriptions of my great grandfather's trial record where he challenged the all white jury because it was not "a jury of his peers" - THIS WAS IN 1868!!!![/b] handwritten letter from my great grandmother's "owner" seeking a military escort to take his valuable property (enslaved Africans) from Franklin, TN to Montgomery and far from the reach of Union forces - IN 1862 a handwritten statement, decades later, from a founder of the local KKK Klavern listing the others present at their first meeting in Franklin, TN We are EXCITED!!! CLANDESTINE - The Times and Secret Life of Mariah Otey Reddick tells the story of my great grandmother's family. Family lore has it that she was a SPY when she - as is WELL-DOCUMENTED - worked in the household of President Jeff Davis in Montgomery before the Confederate White House was established in Richmond, VA. Out of concern for their safety, records of Union spies were destroyed after the war, so unfortunately we have no confirmation. However, you might remember that another African/Black woman - Mary Elizabeth Bowser - spied for the Union in the Richmond White House!! http://time.com/4350450/mary-richards-bowser/ I'm sorry, y'all!! I got carried away!!!! Damani
  13. Yes, @Troy, it was Edit 1st!!!!! Great job! Damani
  14. Well, Brothers and Sisters, we've made some progress. Troy referred us to an editor who did a wonderful Manuscript Review. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TROY!! @Troy I don't know the protocols, so I won't mention her name, but she gave us positive feedback, some critiques and excellent suggestions for honing our 399 page (much more when double spaced!) manuscript into a book. VERY grateful to her!!! We are - and I hope it is OK to mention it here - now in the last phase of a crowdfunding campaign to help offset some of the pre-publication expenses. Check out our video and more information here: igg.me/at/ClandestineBook The backstory of how and why we came to write our historical novel is here: Clandestine-Life.com We WILL publish this year! Damani
  15. Good info, EVO!! Have you sold books to libraries? They have budgets to buy books and, I understand, they buy ebooks, too. Damani
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