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Verdelle Lambert last won the day on May 2 2018

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  1. Yes, Troy, the '60s was a l-o-n-g time ago. My first assignment at Jet was a fluff piece: To your point, black mags and black colleges share the same fate for the most part, finding it hard to survive. What we really need in the era of Trump is a political mag for blacks that provide background info (context) to show how actions by Congress and the Administration will impact the black community. Should be a mag that's easy to read-- like Jet. Do you know of such a pub today? Just got off Twitter. What's up with Kanye. He just said 400 years of slavery was a choice. I'd contribute money to send him to Montgomery, Alabama, to tour the Memorial to the victims of lynching.
  2. I like "I Miss You,"Melica. I caught the rhythm about half way thru and it pulled me right in.
  3. Evangelicals supporting Trump makes me think they don't believe in God. My Bible says Satan is the father of lies. The best practitioner I know is Trump.
  4. Hi, Troy, Thanks for asking about the magazine. It was basically a one-person operation, and I wasn't good at getting ads (just one ad the whole time). And some pastors thought I was honing in on their territory. As for Jet magazine, I worked there in 1966-67. We did original interviews but the mainstay was rewriting/summarizing articles from the main press for a black audience. Now, what else-- no, I don't have a web page (little too advanced for me. Don't forget, I'm a retiree; I'm still learning my way around the Internet. Yes, you do get my poem. Don't overthink it. It's a metaphor for slavery, segregation, white supremacy, systemic racism, etc. We gotta shuck that-- get it out of our head. I think I answered your questions, Troy. Don't have a photo. Hope one is not required. So, it's been nice talking to you. I'm gonna browse now-- also check out your profile. By the way, did you write a book?
  5. Hello. everybody! I'm a first-time indie author, and my book, I'll Take You there, is available on Amazon (published April 2018): The book is a quick read-- 80 pages (soft cover) with 50 poems. I’ll Take You There is about butterflies and bugs, relationships, choices, and growing old. It’s about familiar things imagined in new ways and unspeakable things given voice. The poems are pithy and layered, infused with plain talk, and deal with a myriad of personal and topical issues, not least among them, racism, which is dealt with in each of the four sections of the book (Discovery; Snapshots; Choices; Memories). Feelings predominate in Discovery, where the author rummages through heart and mind to discover self. Snapshots include whimsical, reflective poems of brief, indelible connections with both man and nature. Misinformation, disinformation, greed, sin, and social pathology are dealt with unflinchingly in Choices. Growing up in the 1940s and ’50s is the theme of Memories, with each poem beginning with “I remember.” What is probably unique to I’ll Take You There are the text references (to the back of the book), where foreign, colloquial, and made-up words are defined, some verses expounded on, and some poems given historical and cultural context. I am very much interested in AALBC considering I'll Take You there for one of the free book reviews. Like I say, it's a quick read, but a deep dive. Here's one of the shorter poems: BLACK PEARL You forced me into your house and I became an irritant. You tried to smother me and I became blacker, more beautiful, more precious. When you were shucked I was free to be me, my value on display for the whole world to see. ISBN-13: 978-1732091009 Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/131-3277931-2216451?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=verdelle+lambert Author Profile: I earned a master's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. With the exception of writing for Jet magazine, I spent my entire professional career writing and editing employee publications for major corporations (including IBM). After retirement I published the now defunct biennial Christian magazine, The Gift Is Free, which I distributed gratis to local churches from 2008 to 1012. My hobbies are photography, gardening, designing greeting cards, and watching well scripted movies.
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