Troy Posted December 28, 2015 Report Share Posted December 28, 2015 Nkiru Books @Kwelickub @CDBurns, hey man thanks so much for shouting out AALBC.com in the comments of Talib's post. It really does not cease to amaze me what celebrity can do. The single post was liked by 24K people, shared by 6,500 and generated over 700 comments in less than 24 hours! Now I don't know if they paid to promote the post, and I don't read anything on Facebook that I have not generated or been tagged on, but this is definitely one of the most popular posts I've seen in a long time. Forgive me for not posting a link to the post; I have a personal policy against linking directly to Facebook. I honestly don't think the viral reaction to Talib's post has anything to do with books and supporting bookstores; but is much more about Talib's celebrity and how easy it is to show support on Facebook. It is so easy to click "like," but an entirely different thing to support a store by buying a book. Nkiru was truly an iconic bookstore. I lived a couple of blocks away from the store and patronized it long before AALBC.com was invented. I actually highlighted Nkiru Books in my article, "Death of the Black Owned, Independent Bookstore," back in 2012. Talib's mother, Dr. Brenda Greene is a professor at Medgar Evers College and runs the Center for Black Literature. The Center also hosts the National Black Writers Conference, who I've worked with for over a decade. Dr. Greene is super supportive of AALBC.com. Chris I also appreciate you suggesting that Talib reach out so that we may work together. First, given the sheer number of responses I doubt he will even see it. But even if he read the suggestion I would be very shocked if he took you up on that offer. You know the reason why, as you explained it very well on your post about YouTube subscribers. The fact of the matter is that while I link to and promote every online or physical bookstore, that I'm aware of, other bookstores rarely return the favor. In fact, I'm so accustomed the lack of reciprocated support I receive from other bookstores it no longer bothers or surprises me. So, I'll promote Nkiru Bookstore Online as I supported Nkiru Books' physical bookstore (even before Talib brought the store from Ms. Miller). On a related note, I purchased Talib's album Gravitas; I brought it not so much because I was interested in the music, but because I wanted to support him. He wrote about the importance of independence and musicians making money from their work. That resonated with me, for obvious reasons, so I purchased the music files and downloaded the liner notes. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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